Monday, November 20, 2017

Cruising to Some of the Southern Caribbean’s Best Islands

For a cruise vacation with some lesser known ports of call, try a Southern Caribbean itinerary that include Antigua, Barbados or Dominica. Of course, all are perfect for beach and water sports…it is after all the Caribbean.  But that’s not all!


 The island also is known for having 365 beaches or one for every day of the year. One of the better ones that is close to the cruise docks is Miller’s Beach. A taxi is the best way to get there; be sure to negotiate rate before getting into the cab. Another great one is Galley Bay Beach where the, surfing conditions are first-rate.

Monday, November 13, 2017

New Ships Sailing in 2018

Love to be the first on a new ship to experience the shows, dining, and of course, all the state-of-the-art innovations?  Here’s what’s setting sail in 2018.

Carnival Horizon 135,000 tons
Coming April 2018 
Things to look forward to:
  • Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse/Brewhouse.
  • Seafood Shack for for favorites like Crab Cake Sliders & Fried Buffalo Shrimp.
  • SkyRide; zip around the suspended two-lane bike course high above the deck.
  • Two movie theaters next door to one another, called the Carnival Multiplex.
  • Dr. Seuss WaterWorks featuring side-by-side racing slides, splashy water-spray toys and a giant tipping top hat!

Coming April 2018
Things to look forward to:
·        El Loco Fresh for all your Mexican favorites.
·        Playmakers Sports Bar & Arcade with 30 big-screen TVs!
·        Laser Tag; An epic glow-in-the-dark experience.
·        The two level Ultimate Family Suite; a dream come true for kids of all ages!
·        Hairspray the Musical, a Tony Award winner!

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas; The Ultimate Family Suite

Are you thinking about taking your family on RoyalCaribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, one of the most spectacular ships to debut in 2018?  Then maybe you would also be interested in staying in the most magnificent family suite onboard…The Ultimate Family Suite!

The two level, 1,350 square foot Ultimate Family Suite will have two bedrooms and accommodate a family of up to eight people. To say it is kid friendly is a gross understatement!  It is so bursting with fun features, you may have a hard time getting the kiddos to leave long enough to enjoy the rest of the ship!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Haven by Norwegian Cruise Line...a Personal Experience

I have cruised on mega-ships that are like floating cities housing over 5,000 guests with tons to do as well as lovely, intimate ships that carry less than 700 guests.  I love both for very different reasons, but the fact that I have always had to choose one over the other made me feel that I was compromising, or worse, conceding one important aspect of my cruise vacation to gain another!

How naïve I was! You see, I recently sailed the Mediterranean aboard the Norwegian Epic in a Haven suite and it was EVERYTHING I wanted my cruise vacation to be, and more! 
So, what exactly is the Haven? The Haven is a private access all suite enclave on the top of many Norwegian Cruise Line ships, accessible only by a platinum keycard. Guests staying in these gorgeous suites have access to an exclusive dining room, bar and lounge (select ships), a private pool, hot tubs and sundeck and even a  fitness center.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Splurge On Your Next Cruise

Cruising is the ultimate vacation experience! And with cruise lines becoming more “all-inclusive” they are also an incredible value. But what if you’re looking to make your next cruise vacation extra special? Here are my top three splurges that will take your next cruise vacation from marvelous to magnificent!

Splurge…on a Suite
For a special occasion (think honeymoon, 40th birthday, or 25th wedding anniversary) or if you just want a more luxurious cruise experience, consider booking a suite. Many suites will give you a lot of extra space with separate living and sleeping areas, large and lavish bathrooms as well as sprawling balconies. In addition to designer styled rooms, the top suites at sea almost always come with concierge service, priority embarkation and disembarkation, exclusive restaurants and lounges and other perks. I recently stayed in the Owner’s Suite on the Norwegian Epic and let me say that it was a cruise I will never forget!  Everyone should experience accommodations and service like that at least once!

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Carnival Horizon to Debut Teppanyaki Restaurant

When I think of a cruise vacation aboard a Carnival cruise ship “fun” is what comes to mind!  So how can the addition of Bonsai Teppanyaki on the new Carnival Horizon be anything other than a perfect fit?

Teppanyaki refers to Japanese dishes that are typically prepared using a large, flat iron griddle. With this unique entertaining dining style, chefs have all utensils and ingredients lined on the borders of the grill and cook several dishes in front of diners with stunning flair and speed. The chef’s performance generally includes juggling food with spatulas and building steaming volcanoes out of tower of cooking onions!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What to Bring When Going Ashore

Spending a day in port is always fun, whether you’re heading to the beach, going to do some shopping, or taking an excursion.  Whenever I leave the ship for the day, regardless of where I’m heading, I always take along what I consider my “essentials”.

Photo ID:  Every cruiser knows that their Sea Pass card should always be carried whether you’re on or off the ship. This is required to get you both off and back on the ship. Well it’s just as important to carry a photo ID when you get off the ship.  Cruise line personnel will tell you when a passport will be required on return to the ship.  If it’s not necessary then it’s your choice to bring it or leave it locked up in your cabin (I bring mine). If you don’t bring it then be sure to carry a photo ID.