Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Carnival Horizon to Debut Teppanyaki Restaurant

When I think of a cruise vacation aboard a Carnival cruise ship “fun” is what comes to mind!  So how can the addition of Bonsai Teppanyaki on the new Carnival Horizon be anything other than a perfect fit?

Teppanyaki refers to Japanese dishes that are typically prepared using a large, flat iron griddle. With this unique entertaining dining style, chefs have all utensils and ingredients lined on the borders of the grill and cook several dishes in front of diners with stunning flair and speed. The chef’s performance generally includes juggling food with spatulas and building steaming volcanoes out of tower of cooking onions!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What to Bring When Going Ashore

Spending a day in port is always fun, whether you’re heading to the beach, going to do some shopping, or taking an excursion.  Whenever I leave the ship for the day, regardless of where I’m heading, I always take along what I consider my “essentials”.

Photo ID:  Every cruiser knows that their Sea Pass card should always be carried whether you’re on or off the ship. This is required to get you both off and back on the ship. Well it’s just as important to carry a photo ID when you get off the ship.  Cruise line personnel will tell you when a passport will be required on return to the ship.  If it’s not necessary then it’s your choice to bring it or leave it locked up in your cabin (I bring mine). If you don’t bring it then be sure to carry a photo ID.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Cruising Aboard the Norwegian Bliss

New cruise ships always generate a lot of excitement! There are innovative, state-of-the-art recreation, exciting entertainment and delicious new dining concepts to look forward to. Every ship promising to deliver the ultimate cruising experience.

 It looks to me like the Norwegian Bliss does just that!

Looking for a little action on your next cruise?  How about playing some open-air laser tag? The backdrop for this action-packed game of high tech tag is designed to look like an abandoned space station. I don’t know who would have more fun, my husband or our son! Honestly, this is something the whole family can enjoy!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Preparing for Your European Cruise

This fall I will be taking a European cruise.  With departure about 6 weeks away, I’m starting to go review my checklists.  Since even the most seasoned traveler can benefit from a reminder now and then, I thought to share some of my miscellaneous thoughts with you here.

All countries around the world require a valid passport for entry, but a lesser-known requirement for some countries is that a passport must be valid for a certain number of months from the date of entry.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Should You Book Shore Excursions Through the Cruise Line?

When I cruise I want to make the best use of my time in port.  There’s always so much to see and do and a limited amount of time to fit it all in. Sometimes that means hubby and I will walk off the ship and head out on our own, other times we’ll book a private excursion and there are many times when we’ll book our shore excursion directly from the cruise line.

Here’s some reasons why you may want to consider booking your shore excursion with the cruise line.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Should You Book A Balcony Cabin?

What type of accommodations do you choose when you plan a cruise vacation? Many people select an inside cabin, reasoning that they will only be in our room to shower and sleep. I agree with that to an extent. However, it only took one stay in a balcony cabin for me to realize that for all future cruises, a balcony cabin was a must!

Here are my top five reasons for book a balcony cabin:

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Norwegian Cruise Line Invites You to Meet the Winemaker

Norwegian Cruise Line announced the schedule for its 2017/18 Meet the Winemaker Cruises aboard Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Dawn. The lineup includes Michael Mondavi, Aaron Sanchez, Gerard Bertrand, Bill Whiting, and Salvatore Ferragamo.

While onboard the Norwegian Escape inaugural cruise in 2015 I got a glimpse of “The Cellars, A Michael Mondavi Family Wine Bar”, but I did not have a chance to explore any deeper than a quick look around. I’m told the bar boasts a curated wine list and service provided by a Court of Master Sommeliers certified Sommelier, which is quite a big deal to an oenophilia. This partnership was expanded to include Norwegian Dawn in 2016.