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This was my first cruise and I wasn't sure what to expect as "Harmony of the Seas" is the largest cruise ship in the world with around five thousand passenger capacity.
But to my surprise it was so well maintained and not crowded at all. Our cruise manager was amazing at organizing activities such as: Broadway type shows, Aqua-shows, Art Auctioning, Comedy nights and you could also try yourself at Ice-skating, Rock climbing, Latino nights, Karaoke, Zip-lining, and so much more.
All food on board was super delicious and fresh. I have checked specialty restaurants such as: Jamie's Italian, Wonderland and 150 Central Park and loved the experience but honestly the food on board was so great that you could save your money if you are on budget. For specialty restaurants you are just paying the entry fee which can be around NZ$40.00 per person and order 8-10 course meal which is totally worse it!
If you have teenagers or husband who eats a lot of food cruise is a great option as all your food is paid and you can eat as much as you want. On the other hand if you are worried about your weight I suggest you stick with menus rather than all you can eat buffet!
If you have never been on the cruise I suggest you give it a try, its a whole new experience and you don't know if you like cruising until you do.
I have spent my whole childhood in Russia and there are a lot of things to like and dislike about this country. Once I moved to NZ I have realized that there are ways to do things differently than I used to and it makes life easier. I guess that's why we travel to see and learn.
Most people think Russia is cold year around but its not. Although in saying that Russia is big and different parts of Russia vary on temperature. But if you are planning to visit Moscow and St. Petersburg I suggest you travel in summer months: June, July and August, although May and September can also be nice if you want to avoid heat.
I usually like visiting home in the beginning of June as its not super hot but this time I have decided to take my little girl to see what is winter like in Russia. And for me Christmas is just another day but New Year's night is a big deal. And I love the smell of mum's food which is so comforting along with smell of fresh mandarins, and that's what my NY's is all about!
If you are not sure where to eat you can check out restaurant chain named: Mu-Mu or Elki-Palki where you can try traditional Russian food, including famous: Borsh, Pelmeni, Sirniki, Pirojki, Blini s Semgoi and so on.
If your Russian is not good get yourself an online translator or dictionary. Most people speak second language in Russia and most commonly its English, but you may want to extend your horizons by learning other language.
Metro or underground is a great way to travel around Moscow. You will find beautiful art work on some stations. But walking can also be fun, you never know what you come across.
There is a lot to see and do in Russia. Feel free to pop in to have a chat with me if you want some inspiration!