Virgin Voyages’ Scarlet Lady Suites Look Amazing

Scarlet Lady cruise ship suites are as eclectic as Richard Branson Virgin Voyages has released the first peek of their first ship’s incredible suites.  Scarlet Lady will have 78 RockStar suites and 15 of those are called Mega RockStar suites.  Sporting names like Massive, Fab, Posh, Brilliant, Cheeky and Gorgeous Suites, they’ll all be located […] Read more…

Holland America America's Test Kitchen

Holland America Adds New America’s Test Kitchen Shows

If there’s one onboard program that I never miss, it’s Holland America’s live America’s Test Kitchen presentations.  I’ve learned how to make everything from Creamless Creamy Tomato Soup and Oven-Roasted Salmon to Spanish-style Garlic Shrimp. America’s Test Kitchen presentations are offered on all Holland America ships except Maasdam.  Onboard cooking shows on every cruise are hosted […] Read more…

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…

Holland America Nieuw Amsterdam

Holland America Nieuw Statendam – Welcome Aboard!

Preview peek at Holland America’s Nieuw Statendam As a fan of Holland America’s 2016 Koningsdam, I jumped at the chance to spend a week aboard the cruise line’s newest and sister ship to the Koningsdam, Nieuw Statendam. Nieuw Statendam arrived into its homeport of Fort Lauderdale in late December 2018, after a fall season cruising […] Read more…

AmaCerto in Basel.

Top 10 Reasons Why I Like AmaWaterways

Because there are river cruises…and then there are river cruises. Just like Caribbean cruises, Europe river cruises visit almost the same ports and cities. With so much repetitiveness along the major rivers of Europe, what makes AmaWaterways river cruises stand out from the crowd?  Every river cruise line has their high points that distinguishes them from the pack. So… […] Read more…

Norwegian Cruise Line cruise.

How to Pack for a Norwegian Cruise Line Cruise

If you’ve cruised on other cruise lines, or if this is your first Norwegian Cruise Line cruise, you should know that a cruise with Norwegian will be a totally different cruise experience. Especially when it comes to how to pack. Norwegian (or NCL as it was once called) created their Freestyle Cruising concept way back in […] Read more…

Viking Cruises Viking Star off of Corfu Greece

What to Know if You are Planning a Cruise in 2019

A couple of months ago, I received an email request for a phone interview.  A freelance writer, Mark Cantrell, was putting together a cruise-related article for a magazine.  The topic was aimed at the benefits of a cruise vacation and then planning a cruise.  I happened to be out of the country so I asked […] Read more…

Viking Cruises World Cruise Map

Viking Cruises Announces New 161-Day World Cruise

If a world cruise to six continents and 75 ports in a mere 161 days sounds like a dream…newsflash:  it’s reality.  And twice as long as it took Phileas Fogg in Jules Verne’s novel. Viking Cruises World Cruise will send their 930-passenger Viking Sun literally chasing the sunset.  On December 14, 2020, Viking Sun begins […] Read more…

What to do in Seven Canada cruise ports

What to Do in Seven of My Favorite Canada Cruise Ports

Don’t miss these seven Canada cruise ports Cruises to Canada rank really high on my list of favorite cruise itineraries.  Almost all cruise ships for a cruise to Canada conveniently depart from the east coast of the U.S.  Maybe it’s the scenery or the ever-changing weather or just a particular port.  Canada cruise ports offer […] Read more…

Luxury train Rocky Mountaineer in Canada

Add a Luxury Train to a Cruise for a Rail and Sail Vacation

If a weeklong cruise isn’t enough, combine it with a luxury train adventure for the trip of a lifetime. This isn’t a new concept.  Rail-and-sail vacations have been quietly available for years.  When combined with a cruise, a rail journey offers a chance to explore territory that simply can’t be seen from a cruise ship. […] Read more…

Carnival ship arrives in Nassau Bahamas

Carnival Cruise Line Ends Free Room Service in 2019

Carnival room service gets a price tag Carnival has just announced that beginning mid-January, 2019, they will no longer offer complimentary room service.  The change will be across the fleet, with an expanded à la carte menu. Carnival’s website states, “A wide variety of menu items will be available with a nominal cost ranging from […] Read more…

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