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Your Opinion On Gratuities Please, Plus, A Slew Of Cruise Reviews, Including Crystal's New Esprit & Our Short Take On Corfu

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Your Take On Gratuities

Cruise companies typically offer two ways to cover gratuities for crew: prepaid or discretionary.

Prepaid gratuities are included in your cruise fare.

Discretionary gratuities are typically are paid at the end of your cruise - as in stuffed into envelopes or handed over directly to crew.

There is a third option: no gratuities.

Some cruisers, particularly those from countries where tipping is not customary, ask the question: Doesn't the cruise company compensate its employees adequately enough?

So when it comes to gratuities, which do you prefer?

Please let us know by ticking your answer at this link.

Or if you would prefer to copy and paste: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2543753/Prepaid-Gratuities-Avid-Cruiser

Thank you for taking the time to answer this Avid Cruiser survey. We value your time and your opinion.

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What Will Seabourn Do Differently In Alaska?

For fans of ultra-luxury line Seabourn, it’s been a long time coming: In 2017, the line will return once again to sail the pristine waters of Alaska after an absence of 15 years from the region. Seabourn is sending the sleek Seabourn Sojourn to Alaska in 2017; the company's first sailings to the region in 15 years. Photo courtesy of …

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Crystal Esprit Itineraries: Worth The Trip?

It's Small. It's Luxurious. It's Got Its Own Submarine.  Meet Crystal Esprit - and her own submersible craft. Photo-illustration courtesy of Crystal Cruises Crystal Cruises marked a major milestone back in December when the rapidly-expanding luxury cruise line officially welcomed Crystal Esprit into the fleet at a lavish ceremony in the Seychelles. “To say today is a special day is an …

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Adventures Ashore, Season 1: Corfu, Greece (short version)

The Greek island of Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian Islands. In some ways, Corfu feels more Italian (thanks to the Venetians and the Italians who occupied the island) than it does Greek. Certainly the many pine trees that we saw during our visit reminded us of the Tuscan landscape as does some of the dialects we found …

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Love Luxury Cruising? We've Updated Our Silver Spirit Review

Next year, ultra-luxury line Silversea will take delivery of its newest and largest ship to-date, the 596-guest Silver Muse. So we figured this would be an appropriate time to take a better look at the ship that she’s largely based off of: Silversea’s current …

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Voyage Recap: Star Clippers Royal Clipper in the Caribbean

Sailing Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper in the Caribbean was like stepping back in time, but without giving up any of the modern cruising amenities I’ve come to know and love. On the one …

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Silver Galapagos Ship Review Update

Silver Galapagos Ship Review Update & Deck-By-Deck Photo Tour We have updated our profile of Silversea Cruises' luxury expedition ship Silver Galapagos with a full deck-by-deck photo tour. Silversea's second expedition ship, Silver Galapagos sails alternating year-round itineraries to the Western and North Central Galapagos Islands. On our review page, you'll also find our live voyage report from our sailing on Silver Galapagos. Click …

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Six Tips To Extract More Joy From Your Cruise

In this free special report, I’ve put together a half dozen actionable items that can make the difference between cruise vacations that are memorable and others that fail to measure up to all you had hoped they would be. I’ve cruised on hundreds of ships, as a solo traveler and with family and friends.  — Ralph Grizzle, The Avid Cruiser

Click to download the report.

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