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.

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!

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.

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!

Airfare / American Airlines / Award travel / etc.

Cruise Air Cheaper Than Ten Years Ago!

ITA Matrix New York to Copenhagen Roundtrip

As I was doing research for a Baltic cruise this summer, I found that round trip airfare costs the same or less than it did ten years ago!

Cruising / Mexico / Ports / etc.

Using Cruise Critic Forums for Cruise Planning

Cruise Critic Landing Page

I use Cruise Critic extensively for all aspects of cruise planning.  In this post I’ll go into detail about how I use the Cruise Critic forums to find cheap parking and plan shore days.

Cruising / Living on Cruise Ships / Norwegian / etc.

Virtual Cruise Life–Norwegian Spirit Roundtrip Rome

Norwegian Spirit May 18 Roundtrip from Rome

In this second installment of my virtual cruise life, I’ve decided to add a Norwegian Spirit round-trip cruise from Rome.  I’ve also investigated the costs and logistics of getting from Copenhagen to the Port of Rome at Civitavecchia.

Cruising / Living on Cruise Ships / Norwegian / etc.

Starting My Virtual Cruise Life

Norwegian Getaway April 2017 Transatlantic

My newest blog project is to plan a summer of Mediterranean travel using last-minute cruise bookings interspersed with land travel.  I want to see what the ratio of land/sea travel would turn out to be, and to come up with an approximate cost.

Credit and Debit Cards / Cruising / Hotel Rewards

When Hotel Loyalty Programs Are a Waste of Time

Loveland Pass Colorado

Booking last-minute hotels on a quick cross-country road trip taught us the value of using CASH to book last-minute budget hotels.  We never paid more than $60 a night for hotels that were basic but adequate.  This experience makes me question the value of hotel points that I have been saving.