Pat Woods

A frequent contributor to CruiseMaven.com, Pat Woods is a widely published travel writer. Pat encourages readers to SKI (spend the kids inheritance) on a cruise.
St Lucia Aerial Rainforest tram

Viking Sea Caribbean Cruise Overview

Highlights from our Viking Sea Caribbean cruise definitely included this aerial tram ride.  On a sunny 74-degree January morning, our 8-person open-air gondola quietly ascended into St. Lucia’s lush rain forest. Countless shades of green and a fresh, earthy scent delighted our senses and dispelled travel stress. As the live narrator’s voice explained what we […] Read more…

36 Hours in Boston – What to Do and See

Thirty-six hours before boarding a ship in Gloucester, MA for a New England cruise, my husband and I flew into Boston’s Logan airport. Travelers visiting Boston pre-cruise, post-cruise or for only a day can choose from a plethora of fun attractions. Boston is a very walkable city. Its narrow streets, historic buildings and downtown waterfront […] Read more…

Holland America Mexican Riviera Cruise Review

On the first morning of our Holland America Mexican Riviera cruise husband Rob and I were thrilled as our ship slowly cruised within sight of the famous Land’s End rock formations near Cabo San Lucas at the southern point of the Baja Peninsula. We wanted a North American destination close to our Arizona home. Holland […] Read more…

View from a bus going to Sausalito

What to Do on a Port Day in San Francisco

Make your own shore excursions on a port day in San Francisco. Through the years husband Rob and I have driven our vehicle to San Francisco. More frequently, we searched for reasonable airfare and rented a car. Then recently, we found a much easier way to revisit our beloved City by the Bay; on a cruise. […] Read more…

Golden Princess California Coastal Wine Country Cruise

Golden Princess California Coastal Wine Country Cruise

From Los Angeles to Vancouver via the vineyards. After reviewing dozens of colorful cruise brochures, husband Rob and I chose the 7-day Golden Princess California Coastal Wine Country Cruise on the Golden Princess. We liked the Los Angeles-Vancouver itinerary and ports. At Pier 93 in Los Angeles it took only 15 minutes to check in. […] Read more…

Holland America Westerdam cruising in Alaska

Holland America Alaska Cruise Review

America’s coolest state offers the warmest welcome. As another hot summer dragged on, husband Rob and I decided the best place to cool off was America’s last frontier. So I booked a balcony cabin on a Holland America Alaska cruise.  We chose an Inside Passage cruise aboard the Westerdam. The 7-day journey embarked and ended in […] Read more…

Hell’s Gate Air Tram seen from Rocky Mountaineer

Upclose in the Canadian Rockies Aboard Rocky Mountaineer

A Rocky Mountaineer rail trip fulfills many vacation dreams. “Bear on the right!” a male Aussie voice shouted as heads swiveled and hands fumbled with cameras and phones. After months of planning, husband Rob and I were riding through the rugged Canadian Rockies in a Gold Leaf dome car on a Rocky Mountaineer rail trip. […] Read more…

What to see in Vancouver in only two days.

Vibrant Vancouver Worth a Longer Visit

 Part of the waterfront as seen from the 550-foot Vancouver Lookout. This beautiful city is surrounded by snowy peaks. Experience the highlights of Vancouver in only two days. Surrounded by snow-capped green mountains, blue waters of inlets and bays, and blessed with abundant rainfall, Vancouver deserves its “Beautiful city” moniker. Site of the 2010 Olympic […] Read more…

San Diego skyline view shot from the famous Coronado Bridge on an Old Town Trolley tour. Coronado Island is one of 11 trolley stops on the 25-mile route.

Try a California Coastal Cruise and Reduce Travel Stress

Our California Coastal cruise close to home eliminated last-minute travel tension. After four wonderful river and ocean cruises in Europe, husband Rob and I needed a break from costly and exhausting international travel getting to European ports. A cruise close to home that departed on the west coast proved to be a wise choice. This California […] Read more…

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