Food Aboard Ship

Posted on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 | 0 comments
Food on a cruise ship was once regarded as being chosen for quantity over quality- if you went on a cruise, you invariably came away heavier after the buffet and sun loungers. The food was plentiful and decent, but not a reason to go cruising.

by Robert Simmons Flickr Creative Commons

Now, gourmet food is taking a starring role in the cruise experience. Some cruises are even centered around food, with guest chefs, lectures on food and food-based shore excursions. Cuisine onboard ship can be tailored to the Line or to the destination- i.e, Cunard has daily English Tea Service. On Holland America, there is iced tea midmorning when in the Caribbean, hot chocolate served on deck for the Alaskan itineraries and there is a ceremonial Indonesian afternoon tea and coffee once per cruise.

Many Ships have eateries created by well-known chefs- Cunard has Todd English restaurants on two of it's Queens, and the menus of Crystal's Sushi Bar and Silk Road are created by Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa. Healthy eating is an option aborad ship, with most lines providing gluten-free, low sugar, low fat and low sodium options. Guests can get hands on- Oceania Marina has a Culinary Centre in which cruisers can take cooking lessons.

Specialty dining is generally at an extra cost- but the quality of the normal service and buffet is on the rise too. So, if you're a foodie and want to see the world, a cruise is the way to go!

by David Lisbona Flickr Creative Commons

Of course, no cruise is complete without fruit and/or vegetable sculptures.

Author: Ryan Posa+

Princess Wins Over Australia

Posted on Monday, August 8, 2011 | 0 comments
Australian cruisers have voted. The results are in, and Princess cruises have come out on top as Australia's favourite Cruise Line. The survey was conducted online by, and Princess gained a significant increase in their share of the votes- up by 13% from last year to overtake P&O and claim 47% of the vote in total.

With the Sea Princess being added this summer, their fleet based Down Under will increase to 4, showing Princess's dedication to the Australian market. It has paid off!

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A Grand Tradition

Posted on Tuesday, August 2, 2011 | 0 comments
Before there were airplanes flying to all destinations, there were great liners which took people across the oceans. My mother immigrated from the UK to New Zealand by boat 50 years ago, as it was the way that people traveled. There was steady traffic of great ships across the Atlantic from Southampton to New York as people went back and forth between Britain and the United States.

One of the most famous of these ships is undoubtedly the White Star Line's Titanic, a ship that holds a mysterious allure and fascination for many people. Billed as unsinkable, it sank halfway across the Atlantic and stories of the grand ship and her passengers are still told today. Molly Brown, who rowed a lifeboat to safety, Captain Edward J Smith who did the honourable thing and went down with his ship, Mrs Straus who refused to board a lifeboat because her husband was not allowed to. These stories, as well as the tales of the glamour of life aboard the titanic before the fateful collision, enthrall us.

Now, we hop on a plane and can be almost anywhere within a day or two at the very most. The crossing of the Atlantic has become almost redundant, but the prestige of ocean liners has remained in our imaginations. The Transatlantic Crossing is a tradition, an opportunity to travel without hurry but with glamour and luxury.

Queen Mary 2 by Paul Morris Flickr Creative Commons

Many cruise lines offer transatlantic crossings as repositioning- to move the ship from one continent to another as the seasons change. However, Cunard does crossings in style- as they were done in the era of the ocean liners. The Queen Mary 2, Cunard's flagship, launched in 2004 and christened by the Queen of England herself, is classically styled with her black, red and white paint job and remnants of the class system shown in her dining structure. She is built primarily as an ocean liner rather than a cruise ship, sturdier and faster than most contemporary ships. Passengers on crossings can take as much luggage as they like, even their pets.

Although a transatlantic crossing does not offer the delights of stopping somewhere new every day or two, it allows passengers to benefit fully from what the ship has to offer. Most will testify that 6 days at sea is not boring, in fact it goes all too fast! And when you arrive there is the excitement of having made a true sea voyage.

Cunard provides no end of glitz and glamour. Formal (black tie) dinners take place several times a week, with high standards of dress every night whilst at sea. There is ballroom dancing in the evenings. During the day, there are no end of things to do- from your expected favourites such as pools and gyms, to lectures on a range of topics and even an onboard planetarium!

This type of cruise is not everyone's cup of tea- for those who love sun, sand, shorts and flip-flops, it is not recommended. If you would like to recapture the glamour of the era of the great ocean liners like Titanic (minus the sinking!) and voyage in style and stress-free, then a crossing on a Cunard ship is certainly right for you.

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Author: Ryan Posa+