Articles by: Mark

Bond, Casual, Casino

If James Bond Didn’t Like Formal Nights On Cruises

The cruise ship formal night debate: as old as it is irritating. Our attitude is very simply that if you don’t like it then don’t do it, but this means go elsewhere on the ship while it’s taking place. There are those who think that just because they’ve paid to come on a trip they should have the right to wear what they want where and when they want with no consideration as to what other people might be looking to experience for the evening. I suspect this attitude doesn’t extend to weddings they’re invited to. I suspect this attitude doesn’t extend to funerals. Why? You’d hope out of respect for the wishes of the people organising those events and yet a cruise is somehow beneath that level of good manners. Can you imagine how these people would direct a James Bond movie?

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Ozanne Steps

Site And Social Updates: July 2018

The latest in a semi-regular update about changes to the site, news and information from the social media channels, and any other bits of general business. This month includes a few modifications to the website, some new Facebook groups and Twitter promotional interactions, news about yet another upcoming holiday, and the usual roundup of some articles and videos I might have perused recently.

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Sunset On Sapphire Princess

Sapphire Princess Cruise: Hits And Misses

A brief review of our week-long cruise on Sapphire Princess which took us from Southampton to Guernsey, La Rochelle in France, and Bilbao and A Coruña in Spain. More detailed, more photo-heavy posts will appear in the portfolio section later but this review will serve as an early summary of the trip on the Princess Cruises cruise ship as a whole.

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Beagle Channel Cruise

Site And Social Updates: May 2018

New site-related news for this month includes the addition of some floating shortcut links on all pages to get to some useful parts of the site (well, for me anyway) and the addition of an RSS feed aggregator to pull in headlines from other general travel and cruise websites. Socially, there’s an explanation about the creation of a new Facebook page related to the website and the usual assortment of links to things I’ve read or watched on the internet recently has been included.

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Crown Princess, Tallinn, Estonia

How NOT To Pick A Cruise

If you’re thinking of going on a cruise there’s more to it than just the cost or the destination to consider and while there may be many guides on how to choose a cruise that’s best for you out there I’m going to use a recent real example of cruisers who absolutely didn’t do that at all.

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Saint Petersburg Hermitage Museum

Site And Social Updates: April 2018

This blog post covers some recent changes to the website and a testing of the waters of the Pinterest social media platform for the first time in several years. Additionally, some articles I’ve recently read and some videos I’ve recently watched connected to travel.

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Wheelhouse Bar

What Annoys Me About Cruise Forums

There are many things that annoy me about cruise forums and I’m only going to say cruise forums here rather than all forums simply because I don’t tend to hang around any other sorts of forums these days. In this post I’m going to go through the three ones that bug me the most: the inability of people to be able to search, people being nasty for the sake of being nasty, and people who haven’t bothered to read what they’re replying to.

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