Monday, July 16, 2018

Azamara South African Land and Sea Packages

I am told Africa is one of the most beautiful continents in the world. One day I will see for myself. It’s on my bucket list (a VERY LONG bucket list) but the how, when or where details are still a bit vague. Then I read about Azamara’s South African Land and Sea Packages and thought it was such a wonderful itinerary, I wanted to share it in case Africa is on your bucket list too!

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Cruising Out of Baltimore

Our “Hate to Fly” tagline, obvious in all print advertisement from Direct Line Cruises, is based on the fact that if you do hate to fly, you are never more than a couple of hours drive from a cruise terminal. However, it’s never a bad idea to arrive the day before, just in case (weather, traffic delays etc).  If you’re cruising on the Carnival Pride or Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas and Baltimore is where you’ll be embarking, I’ve put together some suggestions on how to spend the day before you board!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Halloween on the High Seas with Disney Cruise Line

Although Halloween is months away, Disney Cruise Line is already planning for it’s not so scary Halloween celebrations onboard its ships this coming fall. The festivities include lively entertainment and elaborate d├ęcor, including The Pumpkin Tree, which magically transforms throughout the cruise.

Other special experiences include:

·       Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, a celebration with games, dancing and candy! Beloved Disney characters, wearing special Halloween costumes just for the occasion will join guests for a costume party.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cruise Lines Protecting the Future of the Oceans

The cruise lines depend on the oceans so it is only right that they oblige to environmental practices which help preserve the marine environment. Here are some recent initiatives that confirm that commitment.
Royal Caribbean has pledged to eliminate plastic straws by the end of 2018. The line will ask guests to use paper straws instead of plastic, according to its Save the Waves program. The cruise line also plans to remove other plastic items, such as bags, cups and condiment packets, at the start of 2019. Royal Caribbean CEO Richard Fain stated,
“Healthy oceans are vital to the success of our company. For over 25 years, our Save the Waves program has guided us to reduce, reuse, and recycle everything we can."

 Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced that it has partnered with Ocean Conservancy. The company will join Ocean Conservancy’s Trash Free Seas Alliance, actively working toward solutions that will mitigate plastic waste entering the ocean. Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. said, “We are excited to lead the cruise industry by joining the Trash Free Seas Alliance® and support Ocean Conservancy’s vision of a world with waterways, beaches and oceans free of plastic waste.”

Monday, June 04, 2018

A Royal Amplified Independence of the Seas

Royal Caribbean is amping up your favorite ship!  Called Royal Amplified, these renovations are total transformations!  It took 30-days and a budget of $110 million, but Independence of the Seas, the first ship to undergo the modernization, is ready to strut her stuff!

New and exciting adventure experiences include:
  • ·         The Sky Pad, a bungee trampoline apparatus used with virtual reality goggles
  • ·         Battle for Planet Z, a glow-in-the-dark laser tag experience
  • ·         The Perfect Storm waterslides

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Experiences Offered in the Cruise Line's Thermal Suite

I hope my explanation last week of a cruise ship’s spa area called the thermal suite was informative. As people begin to realize how the natural elements of the world we inhabit create such a strong foundation of healing and relaxation, the thermal suites aboard cruise ships become a real draw for passengers looking for holistic experiences that revitalize body, mind and spirit. Below are two of the best thermal suites at sea.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

What is a Thermal Suite?

One of the most relaxing areas onboard a cruise ship is the thermal suite, yet many people are unaware of its existence or for that matter, what it is.    A thermal suite is a series of rooms in the spa designed to  expose the body to hot and cold temperatures, both wet and dry. Aside from pure relaxation, the various rooms are designed to sooth, stimulate circulation, and detoxify the body as well as invigorate the senses.  A thermal spa may consist of saunas, steam rooms, ice fountains, tropical and cold showers, snow rooms, salt caves etc. And after trying out the various options there’s nothing quite like a nap on one of the heated ceramic loungers.