Cruising / Royal Caribbean

Chasing Royal Caribbean Diamond Status–Is It Worth It?

Crown and Anchor Club Benefit Levels

The value of “status” with airlines, hotels and cruise lines has always eluded me.  It seems like the time, effort, and money spent are not worth the nebulous perks.  Now that I realize that I am a couple of cruises away from Diamond status on Royal Caribbean I may be changing my tune.

adventure / Carnival / Cruising / etc.

Is It Finally Time to Cruise to Cuba?

Several cruise lines are offering cruises that visit Cuba.  They vary widely in price as well as the number of days actually spent in Cuban ports.  I’m wondering if it is finally time for us to take a cruise to Cuba.

Cruising / Family travel / Royal Caribbean

A Cruise for Mom–Five Nights on the Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas Itinerary
Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas Itinerary

I’ve booked a short itinerary that sails from Tampa for Mom and me.  We can easily drive to the port and she will be away from home less than a week.  In the meantime I’ll be working on my Royal Caribbean Diamond Status. Continue reading “A Cruise for Mom–Five Nights on the Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas”

Cruising / Port Days / Ports

A Rome Port Day–Aqueduct Park

Detailed Map of Aqueduct Park Rome

Aqueduct Park in Rome is seldom visited by tourists but it makes a beautiful and peaceful day trip from Rome’s busy center.  It is also easy to do if you have a fairly long port day in Civitavecchia.

Airport Lounges / Credit and Debit Cards / Cruising

American Express Platinum and Chase Sapphire Reserve–Why I Have Both

I am currently using and paying a $450 annual fee on each of these cards.  I think that the benefits of these cards are valuable enough that I may keep them indefinitely.

adventure / Airport Lounges / American Airlines / etc.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!–Short Blog Vacation Coming Up

I’m taking a couple of weeks off as B. and I travel down to Mexico for awhile.  We will be visiting ghost towns in the Mexican Sierra.  I’ll see all y’all the second week in January!  Hope all of you have a wonderful holiday with friends and family.

Cruising / Living on Cruise Ships / Norwegian

Living on the Norwegian Sky–Last Minute Pricing

Norwegian Sky

You can save a little money by waiting until the last minute to book the Sky.  The new per diem cost for two people is $259 a day, down from a high of $293/day in June.  One of the itineraries has sold out in the cheapest inside category, but balcony cabins are still available.

Cruising / Living on Cruise Ships / Princess

Living on the Regal Princess–Last-Minute-Pricing

Regal Princess Image

If you waited until December to book your month-long sojourn on the Regal Princess in January 2017, then you waited too long!  Two of the four 7-day sailings are sold out!

Carnival / Cruising / Family travel

Carnival Fantasy Babysitting Cruise Disembarkation and Review

We had a fairly easy disembarkation and short drive home.  I’ve made lists of what I liked and didn’t like about our cruise.

Carnival / Cruising / Family travel

Carnival Fantasy Babysitting Cruise Review–Day Five–Last Sea Day

We had a fun but exhausting sea day as we tried to pack in as much fun as possible for the boys on their last day.  We’ve given up on Camp Carnival and attending any shows.