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.

Continue reading “Royal Caribbean Empress of the Seas–the Ship”

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 / 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”

Award travel / Cruising / Royal Caribbean / etc.

Booking Cruises With United Miles

Mileage Plus Cruises Portal

You can pay for cruises with United MileagePlus miles.  You will probably have to call to book, and you will get about 0.8 cents of value per United airline mile.

Cruising / Living on Cruise Ships / Royal Caribbean

June Update–Cost of Living on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas

I have recalculated how much it costs to live on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, using the month of February 2017 on the Enchantment as an example.  The total per day cost for two people has changed from $235/day to $229/day.

Carnival / Cruising / Norwegian / etc.

How Much Does It Cost to Live On a Cruise Ship?

One of my fantasies is to sell everything I own and be a perpetual traveler.  Like most of our fantasies, this one is not very realistic, but that doesn’t stop me from fantasizing about it!  One way to do this would be to take an extremely long cruise, or a series of short back-to-back cruises.  There are people who have done this, and I’ve gotten a lot of entertainment from reading about them. If you google “Living on a Cruise Ship,” one article that keeps popping up is the story of Lee Wachtstetter, who sold her house and is