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7 Things About Cruising That Never Get Old

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“You’re going cruising, again?” asked a friend recently. “Don’t you get bored?” And to be fair, the question made sense – especially to someone like them who has never gone on a cruise before. Since being bitten by the cruise bug about three years ago, I tend to mostly do the same itinerary on the same ship. I’ve shaken things up on occasion by trying something new, but I’ve long been one of those people who don’t much care where the ship is going as long as I’m onboard when it does! Meanwhile, if you’re a seasoned cruiser, there are certain things that simply never get old. For me, they include…

Why Cruising Never Gets Old

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1. That First Cocktail

For me, nothing says, “I’m officially on vacation” like that first drink… preferably something with an umbrella in it.

2. Sunsets at Sea

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There is nothing like watching the sun around which our lives literally revolve sinking slowly into the ocean. No matter how many pictures I snap or videos I take, they will never capture the beauty of the real thing.

3. The Sailaway Party

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Over the course of a cruise, there are plenty of opportunities to bust a move. But there’s something about the energy of a sailaway party, with everyone shakin’ their groove thing as if doing some ancient ritual designed to transport them to their happy place, that puts a smile on my face.

4. Formal Night

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I’m not big on dressing up. In the real world, you couldn’t pay me to wear a dinner jacket. And even on a ship, I’m not one to go full-on formal. But I do love people-watching as people watching as people get all dolled up. Women in tiaras (it happens!) and kids in tuxedos? I’m all in.

5. Sitting on my Balcony

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Some people are perfectly content with an inside cabin or oceanview stateroom, insisting that the room is just a place to sleep and recharge. I, however, am not one of those people. I need a balcony on which to watch the world go by. It’s where I start and end every day, and it’s perhaps the No. 1 thing on my “must-have” list when booking a cruise.

Read More: 7 Reasons to Book a Balcony Cabin

6. Meeting Complete Strangers

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Ask those who know me on land, they’d not necessarily describe me as a “people person.” Yet put me on a ship, sit me at a bar and put a total stranger next to me, and I’m a regular Chatty Cathy. Some of the best conversations I’ve ever had have been with people I never saw again.

7. Winning at Trivia

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Okay, fine… I’ve never actually been part of a winning trivia team. But I’ve seen how excited others get, especially when they win one of Carnival’s “ship-on-a-stick” trophies. One of these days, I’ll get my hands on one. #LifeGoals

Those are some of the aspects of cruising that never get old for me. What draws you back, time and again?

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7 Cruise Pics To Warm You Up On A Cold Winter Day

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There’s a reason so many people book cruises during wave season, which runs from now until March. Much of the country is experiencing frigid temperatures, blustery winds and mountains of snow. If spring makes a young man’s heart turn toward thoughts of love, then winter makes pretty much everyone’s thoughts turn toward thoughts of escaping… to someplace warm! With that in mind, we offer up these pics to keep you warm and maybe even inspire you to spend a little time today booking your next cruise!

1. Half Moon Cay

Who wouldn’t love to trade snow for the white sands of Half Moon Cay, Carnival’s private island? 

2. Sunset in Curacao

Forget the icicles hanging from your roof. This water is much, much warmer. 

 

3. A Room With A View

Bring some sunscreen — and maybe a beer — while we soak up the sun on the balcony!

 

4. Geronimo!

When the sun gets to be too much, we can hit the waterslides on board the Norwegian Breakaway.

5. Kids? What Kids?

Leave the little ones behind and hit the adults-only Retreat on the Holland America Koningsdam.

6. Ready… Set… Lounge!

Forget the chair hogs… surely we’ll be able to find somewhere by the pool to tan!

7. Jack To The Rescue!

Is there a better way to spend a day on Grand Turk than visiting Jack’s Shack? (The answer: No, there is not!)

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The Benefits of Becoming a Cruise Ship Counselor

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Have you ever wished your job was exciting?  Are you tired of being stuck in a boring job that doesn’t offer much advancement?  If so, you probably need to do something to change that!  There are many fun careers out there, and going back to school is one way to land one of them.  If you enjoy helping others, you might want to consider a job as a cruise ship counselor!  Masters in counseling programs can help you land this very exciting job and the best part is you can do it completely online.  Today, we are going to learn some of the benefits of this position and what it can offer you.  

You Will Get to Cruise the World

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Once you have completed your online masters in counseling from one of the top schools like Bradley University, you can find a job on one of the many cruise lines as a youth counselor.  You will work on the ship and when you have time off, you can explore the ship and all it has to offer.  The best part is you will get to see the world and get paid for it at the same time!  This is just one of the many perks you that you will get while working on a cruise ship.  

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No Need to Worry About Paying the Rent

Rent can be expensive and while you are working on board a cruise ship, you will never have to worry about paying for it.  You will be able to live rent free because a cabin will be provided for you free of charge!  While you might not get one with an ocean view, you will have a nice cozy place to call home while you are out on your voyage.  Many other things will be free of charge including your meals which you can get in the mess hall of the ship. You won’t be eating at a 4-star restaurant, but the food will be just as delicious and it’s completely free! These covered expenses will save you a lot of money which you can use for other things.  This will help you pay back your student loans that you incurred while attending your online masters in counseling degree much faster.  

You Get to Meet People from All Over the World

When you work on a cruise ship, you will get to meet interesting people from around the world.  You will get to work with people from all walks of life and from countries you have probably never heard of before.  This can be very wonderful, and you just might make a few friends in the process.  Knowing people from around the globe has its benefits and you will learn so much about different cultures.  So if you are a people person, this job just might be right for you!  

These are just a few of the benefits of getting your masters of counseling online, and landing a job as a cruise ship counselor.  This job is very exciting, and you will get to meet new faces, travel to strange places and get paid while doing so.  

Have you ever considered working on a cruise ship? 

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9 Things That Make Cruisers Happy

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It doesn’t take much to make cruisers smile. Heck, just setting foot on a ship is usually enough to do it. But there are certain things that are sure to put a pep in the step of a cruise lover… sometimes, long before we walk the gangway.

What Makes Cruisers Happy?

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1) The Single-Digit Dance

When that countdown clock finally hits “9 Days”, you know it’s time to get serious about packing, because your ship is finally coming in… literally!

2) Amazing Deals

Sit at the atrium bar long enough, and the conversation eventually will turn to how much you paid for this cruise, followed by talk of the best deal everyone ever got. Like old men telling fish tales about “the one that got away,” some will sound too good to be true. But they’ll also inspire you to keep looking for that elusive, so-good-they-were-practically-paying-you-to-sail bargain.

3) Price Drops

No matter how good a deal we get, we’re always hoping that between the time we book and the time we board, it’ll become an even better deal. After all, any money not spent on this cruise can go toward the next one!

4) That First Cocktail

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Whether the bartender’s serving you a Kiss On The Lips on board the Carnival Sunshine or a Rebellious Fish on the Norwegian Escape, one of the first things many of us do is raise a toast to the week ahead.

5) Great Dinner Companions

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Conga line in the main dining room.

Whether you’re eating with the family you brought along or friends you’ve met on board, nothing beats a laugh-filled meal. If a conga line happens to break out, don’t blame us… just go with it!

6) Quiet Spots

As much as we love being at the heart of the action, it’s sometimes great to find a place off the beaten path where you can simply enjoy the view, or maybe do a little reading. Every ship, no matter how big or small, has them… you just have to do a little bit of exploring!

7) Free Upgrades

Visits from the Upgrade Fairy aren’t as common as they once were, but they do still occasionally happen. Norwegian Cruise Line also now has a program where passengers can bid on upgrades, usually at a cost far below what they’d pay to book the stateroom in question.

8) Big Wins

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We usually end up being robbed blind by the one-armed bandits who call the casino home, but every now and again, the tables are turned and we walk away big winners. Assuming, of course, we don’t give it all back!

9) Sunsets At Sea

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Eastern Coves of Alaska sunset.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so we’ll just let the above photo speak for itself.

What makes you happy when cruising?

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