Author: Richard Telling

Types of Cruise Ship Cabins

Some cruise cabins have VCRs or DVD players, and some televisions also have radio/music channels. The cabins also usually have a night table, reading lamps, and a chair. Most modern cruise ships come with a hairdryer, so you won’t have to bring one from home. Some standard staterooms feature personal safes, table, desk with chair, convertible loveseat, mini-refrigerator, and even Internet access, although it is often much more costly than in the common Internet lounge. The cruise line brochure or Web site usually specifies what amenities are in each cabin.

The standard cruise cabin bathrooms are usually tiny and most only have a shower (no tub). The shower usually has good water pressure, with the only complaint being the small size. Don’t be surprised if the shower curtain keeps trying to attack you! The bathroom also has a sink, toiletry shelves, and a noisy vacuum toilet like on an airplane. Often there is a small step up between the bedroom and bathroom, perfect for stubbing your toe. The bathrooms also usually have a retractable clothesline for drying your swimsuit or hand laundry.

The next step above an outside cabin is one with a balcony (verandah). These cruise cabins have sliding glass doors, giving you access to the outside. The sliding doors also mean you can see outside from anywhere in the cabin, i.e. lie on the bed and still see the ocean outside. Usually the cruise balcony cabins are also larger than the standard cabins, and some qualify as mini-suites. Which means they have a small sitting area with a loveseat or convertible sofa. The cruise mini-suites also usually have a curtain that can be drawn to separate the sleeping and sitting areas. This feature is ideal for couples (or friends) that have different sleeping habits.

Avoid Sea Sickness On A Cruise

I have been sick to my stomach on a small fishing vessel that I paid a fortune to charter so when my brother suggested a cruise years ago I thought to myself that I may have more fun jumping off the Eiffel tower. At least it would end. I have since traveled on many cruises without the troublesome problem of sea sickness. I want to share what I have learned so that you too can enjoying cruising as much I do.

The easiest and most economical way to stop sea sickness is to walk. This is what is meant by getting your sea legs. When you walk around a moving ship the fluid in your inner ear learns the motion of the ship in a controlled way. When you feel sea sickness coming on walk,walk,walk. The worst thing you can do is take to your bed. Lying down will make your nausea worse. Once your body becomes accustomed to the motion you will no longer feel ill and will be able to sit and lie down when you want to.

Another drug free way to curb your motion sickness is by wearing a Sea Bands bracelet. The bracelet has a small bead on the inside that puts pressure on the inside of your wrist. This is a pressure point that will reduce nausea. Children and pregnant women can use Sea Bands as there are no side effects to this method. They are available at most drug stores. Buy these before you leave home and put it on before boarding the ship to be safe.

The use of ginger can help to reduce the nausea part of sea sickness but not the dizziness. Other herbal remedies have been tried but not scientifically proven to work. Staying above deck and getting fresh air will go a long way to normalizing your inner ear.

Cabin location can also be a factor in how much motion you feel while trying to sleep. Select a cabin that is in the middle of the ship both horizontally and vertically. If you pick a middle deck you will feel less motion from the sea and if you are close to the center of that deck you will feel less vibration from the engines and under workings of the ship.

Sail on a ship that has stabilizers. All of the newest mega liners have stabilizers that help minimize the rolling of the ship back and forth. Consider sailing on a ship that uses the Azipod propulsion system. All of the Carnival Cruise Lines ships have them. This system pushes rather than pulls the ship through the water which reduces motion and creates much less vibration. It also has the added benefit of allowing sharper turns for the ship without causing a lean.

Medications such as Dramamine or Gravol decrease nausea. You don’t have to buy these at home as they are available on the ship at the pursers desk where they are usually given out free of charge. Unfortunately these drugs can make some people drowsy which does not make for an exciting cruise experience.

Ear patches work wonders to get rid of sea sickness. The trans dermal scopolamine patch is about the size of a dime and is worn behind the ear. It’s effects last about 72 hours. This patch must be applied 8 hours before boarding the ship or you’ll be playing catch up later. The trans dermal patch does have side effects ranging from drowsiness to dry mouth.

Places to Visit in Switzerland

  • Zurich
    Largest city & financial center of Switzerland.
    Cafés, traditional shops, famous art galleries & museums are in abundance.
    You can take a strolling walk to enjoy Lake Zurich.
    Train ride is available to Uetliberg Mountains that gives a panoramic view of the city & country side.
  • Geneva
    Lies on western shore of Lake Geneva.
    Snow-capped mountains cover the city (awesome view).
    Walk; rent a bike or public transport, all at your convenience.
    Top locations include farmed water fountain, Reformation Wall, Place Bourg du Four, St. Peter’s Cathedral & the birthplace of UN.
  • Lausanne
    International Olympic Committee’s residence
    A scenic city and inspirational destination for sports fans.
    Do not miss the Olympic Museum & Lausanne cathedral.
    It’s just 40 minutes from Geneva.
  • Bern
    A medieval iconic city & official Switzerland capital.
    Most famous for Zytglogge, an antique clock tower.
    The old-world charm makes it a UNESCO world heritage site.
    Has the longest shopping boardwalk in Europe.
    Attractions: bear park, rose garden, fine arts museum, national history museum, Federal Palace, Cathedral of Bern, and Town Hall.
  • Basel
    Located near River Rhine.
    Industrial & pharmaceutical hub.
    Highest number of museums, a culture-centric city.
    Attractions: Zoo, toy museum, paper mill museum, Basel minster, Art museum, Rathaus & Marktplatz etc.
    There are plenty of other locations that offer scenic beauty, adventure & fun in Switzerland. They are small yet lovely all year round. Some of them are –
    Lucerne – a dense city in central Switzerland, you can visit Mt. Pilatus, lake Lucerne, Chapel Bridge, Mt. Rigi, transport museum etc.
    Interlaken – popular as a tourist resort, it possesses three mountains- Eiger, Jungfrau & Monch. Camping activities are available at the nearest Bernese Oberland Alps.
    Zermatt – the small town is famous for skiing & mountaineering due to Matterhorn Mountains. Walking is a favorite here as gasoline driven vehicles are not permitted.
    Montreaux – located at the heart of Swiss Riviera, the town has an 11th-century castle “Chillon”, which has courtyards, tower, frescoes, dungeons, house weaponry, & furniture.
    St. Moritz – an expensive & rich people’s hub, the city is a winter resort offering summer & winter sports.
    Rhine Falls – the largest waterfall in Europe where you can see, feel & hear the pounding waters, visit castles & see the Rhine Falls basin.

Celebrity Cruises

If you think about it, it’s an extremely cost-effective and time-efficient way to take a holiday. Consider all the time you’d spend driving yourself to several different destinations, packing and unpacking at each hotel, and searching for restaurants and other services. On a cruise you don’t drive anywhere for seven, ten, fourteen days or even even more. Even if you were on a bus tour with no driving yourself, you haul your luggage or at least one package and unpack it at every new stop. On a cruise, you check your luggage when you check in and it magically appears in your cabin, stateroom, or even suite. You’re at home for the duration of the cruise. And the food! Every ship has several restuarants staffed by world-class chefs, and the cost of the food is included as part of the cruise. At each port, guided tours are available so you won’t miss any local attractions. Supervised activities such as snorkeling are available to keep the children occupied. And at the end of your holidy staff will pick up your luggage and place it on shore at the intended pick-up point. Taking a cruise vacation frees you from so many of the hassles of traveling, and leaves you with more time to relax and enjoy your destination.

Celebrity Cruise Lines offer some of the best deals in the business. Conde Nast Traveler consistently rates
Celebrity Cruises as one of the world’s best cruise lines. Services include informative lectures about your location, upscale boutiques, and Las Vegas style entertainment created for Celebrity by Cirque du Soleil.
Try your luck in the Casino or collect fine art during an onboad auction. The nightlife spectacular at The Bar At The Edge of the Earth.

There’s a whole world of pampering waiting for you at the world-famous Aqua-Spa by Elemis. Try a deluxe manicure, a luxurious facial or a relaxing massage. There is even acupuncture by a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese medicine as well. You’ll feel renewed and invigorated.

Children feel right at home on a Celebrity Cruise. The Celebrity X-Club Youth Program has age-specific activities and entertainment for every child. Science and nature exploration, talent shows, treasure hunts, children’s dinner parties, slumber parties and more are all arranged by professional staff. Special areas of the ship are set aside for children only, such as the Shipmates Fun Factory, teen center and pools. When the ship is docked, adults have the option of going on tours by themselves while the children are supervised onboard. What could be more enjoyable or safer?

Age or disability are no impediment to cruising. Ships are designed for mobility-impaired passengers, and staff is always ready to assist. Celebrity accommodates those who need dialysis or oxygen, and other medical services can be arranged if requested beforehand. Emergency care is always available on board, saving you the trouble of finding a doctor who speaks your language in a foreign country.

Dinner is a vital event in itself on a cruise ship, a tradition dating back to the late 1800’s when cruises were for royalty and the wealthy who expected elegant formal dinners. Again, in today’s lifestyle the elegant dinner is optional, and for those who like to dine casually, food is available around the clock . However, for those who like a ritzy event where they can show off their best attire and jewelry, there are optional formal dinners where ladies wear long formal gowns or evening dresses and gentlemen have on tuxedos.

Did I forget to mention the cruise destination itself? Celebrity Cruises dock at a different port of call every day or two, depending upon distances and sailing time between points of interest. You can stay aboard the ship all day or disembark. You are free to explore every destination on your itinerary as long as you return to the ship before departure time.

Enjoy City Tours

  • Choose the perfect tour schedule. Remember that tours vary in length and you have the option of enjoying day tours or night tours. The tour schedule you choose should match your preferences. For instance, if there are attractions that are best viewed at night, then ensure that the schedule will make it possible for you to enjoy it.
  • Consider a private tour if you want to have the best kind of experience. This is a tour that caters only to you and you won’t have to move around in the company of other tourists or visitors. If you are travelling with your spouse or family, then private tours tend to be fulfilling and rewarding, even though they can be a little bit expensive.
  • Choose the most comfortable touring mode. You can choose to tour the city in a van, a bus or even a horse among many other transportation modes. Whatever you choose should offer you maximum comfort throughout the tour and keep you safe and relaxed. The choice is a matter of preference, but it is important to make all considerations depending on the length of the tour and the areas that you wish to visit.
  • Use the services of a tour guide. This is definitely the best way to enjoy a tour in a city you are visiting for the first time. You might have a map to guide you to areas of interest, but a tour guide will do so much more than just take you to the areas. The guides will give you related information and help you unveil hidden gems of the city you would not have known about on your own. They also know how to save time and exhaust all attractions because they are familiar with the best routes that will get you there faster.
  • Try out new things during the tour. You can for instance, take part in festivals or games that you come across during the tour. It can also be very exciting to stop and try out some great local or international cuisines as you move from one point to another.

Trip to Black Sea

There are many reasons for that. The main reason for those who come from former Soviet countries is the simple habit, because they were grown up on this seaside. Almost each working person in the past Soviet Union could get in summer a trip to Black Sea rest-places half-paid or completely paid by the government. Another reason is that this sea is the most southern located from all the seas that are bordering direct the former Soviet Union countries and is of course most accessible.

There are 5 countries that have claimed a piece of coastline at Black Sea. These are Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria.

The Turkish part of the coastline is the longest one and is generally preferred by European travelers mostly because of the good marketing campaigns of the travel agencies and is actually, the cheapest possibility. In the last time the prices are quite high there and the quality of service should be double checked and the place of stay should be selected with great carefulness. Though, for a little higher amount of money, one can get quite a good service there. The most frequent visitors are travelers from Germany.

The Georgian coastline is very special with its rocky parts. Imagine the huge rocks coming out of the sea, a short, about 20 meters rocky beach and mountains beginning right after the beach. You could find a cave there, make a camp, place some tents and spend a week or two diving, climbing on the mountains, hunting fish and crabs, gathering starfishes. The sea water is perfectly clear here even if it is 25-30 centigrade warm. Such a week would be an unforgettable one and I would really spend some more weeks there.

The Russian coastline is rich with pensions and holiday homes built in soviet time for the collaborates of the Soviet Party. Some of them are already ruined with the time, and some of the were sold to private persons and companies and are held in quite a good state to have a rest in them.

The Ukrainian part has two different types of places. The first of them is the usual coastline of Odessa region and the neighboring, which is characterized with high temperatures, burning sun, sandy beaches and quite inexpensive possibilities for a traveler. The second one is Crimea semi island, which is characterized by separate climatic conditions and even separate flora and fauna. There you can find rocky beaches along with the sandy ones, lots of pensions left from soviet time, which are held in a very good state. It was actually one of the most beloved and privilege seasides of the Soviet Union and till now it is quite a good one to travel to.

The Bulgarian and Romanian parts of the coast are targeted mostly on the European market and in the last times the prices are much higher than quality, at lest in Bulgaria, but if not to consider the prices, Bulgarian coastline is quite well equipped and served and the time spent there won’t be appreciated as lost, so it’s worth traveling.

Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach is located on the north tip of the Central East Coast of Florida in the United States of America. From the eminent place called Orlando, this city is just fifty-four miles away and hardly an hour’s drive from most of the amazing fun spots theme parks situated in this area. Miami and Jacksonville are just 242 and 86 miles away respectively from this exceptionally beautiful city. The Daytona International Airport serves its people and all visitors with flights to more than one hundred and fifty destinations all across the globe.It is also a crucial city of Florida’s Fun Coast region accommodating around 0.5 million people.

Daytona is a unique and iconic destination in the whole world for beach fun and enjoyment with its peerless beach activities and resorts, hotels and many more. The boardwalk, cultural venues, piers, and even sumptuous delicacies make your vacation a perfect and also a memorable one. With surfing, shelling, swimming, and other adventurous sea-sports everyone in your family enjoy the fullest and that too in their preferable way in that 23 miles long coastline. This holiday destination fits the budget of all sorts of people across the world and does boast accommodations for every kind of lifestyles. One can also indulge himself or herself into shopping opportunities while exploring multiple developing happenings.

Visit the whole city of Daytona Beach through the streets of this place in a double decker bus. The famous aqua safari takes the visitors to the ocean safari beginning spot by a huge red bus. The experience begins with fishing eco-tour boats and the guides would catch sea creatures for providing you with first-hand experiences by allowing you to touch them. While enjoying crab traps, you may also watch sand dollars if you are fortunate enough. This sea safari also includes refreshments, light food like pizza, visit the Marine science Center and Inlet Lighthouse.

Visit this ultimate fun destination during the month of March as this is the time when the beach decorates itself and embarks itself in fun activities like surfing contests, campfire parties, musical concerts, and many more. This place holds a top most position when it comes to wild concerts, booze parties, bikini clad people and beach competitions. Do not lose an opportunity to explore each and every fun of Daytona Beach and make a choice of visiting this city with your family and friends.

Sail the 7 Seas

The most important decision you will face after you decide to go on a cruise is where you want to go. When people think of cruises they usually think of the big cruise ships in the Caribbean. Just imagine all that deep blue water and the sun shining down while you sit on the deck and enjoy cocktails. Ahhhh nice, and while that can be a lot of fun, you should keep in mind that you can go on cruises to almost any part of the world. Take a cruise through the Panama Canal, around the Indian Ocean, or follow the western coast of Africa into the Mediterranean.

Keep in mind that you are not just picking which part of the ocean you’d like to see. Almost all cruises will allow you to make side trips inland when the ship stops at a port of call. This can be either on your own or as part of an organized tour group. If you have always wanted to visit Australia try combining a trip to Australia with a cruise around the Pacific Ocean.

You should also make sure that you can find a cruise that will give you the experience you want. Obviously, a small cruise ship touring around the coast of Alaska will result in a very different experience from a large cruise ship meandering leisurely around the Mediterranean. While there are major differences in the cruising experience, this is not just about picking the right kind of climate for your trip. If you are looking for all night parties and poolside drinks, go on the Mediterranean cruise. If you want a more relaxed trip, curled up under blankets and whale watching, go on the Alaskan cruise.

You should also remember that certain cruise lines focus on different types of customers. There are cruise ships that will cater to those who want to spend all night drinking and dancing, there are cruise ships that focus on retirees and there are cruise ships that cater to a variety of tastes. Families should look for family-friendly cruises. These family-friendly cruises will have children’s activities and places for teenagers to hang out. The Disney Cruise line specializes in family style cruising.

The level of service you will receive is the biggest factor in your final price. If you are on a tight budget, avoid the high end luxury cruise. Instead go with a premium or even mainstream cruise. The location and size of your cabin will also make a difference. If you are really tight for cash, take a small cabin on the inside of the ship. While your food and cabin may not be as grand as fellow passengers on the exclusive decks, you will at least still be able to afford the airfare home. And you will have the same experiences as the higher paying passengers.

If you can afford it feel free to treat yourself with a luxury cruise and enjoy all the amenities that come along with staying at a fancy hotel. Except this hotel goes to many different and exotic places!!

While cruises are often all-inclusive, there are a number of things you should confirm before leaving home. First make sure that the cruise ship is aware of any special dietary or smoking restrictions. If your cruise ship will be coming into port, inquire if you need to book any shore excursions in advance. And most importantly, ensure that you have a way to get to the starting point and back again when the cruise is over. Some cruises do not end at the same port that they departed from. Ending a wonderful cruise by being stranded at the ships last port of call is not the best way to enjoy your holiday! Spending a few days in the last port of call before returning home will top off the perfect end to the perfect vacation. Happy cruising!

Marvelous Semmering Railway in Austria

About 20,000 men were commissioned to carve limestone rocks to pave way for the track. It is remarkable that the excellent quality of the tunnels, viaducts and overall infrastructure of Semmering, guaranteed that the railway would be in great condition for years to come. It is no wonder that Semmering Railway is hailed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

But aside from amazing engineering, the reason travelers should experience Semmering is because of the spectacular views of the mountainous landscape in between the Austrian towns of Gloggnitz and Murzzuschlag. The train ride on this railway highlights everything that is majestic about the eastern Austrian Alps and the Hungarian plains. The trains originally used for the track were powered by steam engines; but were replaced with electricity in 1959. Nevertheless, the overall design of the old train line, including the old tunnels and viaducts have been preserved.

The Semmering Railway ride lasts for about 1 hour and 30 minutes, going over Semmering Pass and crossing the Australian Alps. During the trip, the train will pass over 16 viaducts supported by many arches, and through 14 tunnels. Another highlight is the main tunnel, which is famous for stretching 1,430 meters. The railway is actually part of the greater S-bahn railway that goes in between Vienna and Graz. It uses an Alpine crossing that had been frequently used during the medieval times. This crossing connects to Venice and later Trieste, to Vienna.

The vintage train and scenery are not the only things to admire during your Semmering Railway adventure. There are also a number of fascinating attractions along the way that deserve a look. One of them is the S-bahn railway culture museum situated in Mürzzuschlag. This museum features Semmering Railway’s history and impressive engineering. Semmering town, in which the train also stops, is a mountain health resort that delights visitors with its relaxing ambience and fresh air. Once in town, you can easily engage in outdoor activities especially in the summer.

Going for a hiking tour on the railroad train is quite rewarding, because you will get outstanding panoramas and get the chance to admire this railroad engineering feat up close. Another lovely town near Semmering is Zauberberg, is a hotspot for tourists exploring the Semmering area. This popular ski resort offers 14 kilometers of downhill slopes and a split park. The other prominent ski resort in the area is Stuhleck Mountain, which is frequented for its exciting snow parks.

Travel the World in Cheap

Swap homes

As a matter of fact, home swapping is rapidly becoming a trend and you can even find this method on some of the most popular travel websites. The fact is that the majority of travel expenses go towards accommodations. Therefore, when you swap your home with other fellow travelers you eliminate this particular line of expenses and your trip becomes much cheaper. It also has perks like a fully equipped kitchen, proper bathrooms, and things that you won’t find in a cheap hotel.

Carpool

This is a term that relates to numerous people traveling within the same vehicle. For instance, you can look for someone who travels in the same direction and you can split the expenses in half. As you can imagine, the more people you get the less you are going to pay for the travel.

Hitchhike

This is an old-fashioned method of traveling for free. Basically, what you want to do is try and stop people on the road and get them to drive you towards the direction they are heading. It’s a great way to meet new local people and it’s completely free, even though some hitchhikers offer some money in exchange for the favor.

Become a crew member of a cruise ship

This is a way not only to travel for free but to earn a few bucks as well. Enjoy visiting a wide variety of countries on a regular basis and earn money while doing it. Of course, there are some downsides – you will obviously have to work so there might not be enough time for sightseeing but generally crew members get some days off when the ship reaches its destination. This should be the best time for you to look around.

Use budget airlines

A few years ago, several airlines were created that offer incredibly low rates for their tickets. This is mainly due to the fact that you will be flying with almost no additional comfort but, after all, your main purpose is to see the world, not to fly in first class airplanes.

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