Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 5

Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger - Part 5 - 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 Ms Vicki and she is from Perrysburg, Ohio in the USA. Her first cruise was in 1983 and she been on a cruise every 4-5 years until 2011. Then when her kids were grown, she started cruising more and has been on almost 40 cruises in total.

Let’s see what great cruise tips Ms Vicki has for you.

 

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Our ship docked at Grand Turk with my husband

 

What is your favourite port in the world?

South Pacific/Hawaii

 

What is your favourite cruise?

That is a tie between the British Isles Cruise (2014) and the Hawaii/Tahiti Cruise (2017)

 

Why do you like cruising?

The greatest escape I can think of! Sea days are the best. When the ship docks in a port, I only get off the ship about 50% of the time. 

I also enjoy being able to see so many places without having to pack, unpack, get transport to hotel, unpack, find a restaurant for dinner, find an activity to do near hotel, after a day or 2 repack, get transport to airport, wait for flight, fly to next destination, and start the whole process over again. 

Cruising is about doing what you want to do. You can do all the ship’s activities, or none of them (just curl up with a good novel) and relax.

 

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

Get on as many Facebook cruising groups as you can because there is so much information to be gained from these sites!

 

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My husband, my Mom and me on the Tahiti cruise last October

Do you have any packing tips?

Pack your suitcase. Now take out 1/2  of your clothes. Pack your wallet. Now put twice as much cash in it.

 

What type of cabin do you prefer onboard?

Rear balcony is great for views and quietness.

 

Do you like formal nights?

YES!!! I am an old fudd and I enjoy dressing up. Being with your husband for a night dining and dancing, all dressed up, makes you both horny and ready for great sex!  (THIS BLOG IS FOR ADULTS ONLY, RIGHT?! LOL!)

 

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 5 - Lucy Williams Global

My husband and me with some people we met from Canada on a Panama Canal cruise in 2014.

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

I have booked anywhere from 6 months to 6 weeks ahead.

 

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

Not for quick get-a-ways. If the cruise is longer than 7 days, it requires more planning. No different than any other vacation. A cruise of any length requires substantially less planning than any other type of vacation as so much of it is planned for you. (Entertainment, dining options, etc)

 

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

28 days! I would do it 12 times a year if money were no object!

 


 

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

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 1

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 2

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 3

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 4

 

I hope you enjoyed reading a Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger. They gave some great cruise tips and next Sunday you can read more Q & A’s.

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Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger – Part 4

Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger Part 4 - 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, Michael and Gale. They are from  Colorado and Arizona in the USA. They have been cruising for over 33 for years and have been on around 90 cruises! So they know their stuff when it comes to cruising. They just love cruising and they are happy when they are on a Cruise Ship!

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

 

Part 1 Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger

We just love cruising – we are happy when we are on a Cruise Ship!!!

 

What is your favourite port in the world?

No special port. Most ports are great.

 

What is your favourite cruise?

World Cruise in 2017 on the Pacific Princess.

 

Why do you like cruising?

We love cruising because you don’t have to keep packing and unpacking. Get onboard the ship and put your stuff away and enjoy your time. You get great food. You have a great place to stay because someone else does our laundry and our room steward takes great care of us.

 

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

Take a short 3-day cruise first and make sure you like it. Then if you do like cruising – make them longer and longer. Make a list after you get in your cabin for your room steward of your needs. Extra items you would like – like extra kleenex, extra ice, extra hangars, etc. The room steward can’t read your mind and he’ll be glad you told him

Do you have any packing tips?

Make a very thorough list so you are not sorry you forgot something. In some countries, you may not be able to find things you really want.

 


 

What type of cabin do you prefer onboard?

We used to always just stay in balcony rooms but now we like the extra space that is in a Mini-Suite.

 

Do you like formal nights? 

We cruise about 100 to 150 days a year and are tired of getting all dressed up. We do the formal nights if they have them but really prefer not to have them anymore. We do always dress nice enough at night to eat in the dining room.

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

We book our cruises far in advance – about 1 to 1 and a half years ahead. We do this so we are able to get the floor and room that we want.

 

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

We pick the basic itinerary, places, length of cruise, etc. and then find the cruise and cruise ship that we like. The planning doesn’t take too long.

 

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

Our longest cruise has been the World Cruise in 2017 (111 days) on the Pacific Princess. And yes we would certainly do it again because we recently booked another World Cruise for 2020. It will be 118 days on the Viking Sun.

 

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

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 1

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 2

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 3

I hope you enjoyed reading a Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger. They gave some great cruise tips and next Sunday you can read more Q & A’s.

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Happy Cruising!

Love Lucy x

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Backpack Bliss: How To Explore Amsterdam On A Budget

Backpack Bliss: How To Explore Amsterdam On A Budget

 

Amsterdam is one of the best cities in the world to explore when you’re young – with great travel links, a vibrant culture, brilliant restaurants and so much to experience. And the good news is that it doesn’t have to be expensive either – with these travel tips there are ways to explore this amazing place on a budget and still have an incredible time.

 

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Cost Effective Culture Vulture

The city offers hundreds of niche museums that provide some of the best talking points of any trip – but all of those entry fees can quickly add up. But if you plan your visit carefully, you can select a few of the main highlights without breaking the bank. Amsterdam’s airport, Schiphol, plays host to a smaller outpost of NEMO, the interactive science museum, which offers free entry in contrast to the €15 entry fee of the main building in the centre.

If you shop around you may also be able to find discount tickets for the Heineken museum – brewery tours are a big attraction in Amsterdam. Many of the smaller, niche museums offer entry from as little as €5, such as the Houseboat Museum, or sign up to the newsletters of the larger art galleries in order to be notified about free entry events or upcoming discounts.

 

Backpack Bliss: How To Explore Amsterdam On A Budget

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Sign Up For Free Walking Tours

One of the best ways to explore this compact and bustling city is on foot, and when you throw an expert guide into the mix, it’s even better. Luckily for budget travellers, there are plenty to choose from. The Original Amsterdam Alternative Tour, which runs daily, is one of the best, featuring a taster of many offbeat city sights, including street art gems. You’ll learn about the city’s history, construction and golden age, spanning everything from the Nazi invasion to the legalisation of the red light district – well worth a look.

 

Sample The Street Food

Good food is plentiful in Amsterdam, but the restaurants can be somewhat on the pricey side – so save money by opting for the just as delicious street foods you’ll find, eaten canal-side taking in the views. Start with the legendary pancakes and waffles you’ll find, topped with savoury or sweet treats – everything from Thai red curry to goats cheese and pine nuts. Fancy pudding? Fresh strawberries and cream in a cup are available from street vendors on every corner when in season, or seek out some of the city’s legendary Indonesian cuisine for a taste of something different.

 

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Find a Budget Base

The backpacker hostels in Amsterdam are amazing and located in some of the hottest neighbourhoods, including former industrial zone Noord, which now hosts trendy bars and the EYE Film Institute, which often hosts free events. ClinkNOORD offers dorm rooms from just €18 in a historic 20s building with a stylish bar and a library – and you can easily catch a ferry across the Ij to be in the centre in around five minutes. Generator Amsterdam is another design-led hostel located near Oosterpark that is highly Instagrammable and yet won’t break the bank.

 

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Norway Travel Tips for First-Timers

Norway Travel Tips for First-Timers

If you are going to Norway then there are a couple of things that you need to think about. Take a look below to try and get some useful hints and tips to get you started.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Norway isn’t cheap. You may be looking at a couple of hundreds just to stay in a hostel dorm room.

A few of them will give you your breakfast for free and this is a great way for you to really get a good start to your day, but don’t expect anything fancy.

If you can, you should absolutely look at Air BNB rooms or chains, but this may require some extra planning. Some companies may even give you access to land for free if you have your own tent.

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This is a great way for you to travel anywhere in Norway while on a budget. On top of this, the people in Norway are very outdoorsy, so you will always have the option to meet new people along the way! Of course, summer in Norway is absolutely spectacular.

 

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Food

Eating out is expensive and this is especially the case when you want to dine out every single night. If you want to lower the cost then consider visiting some of the many street vendors that are around and even look out for quick snacks as well.

Grills are ideal for visiting if you want to keep the cost down and you can even rent a self-catering apartment. This gives you the chance to buy fresh vegetables and even chicken fillets for a very affordable price.

Meat is a staple in Norway so if you are a vegetarian then you may need to be a little creative when it comes to your dining options.

 

Transport

One great thing about Norway is that the transportation is very affordable. You really do pay for the distance that you travel.

There are a huge range of express trains that connect all over the place and they even go to National Parks as well. A lot of countries require you to go on sightseeing excursions if you want to do this but with Norway that is not the case at all. The buses there even have WiFi and it isn’t hard to take a trip to Sweden while you are at it.

 

Activities

Nothing can quite compare to the activities that are in Norway. A lot of courses and even tours are very affordable and you can even take a day tour to the fjord if you want for a very affordable price.

On top of this, you can camp anywhere as long as it is public land. The lands are spectacular, to say the least, and if you want to take advantage of other things that there are to do then look into kayaking, skiing, hiking.

 

Money Saving Tips!

If you want to save money when you go to Norway then the best thing that you can do is cook your own food. If you do want to eat out then consider opting for pizza or shawarma as these are the most affordable meals.

To save money, even more, try and couch surf. Also, remember that camping is completely free and that there are always camping sights near to the sightseeing excursions.

If you want to book a luxurious hotel then nothing will compare to this and Norway really is home to some of the finest hotels around.

The main thing that you have to remember here is that you will have to pay a steep price to stay in them. That brings about the question, is it worth it? Absolutely.

 

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Book in Advance

Another way that you can save money when you go to Norway is to book in advance. When you do book in advance, you can easily save money on your hotel and you can also save money on your flights as well.

When you do this, you’d be surprised at what options are available and you would also be surprised at how much money you can save.

After all, the more money you can save on your trip means far more spending money when you are there so do keep that in mind when the time does come for you to get started.

So Norway really is a fantastic place and you would be surprised at how much there is for you to see and do there. It’s great if you want to learn more about the sightseeing experiences around the world and it is also great if you have a keen interest in history as well.

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How to Enjoy the Local Cuisine When You Travel Whilst Pregnant

How to Enjoy the Local Cuisine When You Travel Whilst Pregnant

There’s no doubt you deserve a break from everyday life at some point during your pregnancy, and travel — whether you’re taking a staycation or a trip abroad — is the perfect way to do that.

But if you do choose to leave the country, there’s more to think about than usual, especially when it comes to food. Trying different meals is one of the best things about travelling, but not all foods are safe for pregnant women to eat.

Fortunately, there’s a way to enjoy the local cuisine when you travel whilst pregnant. All that’s needed is a little planning, and you’ll be well on your way.

Here are our top tips.

 

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How to Enjoy the Local Cuisine When You Travel Whilst Pregnant

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Research the local cuisine before you go

Don’t head off to the airport with absolutely no idea of what to expect when you reach your destination. Find out what kind of food will be served in restaurants and what kind of produce tends to be available in supermarkets. You’ll know what dishes to look out for when you go out to eat, making scanning the menus easier.

And no one likes to do a supermarket dash when they’re hungry — it’ll save you lots of time if you know what kind of food you can take away or cook for yourself.

 

How to Enjoy the Local Cuisine When You Travel Whilst Pregnant

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Make a list of foods you need to avoid

Chances are you’ll have done this as soon as you found out you were pregnant, but it’s worth double-checking once you’ve decided on a holiday destination, just in case you’ve missed anything.

Foods to avoid during pregnancy:

Soft cheeses with white rinds, and soft blue cheeses
Raw or partially cooked egg
Raw or undercooked meat or fish, including cold cured meats
Pâté, liver and game
Unpasteurised milk or yogurt

For more details about maintaining a healthy diet during your pregnancy, visit the NHS website.

 

How to Enjoy the Local Cuisine When You Travel Whilst Pregnant

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Learn some of the language

Although many people around the world can speak a considerable amount of English, locals always appreciate it when you make an effort to speak their language. And what better opportunity to try it out than when you’re in a café or restaurant?

Find out a few key phrases so you can communicate with staff and make sure your food is free from any potentially harmful ingredients.

 

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Drink bottled water

Not all tap water is unsafe, but sometimes it’s better to err on the side of caution. Drinking bottled water will give you peace of mind and you’ll be able to stay hydrated, which is especially important during pregnancy.

Remember: You’ll need to replace fluids if you’re still suffering from morning sickness. Take this into account when you bring your water with you, and refill your bottle at every opportunity.

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