World Whale Day – could you be a Marine Mammal Surveyor?

On World Whale Day I just wanted to pay tribute to ORCA the U.K. whale Conservation and Education Charity & tell you about an exciting way that you can help their conservation work by becoming a Marine Mammal Surveyor.ORCA run one day training courses that teach people, with no previous knowledge, how to actively participateContinue reading “World Whale Day – could you be a Marine Mammal Surveyor?”

Currency Challenges on a Indian Ocean Cruise.

We recently travelled from Dubai to Singapore with Celebrity Cruises and found that this itinerary threw up a number of issues with currency which we thought were worth sharing for others sailing in the area. The itinerary is also running in reverse and I know that there are other cruise lines who are travelling theContinue reading “Currency Challenges on a Indian Ocean Cruise.”

“Would you like to pay in local currency or the currency of your card?”

When you use a card to pay for something abroad, whether its a currency, credit or debit card, you are normally given the option of paying either in the local currency or in your own home currency.

An afternoon in Muscat; Oman

We visited Muscat, Oman on a repositioning cruise last year and wrote a Port Profile for talkExplore group https://www.facebook.com/groups/talkExplore/ which is worth a read if you’re headed that way on cruise. I really like Muscat,it’s clean air and low rise buildings are a real change from Dubai. If you have a chance to visit thenContinue reading “An afternoon in Muscat; Oman”

Worst excursion and most stressful day ashore ever!

I wanted to share my thoughts on our ‘worst ever’ port excursion as we learnt some important lessons from it,  both about what to ask about when booking a shore excursion and also about what we took ashore with us that day. We were visiting Laem Chabang in Thailand on a Princess Cruise, which isContinue reading “Worst excursion and most stressful day ashore ever!”