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Secrets cruise lines won’t tell you

<p><strong>No trip is all-inclusive</strong></p> <p>That ‘all-inclusive’ rate typically doesn’t include alcohol, tips, shore excursions, internet, dining outside the dining room, and what you spend on casino or bingo play. And please, do come play: Your odds are often even worse than on land.</p> <p>And when it comes to buying travel insurance for your overseas adventure, make sure you check the small print.</p> <p><strong>Choose your room carefully</strong></p> <p>Always look at the ship’s deck plan before you choose your cabin. Don’t pick one directly under the gym, the pool deck, the disco, or any late-night venue. Know that if you book a cabin at the front of the ship, you’re going to feel some up-and-down motion.</p> <p><strong>Come prepared to charge</strong></p> <p>If your ship permits it, pack a charging station or a power board. Many cruise ships still have only one or two outlets per cabin – and that’s not going to cut it in 2019.</p> <p><strong>Don’t buy excursion packages from us</strong></p> <p>Shhh… here’s a secret: You can book many of the same land excursions we offer for a fraction of the cost by arranging them privately with tour companies beforehand.</p> <p><strong>Above all, wash your hands</strong></p> <p>There were 11 disease outbreaks on cruise ships in the first six months of 2016, almost as many as in all of 2015. Most were norovirus, a highly contagious bug that causes stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea.</p> <p><strong>Wait until you reach land to go online</strong></p> <p>Our wi-fi prices can be crazy high for sub-part performance. So save your surfing for port days, and ask the crew for the nearest free hot spot. (Since they can’t afford ship wi-fi either, crew members flock to internet cafés when they disembark.)</p> <p><strong>We make our own water</strong></p> <p>Ever wonder where we get all that fresh water? We make it. That’s right – giant onboard desalination systems remove salt and impurities from ocean water so it’s safe to drink.</p> <p><em>Sources: Sherry Kennedy, founder of cruisemaven.com; Jim Walker, a maritime attorney who specialises in cruise line law; Brian David Bruns, former crew member on six cruise lines and author of Cruise Confidential, a former cruise crew member from Thailand and three current cruise line employees who asked to remain anonymous.</em></p> <p><em>Written by Michelle Crouch. This article first appeared in <a href="http://www.readersdigest.com.au/travel/cruising/24-secrets-cruise-lines-wont-tell-you?page=23">Reader’s Digest.</a> For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.innovations.co.nz/c/readersdigestemailsubscribe?utm_source=over60&amp;utm_medium=articles&amp;utm_campaign=RDSUB&amp;keycode=WRN87V">here’s our best subscription offer.</a></em></p> <p><img style="width: 100px !important; height: 100px !important;" src="/media/7820640/1.png" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f30947086c8e47b89cb076eb5bb9b3e2" /></p>

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6 tips for maintaining a healthy lawn at sea

<p>Maintaining a healthy green lawn can be difficult enough on land, so we were really impressed when we discovered there was a cruise ship that maintains real grass onboard.</p> <p>The highest deck on the cruise ship, Celebrity Solstice, is covered in a lawn of luscious green grass. It is the only cruise ship in Australia to have real grass onboard.</p> <p>Can you imagine the challenges involved in trying to maintain a thriving lawn at sea? There’s wind, salt spray, humidity and climate changes to contend with. Not to mention the fact that the grass is not actually taking in root in the earth.</p> <p>Yes, there are problems aplenty but the crew at Celebrity Solstice seem to have it figured out. The ship employs two highly trained lawn keepers and an onboard Environment Manager who is tasked with overseeing grass maintenance, among other things.</p> <p>To keep the lawn in peak condition, the keepers monitor the area daily and undertake vigilant pest control practices. The grass is mowed to precisely 35mm, as often as every day where conditions are warmer and every three days in cooler climes, using a non-gas emitting cylinder mower or reel mower.</p> <p>The lawn is watered using automated sprinklers, sub-surface sprinklers, as well as old fashioned manual watering.  Mineral and organic lawn care products feed and protect the grass, and of course deck chairs and high heels are discouraged. </p> <p>The lawn consists of Couch grass during the warmer months. In places like Alaska, where temperatures are much cooler, the Couch grass is overgrown with Rye grass seeds that germinate and provide green grass even in arctic conditions.</p> <p>The grass grows on a porous base made of lightweight calcium clay, crushed and blended together with sieved and washed volcanic pumice. Not only do these materials have nutritional benefits for the grass, the calcium clay and volcanic pumice provide great drainage after rain and when the area is irrigated.</p> <p>Staffers were really impressed with the quality of lawn care practiced at Celebrity Solstice so when Environment Manager Nick Asproudas offered to share his lawn care tips with us we jumped at the chance. Nicks says his tips for maintaining healthy grass can be easily applied to residential lawns.</p> <p>We agree. Nicks tips are in line with our own advice when it comes to keeping the lawn green and luscious. Here are Nick's tips.</p> <p><strong>6 Tips For Maintaining A Healthy Lawn At Sea Or At Home</strong></p> <p><strong>1. Cut with care</strong></p> <p>Never cut your grass too short – I suggest taking off no more than 10% of the leaf at one time because more than this can damage your grass.</p> <p><strong>2. Control weeds</strong></p> <p>While herbicides are great for preventing weeds from spreading, it can take days before the chemicals kick in, not to mention the damage most do to the environment. So if you have a smaller backyard there is nothing better than good old fashioned manual weeding - it’s what we do on Celebrity Solstice’s lawn - just make sure the whole root is removed from the soil.</p> <p><strong>3. Fertilise</strong></p> <p>A slow-release fertiliser is always best and won’t burn your grass. I recommend you fertilise every 6-8 weeks -just don’t forget to water your lawn after the application.</p> <p><strong>4. Water the lawn</strong></p> <p>It’s vital to water your grass all year around, but it is especially important to do so during Australia's harsh summer months. Watering by hand is always best as sometimes sprinklers do not provide a sufficient amount of water.</p> <p><strong>5. Eliminate brown patches</strong></p> <p>Firstly, check soil moisture levels using a soil probe. If you find your lawn soil is quite dry, water it manually or use an oscillating sprinkler. If it isn’t, brown patches are often caused by a disease. If this is the case, isolate the area so nobody steps on the grass and apply a fungicide to stop the disease from spreading.</p> <p><strong>6. Mow with purpose</strong></p> <p>Change your mowing directions each time you mow your lawn to increase the density of your turf and reduce scalping.  The round the clock technique works best, which involves changing your mowing pattern based on the numbers on an analogue clock. For example, one day you may mow from 12 to 6, another day from 9 to 3 and then another day from 2 to 8.</p> <p><em>Republished with permission of <a href="http://www.handyman.net.au/6-tips-maintaining-healthy-lawn-sea">Handyman.net.au.</a></em></p>

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Cruise cabin price hacks to look out for

<p>Booking a cruise can be an overwhelming process, especially when faced with the task of wading through all the expenses that are associated with holidays. Stick to your travel budget by reading on a few tricks of the trade to get a cruise steal that saves you a fair few dollars.</p> <p><strong>Guarantee cabins </strong></p> <p>A guarantee stateroom is a selection you can choose while boking your cruise to pay a lower rate for your cabin type (inside, outside etc). There is always a catch to reduced prices though and guaranteed cabins are not exempt. While cheaper, these staterooms are chosen by your cruise line and can either be a lucky match or the worst cabin in the category cabin you choose.</p> <p>So, while you might end up with a higher-category cabin with breathtaking views that are on the more expensive decks, there is also a chance you could get stuck with a room in a noisy corner of the ship, a blocked view or one that is smaller than anticipated.</p> <p>Letting a cruise line choose your cabin can be risky, so make sure you’ll be happy with whatever cabin is assigned to you.  <br /><br /></p> <p><strong>Beware of the upgrade</strong></p> <p>Look out for upgrade deals before you book your stateroom as cruise lines tend to offer promotions that can save you a good dollar or two. However, read the fine print carefully as you may be stuck with cabin decisions that are not what you are looking for.</p> <p><strong>Value adds</strong></p> <p>When booking your cruise cabin, take into considering the cost of the rest of your trip. If you also need to factor in prices for your airfare, pre-cruise hotels and activities onboard, you may not be able to afford the fancy cruise suite you’ve had your eye on.</p> <p>Look for value-added perks on offer from cruise lines and travel agents. Complimentary onboard cash, prepaid tips and included airfare are all promotions that have been offered before and could be offered for your next cruise. These little deals and saving tricks are all ways to free up some money to pay for other holiday expenses.</p> <p><strong>Price drops</strong></p> <p>Cruise fares are much like airfares and change constantly. Typically you can find the lowest costs by booking your cruise earlier (eight months before sail date) or booking very late (two weeks before departure). Fares often drop just days after final payment for cabins are due which is around two months before sailing.</p> <p>Scoring a higher category cabin for a bargain price can be possible but it is risky for your travel budget as fairs will just go up if a cruise category is selling well.</p> <p>What are some of your cruise price tips and tricks to keep an eye out for? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The insider cruise secrets you didn’t know

<p><strong>Join cruise lines and travel agencies emailing lists </strong></p> <p>While the weekly, daily and last-minute emails will get annoying after a while, there are usually hidden gems that can save you a few good dollars. They might have short booking windows or require flexible schedules, but there are some great bargains waiting for you.</p> <p><strong>Get the early-bird fare</strong></p> <p>Many cruise lines and especially river cruise lines offer bonuses and amenities that are had to pass up on. These include pre-paid gratuities and on-board credits and even free flights when you book and pay several months in advance.</p> <p>Look out for an early bird fair at least six to eight months ahead of time.</p> <p><strong>Say thanks but no thanks </strong></p> <p>Souvenir cocktails seem nice in the moment, but will you really use them at home? If you also don’t want professional photographers who ask to snap you getting on and off the ship, during dinner and on gala nights, then say no.</p> <p><strong>Beat the breakfast queues</strong></p> <p>The main dining rooms are usually open for breakfast and if you don’t feel like queuing at the buffet then, it might be a better option.</p> <p><strong>Try out a repositioning cruise </strong></p> <p>One-way cruises are not offered often as they typically only happen seasonally to different destinations. For example, overseas ships based in Australia during the summer season move to the Mediterranean or Caribbean in March and April. They can be a great value voyage for you to enjoy, especially if you are a veteran cruiser who likes sea days.</p> <p>However, do not forget to factor in return airfares.</p> <p><strong>Be a groupie – it will work out in your favour </strong></p> <p>If you want to book a cruise for a bunch of friends or family – whether it be for a birthday, anniversary or anything in-between – then be ready for perks such as a free cabin or special discounts from a major cruise line.</p> <p><strong>Read the newsletter carefully </strong></p> <p>The newsletters left at your door every morning include special offers including cocktails of the day, discounts or free drinks at shops, spa raffles and even discounted treatments. Sea days and port days tend to offer completely different offers so keep a keen eye out.</p> <p><strong>Enjoy the free activities </strong></p> <p>Whether it’s a dance class, film showings, trivia games, gyms or entertainment shows – try it out. These freebies won’t be so heavily discounted when you get back on land.</p> <p><strong>Shore tours – be sure about them </strong></p> <p>Before you leave home, workout which cruise itinerary’s and ship excursions are best for you. Considering factors such as price, ease and accessibility are all essential.</p> <p><strong>Stay offline </strong></p> <p>Internet packages are tempting but putting down the phone and tablet won’t hurt you for a week or so. Despite the fact they are getting more reasonably priced, the cost is still quite expensive and fast wi-fi is not guaranteed. Wait until you’re in port and can perhaps find free wi-fi there.</p> <p>What are some of your insider tips to get the best out of your cruise? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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$4.9 million awarded to family of man who had heart attack on cruise ship

<p>The family of a man who had a severe heart attack while on a cruise ship and later died has been awarded a mammoth amount of money.</p> <p>Royal Caribbean Cruises has been ordered to pay AU$4.79 million (US$3.38 million) by a court in the US state of Florida.</p> <p>The court granted this verdict after hearing that a doctor on the Explorer of the Seas made a number of severe mistakes.</p> <p>Richard Puchalski boarded a Royal Caribbean cruise with his family in July 2016 in celebration of his 70th birthday.</p> <p>Not long into the voyage, he visited the medic on board, Dr Amanda Saunders, complaining of shortness of breath.</p> <p>The man was given medication and sent to rest back in his room when only half an hour later, the 70-year-old collapsed</p> <p>Two nurses did not provide any further treatment after being unable to lift him.</p> <p>Eventually the Mr Puchalski was taken back to the medic but his family’s lawyer, Michael Haggard, successfully argued that “there was an additional significant delay before he was transferred ashore".</p> <p>The 70-year-old father died four days later in a hospital in Juneau, Alaska.</p> <p>The lawsuit successfully argued that the doctor should have alerted the man’s family of his health issues and kept him for further monitoring and tests.</p> <p>The legal counsel's argument further believed Mr Puchalski should have been transferred back to shore for medical treatment when the extent of his illness was clear.</p> <p>A federal jury in Miami ruled that the Royal Caribbean was 70 per cent to blame for the circumstances that occurred. Blame was also placed on Dr Saunders and Mr Puchalski.</p> <p>“Until the cruise line industry makes the long-overdue, necessary changes to the standard of care, more families will suffer these life changing tragedies, and we will continue to file these lawsuits and present to juries these obvious cases of negligence,“ Mr Haggard explained to the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/family-of-a-man-who-had-a-heart-attack-on-a-cruise-ship-and-died-awarded-huge-payout/news-story/b656335ee672478e5258ee05f230d020" target="_blank"><em>Miami Herald</em></a> newspaper.</p> <p>Royal Caribbean, one of the world’s most popular and largest cruise lines, says it plans to appeal the ruling.</p> <p>“We respectfully disagree with the outcome of this case. We are considering our legal options, and we intend to appeal the decision,” the company said in a statement.</p> <p>What do you think about the medical care and assistance available on cruise ships? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. </p>

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First-time cruiser? The tips you need to know

<p>Booking your very first cruise might seem a little overwhelming, as there are so many options and more than enough information to overload your brain. Here’s a guide to getting your first cruise right so it’s a breeze onboard.</p> <p><strong>Book through a specialist </strong></p> <p>It is easy to see a cheap cruise deal online and jump at the offer, but if this is only your first cruise, it pays off to consult a travel agent that will make sure you end up on the cruise line vessel that is just right for you.</p> <p>Travel agencies that are specialised to specifically sell cruises will most likely be the ones who offer the greatest knowledge and be inquisitive enough to book the cruise that’s perfect for you.</p> <p><strong>Get to know your fellow passengers</strong></p> <p>To someone who has never travelled on a cruise liner before, every holiday ashore on offer can look the same. They’re not, of course and different lines are made to attract completely different types of people.</p> <p>Getting to know the type of cruise lines that are on offer and who they attract can tell you what you can expect while onboard. There are many different types of demographics you’re likely to find on a cruise – from university students to retirees, and large groups to solo travellers.</p> <p>If you’re interested in ensuring you’re connected to likeminded people, then checking out which cruise is best suited to you is the smartest and safest option.</p> <p><strong>Try a mini-cruise </strong></p> <p>Short cruises are cheaper and are often easier to travel on if you’re wanting to ‘sample’ a line before you jump head in to an 11-day voyage!</p> <p>Cruise lines such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and P&amp;O offer ‘samplers’ out of Australian ports with one to three nights onboard. The offers on deck are much similar to longer cruises but slightly adjusted so you get a taste of everything.</p> <p><strong>Get organised! No excuses</strong></p> <p>Having a rough idea of what you want to do while on your voyage is necessary if you want to do as much as possible while cruising. To avoid exhaustion, boredom or even an empty, cashless pocket then research the ports you are docking at, the excursions on offer for you and the activities on board.</p> <p>Most cruise ships offer special tours of the whole vessel on the first day, which is specifically aimed at first-timers. It’s a good idea to opt for one of these in order to get to know your ship a little bit better.</p> <p><strong>Don’t be afraid to complain </strong></p> <p>If you are onboard and are unhappy with something, such as the location of your cabin, your seating allocation at dinner or even a dirty deck – do not suffer in silence. Most of these things can be fixed. If you’re having issues with your dinner partners, speak to the head waiter – they are used to dealing with sticky situations so that everyone has the smoothest ride possible. For any other problems, visit the friendly staff behind the reception desk as they are there to help.</p> <p><strong>Take your own tea bags </strong></p> <p>This tip may seem a little strange, but cruise lines only tend to stock brands that you have never heard of, except for Lipton’s Yellow Label tea bags. Don’t be afraid to bring your own, especially if you have a favourite brand or flavour.</p> <p>Either way, do not expect to have a nice, steaming cuppa. A lot of the time, the boilers are never hot enough on a cruise ship at the buffets. Although Aussie cruise lines are a little better than other international cruise ships, don’t expect too much better and be prepared to be disappointed.</p> <p>All in all, enjoy your time on board, it never lasts for as long as you would like it to. After your first, you’ll be booking in a new cruise date before you have even gotten home!</p> <p>What are some of your cruise tips for newbies if you have tried one out? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Why you MUST visit the Nile in Egypt

<p>Are you ready for an adventure like no other? Could the Nile be the alluring getaway you have been waiting for? A river that stretches through 11 countries might just be the trip of a life time you have been waiting for.</p> <p>For many who travel down the Nile, it is a life source – giving water, fertile land and a means of transport through 11 countries.</p> <p>For others, it is the destination of a lifetime and a connection to the past for its rich culture and mysterious antiquity that has and continues to gravitate historians, archaeologists and tourists alike.</p> <p>Travel expert Catriona Rowntree has travelled the world for over 23 years, exploring the sights each place has to offer and seeing the world through the lens as host of <em>Getaway</em>.</p> <p>In the hundreds of trips and countless journeys she has experienced, Rowntree has decided to share her favourite trips by water.</p> <p>Here’s why, according to <em>The World of Cruising</em>, you should travel to Egypt and the Nile.</p> <p><strong>There are views everywhere you turn </strong></p> <p>One of the best parts about taking a scenic trip ashore down the mystique river of the Nile means everywhere you turn is a picture-perfect postcard view.</p> <p>It’s not just a home that is overwhelmingly reminiscent of your History textbook – it is the place where temples have risen and fallen, where tributes in honour of pharaohs have been carven from the lands soil.</p> <p>Rowntree wrote: “But the river itself … glorious! You won’t take a bad photo. The light is exquisite. Little children in tiny feluccas, sliding up next to your boat to sing for you or ask you to buy belly-dancer costumes.</p> <p>“The difference with this tour is that the devil is in the detail. It’s not the castle in the distance, or the rising vineyards snaking up the castle in the distance…</p> <p>“But it is the lone fisherman by the river’s edge, the elegant birdlife, the animals gently roaming in and out of the water…”</p> <p><strong>It’s a historical treasure </strong></p> <p>Without the serene waterway that is the Nile, there would be almost little to no ways to access the antiquities of Egyptian life there is on offer today, nor any way to see them.</p> <p>The Nile is not just a life source nor a large and magical chunk of history to hook your talons into – it is a basin that covers more than 10 per cent of Africa and spreads through 11 countries and holds an otherworldly connection to locals that has existed for over thousands of years.</p> <p>Being able to undergo a journey like a cruise along the Nile is stepping into a part of the Egyptian way of life.</p> <p>The historical river hosts connections to temples centuries old and heirlooms virtually untouched. It’s an easy glide from the waterway to marvels that rest on the banks of the river plains, including the Kom Ombo Temple and finally Aswan for the unfinished obelisk, Qena and Hathor’s Temple at Dendera, Luxor Temple, the Temple of Horus at Edfua, a felucca cruise to a Nubian village, and the Osiris temple complex at Philae, raised from the floods.<br /> </p> <p><strong>The ports are magical </strong></p> <p>From the banks of the Nile in Cairo to the tomb of Tutankhamun and the Valley of the Kings, cruisers will get the opportunity to explore it all at each of the handy ports created to take you as close to the wonders of Egypt as possible.</p> <p>Tour the Egyptian Museum which hosts the world’s largest collection of pharaonic antiquities and experience the significant artefacts that have stood the test of time. However, if you’re interested, you better get in fast! Queues start early.</p> <p>Luxor is another key port and is the home of the Temple of Karnak and the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Just a short trip from the main part of the city lies a little piece of earth you will never quite see ever again, with over 100 rooms to find yourself in and 63 tombs to see for yourself.</p> <p>The city of Luxor also features the Mummification Museum, giving you a whole new understanding of the age-old culture that enamours Egypt and gives insight just as to why it’s considered “the cradle of civilisation”.</p> <p>“Luxor, for me, is where that reputation all fell into place,” Rowntree writes.</p> <p><strong>Whether you’re a solo traveller or a big family – Egypt is a getaway for all</strong></p> <p>Both a wonderful holiday for both single travellers looking to explore the world of Egypt alone and families ready to take it all on together – cruises on the Nile cater to everyone.</p> <p>Would you like to take a scenic tour along the mystical Nile river? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Once in a lifetime: The cruises you will remember

<p>Whether it’s travelling from Argentina to Antarctica or hopping through the Indian Ocean, these cruises are a once in a lifetime experience and incomparable to anything else.</p> <p>As demands for cruise lines to offer unique travel destinations continues to grow, companies are looking for ways to make a holiday outside of the box. New adventures, experiences and activity-led touring with voyages that are unlike the standard cruise are being offered up to keen travellers. Here are some of the most memorable cruise journeys you must try once in your lifetime.</p> <p><strong>The Ross Sea </strong></p> <p>Described as one of the most beautifully desolate places to visit, Ross Sea is a marine reserve you don’t want to miss. Referred to as <em>The Last Ocean,</em> it lies 320km from the South Pole and what it hosts is a plethora of wildlife in huge numbers – from penguins to orcas, seals and whales – for you to feast your eyes on and explore a world unseen.</p> <p>Discovered in 1842 by Sir James Clark Ross, it is also where Captain Robert Scott completed his famous expedition between 1901-1904. Many of the huts that were put in place over a hundred years ago are still standing today.</p> <p>This historic landscape is really an adventure you can’t get anywhere else. If you appreciate history, exploring unchartered territories and landscapes unknown – then this cruise journey might just be the <span><a href="https://www.ice-tracks.com/destinations/antarctica-2/ross-sea/">one for you.</a></span></p> <p><strong>South America</strong></p> <p>Are you interested in an in-depth exploration of South America – one that allows you to completely immerse yourself into the intoxicating culture of countries such as Brazil, Argentina, Peru and Barbados. Perhaps you want to sit in the authentic sun-kissed beaches of Bonaire and Curacao while experiencing what a real paradise feels like.</p> <p>Lush flora landscapes are at every turn with tour-guide explorations of each city, destination and <span><a href="https://www.fredolsencruises.com/destination/amazon">country you visit.</a></span></p> <p><strong>Russia </strong></p> <p>Russia is a cruise destination worth exploring for the mystery and allure that surrounds the iron clad country. Filled with fine galleries, museums, and incredible history with even more fascinating culture, lies a land you might not have thought of when planning a cruise. However, it might just be the jewel trip you have been waiting for.</p> <p>Travel through the iconic places of Russia, from St Petersburg to the palace of Peterhof, while divulging in the country’s favourite drink, vodka. Due to Russia’s sheer size, travellers can expect an adventure with unending highlights on offer.</p> <p>Are you keen to try out any of these cruises in your lifetime? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The best 5 tips so you get the most out of your cruise

<p>Although not all cruise lines and ships are alike, there are things passengers come to expect upon travelling. From planning ahead to cruise food, here are some of the best tips when cruising to ensure you get the best holiday possible.</p> <p><strong>1. Do your research – the ship you choose matters </strong></p> <p>Couples suit smaller cruise lines with boutique luxury ships that offer top shelf service and exotic port locations. European cruise liners tend to have gorgeous ship designs, with food and service being a hit or miss. Larger vessels under cruise lines including the Royal Caribbean, Carnival and P&amp;O tend to cater towards large groups, families and budget-friendly travellers. Different cruise lines and even cruise ships carry different amenities, ship design and décor and different deals.</p> <p><strong>2. Get to know the crew</strong></p> <p>The staff on board are working extremely long and exhausting hours and sometimes a smile or a friendly conversation can be more than enough to brighten their day. Most crew genuinely enjoy the interactions with passengers while some prefer to stay in the background – however the ship is internationally diverse and a long way from home, so try your hand at an easy conversation as you might be surprised. You could also enjoy a few small perks due to your kindness, including free water bottles or an extra chocolate on your pillow – a small gesture but thoughtful, nonetheless.</p> <p><strong>3. Get involved </strong></p> <p>Cruise ships offer many planned activities, shows and games – get the most out of your money by doing as much as you can onboard. Even if you look or feel silly partaking in all the events offered to you, remember it is part of the experience and you might regret more that you opted not to do it.</p> <p><strong>4. Don’t get carried away at the buffet – or do, it’s none of our business</strong></p> <p>Although it can be tempting to never stop eating because of the unlimited food up for grabs – it’s important to eat in moderation. The last thing you want to do is be sick in bed because you couldn’t control your appetite. Instead of opting for thirds or fourths, check out the gym that is usually on the scenic bow of the ship with state-of-the-art equipment and hourly fitness classes. Perhaps even relax in the spa that is 18+.</p> <p><strong>5. Be prepared for lines and work around the busyness of a cruise ship</strong></p> <p>Getting on and off the ship, lining up for dinner seatings and show times can be a bit of a wait and somewhat frustrating when it feels like you have been waiting forever. Unless you’re on a small, boutique ship where there are minimal lines, then it is important to plan ahead when you’re deciding where to go at certain times. If you opt for a set dinner reservation, be there around 10 minutes early. A nice tip if you plan on getting off the ship and would like a sleep in – go for it. Lines for tenders taking you off the ship are a little less busy around lunch – making it an ideal time to enjoy a good few hours on the islands before heading back to the ship without having to wait so long, plus you get to have a lie-in!  </p> <p>What are some of your travel tips to make the most out of your cruise? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The new food revolution: How dining on a cruise just got better and cheaper

<p>Michelin-starred or celebrity chef-run restaurants are not hard to come by on a cruise anymore – because they’ve come to you.</p> <p>Cruising the ocean can, believe it or not, be where you find incredible food for reasonable prices. With dinner options that aren’t available on land and a range of food that will leave your wallets as well as your belly satisfied, maybe a cruise should be your next holiday destination if you’re a foodie.</p> <p>Here are some reasons why you should dine out on the seven seas, so your taste buds love you even more.</p> <p><strong>Michelin-starred choices </strong></p> <p>The exciting factors that are coming into play for cruise lines is their increasing range of food for affordable prices – and the best part is the quality is so good it’s award winning. At the restaurant Harmony which can be found on the Majestic Princess cruise ship, it’s one of the only restaurants off-shore that has a Michelin-starred menu and chef. In fact, Harmony, run by a former chef for Wing Lei – the first Chinese restaurant in North America that has a Michelin star – has created a list of food that appeases your cravings for Cantonese dishes as well as seafood, mouth-watering noodle dishes and soups. </p> <p><strong>Food is fun </strong></p> <p>As demands for more creative and delicious food on cruise lines increases – the more fun cruisers will see from restaurants and experimentative chefs. On one cruise line, dishes are presented on porcelain plates decorated with Sodamin’s Food Faces culinary pop art, produced by the French brand Bernardaud. This restaurant featured on Holland America’s cruise line headed by Rudi Sel De Mar and launched in 2016.</p> <p>24-hour pizza restaurants are proving popular as well for their ease and accessibility for cruise passengers.</p> <p><strong>All types of options for your cravings </strong></p> <p>One of the best factors of cruise food is there are endless options to satisfy all your cravings on board. If you’re feeling a craving for a plate of fresh sushi made to order, then carnival cruise lines have that for you. If fresh fruit with a side of yoghurt is calling your name after a great workout then head down to the breakfast bar on your cruise’s food hall level. The best part is, most of the food is free, delicious and fresh. What more could you ask for?</p> <p>What is the most memorable you’ve ever had on a cruise? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Cruise predictions for 2019 – what are you in store for this year?

<p>The year is already in full swing and many Aussie and New Zealander’s holidays have come and gone – but that doesn’t mean the cruise industry is resting.</p> <p>With so many new vessels and new cruise lines entering the market, you should be expecting a year with new and exciting innovations coming out of the woodworks.</p> <p>Based on the experts at Cruise Critic, here are just some of the big plans that are expected for this year and beyond.</p> <p><strong>Cruise lines are looking for more ways to be environmentally friendly</strong></p> <p>As the years trickle on and more information becomes accessible, businesses and consumers are looking for ways to be environmentally friendly and “go green”.</p> <p>In 2018, a large portion of the cruise industry banned the use of straws and single use plastics across the ocean. Experts are estimating that as expectations from businesses change and increase, cruise line industries will seek out methods to remain profitable.</p> <p>During this year and the coming years, more cruise lines are predicted to cut back on printed papers delivered to cruise cabins and debut aluminium water containers in place of water bottles.</p> <p>Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) also announced the global cruise industry would commit to reduce the rate of carbon emission by 40 per cent by 2030.</p> <p><strong>More focus on seniors </strong></p> <p>While cruises maintain an excellent option for families and large groups, experts expect a focus shifting towards senior couples and solo travellers. With a rise in upscale ships, 18+ only cruises and more cabins specifically designated to single travellers, there are expectations for more upscale lines to invest in public spaces made specifically for adults.</p> <p><strong>Cruise lines focus on itineraries to “avoid crowds”</strong></p> <p>Over-tourism is a possible massive threat to the cruise industry and cruise lines are already making concessions, so its customers are not so heavily impacted by this issue. In Europe, ports that are more private, less flashy and way more discreet are being sought out by cruise lines as opposed to “been-there, done-that” destinations.</p> <p>Experts predict cruise ports that allow holiday-goers to immerse themselves into each destination will replace ports that are full-blown tourist excursions.</p> <p>What are your predictions for cruising in 2019? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Why you should go on a cruise with your grandkids

<p>More and more people are opting to take a cruising holiday every year and intergenerational families in particular are a popular demographic for cruise companies.</p> <p>Families on Carnival Cruise Line ships that sail from Australia made up 50 per cent of the guests. With these companies working hard to attract families to its ships, it also makes a perfect opportunity for grandparents to treat their grandkids to a nice holiday with the people that love them most.</p> <p><strong>Making your money count</strong></p> <p>The best thing about cruising is a number of the necessities people need everyday are costs that are inclusive to what you pay before you even board the ship. It’s the perfect holiday for grand parents not wanting to break the bank while also wanting to feel like their money is going far.</p> <p>With unlimited food available for everyone, activities that will never leave you bored and places to explore on and off the ship, it’s a guaranteed fun time for the grandkids that your wallet will thank you for.</p> <p><strong>Quality time that matters </strong></p> <p>While families are at the heart of many cruise experiences, there are plenty of opportunities for grandparents and grandkids to get their own time away from each other.</p> <p>Kids’ clubs guarantee you can get time to explore the parts of the vessel that are adults only, such as pool areas, spas, lounges and late-night shows and bars.</p> <p>Of course, if you just want to relax away from everyone, cruises offer you the serenity of finding your time away in your cruise room or the plenty of spots where you can curl up with a good book.</p> <p><strong>The excursions are for all </strong></p> <p>While there are so many amazing activities to do on board – there are just as many incredible experiences to have on the islands and mainland with the excursions on offer.</p> <p>Whether its snorkelling in serene, clear water or taking part in cultural events and touring the islands or mainland with the locals, cruise lines aim to provide authentic experiences that will make you never want to leave.</p> <p>Would you like to take your grandkids on a cruise? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Fans rejoice: There's going to be a Golden Girls cruise!

<p>Fans of the show <em>Golden Girls</em> will be thrilled to hear that there’s a cruise available specifically for fans.</p> <p>The Golden Girls at Sea aims to capture a Florida retiree lifestyle that the girls would be proud of, and there’s a lot on offer.</p> <p>With a Caftan Sail Away Party (with cheesecake), as well as Golden Girls trivia and Dorothy’s Bingo on offer, there’s plenty around to ensure that you’re entertained and making Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia proud.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjpltd6lmkI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_control" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bjpltd6lmkI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading&amp;utm_campaign=embed_locale_control" target="_blank">A post shared by The Golden Girls (@goldengirlsdaily)</a> on Jun 5, 2018 at 9:33am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The ocean adventure is being touted as a “once in a lifetime gathering” of<span> </span><em>Golden Girls</em><span> </span>fans.</p> <p>The cruise will take you from Miami, Florida, which is the home of the <em>Golden Girls</em>, and visit Key West and Cozumel in the Caribbean.</p> <p>There’s also a <em>Golden Girls</em> costume contest and a fancy dinner, so don’t forget to pack your best <em>Golden Girls</em> outfits!</p> <p>The cruise departs from Florida on February 2020, so there’s plenty of time to save up and plan for it.</p> <p>Have you ever been on a themed cruise before? Tell us about it in the comments below. </p>

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Why cruise ships may be dirtier than you think

<p>The beautiful salty breeze on the deck of a cruise ship might not be as fresh or clean as you think it is and a new study has revealed it might be less clean than beach air.</p> <p>Research conducted on four Carnival Corporation ships over the last two years found particulate matter (PM) – pollution comprising of small solids or liquid droplets in the air – had amounts comparable to places with high levels of pollution like Beijing and Taipei, Taiwan.</p> <p>The worst readings taken in the cruise ships were in areas designated for exercise or children’s activities.</p> <p>When cruise ship air is inhaled, it can “damage the heart and lungs,” according to the study completed by associate professor at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Ryan Kennedy.</p> <p>”It’s dangerous, it’s not a healthy thing for us to be exposed to,“ he<span><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/24/health/cruise-ship-air-quality-report/index.html"> told CNN</a></span>.</p> <p>The report explains the ship may exhaust harmful toxins into the air including metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) – of these which can have damaging impacts on vacationers and ship employees.</p> <p>The cruise ships tested were<em>: Carnival Liberty</em> in 2017, <em>Carnival Freedom</em> in April-May 2018 in the Caribbean, <em>Holland America Amsterdam</em> in October 2018 and <em>Princess Emerald</em> in November 2018.</p> <p>Holland America and Princess Cruises are both under the ownership of Carnival Corporation.</p> <p>Carnival Corporation has rebuffed the tests saying they were “completely ridiculous, inaccurate and in no way represent reality”.</p> <p>“We test the air quality of our ships and they meet or exceed every requirement.”</p> <p>This is not the first time that cruise lines have been subject to criticism for their contribution to pollution.</p> <p>In 2018 the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) committed to reduce the rate of carbon emissions across the industry fleet by 40 per cent by 2030 globally.</p>

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The cat that gets to travel the seven seas

<p>One thing many people can agree on when going overseas is you miss your beloved pets at home. However, for this cruise ship captain, she’s lucky enough to be able to bring her cat with her on every voyage out to sea.</p> <p>Kate McCue, Celebrity Cruises' Captain, has been travelling with her Elf Sphynx cat, Bug Naked, for over two years – and he's seeing the world through his own eyes.</p> <p>Bug Naked has also proven to be popular, amassing over 18,000 Instagram followers.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt4XUSIB6eA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt4XUSIB6eA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Busted sleeping on the job... again. . #happyvalentinesday #bugslife #pinkyandthebrain #captainscat #elf #sphynx #hairless #cat #cats #cats_of_instagram #catsofinstagram #sphynxlair #sphynxlove #sphynxcat #sphynxofinstagram #hairless_catstagram #hairlesscat #nakedcat #naked #sphynxismyworld #love #sphynx_feature #kitten #kittensofinstagram #loveit #life #nocoatkittygraduates</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/bugnaked/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Bug Naked</a> (@bugnaked) on Feb 14, 2019 at 3:30pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The gorgeous Sphynx has travelled far and wide and although it  might seem strange to some, for 41-year-old Kate this is her reality for months at a time.</p> <p>Easy-going and glamorous, the cruise captain is continuing to defy the standards for cruise captains. She is an advocate for getting to know each crew member – and does this by going out of her way to public areas to socialise.</p> <p>“People want to talk to you and I’ve found that if I go to a captain’s dinner, I spend three hours with eight people which still leaves 2,900 people to [talk to],” <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/if-you-can-see-it-you-can-be-it-insta-famous-captain-making-cruise-cool/" target="_blank">she told the Telegraph.</a></p> <p>The captain has pioneered her own style of captaining for over 13 years of working on cruise ships with her sweet cat constantly by her side.  </p> <p>Scroll through the gallery above to see Bug Naked’s travelling adventures! </p> <p>All images: Instagram @captainkatemccue @bugnaked</p>

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Why a cruise might not be for you

<p>Cruises for most are a retreat – a home away from home. However, for some what is meant to be a dreamy seascape might instead turn into the nightmare they didn’t expect.</p> <p>Decide if a cruise is for you with our helpful guide.</p> <p><strong>Cabins are small </strong></p> <p>While you might not be in your cabin a lot while cruising, keeping in mind the square footage of a room before booking is a good idea – as cruise ships have notoriously small spaces if you’re not willing to fork out big bucks.</p> <p>A small cabin may not be an issue for you and your partner or family, but if you’re looking for space to give you the luxury feel to your cabin, a standard cabin might not be the one for you.</p> <p>Instead, opt for a pricier room if you’re OK with paying a little more. There are perks that come with spending more money as well, other than square footage.</p> <p>Some cruise lines offer free non-alcoholic, priority boarding on and off the ship, onboard credit or even speciality dining.</p> <p><strong>Staff photographers are everywhere </strong></p> <p>It feels good to have your picture taken sometimes, especially on the glitz and glamour nights where you’re required to dress to the nines for the cruise’s special occasions.</p> <p>However, if you choose to board a cruise be prepared for a paparazzi-like experience where you’re asked for pictures every time you disembark at each port, when you eat and when you participate in each activity.</p> <p>These employee photographers are just one way a cruise will try to squeeze a few extra dollars out of you. Taking your own pictures on your own camera and politely declining anyone that pushes a camera in your face is the best way to prevent any unwilling spending.</p> <p><strong>Seasickness can take a toll on you</strong></p> <p>If you’ve never been on a cruise then perhaps you’ve never learnt the hard way of dealing with motion sickness, or better known as seasickness.</p> <p>Seasickness occurs when what you ‘see’ conflicts with what your inner ear senses – this confuses the brain and results in dizziness, nausea and often an upset tummy.</p> <p>There is no guarantee you will suffer from any symptoms of seasickness, but if you’re not willing to spend the exorbitant fee at a cruise shop, then you’re best to book in with your local GP a month in advance from your cruise.</p> <p> </p> <p>All holiday experiences carry positive and negative aspects, but it’s better to know what to look out for when preparing for your next getaway.</p> <p>Are you considering going on a cruise? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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The good and bad of cruise life

<p>Cruise life can come with its ups and downs, as in any situation. What might be an island dream one moment could be a less-than-appealing experience the next.</p> <p>Setting sail can bring peace, comfort and a luxury experience. Waking up to ocean sunrises and eating chef-crafted meals with a sunset view is an incredible experience. However, there can be some negative factors when considering going on a cruise.</p> <p><strong>Expensive costs </strong></p> <p>Even if you have an income that can deal with tricky financial situations, it is important to take precautions.</p> <p>Medical care, tips, premium restaurants and expensive excursions can leave a dent in your bank account you might not have been aware of.</p> <p>It’s important to consider the unexpected costs of a cruise before deciding whether you want it to be your next getaway.</p> <p><strong>Cramped space </strong></p> <p>Unless you’re forking out money for a more expensive suite, rooms can be small with no luxury features. If you are planning to cruise with a group, consider room sizes and its specifications as you might be unimpressed with your stateroom size the day you board.</p> <p><strong>Sea sickness </strong></p> <p>Unfortunately, even the strongest of us might not be a perfect match for a large ship scaling the open seas. Motion sickness is extremely common. If considering a cruise, see your doctor and look into medicine (just in case) for motion sickness, as cruise ship medication can aid you – but possibly at a high price.</p> <p>Despite the negatives that you could be faced with on a cruise, the experience is still an unforgettable one that can leave you missing it when you get off the vessel.</p> <p>So, ensure you plan your next cruise taking the above tips into consideration, to help avoid any disappointments, and you’ll have the holiday of a lifetime.</p> <p>Have you been on a cruise before? Let us know in the comments below.</p>

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Oprah Winfrey's generous gesture on cruise ship as she celebrates 65th birthday

<p>Oprah Winfrey has turned 65, and she is not holding back with the celebrations.</p> <p>Following her birthday on January 29, the talk show host held a girls-only three-day cruise trip on one of Holland America Line’s latest ships, Nieuw Statendam.</p> <p>The Girls’ Getaway Cruise departed from Fort Lauderdale, US with a one-day stop at the Bahamas. The tickets for the cruise were sold out the day it was announced back in June.</p> <p>In an Instagram video posted on Sunday, Oprah could be seen handing out tequila shots in her pyjamas while the guests cheered in delight.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtZQ5Vkjy0-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BtZQ5Vkjy0-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank">Tequila anyone? “I’m not throwing away my shot”! Thanks to every mother-daughter-sister-friend-cousin-neice-companion-partner who joined us on the #Girl’sGetAwayCruise. #OmagonHAL #pajamaparty</a></p> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;">A post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/oprah/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_medium=loading" target="_blank"> Oprah</a> (@oprah) on Feb 2, 2019 at 3:08pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Tequila anyone? “I’m not throwing away my shot”! Thanks to every mother-daughter-sister-friend-cousin-neice-companion-partner who joined us on the #Girl’sGetAwayCruise,” Oprah wrote in the caption.</p> <p>Oprah has also been minted as the godmother of the Nieuw Statendam ship, which was launched in December. According to Holland America Line, choosing a godmother for a new vessel is an important tradition to bring good luck and protection to the ship and all its passengers.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 333.496px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="/media/7823289/oprahship.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dc2ad09271fc4b49a543efd6439f0d08" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Oprah Winfrey at the dedication ceremony of the Nieuw Statendam on February 2 in Fort Lauderdale, US</em></p> <p>“Holland America Line has had a very successful partnership with <em>O, The Oprah Magazine</em> since early 2017,” the cruise company said.</p> <p>“This partnership has been well-received by many of our guests and the <em>O Magazine</em>-inspired activities have been very popular on board. We are very honoured to have Oprah serve as the godmother of our newest ship.”</p>

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