Luxe Cruise Line Adds Small Group Shore Excursions

Attention curious cruisers who prefer to travel in the lap of luxury.  Regent Seven Seas Cruises, yes, it’s the ultra-luxe cruise line that started complimentary shore excursions, has added two new shore excursion concepts.  Called “Go Local Tours” and “Regent Choice small group tours” as you can guess, you don’t travel with a motor coach full […] Read more…

Carnival Mardi Gras and a Roller Coaster at Sea

It was just last week that Carnival revealed the retro-name of its newest ship, Mardi Gras, set to debut in 2020.   As the dust settled over Carnival’s choice of “Mardi Gras“, the cruise line has announced that their ship will have the first-ever roller coaster at sea. Appropriately named BOLT: Ultimate Sea Coaster, it promises […] Read more…

Things to Do in Malaga, Spain on Your Own

First stop in Europe: Malaga Spain! We made it!  From Ft. Lauderdale to Malaga, Spain in 11 days aboard Holland America Koningsdam.  I was here last year but with my foot in a bulky black boot because of a broken toe, I didn’t go much past the busy port area. Today I felt like I […] Read more…

Ultimate Cruise Ship Gratuities Guide 2019

How to tip, how much, when and to whom? Your cruise is paid in full. All that’s left to do is pack your bags, head to the pier and board your ship. But keep your wallet handy because there are gratuities to pay even before your cruise begins. How much, to whom and when to […] Read more…

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Moves Oasis of the Seas to East Coast

Bye-Bye Port Canaveral – Hello East Coast!  Royal Caribbean just announced that their 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas will move to the east coast.  It will be the largest ship to sail from the Northeast, with departures from its homeport in Bayonne, NJ. Following a “Royal Amplification” the cruise line’s name for their $1 billion […] Read more…

How to Choose a Panama Canal Cruise

It’s been on my bucket list for quite a while.  So when I had a chance to jump on Crystal Serenity for a Panama Canal cruise that included a full transit of this feat of engineering, the decision was easy.  But it wasn’t until I really started to look at several other cruise lines’ itineraries […] Read more…

Cunard Introduces New Spa and Wellness Concept

Along with its longtime partner, Canyon Ranch, Cunard is introducing the Mareel Wellness & Beauty spa experience. Luxury cruise line Cunard announced that Mareel Wellness & Beauty: a new spa concept developed in partnership with Canyon Ranch, will be rolled out across its fleet. Mareel launched first on the newly-refurbished Queen Elizabeth this December 2018.  In November 2020 both Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 will […] Read more…

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…

Alaska Railroad is Back on Track After Earthquake

Alaskans pitch in to get the train up and running The Alaska Railroad has restored all regularly scheduled freight and passenger services as of last Tuesday, Dec. 4, after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that fanned out across Southcentral Alaska on Friday, Nov. 30. As a result, the Alaska Railroad had to suspend regularly scheduled services to […] Read more…

36 Hours in Boston – What to Do and See

Thirty-six hours before boarding a ship in Gloucester, MA for a New England cruise, my husband and I flew into Boston’s Logan airport. Travelers visiting Boston pre-cruise, post-cruise or for only a day can choose from a plethora of fun attractions. Boston is a very walkable city. Its narrow streets, historic buildings and downtown waterfront […] Read more…

Viking Cruises Viking Star off of Corfu Greece

Viking Sweeps Five Top Editors’ Picks Awards

The 2018 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards top honors goes to Viking for luxury ocean and river categories.  This is the second consecutive year that Viking has received more awards from Cruise Critic than any other ocean or river cruise line. In the luxury category, which includes Best New Luxury Ship, Best Luxury Value for […] Read more…

Carnival Mardi Gras is the Name of Their New Ship

Carnival Cruise Line has just announced the name for their newest ship – Carnival Mardi Gras.  It’s a name that I clearly remember from my days at the University of Miami.  Carnival’s first-ever cruise ship, Carnival Mardi Gras, debuted in Miami in 1972. The new Carnival Mardi Gras will be the largest in the Carnival […] Read more…

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