Five Sins Of Cruising

While going on a cruise is definitely an angelic experience, we all know that sometimes when we’re on vacation we let some our normal inhibitions go, which can lead to some “sinful” behavior. As they say, what happens at sea stays at sea. Don’t worry though, a cruise is meant for you to loosen up and let go of your inhibitions. See how many of these “sins” sound familiar to you.

Sloth

If sloth is your favorite cruising sin, you will relish the chance to lie by the pool all day waiting for the waiters to come around with those fun and flirty drinks, enjoy a full body massage plus a mani and pedi, or just lounge on your balcony all day with room service stopping by for breakfast, lunch or dinner. And if you tire of being a sloth, plenty of onboard activities and adventure await you.

Gltuttony

Cruising is your chance to indulge in some of the world’s best cuisine, from the chocolate buffet and extensive wine menu to the steakhouse’s perfectly cooked New York strip and the sushi bar serving fresh tuna rolls. It’s all so good you might forget to leave room for desert! Consider it fuel for more fun.

Greed

Don’t feel guilty about chasing your every desire on a cruise, that’s what the ships are designed for You might find James Bond impersonators hanging out at the casino betting it all on red at the roulette wheel or holding a hot hand in a Texas Hold ‘Em tournament You might also notice cruisers with hoards of duty-free goods. Hey, where else can you get such a great deal on that diamond bracelet you’ve been dreaming of?

Wrath

It’s really hard to get this angry when cruising, but there are some situations that might stir up a little wrath. Remember our dear friend at the casino? Watch out when they bet it all on red and it lands on black. And if you spend too much time lounging on your deck chair you could feel the wrath of the sun, which can leave you with a fierce and fiery sunburn. Good thing cruise ships offer many fun distractions so it’s impossible to stay angry long.

Envy

When cruising it’s easy to become envious if you peer into a better suite, fail to reserve a spot on the sold-out shore excursion or hear how friends were treated like royalty on their last luxury cruise. Beat the envy by contacting your cruise line and they will get you exactly what your friends had, and more.

Luxury Cruising Offers Advantages for Many Celebrations

This new trend taking hold in the elite industry of luxury small ship cruising is being taken up by some big corporate companies as well as individuals who are looking for an event offering something with a difference that will have their guests talking about it for a long time after.

Small intimate motor yachts are now being hired for private functions, such as weddings, honeymoons, birthday parties, family celebrations, anniversaries and company meetings or social events.

These yachts make the perfect venue for a small intimate event as they are equipped with a full friendly professional crew, fully furnished, have an open bar and onboard chef to cater for any event or function.

Yacht charters are available all over the world for the pleasure seekers and there are many fabulous famous vacation islands to choose from.

Having a celebration for your child’s sixteenth birthday on board one of these beautiful floating hotels will be an unforgettable experience for him or her and their guests.

You may choose to party on the boat, or cruise to a specific destination, such as a private island, and drop anchor and start your celebrations there. Either way you and your guests are sure to have a memorable event that they will talk about for years to come.

Couples are choosing to get married on a cruise ship as you can reserve a small, fully crewed, private luxury small ship just for you, your wedding party and your guests. Very intimate and very fabulous!

Some couples are even choosing to stay on and honeymoon with their guests. This is a perfect situation for those couples who would love to have their friends and family join them on their honeymoon. And some couples even arrange to have a double wedding and honeymoon together!

While it can be a lot of fun to have others along you are provided with you own private quarters for your more intimate moments, while choosing to celebrate this momentous occasion with your closest friends as well.

Many companies are beginning to reserve these small yachts for corporate events as well, such as company dinner parties and award banquets for employees.

Consider having your next boardroom meeting on a small luxury cruise ship that offers you absolute privacy away from everything.

With full internet services available and a full suite of technology that includes a large flat screen for presentations it is the most luxurious floating office around. A helipad will easily accommodate an out-of-town executive who wants to join the meeting once the ship has sailed.

After the business is completed it’s time to adjourn to the bar, kick back and enjoy the pleasure of some good team building and serious fun.

These small cruise yachts come equipped with everything you need for your corporate events from an open bar to a fully staffed kitchen. If you want live music to entertain your guests, this can also be arranged.

They also offer glamour and exclusivity as well as a range of adventures such as heli-golf excursions, deep-sea fishing, beach and exercise activities, wine trails, bush and island walks to give different choices to your guests on board.

Whether it’s shopping for souvenirs at the local village markets, swimming or sun bathing on the beautiful island beaches, heading off with the guys for some serious big game fishing or heli-golf, you won’t be disappointed with the style and luxurious offerings on a luxury small ship cruse.

Cruising the French Riviera on a Shoestring Budget: Cannes to Menton

When you find an area you like and you feel relaxed in, it’s hard to imagine moving on to explore further afield. The Iles de Lerins just off Cannes are one of those places. With so much to do – visit and attend a service in the monastery on Saint Honorat, sample the famous wine made by the monks from grapes grown on the island, climb the ancient tower for spectacular views over all the islands and across to Cannes, stroll along the tree-covered paths of each island, take a dip in a private cove, watch the boats coming and going, explore the fort on Sainte Marguerite where the man in the iron mask was locked up for many years, try some wild blackberries – it really is hard to leave! But the time will come, usually with a strong wind forecast or a big swell, and you’ll decide to move on. So here’s the east Riviera on a shoestring…

Best Value Marinas (prices based on a 15 metre sailing yacht)

  • Nice Port – reservations available by email, excellent shelter, friendly service, shower facilities, wifi, excellent provisions, daily market, restaurants surrounding the port and in the old town, beach clubs, easy access to the old town of Nice and further afield by bus and train, about £50 per night in peak season.
  • Villefranche-sur-Mer – reservations available by email and telephone, very helpful and friendy staff, excellent shelter, some provisions, lots of restaurants, pretty town with access to cliff walks, about £60 per night in peak season.
  • Port de Beaulieu – an excellent alternative to the exceptionally expensive port in St-Jean, reservations by email and telephone, helpful and friendly staff, excellent shelter, good provisions in town, easy access to trains to Monaco, buses to Eze, about £55 per night in peak season.
  • Fontvieille – although cheaper than Monaco Port, it is still expensive but one that provides excellent service and value for money. Explore Monaco and Monte Carlo on foot from the marina, enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Principality but know that you have a peaceful marina for the night. Very friendly and helpful staff, reservations available, heliport, roughly £80 per night in peak season.
  • Menton Old Port – very friendly and helpful, provisions in town, willing to help in bad weather although the visitor quay has poor shelter from the swell. Wifi, water and electricity all available for about £50 per night in peak season.

Safe Anchorages

  • Juan les Pins – known in its heyday for its hedonisitc tendencies, this lively town with beautiful beaches has long attracted the rich and famous. The whole bay between Cannes and Juan les Pins is the anchorage of choice for many huge superyachts but the more modest-sized yachts head to the east of the bay and tuck in under the Cap d’Antibes between the Hotel Eden Roc and the small Port du Crouton. You’ll hold well and will be very well sheltered from any wind and swell with east in it. You can leave the dinghy on the visitor quay at Port du Crouton and wander into the town for excellent provisions, restaurants and the Petit Train to Antibes.
  • Cap d’Antibes – a number of small anchorages provide pretty lunch stops but are not particularly well protected. Try Anse de l’Aregnt Faux on the southerly tip of the Cap, the bay off La Garoupe for beach clubs and beach restaurants and the large anchorage east of Antibes for lovely views of the old town.
  • Rade de Villefranche-sur-Mer – anchor at the head of the bay outside the yellow buoys, take care to stay out of the no anchor zone as there can be up to 3 cruise ships a day anchored here. Take the dinghy onto the town quay and tie up with the others. A lovely anchorage, very popular in the summer during the day, quiet at night, but you may need to make use of a stern anchor to keep the boat into the prevalent swell which comes straight in from the sea.
  • Anse de la Scaletta – tucked into the Cap Ferrat and well protected from anything with south in it, this shallow anchorage is another one of those places you can stay for days. Paloma Beach on the shore provides watersports in the day time and romantic summer beach-side evening meals. Easy dinghy access to the port of St-Jean for provisions and a variety of restaurants as well as access to the popular walk along the coast between Villefranche and Beaulieu.
  • Baie de Roquebrune – anchor in good holding under the town of Roquebrune. Good shelter from east but open to the sea swells from the south. Good walk up to the ancient town, stunning views across the riviera and sandy beach with good snorkelling.
  • Cap Martin – the east side of the Cap is a good anchorage for lunch and can be used in very settled weather for overnight stays. Sandy bottom with good holding although quite deep as restricted by protected swimming area.

Helpful Hints:

  • Stock up on provisions at the big supermarkets when you can as small town supermarkets can be extremely expensive. Local bakeries however are excellent value for morning croissants and afternoon pastries!
  • Keep your eye on the weather, check it every day on the radio and again with a local port as local winds can be missed by national forecasts.
  • Book ahead in bad weather. If bad weather is on the way, plan ahead and get yourself into a good harbour. Remember, the less pricey ones fill up first so make sure you’ve got your space.
  • Be safe in the sun. Always wear a hat and suncream and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and energy levels up.

The French Riviera is truly beautiful all year round. Although the best weather is during the summer months, May and October can be the perfect time to cruise, with lower marina fees, quieter anchorages and warm sun.

The Cruising Kitty – Working As You Go

In my second phase as a first mate, I took a pretty big risk. When my husband, Jim, and I left San Diego harbor for points south, we had $250 in cash. That was the extent of our financial holdings.

Ciao Bella was well outfitted and provisioned. We were going into Mexico, and we planned to cruise very much on the cheap. No marinas, no shoreside restaurants, lots of fishing to feed ourselves. Sure, we knew that $250 wasn’t going to get us very far, but it would get us where we wanted to go, and we planned to work on the way to add to the coffers.

Actually, Jim planned to work. He was, and I assume still is, a master of anything mechanical or electrical. He had marinized and installed our Perkins 4-108 engine, had rewired the entire electrical system, installed our windlass, and done all sorts of amazing things to Ciao to get her ready for sea. We both figured that his skills would be easily marketable to other cruisers, and that our cruising funds would be regularly fed by his work on boats in the places we visited.

We were right. Jim kept busy through our whole three years of cruising in Latin America. He rebuilt alternators, troubleshot electronics, fixed air conditioners and engines, and sold or bartered all kinds of things. Ciao became something of a floating warehouse, and the cruising fleet got in the habit of checking with us when they needed parts or services. In Balboa, Panama, he was contracted by Panamanians to service the state-of-the-art electronics aboard their megayachts.

Though my skills tend more toward computer-related talents like writing and graphic design, I was able to add my bit to the finances. We had a sewing machine and rolls of boat canvas on board. I provided canvas services along the way, ranging from quick rip fixes to full on awnings. I even upholstered cushions for “outside seating” on one of the large yachts we encountered.

The bottom line is that we were never broke, and in fact, never had less than the $250 we started with.

Entrepreneurship on the waves is not at all uncommon. We met many folks who ran businesses from their boats in order to feed the cruising kitty. Most of them, like us, were providing mechanical/electronic services or were doing canvas work. We were in a location where there was a lack of shoreside businesses offering that sort of expertise, so the choice of métier was a good one.

This isn’t the only way to make money as you go. Other folks worked on land, either locally or back in the States, for some part of the year in order to remain solvent. One couple I knew in Mexico hailed from Alaska, where he ran a carpentry business that subcontracted to residential developers. With the Alaskan building season active only during the summer, this couple spent three or four of the hottest Baja months working in Alaska, then rejoined their boat for the rest of the year to enjoy the cruising life. Not a bad deal!

Know how in carpentry, mechanics, and electrical systems-especially as it relates to boats-can translate into work almost anywhere. Healthcare practitioners, particularly nurses, seem to be able to pick up work as they cruise domestic waters. When we made our passage down the ICW from the Chesapeake to Charleston, we met a couple, both emergency room nurses, who put into port from time to time to get contract work at local hospitals. In the Caribbean we met folks who were bartending, waitering, clerking, boat washing, word processing-all kinds of jobs that were easily gotten for short periods of time.

Filling the cruising kitty while you’re on the move is certainly doable. Having the right skills, the willingness to work, and an ear for opportunity will go a long way toward creating income. And once you’ve got what you need, you can set sail again!

Cruise Deals Info: New to Cruising? Here Are Some Tips for Getting Started

There are so many cruise deals available that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed – especially if you’ve never been on one before. You don’t have to feel daunted, however. It can actually be fun to search for cruise packages if you know what you’re doing.

One thing to consider is why exactly you want to go on a cruise. Do you simply want to see as much of the world as possible? Are you interested in wildlife and scenic views, or would you prefer seeing big cities? Would you rather spend most of the time out on the ocean, enjoying your time on a large ship, or visit a different port each day?

What about shore excursions? While staying on the ship is nice, most people want to at least get out and spend some time in the port cities. Some all-inclusive cruise deals include excursions in the price. However, it’s often easier to save money if you book your own excursions. There are a variety of things to do. In some cities, you might want to spend time at a bar or restaurant. In places like Cozumel, there are ancient Mayan ruins to explore. There is plenty of hiking, snorkeling, surfing, cycling, etc. in most port areas.

Another thing to consider is the number of days. A cruise can last anywhere from three nights to a month, depending on the itinerary and ship. 5-day and 7-day cruises are the most popular. If you’ve never been on a cruise before, you might want to stick with a shorter, simpler itinerary. You don’t want to get onboard only to find out that you suffer from motion sickness and spend the next several days feeling miserable.

Where to Go With Cruise Deals?

As for itineraries, you need to decide which part of the world you want to explore. Caribbean cruises are very popular with North Americans. If you’re closer to the West Coast, an Alaskan or Hawaiian cruise might be ideal for you. If you can afford a European cruise, it’s definitely something you might want to consider. Go on a Mediterranean cruise and see the Greek Isles, Italy, Pompeii, and more.

Not all cruises have to be on the sea. There are plenty of fun river cruises to go on. Imagine sailing the Mississippi River in a steam boat. These tend to cost a bit more, but they are definitely worth it.

Once you have an idea of what you want, just compare a variety of cruise deals online. You can filter results based on departure cities, number of days, cruise line, and price.

Don’t miss the chance to get cruise discounts, cheap airfare, on-board credit, and other deals. With online promo codes, there are many ways to save. Look over today’s top cruise deals to find out what all is available.