Top packing hacks to improve your cruise There is nothing worse than reaching your stateroom and realising you have forgotten something. Whether it’s your phone charger or favourite flip-flops, here are our packing tips on how best to maximise the space in your luggage and ensure you have everything you need. Lightweight case Obvious packing items include your passport and currency, but...

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Family on a beach holiday With fleets boasting tens of ships, there can be an overwhelming amount of choice when it comes to selecting your first cruise line. Do you want pure relaxation and state-of-the-art spa facilities? Or rock-climbing walls and a 3D IMAX cinema? What about the dining options and stateroom choices? If these are some of the questions...

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Cruise Concierge enjoying drinks on-board On the whole, drinks on cruise ships cost about the same as they do in high street bars, with some variation between the cruise lines. However, none of them charge extortionate amounts for drinks, so you don't have to worry about being a 'captive market' on-board.  Some drinks are in fact very reasonable, which can...

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Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas - The innovative Bionic Bar Innovative smart technology and robot bartenders – the cruise industry is boldly going where no-one has gone before, and we are keen to follow! With each new ship announced comes another stylish, state-of-the-art gadget to surprise us while on-board. From the roaming restaurant deck on Celebrity Edge to the thrilling 3D theatre on many Carnival...

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Seasick cruise passenger Just thinking about seasickness is enough to make you squeamish – but help is at hand. During my career as a cruise writer I have encountered a violent hurricane in the North Atlantic, three cyclones in the South China Sea and survived the tempestuous Drake’s Passage en-route to Antarctica. Fortunately, despite feeling somewhat queasy on...

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