Thursday, June 20, 2019

Azamara Expands its Land Programs

Land or sea? This is a question I ask myself every year as I plan our following year’s vacation. There are advantages to both but our love of cruising almost always wins out.  Whenever we cruise to Europe we stay a few days pre or post-cruise to explore the city of embarkation but it is often not enough.  That’s why I was so excited to hear that Azamara has expanded its land programs (note the name change…they dropped “ Club Cruises” to better define the additional land offerings).

Since Azamara was ALWAYS about destination immersion, the addition of the specially curated land packages is a natural fit. Each Azamara land program showcases the culture, natural wonders, wildlife, food and wine of a region. You can expect that accommodations and tour operators will be reputable, four to five star affiliates. With the seamless transfer to an Azamara boutique ship, you get a perfectly blended land / sea vacation experience.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

It's Time to Cruise to Bermuda!

Bermuda…pink sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters, pastel colored houses…as if that isn’t enough of an excuse to immediately book a cruise to Bermuda, we’ve compiled a few more reasons as to why we think a Bermuda cruise should be a part of your summer plans!

It’s so easy to cruise to Bermuda from the northeast United States.  There is probably a departure port closer than you think; New York City, Bayonne, Boston, Baltimore, and Charleston.  It’s likely one of these ports is a short drive from your home.  In addition, there’s a good chance your favorite cruise line has a Bermuda itinerary on this year’s calendar. Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and Disney Cruise Line all have multiple sail dates.

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Cruising Millennials

My husband and I are “Baby Boomers,” parents to a young man considered a “Millennial.” A well-known research center estimates that by the end of 2019 Millennials will overtake Boomers in population size, 73 million versus 72 million. It is no wonder then, that many businesses including the cruise industry are making changes to gain the business of this age group.

So what exactly is the cruise industry doing to woo this generation to the sea? Here’s what I’m reading in the trades…

Twenty- and thirty-somethings don't just want to just sit and relax by the pool.  They want more to do than a traditional sports court can offer. Could that be why cruise lines are incorporating ziplines, indoor skydiving, rope courses and race tracks to their upper decks?

Monday, May 20, 2019

Why You Should Be Cruising to Cuba NOW

I just returned from a 4-night cruise aboard the NorwegianSun that included an overnight stay in Havana, Cuba. Some people have no interest in going to Cuba. Maybe they don't agree with the politics or aren't going because they think the regulations and required documentation are complicated (they’re not). Maybe they think it will be oppressive and there’s nothing to do there (that’s so far from the truth). My visit to Cuba was interesting and insightful and I recommend you consider it asap…before regulations and legislation change and you won’t have that opportunity!

When you travel to Cuba you are visiting a truly authentic destination.  Due to decades of political isolation, Cuba has remained largely undiscovered, particularly by Americans. Although Europeans and Canadians have traveled openly to Cuba for years, the country has never experienced a tourist boom. You can stroll the streets with locals instead of hordes of tourists. There are no street vendors hawking t-shirts and the island is still untainted by a Starbucks and golden arches on every other corner.  There aren’t many other cruising destinations that can boast the same.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Cruising to Key West, Florida with Kids

I’ll be cruising to the Bahamas and Florida next week and one of the ports of call is Key West.  I’m looking forward to finding a restaurant for an al fresco seafood lunch, an afternoon of strolling in and out of the many specialty boutiques and a quick visit to the Hemingway house.  It will be just my husband and myself but it got me wondering, if we were traveling with children would there be kid-friendly things to do? The answer is yes, absolutely!

The Conch Train:  Most people take this wonderful little train to get a better lay of the land, and become acquainted with everything in Key West. The "engineers" are entertaining and have so much interesting information to share.  But kids just love the ride while waving to people they pass along the way!

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Cruising to St. Maarten / St Martin with Kids

The last time my Eastern Caribbean cruise visited the French / Dutch island of St. Maarten / St Martin I dragged my husband and son around on a food tour.  I loved it but both my “boys”, being picky eaters did not have fun! Here’s some suggestions if you’re traveling with kids…of any age!

Tijon Perfume Creation:  Perfume and France (or in this case, a French Caribbean island)…the two just go together. That’s why this is such a fun experience for girls aged eight and up to enjoy. During this hands-on class, participants are encouraged to smell the hundreds of different oils and then using the droppers and beakers to create that perfect scent.  The next step is naming and bottling the fragrance. Everyone goes home with a gift bag filled with the personally created perfume or cologne, a second sample of a fragrance you’ve chosen, a moisturizer, lip balm and other goodies.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Cruising to Cozumel, Mexico with Kids

Cozumel, Mexico my favorite port of call on a Western Caribbean cruise!  I’ve been there a dozen times and I still haven’t seen and done everything (probably because I’m notorious for returning to the Mayan ruins each and every visit)! So here are some places I intend to check out in the future, and maybe you’ll want to visit too.

Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park: The park is a quick ten minute taxi ride from the cruise ship terminal. Tickets include a slew of activities that the whole family will love… sea lion show, dolphin Caribbean / Mexico!
presentation, manatee exhibition, crocodile exhibition and eco archaeological tour, and of course huts, hammocks and chairs on the beautiful beach!  For an additional charge guests can take part in snorkel tours, scuba diving tours, snuba tours, seatrek tours, spa treatments, or swim with dolphins and manatees.This is one of the best adventure parks in the