Plan Your Cruise

Cruise and travel tips to help you plan your cruise vacation.  You’ll find cruise advice, packing tips, onboard experiences, how to choose a cruise ship shore excursion and much more.

If you are a solo female traveler like me, you’ll find a wide range of solo travel advice.  There are articles that cover everything from solo dining on a cruise ship to staying safe in a new cruise port.

I try to review as many cruise ship shore excursions as possible so you can decide what shore excursions to take before you cruise.

For actual cruise reviews, cruise ship profiles and daily cruise reports, head to
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21 Best Things to Do in Sitka

21 Best Things to Do in Sitka, Alaska

Best Things to Do in Sitka for a Day As if seeing Alaska by cruise ship wasn’t wonderful enough, a stop in Sitka is the icing on the cake. The hardest decision to make is to decide what to do. Do you want an expensive shore excursion or a day on your own to wander […] Read more…

Norwegian Cruise Line Drink Packages Guide – 2019

Whether or not to purchase a Norwegian Cruise Line drink package is almost a math project.  How much can you actually drink in one week?  Is Norwegian’s beverage package really worth the cost?  Let’s break it all down to basics.  To help you decide, I’ve also included the Premium and new Premium Plus beverage package […] Read more…

View of Alaska Marjerie Glacier from Eurodam deck

What to Pack for an Alaska Cruise & Packing List

When it was time for me to pack for my first Alaska cruise, I thought I knew it all.  Halfway through the cruise, I realized I didn’t. Whether you’re going on a small ship adventure cruise like Alaska Dream Cruises or a cruise ship like Holland America’s Eurodam, here’s what you should pack for an […] Read more…

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 packed for my first cruise.  You’d think I packed for an around-the-world cruise rather than a 7-night Caribbean cruise.  I didn’t have a packing guide or a checklist for my cruise. Now I can stow […] Read more…

Norwegian Sky 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 Norwegian Edge fleet-wide refurbishment program. From top to bottom, the 20-year old ship has been drastically updated.  There are new restaurants and snack spaces, redesigned staterooms, even the pool area on deck 11 was refurbished. […] Read more…

Golden Princess balcony stateroom.

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’ glossy brochures and flashy websites doesn’t always help prospective cruise passengers choose the best stateroom location. While it’s fairly easy to decide on either an inside, oceanview or balcony stateroom, finding one in the best […] Read more…

How to Survive Long Sea Days as a Solo Cruiser

Large ships and long voyages have their own challenges. If you’re an easily bored solo cruiser, extended sea days without any ports may not be for you. On the other hand, if your brain needs some forced downtime, gazing at a seemingly endless ocean might be the remedy. Nothing compares to a week or more […] Read more…

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