Staff and guests in the Blue Bar on-board a P&O Cruises ship If there is one topic guaranteed to spark heated debate among cruisers, it is the thorny issue of tipping and service fees. For first-timers, extra charges can come as a nasty shock and while seasoned cruisers are more accustomed to the gratuity system, traditionalists resent the relatively high amounts charged by some (mainly American) lines....

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Well-dressed friends enjoying dinner in the main dining on-board Princess Cruises Little gets cruisers as hot under the collar as the thorny topic of cruise dress code. Whatever the rules suggested by the cruise line, someone is going to cause raised eyebrows. Stetsons in the dining room! Football shirts after 6pm! And my personal bugbear, from a rather sweaty cruise on an Italian line, men in...

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Ancient ruins on a Rome cruise excursion Cruise excursions are the perfect way to find out more about the ports on your itinerary. From a visit to the stunning Vatican in Rome to a day-long tour of cultural Berlin, there are countless excursions on offer throughout every trip. If you aren’t entirely sure how cruise excursions work, here are few things to...

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