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First Time Cruisers
If you are a first time cruiser you are in for a treat! Cruising can be a great experience provided you are aware of certain things and know how to get the most out of the experience.
If you are flying or driving, I recommend getting to the city where you will board the ship the day before you sail. This will prevent you from running to the ship at the last minute, hoping it is still there, should you have any problems with flight delays, lost luggage, traffic back-ups, etc. This will allow you to rest from your travel and give you ample time to get to the ship on the day it departs. Avoid getting to the ship at the earliest time allowed or at the last minute. Getting there in the middle of the hours designated to check in sometimes reduces the time you have to stand in line to check in.
Be aware of what the cost of the cruise includes and what it does not include. Normally (there are exceptions) the cost of the cruise includes your lodging on the cruise ship, all your meals, port charges, and transfers between the airport and the cruise ship (if you arrange transfers through the cruise line). Things that are usually not included in the price of your cruise are sodas, alcoholic beverages, spa services, shore excursions, tips for services rendered, and any items you purchase while on the ship. The material you receive from the cruise line should spell out what is covered in the cost of the cruise and what is not. If you are ever in doubt - ask!
Tipping on cruise ships is expected and there should be some guidelines on suggested amounts in the material you receive from the cruise line. Generally, the people you tip are your cabin steward, your waiters/waitresses, and the maitre 'd. After all, they do take good care of you!
Cruising is all about choices - your choices. If you want to dress for meals and eat in the formal dining room, you can. Or, you can dress down and eat in the informal café that most cruise ships have. In the evening, a choice of activities awaits you - a show, some gambling, or karaoke in the lounge. When the ship arrives at different ports you can get off and explore or stay on the ship and lounge by the pool. If you are traveling in a group, there's something for everyone.
If you've never cruised before - go ahead, give it a try! You'll be glad you did!
Boat Detailing - Final Process in the Reconditioning - Applying the Protective Sealant on Gel Coat
It is often recommended that you do not use any natural or pure Carnauba automotive waxes as they will tend to yellow the gel coat over time and not properly seal the boat from environmental marine contaminants, however we do not always agree with this. It is not recommended that you use any paste waxes except we do strongly recommend using 3M Ultra Performance, which is a paste wax.
Buying the Perfect Boat
Why is it, that when you are looking to buy a boat, you can never find one that suits your needs? This is what happens to many people every year and in particular to ourselves. It's just like buying a house.
Australia Cruise Expert Guide
Australia is a country of amazing diversity and awe- inspiring beauty. From grand cities to ancient coral reefs, there is no end of star attractions in the land of Oz and the best way to see them is to book yourself on an Australia cruise.
Many academics are unable to handle the possibility of ships that travelled the oceans as long ago as the Franchithi Caves dig that showed 13,000 B.C.
5 Steps to Crime Prevention at your Marina
Spending the day or weekend on your boat is one of the pleasures most boaters look forward to all the time. Unfortunately, the marinas where vessels are stored at are just as susceptible to crime as our homes and places of work, if not more so.
Affordable Weekend Getaways? Romantic Cruises!
If you are looking for affordable weekend getaways, romantic cruises may just be the answer. Unless you are living in the middle of a desert, there will undoubtedly be cruises of some nature within driving distance of your home.
Asia Cruise Expert Guide
Ever since Marco Polo returned from his 24-year trek to China at the end of the 13th century, Asia has beckoned travelers from around the world to explore its enchanted lands courtesy of an Asia cruise. Befitting of a continent that is the largest on Earth, the mesh of countries that make up this landmass embrace some mind-blowing extremes.
Back to Nature: Observing Marine Life When Boating
"Whether you boat on fresh water or on the ocean, there is a lot of marine life to observe and appreciate. We boat in the Pacific Northwest off the west coast around the islands and straits of the Pacific Ocean.
Why Take a Cruise Vacation?
Have you considered taking a cruise vacation but just aren't sure if it would be right for you? With all the cruise lines available, all the cruise destinations, the range of prices, there is a cruise for just about everyone.Do you commute to work every day, sitting in traffic for perhaps hours? Think about it, on a cruise you don't drive anywhere for 7, 10, 14 days or more.
Whats Involved With Honeymoon Cruise Packages?
With so many honeymoon cruise packages to choose from, it can be difficult to decide which one will provide the most romantic and relaxing environment for you and your loved one. The following tips should be helpful to anyone planning for honeymoon cruise vacations.
Meguiars RV and Marine Boat Cleaners and Waxes; Test Results
One of the most famous and popular brands in the wax industry is Meguiar's. Meguiar's has stood the test of time as a brand name.
Family Cruise: Family Get-Together for Fun
Family Cruise: Happy Times you will not forgetA family cruise is a perfect getaway with loads of fun and excitement for everybody. Whenever you have kids bored with the usual stuff amusement parks, theater and all and your spouse needs a change, plan a cruise.
Dock Cleaning Procedures
It is important when cleaning a dock that you use these steps as to not cause wood damage or hardship. If you do not follow these steps, we told you so.
Sea and rich people: where else to find a better combination than in Monaco! A real Monaco yachts parade can be admired throughout the year in the Hercule Port, beside the local yearly yachting events. From imposing, big-sized ones to neat, small, jewel yachts.
What Is Best For You; An Inflatable Kayak Or A Hard-Shell Kayak?
If you are buying a kayak for the very first time it is very exciting but there are a lot of things that you need to consider and to think about. You will need to consider what type of kayak you need for the type of activity you will be doing with it.
Like a Chicken to Water... Your First Steps on a Boat
Some people step onto a boat and are straight at home. For them the challenge, the mechanics, the simple joy of sailing all combine to make the sport less of a pastime and more of a necessity.
If You Can Afford A Vacation - You Can Afford A Cruise!
Some vacations are just more fun than others!There will be very few times in your life when you are completely free. Free from cares, responsibilities, chores, deadlines, timetables, ringing phones or demanding voices.
Beautiful Tropical Beaches!
The world is blessed with wonderful beautiful sandy tropical beaches. These golden sun drenched beaches are just waiting for us to come and enjoy.
Water Molecule Alignment for Increased Speed In the Water
A submarine can move faster thru the water if the water molecules are all aligned the same way. This can be done a number of ways.
Take a Wine-Tasting Tour While Yachting
Just think of it, the world of opulence and leisure: You're on a luxury yacht. You're sailing the ocean blue, not a care in the world.
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