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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.

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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 the east coast, Port Canaveral is an easy drive from any direction, if you know the area. Maybe you’re driving south from Atlanta or Raleigh.  Or due east from Tampa or Orlando.  When you finally […] Read more…

Marjerie Glacier Alaska Inside Passage 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 be at an embarkation port.  One question I hear a lot is, “do I need a passport  for an Alaska cruise?”  The answer is easy: yes.  And no. On a “closed-loop cruise” – one that […] Read more…

Half Moon Cay Horses in the Ocean

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, Half Moon Cay means a cruise excursion to go horseback riding in the ocean. Half Moon Cay is Holland America’s private island in the Bahamas.  It’s located halfway between Cat Island and Eleuthra, about 100 […] Read more…

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 rules of course, especially about sharing.  Their rules require that if one person in a stateroom purchases a beverage package, then BOTH must purchase a beverage package. All-Inclusive Beverage Packages Considering that the prices are […] Read more…

How to Reserve Your Own Shore Excursions and try Cozumel food tours

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 a new port or maybe your third or fourth, chances are you’ll want to leave the ship to see and explore your destination. There could be a zillion reasons why people choose to not buy […] Read more…

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 States citizen taking a cruise from the U.S. to the Caribbean.  Do I need a U.S. passport”? After I received this same question again today, I decided to put together this passport advice article. Mostly, […] Read more…

Queen Mary 2 at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

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 saying whenever someone declares, “I’d never go on a transatlantic cruise.” I have to admit, while not exactly in the middle of nowhere, there isn’t a whole lot of activity going on, except maybe for […] Read more…

Norwegian Cruise Line cruise.

How to Pack for a Norwegian Cruise Line Cruise

If you’ve cruised on other cruise lines, or if this is your first Norwegian Cruise Line cruise, you should know that a cruise with Norwegian will be a totally different cruise experience. Especially when it comes to how to pack. Norwegian (or NCL as it was once called) created their Freestyle Cruising concept way back in […] Read more…

Viking Cruises Viking Star off of Corfu Greece

What to Know if You are Planning a Cruise in 2019

A couple of months ago, I received an email request for a phone interview.  A freelance writer, Mark Cantrell, was putting together a cruise-related article for a magazine.  The topic was aimed at the benefits of a cruise vacation and then planning a cruise.  I happened to be out of the country so I asked […] Read more…

What to do in Seven Canada cruise ports

What to Do in Seven of My Favorite Canada Cruise Ports

Don’t miss these seven Canada cruise ports Cruises to Canada rank really high on my list of favorite cruise itineraries.  Almost all cruise ships for a cruise to Canada conveniently depart from the east coast of the U.S.  Maybe it’s the scenery or the ever-changing weather or just a particular port.  Canada cruise ports offer […] Read more…

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