Thursday, October 10, 2019

Introducing Oceania's Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center


As part of Oceania Cruises’ “OceaniaNEXT” initiative, the cruise line will replace the fleet's existing onboard Canyon Ranch spa and introduce a brand of their own. The new Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center will be the most unique and comprehensive spa and wellness center at sea.

Services at Oceania's Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center extend well beyond a traditional spa, offering a complete and original collection of holistic wellness encounters both on board and ashore that supports all dimensions of wellness while encouraging a lifestyle of health and longevity.

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Why I’m a Fan of Packing Cubes


Years ago my family took a road trip vacation to several national parks.  We were changing hotels every few days so there would be no proper unpacking of our suitcases. Thank goodness I read a tip on a travel forum that suggested I pack each day’s outfits in clear oversized plastic bags so I could pull out what we would need on a given day without disrupting the rest of the contents. It kept me and the suitcases very organized that trip.


Fast forward to just a couple years ago when I discovered packing cubes.  What a game-changer! Packing cubes are fabric containers used for packing clothing. They zip closed and are small enough that you can fit several into a suitcase. You can purchase them in a range of sizes and are often sold as sets.  Here’s why I love them.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Viking Cruises Presents "Great Homes, Gardens & Gin"


I was a big fan of the Downton Abbey, the British period drama series that aired on PBS for six seasons. And when I recall watching Downton Abbey, it brings to mind Viking River Cruises…  I dare to say that due to its sponsorship of the series, Viking River Cruises became a household name! So I was not surprised to see that Viking has partnered with Focus Features, Universal Pictures and
Carnival Films for the release of the new full-length film Downton Abbey, which by the way, was wonderful!

For years Viking has offered a variety of ways for its guests to experience life at Highclere Castle, the filming location of Downton Abbey. In celebration of the movie, the company developed a new Pre/Post Cruise Extension, “Great Homes, Gardens & Gin”  which was designed to give guests an exclusive look at several country estates that have served as the settings of the Downton Abbey series.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Azamara Pursuit…a Short Review


Last Saturday we returned from our cruise aboard the AzamaraPursuit. It was a country intensive voyage that stayed in Israel for 5 nights, as well as a visit to Limassol, Cypress and Heraklion, Crete.  This was probably the best cruise vacation we ever had!  Here's why...


The Ship…this 30,000 ton ship is small in size but large on style and hospitable service. The warm and elegant décor very much resembled a boutique hotel that we once stayed at in Venice.  There are several public spaces filled with groupings of deep comfy couches in which people naturally gravitated to for pre-dinner cocktails or after- dinner conversation.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Why I Chose the Azamara Pursuit


I am the vacation planner in our household. My husband has no real interest in where we go…he just happily tags along.  I have to say, I like it that way! Last week we were chatting about our upcoming cruise aboard the Azamara Pursuit and he asked, “With all the different ships and itineraries that are available, what made you pick the Azamara Pursuit for this cruise vacation?”  Here are my top reasons.


There will be under 800 guests aboard the Pursuit and these days a smaller ship really appeals to me. I was aboard the Pursuit last year with girlfriends and I have to say that cruising aboard a small ship creates a sense of camaraderie with the other passengers that you won’t find on larger ships. It’s a warm and friendly environment and it was so easy to meet people and become friendly fast. There are multiple public spaces with comfortable conversation areas in which people gather for pre-dinner cocktails or after- dinner cordials. I look forward to us spending evenings chatting with travelers from all over the world and sharing stories of exotic ports and exciting adventures!

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Surviving the Long Flight to Your Cruise


Cruising around Europe is my favorite type of cruising!  I try to plan a cruise to the Mediterranean or to Northern Europe every year.  In two weeks hubby and I head out for a cruise on the Azamara Pursuit (reports to follow when I return) and I am beyond excited! What I’m not looking forward to is that nine hour flight to Athens. Here’s some helpful hints I’ve gathered to minimize the discomfort of a long flight.

Wear something comfortable: 
For me that will be a dark rinse, looser fitting pair of jeans or joggers, a t-shirt and a cashmere cardigan. I will have a light-weight, soft scarf in my tote for extra warmth or to roll up as a pillow. Once I’m seated I will swap out my shoes for a pair of compression socks.  I wear them to keep my feet warm and to decrease the risk of blood clots.   I’m aiming for comfy chic here and I don’t want to look like a wrinkled mess after hours of squirming in my seat trying to catch a bit of sleep.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Two Perfect Days at CocoCay?



Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? RoyalCaribbean doesn’t think so.  The cruise line announced it is adding second call to Perfect Day at CocoCay on nearly 40 sailings, saying that's what people are asking for.  I’m not surprised since those stops at a cruise lines private island have always been a cruiser’s favorite port-of-call.

Royal Caribbean has revealed new, four-night itineraries that now offer two visits to the private island. Itineraries include nearly 40 sailings beginning Sept. 30, 2019 aboard the Navigator and Mariner of the Seas.