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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.

For actual cruise reviews, cruise ship profiles and daily cruise reports, head to
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43 Lessons I’ve Learned From Traveling Solo

Solo Female Travel Tips It’s taken me a lot of years to compile this new list of my best solo travel tips.  Decades, actually. My first solo trip happened when I was 12 years old. My dad put me on a two-night train ride from Chicago to Phoenix to visit family.  As I settled into my […] Read more…

9 Best Tips for Your First Solo Cruise

You can find dozens of articles online written by people who have completed their first solo cruise.  I enjoy their stories, but one solo cruise does not an expert make. Not to say that I’m an expert, but I’ve really been there, done that and have been buying the proverbial t-shirt since 1979.  My first […] Read more…

Entrance to Portland Oregon Union Station

Alaska Trip Report: Catch the Alaska Ferry or Else

A Smoke-filled race to Bellingham, WA for the Alaska Marine Highway ferry. The journey of 11,000 miles begins with one train…  Amtrak Silver Meteor – one overnight from Orlando to Washington, DC Amtrak Capitol Limited – one overnight from Washington, DC to Chicago Hotel nights (4) in Chicago Amtrak California Zephyr – two overnights from […] Read more…

cruise to canada and trois rivieres for maple syrup

Cruise to Canada and Pour on the Maple Syrup

Amber Ambrosia With winter’s ebb and spring’s impending warmth, stately old maple trees begin their annual ritual. All across eastern Canada, when the clear-colored sap of the maple tree begins to run, it signals the start of the anxiously awaited “maple sugaring” season.  It’s the beginning of the season to cruise to Canada. It’s the […] Read more…

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…

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