Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cruising to Dubrovnik, Croatia

When Croatia is a stop on a European cruise itinerary, more often than not the port of call is Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik, dubbed as the Pearl of the Adriatic, is one of Croatia’s most recognizable and famous cities.  However more and more European cruise itineraries are also including Split, Croatia. 

Here’s some ideas on how to spend the day in Dubrovnik:

The city walls are considered to be one of the most grandiose fortification monuments in Europe They stretch completely around Dubrovnik’s Old Town, a distance totaling 1.2 miles and a walk on top of the walls  ( there’s a charge of about $10) is a must do on your visit to Dubrovnik.  Bring a water bottle and try to head up early or the heat can be quite uncomfortable.

Monday, October 10, 2016

The Crucial Cruise Carry-On Bag

Most people would never consider flying without a carry-on bag filled with necessary items to get them through a flight.  Cruising should be no different.  After all, once you hand over your luggage to the porter at the pier, you won’t see it again until late that afternoon or possibly not until that evening.  There are always items that should you should have immediate access to at all times.  There are several other items that will just help you jump start your cruise vacation.   Here’s a list of my “crucial cruise carry-on” items. I carry them in the beach bag that I will also use when hanging out at the pool or when I’m in port.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Holland America Line to Ban Smoking on Stateroom Balconies

Holland America Line will eliminate smoking on the balconies of its ships starting in 2017. Most other cruise lines have banned smoking in cabins and on balconies years ago.

Smoking is allowed indoors in the ship casinos in designated areas where slot machines are being played, with the exception of the Oosterdam and Eurodam.
Designated outdoor smoking areas will still be available to guests. E-cigarettes and vaping devices are permitted in designated smoking areas, as well as inside passenger staterooms.

Enforcement will begin on the Rotterdam and Maasdam on Jan. 2 and will be rolled out on most other ships the first two weeks in January. (The policy will take effect on the Amsterdam on April 26 and on the Prinsendam May 6). 

Monday, September 26, 2016

America’s Test Kitchen on Holland America Ships

I watch and enjoy many cooking shows but truth be told I never even try to make 99% of the dishes that are featured! Too much time, too many ingredients, and a husband that is afraid to try anything new are just some of the obstacles I face.  Maybe that’s why I absolutely love America's Test Kitchen.  They focus on the real stuff…the recipes you make when you rush in the door at 6PM to face a hungry family! The show develops and perfects these recipes so they'll give you the best results every single time.

So when it was announced that Holland America Line would be transforming it’s shipboard Culinary Arts Center to replicate the television set where America’s Test Kitchen TV shows are recorded I was pretty excited! Designed specifically for Holland America Line, the shipboard shows will be hosted by Holland America Line chefs trained by America’s Test Kitchen culinary experts.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dining Changes aboard Anthem of the Seas

Are you planning a cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas?  You should know that there have been some changes in the dining program that go into effect on November 27th.  Here’s what you need to know…

In response to passenger’s negative feedback, the “Dynamic Dining” concept has been scrapped and guests will now have the choice of “flexible dining” or the  more of the traditional “main dining room experience.”

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Cruising with the WHOLE Family

My favorite vacations were those that my family shared with our extended family.  My parents, my sister and her family, my brother and his family; those vacation memories are priceless to me and particularly to my son. Aptly stated by Cindy D’Aoust, president and CEO of the Cruise Lines International Association, “Cruise vacations offer a unique option for family members of all ages, from toddlers to grandparents, and a chance to celebrate family milestones and create memories.”

Here’s why I agree:

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Celebrity Cruises’ Debuts Concert Series

Celebrity Cruises’ first-ever Concert Series will kick off with pop star Demi Lovato. The award-winning singer and songwriter is known for her chart-topping hits such as hits like 'Skyscraper,” “Cool for the Summer,” and “Give Your Heart A Break.”

The concert can be booked by guests sailing on one of the following four Celebrity Cruises’ Caribbean itineraries:
•Celebrity Equinox (Departing Fort Lauderdale December 19, 2016)
•Celebrity Eclipse (Departing Miami December 21, 2016)
•Celebrity Summit (Departing San Juan December 24, 2016)
•Celebrity Reflection (Departing Miami December 24, 2016)