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After the UK survey released earlier this week, Cruisey Life asked its Facebook family and subscribers what annoys them most on cruises. Turns out it’s other cruise passengers – usually people at the buffet. Where everyone has knives!!

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I love a good survey of cruise passenger complaints. This latest research reveals what makes cruisers “lose their ship”, shall we say!
The #1 whinge is hilarious, the #2 is not surprising on certain ships, and I have never witnessed #3.

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Call me a she-devil but I really enjoy watching people almost miss ships or planes. And I’m not the only one.
“Pier running” has become a daily event on a cruise, and passengers will sit on the top deck or their balcony to catch the free show!

Around 15 minutes before departure from a port, we all go out there to see who’s late and sprinting down the wharf. Without fail, at least one couple (but often 10 or more people) will be legging it, stressed out of their minds, or jumping out of taxis. Some stragglers just make it back with a minute to spare. The looks on their burning red faces, when it turns to relief, is priceless.

Truth is, I was once a pier-runner. It was HORRIBLE.

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P&O has a shuttle from Central to White Bay cruise terminal

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

Hallelujah!!! P&O has introduced a shuttle from Central train station to White Bay cruise terminal in Sydney! Wooooohoooooo!!!

One of my subscribers, Megan, passed on the following email which she received from P&O today (22/10/13):

IMPORTANT NOTICES
****Transfers Now Available to Book from Central Station to White Bay**** P&O Cruises is please to announce the introduction of transfers from Central Station to White Bay Cruise Terminal on the day of departure. To book, simply contact our Customer Service team on 13 24 94 (AU) or 0800 780 716 (NZ). Transfers are $15 per person one way. Once confirmed and your booking is paid in full, your transfer confirmation will be available with your eTicket.

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Because I would rather be thrown overboard than sit through another rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, I’ve been thinking about some better ways to be entertained on cruises.
While some companies are making a good effort to dream up new ideas, I reckon they can massively improve in some areas. So here is my list of things I’d like to see on ships in the future…

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P&O is adding an intriguing activity to its Australian-based ships. No kidding, it is called ‘Titanic Moment’. But it won’t have anything to do with sinking the ship in icy waters. Passengers will simply have the chance to go out on the bow (usually out of bounds on P&O) and re-enact that iconic movie scene where Leo and Kate…I mean, Jack and Rose…stand on the bow, arms outstretched, sailing into the sunset.

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Another cool new thing to try is climbing up the ship’s funnel. Makes other rock-climbing walls seem a little dull in comparison. Personally I’ve never seen the appeal of climbing up a wall. There’s an elevator, people!

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Why do we eat more at sea? Does the salty air stimulate our inner Porky Pig? Is it because we want to get our fare’s worth of food? Or do we just eat it because it’s there – and it’s free?
Like cows, our “cruise stomach” seems to find extra compartments, and we pile on the dreaded “cruise kilos”.

Most cruisers go through three stages, from good intentions, to giving in, to giving up. Some people last longer than others, but most crumble at the first sight of a menu.

This is an hour-by-hour breakdown of how it usually goes…

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A list of transfers to White Bay Cruise Terminal in Sydney. Because nobody else has one!

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

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On a ship with hundreds or thousands of people, you’re bound to bump into a few duds. The stalker couple who are somehow ALWAYS EVERYWHERE you go. Don and Dorothy from Dullsville. The drunk, deluded bogan who thinks you’re his new best mate. The slurring, sloppy cougar. The racist, sexist pig who’s rude to all the waiters. The bragging wankers in the owner’s suite. That stalker couple AGAIN.

Nobody wants their holiday ruined by fellow travellers who just don’t get the hint. So, here are my 6 recommended ways to escape the cruisers from hell.

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Last night, Australian TV screened a documentary about the sinking of the Costa Concordia in 2012. While I posted my reactions on Twitter, I found a link to this great song about it: “What Was He Thinking?” by Kenny Giordano.

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