adventure / Boating / Great Loop / etc.

What It’s Like to Buy a Big Boat

Our New Boat

We have just completed the process of buying a live aboard boat, and in many ways the process is more complicated and expensive than buying a house. Continue reading “What It’s Like to Buy a Big Boat”

adventure / Bicycling / Camping

Maybe I Could Do Credit Card Touring?

Loaded Down for Bike Touring

I think I may have found a way to get into bike touring.  The concept is called “credit card touring.”  This is a lazy and lightweight way to do some miles on your bicycle.  You don’t carry much more than a “credit card” when you tour. Continue reading “Maybe I Could Do Credit Card Touring?”

Cruising / Great Loop / Living on Cruise Ships / etc.

What Happened to My Virtual Cruise Life?

Holland America July 10 Itinerary

My little project “My Virtual Cruise Life” got put on hold as we got swept away in searching for and getting a boat under contract. Continue reading “What Happened to My Virtual Cruise Life?”

Cruising / Great Loop

A New Kind of Cruising–the Great Loop

America's Great Loop

We have decided to buy a boat and cruise all or part of America’s Great Loop.  This is a 6000+ mile route consisting mostly of  rivers, lakes and protected intercoastal waterways.  You DO need your own boat, however, so we are in the process of looking for a 36 foot trawler to begin our cruise. Continue reading “A New Kind of Cruising–the Great Loop”

Blogging

How I Bombed My Blog Back to the Stone Age

Back to the Beginning

Several of you have emailed and messaged me saying “What’s going on with the blog?  You haven’t posted in a couple of weeks.”  This post tries to answer some of the pitfalls I’ve encountered lately with the blog and a new (hopefully) upcoming website.  It is somewhat of a rant. Continue reading “How I Bombed My Blog Back to the Stone Age”

Cruising / Royal Caribbean

Empress of the Seas Review–Entertainment and Staff

The warm and friendly crew of the Empress of the Seas is a perfect complement to Royal Caribbean’s small ship experience.  The professional and varied entertainment venues completed a great cruise experience.

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Cruising / Royal Caribbean

Empress of the Seas Review–Food! Drinks!

Empress of the Seas Starlight Dining Room

Here are all the details about eating and drinking aboard the Empress of the Seas.  I’ve detailed our experiences with My Time Dining and included hours of operation in the various venues.  With very few exceptions we thought the food was great and I only gained about three pounds on this cruise!

Continue reading “Empress of the Seas Review–Food! Drinks!”

Cruising / Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas–the Ship

This is my second post about our recent cruise on the Empress of the Seas.  Today I will talk about the ship itself and how good things often come in small packages.

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Cruising / Florida

Empress of the Seas–the Little Ship That Could

Mom Enjoying Sailaway on the Empress of the Seas

The Empress of the Seas is Royal Caribbean’s smallest ship, yet provides a great cruise experience.  We sailed on her recently on a five-day itinerary out of Tampa to Mexico, and enjoyed the good food, excellent service and entertainment.  In this post I’m discussing our trip down to Tampa Port. Continue reading “Empress of the Seas–the Little Ship That Could”

Cruising / Trip Planning

My Experience Using Cruise Compete

Cruise Compete Landing Page

I recently sent a cruise out for bid on Cruise Compete.  I got three bids from different travel agencies and the prices varied by more than $1000! Continue reading “My Experience Using Cruise Compete”