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…

Viking Star anchored in the Mediterranean.

Viking Star Balcony Stateroom Review

How about a heated bathroom floor? Yes, please. The difference between upper premium and luxury cruise lines isn’t always easy to distinguish. Viking Ocean’s first ocean cruise ship, the 928 passenger Viking Star, is a case in point. After 12 days of cruising the Mediterranean aboard Viking Star I felt as though I was aboard a stunning […] 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…

Regent Mariner Luxury Cruise

Regent Seven Seas Adds Vero Still and Sparkling Water

Regent Seven Seas Cruises will offer guests Vero Still and Sparkling water on all of its ship beginning Spring 2019. Vero is the gold-standard on-premise water purification system used in luxury hotels, resorts and Michelin starred restaurants.  It uses a proprietary five-stage Nano-Filtration process to reduce impurities, chemicals and imperfections. Regent calculates that the transition […] Read more…

St Lucia Aerial Rainforest tram

Viking Sea Caribbean Cruise Overview

Highlights from our Viking Sea Caribbean cruise definitely included this aerial tram ride.  On a sunny 74-degree January morning, our 8-person open-air gondola quietly ascended into St. Lucia’s lush rain forest. Countless shades of green and a fresh, earthy scent delighted our senses and dispelled travel stress. As the live narrator’s voice explained what we […] 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…

Virgin Voyages Bimini Beach Club

Virgin Voyages Unveils Their “Secret” Island Destination

Valentine’s Day marked the moment for Virgin Voyages when it began to take reservations for its first ship, Scarlet Lady.  Long-anticipated was the promised reveal of the fledgling cruise line’s “secret” destination.  It’s Bimini, Bahamas. Virgin Voyages announced that every cruise voyage (as Sir Richard calls it) includes a stop at The Beach Club, Virgin Voyages’ […] Read more…

Foodie Alert! Holland America Culinary Cruises for 2019

After a fabulous first year, Holland America culinary cruises are back for a second season.  Officially called the Holland America 2019 Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruises, these twelve culinary cruises are produced in conjunction with the Holland America Culinary Council. Holland America Line’s Master Chef Rudi Sodamin is joined by international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner, Andy Matsuda, Ethan Stowell and […] Read more…

Avalon Artistry II Panorama Suite

Avalon Waterways Adds Another Suite Ship for 2020

Avalon Waterways is on the move. The luxury river cruise company will launch their new Avalon Envision in Europe this April.  And in 2020, Avalon just announced that another new ship, Avalon View will begin cruising on the rivers in Europe. The new Avalon View will become the 14th Suite Ship in the Avalon Waterways European […] 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…

Virgin Voyages Celebrates at Scarlet Lady Float Out

For Virgin Voyages, last Friday was an eventful day in Genoa and years in the planning.  Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Voyages executives plus officials from Fincantieri shipyard were on hand to witness the Scarlet Lady float out.  The event commemorates when the ship touches water for the first time. Similar to a new ship’s naming […] Read more…

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