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.

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.

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.