One of the interesting things about visiting foreign countries — and there’s no better way to see many of them than from a cruise ship — is the number of photo ops. Signs quickly became a subject we kept an eye open for, and below are some we found “interesting” for a variety of reasons…
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Midst the snow and the cold of late winter, the upper decks of cruise ships provide a welcome escape, even if only in pictures. Today’s selection is the pool decks of some ships we’ve been on, to see if you think a deck is a deck is a deck…so, do you?
Mention the word “cruise” and the word “food” is usually not far behind. Today, we’re giving you a “taste” of some of the dishes we’ve enjoyed on a variety of cruises and a variety of ships…
We’ve often been asked: “What’s your favorite cruise ship?” It’s a question often asked of anybody who cruises a lot by people who cruise a little, or less. Our answer, one we borrowed from the late John Maxtone-Graham, is always the same: “The one we’re on.” That’s pretty much how we feel. When you love cruising, you rarely go on a cruise that you don’t enjoy. At the risk of sounding like Pollyannas, to us cruises are just varying degrees of good. Having said that, over the last six years, these are the six cruise ships we enjoyed the most, for a variety of reasons…
Norwegian Epic: Critics always trash it, but in two cruises we’ve found the complaints mostly trivial.
Allure of the Seas: It’s hard to believe anybody who is objective could find fault with this ship-that-has-it-all.
Coral Princess: In our world, she’s the queen of Alaska, with a feel we call “comfortable in every way.”
Costa Diadema: When you like all things Italian, as we do, you like the flagship of Italy’s main cruise line.
Celebrity Eclipse: When you spend six days at sea, you either love or hate a ship — we loved the Eclipse.
Norwegian Sun: This has everything to do with our longest cruise, 19 days, on a ship that became “home.”
In the news…
• Carrie Underwood joins Carnival Live! in November to raise funds for vets
• Upcoming SS United States Conservancy announcement to save the ship
• Fog in Tampa once again causes chaos for Carnival Paradise, AidaVita
Today at portsandbows.com: What’s next for Princess Cruises
Last week was time for the nine-month dental check-up. The dentist is an engaging guy, lots of times funny and always producing at least one clever observation.
This time, it was about cruising.
“So you’re going on a cruise?” he said. “I went on a cruise once and I wasn’t worried about putting on weight. You know what the experts say?”
With a high-speed drill doing whatever high-speed drills do, response was impossible.
“They say — and ‘they’ are the experts in gaining weight — that’s it’s physiologically impossible to add more than two pounds in one week. It’s also physiologically impossible to lose more than two pounds in one week. Physiologically impossible!”
We’d heard his reasoning before and in the interim nothing had happened to us on a one-week cruise to refute his contention. In other words, weight gain for a week was two pounds, or less.
So as many avid cruisers prepare for an escape this winter, remember what our dentist says and don’t take any guilt into the dining room or buffet.
Who’s going to argue?
With dental fingers and tools in your mouth, who can?
In the news…
• Regent pouring $125 million into refurbishing Mariner, Navigator, Voyager
• Baby boy born three weeks early on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2
• MSC latest cruise line to skip ports in Turkey — indefinitely
Today at portsandbows.com: New treats from Holland America