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10 New Cruise Ships and Amenities to Check Out
2018-12-03

See how cruise lines are raising the bar with tech-savvy touches and improved luxury experiences. You’ll encounter high-tech design features, unique amenities and exciting itineraries on these intriguing new ships. From the largest cruise ship in the world, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, to more intimate ships like the 18-suite Avalon Saigon, today’s cruising […]

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Alaskan Adventures
2018-11-27

Hello again, and this week I’ll start by writing a little on Cunard’s youngest ship, Queen Elizabeth, which as I mentioned last week is currently having a refit in France with refurbishment of staterooms and suites as well as many of the public areas. This is fantastic news for any of you thinking about trying […]

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The 2019 Best Cruise Lines for the Money
2018-11-27

Find out which lines will help you save big on your next cruise vacation. Your next cruise may cost less money than you think. Since a cruise is basically a package deal, with lodging, food and entertainment all included in one price, a vacation at sea is often a better value than a land-based getaway […]

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Right to the Bitter End!
2018-11-20

Good Day to all readers, or as I used to say on board Cunard’s Queen Victoria or Queen Mary 2 at my daily Noon speech; “Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Captain Peter Philpott speaking from the Navigating Bridge and I do hope you all enjoying this wonderful day at sea! As is our […]

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10 Travel Photography Tips for Getting Better Photos
2018-11-20

Use this guide to start taking top-notch vacation pictures. While professional-looking travel photos were once a privilege for those who could afford pricey equipment, today, travelers can take a stunning photo with nothing but a smartphone. Follow these 10 expert tips that will help you find the best lighting, achieve the perfect angle and make […]

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Special guests and entertainment aboard cruise ships
2018-11-13

Hello again! If you happen to be a regular reader of my column, you’ll have seen that I was for a long time with Princess Cruises – in fact I served in all Navigating Officer ranks up to the rank of Staff Captain. My favorite Princess ship was the original Pacific Princess (built in the […]

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The 5 Top Health and Wellness Trends in Cruising
2018-11-13

Find out how taking a cruise can support your health, fitness and nutrition goals. In today’s health-focused world, many vacationers aren’t willing to disrupt their diet and fitness routines for a week of fun. In response to passenger demands, cruise lines are expanding their health and wellness offerings, providing travelers with nutritious food options, unique […]

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Early days
2018-11-06

Hello again and as you may have read, I just finished my career at sea on “big ships” as Captain of Queen Mary 2 in September 2018 and it really was an amazing way to complete a career. But we all start somewhere and I still vividly recall my early days as a young 16 […]

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No route is ever the same
2018-10-23

You know, the average person might think that Queen Mary 2’s Transatlantic Crossings must take the same route every time. I mean, why not? It’s all Ocean out there and it would be very difficult to bump into say, Bermuda or some other such island on the way across! So why is then that I […]

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What Is a Boutique Hotel?
2018-10-23

Learn more about these accommodations and why they are so popular. The word “boutique” is thrown around quite a lot these days, from boutique agencies to boutique exercise studios to, of course, boutique hotels. But what are boutique hotels, and what sets them apart from more typical accommodations? To help you better understand this lodging […]

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