Tag Archives: Cruises

Exploring the backwaters on the Jungle Queen!

We recently had some family visiting so we were out on the tourist track taking them around to see local sites and attractions. One that we’ve done in the past ourselves was the Jungle Queen riverboat adventure. Located just across the southern point of Fort Lauderdale beach on the Intracoastal side, this attraction has been operating since 1935 and Continue reading Exploring the backwaters on the Jungle Queen!

How to avoid disappointment and frustration when leaving on a cruise!

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!

Anytime dining or traditional dining: Pros & Cons

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,

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Are ship shore excursions worth it or are you better off on your own?

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?