Readers Mostly Split on Formal Night Preferences


Our readers were closely split on their opinion of optional formal night. With nearly 300 votes in those that prefer the ambiance when everyone is dressed up closely beat out our readers who like the option of not packing formal clothes. This split seems to reflect the current trends in cruising where the… [Continue Reading]

Mr Papa Gives His Perspective on Cartagena


Yesterday, we made a port of call in Cartagena, Spain. It’s a relatively small coastal Spanish town that dates back to before the Romans and Carthaginians. We were not really sure what there was to do in town, but we had decided to just walk around town and take it in. The weather on this… [Continue Reading]

Cruise Wardrobe Strategy and Shopping Suggestions for Teenage Boys


Are you bringing your teenage son on your next cruise and worried that he doesn’t have the appropriate clothes because all he ever wears is shorts, jeans, and t-shirts? Have no fear! I have a teen son who has cruised with me 4 times. In his “every day life” that is all… [Continue Reading]

Cruise Myths Debunked


For better or worse cruise lines are adapting and changing in order to appeal to a broader market segment. Even with all of these changes and the cruise companies’ marketing efforts to bring on new passengers, some “old school” myths still persist among non-cruisers that are keeping them from trying a cruise.
“Cruises are… [Continue Reading]

Debbie Phelps Has Cruise Worthy Style


TV Audiences cheered with excitement during Michael Phelp’s 8 gold medal winning swims at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. However, few of us did it in as much style as his mom, Debbie Phelps. Debbie had been outfitted with a chic wardrobe from the popular cruise and vacation fashion company Chicos. … [Continue Reading]