Monday, March 19, 2018

A Perfect Day At Coco Cay

I love listening to a client chatter enthusiastically about their last Caribbean cruise! Would it surprise you if I told you that most of these cruisers share the same favorite port of call? Young or old, male or female, those traveling with kids and those without, all say their day spent on the cruise line’s private island was the highlight of their vacation! I must agree! Step off your ship on to pristine beaches, fine, white sand, crystal clear blue waters perfect for swimming and snorkeling, colorful frothy umbrella drinks…I can go on and on! And these days the cruise lines are sparing no expense to make their private island the oasis you never want to leave!

In one of the company’s most ambitious projects yet, RoyalCaribbean has unveiled its new Perfect Day Island Collection, a series of unrivaled and exclusive private island destinations around the world. The first in the collection, Perfect Day at CocoCay, is a $200 million transformation of the cruise line’s existing private island in The Bahamas.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

“The Secret Silk” Premieres on Princess Cruise Line

You may not know his name, but Stephen Schwartz is the Oscar-, Grammy- and Tony Award-winning composer of “Wicked,” “Godspell,” and “Pippin.” However, if you’re looking to see what he’s been doing lately, you’ll be far from Broadway.   Mr. Schwartz has taken his genius to the high seas collaborating with Princess Cruises on several projects.  “The Secret Silk” is the third production in the Stephen Schwartz and Princess Cruises relationship.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Dining Aboard the Celebrity Edge

Celebrity Cruises revealed details of the dining program aboard the soon to sail Celebrity Edge and I have to say, I absolutely love how they have updated the main dining choices! No worries, it’s nothing too radical…I’d call it a modernization of the dining program! Instead of a main dining room, the Edge will have four complimentary restaurants. I like this because although I’ve always found the main dining rooms on Celebrity ships to be elegant and beautiful, I personally prefer to dine in a more intimate setting.

All four of its main dining restaurants will be different, inspired by four different regions of the world.  Normandie will feature French cuisine, Cyprus Restaurant will highlight Mediterranean, Cosmopolitan will present new American cuisine, and Tuscan Restaurant will serve Italian-inspired dishes.  

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Princess Cruises Opens a Denali Treehouse

Have you ever caught an episode of the Animal Planet television series, Treehouse Masters?  It’s been on for quite a few years and it’s a pretty cool show! It follows designer / builder Pete Nelson and his crew, as they travel around the country building tree houses! Amazing, incredible tree houses that are built for kids, for family homes, and even as retreats. And more recently, Princess Cruises, in association with the line’s partnership with Discovery Communications, had the crew create a custom designed wilderness treehouse located at Alaska's Mt. McKinley Princess Wilderness Lodge!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Celebrity Cruises Introduces the Discovery Collection Shore Excursions

Some cruisers would never consider walking off their ship with or without a guidebook in hand, to independently explore a foreign city! Many like the comfort level a shore excursion, whether it be ship sponsored or not. Others would disagree, saying there is so much more enjoyment heading out to discover a port by wandering the streets, chatting with the residents, and sitting down to enjoy the local cuisine.  Personally, my familiarity with the port city will often hedge my decision one way or the other. But if I choose a shore excursion, it must be one that offers an authentic experience I could not achieve on my own.  That is why I find Celebrity Cruises’ Discovery Collection so appealing.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

The "New" Mariner of the Seas

This coming summer Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas is repositioning to Miami to add some freshness and excitement to the standard three- and four-night Bahamas itinerary! 

However, before arriving in the sunshine state, Mariner will undergo a $90 million overhaul adding features that will make this ship a “must” for anyone looking for a quick getaway!

Here’s some fun, new experiences being added:

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Disney Bringing Back Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea in 2019

Disney Cruise Line has announced that they will be bringing back the popular Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea on two different cruise ships in 2019.

Marvel Day at Sea will be offered on 10 Disney Magic cruises from Miami, Florida. Departing January 6 and January 20, 2019, the Western Caribbean itinerary includes George Town, Grand Cayman, and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay. Departing January 11, January 25, February 8, February 22, and March 8, 2019, the Bahamas itinerary includes Key West, Nassau, and Castaway Cay. Departing February 3, February 17 and March 3, 2019, the Western Caribbean itinerary includes Cozumel, Mexico; and Castaway Cay.