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The 7 Most Beautiful Cruise Ship Main Dining Rooms

The 7 Most Beautiful Cruise Ship Main Dining Rooms | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it

The 7 Most Beautiful Cruise Ship Main Dining Rooms

 

The cruise industry may be all abuzz about specialty restaurants, but complimentary main dining rooms are still wonderful culinary options. Many of them also happen to be spectacularly well designed venues, so here is our list of the seven most beautiful at sea.

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NCL unveils Wyland hull design for Norwegian Bliss

NCL unveils Wyland hull design for Norwegian Bliss | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
Continuing its tradition of featuring original artwork on its ship’s hulls, Norwegian Cruise Line has revealed the signature art designed by one of the world’s premier marine life artists, Wyland, for its upcoming new ship Norwegian Bliss, which will cruise to Alaska beginning in June 2018. Entitled “Cruising with the Whales,” the engaging and beautiful art prominently features a stunning image of a mother humpback whale and her calf as the centrepiece of the design, signifying the beauty of Alaska and the importance of conservation.
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Family Cruising with the Kids!

Family Cruising with the Kids! | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
Looking for great cruises for kids? Get the scoop here-what's the best family cruise for babies, toddlers and teens!
Mediterranean Cruise Advice's insight:

If you are looking to cruise with the kids, then you want to make sure that the cruise line and ship you choose offer the best facilities and activities for all the family.

 

This article from Family Travel Scoop offers some great advice on cruising with the kids.

Which is the best family cruise?

That depends on the ships more than the destinations!

Most of the major cruise lines sail to multiple destinations worldwide.

 

Here are the top picks of kid's cruises wherever you're sailing to.

 

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Internet at Sea: 7 Things You Need to Know - Cruise Critic

Internet at Sea: 7 Things You Need to Know - Cruise Critic | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
No matter what type of Internet service you find on your cruise ship, there are tricks you can employ to get your Internet fix with less hassle. Here are the seven things you need to know about Internet at sea.
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Gorgeous Montenegro: the best of the coast

Gorgeous Montenegro: the best of the coast | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
Montenegro’s beauty has not gone unnoticed by the yacht set, but new flights from Gatwick and Manchester have opened up the quieter stretches of its stunning coastline
Mediterranean Cruise Advice's insight:

Montenegro is country that is becoming more popular with tourists from Russia and Europe.

 

This article from The Guardian gives a good overview of the main resorts to visit.

 

These include the Porto Montenegro in Tivat and Kotor, both located in the Bay of Kotor.

 

You may not have the money to afford a luxury yacht and join the elite at Tivat.

 

However you can also explore this amazing fjord on a cruise.

 

 

 

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If chocolate floats your boat then these are the cruises for you

If chocolate floats your boat then these are the cruises for you | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
Chocoholics rejoice, there is a cruise that is just for you.
Mediterranean Cruise Advice's insight:
What a combination, chocolate and cruising!

It has been a long tradition on cruises to hold a midnight buffet at some point on each cruise. Although this is not so common now, some cruise lines do still offer it.

One of the best midnight cruise buffets we have experienced was a chocolate buffet.

Where everything on display was chocolate related even so wonderful sculptures were made of chocolate.

So I can understand the appeal.ospspecialises
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10 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About Australia Cruises - Cruise Critic

10 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About Australia Cruises - Cruise Critic | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
Most visitors encounter a few surprises when they sail Down Under. Here are 10 things you might not know about cruising in Australia.
Mediterranean Cruise Advice's insight:

Having sailed out of Australia on a cruise, these 10 things you didn't know are very useful.

 

Point 1 regarding the jet lag is so true - make sure you arrive  a few days early to really appreciate your cruise but also to take advantage of your port of departure whether it is Sydney or Brisbane, both are well worth spending some time in.

 

Cruises from Australia are a very relaxed affair and offer some stunning scenery on route and at the ports of call. 

 

You can see some of the places that we visited on our Australia cruise in our Cruising Northern Queensland blog.

 

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16 Tips for Cruising with Kids for the First Time

16 Tips for Cruising with Kids for the First Time | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
Motherpedia is an online community for mums offering advice on raising children and practical parenting.
Mediterranean Cruise Advice's insight:

This article has some great tips for that first time family cruise.

 

We always found that when our children were young it was always a good idea to involve them in the planning of your cruise - see Tip 1.

 

Once they are older it normally only takes "Do you want to come on a cruise with us?" and they are sold!

 

Where you will be visiting, how you will be getting there, what are the food options and what are the facilities on-board for children.

 

Many have children clubs with different age ranges which can be difficult if your children end up in separate clubs, this happened to us on one cruise with the eldest refusing to go to teenage club.

 

The more you research and plan before you set off on your vacation normally the more enjoyable the cruise is.

 

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Viking's Passage to Eastern Europe - Budapest, Hungary - River Cruise Advisor

Viking's Passage to Eastern Europe - Budapest, Hungary - River Cruise Advisor | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
A day in Budapest, Hungary with Viking River Cruises as our Passage to Eastern Europe river cruise comes to a close.
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Four fabulous Strictly Come Dancing cruises for P&O in 2017

Four fabulous Strictly Come Dancing cruises for P&O in 2017 | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
P&O Cruises has announced four Strictly Come Dancing cruises onboard three of its ships for 2017.
Mediterranean Cruise Advice's insight:

For another season P&O Cruises have teamed up with the Strictly Come Dancers to offer some very special cruises in 2017.

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Did You Know All of These Activities & Experiences Are Included in Your Cruise?

Did You Know All of These Activities & Experiences Are Included in Your Cruise? | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
Holland America Line guests are seekers, doers and wanderers. From trying new activities and learning new things to spending time doing a favorite hobby, we kno
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Disney After Dark: Budapest Lights Up on First Adventures by Disney River Cruise

Disney After Dark: Budapest Lights Up on First Adventures by Disney River Cruise | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
07 July marked a momentous occasion as the first-ever Adventures by Disney River Cruise set sail along the Danube River.
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Carnival Vista Bridge Tour – Accessing a Restricted Area of the Cruise Ship

Carnival Vista Bridge Tour – Accessing a Restricted Area of the Cruise Ship | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
Have you ever looked up at that floor-to-ceiling glass room jutting off the side of your cruise ship and wondered "what the heck is in there"?
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World's largest cruise ship makes Florida debut

World's largest cruise ship makes Florida debut | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
The world's largest cruise ship has made it home. Harmony of the Seas made its maiden voyage from Port Everglades on Saturday as it begins year-round service
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Cruise Lines Focus On Specific Traveler Interests | Chris Cruises

Cruise Lines Focus On Specific Traveler Interests | Chris Cruises | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
The world of cruise vacations continues to expand offerings, focusing on everything from family travel to couples, solo travelers, business groups and more.
Mediterranean Cruise Advice's insight:

Have you ever been tempted by one of these special interest cruises?

 

Whether you are interested in wildlife, or a particular time in history or even if you want to get your hands dirty by volunteering, there is a cruise for you.

 

 

 

 

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Think cruising isn't for you? Here's why you're WRONG!

Think cruising isn't for you? Here's why you're WRONG! | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
Jennie Bond is now so enamoured of cruises she has lost count of how many wonderful trips she and her husband have had on board a variety of fabulous ships.
Mediterranean Cruise Advice's insight:

It is always nice when you read of a non-believer converting to become a cruise addict like the rest of us who happily sail on the seven seas.

Jennie Bond says she's now addicted to life on the ocean waves.

"Sitting in the spacious Chart Room of Cunard's Queen Victoria, sipping brandy while listening to a string quartet of talented young women wearing elegant evening gowns, my husband Jim turned to me and said: 'I wonder where everyone is?' 

We were in near solitude.

The answer is that there are so many places to be and things to do on a cruise ship that it's often hard to believe there are two or three thousand fellow passengers on board."

 

We have always been able to find a quiet spot on a cruise ship to enjoy a range of entertainment and indulge in the odd drink or two.

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What to expect on your first cruise - ENGLISH MUM

What to expect on your first cruise - ENGLISH MUM | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
Here's my slightly tongue in cheek rundown of what to expect on your first cruise, particularly your first 48 hours at sea.
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Travel tips: what to pack for a cruise - mummytravels

Travel tips: what to pack for a cruise - mummytravels | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
When you're mixing formal and casual, sightseeing, beach and active, it can be tricky to work out what need suitcase space. Here's what to pack for a cruise
Mediterranean Cruise Advice's insight:

A great article from mummytravels on what to pack for a cruise especially if you are travel with a family.

 

The idea of mix and match outfits is so sensible.

 

The simple diagram that is included in the article from JD Williams is a good way to visualise how to put together workable outfits for all the different activities you will encounter on a cruise.

 

We have also enjoyed the luxury of driving to pick up our recent cruises where you normally can take as many bags as you like. As long as each keeps under the weight limit specified for each cruise line.

 

All I have to do is persuade my other half to prune down the number of dresses and outfits to get the cases in to the car.

 

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Seeing Bergen, Norway from Above - The World Is A Book

Seeing Bergen, Norway from Above - The World Is A Book | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
Panoramic views from mountaintops are sometimes one of the best ways to see a city. Bergen, Norway, also known as the gateway to the fjords, is surrounded
Mediterranean Cruise Advice's insight:

This is a great introduction to Bergen, Norway.

 

On our last visit we also took the funicular up Mount Floyen, however the weather was a bit wetter than on the day that Mary visited.

 

At the top you will find a café, shop and toilets and the start of a well signposted, paved, tree-lined walk back down to the quay area which takes about 45-60 minutes. A pleasant walk, even in the rain!

 

One sight not to be missed in Bergen is the unique UNESCO World Heritage Listed Bryggen Wharf.

 

 

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Cruise holidays with a theme: Ten of the best

Cruise holidays with a theme: Ten of the best | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
Themed cruise holidays are more popular than ever as cruisers search for new and exciting ways to sail the seas.
Mediterranean Cruise Advice's insight:

Have you ever been tempted by a theme cruise?

 

These can vary from sailing with experts whether food, literary or activity related such as dancing. There is a cruise for all different tastes and activities or are you someone who would avoid these at all costs.

 

This article from travel.aol.co.uk looks at some of the most popular themes on the high seas at the moment including:

  • TV Themes such as Strictly Come Dancing or Britain/US has talent
  • Food related
  • Linked to a sports event such as a Grand Prix
  • or a Disney Themed Star Wars theme

 

 

 

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Are Luxury Cruises Worth the Extra Cost?

Are Luxury Cruises Worth the Extra Cost? | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
Are Luxury Cruises Worth the Extra Cost?
Mediterranean Cruise Advice's insight:

We have all had the issue of setting a budget to spend on our holiday and then the task of finding somewhere we want to go that fits within the budget.

 

Booking a cruise holiday is no different.

 

The budget needs to include the cost of the cruise itself, travel to the departure port, on board expenses and excursions.

 

The luxury cruises can appear to be very expensive but they normally include a lot of the extras that you would pay for on top of your cruise price on other cruise lines. Many include all drinks on board and excursions.

 

 

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Humanoid Robots Start Work on Cruise Ship

Humanoid Robots Start Work on Cruise Ship | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
Costa Cruises has installed five latest generation robots on board its flagship vessel, Costa Diadema. Pepper is claimed to be the first robot in the world able to recognize main human emotions and…
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P&O reveals it's multi-million dollar refurbishment of its cruise ship

P&O reveals it's multi-million dollar refurbishment of its cruise ship | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
P&O have revealed stunning images of the multi-million dollar refurbishment of it's latest ship, the Pacific Explorer which will set sail from Sydney in June 2017.
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Pacific Explorer to Introduce P&O's First Waterslides, Barefoot Bowls, New Dining and Entertainment

Pacific Explorer to Introduce P&O's First Waterslides, Barefoot Bowls, New Dining and Entertainment | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
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Family cruises: why cruising is the ideal holiday for families

Family cruises: why cruising is the ideal holiday for families | Mediterranean Cruise Advice | Scoop.it
Discover the magic world inside a cruise ship designed for family cruises.Top cruise lines provide activities for children and all inclusive packages at a special price.
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