Weekend Arts: Reading and satisfaction ..

I was reading an article on adults who read “Young Adult” fiction, when the author asserted that the reason so many of us like reading books ostensibly written for teens is that they have “satisfying” ends. I’ll get to that in a moment – but first some background. It could be argued that the “Young…

New, bigger ship for P&O Australia

I’m relaunching this blog page tomorrow – and part of the redesign will be Tuesday Cruiseday posts .. but I thought I’d post this here, first. With all the bad PR that P&O is getting over the Aria and the Eden (and questions about whether they were rushed through their refurbishments), you may have missed…

Relaunching this Friday …

It’s been an interesting week or two around the CairnsComms world HQ – what with visits to see my 91 year old mum, and Christmas, and other disruptions. That’s why the blogsite’s been just a bit … moribund … for much of December. But as of Friday, we have a new year – and a…

50 years of Princess…

There’s a cruise underway to the ‘Mexican Riviera’, as its known .. which is hardly unusual for this time of year. But it WAS unusual 50 years ago this week – and that’s why the current cruise is also noteworthy. It was 50 years ago last week that Stanley McDonald chartered the Princess Patricia from Canadian Pacific Limited…

Midweek musings – the cost of Christmas

$155,405 – or around $427 per gift. That’s the true cost of Christmas. At least, that is if you go by the song, “The 12 days of Christmas”. And if you decided to give one gift each day, the gift-giving season would last an entire year, rather than just the 12 days from December 25 until January 5…

When holiday planning becomes obsession :-)

Have you ever had a vague holiday thought, only to see it become an all-singing all-dancing vacation extravaganza seemingly on its own? Some people just ‘wing it’ when they go on holidays – others like to plan everything down to the finest detail. As for Shirley & I? We’re somewhere in the middle, I guess.…

Cruising – what’s your style?

We’ve spoken before about eating on a cruise ship – but you may not have considered WHY some cruise-lines push all-inclusive, while others offer a-la-carte extras. The organization of amenities is an important area where the cruising industry has made changes in order to keep their ships running profitably. One of these areas is the way…