Monday, May 02, 2016

"Overnight Adventures" by Azamara Club Cruises

I have traveled to Europe many times, sometimes cruising and sometimes as a land-based trip. Although each mode has advantages and disadvantages over the other, I must say, it’s a common misconception that travelers cannot immerse themselves fully in a destination if they return to a cruise ship every night! That argument is really no longer valid now that cruise lines like Azamara Club Cruises are so very focused on destination immersion.  

Azamara provides guests with longer stays in port, more overnights and night touring options. In addition, the cruise line has expanded the possibilities of immersion even further with their new “Overnight Adventures”! Mid-voyage cruisers actually leave the ship to spend two or three days visiting cities and places that require extra time to truly be appreciated.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Royal Caribbean’s Voom Internet Plans

I think it’s naïve to think that any person, regardless of age, would willingly “live off the grid”, “disconnect”, “go offline”, or whatever you want to call living without an internet connection - even if it’s only for a week cruise vacation! Thank goodness the cruise lines realize this and are working hard to ensure guests as well as staff can connect quickly and affordably when at sea.

Voom is Royal Caribbean's high speed internet service that provides guests with the kind of high-speed connections they are used to on land. I bought a Voom package on a recent Royal Caribbean cruise and was very pleased with the speed, but I was only using it for checking Email and I-messaging.

Royal Caribbean has now announced it will offer two types of service; Voom Surf Voyage which provides internet service for basic web browsing, email and social media and Voom Surf & Stream that will also support video streaming (full support for all internet activities).

Monday, April 18, 2016

Rhapsody of the Seas Sails into Cape Liberty in 2017

A new Royal Caribbean ship will be sailing from Cape Liberty, New Jersey in 2017…well, not “new” new ship, but new in the sense that it will be her first time sailing out of this northeast port.  The 1,998-passenger Rhapsody of the Seas will be joining Anthem of the Seas, marking the first time that two Royal Caribbean ships will be sailing from Cape Liberty.

Rhapsody of the Seas is a Vision class ship that was built in 1997, but don’t let her age deter you from trying her out! In 2012 she went through a complete bow to stern renovation with additional refurbishment planned before she arrives in Bayonne, New Jersey.

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Glaciers of Southeast Alaska

If you have been looking into an Alaska cruise you may have noticed that each one includes a visit to a tidewater glacier (a tidewater glacier flows far enough to reach out into the ocean), and quite frankly, that’s one of the highlights of an Alaska cruise! Glacier Bay, Hubbard Glacier, or Tracy Arm…is one better than another? Here’s what you need to know.

Glacier Bay is a protected national park spread across 3.2 million acres of southeast Alaska, It is
home to more than 50 named glaciers, countless seabirds, otters and humpback whales. It is quite common to see seals sunbathing on ice chunks. Cruise ships spend most of a day in Glacier Bay, where passengers will visit several tidewater glaciers and explore inlets carved by the ice. Most ships head up the West Arm, towards the Margerie Glacier, an impressive glacier, which is advancing 12 to 14 feet a day and calves frequently.

Monday, April 04, 2016

Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride Of America

The unique thing about Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pride ofAmerica is that it’s the only ship that sails year-round from Honolulu on seven-day intra-Hawaii cruises. There are no
multiple days at sea as the ship makes its way down from California or Ensenada, which makes many Hawaii cruises exceedingly long. This distinctive itinerary offers nearly 100 hours of port time and visits all of Hawaii's main islands!

Still, even if you are drawn to this exceptional itinerary, nobody wants to cruise aboard a tired and dated ship!  Well no worries here, because Pride of America has recently returned to service after a three and half week dry dock where she received ship-wide enhancements!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Carnival LIVE 2016

Taking the stage on Carnival LIVE sailings in early 2016 will be music legends Gladys Knight, Journey, KC & The Sunshine Band and Trace Adkins, plus comedienne Kathy Griffin. In addition, Carnival has just announced that they have added country star Sam Hunt, plus comedians Chris Tucker and Jim Gaffigan to their lineup.

Chris Tucker is an award-winning actor and comedian best known for his starring role as Detective James Carter in the Rush Hour films. He became a favorite on HBO Def Comedy Jam and starred in the 1995 cult classic Friday and 2013 Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Azamara Club Cruises’ Private Journeys

Shore excursions are such an important part of cruising.  In last weeks blog I talked about the different ways you can explore in a port; a couple of different types of group tours, private tours, and even taxi tours.While it can be worthwhile booking any of these tours, for a seasoned traveler it can get boring seeing a new city in the same old fashion.  Others seek something totally unique or off the beaten path while in port. Or there are those that just want a private tour arranged by the cruise line for themselves and their traveling companions.  If any of those scenarios speak to you, than Azamara Club Cruises’ “Private Journeys” may be a perfect fit!
Private Journeys allows guests to design any tour they can imagine, or customize any of Azamara’s standard Land Discoveries tours or signature tours. What makes this program so noteworthy is that Azamara has a team of “Destination Insiders”, seasoned world travelers with years of experience sailing aboard their ships, available to assist passengers with creating a perfect tour itinerary. Each team member has been specially selected for his or her unique perspectives on exclusive travel experiences and attentive guest service. Their insightful knowledge of their destinations ensures that every Private Journeys is an unforgettable exploration of culture, tailored just for that guest!