Tips & Advice

Wondering what you need to pack? What is food onboard a cruise line? What accommodation should I book? Or what should insurance should I book for more cruise? This is the best place to find tips and advice before you book your next voyage.

First Timers

To Tip Or Not To Tip, That Is The Question

As of Friday, the enforced gratuity charge of $7.50 per adult per day won’t be charged to your shipboard account; if you want to tip any a member of crew for exceptional service, it will be a matter of choice.

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Sep 28 2010
Culture
Shore Excursions

Cultural cruises

Cruising in Asia and the Pacific offers the chance to explore a rich array of native folklore and art. Indigenous culture is in vogue and interest shows no sign of abating. The movie Avatar, in which audiences side with the indigenous blue-skinned Na’vi people on fictional planet Pandora, was simply highlighting a trend.

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Sep 24 2010
Crew School
Tips & Advice

Crew School

Ever wondered where those obliging staff mostly come from, where they learned their craft, and what they like – and don’t like – about the business of serving you on board?

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Sep 12 2010
Ship on Antarctica
Destinations

Antarctica

Further moves to keep passenger numbers in check and protect the environment mean this spectacular but vulnerable continent can be experienced only by a fortunate few.

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Sep 12 2010
Winter Olympics
Destinations

Sea to Sky – Sites of the Winter Olympics

As Canada settles down after the 2010 Winter Olympics in British Columbia we have a look at the sites of Winter Olympics around the world, for a side-trip on your next cruise.

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Sep 12 2010
Cruise Writers’ Choice
Activities & Entertainment

Top 10 – Cruise Writers’ Choice

With so many cruises on offer, how do you decide? Our cruising experts give their top picks for cuisine, kids’ clubs, service, entertainment and sheer whizz-bangery at sea.

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Sep 12 2010
Penguin Experiences
Destinations

Top 5 Cruise Experiences

As an award-winning travel writer and author of 15 books, Glenn A Baker has visited 115 countries and is a Life Member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers. Here he recalls his five most memorable seafaring adventures.

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Sep 12 2010
Cruise Aboard
Destinations

Tahiti cruising aboard Paul Gauguin

So we come to Paul Gauguin. Not the 19th-century artist who showed the world the beauty of Tahiti, but the luxurious modern cruise ship named after him. Launched in 1998 specifically to cruise in French Polynesia, she has found her niche and is rarely less than fully booked.

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Sep 12 2010
Health & Wellness

Health at sea

Health at sea is a question I am asked about quite frequently, and having had the unfortunate need to visit the medical centre on board Carnival Splendor on my recent Mexican Riviera cruise, I now have some first-hand experience to share.

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Sep 11 2010
cruise river mississippi
Tips & Advice

A River Runs Through It

River cruising is rising in popularity again but where did the trend start and which rivers led the way?

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Aug 31 2010
Sea Party
Tips & Advice

Celebrations at Sea: A personal view

Maritime historian Rob Henderson shares experiences of celebrations on board cruise ships - birthdays, weddings, Christmas, New Year and ANZAC Day on board Princess Cruises' Dawn Princess.

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Aug 31 2010
Middle East
Destinations

The Middle East onboard the Silver Whisper

A cruise aboard the sumptuous Silver Whisper introduces us to the richly varied countries and cultures of the Arabian Peninsula.

WORDS BY Cruise Passenger . Aug 30 2010