Thursday, March 27
There is nothing quite like sea sickness, one minute your feeling fine, the next you feel completely green. Luckily enough we were already heading back to shore as the sickness was reaching its peak.
Since then I have moved on to bigger and better ships and started cruising. As of yet, I have not experienced any sea sickness at all (lucky me). Not so surprising when you consider how huge cruise liners tend to be and how well stabilized. However, many cruise passengers claim they suffer badly from sea sickness, even on these large ships.
The chances are that the majority of people who go cruising probably won’t suffer from seas sickness. Having said that, I guess you really won’t know until you get onboard.
Sea sickness is caused when the body, inner ear and eyes all send conflicting signals to the brain which makes you feel queasy. The brain is confused as your eyes are sensing everything’s stable whilst your ears are screaming that its not. But, can you control this feeling? According to this story I read, the answer is yes -
A husband and wife cruised regularly year after year, and each time the wife suffered with sea sickness. The husband was of the less sympathetic variety and decided to conduct a little experiment.He got in touch with an old friend who was a doctor. The doctor then informed the wife that she should drink cranberry juice each morning to cure the symptoms whilst on the cruise. The wife followed his instructions and for the first time had an enjoyable, sickness free cruise. Cranberry juice is not known as a cure for sea sickness, and instead acted as a placebo, convincing her that her sea sickness had been cured!
Whilst this suggests it is all in the head, I don’t think we can dismiss the symptoms completely. There are now prescription drugs to try to help ease sickness, as well as a new gadget which looks like a watch, but sends out gentle shocks to trick your body into thinking you are on land.
My advice? Each person you ask is likely to come up with their own remedy for sea sickness, some more credible than others. A few basic tips to eliminate the affects of sea sickness is to stay hydrated, eat lightly, avoid fatty foods and stay out on deck if possible. You may find that focusing on the horizon or nearby land is also beneficial.
Tuesday, March 25
I just want to thanks everyone that has voted so far... but if you havent't yet already, don't delay, vote today!
Thursday, March 20
The designer shopping including such brands such as Harrods, Tiffany & Co. and Mulberry will certainly please many - excluding my husband or my bank that is. The obvious downside to this self contained fashion village is that you can't access it without flying with BA.And as if all that wasn't enough, Gordon Ramsey has opened a restaurant there as part of the T5 fine dining experiences.
One thing is for sure, I will have spent my holiday money before I even board my plane. I guess I'll just have to keep you updated on my experience next month. Wish my purse luck!
For more info visit http://www.terminal5.ba.com
Tuesday, March 18
Many experts like to predict the future of the cruise industry in both the short and the long term. Some focus on passenger numbers and destination trends while others veer toward the cruise line's new ships and their on board innovations.
One thing is for certain, we all like to read about what may be coming next, but why do we only think of ocean cruising in one way? There are many ways to visit the world by sea besides the most popular cruise vessels.
One example would be private yachting, once a holiday for only the rich and famous. These days you can charter one of these marvellous crewed vessels for almost the same price as one week on board a super liner. Sleeping up to 10 guests, one company on the net are offering a Rodman 41 for 6 days, carrying 6 people for £1500 per person. It costs even less if you can make the numbers up to 10! That's fully crewed and includes the fuel. And the best bit... you get to choose your itinerary! Granted you won't get the varied entertainment, choice of restaurants and the kids clubs but its certainly an interesting choice.
Another alternative, and probably the more fascinating, is what i like to call the 'cruise timeshare' - or as most know it; the residential cruise line.
Up until 5 years ago, they didn't exist but then along came the first, The World. This is the only one of its kind currently in operation but there are 4 more in the pipeline. (I've listed these and their web links at the end of the article)
The main idea is to own an apartment in a floating resort that constantly sails the globe but you don't need to own one outright to benefit. Depending on the ship, there are several options available: full ownership, partial or shared ownership and short period rentals for those that want to experience the ship as a holiday maker.
On The World you can expect to pay anything between $1,200 to $4,200 a night, with a minimum stay of six nights. Not exactly affordable to most but then that's the whole point isn't it? Being part of something exclusive.
I'm pretty sure that once more of these residential ships are built, as with anything we will see the prices drop dramatically. In the meantime i think I'll stick to traditional cruising.
Friday, March 14
Thanks in advance ;-)
Thursday, March 13
The technology behind the new system is Ajax... to that comment i will have had some techies nodding their heads with approval but to most people that would only conjure up a vision of smelly cleaning powder from the 80's. Whichever it is, trust me it, its state of the art!
Following on from this we are planning to redesign the entire Ideal Cruising website to make it more user friendly, less cluttered and fresher. There will be a few new features which are a first for the cruise industry so watch this space...my lips are sealed for now!
Wednesday, March 5
|MSC||MSC Poesia||01 March 2008||89,600||2,500|
|Royal Caribbean||Independence of the Seas||01 May 2008||160,000||3,634|
|Carnival||Carnival Splendor||01 July 2008||112,000||3,006|
|Holland America||Eurodam||Summer 2008||86,000||2,104|
|Princess||Ruby Princess||01 November 2008||113,000||3,080|
|MSC||MSC Fantasia||01 November 2008||133,500||3,300|
|MSC||MSC Splendida||Spring 2009||133,500||3,300|
|Costa||Costa Luminosa||Spring 2009||92,700||2,260|
|Costa||Costa Pacifica||Spring 2009||130,000||3,652|
|Seabourn||Seabourn Odyssey||01 June 2009||32,000||450|
|Pearl Seas Cruises||Unnamed||Summer 2009||7,600||165|
|Sea Cloud Cruises||Sea Cloud Hussar||01 September 2009||N/A||136|
|Silversea||Unnamed||01 November 2009||36,000||540|
|Carnival||Carnival Dream||Autumn 2009||130,000||3,652|
|Royal Caribbean||Genesis (class)||Autumn 2009||220,000||5,400|
|Star Clippers||Unnamed||02 July 1905||7,400||296|
|Seabourn||Unnamed||02 July 1905||32,000||450|
|Costa||Unnamed||01 March 2010||92,700||2,260|
|NCL||F3 (class)||01 March 2010||150,000||4,200|
|Celebrity||Celebrity Eclipse||01 June 2010||122,000||2,850|
|Royal Caribbean||Genesis (class)||01 August 2010||220,000||5,400|
|Oceania||Unnamed||01 September 2010||65,000||1,260|
|NCL||F3 (class)||01 October 2010||150,000||4,200|
|Cunard||Queen Elizabeth||Autumn 2010||92,000||2,092|
|Holland America||Unnamed||Autumn 2010||86,000||2,100|
|MSC||MSC Magnifica||Autumn 2010||86,600||2,550|
|Disney||Unnamed||01 June 2011||122,000||2,500|
|Carnival||Carnival Magic||01 June 2011||130,000||3,652|
|Oceania||Unnamed||01 July 2011||65,000||1,260|
|Disney||Unnamed||04 July 1905||122,000||2,500|