Opinion

In this Opinion section, I get to rant and rave about whatever’s on my mind about cruising, traveling solo and my travel experiences.  Opinions and recommendations are my own.

In this category, you’ll find articles about solo female travel tips and advice, reasons why I like a particular ship or cruise line and some places I’d rather visit more than others.

Recommendations, top 10-whatevers or cruise hacks and my two-cents, this is where you’ll find it all.

 

Pique recipe Old San Juan food tour

Pique Recipe – Puerto Rico’s Kitchen Table Staple

There are food tours and then there are food tours.  Holland America chose Spoon Food Tours to provide this particularly tasty shore excursion.  Spoon Food Tours is owned and operated by a local family.  Based on their excellent choices for our food experiences, it’s apparent they know their city.  And their hot sauce. Rocio, a […] Read more…

America’s Test Kitchen Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

Here it was, only Day 5 of a 14-night transatlantic crossing and already I was back at my version of Foodie Central. It’s Holland America’s onboard partnership with America’s Test Kitchen. The perfect way to pass time on a long cruise. This Photo of the Day happens to be a plate of, you guessed it, bubbling […] Read more…

Guy's Burger Joint hamburger recipe for Carnival Cruise Lines

Guy’s Burger Joint Recipe for Straight-Up Burger with Pig Patty

Straight from the horse’s mouth…or in this case, Guy Fieri. Courtesy of Guy Fieri for Carnival Cruise Lines, here’s Guy’s Burger Joint recipe to recreate that mouth-watering onboard hamburger, their Straight-Up Burger with Donkey Sauce plus bacon.  A list of Carnival ships with a Guy’s Burger Joint eatery are at the end of the recipe. […] Read more…

Friday Cocktail: The Gold Dust Martini, London-style

On my last visit to London, whilst (that’s what they actually say) looking for a cute upscale bar (not a pub) at nearly 11pm with my Brit friend, we decided to head into this trendy looking bar on the ground floor of a quaint boutique hotel. Sitting in a couple of hugely over-stuffed leather armchairs (sort […] Read more…

Cruise Maven Can Cook! My Pesto Recipe

Yes, I can cook.  At least I’m improving on a steady basis. If you didn’t know, I recently found my birthmother after a 35 year search (that’s another story, entirely) and learned that I am half Italian, part French and German.  Go figure.  Guess that explains my trying to learn to speak Italian when I […] Read more…

It ain’t over til….

It was a good, long walk on the treadmill.  Ten thousand steps, nearly 400 calories and a speck over four miles.  My mood was buoyant. I almost skipped down the one flight of stairs from the gym and then turned into the short corridor to my room. Suddenly, reality hit and my spirits were quashed.  […] Read more…