Many people might consider any vacation on a cruise ship to be a luxury. It is certainly true that virtually all cruise ships offer great service and amenities onboard. But for the truly discerning traveler, there is the luxury cruise. Luxury cruises are geared toward providing passengers with a high level of quality and refinement from the moment they set foot on the ship. Read more →
The Panama Canal is widely regarded as one of the wonders of the modern world, a feat of incredible engineering skills and human labor. It is also one of the world’s most important waterways, providing passage for over 12,000 shipping vessels each year. Some of these vessels are cruise ships that allow vacationers to experience unique marvels up-close. Read more →
Already on the list of most tourists’ dream vacation spots, Hawaii is a popular destination for cruise ships. Four of the eight main Hawaiian islands is a port of call on cruise itineraries: Lana’i and Moloka’i are open to tourism, Ni’ihau is a privately owned island, and Kaho‘olawe, once a U.S. military target, is closed to the public. This allows travelers to get a taste of multiple islands, depending on each cruise’s specific itinerary. Read more →
Whether you are on a Caribbean cruise for a regular vacation or sailing for a special occasion, a cruise through the Caribbean is a fantastic experience.
The various cruise lines offer an amazing array of activities. Entertainment, sports, fitness, gourmet dining and beauty/spa services are available on most ships that cruise the Caribbean. Stops at various ports-of-call allow travelers to explore the beautiful islands and interesting cultures of the Caribbean. There is something for everyone on a Caribbean cruise. Read more →
Alaska cruises are the most popular way to explore Alaska. They offer passengers a front row seat to gigantic glaciers, magnificent mountains, and wonderful wildlife. Unlike most other cruises, Alaska cruises are seasonal, with ships setting sail during the months of May, June, July, August and September. June and August are the warmest months with temperatures ranging anywhere from 50 up to 80 degrees. A popular time to take an Alaska cruise is in late May, when the temperatures are relatively mild, but there are still plenty of snow capped mountains around, which makes for great photo ops. Read more →
Looking for that special someone who shares your interests? If traveling falls among your interests, why not sign on for a singles cruise? Romances have blossomed between travelers while at sea—indeed, singles cruises are a tried and true method for many.
The Internet shows a great many singles groups that offer trips, including cruise packages, for their members. A variety of locales are offered, so if you are more interested in seeing Western Europe than the Western Caribbean, there is more than likely a trip to be found for you. Traveling by yourself can be expensive when it comes to paying for your stateroom. Luckily, most groups are willing and able to pair up travelers who are looking for roommates. Remember to be considerate when unpacking, waking up and going to bed; your way is not everyone’s way, and you don’t want to be on bad terms with your new roomie. Read more →
Packing for your cruise vacation can be one of the worst parts of a cruise. The only thing I can think of that I dread more is unpacking when I get home! Through the years, I have learned that a packing list is essential. Maybe it’s my advancing age or just that I have learned “the hard way” by forgetting some essential item and then having to purchase it at double (or more) the price on the cruise ship or in a port of call.
One important packing tip — If traveling with a companion or spouse, divide your checked items into two (or more) suitcases. That way, if one is lost, you will both have some clothing to wear! It would be terrible for your spouse to have all of his clothes and you to have nothing but your carry-on. Also, be sure to carry-on anything that you cannot live without for a couple of days (or more), just in case your luggage is lost or delayed. Read more →