Cruise cabin night light

As we all get older (which seems to bring on more trips to the bathroom), I have found this great night light that I’ve been taking on all my river and ocean cruises lately (also works great for hotel rooms too) so thought I would share a quick video with you on this handy little device.
I brought it with my on my last trip and my roommate commented on what a smart idea it was and enjoyed the soft glow it projects rather than the typical blinding bathroom light in the middle of the night.
You should be able to find it at any hardware or drug store selling night lights and this flat style one seems to work the best. Then the only thing you need to remember is to pack it with you when you go!

Seabourn, Seabourn, Seabourn

Wondering why I repeated the Seabourn Cruise Line name three times ?   After just returning from an Athens to Barcelona sailing on the Seabourn Quest, couldn’t believe how many repeat guests were onboard who had sailed with them many, many times.  The ships officers and staff held a reception one night for these repeaters and gave out a few “milestone” awards when a certain number of sail days were achieved. One family had accumulated so many club points that even their teenage daughter hit the 100 days milestone – very impressive!  One couple that was awarded the 500 days milestone looked to be still under seventy so have plenty more years ahead to increase that amount.

SeabournShipIt’s easy to fall in love with Seabourn and small ship cruising.  There are so many benefits, here are just a few:

1)      Unique itineraries which include smaller ports that the big ships cannot dock at.

2)      Intimate ships with less than 230 suites (compare that with your last ocean cruise)

3)      Spacious suite accommodations with sweeping ocean views — many with verandas

4)      Open bars, all dining venues complimentary and no tipping expected.

Even the lead in ocean view category cabin is just under 300 sq feet (27.5 sq m) and has a walk in closet!

A fun highlight is if they do the galley market lunch where they set up different stations right inside the galley and you walk through the kitchen area gathering from a culinary feast and getting a behind the scenes look at the same time. The ice cream sail-a-way was also a big hit plus dancing under the moonlight on the promenade deck made for a very memorable evening.

Have included a few pictures from the voyage and if you’re on the fence about whether or not to try a Seabourn, my advice would be to jump right in and join the ranks of the other repeaters and start building your own milestone!

www.seabourn.com

Seabourn Club Video

Around the world cruising-small ship style

When talking about around the world cruises, Cunard or Holland America come to mind as they were the first cruise lines to really promote this kind of travel and both are still active with Cunard having three ships doing more than 116 day trips, Holland America with a 113 day one. However, many of the cruise lines with smaller ships are now tapping into this market and are definitely worth taking a look at.

The biggest benefit these little ships have is their passenger space ratio (which is derived from dividing the gross tonage of the ship by the number of passengers)     The idea is the greater the number, the more space you’ll have onboard.

 

Regent Seven Seas Voyageur ship which holds 700 passengers is doing the longest itinerary at 136 days from Auckland to London. Seabourn’s Sojourn ship which holds 450 passengers is doing a 116 day one from Los Angeles to Venice. Silversea’s Silver Whisper is the smallest at 382 passengers doing a 113 day itinerary from Los Angeles to Barcelona. All of these three ships have a space ratio of over 70 compared to a score of mid 40 for Holland America’s Amsterdam (1380 passengers) and Cunard’s QE2 (2090 passengers)

 

Most of these around the world sailings take place yearly in Jan/Feb but can be taken in shorter segments if you don’t have the time to take the full one.
I had a client who took a world cruise many times and on each voyage, he used the “at sea” days to write a new book. I thought it was a brilliant idea and he claimed he was much more inspired being away from home and seeing all the wonderful ports of call along the way.

So instead of heading south for the winter, choose the sea for a sail around the world and maybe you will be inspired too!