Musings on cruising: The many nuances and joys of traveling by ship

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Musings on cruising: The many nuances and joys of traveling by ship

The Norwegian Spirit docks in April at the small port town of Katakolon, Greece, which is about 25 miles from Ancient Olympia. The ship accommodates just over 2,000 passengers. Its 920-member crew, representing more than 58 nationalities, works for three departments – Deck (officers, administrative functions and medical), Engine (all mechanical and electrical systems) and Hotel (stewards, cruise director and galley and bar staff.).
On the Net

www.cruisecritic.com – professional articles and reviews from passengers on virtually every cruise-related subject.allthingscruise.com – billed as the ultimate resource for cruise lovers.www.tripadvisor.com – reviews of cruises and ports, including specific attractions at ports.www.cruising.org/cruise – Cruise Lines International Association, information for travelers as well as industry data and trends.https://www.f-cca.com – Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, an industry association site.

Musings on cruising: The many nuances and joys of traveling by ship

The Norwegian Spirit docks in April at the small port town of Katakolon, Greece, which is about 25 miles from Ancient Olympia. The ship accommodates just over 2,000 passengers. Its 920-member crew, representing more than 58 nationalities, works for three departments – Deck (officers, administrative functions and medical), Engine (all mechanical and electrical systems) and Hotel (stewards, cruise director and galley and bar staff.).

Musings on cruising: The many nuances and joys of traveling by ship

The Geirangerfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Scandinavia’s top natural attractions. In the summer months it is often crowded with ships. The fjord cuts 10 miles inland, offering cruisers fantastic views of waterfalls and snow-capped mountains.

Musings on cruising: The many nuances and joys of traveling by ship

Sunsets and sunrises often draw cruise ship passengers to the open decks to take photographs. Often, ships sail on to the next stop around sunset, offering beautiful final memories of a port. Here, the sun sets in April over Valletta, Malta.

Musings on cruising: The many nuances and joys of traveling by ship

A cruise stop in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in April gave passengers the opportunity to visit the ancient walled city. Various tours were offered by Norwegian Cruise Line, including some that visited Game of Thrones filming sites.

Musings on cruising: The many nuances and joys of traveling by ship

Usually a cruise ship arrives in port early in the morning at the end of a cruise and heads out again that evening on a new cruise. The logistics of making that turn around are carefully orchestrated. Here, Royal Caribbean crew members in July 2014 load passenger luggage aboard the Brilliance of the Seas at Harwich, England, for a 12-day North Atlantic Ocean cruise. The ship accommodates about 2,500 passengers, and their luggage is delivered from check-in at the dock to their stateroom.
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