Well, we’d heard from others that they didn’t like the large ships as much as the smaller or traditionally sized ones, but being travel bloggers we had to go and see for ourselves. We headed out on the Norwegian Escape on a modified Western Caribbean itinerary to explore the ship and enjoy a 7-day cruise. Continue reading Cruising on a Mega Ship—Our review
If you read the fine print on your cruise documents, all excursions are subject to change and of course you do not have much say in the matter. Whether this is due to weather, lack of sufficient booking or perhaps equipment issues with the provider—we’ve experienced all of the above and been forced to scramble making last minute arrangements. Continue reading Recheck your shore excursion descriptions upon boarding
Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and unexpected situations arise and you just have to go with the flow. Accept. Adapt. Make a new plan and make the most of it. Life is short and meant to be enjoyed!
This is exactly what happened to us, we had finally taken the plunge and booked our Caribbean cruise out of Miami, something we’d been meaning Continue reading Making lemonade out of lemons – when life throws you a curve ball
Cruise lines seem to be getting more and more greedy. They want you to prepay months in advance for dining, gratuities, and even shore excursions… why? Continue reading Why prepay for shore excursions if you don’t have too?
I’ve had to run many times through airports to catch my connecting flights because of flight delays or cancellations. One time that comes to mind happened when we were on our way to Papeete, Tahiti for our cruise in the South Pacific. We were traveling from Montreal via Detroit, and then connecting in Los Angeles, but as luck would have it there was freezing rain in Detroit so our flight was delayed for over an hour. Winter connections are always risky. As a result, we ended up having only 20 minutes to make our flight to Tahiti. We had to hustle. I said to my husband: “Follow me!” and I ‘bullied’ my way off the plane. Well actually, Continue reading How to avoid disappointment and frustration when leaving on a cruise!
More cruises now offer anytime dining (also called open seating) which means you can choose to go to any of the eligible restaurants without a reservation. Historically, when booking your cruise, you had to pre-select your dining time choosing between the early seating (at 5:30 – 6 pm) and late seating (usually at 8 – 8:30 pm). You would then be assigned a place at a table of 8, 10, or 12 other passengers. This had you adhering to a regular schedule regardless of whether the ship was in port or at sea. Some people may like the routine, while others may prefer to remain flexible with their meal plans. There are pros and cons to both options and we have had experiences, good and bad,
Taking an excursion with the cruise ship isn’t always necessary. It all depends on what you want to do and how easy it is to venture out on your own. Much of this is port specific, as some ports are within walking distance of activities and sites while others are further away and might require a guide. Continue reading Are ship shore excursions worth it or are you better off on your own?