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The problem with providing binoculars "free" in a...
The problem with providing binoculars "free" in a cabin is that they won't be treated well.

Binoculars are quite delicate optical instruments; it doesn't take much of a knock to put the two...
As we're talking about safety - the following is...
As we're talking about safety - the following is (currently) on www.fws.gov (http://www.fws.gov) so I hope I'm not breaking any copyright by re-posting it here. I have twice been in a large building...
If you haven't been instructed in how to put on a...
If you haven't been instructed in how to put on a life jacket, e.g. if the video show it is not visible, then the muster drill does not conform as it is a SOLAS requirement that instruction on...
According to several medics I've spoken to,...
According to several medics I've spoken to, unfortunately, having fingers or a thumb mangled in a door isn't that rare an event.

The cause is almost always the same - the bathroom door. Although...
It's extremely easy to buy shares in the UK - all...
It's extremely easy to buy shares in the UK - all you need is an online stock broker.

https://www.money.co.uk/share-dealing.htm lists some online stock brokers, there are many others. Just google...
Aurora is a modern design with a flat bottomed...
Aurora is a modern design with a flat bottomed hull. Her hull is pointed from the bulbous bow to the shoulder; from the shoulder aft her hull has a flat bottom. Below is a picture of Oriana in dry...
The new ship isn't going up in size but it could...
The new ship isn't going up in size but it could be significantly more crowded.

Space/pax ratio on the new ship is 113000 GT /3000 pax which is about 37.
Space/pax ratio on the QM2 is 149215 GT...
It's fairly common for a blockage to occur...
It's fairly common for a blockage to occur sometime after about 11pm on a formal night, and the type of item causing the blockage is often the same.

Let me explain.....

On a formal night,...
You definitely can leave books in the library,...
You definitely can leave books in the library, there is almost always a pax swap area. I've picked up some brilliant books & given quite a few that disappeared very quickly.

But if it's something...
The steward will provide both decaf and...
The steward will provide both decaf and caffeinated coffee refills. Neither my wife or I like decaf so we ask the steward to just provide high-octane :) coffee and that's what we get.

The stewards...
My wife and I always pick a cabin towards the...
My wife and I always pick a cabin towards the stern of the ship..... we like to feel the motion especially when the weather is interesting, we know we're at sea :) An upgrade would probably mean a...
Most cruise ships only have a few cabins where...
Most cruise ships only have a few cabins where the bunks are atwartship and those are the cabins we always pick, most of the time it means a great nights sleep.


But in a heavy sea with decent...
The binoculars in cabins & suits are in my...
The binoculars in cabins & suits are in my opinion not worth bothering with. It's not that they are poor quality, it's because binoculars are fairly delicate instruments in that it only takes a small...
Simple answer: It's the cost of installing a...
Simple answer: It's the cost of installing a thousand or more Keruig coffee makers on each ship. It's not just the cost of the coffee maker, it's the time taken to install each one, provide coffee...
I've crossed the "Bag of Biscuits" more times...
I've crossed the "Bag of Biscuits" more times than I can remember, and the only certainty is that you don't know what it's going to be like. The seas there can be rough or very rough in July/August;...
Kirkwall is a lovely small city. The cathedral,...
Kirkwall is a lovely small city. The cathedral, St. Magnus Cathedral, was started in 1137 and built over the following 300 years. Many of the stonemasons had worked on Durham Cathedral and their...
Rough is when were were debating sleeping on the...
Rough is when were were debating sleeping on the floor because we keep sliding off the bed.

We knew it was going to be rough because earlier that day the Captain had warned people to make sure...
As far as at-sea piracy goes - most cruise ships...
As far as at-sea piracy goes - most cruise ships will do 20+ knots for extended periods if pushed and are a lot more manoeuvrable than cargo ships. The manoeuvrability enables the ships to throw up...
Rumour has it that sometimes passengers on ships...
Rumour has it that sometimes passengers on ships and aircraft are referred to as SLF.

SLF = Self-Loading Freight. :cool:
Personal experience - not medical advice! ...
Personal experience - not medical advice!

Bonine (Meclizine) and Phenergan (Promethazine) are effective at preventing travel sickness, but if you start feeling ill and then take them it's often...
I would never miss out on an opportunity to visit...
I would never miss out on an opportunity to visit Key West - I've been there quite a few times, but only once on a cruise.

It's a town with some history, loads to see and do, excellent bars and...
I haven't been on Azura but I would guess the...
I haven't been on Azura but I would guess the shops are run by the same companies as Arcadia, Adonia etc.

In which case they could well have Tag Heuer, Tissot, Citizen and others. I really like...
Missing the ship is unlikely/almost impossible. A...
Missing the ship is unlikely/almost impossible. A P&O excursion will certainly be back on time, and if you have taken a private excursion then the guides and owners will know exactly when they have...
It's a very open-ended question. For quick...
It's a very open-ended question.

For quick youtube videos I use whatever I've got to hand - camera, phone, whatever.... and then just clip it to fit the time.

For a film I made about Christmas...
I've been travelling on ships for a little while...
I've been travelling on ships for a little while now - and that review is probably the best, succinct and most descriptive post of what it's like to be on a cruise ship. Thank you.

About all I'd...