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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What to Pack for a Seven Night Cruise

You’re going for it – you’ve finally booked your seven-night cruise, but you have no idea what you need to pack.  Here’s what I suggest to pack for a cruise. What to pack for a seven-night cruise made easy Packing for a vacation can be a time-consuming experience.  Unlike me, some people begin several days […] Read more…

Border Crossing Canada on Amtrak

Amtrak Train Between Seattle and Vancouver BC

I’m asked this question quite a bit. How do I take an Amtrak train between Seattle and Vancouver?  I’ve crossed the Canadian border with Amtrak four times in the last two months for four different cruises to and from Vancouver.  Now would be a good time to explain how to cross the US and Canada […] Read more…

Queen Mary and Sherry in Long Beach California

Cruise News Round-Up – Fourth of July Week

In case you missed last week’s cruise news, maybe out having too much fun over the Fourth of July long weekend, here are the latest happenings in the world of cruising. Carnival Panorama heads out to sea Carnival Panorama left the shipyard in Italy last weekend for a brief trip out to the ocean.   In […] Read more…

Holland America Prinsendam sold to Phoenix Reisen

Holland America Bids Final Farewell to Petit Prinsendam

Holland America bid farewell to Prinsendam, their smallest ship that carried only 835-guests.  After 17 years with the fleet, this much-loved ship was sold to Phoenix Reisen, a German cruise line. The name has also been changed to Amera. Though the sale of Prinsendam was finalized nearly this same time last year, the ship was […] Read more…

Regent Seven Seas Plant Based Hawaiian Poke Bowl

Over 200 Plant-Based Dishes Added to Regent Seven Seas Menus

Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the world’s leading luxury ocean cruise line, will introduce an extensive menu with more than 200 gourmet plant-based dishes across its fleet beginning October 1, 2019. The new plant-based cuisine will be offered at breakfast, lunch and dinner to meet the evolving tastes of luxury travelers who are following vegan or […] Read more…

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