Our Top 10 Twitter Profiles
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Top 10 Twitter Cruise Profiles

In the past, there was not a lot of information for potential cruisers to find out about the options available to them. This consisted mainly of glossy brochures put out by the cruise lines or travel magazines. Thanks to social media and sites like twitter, today’s experts and consumers can connect easily for mutual benefit.

In this post we have listed 10 of our favourite twitter accounts to follow. These in our opinion offer some of the best unbiased cruising tips around.

@CruiseCritic

Cruise Critic is one of the world’s largest online cruise resources with over 67,000 followers. Their Twitter feed is a great place to find information on every cruise line with reviews of all ships and ports of calls.

@CruiseLineFocus

Cruise Line Focus speaks on the business side of cruising and is a popular choice with over 37,500 followers. Click on their links for various intriguing articles about the future of cruising. Some of the retweets from other established Twitter accounts offer a wealth of information.

@CruiseLog

As the official Twitter account of Cruise blogger Gene Sloan, over 29,000 Cruiselog followers get regular offers and reviews of various cruise lines in a more personal way. Here you will learn things about cruising in a really easy to read format.

@CruiseRadio

This is the official Twitter account of CruiseRadio, a website with many podcasts about various news and curiosities in the cruise world. The account reposts material from their site such as top 10 lists and reviews of new cruises. Follow them and join over 15,000 followers who receive regular updates.

@WorldofCruising

Dedicated to the UK’s own World of Cruising magazine, it’s nice to see highlights offered from the magazine in an instant on Twitter. World of Cruising magazine has been around since 1998 and the articles from the website are created by prominent writers who will keep you informed and entertained.

@CaptGreyBeard

CaptGreyBeard is the account of John Honeywell, a well-known travel writer who specialises in the cruise sector. Considered to be a very respected writer, his posts mostly consist of his opinions, which over 7,500 followers find interesting and sometimes amusing! Other cruise related articles and reposts of any relevant cruising news can also be found here.

@CruiseCurrents

Keep on top of the cruise news with Cruise Currents twitter account. They tweet not only the latest news but offer tips on how to improve your cruising experience as a whole. The account with over 7,200 followers is a good introduction for novices who are new to cruising.

@CruiseMiss

Considered one of the best cruise travel bloggers in Twitterland, CruiseMiss offers her unique perspective on various cruise related subjects. Pictures are worth a thousand words and when it comes to her blog, visual reigns with vibrant images and videos. Her 5,500 plus followers will surely be enticed to jump aboard ASAP!

@CruiseCrazies

For those that want a fun outlook on cruising and a good chuckle to go with it should follow CruiseCrazies. With over 4,300 followers this twitter page offer links to news, articles, reviews and pictures presented in a humorous manner. Anyone who wants to avoid making a faux pas as a passenger should check out this account.

@CruiseLegend

Cruise Legend is a pretty well known twitter account. Many of the posts click through to their highly visual Instagram account filled with high definition photographs of ships & ports from around the world. This simple format is popular with over 2,200 followers.

Besides the top ten, did you know that @About2Cruise are on Twitter too? We have links to our blog posts and articles as well as cruise news and other important information for the avid and new to cruise holidaymaker. Come on in and join us and these top ten twitter accounts.

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Traditional or Open Dining?
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Cruise Dining Choices

Dining is considered one of the most important elements of a cruise holiday. Everything from elaborate dining rooms that look like they stepped out of the 19th century’s Victorian Period to the laid back atmosphere of the buffet on the upper decks, there’s a dish for everyone!

In the past, most cruise ships had set dining and the only choice a passenger was given was between ‘Early Seating and Late Seating’. Most Cruise lines still provide this service.

TRADITIONAL DINING

Traditional dining (the classic cruise experience) means that dining is at the same time (depending on cruise line and itinerary), the same table and with the same table mates each evening.

Early seating works well for those passengers who want to eat at the same time as they do at home which is around 6PM. If the cruise has consecutive days at sea, early seating is a good choice as it breaks up the day.

Traditional Dining with Cunard

The late seating is better for those who opt to stay up late and enjoy the ships nightlife as dinner is nearly always after 8PM. It is also a good choice if you plan to take advantage of the port of calls and don’t want to feel rushed in getting back in time for dinner.

The traditional dining experience is more social and you will be seated with diners of a similar age. Many lifelong friendships have been created at dinner on board a ship. You will get to know many new people and the conversation can be just as interesting as the meal!

If you are looking for the traditional experience, always request your preferred dining time when booking.

OPEN DINING

In recent years more and more cruise lines realised that their passengers were seeking a more casual dining experience. Although set dining times were standard on Disney Cruises, they designed their ships to give you the option of dining in a different venue each evening.

First introduced by Norwegian Cruise Lines, who took Disney’s idea up to a new level when they introduced an open seating policy. This revolutionary open seating policy can now be found on most cruise lines. Passengers can eat when they want and where they want and not only in the main dining room.

Several specialty restaurants have popped up from steakhouses to Teppanyaki style to seafood houses. Dining style and choices vary from cruise line to cruise line but most ships feature somewhere between 5 to 15 alternative dining experiences. As cruise lines continue to evolve and grow, more options are sure to be available in the future.

OTHER OPTIONS

Those that like lounging around the pool all day will be pleased to hear that there are poolside buffets that are open for breakfast and lunch. The buffets serve up casual fare and are ideal for a quick snack.

An interesting new development are spa-like eateries that offer health food and this option is perfect for those looking to stay in shape whilst onboard.

Of course, there is always room service. Room service is a good option for those that want to rest in their room or simply want the convenience of not going out. However, the menus can be somewhat limited, although this might not be a concern for those that want fast service.

Cruise lines are always evolving but many still offer traditional assigned seating in the main dining room if requested:

No matter what you choose, traditional, open or indulging in the specialty venues, there will always be something new and exciting to please your palate.

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Anthem of the Seas Royal Loft Suite – Would You?
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Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas has over 2000 cabins spread across a range of grades. This gives you the chance to book your accommodation to suit your preferences and of course budget.

But what if budget wasn’t an issue. Step forward the Royal Loft Suite. This monster of a cabin is 1640 square feet over two decks with amazing panoramic views and has one bedroom, two bathrooms and even it’s own whirlpool.

This image was originally posted on Twitter and if you are a user feel free to Like or Re-Tweet!


Are All Balcony Cabins Equal?
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Cruise Ship Balcony

As strange as it may seem, balcony cabins were not as commonplace as they are on cruise ships today. The few available were exclusive for the well-to-do. Today, balconies can be found on even the smallest type of ship.

The first major cruise line to offer balcony cabins was Royal Caribbean with their Monarch of the Seas in 1991. Although only five percent of the ship had balconies, it was a trend that would soon catch on. In the 2000′s, cruise lines began adding more balcony cabins with roughly between 25 to 45 percent of the ship being balconies. Today, that number has increased to more than 65 percent.

Many novice cruisers seem to think that all cruise cabins of a specific type are the same. For example, if you’ve been in one balcony cabin, you’ve been in them all. This is most definitely not the case. There are many different ways to find out if your cabin is suitable for your travel needs.

SIMPLE TIPS

Traditionally, the higher the cabin is on a ship, the more expensive. Even with a balcony cabin, a blocked view can occur, especially if on the deck where the ships’ tenders are situated. Depending on the ship, the view may be blocked by the tenders even several decks above.

A balcony at a bargain price may include a giant orange lifeboat blocking the view!

Balcony cabin with blocked view

Although a balcony in the centre of the ship may save steps to lifts and stairwells, those opened to the ship atriums should be avoided if you require tranquility. Some ships have made their atrium the heart of the ship’s gathering point and include entertainment or live music, large movie screens and the place thousands of your fellow passengers tend to linger.

There are several special features and reasons for getting a balcony cabin, some of the best being:

  • If you want the best spots to see some scenery, a balcony cabin offers panoramic views along with a space to sit outside and take in the beauty.
  • Even the smallest of balconies offer more than enough space for you to be able to sit outside and relax; it can also be a good place if you want privacy.
  • If you are claustrophobic, the balcony can serve as a safe space where you can get away from what bothers you and look at the calm scenery around you.

Make sure the balcony faces out rather than in. A number of newer ships like the Quantum of the Seas offer balcony cabins that open to inside public areas. They offer little privacy and once the novelty of looking down at the passerby’s and the activity wears off, you may never use the balcony for the duration of the trip.

DIFFERENCE IN SIZE

Some ships such as Carnival remain standard with their balcony cabins of about 170 to 190 square feet. Carnival’s balconies on the main deck are called The Coves. The Coves are 25 feet from the waterline, offering you a beautiful view of the entire ocean, perfect for photo opportunities and a truly romantic sight during sunset.

Disney Cruise Lines, P&O and Cunard have what are considered some of the largest balconies in the industry. Including the balcony, Disney averages at 226 square feet, whilst Cunard ranges from 248 to 269 square feet and P&O measuring in at 246 to 254 square feet depending on the ship.

Royal Caribbean and Norwegian cruise lines average between 120 and 160 square feet

Cabin space may be average on Holland America but their new ship Koningsdam, boasts 228 to 420 square feet (including balcony) and contains some of the largest outdoor cabin space at sea.

Luxury operator Paul Gauguin has 70% of its accommodation as balconies. The cabins range from 200 to 588 square feet (including the balconies) and most have actual queen-size mattresses (vs. two single beds).

A large amount of cruise ships today have “wave” running port and starboard sections, which causes a wide variation in balcony sizes. This variation means that you can take advantage of this by getting a cabin of a certain category but situated in an area of the ship that offers larger balcony space.

The truth of the matter is that, as everyone’s experience is different and every cruise line wants to offer a different experience, one person’s worst cabin can be another person’s favourite.

LOOK ONLINE FOR FEEDBACK OR ASK A CRUISE SPECIALIST

Consider expert and consumer reviews, as well as your own travel habits and the amenities that mean the most to you. If you plan to spend much time inside your cabin, then it’s likely worth extra money to select one of the most luxurious (and higher priced) options.

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Win Tickets to the London Cruise Show 2016
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Daily Mail Cruise Show - London 2016

2016 sees  the 8th London Cruise Show taking place at Olympia. The show will feature many major cruise lines together with operators from the luxury and niche cruise sectors.

The show which takes place over two days beginning on the 20th February, will give you the chance to see what’s on offer to suit your destination preferences and of course budget.

ENTER THE DAILY MAIL LONDON CRUISE SHOW 2016 CONTEST

We have 20 pairs of tickets to give away for the London Show. To enter simply enter your e-mail address and that’s it! Your details are safe and covered by our privacy policy.

There will be talks from the experts which will give you the chance to find out things that the brochure won’t tell you as well as exclusive deals only available to visitors.

If you are an experienced cruiser looking for new ideas or are new to cruise, visit the Daily Mail Cruise Show at London’s Olympia!

WATCH THE VIDEO FROM THE LONDON SHOW 2015

To view the companies exhibiting at the show and the talk start times click here.

ABOUT2CRUISE SPECIAL OFFER

If you want to go and don’t want to rely on the contest, we have negotiated a special offer of just £4 per ticket(normal price £10). To book please visit www.cruisingshow.com/book-tickets and use the code ‘2CRUISE’