Category Archives: Shipboard Life

Cruising Gluten Free

Cruise ships have come a long way from the time people had to arrange for every gluten free item they might eat on a voyage in advance of the cruise. Now gluten free selections are often available to anyone at … Continue reading

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Surviving 22 Days On A Cruise Ship With No Guest Laundries

Some cruise lines have self-serve guest laundries on all their ships. Some have them on some of their ships. Others never have any laundry facilities for the passengers on any of their ships. On any major cruise ship you can … Continue reading

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North Pacific Crossing

We started our journey on the Amtrak Cascades train from Washington State into Vancouver B.C. on a rainy day. The train was full of people traveling to various cruise ships, some for that day and some for the next. One … Continue reading

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Royal Princess

Royal Princess is the first of Princess’ Royal class, which also includes the Regal Princess, Majestic Princess, the soon to launch Sky Princess, and coming in 2020 the Enchanted Princess. Sister line P&O’s Britiannia also has a lot of similarities … Continue reading

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Strange Happenings on a Cruise Ship

In some ways every cruise is different, but in other ways they are pretty much the same. The ship sets sail. Some days are spent at sea and others in port, there’s lots of food and plenty of entertainment. On … Continue reading

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Which Cruise Lines Are the Most Kid-Friendly?

Cruising With Kids Cruising is becoming ever more popular and young families with kids make up a good portion of the growth. When planning a cruise it always helps to take into consideration the ages of the people you’re cruising … Continue reading

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Dinner At The Captain’s Table

In the afternoon of the first formal night on Royal Caribbean‘s Explorer of the Seas we found an invitation in our cabin to eat at the Captain’s Table that night. Of course we responded yes. We’d never been invited to … Continue reading

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Westerdam Ocean View Cabins

Like any cabin category, ocean view cabins can vary from ship to ship and even among cabins on the same ship. Holland America Westerdam is no exception having lower level ocean view cabins on deck 1, obstructed ocean view cabins … Continue reading

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Holland America Westerdam

Somehow when sailing with Holland America we always end up on one of the same 3 ships – either the Oosterdam, Westerdam, or Veendam, even though none of the cruises have been repeats of a previous cruise and the starting … Continue reading

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Oosterdam Galley Tour

One sea day on Holland America Oosterdam the daily newsletter listing all the events for the day had a free galley tour on the schedule. It’s always fun to get a peek behind the scenes, especially when you can do … Continue reading

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