Category Archives: Cruise Vacation

What to Do in Monte Carlo Monaco on a Mediterranean Cruise

High above the port and modern high rise apartments, you can see France in the distance. Good morning, Monte Carlo, Monaco! The tiny territory of Monaco, first ruled by the House of Grimaldi in 1297, continues to be a mecca for the rich and famous. If you’re like me and most American tourists, the difference between Monaco and Monte-Carlo isn’t clear. To begin, the Principality of Monaco consists of four districts. Monaco-Ville (the old city) is the historic seat of the Principality and is located high above the […]

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Top 10 Things to See in Budapest Before or After a River Cruise

From bubbling thermal baths to eerie reminders of Hungary’s Nazi and Communist past, you’ll find incredibly diverse things to see in Budapest. This was my fourth visit to Budapest on a Danube river cruise.  Each time, my river ship has docked in a different location so I’ve had to learn  to get around from various vantage points.  And there are always new things to see. Budapest is a bustling metropolis, once two separate cities separated by the Danube. Buda has the hills while Pest (sounds like Pesht) […]

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Amtrak Train Between Seattle and Vancouver BC |

I’m asked this question quite a bit. How do I take an Amtrak train between Seattle and Vancouver?  I’ve crossed the Canadian border with Amtrak four times in the last two months for four different cruises to and from Vancouver.  Now would be a good time to explain how to cross the US and Canada border with Amtrak, while it’s fresh in my mind. How the Amtrak border crossing procedure works To begin, when traveling on Amtrak between Seattle and Vancouver, there are two ways that Amtrak […]

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Restaurants, Lounges and Bars |

Less than six months until the Norwegian Encore debuts in Miami and Norwegian Cruise Line revealed details on the Norwegian Encore’s line-up of restaurants, bars and lounges.  The new ship will be Norwegian’s fourth Breakaway Plus class ship. Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line In the past weeks, Norwegian Cruise Line released a preview of their high-energy attractions like the top-deck race track that will extend 13-feet over the edge of the ship.  Also out of the bag is the addition of the largest open-air laser tag course at sea. […]

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Cruise News Round-Up – Fourth of July Week |

In case you missed last week’s cruise news, maybe out having too much fun over the Fourth of July long weekend, here are the latest happenings in the world of cruising. Carnival Panorama heads out to sea Carnival Panorama left the shipyard in Italy last weekend for a brief trip out to the ocean.   In case you didn’t know, Panorama was supposed to be a part of Carnival’s P&O fleet.  When Carnival executives saw how popular the first two Vista Class ships were, the Vista and Horizon, […]

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How to Take Amtrak to Cruise Ports in the USA

Amtrak trains reach every cruise port in the USA. If you don’t live near a cruise ship port, your choices on how to get there are limited. Endure a long-distance car ride or for even more stress, cram yourself and your family into an airplane. Some people simply refuse to fly, which seriously can limit their travel chances. There is a better way to get to your cruise ship: Take an Amtrak train to a cruise port! Amtrak is America’s passenger train. Arrive at an Amtrak station […]

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Holland America Bids Final Farewell to Petit Prinsendam |

Plan Your Cruise Holland America bid farewell to Prinsendam, their smallest ship that carried only 835-guests.  After 17 years with the fleet, this much-loved ship was sold to Phoenix Reisen, a German cruise line. The name has also been changed to Amera. Though the sale of Prinsendam was finalized nearly this same time last year, the ship was chartered by Holland America to fulfill its planned voyages through the beginning of this month. Prinsendam was built in 1988 as Royal Viking Sun for Royal Viking Line. Under […]

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Over 200 Plant-Based Dishes Added to Regent Seven Seas Menus |

Regent Seven Seas Cruises, the world’s leading luxury ocean cruise line, will introduce an extensive menu with more than 200 gourmet plant-based dishes across its fleet beginning October 1, 2019. Regent Seven Seas Plant Based Hawaiian Poke Bowl The new plant-based cuisine will be offered at breakfast, lunch and dinner to meet the evolving tastes of luxury travelers who are following vegan or vegetarian lifestyles, or strive to enjoy more plant-based fare. Plant-based dishes will include Wild Mushroom Tart with Brittle Pie Crust, Mushroom Duxelles and Red […]

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Chichago Dream Review – Alaskan Dream Cruises

Chichagof Dream Cruise on Alaska’s Inside Passage I’m not a stranger to small ship cruising.  This was my first time aboard Chichagof Dream on what I would call a “soft” expedition cruise.  Accommodating up to 76 passengers in 38 staterooms, this is truly a small ship.  Alaskan Dream Cruises is owned by the well-known-in-Alaska Allen family. They’ve been in Alaska for generations and their expertise in Alaskan cruising and tourism is apparent. With all the conveniences of a traditional cruise ship stateroom, impeccable cuisine, attentive crew and […]

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Norwegian Cruise Line Breaks Ground in Icy Strait Point |

Executives from Norwegian Cruise Line traveled to Hoonah and broke ground on a second cruise pier at Icy Strait Point.  If you’re curious where all this is located, it’s on Chicagof Island on the Inside Passage. More about Hoonah, Alaska Hoonah is the largest Tlingit community in Alaska.  Icy Strait Point is a cruise ship destination at the tip of Hoonah, owned and operated by Alaska Native owned Huna Totem Corporation.  Icy Strait Point also has the largest zipline in the Western Hemisphere. The pier is scheduled […]

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