Category Archives: Cruise Vacation

Princess Cruises Returns to Australia’s Kangaroo Island

Princess Cruises’ Sun Princess became the first cruise ship to return to Kangaroo Island this past weekend as a show of support for the local community that begins to recover from the impact of the recent horrific bushfires. South Australian Premier Steven Marshall and Kangaroo Island’s community leaders and firefighters along with Princess Cruises Senior Vice President Asia Pacific Stuart Allison were on hand as Sun Princess anchored off Penneshaw. “Princess Cruises visit to Kangaroo Island today is an expression of solidarity with the local community and […]

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Viking Cruises Enters the Expedition Cruise Market

Viking Cruises made an exciting announcement last week at a gala event in Beverly Hills, California.  The cruise line revealed they are launching an expedition cruise division and building two new expedition ships. Viking Expeditions and Two New Expedition Ships I had heard rumors but this made it official.  New Viking Expeditions will begin sailing in January 2022 with their first expedition ship, Viking Octantis.  The new ship will embark on voyages to Antarctica and, closer to home, North America’s Great Lakes cruises. Eight months later, Viking […]

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Flood Warning, New Viking Skadi and Our Grand European Tour Continues

Week two of my Viking Grand European Tour This is the second part of two whirlwind weeks on a three-river, four-country Viking river cruise, from Budapest to Amsterdam, now aboard Viking Skadi.  To start from Day 1: Viking Grand European Tour Began in Budapest, Hungary.  And now… Day 8: Same day, New ship – and Nuremberg – a city of contrasts Nuremberg, once the unofficial capital of the Holy Roman Empire, is a walled city with much of the medieval fortification still standing.  With Nuremberg being so […]

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Viking Grand European Tour River Cruise Review

“Welcome Aboard!” Those words were music to my ears.  Maybe not Bartok or Liszt but music nonetheless melodiously when uttered by Lee Oliver, Viking Lif’s Program Director.  I was more than ready for this 15-day Viking Grand European Tour river cruise aboard Viking Lif.  And it began on the Danube in Budapest.  4:30pm arrival and it was still daylight in late October when I boarded Viking Lif in Budapest. Scheduled Grand European Tour river cruise Itinerary Budapest Bratislava Vienna Melk Linz / Passau Regensburg Nuremberg Bamberg Wurzburg […]

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Best Things to do in Rome in Eight Hours

One day in Rome isn’t nearly enough time to view every relic and ruin in this ancient metropolis.  If you’re cruising from Rome or just passing through on a whirlwind tour, here is my list of the eight best things that you can’t leave Rome without seeing. Entrance to the Pantheon in Rome. How to see in Rome in a day – get going! Most likely, if you’re reading this article, you are planning a Mediterranean cruise that either arrives or departs from Rome.  But you are […]

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What to Do in Florence in One Day on a Mediterranean Cruise

Every moment and every port on a Mediterranean cruise is incredibly special.  And if your cruise includes a stop at Livorno, Italy, don’t miss the chance to visit Florence for the day. The Dome of the Florence Cathedral takes up the skyline view of Florence. Four not-to-miss places to see with only one day in Florence. The west coast of Italy is resplendent with steep overlooks, precariously perched cliffside apartments and white-knuckle hairpin turns as your motor coach inches along the cliff-hanging roadway. Sleepy fishing villages are contrasted by busy seaports. But […]

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Two Cruise Lines Suddenly Canceled Several Cruises

Guests booked on five sailings of Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas from Galveston were notified that their cruises have been canceled. Which Liberty of the Seas cruises were canceled Sorry, Valentine Cruisers, the first of the five canceled sailings begins on February 14, 2021. Royal Caribbean stated that the reason for the five cancellations is because the scheduled drydock for Liberty of the Seas will take longer than initially anticipated. The good news is that the impacted sailings are still a long way off, and will […]

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Cruise Ship Room Service 2020 – Fee or Free?

YourFor as long as I’ve been cruising (and that’s a long time), I’ve never had a room service fee.  Except of course, a couple of dollars for a tip to give to the delivery person.  But times are changing. My room service breakfast aboard Nieuw Statendam: Smoked Salmon Benedict. While luxury and ultra-luxury cruise lines don’t charge a room service fee, mass-market cruise lines are slowly adding in either a service fee for delivery or they now charge for upgraded or a la carte items.  It didn’t […]

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Seabourn Takes Afternoon Tea Time to a New Level

Passengers on the ultra-luxury Seabourn cruise line have long enjoyed the ritual of Afternoon Tea, served in the Observation Bar every day from 4-5 p.m. It is with much excitement, then, that Seabourn is unveiling their enhanced Afternoon Tea Service on each of its ships. Seabourn’s New Tea Time Partner As part of this enhancement, Seabourn is partnering with the world-renowned, Singapore-based luxury tea brand, TWG Tea. TWG Tea collection includes the world’s largest selection of teas, with over 800 tea varieties sourced from forty-seven countries around […]

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Driving Directions – How to Get to Port Canaveral |

If you live on Florida’s Space Coast, driving directions to Port Canaveral are simple.  Located in the middle of Florida on the east coast, Port Canaveral is an easy drive from any direction, if you know the area. Maybe you’re driving south from Atlanta or Raleigh.  Or due east from Tampa or Orlando.  When you finally get into Brevard County, that’s where highway signage gets goofy. You can see the highways that lead to Port Canaveral. Once you’re on 528 or A1A, the port is straight ahead. It […]

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