embarkation day

How to enjoy a stress-free Embarkation Day

Embarkation Day After a particularly bad embarkation day on a cruise a while ago, I decided it was time to think about how to make all future embarkation days successful and stress-free. I spoke to a bunch of experienced and smart cruisers to check my approach was right, tested it out on a series of…

7 Things Every First-Time Cruise Passenger Should Know

7 Things Every First-Time Cruise Passenger Should Know

7 Things Every First-Time Cruise Passenger Should Know When I started cruising, I made loads of mistakes. And it saddens me that when I go cruising today, I meet so many first-time cruisers still making those same mistakes. That’s why I’ve pulled together these seven things. They are all things that anyone thinking of going…

I’ve Changed My Mind About Cruise Gratuities. Here’s Why

Cruise Gratuities On my last cruise, a Queen Mary 2 crossing, I was nervous about disembarkation. Not because the trip was ending. I was apprehensive about a potentially uncomfortable encounter with my cabin steward. Him loitering and wondering if I was going to give him a tip, and me feeling guilty because I wasn’t. Gratuities…