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What to Wear on a Cruise

clock 8th May 2018 | comment0 Comments

You’re all booked and getting more excited by the day for your upcoming cruise, and have even started thinking about putting things aside to be packed. But, if you’re like many other new and even seasoned cruisers, you might have concerns about what you’re expected to wear. Instead of getting in a fluster and over-packing, take a look at our tips about what to wear on a cruise.

 

 

Clothing for the Daytime

Whether it’s a sea day and you’ll be trying out onboard activities, or you’re in port and out exploring, in general clothing for the daytime on a cruise should be casual and comfortable. No matter if you’re on a luxury cruise or a budget one, the theme of your holiday should be simply doing as you choose; so if you want to soak up the sun in swim clothes all day, do it. Or if you want to be hiking in port, or climbing the rock wall onboard, you can do that too. As long as you cover at least shoulders to knees when dining or in other indoor spaces onboard, wear whatever you like.

What to Wear on a Formal Night

Formal nights are still popular occasions on many cruise lines; passengers on Cunard’s Queens for example often choose the cruise line for its traditionalism and classic cruise features. These evenings can differ with each cruise line, with attire expectations ranging from tuxedos and ball gowns to cocktail dresses and casual dinner jackets. Sometimes formal nights are optional, but sometimes they are mandatory and guests have been known to be turned away from restaurants if they’re not dressed appropriately. Be sure to find out what the case is for your cruise when booking.

 

 

How to Dress for Casual Dining

Again the requirements for clothing at dinner on non-formal nights will change depending on the style of the cruise line. One rule that’s seen throughout however is that you must cover bathing suits, so be sure to take appropriate clothing to cover up. Guidelines on what to wear in the restaurants are diverse. Some cruise lines specify that jeans are not allowed, and some say no vests, shorts, flip flops and other beachwear for example. Again the best advice would be to check with the cruise line before embarking.

Different Clothing for Different Destinations

The clothing you decide to pack will of course be in relation to where you’ll be cruising to. If you’re off to the sunny Caribbean be sure to pack plenty of summery clothes, sunglasses and a hat. If you’ll be cruising to Antarctica or a cold part of the world on the other hand, remember layers are key! Another thing to consider with regards to destinations is the attractions and sites you’ll be going to see. If they include any religious places for example, you’ll likely need to cover up from shoulders to knees, and maybe your head. Consider bringing a shawl or scarf just to be prepared.

 

Themed Cruises

Many cruise lines today offer themed experiences, whether for the duration or just one night. Anything happening onboard should be mentioned to you at the time of booking, but be sure to ask to double check. Taking part in the theme is optional, but most guests like to get involved with outfits and accessories and such, and often these are available to buy onboard. Themes could be anything from 80s to Star Wars.

While there are some things to consider when it comes to what to wear on a cruise, it’s certainly not something to be overly worried about. Remember everyone is in the same boat, (pun intended!) and the likelihood is there will be a big mix of outfits and styles onboard. Take a look at our guide to packing for different climate zones for some more helpful hints and tips.



Hot vs Cold Cruising

clock 2nd May 2018 | comment0 Comments

With more and more choices of cruising styles and destinations becoming available, it can seem overwhelming when it comes to making a decision about where and when to go. Well, one of the first things that should be considered is what kind of holiday you’re looking for – a hot and sunny one with plenty of opportunities to swim and sunbathe, or a cold one with chances to explore new surroundings. Read on for our helpful overview of hot versus cold cruising.

Cruising in a Hot Destination

 

Where to go

There are plenty of sunny spots to choose from for your next cruise holiday. From popular cruise destinations in the Caribbean and Mediterranean, to more unusual places in South America, Africa, or Asia, there are places to suit everyone. When deciding, consider who you’re travelling with and what you’re looking for in a holiday. The Mediterranean can be great for families who only want short flights - or even no flights at all - whereas the Caribbean is wonderful for couples looking to relax and recharge. On the other hand, if you’re after a bit of adventure you could opt for an enriching itinerary in Peru which includes Macchu Picchu, or an exciting experience on the Mekong River taking in Cambodia and Vietnam.

 

What to pack

No matter where you decide to go on your hot weather cruise holiday, there are some must-pack items that it’s important not to forget;

  • Sun cream
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun hat
  • Water bottle – ideally foldable
  • Scarf/shawl – for covering up from the sun and at attractions if required
  • Flip Flops or slider shoes for by the pool
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    Cruising in a Cold Destination

     

    Where to go

    While hot destinations are often the more popular choice, cruise lines are now travelling to an abundance of cooler places all over the world. Adventurous cruisers have the chance to take on the elements on an expedition cruise in the Arctic and Antarctic, or those wanting to stay a little closer to home could enjoy a European river cruise wandering through the magical Christmas markets. Scandinavia also offers some wonderful cruising opportunities in the winter, for instance traversing the Norwegian fjords is on many a bucket list. Canada and Alaska cruises are also becoming more popular as more cruise ships are being designed to tackle the environment.

     

    What to pack

    When travelling in cold destinations it’s important to be prepared. When it comes to exploring the various ports or taking part in excursions – or even if you’ll be spending time on the deck – you’ll need the proper clothing. Consider packing the following;

     

  • Thermal layers – vests and leggings are helpful and take up little room in your suitcase
  • Winter boots – well-insulated boots are a must
  • Winter coat – ideally to the knee in length, and with a hood
  • Extra socks – both thin and thick; layering is key
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    Armed with this information, the next step is to take a look at your own cruising wish list and determine exactly what you’re looking for. Both hot and cold cruises can deliver a fantastic range of experiences, so if you’re still none the wiser why not call our team for some great advice and to discuss your options. It might even be possible to create your own tailor-made cruise holiday, which offers both hot and cold destinations.



    5 Things to do in Seattle

    clock 30th April 2018 | comment0 Comments

    Seattle is famous for many things, from Starbucks, to Frasier, and Microsoft, and it unsurprisingly offers a huge range of things to do and see. If your North America cruise includes a stop here, it can seem daunting to decide what to choose – particularly if you only have a day or so. For a little help and guidance, find out what our Marketing Manager Nicole recommends are the 5 top things to do in Seattle.

     

     

    Seattle is so much more than Starbucks coffee and music. During my 4 days there I experienced a variety of activities and adventures giving me a good overview of the city. Here are my top recommendations.

    1. See the Chihuly Garden and Glass

    This is a must when visiting the city of Seattle. It showcases the artwork of Dale Chihuly - an internationally acclaimed artist. His collection contains 8 exhibition galleries and 3 Drawing Walls. Be prepared to be gobsmacked by the creations of blown-glass in various colours and shapes hanging from the roof, suspended in mid-air and growing out of the ground.

    2. Dine at the Edgewater Hotel

    Please, please order their King Crab platter, truly suited for a king. The restaurant is situated on the water and overlooking the marine, so diners can enjoy beautiful sunsets while indulging their palette. This is the same hotel The Beatles were infamously photographed fishing from their hotel window!

     

     

    3. A Ride the Ducks Tour

    This is a great one-of-a-kind experience, giving tourists an hour or two of great laughs and sightseeing through the city. After a land tour the bus-come-boat then heads for the water on which you’ll be treated to a gentle cruise, before riding back out on to dry land.

    4. A Whale-Watching Tour

    One of the most memorable experiences was the Puget Sound Express whale watching tour. We were fortunate enough to see an Orca, humpback whale, minke and sperm whale. The crew onboard is very quick to respond, and they do their utmost to get you as close to the whales as possible. It’s an experience I will truly never forget.

     

     

    5. The Savour Seattle Food Tour

    This tour introduced us to the history of Pike Place Market; a spot where people come from all over the world to experience the ambience and taste of fresh produce. Pike Place market is also home to the first Starbucks Coffee - where they still use the original logo. On an average day people queue for up to four hours to buy a cup of coffee and their souvenir mug from the first ever Starbucks coffee shop.

    Many cruise lines include a stop in Seattle on itineraries in the northwest corner of North America. Discover more about cruising in Alaska and Canada, and combining your cruise with the fantastic Rocky Mountaineer train ride. This exhilarating experience links Canada to the United States – from Seattle to Vancouver – a journey which Nicole was lucky enough to take. Discover her helpful hints and tips for things to do in Vancouver next.



    5 Things to do in Vancouver

    clock 26th April 2018 | comment0 Comments

    The northwest corner of the North American continent boasts a fabulous array of things to see and do in each city, so much so that visitors might feel a little overwhelmed with their choices. If your cruise includes a stop in Vancouver, why not get some inspiration from someone who has been there to explore? Our Marketing Manager Nicole is here to tell you her top 5 things to do in Vancouver.

    1. Capilano Supsension Park Bridge

    This was one of my absolute favourite sites. Suspended 70 meters above the ground and 137 meters across the Capilano River, it’s one of the oldest attractions in Vancouver. Once you get across the bridge there is a network of platforms enabling you to walk about amongst the tree tops, with some of the trees being over 100 years old. Or you can opt for a cliff side walk and see the river in all its glory.

     

     

    2. The FlyOver Canada Simulator

    I would recommend this to every tourist in the city, as it gives you a clear impression of everything the country has to offer. Once strapped into your rollercoaster-like seat, you are elevated towards a 180 degree screen, before a unique film begins. All your senses are awakened by smells, wind, and mist as you soar over Canada’s incredible landscapes.

    3. The Vancouver Foodie Tour

    As a self-proclaimed foodie, I also thoroughly enjoyed this experience. It was held in the Granville Island Public Market, where we had the opportunity to taste artisan breads, cured meats, Canadian Maple syrup, and the freshest doughnuts I’ve ever had! And this is only to mention but a few of the amazing palette-tantalising wares. This tour is rated TripAdvisor’s number 1 tour to do in Vancouver.

     

     

    4. Dine at the Four Seasons

    After a long day touring and exploring Vancouver, we were hosted for dinner at the Luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver for an extravagant meal at their seafood restaurant, YEW, which is said to serve the freshest flavour in the city.

    5. Take a Vancouver Brewery Tour

    Craft beer is a big deal in Vancouver – and rightly so. With some incredible varieties all over the city, one of the best ways to sample a few is on a brewery tour. The guides are extremely helpful and informative, taking the time to answer all the questions asked as thoroughly as possible.

     

     

    Vancouver is a popular segue port for Seattle, in fact both are often included on a number of Alaska and Canada cruises. As well as this, they are conveniently linked by the mighty Rocky Mountaineer – an historic train which transports passengers through some incredible scenery in this part of the world. In fact this is just what Nicole was able to do. Discover her advice for things to do in Seattle, and find out more about combining a cruise with the Rocky Mountaineer experience.



    5 Great Things about Cruising in South America

    clock 6th April 2018 | comment0 Comments

    While many of us may have the curiosity and temptation to visit South America, it can seem like a somewhat daunting idea to travel there independently. Thankfully though, many cruise lines offer fantastic itineraries in this destination which include stops in all the most exciting places. So if there’s anything left stopping you, get the inspiration you need with these 5 great things about cruising in South America.

     

    Peruvian Food

     

     

    Peru certainly has a lot to offer its visitors. With Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca, the Nazca Lines, and the Ballestas Islands among the top attractions, it’s easy to forget the more matter-of-fact aspects that the country has in store – one of which is the food. Peruvian food is among the best in South America, and capital Lima boasts some of the world’s top restaurants. Here are some must-try dishes:

  • Ceviche – probably Peru’s most famous dish, ceviche is made with raw fish, lime juice, and chilli
  • Lomo Saltado – similar to a beef stir-fry, this hearty, flavoursome dish will certainly satisfy your appetite
  • Papa a la Huancaína – boiled potatoes served with an egg, in a creamy yet spicy yellow sauce
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    Rio’s Atmosphere

     

     

    The world famous Rio carnival has given this capital a reputation it certainly deserves. While the event goes on for only around 10 days, the fun, party atmosphere is evident year-round. You’ll find that both residents and visitors like to spend their days sipping on cocktails and sunbathing on a beach like Copacabana or Ipanema, before heading to the vibrant streets of the city for food, drink, and dancing in the evenings. The friendly attitude of the locals is infectious, as are the sounds of musicians, whose tunes will stay in your head for days.

     

    Amazonian Wildlife

     

     

    On many South American cruises guests will get the opportunity to experience part of the beautiful Amazon rainforest. Stretching around 5.5million km over 9 countries, this incredible part of the world is home to thousands of species of plants and animals, many of which can be seen along its river banks. Sit back as you glide along one of the many rivers, and watch as the wildlife begins to reveal itself. Spot howler monkeys and sloths in amongst the trees, caimans on the edge of the water, and swooping macaws overhead. A cruise in the Amazon is among the best options for a wildlife cruise.

     

    Chilean Views

     

     

    At 2,500 miles from North to South, Chile is the longest country in the world – and as such all kinds of climate can be found across the country. Find extremes like the driest desert on earth - Atacama – in the North, to the impressive ice fields in the south. On a cruise to Chile, passengers will see scenery like never before, including some incredible fjords in the labyrinth of land that makes up the southern tip of the country, and the majestic glaciers in the Patagonian ice fields. Watch in awe as you sail past some of the most stunning views you will ever encounter.

     

    Cultural History

     

     

    South America has a vast and interesting cultural history, having been home to a number of different ethnic groups throughout the years. Incas, Mayans, Aztecs, Quechuas, and Muiscas – to name just a few of the more well-known civilisations – have all had a huge influence on today’s South America, and there is plenty of evidence of this all over. From famous sites like Machu Picchu and Chichen Itza, to the continued use of the ancient Quechuan language, and the traditional recipes still seen in rural areas, it’s clear to see that the significance of these cultures lives on.

    See our range of cruises to South America and find out more about your next adventure.



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