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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.

Jul 3, 2020

In a major cruise update, the European Union issued a 49-page document with guidelines for cruise lines for restarting cruising across Europe. This comprehensive set of cruising guidelines was developed with input from CLIA (Cruise Line Association) and over 30 Cruise lines executives. I discuss 7 areas of note that I...


Jun 25, 2020

I look at the 5 things that cruise ships are actually are doing during the cruise suspension to date It has been 6 months since the cruise suspension took place, what are the almost 300 cruise ships actuially doing and where are they?


Jun 18, 2020

How can you stay well on a cruise and cruise ship, and make sure (or at least give yourself the best chance) of avoiding any cruise ship illness outbreaks? Although unusual, and with lower overall chance than on land, when a virus illness like norovirus, influenza or more recently coronavirus breaks out it gets a lot...


Jun 15, 2020

Your job, or the industry you work in, could mean you can cruise for less. Many cruise lines offer fare discounts or extra benefits, like on-board credit, for a wide range of jobs and industries. Your could be saving a lot of money on your cruises. I talk about the 8 main jobs and industries where you could get cheaper...


Jun 11, 2020

What are the pros and cons of staying loyal to a cruise line? I explore the best and worst things to being cruise line loyal. Most cruise lines have a cruise loyalty program where you can build up tours and benefits based on the number of nights you cruise with them. But, is it really worth building up status on a...