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”
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! Continue reading “Cruise Air Cheaper Than Ten Years Ago!”
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.
Continue reading “Using Cruise Critic Forums for Cruise Planning”
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.
Continue reading “Virtual Cruise Life–Norwegian Spirit Roundtrip Rome”