Cruising Tips

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
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