Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Escape from Winter on a Cruise to…

So much of the east coast spent last Thursday sipping hot chocolate while watching Mother Nature cast her fury down upon us in the form of snow, wind and arctic temperatures, right outside their window.  And if you’re like me, you are looking past all that snow, absorbed in a daydream of balmy temps, palm trees, and powdery white sand between your toes!  It’s definitely time to hop on a cruise ship to someplace where the dress code is no more than shorts, tees and flip flops!

A Caribbean cruise is an obvious choice. The islands hit by this fall’s hurricanes are once again ready to welcome visitors and many cruises leave from a port near you, eliminating the hassle of a flight.   Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas offers some great itineraries right out of Cape Liberty, New Jersey. It only takes two relaxing sea days in Anthem’s gorgeous enclosed solarium before you can begin island hopping around Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Lucia, Barbados and St Kitts.  And no worries if it’s easier for you to drive to Baltimore. Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas can also get you to those same summer wonderlands!

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

My Cruising Resolutions for the New Year

Some years my New Year’s resolutions revolve around diet.  I will lose ten pounds, I will eat more veggies, or I will cook healthy meal at home instead of picking up a pizza for dinner. Other years my resolutions are all about organization.  I will clean out every closet, make photo books of my last ten cruises, or possibly tackle throwing out the stuff that’s boxed away in the basement.  Results have always been on the “not so good” side.  However, this year my New Year resolutions are all about travel and cruising! Pledges that will hopefully be a lot easier and more fun to keep!

I will cruise to a new destination.  And since my Cuba cruise is already booked for May, barring any emergency, that is a resolution I will keep.  What about you?  Have you cruised to Alaska, Northern Europe or the Mediterranean yet?  What about South America, Hawaii or Asia?  You can cruise to so many wonderful places!  And while Bermuda and the Caribbean are always a good bet for a lovely time, aren’t you ready for something new?

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Cruise Line Apps

Since people of every age rely on their cell phones for all sorts of news, it’s just natural that a cell phone would be the tool of choice for cruise line passengers that are looking for up to the minute information once onboard the ship.   Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean have their own smartphone apps to help passengers navigate their floating cities, check menus, and make reservations for dining, on-board entertainment, and spa services as well as review the ports of call. Here’s what’s coming in the near future.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

First Cruise

For all cruisers out there, (and if you’re reading this there’s good chance I’m addressing you), I’m sure your very first cruise holds a special place in your heart.  There was something about that experience that hooked you, and you’ve been taking cruise vacations ever since. For me it was a cruise aboard the Carnival Holiday in 1988 to celebrate our 5-year wedding anniversary.

Everything about this ship, the itinerary, and the people we encountered was nothing less than stellar! We met a couple at dinner that we hit it off with immediately, and the four of us ate, drank and explored the Caribbean together for a week.  We kept in touch with them for many years after. 

The recollection of our first muster drills and photos we took modeling our life jackets still makes me smile.  I don’t think standing on deck in the strong Florida sun wearing that padded vest bothered me back then.  It was a necessary preparation for the exciting days ahead.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Celebrity Flora…A New Way to Cruise to the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands, what I consider to be a living museum of evolutionary changes, has been inching to the top of my bucket list. Yet for some reason, each year I bypass this particular itinerary Celebrity Flora may be just what I’ve been waiting for!
for another. I’m sold on the destination, but can’t seem to zero in on the right ship. The debut of the

Everything I’ve read about the Celebrity Flora intrigues me. Comparisons have been made to the Celebrity Edge as far as the look, feel, and the classic design. The ship’s standard accommodations, Sky Suite with Infinite Veranda, measures 330 square feet. The 100-passenger ship is intimate, yet there is still plenty of public space to enjoy. Guests can meet for drinks and conversation at the Sunset Lounge or relax in The Vista, an open-air hideaway with 360-degree views, cocoon-style loungers, and private cabanas.  

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!