Monday, May 20, 2019

Why You Should Be Cruising to Cuba NOW

I just returned from a 4-night cruise aboard the NorwegianSun that included an overnight stay in Havana, Cuba. Some people have no interest in going to Cuba. Maybe they don't agree with the politics or aren't going because they think the regulations and required documentation are complicated (they’re not). Maybe they think it will be oppressive and there’s nothing to do there (that’s so far from the truth). My visit to Cuba was interesting and insightful and I recommend you consider it asap…before regulations and legislation change and you won’t have that opportunity!

When you travel to Cuba you are visiting a truly authentic destination.  Due to decades of political isolation, Cuba has remained largely undiscovered, particularly by Americans. Although Europeans and Canadians have traveled openly to Cuba for years, the country has never experienced a tourist boom. You can stroll the streets with locals instead of hordes of tourists. There are no street vendors hawking t-shirts and the island is still untainted by a Starbucks and golden arches on every other corner.  There aren’t many other cruising destinations that can boast the same.

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Cruising to Key West, Florida with Kids

I’ll be cruising to the Bahamas and Florida next week and one of the ports of call is Key West.  I’m looking forward to finding a restaurant for an al fresco seafood lunch, an afternoon of strolling in and out of the many specialty boutiques and a quick visit to the Hemingway house.  It will be just my husband and myself but it got me wondering, if we were traveling with children would there be kid-friendly things to do? The answer is yes, absolutely!

The Conch Train:  Most people take this wonderful little train to get a better lay of the land, and become acquainted with everything in Key West. The "engineers" are entertaining and have so much interesting information to share.  But kids just love the ride while waving to people they pass along the way!

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Cruising to St. Maarten / St Martin with Kids

The last time my Eastern Caribbean cruise visited the French / Dutch island of St. Maarten / St Martin I dragged my husband and son around on a food tour.  I loved it but both my “boys”, being picky eaters did not have fun! Here’s some suggestions if you’re traveling with kids…of any age!

Tijon Perfume Creation:  Perfume and France (or in this case, a French Caribbean island)…the two just go together. That’s why this is such a fun experience for girls aged eight and up to enjoy. During this hands-on class, participants are encouraged to smell the hundreds of different oils and then using the droppers and beakers to create that perfect scent.  The next step is naming and bottling the fragrance. Everyone goes home with a gift bag filled with the personally created perfume or cologne, a second sample of a fragrance you’ve chosen, a moisturizer, lip balm and other goodies.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Cruising to Cozumel, Mexico with Kids

Cozumel, Mexico my favorite port of call on a Western Caribbean cruise!  I’ve been there a dozen times and I still haven’t seen and done everything (probably because I’m notorious for returning to the Mayan ruins each and every visit)! So here are some places I intend to check out in the future, and maybe you’ll want to visit too.

Chankanaab Adventure Beach Park: The park is a quick ten minute taxi ride from the cruise ship terminal. Tickets include a slew of activities that the whole family will love… sea lion show, dolphin Caribbean / Mexico!
presentation, manatee exhibition, crocodile exhibition and eco archaeological tour, and of course huts, hammocks and chairs on the beautiful beach!  For an additional charge guests can take part in snorkel tours, scuba diving tours, snuba tours, seatrek tours, spa treatments, or swim with dolphins and manatees.This is one of the best adventure parks in the

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Cruising to Nassau, Bahamas with Kids

A day in the Bahamas seems to be synonymous with Atlantis or the straw market.  Looking for something different that will keep the kids occupied and happy too?  Here’s some suggestions.

The Pirates of Nassau: This is great interactive museum that your kids will really enjoy. It provides a great mix of entertainment and history of the Golden Age of Piracy in the Bahamas. Your adventure begins as you step onto a moonlit dock complete with the sounds of lapping water and pirates celebrating in a nearby tavern. There’s a replica of the pirate ship “Revenge” that everyone can board and get a feel for life on the ship. My husband loved the museum as much as my son!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Cruising to San Juan with Kids

My family has always enjoyed our time in the Caribbean, especially San Juan, Puerto Rico. We love strolling the old city, and of course the beaches.  We have also visited and enjoyed two of the three activities I’ve cited below, with hopes to try the third. I hope your family enjoys them as much as we did.
The Forts-There are two historic forts in San Juan, about a mile apart from one another; Castillo San Felipe del Morro (El Morro) and Castillo San Cristobal. Spain built these fortifications to secure their position in the Caribbean and protect the city of San Juan. El Morro is the larger of the two and you can either take the free trolley between them or walk. Special note…there’s a big lawn in front of El Morro fort and locals and tourists enjoy flying kites there and picnicking on the grass.

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Cruising to St. Thomas with the Kids

When your Eastern Caribbean cruises stops at St. Thomas what are your plans? Many families head straight to the beach for those hours that the ship is docked, and that's always a good plan because those beaches are beautiful! However, if you and your family are looking for something else to do, here are a few suggestions.

Coral World Ocean Park: This 5 acre Eco Marine Park is located on the North East side of the island at Coki Point and is really amazing! There’s a variety of activities and attractions with aquariums, underwater viewing of the Caribbean Sea, touch pools, reefs, nature trails and more. Plus, Coral World also has many activities you can add to your visit, such as SNUBA, sea lion, turtle and shark encounters and the semi submarine ride. My family loved Coral World!