Monday, July 25, 2016

Build-A-Bear on a Carnival Cruise

Build-A-Bear Workshop is a fun-filled shop where kids of all ages can create their own teddy bears or other stuffed animals. They can be found in malls in the United States, Canada, Japan, Korea, Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia, France and the United Kingdom…and by next summer you will be able to find Build-A-Bear Workshops fleetwide aboard all 25 Carnival ships!

Carnival Cruises are synonymous with family fun, so the exclusive partnership with Build-A-Bear Workshop is a natural fit! Guests can select among several different types of furry friends to stuff, dress and accessorize. Each critter comes with its own "birth certificate" with its name and date he or she was created, as well as a logo drawstring bag.  Additionally, the stuffed animals have their own "voice" via a recordable sound chip with kids recording their own special message. The end result is a one-of-a-kind creation and a very special souvenir of their Carnival Cruise vacation!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Become a Winemaker Onboard the Holland America Koningsdam

All cruise lines offer wine tasting seminars, but did you know that if you cruise aboard Holland America’s new Koningsdam, guests are given the opportunity to become winemakers! That’s right, you can blend your own wine at the only purpose-built wine-blending venue at sea!

Koningsdam will feature a new venue called BLEND – an intimate wine tasting setting that will host up to 10 guests at a time. The program will operate in collaboration with Chateau Ste. Michelle, the oldest winery in Washington State. The ship’s wine expert will lead participants in a blending session to create their own blend of red wine from a selection of five single-vineyard Chateau St. Michelle wines.

Monday, July 11, 2016

What Can a Butler Do For You On Your Next Cruise?

I have only been acquainted with two butlers in my lifetime; Alfred, the tall, gray haired, bespectacled gentleman in the employ of Bruce Wayne (aka Batman) and the loyal and devoted Mr. Carson of Downton Abby.  So when I see various cruise lines including the services of a butler when booking one of their luxurious suites, (CelebrityCruises offers butler service when booking the Reflection, Penthouse, Royal, Signature, Sky and Celebrity Suites), it’s rather intriguing…and intimidating! If I have a butler, what am I supposed to do with him?

I am told that a dutiful and diligent butler generally picks up where the cabin steward leaves off (CelebrityCruises offers European-style butler service).  Maybe it’s easier to think of him or her (yes, her) as your personal assistant! There are many services a butler can provide that will make your cruise vacation all the more extraordinary. All you need to do is ask!  

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Strolling Along the Halifax Waterfront

Halifax, the capital of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada, is a delightful port of call on a Canada / New England cruise! And there’s no better way to spend an afternoon then a stroll along the waterfront boardwalk.  This charming foot path is always buzzing with people and activities! It

stretches along the waterfront for 10 city blocks from the Casino Nova Scotia to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. You can meander from one end to another in under half an hour, but with all there is to see and do, it may take you the entire day to fully explore all it has to offer! 

The north end of the boardwalk starts at Casino Nova Scotia. The casino has 650 slots and table games as well as several drinking and dining facilities.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The New Norwegian Dawn

Are you considering a Bermuda cruise out of the northeast this year? Your timing couldn’t be better because the Norwegian Dawn has just returned to the city of Boston after a month long refurb and let me tell you, she’s looking GREAT!  This was by no means a quick cosmetic face-lift. The ship was actually brought down to the steel in many places and rebuilt!

What I love most about Norwegian Cruise Line is the many dining choices and two new restaurants were added to the Dawn.  O’Sheehans’s Bar & Grill has been added…every NCL ship should have O’Sheehans!  It’s great pub food and open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night snacks. The second restaurant is a new-to-the-fleet, upscale Mexican restaurant called Los Lobos Cantina.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cruising From Miami

In 2015 nearly 4.9 million passengers embarked on their cruise through the Port of Miami.  No wonder it is known worldwide as the "Cruise Capital of the World!" You too may one day pass cruising from Miami, and if you find yourself with some hours to kill before or after your cruise, allow me to make a few suggestions as to how you can spend your time.

Everyone has heard of South Beach. Clear blue water, white sand beaches, gourmet restaurants, trendy art galleries and a buzzing nightlife…the options are limitless! You can spend the whole day shopping at boutiques, relaxing at an opulent spa or just strolling along Ocean Drive admiring the iconic Art Deco architecture. Or rent some beach chairs at Lummus Park, which runs roughly from Sixth Street to 14th Street. Here you'll find white sand, beautiful water, volleyball nets and lots of people-watching opportunities.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Harmony of the Sea’s Ultimate Abyss

Pretty scary looking,huh? The Ultimate Abyss on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas is
more than 150 feet above sea level!  It offers side-by-side slides that send guests whooshing down and around at a rate of 9 miles per hour. Yikes! Guests launch from a glass platform on deck 16 and have time for a quick prayer and one last look at the Boardwalk 10 decks below before climbing onto a mat and taking the plunge down to deck 6! There’s LED lights and graffiti artwork designed to create a starry night and spontaneous audio effects within each tunnel that create a multi-sensory thrill for daring guests. I can tell you now, I am not a daring guest!

Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas is currently sailing out of Barcelona and Civitavecchia.  In November of 2016 she will sail to the Caribbean out of Fort Lauderdale