The wind in your hair, the ocean stretching out before you, the sound of an enormous engine chugging away in the background… Cruising can be a divisive travel style; it is undeniably an efficient and cost-effective way to visit numerous destinations, but can equally be criticised for not allowing for an authentic enough experience of each.
In order to help cruise-goers get the most out of the destinations they visit en route, our newest series, Cruise Ports, comprises a range of handbooks for popular cruising itineraries that get straight to the heart of a destination and its attractions for perfect days on shore.
To celebrate, we’ll be hosting a Twitter chat dedicated to discussing all things cruise-related. There’ll be inspiration, ideas and stories about cruising the world’s oceans, rivers and seas – bring your best ones, and meet us on Twitter at 16:30 BST/ 8:30 PDT on Wednesday 15 August. See you there!
The best tweeter will win themselves a copy of the Cruise Ports handbook of their choice.
How do I take part?
1. Follow @lonelyplanet and the hashtag #lpchat on Twitter on Wednesday 15 August at 16:30 BST / 8:30 PDT.
2. Questions will be ordered Q1, Q2, Q3 etc. To answer Q1, begin your tweet with A1. For Q2, A2 and so on.
3. Add #lpchat to all of your tweets during the Twitter chat, so others (including @lonelyplanet) can see what you’re saying
4. Bring your best travel tips, pics and ideas!
Meet our co-hosts
Caz of ytravelblog.com
Caz travels the world with her husband Craig and two young girls, seeking adventure and new experiences every day. The family have experienced cruising in the Western Caribbean, Mexico, and the Pacific Islands on different cruise lines.
Jayne of girltweetsworld.com
Jayne blogs about all things affordable luxury travel. Jayne’s first cruise experience was in the South Pacific, where she visited Castaway islands in New Caledonia and snorkelled some of the most pristine reef she’d ever seen. More recently Jayne cruised around Russia and Scandinavia, enjoying history, art and more than a few cinnamon buns!
Abi of insidethetravellab.com
Abi shares her tales of thoughtful, luxury travelling, now with a young daughter in tow, through her successful blog. As an avid fan of small ship cruises, Abi has glided through the waters of Alaska, Vietnam and the Galapagos in search of adventure and a comfy place to sleep. She knows first-hand how different it is to see the world from the waves – and what to do should seasickness appear…
Terms & Conditions: Entrants must be 13 years old or over. Judges’ decision is final. Promoter: Lonely Planet Publications Ltd of 240 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 8NW. The winner will be notified via direct message on Twitter. The winner must claim their prize and provide an address for delivery within seven days of being notified, otherwise the judges may select another winner. Prize: one copy of a Cruise Ports series book at £14.99/$19.99