How a popular cruise director stays fit at sea

Anyone who has sailed with Carnival’s Matt Mitcham know he’s an amazing cruise director. Yeah, he physically fit but an added benefit is that he’s a great guy. If you’ve ever cruised, you know that it’s tempting to eat everything in sight. Guy’s Burgers, unlimited free sandwiches and pizza and …

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5 tips for cruising during the holidays

Sure, cruising during the holidays sounds great. Time with family, amazing food, no cooking or cleaning, but check out my 5 tips first! Steer clear of Complainers Grumpy relatives can spoil a cruise fast. You know the ones! They constantly criticize everything from the service to the temperature of the …

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Not a travel agent, I’m an experience designer!

For years, travel visionaries like Groove Cruise Founder Jason Beukema has preached the sermon of collecting experiences, not things. The experience of spending time with my grandson is much more important to me than buying the latest iPhone! Now an article from Bloomberg is telling travel agents like myself to …

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Virgin Voyages Big Reveal: Restaurants

“Sailors” who cruise on “The Scarlet Lady”, the first ship of the Virgin Voyages brand new fleet of ships will enjoy off the chain dining venues; no buffets on this Sir Richard Branson vessel! Virgin Voyages tells us, “With an interior scheme that nods to the namesake, the bold camouflaging of …

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Passport or Passport Card

One of the top questions I get from cruise passengers is “do I need a passport?” The short answer is yes. Sure, if you are sailing on a U.S. “closed-end” cruise (leaving and returning from a U.S. cruise port), you can get by with a government-issued photo i.d. and a …

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Navigator of the Seas takes on water

Newsweek.com is reporting that the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas took on water on a recent Mediterranean cruise. “A Royal Caribbean cruise ship was reportedly forced to make an emergency stop over the weekend after experiencing technical problems and “leaking water like crazy.” The vessel—named the Navigator of the …

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Titanic II to retrace famous voyage

Several years ago, news reports stated that a “Titanic II” was being built, a true replica of the original ship. Unfortunately, like any multi-million dollar project, problems come up. Now it seems like everything is back on track and the ship will sail by 2020. Cluck on the link below …

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Cruise ship becomes a hotel for gas restoration workers

In 2005, several cruise ships became floating hotels in Jacksonville during Super Bowl XXXIX due to lack of hotel capacity. Cruise ships were also used to house victims of hurricane Katrina in 2005. WCVB in Boston is reporting that yet another cruise ship is serving as a floating hotel. “A …

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Holland America raises fee for daily gratuity.

Cruise Radio is reporting that Holland America Line is raising the fee for daily gratuities. “On sailings after December 1, 2018, the gratuity will increase to $14.50 per person per day for non-suite guests, and $16 per person for those staying in suites. Somewhat ironically, the (Holland America FAQ) page …

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