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”
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?”
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?”
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”
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”
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.
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!
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.
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”
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”