Nautical Tote Bags, Custom Cruise Bags, and Other Travel Bags

Nautical Tote Bags, and Custom Cruise Bags

Nautical Tote Bag
Anchors Aweigh Personalized Tote Bag

 The Nautical Tote Bags and custom cruise bags shown on this new lens – Nautical Tote Bags and Cruise Travel Bags  –   provide you with great gift-giving options for your sea-loving friemds and family members for birthdays, holidays and other occasions.   Many people love nautical themes, and there’s surely someone like that in your close circle.  A nautical tote bag in a size and style suitable for their favorite activity is sure to be a hit.

Canvas totes are among the most versatile of bags, and they come in a near unlimited array of shapes, sizes, colors, and styles.  smaller ones can be used as handbags, will larger ones make perfect beach bags.  I like to tuck an extra canvas tote into my luggage when I cruise to use as a shopper for port days, or to carry my beach and snorkel supplies when I am ready to plunge into the beautiful Caribbean water. Larger nautical tote bags are just perfect for both!


If you’re planning yuor first cruise, I also have several  simple cruise packing tips for you that will help you out most especially on the first day when you board your ship, and on the last full day when you attack the sad task of packing to leave the ship.

And, don’t forget that, if you’re cruising, WalMart is NOT just around the corner when you are at sea, so be sure to check out the expandable luggage and  handy travel accessories Ive included, too.


This is the fourth in a series of lenses showcasing various items with nautical themes.  All of these items are perfect for your next cruise, but also make great gifts for anyone who loves cruising, beachcombing, the sea, boating, or anything nautical.  The other three lenses in this series (so far) are:

Nautical Ties and Mens Cruise Wear Accessories

Nautical Jewelry and Sea Life Jewelry

Nautical Cruise Wear for Kids



What is it about the Food on Cruise Ships?

Food on Cruise Ships – What is the big deal?

 food on cruise shipsIf you’ve never been on a cruise, you just can’t begin to imagine what a big deal food on cruise ships turns out to be.  From the sheer quantity, to variety, to easy access to more, more, and still more, it’s all there from the moment you board.

They say the average cruiser will gain 8 pounds on a seven night cruise.  That’s a pretty decent sized gain for a week, wouldn’t you say?  Well, what is it about the food on cruise ships that makes this so?

For a preview of all the different kinds of dining venues and some of the types of foods available, see my lens about Food on Cruise Ships.


Other articles about life on board cruise ships:

Food on Cruise Ships – If Like Food, You’ll Love Cruising

Many Passengers Focus on the Food on Cruise Ships

To say there’s a lot of food on cruise ships is an understatement.  Depending the size of your ship, and the cruse line, you’ll foat  the main dining room (at least one), the buffet, alternative restaurants, snack bars, ice cream stands, casual lunch spots, pastry counters, and even strolling waiters with trays of hors d’oeuvres.  And then, thre’s room service, too.

Food on cruise ships
In a cruise ship's alternative restaurant

It’s no wonder that, when a non-cruiser askes a cruiser what it’s like to take a cruise, one of the things mentioned is inevitably the food on cruise ships.  And, it usually gets more than just a mention. 

It’s safe to say that, for many passengers, food on cruise ships is honestly a focal point.  M husband and I have truly been fortunate, in that we have been on our share of cruises.  And I can honestly say that, for him, anyway, the food is one of his ghreated pleasures when he is on board a ship.   He takes full advantage of the opportunityes to sample ldirrerent things, and especially enjoys the wonderful sugar-free deserts. 

Me, not so much.  I’be even been known to skip a meal or two during a week long cruise just as I would do during a week at home.  I just don’t share his fascination with food and eating.  I’m just eager to get away from home, smell the sea air, and plunge in to the ruisay waters of the Caribbean for a swim or  a little snorkeling. 

And, that, for me, is one of the beauties of cruising.  There’s something for everyone – foodies and non-foodies included.  And everyone is free to enjoy their time on board in exactly the way they want. 

I sure am looking forward to our next week at sea!



Are You Afraid of Getting Seasick on a Cruise?

About Getting Seasick on a Cruise

Have you ever hesitated to book taking one of those wonderful sounding cruise vacations  because you were worried getting seasick on a cruise?  Well, perhaps you should think again! 

 Here’s some good news for you:  A lot of the people who finally take the plunge, and board a cruise ship inspite of their misgivings about betting seasick on a cruise never even experience the slightest queesiness. 

Why do you suppose that is?  It may be because sailing on todays larger cruise ships is a lot smoother than they had imagined it might be.  Or, it may be because they did their homework first.

WHAT?  Homework before a cruise, you say?  Yep.  But it’s easy stuff.  It’s just a matter of doing a little research on the internet, and a little asking around among those in the know about cruises. 

For example if it’s the motion of the ocean that concerns you, you might start by reading About Getting Seasick on a Cruise, which will explain the following to you:

  • Why large cruise ships are more stable than you might think
  • Which times of the year the seas are likely to be calmer
  • Which cruise itineraries sail in calmer seas
  • What steps you can take if you feel you might be getting seasick
  • Some of the common remedies used by experienced cruisers and sailors

After reading this lens, you’ll see that it’s not an automatic given that everyone who sails also gets seasick.  Some people are more suseptible than others, however… like those who are prone to motion sickness in cars, planes, and trains.  You know who you are.  And you know what works for you.  Even if you are in that group, you should probably pay a visit to this page about sea-sickness.

And if you’re not suseptible, you’ll find some good information so that you can advise your friends and shipmates!



Cruise Ship Swimming Pools

Cruise Ship Swimming Pools

Did you ever wonder about what it would be like to go swimming in a pool on a cruise ship while the ship is sailing the wide blue ocean?  Do you know that the pools on cruise ships are routinely emptied and refilled while the ship is at sea or in port?

Cruise ship swimming pools and the lido decks they are found on are fine places to pass some time while your ship sails from one port to another.  But, what if the seas should become rough? 

Find out about all of these things at my lens about the different kinds of pools and other types of water related ways to entertain yourself aboard today’s mega ships.

BONUS – a fascinating video showing water in the pool going crazy when it is tossed about as the ship sails through some high seas.  You must see this video, featuring actual breaking waves in a normally placid pool!