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I’ll get seasick. I’ll gain weight. I don’t want to be stuck with the same people every night at dinner. These are just a small selection of reasons why people refuse to cruise.
You’re reading this blog, so the chances are you are a regular cruiser – but what do you think are the most common excuses people give for not wanting to cruise?
These gorgeous images form part of a new exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum, which will show how Liverpool shipping companies promoted themselves to the world for more than a century.
Sail Away: Liverpool Shipping Posters opens on 16 May and contains 14 posters used between 1880 and 1997 to publicise transatlantic travel.
To see more vintage cruise posters, click here.
Share your love of cruising…
Whatever it is you enjoy most about cruising, being able to share the experience with friends is when the magic truly comes alive.
We’re offering readers the opportunity to introduce a friend to cruising on Saturday May 10, 2014 on an exclusive Holland America Line ship visit!
You’ll have the chance to get onboard Holland America’s 1,260-guest ms Ryndam, where you can experience what this premium line has to offer first-hand on their mid-sized ships — and share this with up to three guests of your choice who are new to cruising.
Here are some highlights of your visit:
- Arrive at the Cruise Terminal in the morning and then have the run of the ship on a self-guided tour, including spacious staterooms and elegant public areas.
- Enjoy an early three-course lunch in the main dining room where you’ll learn more about Holland America Line and be able to ask questions.
How do I enter? It’s simple!
You: If you want to learn more about Holland America Line, and would like to bring a friend with you who is new to cruising, just send us an email with your name, and the number of tickets you require.
Your guest(s): Remember, this is all about sharing the cruise experience, so we ask that your guests are new to cruising.
The itinerary for the day includes:
9.30 am – Arrive at Cruise Terminal 1, Port of Dover in preparation to board – don’t forget that you’ll need to be able to get yourself to the Port – and bring your passport or photo driving licence with you, so please bear this in mind when applying!
10:00 am – Self-guided tour of ship
11.15 am – Be seated for 3-course lunch
1:00 pm – Presentation
2:00pm – Disembark
For your chance to attend the ship visit simply email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org stating “Holland America Ship Visit” in the subject line. Please include the names of up to three friends or family members to accompany you.
For more information on Holland America Line visit: www.hollandamerica.co.uk
Terms & Conditions
The contest is open to legal residents of the United Kingdom who are 18 or older at the time of entry and have a full and valid passport or photo driving licence. The deadline for entries is 5:00 pm on Tuesday April 22, 2014. Only one entry per person will be accepted. For the full Terms & Conditions, please read here.
There is, perhaps, no more stereotypically Dutch landscape than what you’ll see on the way to the Keukenhof Gardens, The Netherlands’ most famous fields of tulips. Windmills, both modern and vintage, dot the roadside, and the water they help to manage is everywhere. Over half of The Netherlands, or “Low Countries” famously, lies at or below sea level, and the Dutch have been masters of draining their land with elaborate dykes, canals and pumping stations for over 400 years.
The payoff on this trip, though, is the flowers, and in spite of the fact that it’s early in the season (we visited Keukenhof in mid-March), a mild winter means that rolling fields of velveted, technicolour tulips, daffodils and hyacinth welcome us to Keukenhof.
Mid-April is even better; it’s prime flower time at the moment. Cruisers coming by ship or by riverboat will flock to Keukenhof by the thousands for the two-month season that runs from March 20-May 18.
As a veteran ocean cruiser, I am quite familiar with the ins and outs of some of the biggest ships on the seas. But while I’m not quite a river cruise “virgin” — I had previously taken an overnight on Viking River Cruises a few years ago — my recent overnight on AMA Waterways’ new ship, AmaPrima, opened my eyes to some of the quirks that come with river cruising.
At the risk of seeming naive, here are some of my observations: