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Food on Ships!
Working on P&O Australia recently I have been promoted to a new position. I have been classified as a "fly on" entertainer now, which means I come on for 1 or 2 cruises at a time to entertain the guests, and then I go home until my next short contract. It is a great position and gives me the ability to have more guest privileges. So I wanted to check out all of the restaurants on board and try the food out.
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12 Pre-Trip Tasks Essential for a Smooth Journey
In the excitement of getting ready to depart for vacation, it's easy to overlook trip-related responsibilities that should be completed before leaving the house. Some of these chores make travel easier, and some are absolutely necessary. Don't leave home without checking the following list ...
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The world's largest cruise ship:  Robot bartenders and a $60,000 suite [Photos]
For Royal Caribbean, bigger is better.

In March, the cruise line debuted the world's largest cruise ship, the 228,081-ton Symphony of the Seas. The ship follows the previous record holder, Royal Caribbean's 226,963-ton Harmony of the Seas. But according to CEO Michael Bayley, a ship's size is a function of the company's desire to pack enough dining, entertainment, and lodging options to make all of its passengers happy — not a goal in itself.
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Packing For Your Cruise 101
For anyone who’s enjoyed the pleasures of cruise travel, they’ll know that there are a few items that should always be packed in order to make the trip as enjoyable, memorable and relaxing as possible.

Although mainstream cruise lines allow a little leeway in terms of how much we can take on board, it can still be a struggle. So here’s a few essential items that can save you space whilst maximising your enjoyment.
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6 Money Saving Items to Bring On Your Next Cruise
If your goal is to have a fun vacation while sticking to a budget, cruising is a smart option to consider. Cruises offer lodging, food, and entertainment for a single price. And since you get to avoid the costs of trains or air travel in between destinations, cruising is one of the most affordable ways to visit multiple cities (and even countries) in a single trip.

If you're lucky and can drive to your departure port instead of flying, cruising can even be downright cheap.
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Falling Off a Cruise Ship:  What you need to know
Some might consider cruise ships havens, where passengers can destress freely and there's always something on tap. Still, although extremely rare, bad things can happen on them.

On April 12, crewmembers began a frantic search after choppy conditions tossed a woman from a P&O cruise liner. The ship, called Pacific Dawn, halted as fast as possible and turned around to search for her. Although the crew alerted other ships in the area, the search continues, as the woman has not been found.
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Royal Caribbean CEO:  Why he won't reinvent his business to please millennials
Royal Caribbean CEO Michael Bayley said in the cruise industry, millennials tend to exhibit preferences similar to those of other parents once they have kids.

While making broad assumptions about members of a given generation can lead to faulty conclusions, millennials do tend to show some characteristics more frequently than other generations.
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Why you shouldn't sign up for the first shore excursion offered
In Germany on the Rhine, my riverboat, the Viking Hild, stopped in the historic city of Mainz. The vessel’s basic complimentary walking tour included monuments to art and history, markets, churches, and the fascinating museum of Johannes Gutenberg where travelers may see two of the 29 remaining copies of the Gutenberg bible.

All good, except what I wanted to see in this port, on this visit, were Marc Chagall’s nine stained glass windows in St. Stephen’s Church. Chagall viewed these amazing church windows as a sign of post-World War II goodwill between the Jewish and Christian faiths, finishing the final window just before his death in France in 1985. He declined ever to return to Germany after the war so he never saw his windows in place. They did not exist when last I visited Mainz in the 1970s.
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The 5,000+ passenger cruise ship that looks like a condo
That boxy new ship you’ve seen as you drive across the MacArthur Causeway between Miami and Miami Beach? It’s the 5,119-passenger MSC Seaside, the newest vessel from the European cruise line MSC. It joins 3,502-passenger Divina, which arrived in 2013, and a half-dozen others that MSC will bring to North America by 2020. (Three of those will be in Miami year ‘round.) The 10 ships now on order amount to a $12 billion investment.
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The 10 Biggest Myths About Cruise Vacations
Have you always wanted to take a cruise, but a few concerns have been a hangup? Let’s debunk the most common cruise travel myths once and for all.
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Best Money-Saving Tips by Travel Agents
Traveling costs money, but there are ways that you can cut back on your expenses and leave more cash for your next trip.

Schedule at the right time: “The best way to save money when traveling is simply to schedule your trip at the right time,” said Anthony Tucker, All Inclusive Outlet. “Your destination may be in the middle of a season that is different from your home, so that can affect the rates for both transportation and accommodations. Seasonal rates vary depending on where you’re headed, so be sure to do your research to determine the best time of year for your chosen destination.”
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4 Little Known Facts About Cruise Ships [Part 2 of 2]
At a time when travelers are feeling more precious than ever about "authentic experiences," the cruise industry is doubling down on the exact opposite: completely manufactured fun. Leading the pack is Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., whose mega-ships are destinations unto themselves: Its restaurants, casinos, Broadway-caliber musicals, silent disco parties, skating rinks, karaoke, dance clubs, and escape-the-room experiences are such strong lures, some guests don't even bother to look up where the ship is docking.
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5 Little Known Facts About Cruise Ships [Part 1 of 2]
At a time when travelers are feeling more precious than ever about “authentic experiences,” the cruise industry is doubling down on the exact opposite: completely manufactured fun. Leading the pack is Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., whose mega-ships are destinations unto themselves: Its restaurants, casinos, Broadway-caliber musicals, silent disco parties, skating rinks, karaoke, dance clubs, and escape-the-room experiences are such strong lures, some guests don’t even bother to look up where the ship is docking.
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