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
Ocean Cruise Reviews.

Why I’m Back Aboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise

When I first started cruising as an adult (or quasi-adult), first it was NCL, now officially renamed Norwegian Cruise Line.  Then I was all about Carnival.  My kids cut their teeth on Carnival, loved Camp Carnival and the dancing waitstaff at dinner.  Then came a couple of tries aboard Disney.  Great product, very expensive.  Yet […] Read more…

Five Things to Know Cruising Solo on a Transatlantic Crossing

Cruising solo on a transatlantic crossing isn’t your typical solo cruise experience. I’ve cruised solo on 20 transatlantic crossings.  With Cunard, you’ll have six consecutive sea days.  Onboard a Holland America Koningsdam transatlantic crossing, we had eight sea days before reaching our first port in the Azores. It’s interesting to plan on how to fill 13 days  […] Read more…

View of Dubrovnik from atop the wall

What to Do in Dubrovnik On Your Own Shore Excursion

A cruise day in Dubrovnik, Croatia A gem in the Adriatic Sea, on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia, sits the ancient city of Dubrovnik. Amid ancient winding streets, stone buildings and completely surrounded by a fortress-like stone wall, Dubrovnik is listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Your ship may anchor off-shore or dock in the […] Read more…

How to Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard

Traveling abroad can be a lot of fun, but as you’d guess, it can also be very expensive. On top of that, if you’re an inexperienced traveler, you can feel plenty of stress.  You need to make sure that you have not forgotten important travel documents, such as your passport (up-to-date of course) or a […] Read more…

5 Really Good Reasons Not to Book a Balcony Stateroom

Don’t go financially overboard when selecting your stateroom. Sure, we all love to splurge from time to time. Unfortunately for most of us, there comes a time to pay the piper. You’ve decided on the perfect cruise line, ship and itinerary for your cruise vacation. The next step is to choose your stateroom. A key sales strategy […] Read more…

6 Iconic Landmarks to Visit in Miami

Known as the cruise capital of the world, Miami has a lot to offer both visitors and locals. We mentioned in a previous post on that Carnival Cruises will be adding new trips to Cuba from Miami next year, so to whet your appetite while you’re waiting to sail, we’d like to present six iconic […] Read more…

9 Things to Know Before You Book Your Cruise

A little advance planning before you book a cruise, helps ensure the perfect cruise vacation. Every cruise line repeats the benefits of cruising; meals, entertainment and accommodations wrapped into one reasonable rate.  It’s true. Cruising really is a convenient and affordable vacation option. Cruises offer stimulating onboard enrichment programs, unique culinary experiences and immersive and […] Read more…

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