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.

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 / Port Days / Ports

A Rome Port Day–Aqueduct Park

Detailed Map of Aqueduct Park Rome

Aqueduct Park in Rome is seldom visited by tourists but it makes a beautiful and peaceful day trip from Rome’s busy center.  It is also easy to do if you have a fairly long port day in Civitavecchia.

Carnival / Cruising / Family travel / etc.

Why I Like Carnival Right Now

Carnival Home Ports

I have become more interested in Carnival lately.  I like that they have three ports that are within a short day’s drive, and that they will accept kids as young as two in Camp Carnival.  

Airfare / General travel / Ports

67% Off Transatlantic Flights FROM Europe

Round Trip Fares From Madrid to Atlanta in Euro

A comparison of the costs of transatlantic flights to and from Europe on Delta shows that flights originating in the EU are a fraction of those that cross the Atlantic in the other direction.  Knowing this can be helpful in booking “nested” flights if you need to fly from the US.

General travel / Port Days / Ports

The Rome Guide I Want To Write

Georgina Masson's The Companion Guide to Rome

“For perfection one must look over the Ponte Sisto on a fine evening at sunset, when the sky is red behind the cypresses on the Janiculum and the faint glimmer of the floodlighting is just beginning to be perceptible in the twilight….”  reads the beautiful prose in Georgina Masson’s The Companion Guide to Rome.

Cruising / Norwegian / Port Days / etc.

Our Norwegian Jewel Cruise Review–Part 6–Cabo, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta

Mr. Macho in Cabo San Lucas

Here we review three of our “do-it-yourself” port days from the Norwegian Jewel Mexican Riviera cruise we took March 2016.  It was our first time in all of these ports, so we did exploratory walking tours in each. Norwegian Jewel Cruise Port of Cabo San Lucas Cabo San Lucas is a tender port, and when you are dropped at the tender dock, you are right in the midst of the bars and tourist shops.  We turned to the right and followed the flow of cruisers onto the boardwalk that wraps around the port.  We saw this placard and were

Carnival / Cruising / Ports / etc.

Cost of Living on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship

vacations to go cruise search january 2017 miami

The It costs about $235 a day for two people to cruise for a month on Royal Caribbean‘s Enchantment of the Seas. I have been fantasizing and wondering what it would cost to live on a cruise ship.  In my first post in this series, I talked about a select hand full of cruisers who had turned cruise ships into their full-time residences. In my last post, I looked at the costs of living for a month on the Carnival Victory.  In this post I will investigate how much a similar month of cruising would cost on Royal Caribbean.

adventure / Award travel / Delta / etc.

Copper Canyon, Mexico, Our Way–Finale–El Fuerte and Topolobampo

We finished our ride through the Copper Canyon at the colonial town of El Fuerte, then spent a couple of beach days at Topolobampo. We flew home from Los Mochis a couple of days after El Chapo was captured there. It was pitch black when we arrived at the El Fuerte station.  We had noticed on our GPS that the station was far from the town center, so we were happy to see several cabs waiting.  Our plan was to just get to the center of town and look for a hotel.  We shared a van with two other