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This is the Essential Cruise Tips Podcast with cruise expert and author Gary Bembridge. Full of tips, advice and ways to plan and get the most from your cruising vacation.

Dec 14, 2018

Should You Pay Cruise Gratuities?

Should you pay cruise gratuities (or tips as some call them)? One of the most argued about and controversial charges and topics in cruising are the gratuity charges by cruise lines. In this video I look at six things about gratuities and tipping that every cruiser needs to know to make...


Dec 7, 2018

These are my suggestions for 12 must-have items and so perfect gifts to give anyone who is going on or loves cruising. These are all gifts that I have seen and know cruisers use, love and will be pleased to receive from you. Perfect for Christmas, birthdays, special occasions or for a first or next cruise. Many of these...


Nov 30, 2018

In this episode you will discover 7 things you really should know before cruising with Azamara Club Cruises on a cruising vacation. I discuss things like who they are, who they compete with, who they are best for, what they do different to other cruise lines, what their fares cover and do not, the sort of facilities and...


Nov 23, 2018

Greece and the Greek Islands is a wonderful cruising destination, with many cruises starting and ending in Athens and Venice, known as Eastern Mediterranean Cruises. But when you are looking at which cruise line and itinerary to go on your Greek Islands cruise vacation, make sure you are going to the best,...


Nov 16, 2018

What are the best cruises and cruise lines for families with kids and multi-generational cruising vacations? In this episode I talk about the things you need to consider, including the cruise regions to consider and what to exclude. I also discuss the eight lines that are best for families with kids and why they are...