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Avoid Norovirus On A Cruise Ship: Simple And Easy Tips

Avoid Norovirus On A Cruise Ship: Simple And Easy Tips

Cruising, Cruising Tips
Cruising is a great way to grab some winter sun but at this time of year also brings with it a pesky downside - it's generally the peak of the dreaded Norovirus season. That makes it a great opportunity to share my tips to help you avoid Norovirus on a cruise. For those who haven't heard of this, Norovirus - also known as Winter Vomiting Bug - is basically a yukky virus that causes vomiting, upset tummy, lethargy, aches, fever - and oh, happens to be highly contagious. You can catch Norovirus anywhere and everywhere but when you have a lot of people in a relatively confined area (like a cruise ship) the virus has the potential to spread quickly in a short of amount of time. The good news is that all cruise ships have procedures in place to keep the gastro-beast at bay -  if nothin
Stavanger Norway: A Step Back In Time

Stavanger Norway: A Step Back In Time

Cruise Ports, Cruising
If you've missed the story so far, this summer I went on an 11 night Disney Magic cruise. Leaving from Copenhagen, we then travelled to Oslo and Kristiansand before arriving at Stavanger Norway, our third and final port of call before heading to Iceland. Our all ashore was at 7:30am and all aboard 12:45pm, making it our briefest port of call. We didn't want to do the ship excursion to the famous Pulpit Rock as we prefer to do that sort of thing DIY and the short time in port made that too risky. Instead we planned to find the cathedral and explore Gamle Stavanger. This compact port is perfect for cruisers who like to stay independent - we didn't even have a map. Stavanger Norway: A Step Back In Time Heading in the direction of the Petroleum Museum required walking beside a fair
Kristiansand Norway: The surprising port

Kristiansand Norway: The surprising port

Cruise Ports, Cruising, Europe
The story so far. I've taken a Disney Cruise, I've been to Copenhagen and Oslo and I've been super impressed with both. Could our next port, Kristiansand Norway live up to it's predecessors? Read on to find out friends, read on. Our All Ashore today was an earlier 8:15 am, with All Aboard at 4:45pm. Once again, we'd opted to explore by ourselves rather than take an organised excursion (that's a bit of a theme for us) and we anticipated a rather relaxed day ahead. Of all our ports, for some reason this was the one I'd been the least excited about. I don't know why, I just guess somewhere had to be 'last'. Our plan was to have a short wander, visit Fiskebasaren, then take the opportunity to relax and enjoy the ship for the day. But let me not keep you in suspense. We docked with
Oslo in 8 hours: Making the most of our day trip

Oslo in 8 hours: Making the most of our day trip

Cruise Ports, Cruising, Europe
My Nordic Adventure continues with our first port of call on our Disney Magic cruise and a visit to Oslo. And what a visit it was - with blue skies and sunshine, even the weather seemed to welcome us to Norway's capital with open arms. Disembarkation was scheduled for 10:30am. It was nice to sleep in after our busy weekend in Copenhagen so were still enjoying breakfast when the gangway opened early, oops. Our All Aboard time was at 5:45pm, so that meant Oslo in 8 hours - we needed to get moving!   Oslo in 8 hours: Making the most of our day trip   Fortunately our ship docked central to the city, literally next to Akershus Fortress. No prizes for guessing where we were heading first. Akershus dates back nearly 700 years, and being a fortification it naturally res
A Guide to Tipping on Disney Cruise Line: All you need to know

A Guide to Tipping on Disney Cruise Line: All you need to know

Cruising, Cruising Tips, Disney
With my summer Nordic cruise approaching fast, my thoughts are moving to the smaller logistics of my trip. If you've already seen my guide for newbie Cruisers, you'll already know some of the things on my mind. After paying a non-trivial amount to sail away in to the sunset, some people may be surprised to find out that gratuities need to be paid once on board the ship. As I calculated gratuities for my longer than average sailing, I realised it was a great time to write a guide to tipping on Disney Cruise Line so you'll know what to expect. A Guide to Tipping on Disney Cruise Line   Technically gratuities are at your discretion, but the crew on board cruise ships work incredibly hard to look after you. Just like in any other service industry you are expected to show ap
Tips for first time cruisers: A newbie’s guide to setting sail

Tips for first time cruisers: A newbie’s guide to setting sail

Cruising, Cruising Tips
Going on your first cruise can be a little daunting as some things are handled differently from a land vacation. But, being a cruising newbie doesn't mean you can't be prepared. Before I took my first cruise I had many worries. Would I feel trapped? What if I didn't like the food? What if I got bored? (Hah!). I wish I'd seen tips for first time cruisers myself as it would have helped set my mind at ease so much. Tips for first time cruisers Don't miss the ship (duh!) I know, I know, it sounds so obvious, but I'm completely serious. If you are travelling a long distance to the cruise port, especially if by plane, then I strongly urge you to consider this. Arrive the day prior to your cruise and stay in a local hotel the night before. 9 times out of 10, the journey will be fi