LIVE AND LET CRUISE as Paul McCartney and Wings famously never sang. But, you can cruise anywhere with anyone. We try to be different here at Doris Visits. We are film makers and as you know we have hundreds of travel documentaries as well as having made feature movies like Freight for Netflix and Bula Quo in Fiji. We have spent our lives working away from home, with foreign crews often with no common language. It maybe why we love the retirement of running the cruise resource Doris Visits and being different.
In that vein we ran a silly poll during the world cup asking if people thought they had learned more about geography from cruising or college. Cruising won, and we were not in the least surprised.
So here is our question, if you are cruising the Caribbean what do you do? Get up, eat, go onto an island for a day, come back, drink, eat, relax. Songs whether live or disco are international so, does the language on board matter?
If your child is learning Spanish as a second language, or yourself, why not travel on a Spanish speaking ship. Join the Spanish speaking chat site for UK passengers and their Spanish speaking friends who cruise with Pullmantur?
If it is German you are learning, then the Carnival Cruise Line AIDA might be an adventure. Great ships, as you would expect, same destinations, same great experience and many people will speak English. AIDA
What better way to help advance language? That got us thinking, as we have a new grand-daughter who is going to grow up in a very international and global world. So, we are going to feature Aida (German), Pullmantur (Spanish), MSC (six languages on board) and other cruise lines that are not English as a first language and start chat sites which can be like having pen friends. It is a 2019 project but we think it is a great new arm for Doris Visits. (There are some other new plans afoot for 2019 that will continue to see Doris Visits is different but 100% cruise in our own way! Seamos Amigos! or Lass ons chatted! And no need to worry on Aida or Costa ships, they employ PEPPER robots to assist guests and they speak 3 languages.
Whether you are showing someone Dubrovnik because of Game Of Thrones, or cruising the Adriatic to learn about the Ancient Greeks or the warring Knights Templars, or going up the Baltic and learning about Russian history, play and education go hand in hand. So, with the help of a couple of cruise member teachers, we are going to add things and surprise you with Education ideas in play – things like …. LADY GAGA and her take on Catherine the Great and Russian History.
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Cruising can offer so much, especially to our children. Our children and grand children need to be smart to survive now, they not only compete against the children of the world, but against computers and robots. More and more manual work is being done by machines, computers and robots as as Alexa stands aside for Amelia, a robot that can answer 500 calls at once in a call centre perfectly replacing millions of workers within years, we know our children need to be more than just European in this expanding world.PORT GUIDES – EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN MENU OF DESTINATION GUIDES Cruising introduces people to so much whether it be the history of trade in the Baltic or the debates on the wholesale ethnic cleansing of islands in the Caribbean to then exploit slaves, or whether the Elgin Marbles (which are not even marbles) should go back to Athens …. travel broadens the mind, even studying a brochure is possibly a better geography lesson that you had at school.PORT GUIDES – CARIBBEAN MENU OF DESTINATION GUIDES
More and more cruising is changing, not just in that families cruise together, and children are seeing the world, but that UK cruisers are also expanding their horizons and finding cruise lines that are not the traditional fare of UK cruisers. NCL, Aida and MSC have become genuine alternatives used by UK cruisers and here we are looking at the long list of blogs one of our posts started when placed on the chat sites. That of the changing face of cruising and the size of ships. It lead to another whole blog on what we found; not only a number of cruisers who had moved to MSC, but would now never move back.PORT GUIDES – CANARY ISLAND MENU OF DESTINATION GUIDES
It does offer something quite wonderful. The kids and teen clubs, dance floors and entertainment areas are full of children and youths from multiple countries who have to communicate in numerous languages. Though many schools are multiple language this is something different: announcements on board in different languages, and friends they may keep that will connect them with a written foreign language with social media connections. By introducing children at a young age to the need to communicate in a different language surely their acceptance to learn a language increases.PORT GUIDES – FJORDS MENU OF DESTINATION GUIDESPORT GUIDES – BALTIC SEA MENU OF DESTINATION GUIDES
So education can be by osmosis, rather than taught. The geology of the Fjords, the slavery of the Caribbean, the historic European trade of the Hanseatic Baltic, the gods and religions of the Greek Islands, the ancient history of the Middle East, the cultures of Asia or just the languages and foreign friends on a European ship. International sport has become something we all accept now, international cruising has just begun to take off because with over 35 new mega cruise ships currently being built and designed the future for all our children is way beyond just Europe.
If you are thinking of a Baltic Cruise here is our menu of every major Baltic Cruise destination and some tours and excursions on video, plus tips. EASY HELPFUL FILMS & GUIDES TO ALL THE BALTIC DESTINATIONS AABENRAA AARHUS AARLBORG AMSTERDAM BRUGES COPENHAGEN FREDERICIA GDANSK GOTHENBURG HAMBURG HELSINGBORG HELSINKI HUNDESTED KALUNDBORG KIELE KLAIPEDA MALMO MARIEHAHN MURMANSK OSLO RIGA RØNNE ROSTOCK SKAGEN ST PETERSBURG STOCKHOLM TALLINN TRAVEMUNDE VISBY WARNEMUNDE Find your ship’s chat site + share your pictures + experiences to help others