THE OFFICER WIFE SERIES – TRAVEL & CRUISE TIPS – PART 5 - Lucy Williams Global

Welcome to part five of the Sunday feature on my blog The Officer Wife Series Travel & Cruise Tips Q & A. As you know I travel the world on a cruise ship with my husband, who is an officer on a cruise ship. This is why I thought this would be a fun Sunday feature with my friends that also are officer wives.

This week we will feature Sophie, she is from the UK and she travels with her husband onboard, most of the year. Sophie was formally a dancer onboard and retired a few years ago to travel alongside her husband around the world. She is an is an expert in cruising, dancing and beauty products.

LET’S SEE WHAT TRAVEL AND CRUISE TIPS SOPHIE HAS FOR YOU.

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What is your favourite place in the world?

There are so many it would be hard to pinpoint just one! One of my biggest passions is to travel, but also I love to come home too! I strongly believe home is where the heart is and being surrounded by family and close friends is always my favourite place to be!

What is your favourite cruise?

There are a few! I love the Mediterranean, Australia and South Pacific!

What is your favourite part of cruising?

Going out, in port and exploring new places, and re-visiting old favourites and creating new memories. I also look forward to meeting up with old friends I have met whilst travelling when we are lucky enough to re-visit their hometowns/countries again years later!

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How many countries have you been to?

I’ve lost count and I really wished I’d kept track, but I’m guessing around 90.

What are the beauty products that you cannot travel without?

My Nuskin Products (there’s a long list!) but my essentials are Epoch Mud Mask, Galvanic Spa, Nu Mascara and Plumping Lip gloss!

Do you have any packing tips?

Roll everything! (And offer to pack for the hubby and sneak some dresses and shoes into his luggage too!)

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Do you keep healthy or eat what you like when travelling onboard?

I try to eat healthily. I have just cereal in the cabin for breakfast, a small lunch and usually treat myself to a
nice dinner with a glass or two of vino in the evening! I usually skip dessert and just opt for a fruit plate instead!

Do you exercise when onboard, if so what you do to keep fit?

Definitely, try to keep healthy; being an ex-dancer I like to stay in shape. I’m not a big fan of the gym but have grown to ‘love’ it and try to fit at least an hour into my day especially on a sea day! I also like to follow fitness video programs I have on my laptop. I find they are more motivating and fun rather than just simply going to the
gym!

What do you do with your time onboard?

Since ‘retiring’ from dancing after 15 years dancing onboard ships, I wanted to do something to keep me busy during the day whilst still travelling onboard with my husband. I came across an ideal business opportunity for me which consisted of beauty products and social media. When I realised I could manage this business from wherever I am in the world I jumped at the chance!

I am now a distributor for a successful American pharmaceutical company with a small but mighty team of ladies from all around the world.

If you would like to know more about my business and the amazing products I sell please contact me via my Facebook page – Sophie Magrin or via my email sophieL24@hotmail.com

I am always looking for new team members to join my dynamic international team, so if you are looking for an exciting new business opportunity working full or part-time from home, please get in touch and I will explain more. I would love to hear from you!

More About Sophie

As a child I started dancing at the age of 3 and growing up I always wanted to travel, so to be able to combine the two by working onboard Cruise ships was a dream come true!

I definitely had the time of my life dancing onboard from the age of 22. I have made lifelong friends from all around the world and feel so lucky to have met my wonderful husband in 2004 onboard.

I do miss dancing, but feel fortunate to be able to travel onboard with my Husband and visit exciting places around the world making lasting memories together!

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I hope you enjoyed reading part five of the Officer Wife Series with Sophie. She offered some great travel and cruise tips.

Read more travel and cruise tips with more officer wives:

THE OFFICER WIFE SERIES – CRUISE TIPS – PART 1

THE OFFICER WIFE SERIES – CRUISE TIPS – PART 2

THE OFFICER WIFE SERIES – CRUISE TIPS – PART 3

THE OFFICER WIFE SERIES – CRUISE TIPS – PART 4

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What to Expect from Your First Cruise

If you are thinking about booking your first cruise, you may be wondering what to expect. Most people have some sort of preconception regarding cruises.

For a lot of us, this picture is one of a massive cruise liner, with cheesy entertainment, plenty of dining options and things to do on board, and thousands and thousands of people.

But, is the reality really like that or is it different? Let’s take a look at what you should expect from your first cruise…

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Expect to do your research beforehand

The image that has just been conjured up is very much what you will get on some cruises. It is important to stress that there are so many different types of cruise ships and cruises to choose from today, and so there really is something for everyone.

You can see this for yourself at Globesailor. If the thought of being on a massive ship with hundreds of people sounds like a nightmare, why not consider a small cruise liner that only caters to a couple of hundred people?

You really can cater your cruise to suit you today, and this eliminates a lot of the worry you may be experiencing.

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You need to plan

Once you have booked your cruise, the planning and organising does not stop there. You need to figure out how much time you want to spend on the excursions, relaxing, shopping, and so on.

You then need to work out how much everything is going to cost. A lot of people assume that certain things are free and then are disappointed to find out this isn’t the case.

Every cruise liner is different, so research beforehand, and find out about the currencies and cards that are accepted on board too.

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Excursions sell out, and they sell out quickly

If you leave all of your excursions until you end upon the cruise ship, you could be very disappointed. A lot of people assume that everyone on board is going to be able to go on each and every excursion while on board.

Unfortunately, all excursions have a limited number of people, and the popular excursions will sell out quickly, so it’s best to get yours booked as soon as you know you want to go on something.

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Don’t pack too much

Staterooms aren’t usually as big as they appear in the photographs. If you pack too much, you will have no room for yourself! Remember, you will have access to plenty of washing facilities there, so there is no need to pack excessively.

What should you take? Don’t forget a light jumper, even in the tropics, as well as clothing made from polyester-blend knits and rayon, as they do not wrinkle easily and they take up little space.

Hopefully, you now have a better idea regarding what to expect from your very first cruise. But, as mentioned, a lot of this does come down to the type of cruise you book.

Nowadays, there are so many different types of cruises to choose from. From big ships for family vacations to small luxury liners, there is something for everyone.

What type of cruise will you book?

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 What to Expect from Your First Cruise

The Officer Wife Series Travel & Cruise Tips Q & A - Lucy Williams Global

 

Welcome to part four of the Sunday feature on my blog The Officer Wife Series Travel & Cruise Tips Q & A. As you know I travel the world on a cruise ship with my husband, who is an officer on a cruise ship. This is why I thought this would be a fun Sunday feature with my friends that also are officer wives.

This week we will feature Jade. She is from the USA and she travels with her husband onboard, most of the year. Jade loves to read, explore new places and is an is an expert in travel and cruising.

LET’S SEE WHAT TRAVEL AND CRUISE TIPS JADE HAS FOR YOU

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What is your favourite place in the world?

I get asked this question a lot!!! And honestly, I don’t think I have ever responded with the same answer twice. Why? Because its hard to determine what makes a place your favourite.

Is it the people you were with? The delicious lunch you had? Or the moment you were able to check off that one thing you have been wanting to see on your bucket list?

With that said,  I think the city of Istanbul is one of my favourites because from the minute you arrive sailing down the Bosphorus your breath is taken away. You SEE the minarets from all the mosques lining the waterfront.

You HEAR the call to prayer when the clock strikes 12, and you can SMELL the delicious cuisine from the restaurants nearby. Not to mention the sights of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia are beyond belief.

What is your favourite cruise?

I would have to say without a doubt that the Grand Mediterranean cruise is by far one of the best cruises that is offered.  Sailing out of Venice and ending in Barcelona, the Grand Med offers stops in Athens, Santorini and Mykonos for Greece.

In Italy, you can see Rome, Florence, Pisa and Naples and at the time we were doing the cruise it also made stops in Istanbul and Kusadasi in Turkey.

I remember completing that cruise thinking I have seen more in the past two weeks than most people see in their lifetime. It’s definitely a port heavy cruise but if it’s the world you’re interested in seeing that’s the best one out there.

What is your favourite part of cruising?

I think it’s a given that one of the best things about cruising is only having to unpack and pack once with the joy of seeing so many places in one go.

Not to mention everything you need in the comfort of a beautiful cruise ship. It is always so nice to come back from a day out exploring to a nice, refreshed room and a tasty meal in one of the ships dining venues.

How many countries have you been to?

I just recently counted and I believe I am at 63. But interesting enough, last year we had a very busy travelling itinerary and I visited 38 countries alone.

We started out in the United States travelling to the Caribbean, spent some time in Europe, crossed the Suez Canal to Africa and then flew to Asia. Funny enough, the one area we really didn’t cover is where we have started off 2018, Australia and New Zealand.

What are the beauty products that you cannot travel without?

Dry Shampoo!! I once spent a day in Japan looking for some, and although I did find a bottle that said Dry Shampoo, it wasn’t the same and from that day on I vowed to never leave home without it.

My other two must-haves are Face wipes (when you’re off on a long day exploring in the heat) and lipstick (my favourite colour is MAC Pretty Please which I have been using for almost 15 years).

Apart from those items, I’m not really picky about products. Obviously, I pack the essentials and over time I have figured out what brands work for me and what ones to avoid.

 

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Do you have any packing tips?

You would think that I would be a professional packer by now but I am the worst. I start off with every intention to pack minimal and very neatly but let’s be honest, as I start looking through the closet I throw in things that I really don’t need but think MAYBE I will want to wear it in a particular place.

This usually leads me to cross my fingers when I arrive at the airline check-in desk and it’s time to weigh my bag….

Do you have any travel tips?

Stay calm. There have been countless times where I have missed flights, flights have been cancelled, bags have gotten lost, sat next to the most annoying person on the plane or just have had some encounter with a mean airline person where you want to scream and then pretty much cry.

In the past few years, I have come to terms with the fact that these things are going to happen and I just try to stay relaxed and calm. There is always someone out there who is probably having a worst off day than you, so try to let things go and in the end, it will all work out and most importantly you get to where you need to go.

Do you keep healthy or eat what you like when travelling onboard?

My husband is Italian and normally works with other Italians, so trying to sit down and have a salad while they are all eating a delicious bowl of pasta is impossible. So the answer to your question is no.

But I am selective with my eating. Meaning, if I know that I’m going out to lunch, I might have a very light breakfast. Or if we’re going out for dinner and I know there are lots of things that I am going to enjoy, I might skip lunch.

I know this type of diet doesn’t work for everyone, but when you are on a cruise ship for a long time, the food gets repetitive and you tend to become a little more selective when it comes what you want to eat.

Do you exercise when onboard, if so what you do to keep fit?

For the first 7 years onboard I hardly ever went to the gym. Actually, there were periods of time that I never even made it to the deck where the gym was located.

The beginning of every contract, I had every intention to go to the gym and then, of course, I never went. Just recently, I think because I turned 30 and realized I should probably get back to exercising, I now go to the gym regularly and I have to say I love it. Let’s be honest, no one ever finishes a work out feeling bad that they went.

What do you do with your time onboard?

It always varies. One thing though is that I am always reading. I love sitting down with a coffee and reading a book. I had someone come up to me one time and ask me, “why I am on a cruise if all I do is read.” Well, I wanted to say its none of your business but instead, I nicely smiled and said: “its what I enjoy.”

Needless to say it really just depends. There are some itineraries where I go ashore a lot; shopping, out for lunch or off to explore. There are some itineraries where I have friends onboard, so we spend a lot of our time together. And of course, there are times where I might be a bit bored. But you can’t complain too much when you have the ocean surrounding you and adventure at your fingertips.

 

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I hope you enjoyed reading part four of the Officer Wife Series with Jade. She offered some great cruise tips and next week you can read more Q & A’s with another officer wife.

Read more travel and cruise tips:

THE OFFICER WIFE SERIES – CRUISE TIPS – PART 1

THE OFFICER WIFE SERIES – CRUISE TIPS – PART 2

THE OFFICER WIFE SERIES – CRUISE TIPS – PART 3

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The Officer Wife Series Cruise Tips Part 3 - Lucy Williams Global

Welcome to part three of the Sunday feature on my blog The Officer Wife Series Travel & Cruise Tips Q & A. As you know I travel the world on a cruise ship with my husband, who is an officer on a cruise ship. This is why I thought this would be a fun Sunday feature with my friends that also are officer wives.

This week we will feature Leah, she is from Canada, spent a few years living on Cayman Island and now resides in Italy. She met her husband in 2002 while working on ships herself and now that she is land-based, she sails with him whenever she can get away from her responsibilities at home. She loves to paint, is a writer and fellow blogger and of course she is an is an expert in cruising.

Let’s see what travel and cruise tips Leah has for you.

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Where is your favourite place in the world?

HOME! Sounds corny, but when you travel a lot, home is the best! It is where we can be ourselves and there are no expectations.

If I had to answer based on my travels, then my answer is #1. Paris, #2. Barcelona. I love art and both these cities deliver in such diverse ways from the high-end Louvre in France, right down to the Ramblas and street performers in Spain.

What is your favourite cruise?

I did the Canary Islands over a summer contract and I loved exploring the volcanoes and riding camels. My favourite type of cruise is one that involves a lot of excursions with interesting things to do and explore.

For example, I had never tried wine from the Canary Islands before and was intrigued with how they put each plant into a half moon hole, which is protected by a mini-rock wall. And the wine is fantastic!

What is your favourite part of cruising?

Being surrounded by water and seeing dolphins swim and jump beside the ship.

How many countries have you been to?

I’ve lost count. Mostly, I have travelled Europe and the Caribbean. I stopped pinning maps years ago. It’s not the destination; it is the journey that counts.

What are the beauty products that you cannot travel without?

Clarins Sunscreen and Shea Butter Face Wash. Lancome’s Bi-Facil Eye make-up remover. MAC under eye concealer and Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, which is awesome because we take a lot of photos onboard.

A good hair conditioner is essential also because the water onboard is hard on your hair. Anything else, I can usually buy in the spa or gift shops onboard.

 

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Do you have any packing tips?

Oh, do I! I separate my clothes by colour and then put them into groups and inside plastic bags. This way, if something leaks in my bag, my clothes are protected. I also put anything I cherish into a carry-on. Designer shoes, etc.

I have had costume jewellery stolen out of my bag while in transit, it is so maddening! If you love it and would be upset if it was gone, toss it into your carry-on.

I also put all cords for electronics in my carry on too. Even if I won’t need them right away, what a pain if I had to run around looking for a cord to recharge my device?

Also, buy a TSA approved lock and just before checking my bag, I take a photo of it with my phone. This way, if I don’t speak the language in my country of destination and my bag goes missing, I can just show them the photo.

I also keep a copy of my itinerary, ID and email address inside so if the tags get torn off there is still a way to identify that the bag is mine.

Do have any travel tips?

Yes, please do your homework. If you are going somewhere new, try to research as much as possible about the place. I see far too many people who expect to get spoon-fed everything and when something goes wrong they blame the travel agent or tour operator.

They cannot read your mind and are not obliged to tell you that the museums in Italy are closed Mondays. The better informed you are, the better your experience will be.

Do you keep healthy or eat what you like when travelling onboard?

A little of both. Everything in moderation is ok. I usually sail for two or three weeks and the food is quite rich and upsets my stomach if I overdo it.

I love American Hamburgers and will treat myself to a few of those because I cannot get them in Italy. But otherwise, I eat a lot of salads and fruit.

I bring my own tea bags because I am very particular about my morning tea! Alcohol also hits you harder at sea and so moderation is key when the ship is rocking!

Do you exercise when onboard, if so what you do to keep fit?

I hate the gym but I love the outdoor running track. I love walking and will often start my day up there. I also do stretches and play tennis when there are facilities onboard and at times will try to set up a match ashore if I know of a court in the port of call.

What do you do with your time onboard? 

My number one priority is to spend time with my husband when he is not working. I am there to see him and I think he appreciates it when I make an effort to get dressed up for formal nights and greet guests with him.

I’m a social person and it takes some of the pressure off him when I am by his side chatting with guests. When he is not in guest areas we are like a normal married couple. We watch movies in our cabin and eat popcorn!

I’m an active person and so I only sail twice a year for two to three weeks at a stretch. When I’m onboard, I follow his lead. If he isn’t tired, we will catch a show or if he doesn’t have boat drills we will hit a favourite beach ashore. But, I make sure not to put too much pressure on him to entertain me too. His job is intense and he needs to be alert and attentive. People’s lives depend on him!

When he is in meetings or on the bridge, I read a lot of books. Sometimes I will go ashore alone and rent a bike and just explore. I’m an artist, so I also paint in the cabin or out on the deck. I bring my paint supplies with me and will often give paintings away to the crew and people I meet while sailing.

 

Follow Leah on her very entertaining lifestyle blog about life in Italy and her travels: ‘Help I Live With My Italian Mother in Law’ at www.helpilivewithmyitalianmotherinlaw.com

Leah also has a book out called ‘Dirty Words’ that is a great vacation read! You can download it on Kindle or order the paperback on Amazon here.

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I hope you enjoyed reading part three of the Officer Wife Series with Leah. She offered some great cruise tips and next week you can read more Q & A’s with another officer wife.

Read more travel and cruise tips with officer wives:

THE OFFICER WIFE SERIES – CRUISE TIPS – PART 1

THE OFFICER WIFE SERIES – CRUISE TIPS – PART 2

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The Officer Wife Series - Travel & Cruise Tips Q & A Part 2 - Lucy Williams Global

Welcome to part two of the Sunday feature on my blog The Officer Wife Series Travel & Cruise Tips Q & A. As you know I travel the world on a cruise ship with my husband, who is an officer on a cruise ship. This is why I thought this would be a fun Sunday feature with my friends that also are officer wives.

This week we will feature Shannon. Shannon is from the USA and she travels with her husband onboard with their children. She has just had a baby boy, so will she is staying home until he is old enough to travel onboard. Shannon has travelled around the world with her young daughter and is an is an expert in cruising, fitness and travelling with a toddler.

Let’s see what travel and cruise tips Shannon has for you.

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What is your favourite place in the world?

This is tough. I have very emotional connections to so many different places in the world. I met my husband in Alaska, although that particular destination would otherwise not make my list of favourites. We found out we were expecting a baby in Hawaii, babymooned in Tahiti, and have very fond memories all over the place.

If I absolutely have to choose I would say Norway. Norway has incredibly stunning scenery. I was in awe of the fjords and waterfalls. This is also where I witnessed the Northern Lights for the first time. To top it off, Norway as incredible food and their craft beer scene is booming. The Norwegian trolls are pretty cute too!

What is your favourite cruise?

Is it cheating if I say the world cruise? The Mediterranean cruise that includes Barcelona, Greece, Montenegro, France, Italy, and Croatia. There is a lot to do on that cruise and amazing food and wine.

What is your favourite part of cruising?

The best part of cruising is all of the people you meet. I love to mingle with the different people from all over the world. This is an experience I never thought I would have.

I am just a small town girl from the South who happened to marry a very worldly man. I also love that the officers and crew have become a second family. We have been blessed to get to know some very fabulous people.

How many countries have you been to?

47 thanks to the World Cruise.

What are the beauty products that you cannot travel without?

I am very particular about beauty products since I have sensitive skin and the ship water is a little harsh on it. I love Micellar water, Big Sexy Hair Hairspray, Oligo Blacklight 18 in 1 hair treatment, Limelight by Alcone makeup, and I use a skincare line by Isagenix.

Do you have any packing tips?

Put together the outfits you THINK you need and then subtract half. I always end up shopping when I travel so there really is no need to take a different outfit for every single day. I also take a lot of clothes that can be mix and matched. I pack for myself and my children and they require a little more than I do.

They are much more likely to get too dirty so they need a few extra outfits in case they need a mid-day change. I also do not pack anything that can be purchased upon arrival like toothpaste, deodorant, body lotion, etc. If it is something that I don’t have a favourite brand of then I usually do not pack it and just get it when I land.

What are your tips for travelling with children?

Snacks and entertainment! I have travelled a lot with our 2 year old and her needs have changed throughout. For babies, I suggest having a pacifier or bottle handy for takeoff and landing to help with their ears. I also suggest getting them adjusted to the time zone as quickly as possible. If they are used to a 1 pm nap at home then have them take a 1 pm local time nap while away from home.

For toddlers, you have to keep them entertained. Eating and drinking still comes in handy for takeoff and landing but they get bored and want to walk around. We always bring a book, something to colour, her favourite toy, and most recently an Amazon Fire Kids with Bluetooth headphones.

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Do you keep healthy or eat what you like when travelling onboard?

A mixture of both. When we are in port I eat what I want. I love to enjoy the local food and drink. When we are on the ship I keep healthy by having superfood shakes and trying to make smart choices from the menu. I have really started to enjoy the vegetarian options onboard.

Do you exercise when onboard, if so what you do to keep fit?

Yes! I love to take some time to myself while my husband and daughter rest in the afternoon. I love to run around the track and get some fresh air. Ironically, I am the fittest while onboard since I have access to a gym. When I am at home I have to get in the car and worry about childcare to be able to use gym equipment.

What do you do with your time onboard?

Most of my time onboard is spent with my daughter. We have a son now as well but he hasn’t had the opportunity to cruise yet. My husband is at work for most of the day so it’s the same as being a stay at home except on a ship!

I also run my own health and wellness business. I have been very lucky to find an opportunity that allows me to create my own schedule and work from anywhere. My business also keeps me motivated to stay healthy and makes it easy to do so since the products are available globally. All we have to do is place an order to whatever port we are in and we can avoid those pesky buffet pounds the entire contract!

You can follow Shannon on Instagram @shannbryant

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I hope you enjoyed reading part two of the Officer Wife Series with Shannon. She offered some great cruise tips and next week you can read more Q & A’s with another officer wife.

Read more travel and cruise tips with Julie in part one:

THE OFFICER WIFE SERIES – CRUISE TIPS – PART 1

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Love Lucy x

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