Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Haven by Norwegian Cruise Line...a Personal Experience

I have cruised on mega-ships that are like floating cities housing over 5,000 guests with tons to do as well as lovely, intimate ships that carry less than 700 guests.  I love both for very different reasons, but the fact that I have always had to choose one over the other made me feel that I was compromising, or worse, conceding one important aspect of my cruise vacation to gain another!


How na├»ve I was! You see, I recently sailed the Mediterranean aboard the Norwegian Epic in a Haven suite and it was EVERYTHING I wanted my cruise vacation to be, and more! 
So, what exactly is the Haven? The Haven is a private access all suite enclave on the top of many Norwegian Cruise Line ships, accessible only by a platinum keycard. Guests staying in these gorgeous suites have access to an exclusive dining room, bar and lounge (select ships), a private pool, hot tubs and sundeck and even a  fitness center.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Splurge On Your Next Cruise

Cruising is the ultimate vacation experience! And with cruise lines becoming more “all-inclusive” they are also an incredible value. But what if you’re looking to make your next cruise vacation extra special? Here are my top three splurges that will take your next cruise vacation from marvelous to magnificent!


Splurge…on a Suite
For a special occasion (think honeymoon, 40th birthday, or 25th wedding anniversary) or if you just want a more luxurious cruise experience, consider booking a suite. Many suites will give you a lot of extra space with separate living and sleeping areas, large and lavish bathrooms as well as sprawling balconies. In addition to designer styled rooms, the top suites at sea almost always come with concierge service, priority embarkation and disembarkation, exclusive restaurants and lounges and other perks. I recently stayed in the Owner’s Suite on the Norwegian Epic and let me say that it was a cruise I will never forget!  Everyone should experience accommodations and service like that at least once!