Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger Part 2 - Lucy Williams Global

 

Welcome to the new Sunday feature a ‘Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger’. Earlier this year we had ‘The Officer Wife Series Travel & Cruise Tips Q & A’ and I had such great feedback I thought let’s get another cruise perspective and who better to ask than the actual passengers!

Being an officer wife on a cruise ship, I meet some lovely people from all over the world and I found some great volunteers to give you all their cruise tips.

This week we will feature the couple, Terry & Mary Jane. They are from the USA. They have been cruising for over 35 for years and have been on over 50 cruises! So they know their stuff when it comes to cruising.

Terry & Mary Jane, are fans of my blog and wanted to say they enjoy reading and like the helpful tips and interesting information on the ports of call that are provided in the blog. They are so sweet!

Let’s see what cruise tips they have for you.

 

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What is your favourite port in the world?

Sydney, Australia.

 

What is your favourite cruise?

A cruise around Italy.

 

Why do you like cruising?

The interesting ports of call and the number of areas you can see all without unpacking.

What cruise tips would you give to a first-time cruiser?

Don’t try to do every activity on board the ship, do not overpack and do not forget to enjoy the ports of call.

 

Do you have any packing tips?

Yes, packing cubes are great and they fit into the drawers on board the ship, so you simply pull them out of your suitcase and put them in the drawer.

 


 

What type of cabin do you prefer onboard?

Mid-level, midship Balcony or depending on the price a mini-suite.

 

Do you like formal nights? 

Yes, because we like to dress up once in awhile.

 

Do you book your cruises far in advance or last minute?

Both, as booking in advance can get you great benefits when booking onboard and last minute, as some of the last minute deals are great.

 

Is there a lot of planning involved for you when you book a cruise?

Yes, depending on the ports we visit. We look at what should be done in the port. Plus we like to book land packages at the beginning and/or end of a cruise.

 

What is the longest cruise you have been on and would you do it again?

96 days and yes depending on the ports of call.

 

Read more Q & A’s with a cruise ship passenger:

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 1

 

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7 Must Visit Cities for Nature and Outdoor Lovers

 

When it comes to travelling, most people think that have to choose between the outdoors and the city. But is this always the case? We don’t think so. Indeed, there are some cities that seem to straddle the line between natural beauty and culture vulture fun just fine. From Vancouver to Queenstown, these cities are able to delight visitors with the magic of the outdoors and all the cosmopolitan touches of modern life. Take a read of our seven favourites below.

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Vancouver, Canada

How many cities can you swim in the morning, ski in the afternoon, and then check out a world-class show in the evening? Not many, but you can in Vancouver. OK, you’re unlikely to want to swim and then ski (how cold would that water be?), but you get the idea. Vancouver has mountains on its north shore and then more as you head up into Whistler. The downtown area resembles New York, too, so this is definitely a big city with a lot going on.

Boulder, Colorado

When people head to Colorado, they tend to stop by Denver, but a better choice might be Boulder. This city is full of young people and old hippies, but what’s more is that it’s located within an easy driving distance of Rocky Mountain National Park. This area is, of course, one of the most beautiful in America, and there’ll be no shortage of hiking trails and other sights of interest to explore while you’re there. And then there’s all the surrounding beauty too, such as that found in Utah. All in all, this is the perfect road trip destination!

Queenstown, New Zealand

A city that’s equal parts nature and city-life, Queenstown is an ideal option for people who love the outdoors but who also know that they’ll want something lively happening in the evening. Book a stay at Absoloot Value Backpackers, and you’ll be able to do any number of outdoor activities during the day, and then, in the evening, go bar-hopping in the lively downtown area. In short, this city has most of what people look for in a trip: excitement, relaxation, stunning views, and things to do.

 

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Bergen, Norway

Norway might not be the cheapest city you’ll ever visit, but it’s guaranteed that you won’t be disappointed by it. There’s nature everywhere in Bergen, and there are more beautiful views than you can shake a stick at. You won’t have to go very far from the city centre to find a place to hike or have a scenic lunch, or whatever you like to do in the outdoors. And actually, what’s somewhat surprising is that Bergen has so much to do in the night. It’s a big music place, with a lot of jazz to be found at bars across the city, and some delicious food, too (though be prepared to pay top dollar).

Barcelona, Spain

When people think of Barcelona, they usually think of tapas and sunshine, and maybe some scenes from Vicky Cristina Barcelona. What may have passed those who haven’t yet visited is that it’s awesome for nature lovers, too. For starters, you’ve got miles of coastline – not just in the city itself, but in the surrounding towns. And pretty much surrounding the city are mountains – and just beyond them are national parks, more coastlines, and so on. As such, it’s a city that ensures you’ll never run out of things to do if you’re someone who loves spending time in the outdoors.

Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage might not have as much culture as the other cities listed here, but it’s certainly got its fair share of nature. It’s worth visiting just for the sublime views from downtown. And wait until you get up close…

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is an amazing place. It somehow integrates city life with the dramatic landscape; beautiful stuff. While there, the main draw will be Table Mountain, one of the most iconic views in the world, but there are also things like Cape Point Nature Reserve, the beaches of Clifton, and many nature reserves, too.

 

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Final Thoughts

So there you have it. Next time it comes to selecting a trip away, don’t rack your brain trying to think of the type of trip that’s right for you; choose one of the cities above, and enjoy the best of all worlds. Indeed, once you’ve seen that you can kind of have it all on your travels, you’re unlucky to go back to picking any other type of trip again!

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Why You Should Book A Skiing Trip - It's Good For Your Health!

 

In many parts of the world, we have just celebrated midsummer and lots of us are dreaming of sun-filled days on the long summer vacation. One thing we are most likely not to be considering is booking a winter skiing holiday!

However, if you start to research and plan your winter skiing holiday now you are likely to be able to get the best deals and there will be more choice of accommodation and flights.

 

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The months have a habit of flying by and before you know it you could have left the whole booking process to the last minute!

You could consider tailoring your holiday to your exact needs by using a company such as www.arinsal.co.uk/holidays/, you will be able to choose the exact number of days of your holiday duration and what day of the week you would like to fly.

So, put on your sunglasses, pour yourself a cool drink and read on to discover why you should consider booking a skiing holiday this winter!

 

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It’s exciting

Skiing is exciting and fun, it also gives the ultimate adrenaline rush. As you gather speed on the slopes you feel as though you’re flying!

The occasional fall and tumble is brushed aside as you get up and try again. Skiing is exciting for all ages and children can get their first taste of skiing with expert tuition on the nursery slopes. For real adrenaline junkies, you could always diversify and try your hand at snowboarding!

Health benefits

Because skiing is such an exciting sport it’s easy to forget that it is actually a form of exercise! Your body will experience aches and pains never experienced before as you use forgotten about muscles.

As skiing is an outdoor sport you will be breathing in clear mountain, glacier air, people with respiratory issues have noted improvements just by being in the fresh air.

Exercising outside also lifts the mood and gives a real “feel good” effect. The apres ski often accompanying skiing will also enhance your mood. You will end your holiday feeling truly happy and relaxed!

 

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A midwinter boost

Winters can be long, dark and gloomy. The period after Christmas can be a difficult time for many and leaves many of us feeling a little down in the dumps. A skiing holiday during this period, is just what you need for giving focus and lifting spirits.

Learn something new!

Learning to ski is a skill, it’s an opportunity to try something new. As your skills progress you will be able to use your newfound abilities in coordination to master trickier slopes. Learning new skills is great for self-esteem and keeps life interesting.

Skiing is definitely something to try at least once and it’s not just a sport for the fit and athletic, all sorts of people, who are all sorts of shapes and sizes enjoy skiing as a hobby. It can be as strenuous as you like, as gravity plays a major part.  

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Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger Part 1 - Lucy Williams Global

 

Welcome to the new Sunday feature a ‘Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger’. Earlier this year we had ‘The Officer Wife Series Travel & Cruise Tips Q & A’ and I had such great feedback I thought let’s get another cruise perspective and who better to ask than the actual passengers!

Being an officer wife on a cruise ship, I meet some lovely people from all over the world and I found some great volunteers to give you all their cruise tips.

This week we will feature Kathy A. She is from California in the USA. She has been on around 25 cruises! So she knows a lot about cruising. Let’s see what cruise tips she has for you.

 

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What is your favourite port in the world?

My favourite port is Los Angeles (San Pedro) California. This is where I start and finish several great cruises. I also like Vancouver for its beauty going up to Alaska.

What is your favourite cruise?

My favourite cruise is to Alaska. Such natural beauty each time I’m up there. (7 times so far!)

Why do you like cruising?

I like cruising since it’s a floating hotel, restaurant, gym, theatre, all onboard while travelling to different ports around the world. I really enjoy unpacking my bags just once on a trip! I enjoy meeting people from around the world and enjoy nurturing several lifelong friendships from my days onboard!

What cruise tips would you give to a first-time cruiser?

First-time cruiser – enjoy and try everything! Take it all in! Have fun!

Do you have any packing tips?

Packing tips – take half of what you think you need! Read Lucy’s blog on packing too! :.))

What type of cabin do you prefer onboard?

I prefer a cabin with a window or balcony. I love to see the scenery and what’s coming on the port side!

Do you like formal nights? 

I like formal nights! I like to get dressed up and enjoy a special night of seeing others dressed up, taking pictures, captain’s champagne reception, and enjoying the overall atmosphere onboard!

Do you book your cruises far in advance or last minute?

We have done both types of reservations over the years. We have booked in advance to get a specific trip and room. We have also booked at the last minute just to get onboard for a last minute trip.

Is there a lot of planning involved for you when you book a cruise?

We do not do a lot of planning when booking a cruise since we let the expert our travel agent do the work! She will take care of all the details for us! We just tell her when, where, and she gives us several options and then off we go.

What is the longest cruise you have been on and would you do it again?

The longest cruise we’ve been on was a 28 day trip to Hawaii and Tahiti. Yes, we would go again when we have time to see all of those islands and see their beauty once again!

 

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5 Tips How to Buy & Pack a Capsule Wardrobe - Lucy Williams Global

I get asked how I pack a capsule wardrobe and you know if I get asked a question it gets turned into a blog post! So here it is how to buy & pack a capsule wardrobe!

I have written about you how to pack for cruises with a capsule wardrobe, but it all starts with how you shop. Here I am going to break down the process for you.

Shopping for clothes you either enjoy or hate! Sometimes I enjoy it, but sometimes I hate it, especially when I cannot find exactly what I am looking for.

These days you do not have to traipse around the shops, you can do it from the comfort of your own home online and shop your favourite stores like Nordstrom’s, Sak’s, Marks an Spencer’s, Next, ASOS, just name a few. Just shop from the brands that you know the sizing.

If you use the following tips when shopping, your home wardrobe will become a capsule wardrobe as you are sticking to certain colours instead of having a mismatch of colours.

This is how I shop, and my life has become a lot easier to dress daily when I am at home and when I am travelling.

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5 Tips How to Buy & Pack a Capsule Wardrobe - Lucy Williams Global

Tip 1 How to Buy & Pack a Capsule Wardrobe

The big question, how? It is very simple; first pick base colours for trousers, skirts and shorts. Pick 3 or 4 base colours.

Black, Navy, White, Beige, Brown, Blue Jeans, etc

For example, pick:

  • Black, beige and white or
  • Navy, blue jeans and brown


Tip 2 How to Buy & Pack a Capsule Wardrobe

Second pick colours for tops, blouses, vests, dresses, etc. This can be any colour of the rainbow but only pick 3 or 4 colours.

  • Navy, Blue, Red, Coral, Pink, Orange, Yellow, Green, Purple, Lilac, White, Black, Brown, etc

For example, pick:

  • Navy, coral, white and black or
  • Red, purple, black and pink


Tip 3 How to Buy & Pack a Capsule Wardrobe

Thirdly all tops and bottoms should be able to work together, for causal looks and the same for evening looks. This way lots of different outfits can be made.

Stick to block colours, not patterns. It is a lot easier to mix and match block colours than many patterns. Use accessories to change outfits up.

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Tip 4 How to Buy & Pack a Capsule Wardrobe

Forth, when picking shoes and handbags again they need to match your outfits, not just one. Pick colours shoes and handbags that match your outfits.

Neutral colours like beige, black, navy, tan is good. Clothes, bags and shoes should be able to mix and match for casual looks and evening looks.


Tip 5 How to Buy & Pack a Capsule Wardrobe

Fifth, once you have your colour theme, play with your clothes and make outfits. Then you are ready to pack.

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How to Pack a Capsule Wardrobe

Now you have your outfits, you will realise how little clothes you really need for a week or two away. When you pack think about what you will be doing, what the weather will be like, how many nights you need to dress up.

For example, if you are packing for a week away to warm climate (just double up for two weeks if you do not want to wash when on vacation) on average this should be sufficient, but you could even get away with less:

  • 7 casual tops
  • 2 causal bottoms
  • 5 evening tops
  • 2 evening bottoms
  • 2 casual pairs of shoes
  • 1 evening pair of shoes
  • Casual handbag
  • Evening handbag

Or

  • 5 casual tops
  • 2 causal bottoms
  • 1 casual dress
  • 3 evening tops
  • 1 evening bottoms
  • 2 evening dresses
  • 2 pairs of casual shoes
  • 1 pair of evening shoes
  • Casual handbag
  • Evening handbag

Bring underwear that goes with all your outfits and the same for accessories. All jewellery and scarves should go with most outfits to compliment and dress them up.

Add other items you may need like swimsuits, gym kits, hiking gear, warmer items of clothing if going to a cold climate, etc. When adding these items think how many bikinis you really need and will you really use your gym kit!

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