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Why haven’t there been any updates on this website for over a month? Well, funny you should ask but we’ve been cruising in Asia aboard Diamond Princess and since coming back we’ve been a bit down (because that’s what happens after a cruise) and we’ve been a bit snowed under with processing photos (because that’s what happens to me after a cruise) and, well, now you know. More details inside…

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Foreign Money

Site And Social Updates: October 2018

This post covers any technical or content-related changes to the site over the last month as well as details about another old social network shutting down and a huge spike in traffic from the Reddit community; what happens when your site has the answer to a question that’s posed.

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Brimstone Butterfly

Types Of Blogger And Social Media Etiquette

In this post I’m going to explain where I see myself amongst the various types of bloggers there are, specifically as it relates to cruise and/or travel bloggers. Additionally, I’m going to explain how I use social media and my reaction to the social media etiquette I see being broken every day. It’s worth noting, though, that these types of bloggers and this definition of etiquette are my personal ones as nothing official exists and it’s just a way for me to find my own niche and snuggle down in it when writing my travel posts and engaging with other people on the various social network platforms.

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Sapphire Princess Coaster

Princess Cruises Prizes

We’ve been lucky enough to have won something in a quiz every time that we’ve cruised with Princess Cruises to date. We’re fully aware that this run can’t continue forever but while the record is intact here’s every prize we’ve accrued aboard the various ships we’ve cruised on so far.

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Saint Petersburg Hermitage Museum

Site And Social Updates: August 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 minor technical site change, updates to the drama recently reported, a surge in traffic from a private group, getting blocked by someone for reasons unknown, and the usual array of things I’ve been looking at.

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RMS Transvaal Castle

1970s Cruise Videos

I’ll quite often bounce from website-to-website following people who’ve commented somewhere in search of interesting articles to read (usually travel-related because that’s clearly a big love in my life) but occasionally – even though I typically don’t like the video or vlogging formats so much as they’re far more time-consuming – I’ll take a search and/or related videos leap around YouTube on a topic just to see what catches my attention too. This post covers some things I discovered following a sudden desire to hunt for cruise videos from the 1970s (although it isn’t just limited to that) stemming from a combination of remembering we’ve got a short cruise on an old ship coming up and my general love for retro films and styles.

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Tender Boat Approach To Vietnam

Cruise And Travel News And Views

Drama in the cruise blogging world! Say it ain’t so! But it is and I talk a little about it here. Also, we’ve finally worked out where we’ll be spending the remaining days of our annual leave (it’s to somewhere we’ve been before but we liked it so much we feel it needs a return visit) and there’s the usual round-up of anything interesting I’ve been reading recently.

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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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