I boarded Mariposa's Northern Spirit ship the for a themed dinner and sail party. The company has a legion of flotillas, six in total, and in varying sizes to accommodate large or intimate parties. The Spirit is the largest of the fleet and is able to hold 575 passengers. With three spacious decks, we could wander up to the open air top and soak up the evening's skyline.
Cruising is a very popular trend and it's getting more competitive within the industry all the time, especially in the mass-market area of giant ships. Therefore, empty cabins mean reduced revenue, and that's not something to make cruise operators smile; maximizing the dollar, pound, euro, or whatever currency you have, is their priority.
I like being pampered and spoiled as much as the next vacationer. Knowing that my every need will be catered to at a moment's notice is something I could get used to very quickly. And I can understand why so many people call cruise ships the experience of a lifetime. But here are some tips so that you don't go overboard when it comes to calories!