Category Archives: Cruise Vacation

Norwegian Cruise Line New Pay for Perks Program

Plan Your Cruise Norwegian Cruise Line has introduced a new program that gives passengers the opportunity to pay for perks.  Ironically, these are some of the same perks offered in Norwegian’s Latitudes Loyalty Program. It’s also very similar to other cruise lines’ perks for purchase programs, like Carnival’s Faster to the Fun. Norwegian Priority Access Explained Norwegian calls their pay for perks program,  “Priority Access,” and it is currently being tested on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Sky. The cost ranges from $69 per stateroom to $199 per […]

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Sitka, Alaska – Cruise Port Profile and City Guide |

If you’re expecting tiny Sitka to be another Alaska cruise port lined with the same glaring jewelry and watch stores that you find in the Caribbean, you’ll be wonderfully surprised. Welcome to Sitka. You’ll soon understand why this town was once nicknamed the “Paris of the Pacific.” Sitka’s busy fishing harbor, viewed from Japonski Island.   This small community of barely 9,000 people is keenly intent on keeping Sitka as a small town.  Shop-owners know the locals and everyone is pretty darn friendly.  So friendly that cars actually […]

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10 Best Packing Tips for an Amtrak Overnight Train Trip

These 10 best tips will help you to pack for your Amtrak train trip.  Whether you’re onboard for one overnight or even four, there really are things to pack to help make your long distance train journey even more memorable. Imagine yourself all cozy in your little roomette or tad larger bedroom (with an ensuite bathroom) heading out for an overnight train trip.  Whether your cross-country train trip goes east or west, your train will slowly cross up and over towering mountain ranges, race across high desert […]

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New Princess Ship Successfully Completes Sea Trials |

Cruise News Princess Cruises newest ship, Sky Princess, passed an important milestone for all new cruise ships; it  successfully completed a series of sea trials. Under construction at Fincantieri Shipyard in Montefalcone, Italy, Sky Princess left the ship yard for its sea trials. Once out at sea, the ship underwent tests for propulsion, maneuverability and navigation equipment. After six days of intense sea trials, Sky Princess returned to the shipyard for finishing touches to be applied in time for the ship’s first actual voyage on October 20, […]

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Cruise Lines to Donate Millions to Bahamas for Hurricane Dorian Relief |

Cruise lines, both large and small, are stepping up to the plate and will donate millions of dollars to the Bahamas to help in the relief efforts after the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line First on the list is little Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, based in Palm Beach, Florida. It’s a small, two-ship fleet, and located a mere 86 miles from Grand Bahama Island and the port of Freeport.  The cruise line has already sent one of their ships, Grand Celebration, to Freeport […]

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Hurricane Dorian Cruise Ship Itinerary Changes |

There’s always uncertainty when tracking a hurricane’s path and Hurricane Dorian is no exception.  Cruise ships that depart from Florida as well as other southeast US cruise ports have had to change or modify their itineraries. Sign up for Carnival text alerts by texting CCL3 to CRUISE (278473). Carnival Sunshine: Departure today (Monday) 9/02/19 now at 6:00 PM.  Guests must be onboard by 5:00PM.  The visit to Half Moon Cay is canceled.  They suggest that if you are driving to the port and are unable to use […]

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Cruise in Hurricane Season – What to Know Before You Go

Summer activities are winding down. Kids are almost back in school. The unrelenting heat of summer has taken its toll. Sounds like the perfect time to take that Caribbean cruise.  Or is it…. Roseau, Dominica at sunset in autumn, a.k.a. hurricane season. You’ll save money to cruise in hurricane season but be prepared. Yes, cruise lines reduce the cost to cruise in hurricane season.  You’re all set to go, then you turn on the weather report.  A hurricane seems to be forming and heading for the Caribbean.  It looks […]

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Their New Ship & Private Island |

Okay Disney fans.  You can breathe a sigh of relief because the waiting is over.  Disney Cruise Line just released the name of their newest and fifth ship during the annual D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. It’s the Disney Wish!  Also revealed was the first peek at the ship’s elegant, three-story atrium plus the name of the iconic Disney character that will adorn the ship’s stern.  And there’s even more. Disney spokespersons also shared new details about their plans for a second island destination for Disney Cruise […]

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New Ship Name & A New Island Destination |

Okay Disney fans.  You can finally breathe a sigh of relief – the wait is over.  Disney Cruise Line just released the name of their newest and fifth ship during the annual D23 Expo in Anaheim, California. It’s the Disney Wish! “There couldn’t be a better name for our incredible new ship because making wishes come true is part of the Disney DNA and is at the heart of so many of our cherished stories,” said Bob Chapek, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman. Then there was the […]

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Royal Caribbean Adds Two Calls to Perfect Day At CocoCay |

I’m not sure for whom this new Perfect Day at CocoCay itinerary will benefit:  Royal Caribbean’s coffers or their passengers’ affinity for another beach day.  Either way, it’s likely to be a win-win.   Perfect Day at CocoCay Encore Royal Caribbean just announced that they’ll add over 40 cruises that include two visits to their recently enhanced Perfect Day at CocoCay private island destination. These special Perfect Day departures begin on September 30 this year and  include Mariner of the Seas and Navigator of the Seas. For […]

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