Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Royal Caribbean Introduces SoundSeeker

Royal Caribbean has a track record of using innovative technology to enhance the cruising experience (Bionic Bar, virtual balconies, RIFD bracelets..). In that same vein, the company announce SoundSeeker.

SoundSeeker is a groundbreaking, patent-pending digital experience powered by artificial intelligence (AI) designed to create original soundtrack and video based on the content of the photographs submitted by the passenger. By simply visiting, users can upload three of their favorite vacation pics, and the AI analyzes them based on color, landscape, backdrop, emotion, body language and facial expression. SoundSeeker then turns those Royal Caribbean cruise vacation photos into a shareable and one-of-a kind soundtrack that can be sent to friends and family! 

Gosh, I remember when postcards were sent through the mail as a way of sharing vacation memories!!!!

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

My First Aid Essentials

When my son was little I traveled with so many medicines and first aid items, you would have thought I was trekking to the moon!  I was a nervous parent and always wanted to be prepared. These days I’ve paired down my first aid kit to what I consider my five essentials. Yes, I’m well aware I can make these purchases on the ship or in port but at 3 AM….let’s just say I want to be prepared!

Imodium: A must for digestive tract disorder caused by some street foods or water or foods and spices our systems aren’t used to, or even the stress and nervous stomach some people feel when traveling.

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

The New Carnival Sunrise

Next spring the Carnival Triumph will be dry docked in Cadiz, Spain for what is said to be the priciest cruise ship makeover ever! After it’s extensive remodel, the cruise line plans to rechristen the vessel with a new name: Carnival Sunrise! You may remember that Carnival has tackled such a project once before when the Carnival Destiny was reborn as the Carnival Sunshine.

The makeover will include the addition of cabins, the revamping of all existing cabins and the redesign of two luxurious Captain's Suites adjacent to the navigational bridge offering floor-to-ceiling windows and extended balcony grand suites.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Saving Money on Your Cruise to Alaska

Would you love to cruise to Alaska but were put off thinking it’s way too expensive? That’s not necessarily true! This once in a lifetime cruise itinerary doesn’t have to break the bank.  Here’s some ways to save when planning your Alaska cruise.
Cruise the shoulder season and you can save up to 30 percent on the price. For Alaska that would be May and September. Demand is lower because the weather is a bit cooler but it’s not cold enough to be a bother. Layer accordingly!

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.