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The Ultimate Cruise Packing Guide and Checklist

The Ultimate Cruise Packing Guide and Checklist

What to pack for a Caribbean cruise? Try my Ultimate Cruise Packing Checklist! It’s been a long time since I… View Post
Norwegian Sky Refurbishment Includes New Dining and Starbucks

Norwegian Sky Refurbishment Includes New Dining and Starbucks

After a three-week dry dock in the Bahamas, Norwegian Sky returned to Miami fresh from refurbishment.  It’s all part of Norwegian’s… View Post
Embarkation Day – 10 Best Things to Do Before You Cruise

Embarkation Day – 10 Best Things to Do Before You Cruise

Embarkation Day has finally arrived.  Barring any unforeseen delays on the way to the cruise port, knowing what to do when… View Post
Seven Cruise Ship Room Locations You Should Avoid

Seven Cruise Ship Room Locations You Should Avoid

Someone’s gotta get a cruise ship room location near the disco, but why you? A quick read through cruise lines’… View Post
What to Do In Costa Maya Mexico Instead of an Expensive Shore Excursion

What to Do In Costa Maya Mexico Instead of an Expensive Shore Excursion

If you’re going to Costa Maya on your cruise, lucky you!  This port is one of my favorites in the… View Post
Cruise Ship Room Service 2019 – Fee or Free?

Cruise Ship Room Service 2019 – Fee or Free?

I love to order room service on a cruise ship, especially breakfast.  For as long as I’ve been cruising, I’ve… View Post
Driving Directions to Port Canaveral

Driving Directions to Port Canaveral

If you live on Florida’s Space Coast, driving directions to Port Canaveral are simple.  Located in the middle of Florida on… View Post
Do You Need a Passport for an Alaska Cruise?

Do You Need a Passport for an Alaska Cruise?

You’re finally taking that long-awaited Alaska cruise.  If you’re like most people, you’ll hop on a plane and within hours… View Post
Half Moon Cay Bahamas Horseback Riding Review

Half Moon Cay Bahamas Horseback Riding Review

For many cruisers, a stop at this beautiful private island means a day to kick-back at the beach.  For me,… View Post
Royal Caribbean Beverage Packages Explained

Royal Caribbean Beverage Packages Explained

Whether or not to purchase an all-inclusive beverage package can be a bit tricky.  All Royal Caribbean beverage packages have… View Post
7 Tips If You Plan to Book Your Own Shore Excursions

7 Tips If You Plan to Book Your Own Shore Excursions

Booking your own shore excursion can be daunting… …Especially if it’s your first cruise. Whether it’s your first visit to… View Post
Do You Need a Passport to Take a Cruise From the U.S.

Do You Need a Passport to Take a Cruise From the U.S.

It’s sort of complicated.  The answer is yes you need a passport…and no you don’t. Readers ask, “I’m a United&… View Post
10 Best Tips For Your First Transatlantic Cruise

10 Best Tips For Your First Transatlantic Cruise

A transatlantic crossing is an entirely different cruise. “It’s not really the middle of nowhere.”  That’s what I find myself… View Post
21 Best Things to Do in Sitka, Alaska

21 Best Things to Do in Sitka, Alaska

The best things to see, sip and taste in Sitka for a day As if seeing Alaska by cruise ship… View Post
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