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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.

Jun 1, 2020

I look at the Pros and Cons of cruise line excursions, and look at the best reasons for booking and doing your port tours with the cruise line, and the reasons for not doing excursions with the cruise lines. Many travellers use cruise line tours as it is convenient and easy, and they like the guarantee that the ship...


May 28, 2020

Just how different is a European River cruise and a Mekong River cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia? I take a look at the key similarities and differences and the things that surprised me as I had expected them to be very different but were not. A Europe river cruise and Mekong river cruise are great travel and...


May 25, 2020

What are the best things about cruising, and why? With 77 cruises done to date, I share what I think good things, the pros and the positives are about cruising in my opinion, and why. I look at many aspects from who they cater for, where they go, what they offer and more. Do you agree with...


May 21, 2020

Discover the 4 essential things you need to know about a Mekong River cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia. I was invited by CroisiEurope to cruise on the Indochine II between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap on a classic Mekong River cruise itinerary. Along the way I discovered four things that I think anyone interested...


May 18, 2020

Which cruise line excursions should you take, and which not? I suggest 6 excursions that I would usually take with the cruise line, rather than with an independent tour company or self tour. I also recommend 6 that I would suggest you consider not doing with the cruise line, and how to do them yourself. The big...