So You Wanna Be A Cruise Writer? – If there’s one thing those muster drills teach us, it’s to always be ready.
Monday Mantra The Write Stuff…The Write Stuff…The Write Stuff… So You Wanna Be A Cruise Writer? If there’s one thing those muster drills teach us, it’s to always be ready. A lot of people ask me how I got into freelance cruise writing. In my case, I simply answered the phone. And it was a
Monday Mantra Whatever Shall I Wear?… Whatever Shall I Wear?… Whatever Shall I Wear?… Code Dread! Informally, there’s nothing “smart” about “casual.” Okay, I give up. What exactly is “smart casual” dress? I picture a rather untidy person in jeans and a T-shirt carrying the latest
Norwegian Escape to Feature LACOSTE and Carolina Herrera Boutiques Cruise News – Sept. 10, 2015 Norwegian Cruise Line has announced two new shopping opportunites aboard Norwegian Escape — boutiques by LACOSTE and Carolina Herrera. The shops will be the first at sea for each brand, as well
Monday Mantra Prepare for Takeoff…Prepare for Takeoff…Prepare for Takeoff… Full Uptight Position The worst thing about a luxury cruise? The flight to get there. Countdown! A week from tomorrow, I’m off to Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2, rated the world’s best cruise ship by Berlitz. And already,
Porthole’s Five Faves Are You Cruisers Ready For Some Football? America’s game is back, both on the gridiron and at sea! It’s been a long offseason waiting for football to finally get here, so what better way to kick off this week’s NCAA games and next week’s NFL Week 1 action than by …
Porthole’s Monday Mantra BYOB…BYOB…BYOB! Top Shelf Cover to cover and stem to stern, there’s no better friend on board. I’m bringing my own. And I don’t care how heavy it is and I don’t care if I don’t finish it, I refuse to board a ship to find a limited or lackluster selection. Wai
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The World Is My Oyster! – Flights of fancy are fine, and trains of thought will get you there eventually … but what can beat a cruise around the world?
Porthole’s Monday Mantra Let’s Pretend … Let’s Pretend … Let’s Pretend … The World Is My Oyster! Flights of fancy are fine, and trains of thought will get you there eventually … but what can beat a cruise around the world? I’m going on a World Cruise! Actually, I’m not, but I wan
Porthole’s Monday Mantra Virgin thoughts…Virgin thoughts…Virgin thoughts… A Virgin Wish List Mr. Branson … Richard … we’re ready to be shaken up. It’s an amazing time for us cruise nuts! In the coming years, we’ll see exciting new ships from Holland America Line, Carnival Cruise Li
Porthole Cruise News Briefs Aug. 14, 2015 Carnival Cruise Line is upping its online game, increasing Internet access on board by widening access to its social media package fleetwide. They’re also spreading Carnival Breeze’s popular onboard app to five additional ships by the end of the year, th
Porthole’s Monday Mantra Cruise for the Blues…Cruise for the Blues…Cruise for the Blues… Here Comes the Cruise! The best cure for what ails you is full steam ahead! I have not one, not two, but three cruises on the horizon! I usually roll my eyes when braggarts bend my ear with details of th
Porthole’s Five Faves Crewmember Confessions Porthole got some onboard staffers to spill it We at Porthole Cruise Magazine have connections. We know people. People who are on cruise ships not to enjoy the never-ending food buffets, explore the world’s most amazing ports of call, or spend their t
Monday Mantra A Clothes Call….A Clothes Call…A Clothes Call… Coming Clean One of the greatest resources on board is a well-equipped laundry. When I design a cruise ship, it may not have a water park, a myriad of alternative dining venues, all-suite accommodations, or butler service, but it wil
Superstitions at Sea Fortunately for your mama’s back, the ocean has no cracks to cruise over or inadvertently step on. That doesn’t mean the sea is without its share of unique beliefs and interesting ways of dealing with them. So you’re in the cruise ship elevator and you noticed there’s no
Monday Mantra Gambling! Sort of …. Gambling! Sort of … Gambling! Sort of … Luck, Be a Cruiser Tonight! Hot streaks happen — whether we want them or not. “Wait! I’ll go with you! Just let me get rid of this,” I say to Rosemary as she’s headed for the ship’s piano bar. What I’m [&h
Monday Mantra Ode to the open seating… Ode to the open seating… Ode to the open seating…. Roll of the Dinner Dice You can pick your cruise mates — but not necessarily your tablemates. “Would you like to join others for dinner?” Wouldn’t it be great if you get the lowdown on
Celebrity Cruises Partners with Project Runway Cruise News – July 10, 2015 Celebrity Cruises has become Project Runway’s first-ever cruise line partner. Save the date for the upcoming August 20 episode of the Emmy-nominated competition series, which will feature special guest Lisa Lutoff-P
Monday Mantra Cashless cruising!… Cashless cruising!… Cashless cruising! Don’t Show Me the Money! Foreign bills can be fun… maybe… for some people.… Nothing’s better than entering your cabin on embarkation day and ditching your wallet in the safe knowing your signature is all y
Monday Mantra Rainy Days and Sea Days… Rainy Days and Sea Days… Rainy Days and Sea Days… There Goes the Sun What do you do when the tropical rain soaks your ship? Yay! We’re at sea! You wake and imagine a full day lazing in the sun, sipping cool drinks and reading, listening to music, [&hell