My Chat with Stuart St Paul from Doris Investigates Cruising What's happening with the cruise ships during the Covid pandemic? When will cruising start up again? Does cruising have a future? … [Read more...] about Cruising and the CoronaVirus
Whoosh! That's the sound of the lifeboat as it hits the water. But I don't expect the deluge of seawater to come over the front of the boat. And now I'm soaked. I suppose it serves me … [Read more...] about The 15-Year-Old Boy who Launched a Lifeboat
Did you know that a Kindle can do much more than hold all the books you'll need on your cruise? Yes, a Kindle can reduce your luggage weight; you can leave all those heavy hardback books at … [Read more...] about Kindle on a Cruise: The Book Reader & Life Saver
I wrote this on a cruise, in January 2020. Do you remember those days before Coronavirus when you could go on a cruise? Well, back then, many people were asking... Why is WiFi so … [Read more...] about Cruise WiFi: Why it’s Expensive & Which Cruises Have Free Internet
Coronavirus is causing very uncertain times. So if you’re currently on a cruise, somewhere on the ocean right now, saying it’s a bit of a problem is very much an understatement. Most … [Read more...] about Coronavirus and Cruising – Is There Any Hope?
How much luggage can you take onto a cruise? Do they weigh your cases? Very important questions. And much depends on this: Whether or not you're flying to join or leave your cruise … [Read more...] about Is there a Luggage Weight Limit on a Cruise?
"Where should we go on our first cruise, then, David?" I'm not used to sudden questions like this. So I stop and think. Prefer to listen instead? Listen & subscribe … [Read more...] about Where To Go On Your First Cruise
The horror! It should have been a nice shore visit to Monaco. But during the day the sea turned rough. So the P&O Azura luxury Cruise ship couldn’t get some of its guests back on … [Read more...] about Azura in Monaco
When you see huge Travel Agents such as Thomas Cook collapse, it makes you wonder about financial protection. If your cruise line or your travel agent goes under, can you get your money … [Read more...] about Is a Cruise ATOL Protected?
Here's a little tip for your travels. How to use Facebook Messenger when you're on a cruise - without using expensive data or WiFi. Or to put it more accurately... How to compose your … [Read more...] about A Facebook Messenger Tip For Your Cruise
"With the benefit of hindsight and lots of experience... if you were about to go on your first cruise, what would you major on?" That's the question I asked some experienced cruisers. Some … [Read more...] about 6 Cruising Tips From The Experts For Your First Cruise
Is there a jail on a cruise ship? I bet you were wondering after the news of the "mass brawl" on a cruise ship in July 2019. You'll be glad to know that, yes, a cruise ship does actually have a … [Read more...] about Is There a Prison on a Cruise Ship?
“Would you read this book please?” But why? And who's asking, anyway? Would you read this please? Life in the Movies I’d got to know Stuart St Paul through being on a cruise ship when he was … [Read more...] about Movie Director to Author… With a Little Help From Me
Have you ever received a compliment out of the blue from a wise old person of experience? One lunchtime, we were sat casually chatting with our fellow cruise-passengers, when suddenly my wife … [Read more...] about Why You Need Old People on Your Cruise
In March 2019, the Viking Sky Cruise Ship ran into serious trouble in treacherous icy cold waters. Freak weather had combined with engine failures, which caused the Viking Sky to drift dangerously … [Read more...] about Are There Enough Life Boats on a Cruise Ship?
In March 2019, we drove across the M62 to Hull to join the P&O mini cruise to Amsterdam. It was a break my wife and I were looking forward to. See Amsterdam Get away from it all for a … [Read more...] about P&O Mini Cruise – Hull to Amsterdam – An Independent Customer Review
Here's how to get two cruises for the price of one. After all, cruises cost quite a lot, don't they. But first a question for you... Want to listen instead? Listen & subscribe … [Read more...] about Two Cruises For The Price of One
"Wow! I didn't realise our cruise cost us that much!" Ever said that at the end of your cruise when you've looked at the credit card bill? It's very easy to overspend on a cruise. I blame … [Read more...] about How To Keep Cruise Costs Down
What's the difference between an Inside Cabin and an Outside Cabin on a cruise ship? In one sentence... An outside cabin has a view, and an inside cabin is cheaper. Is that it, David? In a … [Read more...] about Inside Cabin vs Outside Cabin
Meals are included in your cruise. You'll have a really nice breakfast, lunch and dinner. On some cruise ships, you can even pay a small surcharge and upgrade to a speciality restaurant for the … [Read more...] about Is Food and Drink Included in the Cost of a Cruise?
What's the difference between a cruise on a P&O cruise ship and on a Hurtigruten cruise ship? Which has better entertainment? What about the food? Where do their ships go? Do I have to … [Read more...] about Hurtigruten vs P&O Cruises
How much does a P&O cruise cost? After all, if you don't know how much your cruise is going to cost, how can you plan? First the Bad News Before we look at the real numbers, we need to know … [Read more...] about How Much Does a P&O Cruise Cost?
Are you a young person who's thinking... Am I too young to go on a cruise? Well... If you go on a cruise ship that's specifically designed for older people - then yes! But otherwise, … [Read more...] about Am I Too Young For a Cruise?
Now before you get excited... I'm not a doctor. And I'm not a nutritionist, either. This is just what always works for me. There... that's the disclaimer out of the way (gotta be careful … [Read more...] about How Not to Gain Weight on a Cruise
You've probably heard of the cashback websites, Quidco and TopCashBack. Me too. In fact, every time I buy something online, I check to see if the seller is listed on Quidco and … [Read more...] about Cruise Cashback from Quidco and TopCashBack
What happens to all the rubbish, the garbage, the junk and the waste on a cruise ship? Who eats all that leftover food? Where does the waste go when you flush the toilet? Does plastic get … [Read more...] about What Happens to Rubbish on a Cruise Ship?
What's the Mini Cruise from Hull to Bruges like? It's a great question. And one which we wondered about, too. So what did we do? We booked a couple of tickets and tried it out. Hull to … [Read more...] about Bruges Mini Cruise on P&O Ferries – Review
Us Brits love warm places. Pretty obvious, isn't it? If it isn't cold in Great Britain, it's raining. Actually, it's not all that bad. In fact, it's pretty good much of the time. But … [Read more...] about How to Pick a Cruise Destination
Let's suppose you're on a relaxing Caribbean cruise. The ship docks in port on St Maarten, a lovely, warm, friendly Caribbean island. You haven't booked one of the ship's excursions because you … [Read more...] about What Happens if Your Cruise Ship Leaves Without You?
Are There Sufficient Life Jackets on a Cruise Ship? In a word... Yes. Actually, it's a great question - because if you haven't been on a cruise before, you'll probably want a lot of reassurance … [Read more...] about Are There Enough Life Jackets on a Cruise Ship?
Yes, there's a photographer on most cruise ships. In fact, there's usually a number of photographers. I don't mean people taking "holiday snaps", of course. There are lots of us … [Read more...] about Is There a Photographer on a Cruise Ship?
THEY ALMOST PAID US TO GO ON THEIR CRUISE It’s great when you get a good deal on your cruise. And it’s an even bigger bonus when the cruise companies throw in a few extras! "Extras? … [Read more...] about How to Get Lots of Free Cruise Extras
Can I share with you a funny, true story? Back in the day... I was 15 years old and still at school. And the end-of-year school musical-production was being staged. Now for some strange … [Read more...] about What’s Really Worn Beneath a Kilt?
Talk about being totally unfit! I realised how unfit I was when, in my 20s, I was walking along a busy main road, when I noticed a motorist had broken down. "Could you give me a push please?" he … [Read more...] about A Heavy Breather Saved My Life
You'll need a few nice dresses for your cruise, ladies. And gentlemen... how about a dinner jacket? But if you're anything like we were before we went on our first cruise... at that point, we … [Read more...] about Where to Get Nice Cruise Dresses at Much Lower Prices
Why couldn’t he leave me alone? I was relaxing in the sauna. Hoping for a little peace and quiet. …until this chap began telling me a story about his island hopping. But very quickly I … [Read more...] about Greek Island Hopping from the Sauna