Category Archives: Vacations

Top Tips for the best Alaska Cruise in 2015

Having spent 3 summers as Cruise staff on-board various Princess Cruises ships in Alaska, I am often asked for inside tips on what is the best Alaska cruise or land tour. Of course that depends on personal preferences.  But If … Continue reading

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Are Cruise Vacations “All-inclusive”?

As an update to my blog on all-inclusive vacations, I am seeing a trend among cruise lines to offer a more all-inclusive packages.  Leading this trend are river cruises, like AMA Waterways that includes, shore excursions, free bottled water and  … Continue reading

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Inside Look at the New Disney Fantasy

This week I took my first look at the new  Disney Fantasy cruise ship in Port Canaveral.  It was thorough 5-hour guided tour of the entire ship (as only Disney can do it).  But I appreciate the chance to see … Continue reading

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Top Tips for Planning a Christmas Cruise

Is a Holiday Cruise a Good idea?  With  proper planning – a Holiday cruise for the whole family can be a great way to combine gift giving, family time together and stress free travel for an unforgettable Christmas or Hanukkah … Continue reading

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Cheap Summer Cruises to the Caribbean…Great Value or Great Risk?

When is the Best Time to Cruise in the Caribbean?  Ever wonder why there are such cheap cruises to the Caribbean during the summer?  The main reason is that it is Hurricane season in the Caribbean!  Years ago, all cruise … Continue reading

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Top 10 Tips for Planning a Group Cruise

Cruise vacations are a great choice for group travel  Since I have family and friends spread across the U.S., getting everyone together in one location is a special treat that doesn’t happen very often. Extended family vacations take advance planning … Continue reading

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Best Cruise Ship Inspections Scores in 2012

When planning a cruise vacation, you may not  think about checking with the CDC, but hopefully your travel agent does.  Cruise ships are a safe and clean vacation choice, but with any large number of people in a confined space, … Continue reading

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Baby Onboard!

This is such a great article on traveling with infants and toddlers by Luisa Frey-Gaynor, I’m reprinting in its entirety!  Enjoy, Kathleen Baby on Board? The ABCs of Cruising With an Infant or Toddler—Luisa Frey-Gaynor Posted by Fodor’s Editors on … Continue reading

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When did Vacation adventure become vacation stress?

Hey, it’s Mom’s vacation too! In my twenties I considered myself an intrepid traveler.  I traveled and lived abroad enough to have many “adventures” that made great stories along the lines of “Remember the time we were traveling by train … Continue reading

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What is Your Cruise Personality?

Pick the right cruise line for your vacation style. Once you’ve picked your destination and price range…which ship should you choose?  Is there really that much difference in the atmosphere or “personality” between cruise lines? Is your idea of  cruise … Continue reading

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