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Cruise expert, YouTuber and author Gary Bembridge helps you discover, plan and enjoy unforgettable cruise vacations with his tips packed show. For more visit and and look for his books including "The Cruise Traveler's Handbook" and "Essential Cruise Tips".


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Cruise expert, YouTuber and author Gary Bembridge helps you discover, plan and enjoy unforgettable cruise vacations with his tips packed show. For more visit and and look for his books including "The Cruise Traveler's Handbook" and "Essential Cruise Tips".




My Solution To The Biggest Issue With Cruises These Days! (Podcast #379)

With cruise lines now pretty much able to sell their ships out completely at a hundred percent or higher capacity, I want to tell you how you can hunt down and find cruises and cruise ships that are not going to be completely packed to the rafters and will have the best cruise experience. This is the techniques that I use.


Crafty Ways To Steer Clear Of The Crowds On Busy Cruises (podcast #378)

Cruise lines are packing their ships full these days. They're admitting that they're selling at 100% or higher capacity. So, ships are really, really full, and I've seen this firsthand on a recent cruise, like MSC Cruises, Norwegian, or Caribbean, even Princess in Alaska. So, I want to share with you proven techniques to deal with managing crowds and avoiding crowds.


Hot Issues Dividing Cruisers RIGHT NOW! (Podcast #377)

On my last cruise, a Windstar Fjords cruise, I posted clips on Instagram of the best attended event of my entire cruise. It immediately ignited a fiery, lively, and divided debate about if the event was a good idea or not. It got me thinking about other things that I talk about on social media or in my videos, that spark heated debates and where cruisers fall into “for” or “against” camps, with few on the fence. So, let's find out where you stand on these right now as I suspect that, like me, your stand is shifting as we face a new world of cruising.


I Cruise The World's "Most Popular" Small Ship Line: Windstar (Podcast #376)

After loving recent cruises on 600 and 700 passenger ships, like Oceania Insignia, Azamara Quest and Seabourn Encore, I wanted to see if going ever smaller was even better, so I booked myself on an 11-night Windstar Star Pride “Lands of the Midnight Suns”. Now this ship only holds 312 passengers, and they claim to be the market leading small ship line and have both these yacht style engine-driven ships that I went on, but they also have sailing vessels as well.


Epic Highs & Unwanted Lows I Had Cruising In Paradise! (Podcast 375)

It took me 26 hours, three flights, and a time change of 12 hours to get to my French Polynesian cruise in one of the remotest parts of the world. It was brutal, and so how did it go once there – and do I recommend putting yourself though all that? I explore all of this in this video


My 11 River Cruises Taught Me These Eye-Opening Lessons (Podcast #374)

I am often asked about river cruising and find many people do not fully understand what it is and is not, and this are the 6 things that I have come to appreciate about river cruising around the world that people need to know before they consider one


I Try Out Cruising In A Controversial Ship-Within-A-Ship

I test out cruising in Yacht Club, a limited access “ship-within-a-ship” on MSC Cruises, to see if it really is better than cruising as a “regular” passenger and if it is worth paying the premium for the experience and the perks.


I Discover The Best & Worst Sides Of MSC CRUISES (Podcast #373)

There are so many rumours, beliefs, stories, and misconceptions about MSC Cruises with many drawn by their great fares but worried about the reports about the ships, food, service and entertainment. I cruised with them to uncover the latest


People Keep Falling For These 7 Crafty Cruise Port Tricks! (Podcast #372)

I expose and looks at common scams that I have seen cruisers, including my friends and even myself, fall for when in a port on their cruise so you can avoid falling for these...


Questions I Wish I'd Asked BEFORE Cruising the Nile! (Podcast #371)

Seven out of ten travellers told me they really want to do a Nile River cruise. But almost all said they were unlikely to do it, because they had too many questions and concerns. Having done one, I have discovered the answers to those questions, and a few they should be asking but aren’t.


Scams Cruisers Are Falling For BEFORE Even Leaving Home (Podcast #369)

I looks at scams playing on cruise lovers eagerness to cruise right now, like my friend Helen, who almost fell for one of the four scams very active now catching cruise passengers while at home thinking or planning a cruise. This is the first of a two-part series about scams targeting cruise passengers right now, the other looks at scams in cruise ports


Epic Highs & Unwelcome Lows I Had Cruising the Nile! (Podcast #370)

I reveal the best and very worst things I experienced on my AmaWaterways Nile River Cruise and time in Cairo, and answer if all things considered is it worth taking this trip. It's complicated


Exploring Alaskan Ports Without Breaking The Bank! (Podcast #367)

I was asked by a fan of the channel, Heather, “How can we make the most of our port stops when we can't afford any excursions or activities?”. This is what I recommended they do in each port based on my various trips there to still ensure an amazing and memorable time on their Alaskan cruise. Download my "Alaska Ports On A Budget" eBook at or


5 Crafty Tricks That Catch Alaska Cruisers Out (Again & Again) (Podcast #366)

While there are many things that catch passengers out once they are are in Alaska on their cruise, I want to highlight some things that trip up many cruisers before they go, including my good friends Graham and Pete - as I explain....


9 Things Smart Cruisers Always Do In The Days Before A Cruise (Podcast #365)

On recent cruise I met disappointed or frustrated passengers, while everything was going to great for me with no unpleasant surprises, and I realised it was due to some checks and things I learnt from smart cruisers to do in the the weeks and days before a cruise. So, here are 9 things that will transform and improve your cruise by doing them in the run up to leaving Links mentioned in the video: * My packing list:


Cruising South America Wasn’t What I Expected (Podcast #364)

I cruised around the base of South America for 14 nights on Holland America Oosterdam, and in this video, I explore all the things I wish I had been told me before going that would have meant I was better prepared and got even more from the trip.


Way Too Many Cruisers Make These Cruise Dining Mistakes (Podcast #363)

In this video I look at the 8 cruise dining mistakes I keep seeing my fellow cruise passengers make these days. As things are changing constantly, it is easy to slip out, get caught out and not quite get dining right.


6 Game-Changing “Cruise Weapons” That Transform My Cruises! (Podcast #362)

There are 6 “secret weapons” (hacks and tricks) I saw smart cruisers use before cruise that since I used have improved my cruises, and saved me money too. I thought it was time to share these so you can also try them out and see of they make a big difference too.


Cruising Ultra-Luxury Taught Me 3 Eye-Opening Lessons!(Podcast #361)

Realising it costs the same to cruise in a suite on most “regular” cruise lines (like Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and so on) as it does to cruise on an ultra-luxury line (like Regent, Seabourn & Silversea), I look at which is better and why. And when you should stick on a "mainstream" line rather than go on an "ultra-luxury" cruise line.


Things That SHOULD NOT Happen On Luxury Cruises, But DO! (podcast #360)

On ultra-luxury cruise lines I have been on I came across and experienced things that I really did not think I would when paying so much money. Here is what they were and why.... Become a Tips For Travellers Patron: Tips For Travellers YouTube: