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

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 5

 

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 3

Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger Part 3 - 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 Mariana. She is from Berlin, Germany and now lives in Phoenix, AZ  in the USA. She has been cruising for 35 years and has been on around 61 cruises!

The very first cruise she went on was to Alaska, with Princess Cruises and says ‘nothing feels as good as being on the ocean’.  She has been to the Mediterranean, Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, the Caribbean, Iceland, Greenland, Canada/New England, the Far East, the Panama Canal and would love to visit Australia.

Let’s see what cruise tips she has for you.

 

Part 2 Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger

 

What is your favourite port in the world? 

Very hard to say, but St. Petersburg was awesome. So much history, beautiful Hermitage Museum and much more.

 

What is your favourite cruise?

Oh Boy! Too many to mention. We loved the Baltics (Northern Europe), South America with so much beauty, best glaciers in Chilean Fjords, of course, Osaka & Kyoto (Japan).

 

Part 2 Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger

 

Why do you like cruising?

Most relaxing way to travel. All inclusive, only unpack once. A wonderful way to meet exciting people and make new friends.

 

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

Read up on your new destinations, check the cruise website and look at the layout of your ship, choose to cruise for Value, Activities, Simplicity, Pampering & Romance.

 


 

Part 2 Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger

Do you have any packing tips?

DO NOT OVERPACK. I can not begin to tell you how many times I have packed too much and come home with pieces of clothing that were never worn. 2 pair of shoes and a pair of good walking tennis shoes is all you need. Poolside will require a pair of Flip Flops. Lay out your wardrobe and match up 2 or 3 items that will give you the look you love.

 


 

What type of cabin do you prefer onboard? 

Balcony, Aft of the ship, less noise and motion. Once you have a balcony, you’ll never go back to an ocean window. Your balcony can add “space” to your stateroom, it brings the outside in, you can watch all the activities while in port, relax on your private balcony with a glass of wine.

 

Do you like formal nights?

YES! I love the opportunity to dress up. But I do keep it simple, elegant and comfortable. Black is always in style. Make it dressy with Pearls or rhinestone beads, add a sparkly top.

 

Part 2 Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger

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

Not last minute, but usually 8 months to a year out.

 

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

Not any more. In our younger years, we had to consider our business and of course the children.

 

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

17 days from Seattle to Osaka. Yes, I would love to take longer cruises.

 

Part 2 Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger

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 3

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 4

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 5

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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Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger – Part 2

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.

 

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

 

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

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 3

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 4

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 5

 

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.

Please share on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest so your friends and family can read too. Sharing is caring!

Happy Cruising!

Love Lucy x

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Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger – Part 1

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!

 

Q & A with a Cruise Ship Passenger - Part 1

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!

 

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

 

 

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

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

Q & A WITH A CRUISE SHIP PASSENGER – PART 5

 

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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What To Do On the Days at Sea on a Cruise Ship

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?

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