Thursday, August 22, 2019

Surviving the Long Flight to Your Cruise

Cruising around Europe is my favorite type of cruising!  I try to plan a cruise to the Mediterranean or to Northern Europe every year.  In two weeks hubby and I head out for a cruise on the Azamara Pursuit (reports to follow when I return) and I am beyond excited! What I’m not looking forward to is that nine hour flight to Athens. Here’s some helpful hints I’ve gathered to minimize the discomfort of a long flight.

Wear something comfortable: 
For me that will be a dark rinse, looser fitting pair of jeans or joggers, a t-shirt and a cashmere cardigan. I will have a light-weight, soft scarf in my tote for extra warmth or to roll up as a pillow. Once I’m seated I will swap out my shoes for a pair of compression socks.  I wear them to keep my feet warm and to decrease the risk of blood clots.   I’m aiming for comfy chic here and I don’t want to look like a wrinkled mess after hours of squirming in my seat trying to catch a bit of sleep.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Two Perfect Days at CocoCay?

Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? RoyalCaribbean doesn’t think so.  The cruise line announced it is adding second call to Perfect Day at CocoCay on nearly 40 sailings, saying that's what people are asking for.  I’m not surprised since those stops at a cruise lines private island have always been a cruiser’s favorite port-of-call.

Royal Caribbean has revealed new, four-night itineraries that now offer two visits to the private island. Itineraries include nearly 40 sailings beginning Sept. 30, 2019 aboard the Navigator and Mariner of the Seas.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

Cruising With John Heald

Did I hear somebody ask, “Who is John Heald?”  If you are a loyal cruiser with Carnival Cruise Line then I’m sure you know John!  But if you haven’t sailed with Carnival Cruise Line (and dare I say you are certainly missing out on a great deal of fun), let me fill you in a bit. 

Today John Heald is the Brand Ambassador and senior cruise director of Carnival Cruise Lines as well as a blogger for the cruise line.  However, he actually began his career with Carnival in 1989 in the Food and Beverage Department! It became pretty obvious early on that this is not where John’s talents lie and in 1990 he became a Carnival cruise director. By 2004 he was named the senior cruise director of Carnival.

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Making the Most of Embarkation Day

People often ask the Direct Line Cruises'  consultants what time they should get to the port on embarkation day.  They unanimously answer, “As early as possible! Arrive by noon to settle in and enjoy lunch onboard!”  Its good advice that I, myself follow…sometimes!  If I’m cruising out of a U.S. port, particularly one that’s driving distance from my home, I often arrive at the pier by noon.  However, if the ship is leaving from a foreign port, I rarely arrive before the mandatory time that the cruise line requires for guests to check-in.

At a minimum, I land in a overseas port the day before sailing.  When there are so few hours in a foreign port it’s important to make the most of every minute. I check into my hotel and then “hit the ground running, trying to see and experience as much as I can without it feeling too crazy.  Then after a good night sleep I’m ready to head out again bright and early.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

River Cruising for the Young and Active Passenger?

The thought of a river cruise has intrigued me since the days when I would watch “Downton Abby” on PBS and Viking River Cruises was their sponsor.  However, I was apprehensive since my husband and I (60 years young) consider ourselves to be active travelers who likes to get out and about, hike, bike and be on the go from morning till night.

I remember a couple of years ago we were on a European cruise with Royal Caribbean and in several ports I crossed paths with a group from a river cruise shore excursion, moseying around the city, following a guide who was holding a flag high so as not to lose any participants. No way, we thought! This wouldn't be a good fit for us.  These passengers we're significantly older and the pace a bit slow. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Princess Cruise Line’s Phantom Bridge

Are you part of the “escape room” obsession?  You know, that pastime in which you pay to get locked in a windowless room and have to solve a series of puzzles in order to get out? Escape rooms are everywhere, cruise ships included. You can find them on Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and soon they will be on Princess’ ships too!

Princess Cruise Line will debut the first digitally enhanced escape room they call Phantom Bridge.  It will have guests traveling through time and space while racing to solve the puzzles presented. The really interesting aspect of Phantom Bridge is that the entire room will transform and respond to guest actions, enveloping them in the story.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Carnival Cruise Line Doing Its Part to Clean the World

Carnival Cruise Line announced it will partner with Clean the World, a global health organization committed to improving the quality of life for vulnerable communities around the world.  Clean the World provides sustainable resources, programming and education focused on water, sanitation and hygiene for areas affected by poverty, homelessness or natural crisis.

So how will Carnival Cruise Line assist in this endeavor? Carnival will start collecting discarded soap from guest and crew staterooms throughout the fleet and send it to a Clean the World recycling center where the soap will be sanitized, melted down and reprocessed.