Archives For April 2013

Out of 40 cruises, I have done about half by myself. Don’t pity me, it’s my job! But it’s allowed me to learn many ways to handle the seemingly strange situation of sailing solo.
Here are my top 10 tips, gathered over the past five years.

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Directions for cruising from White Bay, Sydney – the cheapest, least convenient and dumbest ways to get to the new terminal…

UPDATED INFO (December 2013) at www.whitebaysydney.com

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Our husbands let us spend so much of their money on diamonds in Skagway, Alaska. They were so well rewarded for their generosity that we renamed it Shagway.

Australian cruise passenger, anonymous

I met an Australian woman who was surprised to discover she had bought some very expensive diamonds on an Alaskan cruise.
“Do you remember what you did last night?” her friend asked her.
“Uhhh, when?”
“You bought those diamond earrings.”
“What?”
“From the diamond salesman we met on the ship. You were pretty drunk and you started bargaining with him,” her friends said.
“Noooooooooooooooooooooo!”
“Look in your pocket.”

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There is a certain breed of cruise passenger who will complain about the most ridiculous things. Here are some crackers, obtained through a survey by travel agency Bonvoyage.co.uk.

– A woman said the sea was “too loud” in the Mediterranean and cabins should be “better sound-proofed from the sounds of the sea”.
– A couple accused a ship’s captain of being “rude” for departing from a port (on time) when they had left a note saying they needed more time for sightseeing.
– A man complained about not getting “an impressive tan” while cruising in Alaska. Repeat, Alaska.

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