Golden Princess balcony stateroom.

Seven Cruise Ship Room Locations You Should Avoid

Someone’s gotta get a cruise ship room location near the disco, but why you? A quick read through cruise lines’ glossy brochures and flashy websites doesn’t always help prospective cruise passengers choose the best stateroom location. While it’s fairly easy to decide on either an inside, oceanview or balcony stateroom, finding one in the best […] Read more…

Holland America Eurodam lamb chop entree

Cruise Line Tests Charging a Fee for Second Entrée

According to a news article on Cruise Critic, Holland America is testing the addition of a $10 fee if you order a second entree in the Main Dining Room. If you’ve ever taken a cruise, I’m sure you’ve noticed that some people at your dining table order a second or even a third entree.  It’s common […] Read more…

Amtrak Zephyr in Ruby Canyon Colorado

Amtrak California Zephyr Travel Across America

By Sherry Laskin Two full days. That’s how long it takes to travel 2,438 miles by train from Chicago to Emeryville, California. Slightly over 48 hours, if the Amtrak California Zephyr is on time. Spectacular Scenery and a Cozy Bedroom on the California Zephyr A trip aboard the Amtrak California Zephyr eluded me for years. […] Read more…

Regent World Cruise Map

Regent Seven Seas World Cruise for 2021

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has announced the itinerary for their world cruise in 2021 and it’s a doozy.  Along the route, the ship, Seven Seas Mariner, will visit 56 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-designated world heritage sites across the globe. Guests will have a chance to spend time in iconic cities such […] Read more…

Viking Cruises Sweeps Cruise Critic Awards Again

I wasn’t surprised when I learned that once again Viking Cruises took top honors in the 9th Annual Cruise Critic Cruisers’ Choice Awards.  Compiled from actual cruisers’ reviews on Cruise Critic, Viking received 11 First Place awards. The First Place category went to four of Viking’s 930-passenger ships:  Viking Star, Viking Sky, Viking Sun and Viking […] Read more…

Sunset behind the Buda Castle as the Viking Lif is docked for the night at the Chain Bridge.

Viking Lif River Ship Review and Photos

European river cruises are, in my opinion, the best way to visit the heart of Europe.  Sure, I love cruise ships and cruises that go around Europe. If you want to explore a variety of small towns and port cities and not have to pack and unpack, you need a river cruise. Viking River Cruises is the […] Read more…

Emeril Lagasse Restaurant to Open on Carnival Mardi Gras

Carnival Cruise Line just announced that award-winning celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse will open his first-ever restaurant onboard Carnival’s newest ship, Mardi Gras.  It’s all so New Orleans. Named Emeril’s Bistro 1396, the restaurant will be located in Mardi Gras French Quarter, one of six themed zones on the ship. But the French Quarter will be […] Read more…

Guide to Amtrak Sleeping Accommodations

As a committed non-flyer, Amtrak has played an important role for my travel experiences across America. For me to travel for a cruise from non-Florida cruise ports, an overnight Amtrak train is needed.  That’s how I became so familiar with Amtrak sleeping accommodations. There are two types of Amtrak sleeping accommodations: a roomette and a bedroom.  While both have […] Read more…

Norwegian Joy

Norwegian Joy Entertainment Cuts Footloose with New Production Show

Norwegian Cruise Line is known for bringing rousing Broadway musicals to the high seas.  And the new Norwegian Joy entertainment productions will be no exception. Following a $50 million refurbishment and an Alaska debut, the award-winning musical, “Footloose” will be part of the live entertainment lineup beginning in May 2019. Norwegian Joy Live Entertainment Footloose tells the […] Read more…

Four Northern Europe Cruise Ports You Don’t Want to Miss

Northern Europe Cruise Ports This article is part three of my series on 11 Not-to-be-Missed Europe cruise ports.  Here we head to explore four northern Europe cruise ports that I think give cruisers a slice of life that’s not totally always touristic.  You’ll get an insider’s peek into their world. The Baltics, Britain and Scandinavia […] Read more…

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