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

 

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 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.

 

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

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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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Could You Cope With a 28-Day Cruise to Hawaii & French Polynesia? -Lucy Williams Global

Now you have probably just read the title of this blog post and thought what a silly question! Of course, I could cope with a 28-day cruise to Hawaii & French Polynesia! It sounds a dream.

A long cruise to Hawaii and French Polynesia are dream locations, but are you ready to go on a 28-day cruise? It sounds fantastic, but the reality can be a lot different.

You have probably been on 7 – 10 cruises and loved them and now think you are ready for the dream cruise to Hawaii and French Polynesia. Here are the things to really need to know!

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What you need to know before you book a Hawaii & French Polynesia Cruise

I loved this 28-day cruise, but it does have a lot of days at sea. The itinerary we did had 18 days at sea and 9 ports (not including the embarkation day).

We embarked in Los Angeles, sailed for four days, spent four days in Hawaii. We went to the islands Hawaii, Oahu, Maui and Kauai (one day in each).

After the port days in Hawaii, we had four more days at sea before arriving in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

After two more days at sea we arrived in French Polynesia and went to Bora Bora for two days, then one day in Tahiti and one day in Moorea.

The ports were fantastic, but after visiting all the paradise islands, it was eight days sailing back to Los Angeles.

For some people, this is just too many days at sea! For others, it is a dream! I sit on the fence, I like four sea days in a row, but eight days feels like forever.

This is something you must be prepared for as if you easily get bored these eight days will feel like hell! If you love keeping busy with the ship activities or lying by the pool the days go by.

Cruise Lines that go to the South Pacific:

From Los Angeles, USA

From Fort Lauderdale, USA

From Vancouver, Canada

From Sydney, Australia

Top Tips for a Long Cruise

  • My tips for booking a long cruise is book second seating (doors opening 7.30 – 8 pm) in the dining room, as most people want to eat on first sitting (doors opening 5 – 5.30pm). Even if you book any time dining, it doesn’t mean you can really eat at any time. My advice is to book second seating then you always know you have a table when you want it, otherwise you may be either waiting a while.
  • Pre-book your tours online through the cruise line or privately (allow lots of time to get back to the ship) so you get the tour you would like to go especially for American Samoa and French Polynesia, as they get booked up quickly. My great Polynesian friend runs Maohi Nui Tours in Tahiti.
  • Go to the late shows as most people go to the early shows or the show before dinner if that is an option.
  • The weather is tropical, so you may get rain and it is always hot and humid. Bring a small umbrella and a lightweight raincoat or jacket.


 

  • Bring comfortable shoes to walk around and no-slip soles, flip-flops are fine for the beach, but not walking around all day long.


  • Download lots of books on your tablet as you will have the time to read them.


  • WIFI is not free onboard so remember to download any books, magazines, music, podcasts or games.  Some apps will not work when not connected to the internet. You may enjoy reading my ‘How to Use Your iPhone on a Cruise Ship’, for top tips!

Could you handle a 28-Day Cruise?

Do you think this is the cruise for you?  Long cruises are very relaxing and if you are mentally prepared for how long it is you will enjoy it.

When I went on a world cruise for 111 days, I knew how long it was going to be and I was prepared, and I did not get bored. On this 28-day cruise, I enjoyed it, just a little fed up on the last few days at sea, but I kept busy!

You may also enjoy reading:

FRENCH POLYNESIA IS WHERE TO FIND PARADISE!

WHAT TO SEE IN PAGO PAGO AMERICAN SAMOA

WHY YOU MUST VISIT PEARL HARBOUR IN HONOLULU HAWAII USA

Have you been on this cruise? What is the longest cruise you have been on?

I hope you enjoyed reading about could you handle a 28-day cruise. Please share on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest so your friends and family can read too. Sharing is caring!

Happy Cruising!

Love Lucy x

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What To Do On the Days at Sea on a Cruise Ship - Lucy Williams Global

On a lot of people’s minds when booking a cruise is the days at sea. What can you do onboard?

I get asked these questions all the time ‘what do you do on the days at sea on a cruise ship?’, ‘what do you do on the sea days?’, ‘how you fill your time on the days at sea?’

For a start, it is a cruise ship, not a container ship, so it is full to the brim with things to do. There are activities going on all day onboard and there is a daily ship newspaper that tells you what is going on from morning to night.

Activities range from painting, card games, ship games, cooking, ice carving and fruit carving demonstrations, movies, shows, seminars about ports, wildlife, how to use your camera, jewellery, gemstones, hair and beauty, fitness, weight loss, and more subjects. Then there is shopping, wine tasting, art auctions, trivia, Zumba classes, fitness classes, gambling and lots more.

A cruise ship has many lounges, bars, restaurants, shops, a spa, a casino, sun decks, pools, jacuzzis, gym, running track and decks to explore.

I keep myself quite busy and I’m on my own most of the day while my husband is working (he works onboard).

So, what do you do on the days at sea on a cruise ship?

A typical day at sea for me for me is:

Morning at Sea

Tai Chi Class, Zumba Class, coffee, check emails, freshen up for lunch.

Afternoon at Sea

Lunch, reading or listening to a podcast, write blog articles and then get ready for the evening if going out.

Evening at Sea

Drinks at in the bar and then dinner and maybe a show.

This is just an example, days change all the time! If I am cruising in a hot climate I will sit in the adults only part of the sun deck, that way it is quiet. With no kids running around or splashing in the pool. I like to walk around the deck for an hour and listen to music or a podcast, I do this if it is hot or cold.

Days at Sea Ideas

If you are travelling as a couple or group, you do not need to do everything together. Decide what you would like to do and meet up later for coffee, lunch or dinner. As there are so many activities going on onboard throughout the day and evening.

The way to think about it is that you can do what you like as you are on vacation. If you would like to catch up on your sleep, sleep! Read those books you have meaning to, have that full body massage or your nails done. Lay by the pool all day, drink every cocktail on the menu or go to trivia and every activity available, you can it’s your cruise.

If you are travelling with your kids check them into the kids club if they are old enough and let them play while you play!

Days at sea do not need to be boring, enjoy your free time to relax. Cruise ships in this age are far from boring. They are only boring if you do not know how to use your time!


What will you be doing on the days at sea on your next cruise?

You may also enjoy reading:

TOP 5 TIPS HOW TO USE YOUR iPhone ON A CRUISE SHIP

10 TIPS ON HOW TO PACK JUST HAND LUGGAGE FOR A CRUISE

TOP 10 HANDY THINGS TO BRING ON A CRUISE

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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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Happy Travels!

Love Lucy x

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