What to Expect on Your First Cruise

Aug 22, 2014 by

What to Expect on Your First Cruise

If you’ve never been on a cruise before, you’re probably wondering what to expect. Regardless of whether you’re waiting to go on your first cruise, or you haven’t booked one yet, you may have a lot of questions that you’d like answered before you do. You shouldn’t feel nervous or apprehensive about your cruise – you’ll have a great time! However, to give you peace of mind, read on to find out what to expect:

The Cost on the Cruise

Some people think that going on a cruise will be bad for their wallets. However, if you compare a week cruising to a week on a resort you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Usually, your meals, accommodation, entertainment, and activities are included in the price you paid for the cruise. This makes it very good value for money, and will help you to stick to your holiday budget. Anything else you want to spend is your decision.

Worried about Seasickness?

I get seasick, but I was surprised to learn that cruise ships have amazing stabilisers that reduce the ship’s rocking motion. You should be fine! However, if you’re still worried, you can stay towards the middle of the ship where movement is less noticeable. You could also take medication, but make sure you ask your doctor what would be suitable for you first.

Worried about Boredom?

I don’t think there’s any way at all you can get bored on a cruise ship. Many cruise ships have the opportunity for you to go ice skating, rock climbing, golfing, and even gambling! You can do all this without going anywhere. This is why many people spend as long as possible on their cruising holiday.

Space on the Ship

You might not feel very good about being on a ship with hundreds of other people. Sure, there are times when the ship might feel a little crowded, but there will be places for you to get away from the hustle and bustle of it all if you wish. Your room will probably be quite small, but you should be out exploring anyway!

Activities in Port

You won’t believe the sheer amount of activities for you to enjoy whilst in port. However, remember that you aren’t required to do these – you can simply stay and enjoy what the ship has to offer if you like. You could go off on your own, take a guided your, go shopping, or anything else that takes your fancy. For example, cruises from Melbourne might include visiting big attractions like the National Gallery of Victoria.

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Kids on Cruises

This will depend on the kind of cruise you’ve booked. Some cruises specialise in catering to families, while others are more adult friendly. If you’d rather stay kid free for the week, then make sure you research their policy first.

Nightlife

The nightlife on the ship is something else! There’s a lot of dancing, discos, and chill out lounges for you to enjoy. If you’d rather watch some entertainment, there are even magicians and comedians.

Packing

The things you pack will depend on the dress code of the ship, so make sure you research this too.

You’ll have a great time on your first cruise, I guarantee it!

 

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How To Prepare Your Boat For An Awesome Sailing Holiday

Jul 1, 2014 by

How To Prepare Your Boat For An Awesome Sailing Holiday

Now that it is summer, many people’s attentions will be turning to holiday ideas. Flying away to an exotic destination is an attractive one for many people. But a growing number of people prefer taking to the open seas in a yacht!

And who can blame them? Flying isn’t for everyone, and there are more downsides to flying than there are to sailing. Are you thinking of sailing away soon? If so, this handy guide will show you how to prepare your boat for an awesome sailing holiday!

Supplies

It doesn’t matter whether you are planning to sail for a couple of days or a couple of months. You need to ensure that you have the right supplies for your sailing adventure.

Depending on your requirements, the supplies you might need could include:

  • Cooking and cleaning equipment;

  • Tablet computer, such as the Apple iPad;

  • Toiletries, such as toilet paper, soap, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant and so forth;

  • Clothes that are appropriate for the weather conditions;

  • Maps and communication equipment like VHF radios and mobile phones;

  • Emergency equipment, such as life rafts, vests and flare guns;

  • Fishing equipment, such as rods, bait and storage boxes.

It also goes without saying that you will need a lot of food and drink on board. You should stow away all supplies.

Tank levels

Ensure that your fuel and freshwater tank levels before you sail. You must also make sure that you have enough reserves in case of any emergencies.

Engine and battery checks

As you would with a car, carry out an inspection of your engine and batteries. These checks will flag up any problems that you can resolve before you set off for your ocean adventures.

It is easier to check for problems by land, and also to get supplies from firms such as Butler Technik.

When you are at sea, you should always perform daily engine checks. Make sure that you know your location at any given time in case of emergencies.

Sails and lines

For the most part, you will be relying on your sails to propel you out at sea.

You should make sure that you stow all sail covers and that you prepare your sheets and furling lines. You can then hoist your sails when you need them.

It also goes without saying that you must install the ensign on a holder at the stern.

Instruments

All navigation equipment, including VHF radios, need to be present and correct! Make sure that you remove all equipment covers, and check that everything is working.

You will also need to carry out a radio check, so that you can communicate with the outside world when you are at sea.

Clothing and life jackets

It can get quite cold when you are sailing, so be sure to take some appropriate clothing with you. Even if the weather is hot during the day, at night you could end up shivering in the cold!

Finally, make sure that you have plenty of life jackets and that all crew members are wearing them at sea.

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Vacations That Everyone Should Experience Once In Their Lives

Apr 2, 2014 by

Vacations That Everyone Should Experience Once In Their Lives

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The annual vacation is the reason most people endure dull jobs for what seems like eternal days. No matter how miserable things get during their working year, they always hold onto the knowledge of the annual vacation creeping ever nearer. The style of holiday often changes as people get older, and for good reason; gravity seems to weigh a little heavier on older joints. The first vacation without parents on tow may be a boozy trip to the spanish islands, but for some, a more challenging trip is desirable.

Let’s take a look at vacations everyone should try to experience, at least once in their lifetime.

Adventure Holidays

For someone in their late teens and twenties, an adventure of a lifetime may be attractive. Some holidays are ideally suited to students taking a gap year. Ideas can be found at www.theleap.co.uk and many other sites online. The gap year is an important time in a young person’s life and most try to make the most of it by spending their time travelling; experiencing, as much of what the world has to offer, as they can.

There are many adventure holidays available, here are a few suggestions:

  • Mountaineering

  • Tall Ship Sailing

  • Jungle Kayaking

  • Paragliding

  • Skiing

  • Trekking

Of course, there are many more and perhaps you existing passions will guide your choice.

Cerebral Holidays

If you have an interest in history and archeology, there are many exotic places awaiting you. These holidays are ideally suited to people approaching middle age, who look at the world a bit differently than the youngsters.

Egypt is a favourite destination thanks mainly to the discovery of the tombs in the valley of the kings. Only when standing at the foot of the Great Pyramid Of Giza can one truly appreciate the scale of the project complete by ancients who were not far out of the stone age. Here is found the Cairo Museum of Antiquities that houses many of the priceless artifact that were found in the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Perhaps you would like to walk down the perfectly preserved avenues of Pompeii that was frozen forever in time when it was buried by rock and ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The voids left in the solidified ash after the bodies of the victims decayed, have been filled with plaster that was then freed so that we can see those poor people in their death throes.

Experience The Waves

For the older generation, a cruise is a marvelous experience. Sleeping in luxury cabins and enjoying fine food as the ship glides through the ocean gives a relaxed feeling that other holidays find it hard to compete with. There is entertainment in lounges throughout the ship, so people are never bored, and the crew treat the travellers like royalty. There is a doctor on board most ships so holidaymakers can always be assured they will be well cared for.

The cruise will obviously call in many ports that will have interesting and exciting places to explore. Excursions to these attractions are often within the cost of the cruise, so it is better to let the experts guide you than to find your own way, sometimes.

Of course, these suggested holidays are only attractive to people of a certain age range generally speaking. Everyone is free to explore the world in their own way so keep an open mind when you next book your holiday and when you are old you can remember the time you were there. Auf Wiedersehen.

 

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