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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel, dba Cruise Holidays.

Monday, December 26, 2022

Tips for a Smooth Embarkation Day

In the excitement of preparing to cruise, remember that a little preparation will help embarkation day – the first day of your cruise, when you board the ship – go smoothly. Here are some top tips.

Be sure to complete any requirements the cruise line has for health vaccinations, screenings, and tests, including any related to COVID-19. These are subject to change, so ask your professional travel advisor to keep you updated about the current requirements for your cruise line and ship.

If you can, check in early. Many cruise lines encourage passengers to complete an online check-in process a few days before embarkation. Completing required forms in advance, as well as printing your boarding pass and luggage tags can save lots of time when you arrive at the ship.

Before you leave home, double-check that you have all the documents you need. These may include your passport or other photo ID, cruise boarding pass, COVID-19 vaccination records, and test results, as well as a visa if your destination requires one. Your professional travel advisor can help you make a list of everything you need.

Arrive at the port of embarkation a day early. You don’t want a delayed flight or a traffic jam to cause worry about missing your ship. So come in a day early, get a good night’s rest, and enjoy breakfast at your hotel before heading to the cruise ship dock.

Plan how you’ll get to the ship. This is one of those details that can cause last-minute panic if you don’t have a plan, so decide in advance how to get from the hotel or airport to the dock; options may include a shuttle bus, public bus, taxi, private car, or rideshare service. If you’re driving your own vehicle to the dock, check out long-term parking options before you leave home.

Keep your travel documents and any medications with you. When you get to the ship, porters will be ready to take your tagged luggage, and it may be a few hours before they deliver it to your cabin. So, pack a small bag with your travel documents, medications, and other truly essential items, and keep that bag with you.

Arrive at the ship promptly. Many cruise lines assign boarding times to help prevent long lines and wait times in the cruise terminal. Showing up at your assigned time will help things to smoothly not only for you but for everyone who’s boarding the ship.

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Monday, December 19, 2022

Navigating Cruise Ship Dining Options

On cruise ships with multiple dining venues, they often fall into two broad categories: free and specialty. Let’s take a closer look at each, which may help you navigate the dining scene on your next cruise.

In free onboard restaurants, everything on the menu is included in your fare (although a very high-end entrée, such as surf and turf, may have a small upcharge). This category usually includes the main dining room, the buffet, and a few other options.

Main dining rooms are usually big, elegant spaces with attentive service. Some ships assign passengers to specific seating times and tables, while others let you choose when and with whom to dine. Dinner menus usually offer at least three courses with a nice variety of dishes, all beautifully prepared.

The buffet is often located near the pool and is open most of the day, with a variety of salads, sandwiches, side dishes, pasta, main courses, and desserts. Everything is ready when you arrive, so the buffet is a smart choice when you’re ravenously hungry or looking for a quick snack.

Some ships also have pizza parlors, poolside grills that serve hot dogs and hamburgers, coffee houses, and other casual spots. Room service is also included in the fare on many ships, though there may be a small delivery fee. And it’s often available 24 hours a day, with a limited but tempting menu.

In onboard specialty restaurants, truly special dining experiences are yours for an extra fee, but the fee is usually much less than you would pay in a comparable restaurant on land. Many specialty restaurants are intimate spaces, beautifully decorated and designed to put you at ease so you can enjoy a memorable dinner. They are popular choices for special event celebrations and onboard date nights.

Some specialty restaurants highlight certain ingredients, like steak or seafood, while others serve a specific cuisine. With high-quality ingredients and expert preparation, you may feel like you’re actually dining in a Northern Italian trattoria, a Parisian bistro or a sushi bar in the heart of Tokyo.

Be sure to ask Anita, your professional travel advisor, about any specialty restaurants on your next cruise; many require reservations, and these can fill quickly. Some ships offer specialty dining packages that ensure reservations and provide discounts on fees. Whatever combination of free and specialty restaurants you choose on your next sailing, you can expect to enjoy the experience.


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Monday, December 12, 2022

Cool Cruising

If the words “cruise vacation” make you think of a tropical getaway, remember that cruise ships can also take you to cooler climes. If you would love to enjoy a cool breeze as you stroll the deck and admire the view, these cruise destination ideas are for you.

Alaska. The coastline of the 49th state is gorgeous, with glaciers, northern rainforests, diverse wildlife, and vibrant local cultures. Explore the historic ports or go hiking, fishing, or dog sledding.

Antarctica. A cruise is really the only way to become one of the few who have seen the amazing White Continent. You can view polar wildlife, icy peaks, impressive glaciers, and jagged icebergs.

Baltic Sea. Cruise ports on the Baltic Sea include the Scandinavian capitals of Copenhagen, Stockholm, and Helsinki, as well as historic Tallinn, Estonia, which looks like the backdrop for a fairy tale.

Chile. A cruise of Southwestern Chile’s Lake District will take you to majestic fjords, snow-capped volcanos, and crystal-clear lakes. Watch for penguins, condors, and sea lions.

Greenland and Iceland. Cruising these northern islands is like visiting another world; their remote, pristine, and beautiful landscapes speak to the adventurer within.

New England and Maritime Canada. Take a fall cruise to enjoy cool temperatures with news of colorful leaves along the shore. As you sail, you may see humpback, finback, and minke whales.

Norway. Norway is famous for its breathtaking fjords and welcoming villages. By night, you might see the shifting colors of the Northern Lights in the sky.

Scotland. Rugged and romantic, Scotland brims with mountainous beauty and thrilling history. To stay warm, you can sip a fine single-malt whisky while taking in the view.

If one (or more) of these cool destinations sounds intriguing, remember:

Most cool-weather cruise ports are open for about half the year: May through October in the Northern Hemisphere, and November through April in the Southern Hemisphere.

When you cruise to a cool destination, you’ll need to bring warmer clothes, which require more packing space than tank tops and shorts. To help keep luggage to a minimum, select items that you can layer on cooler days.

Make your cruise plans and reservations as far in advance as you can. In addition to cooler weather, cruises to these destinations offer cool, outside-the-norm experiences; that’s why they tend to fill quickly. For more advice and assistance with reservations, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.

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Monday, December 5, 2022

Cruise Destinations for Couples

If you’re thinking ahead about a romantic winter getaway, a cruise is a terrific way to go. It’s such an easy way to travel; just get on board, settle into your cabin and start having fun. You and your companion won’t have to stress about finding a restaurant, bar, theater, pool, spa, or gym – all that and more is right there on the ship.

And let’s be honest – most cruise ship cabins are cozy to begin with, and if you bring a few battery-operated tealights to scatter around, the atmosphere can be quite romantic. Plus, the activities, entertainment, and dining on board and in port will give you and your companion lots of opportunities to share new experiences.

As for where to cruise, there’s a world of options, but here are some island destinations we think are especially well-suited to couples.

The Bahamas provides a close-to-home destination – just 80 miles off Florida’s Atlantic coast – in a beautiful setting of turquoise water, sandy beaches, and balmy breezes. The islands are a playground for water sports, but it’s perfectly acceptable to simply soak up the sun on side-by-side loungers.

Bermuda is a bit further out in the Atlantic, so you’ll have time to enjoy the amenities of the ship while sailing there and back. There are lots of quiet beaches (some with Bermuda’s famous pink sand) where you relax. There are also historic buildings, lush green golf courses, and British traditions like afternoon tea.

Cruises of the Caribbean are plentiful, so you’re sure to find an itinerary that suits your schedule and budget. Most Caribbean cruises focus on either the eastern, western, or southern zones; take a look at the island ports in each region and chose the one you and your companion would most like to visit.

Hawaii is a classic destination for romantic couples, and you can take a week-long cruise that visits multiple islands. Each island has its own character, but all are breathtakingly beautiful, providing perfect backdrops for “couple selfies.”

Adventurous couples can cruise among the Galapagos Islands, which are about 600 miles off the Pacific coast of Ecuador. There are plants and animals here found nowhere else on earth, such as giant tortoises, pink iguanas, and Galapagos sea lions. There are amazing birds, too, including blue-footed boobies and the only penguins that live near the equator.

For more destination ideas and to arrange your romantic cruise getaway, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.

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Monday, November 28, 2022

Window or No Window?

Planning your next cruise involves making some important choices, including whether to choose a cabin with a window or without a window. Here are some considerations that can help you decide.

Cabins without windows (called interior or inside cabins) don’t have exterior walls, so there’s no opportunity for a sea view. But that doesn’t mean these cabins are always dark; cruise ship designers use lighting to make the inside cabins bright and welcoming. If you expect to use it just for sleeping and showering, an inside cabin can be a good choice: they are usually the lowest-priced cabins on the ship.

Amazingly, some ships use technology to equip inside cabins with exterior views. Inside cabins on some Disney Cruise Line ships have “magic portholes,” which are small screens built into the walls and linked to exterior cameras. Inside cabins on some Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ships have “virtual balconies,” which are floor-to-ceiling LED screens that also show real-time views from outside. You may forget that you don’t actually have a window.

If you want a cabin with a window (called outside or ocean view cabins), you’re likely to have some options, starting with cabins that have portholes. These small, round windows bring in light and views, but usually don’t open. To have a larger window that opens, you may need to pay a bit more for an outside cabin on a higher deck.

Balcony cabins admit even more natural light and wider views through swinging or sliding glass doors. Some cruise fans simply won’t sail without a balcony, which can be an oasis of calm on a busy ship; it may not be large, but it will be all yours. If you want a bigger balcony, look at forward and aft cabins that face out over the bow or the stern of the ship, which often have larger-than-standard balconies.

If you want a balcony and your budget allows it, consider reserving a suite. In addition to more inside space, many suites come with larger balconies, or even more than one. Be sure to reserve as early as possible, as balcony cabins are very popular and can be the first type of cabin to sell out.

Of course, exactly what types of inside and outside cabins are available to you depends on the cruise line and ship you choose. Let Anita, your professional travel advisor, help you select a cruise line, ship and cabin that will provide you with a great experience.

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Cruising Under Sails

For thousands of years, most ships were propelled across the water solely by the wind that filled their sails. But when steam engines were developed in the 1800s, steam-powered vehicles quickly became the preferred way to travel on land and water.

Today, most cruise ships move through the water with the help of fuel-powered engines, while most ships that have sails are small craft used for recreation or racing. Still, it’s possible to cruise on a ship powered by sails that harness the wind (these ships are equipped with engines, too, so there’s no chance of becoming becalmed in the middle of the ocean).

Along with the timeless thrill of skimming over the water under billowing sails, these smaller ships can visit lovely ports that are inaccessible to big, engine-driven ships. Plus, you can feel good about traveling in a more sustainable way. Let’s look at some options for cruising under sails.

Ponant Cruises’ Le Ponant is a three-masted luxury yacht. With just 16 staterooms and suites, sailing on Le Ponant is an intimate and sophisticated experience. Depending on the time of year, this ship sails among the Greek Isles, in the Seychelles, or along the coast of Western Australia.

Windstar Cruises has three yachts with sails: Wind Star, Wind Spirit, and Wind Surf. Wind Star and Wind Spirit each have four masts and can accommodate up to 148 passengers. In winter, Wind Star sails in Central America – including Panama Canal transits – then repositions to the Mediterranean for the rest of the year. Wind Spirit sails in the South Pacific, calling on Tahiti, Bora Bora, and their neighbors in the Society Islands and Tuamotu Islands. With five impressive masts, Wind Surf, which can carry up to 346 passengers, spends the winter in the Caribbean and sails the Mediterranean for the rest of the year.

In addition to sails, Windstar’s masted yachts are equipped with the cruise line’s unique water sports platform. Located at the rear of each ship, the platform opens up and lowers down to the water line. Passengers can borrow a variety of equipment – paddleboards, kayaks, snorkels, floatation devices, and more – to make a splash and enjoy playing in the water beneath the white sails.

As interest in sustainable cruising continues to grow, we expect cruise lines to develop more options for cruising with sails. Ask Anita, your professional travel advisor, to keep you informed about new ships that can capture the wind.

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Monday, November 14, 2022

Entertainment Abounds on Cruise Ships

If you’re excited about visiting faraway ports on a cruise but aren’t sure what there is to do on the ship, don’t worry. Cruise ships are loaded with ways to keep yourself busy and entertained while you’re sailing between ports or spending an entire day at sea.

Start with the pool area, where you can play in the water and relax on a chaise lounge. This is also a venue for activities like trivia games, card tournaments, and dance contests. Plus, some ships have enhanced their pool decks with water slides and other fun attractions.

Visit the fitness center to maintain your workout routine or start a new one, get advice from a trainer or join a yoga class. Many ships also have open-air sport courts, outdoor tracks for walking and running, minigolf courses, ping-pong tables and shuffleboard courts. Depending on the ship, you might also be able to try out bumper cars, laser tag, a ropes course or a climbing wall.

For some pampering, make a reservation at the onboard spa and select a massage, wrap, facial or other rejuvenating treatment. Many also offer salon services like hair styling, manicures and teeth whitening.

Most ships offer fun and informative classes that can range from napkin folding to computer skills. You might be able to learn a new dance step, work out a quirk in your golf swing, or find out how to mix the latest cocktail.

To get to know the ship better, join a behind-the-scenes tour. Some ships offer tours of the galley, where the culinary staff produces amazing quantities of delicious food; or the bridge, where officers navigate the seas and steer the ship.

Evenings on a cruise ship feature some combination of live theater, comedy routines, first-run movies, magic acts, music, dancing and more. Some ships invite passengers on stage to participate in a talent show, often with impressive results.

We should mention that many ships also have daytime and evening activities designed specifically for kids, tweens and teens, helping them socialize and have fun together.

To find out what’s happening on board each day during your cruise, check the cruise line’s app on your mobile device or the printed schedule your steward will place in your cabin. Lots of activities are included in your cruise fare, but a few – such as spa treatments – come with a fee.

For more information about onboard activities on your next cruise, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.

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Monday, November 7, 2022

 Holiday Gifts for Cruise Travelers

The holiday shopping season is underway, and a cruise is a fantastic gift for someone you care about. But if your budget doesn’t stretch quite that far, here are some ideas for smaller gifts that will be appreciated by the cruise fan in your life (even if that cruise fan is you).

Battery operated fan. A breeze from a small fan can be refreshing in a cruise ship cabin, especially if it has no window or the window doesn’t open. Make sure the fan is battery operated; on most ships, outlets are not plentiful and power strips are not allowed.

Battery operated tealight candle. The glow of small faux candles can serve as a nightlight, or help set a serene or romantic mood.

Dry bag. Dry bags help keep electronics and other valuables dry during beach visits, waterfall hikes, kayaking adventures, and other activities near or on the water.

Fitness tracker. It’s fun to track steps taken while exploring a cruise ship or a port. Be sure to select a tracker that doesn’t require an internet connection; Wi-Fi is now available on most cruise ships, but access often comes with a fee.

Insulated mug. Standard cruise ship coffee cups are fine, but an insulated mug may do a better job of keeping a cup of coffee or tea hot while enjoying a sunrise or moonset on a balcony or up on deck.

Magnetic message board (with a marker and eraser). Passengers can leave messages for each other on handy whiteboards that cling to cabin doors, which are usually made of metal. Note that most cruise lines don’t allow message boards that leave marks on the door or extend into the passageway.

Water bottle with filtration. Water on a cruise ship is safe to drink, but a water bottle with a built-in filter can be helpful on shore excursions. As the bottle is filled, the filter will remove particulates and pathogens.

Waterproof e-reader. A cruise is a great time to catch up on reading, but books can take up a lot of luggage space. A slim e-reader saves space, and waterproofing means there are no worries about using it around the ship’s pool.

Waterproof tote bag. A tote bag comes in very handy for carrying belongings around on the ship and on shore excursions.

If you’d like more gift ideas for friends and family members who love to cruise, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.

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Monday, October 31, 2022

Onboard Credits and How to Use Them

For any cruise passenger, onboard credits (or OBCs) are wonderful things. In simplest terms, they are currency you can use to pay for a variety of goods and services onboard. How can you get OBCs? There are several ways, which include:

Cruise promotions. Some cruise lines offer OBCs instead of, or along with, fare discounts. And, cruise lines often give professional travel advisors onboard credits to pass on to their clients.

Loyalty and referrals. A cruise line you’ve sailed with before may offer OBCs as an incentive for a future cruise, or as a reward when a friend books a cruise on your recommendation.

Credit cards. You may receive OBCs when you sign up for your favorite cruise line’s branded credit card.

Shareholder benefits. If you own enough shares of a cruise line’s stock, you may receive OBCs whenever you take a cruise on that line.

Complaint compensation. It’s not a very fun way to get OBCs, but if you have a complaint, OBCs may be part of any compensation the cruise line may offer to you.

Once you have onboard credits, there are lots of ways to use them:

Beverage and dining packages. If you’ve cruised before, you know that most beverages are not included in your cruise fare; but, you can use OBCs to purchase beverage packages that provide discounts on soda, cocktails, beer, wine, specialty coffees, and other drinks. If your ship has specialty restaurants with cover charges, you can also pay for them with OBCs.

Shore excursions. A few luxury cruise lines include shore excursions in their fares, but on many cruises, onshore activities come with fees you can pay for with OBCs.

Spa treatments. In onboard spas, treatments can start at $100 or more. If you’d like a massage or some other pampering, it’s a delightful use of OBCs.

Wi-Fi access. While many cruise ships now make Wi-Fi available, they often charge hourly or daily rates. If you need to stay in touch while sailing, this is another good use of OBCs.

Fun and helpful extras. You can use OBCs to buy things in onboard shops and boutiques, or for extras like laundry services. Some cruise lines allow passengers to use OBCs as gratuities for the crew, but a few specifically disallow this.

OBCs are usually non-transferable and non-refundable, so when you have some, be sure to use them before they expire. For more tips about onboard credits, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.

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Monday, October 24, 2022

Ports Off the Usual Cruise Routes

Any cruise can be a wonderful and carefree vacation, but not all cruises are alike. There’s a wide variety of cruise experiences available to you; and, much of what you experience on a cruise depends on the size of the ship.

Today’s largest cruise ships have lots of incredible features. Along with room for thousands of passengers, they have space for an amazing variety of dining and entertainment venues. Plus, they sail to some of the world’s most popular ports.

Butthere are advantages to cruising on a smaller ship – say, up to 1,500 passengers – as well. One is the ability to visit smaller ports that are a little off the usual cruise routes because they can’t accommodate larger ships. Here are a few examples.

Quepos, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, is a stop for some smaller cruise ships that pass through the Panama Canal. It’s near Manuel Antonio National Park, which is known for wildlife –iguanas, capuchin, and howler monkeys, and two types of sloth – and beautiful beaches. Here, you can also take a surf lesson, go deep-sea fishing, or zipline through the forest canopy.

Nafplion is a charming Greek town on the Aegean Sea that was a busy trading center in the Middle Ages, so it’s steeped in history. Stroll the Arvantia Promenade, visit the Archaeological Museum, or climb the steps to Palamidi Castle to enjoy the stunning view. There are markets full of handmade crafts and a lovely beach, too.

Molde, nestled along Norway’s Romsdal Fjord, offers beautiful Nordic scenery; a flightseeing tour over the mountains and glaciers is a breathtaking experience. There are some surprises here, too, including rose gardens that flourish in the summer and Moldejazz – one of Europe’s oldest jazz festivals – every July.

Kaikoura, a coastal village on the South Island of New Zealand, has a gorgeous backdrop of snow-capped mountains. This part of the coast is known for marine life, and you could spot whales, seals, dolphins, and sea birds from the Peninsula Walkway or a tour boat. You can also see the Ohau Waterfall or tour the Fyffe House to learn about Māori heritage and the region’s whaling history.

In addition to fascinating ports, there are other delightful reasons to cruise on smaller ships. For example, many smaller ships belong to luxury cruise lines, so you can expect a high level of comfort and service. For more information about small ship cruising, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.

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Monday, October 17, 2022

What to Know Now About Cruise Line COVID Rules

Now that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has ended its COVID-19 Program for Cruise Ships Operating in U.S. Waters, the U.S. doesn’t have any federal requirements for cruise passenger vaccination, testing or masking. But, that doesn’t mean that all such requirements have disappeared. Because COVID and its variants can spread between people in close quarters, including cruise ships, cruise lines have their own requirements and protocols, which continue to evolve.

So, what does this mean for you the next time you cruise?

First, keep in mind that cruise lines’ COVID-related requirements for vaccination, testing, and masking can change at any time in response to COVID developments. And, the CDC still provides COVID management guidance and recommendations to cruise lines.

Regarding vaccination, some cruise lines continue to require all passengers to be fully vaccinated (although some of them make exceptions for children). Some cruise lines accept a limited number of unvaccinated passengers, often with the requirement of a negative COVID test completed shortly before boarding. Others have begun to eliminate vaccination requirements for passengers, except where vaccination is required by ports of call.

As for testing, some cruise lines no longer require pre-cruise COVID test requirements for fully vaccinated passengers, though testing may still be required in order to disembark at certain ports on the itinerary. Some lines now require pre-cruise COVID tests only for longer cruises (often defined as two weeks or more). But most cruise lines still have onboard testing requirements for guests who are exposed to people who have symptoms or test positive for COVID during a cruise.

Many cruise lines have made masks optional for passengers, though they may still encourage masking in indoor common areas. For now, you can expect to see crew members wearing masks as they do their jobs. Cruise lines also continue to follow heightened cleaning and sanitation protocols to help prevent any spread of illness among guests and crew.

Any time you make plans to cruise, it’s important to consider your personal health, especially if you have a higher risk of developing serious illness if you catch COVID or any other virus. Before you make your reservations, check in with your doctor’s office. They can help you ensure you’re prepared to sail and advise on any precautions that you should take while cruising.

Finally, stay connected with Anita, your professional travel advisor, for the latest updates on COVID vaccination, testing, and masking requirements for your favorite cruise lines.

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Monday, October 10, 2022

Why Use a Travel Advisor

  1. Relationships with suppliers – you know when you’re visiting your neighborhood restaurant where the servers are familiar and give you a new dessert to try with your meal sometimes? Companies and people love to reward loyalty and the same is true about travel providers. Travel advisors have relationships with these companies and their staff and want to keep that relationship mutually beneficial! The suppliers know that if they can keep their travel advisors’ clients happy, they’ll be more likely to send more people their way. Sometimes this can translate into extra attention, free upgrades, or even things like chocolate-covered strawberries in your room!
  2. Knowledge about products – what’s the best travel insurance and should you get it? If something were to go wrong or there were any last-minute changes, which suppliers have the best cancellation policies? Ask your advisor! They treat knowledge about travel like it’s their job (because it is!)
  3. Better rates / added benefits – you won’t always get better rates booking with an advisor, but you’ll often get more value added. In the age of online booking, it’s easier than ever to find “deals” online, but when you go through a massive online booking company, oftentimes, you’re not seeing the whole picture. Is that hotel room so cheap because it’s on the side of the building next to train tracks and faces a brick wall? With an advisor, you know exactly what you’re getting and what added benefits are coming along with it. Travel advisors also stay updated on what kind of sales are happening. If they know you’re looking for a river cruise to Europe and a big sale starts, they’ll know to pass that information along to you!
  4. Translating dreams to reality – How do you take your vague notion about a dream vacation and turn it into reality? Ask your travel advisor! They’re able to translate your wants into real locations and help you identify what pieces of your trip will matter the most.
  5. Travel logistics – How much time do you need for a layover? Would it make the most sense to rent a car, hire a driver, or something else altogether? If even starting down that train of thought is giving you sweaty palms, take a deep breath and call your travel advisor.
  6. Peace of mind – In the unfortunate event that something does go wrong, having someone on your side to help you through it and advocate for you is invaluable. Instead of being stuck internationally frantically trying to track down all of the people you need to call, you can make one call to your travel advisor and trust them to figure out the best plan for you.
  7. They get to know you – The more you use a travel advisor, the more valuable they are. With each trip you take through them, the more feedback you’re able to give them on what worked for you and what you’d skip next time, making each subsequent trip even further beyond perfect.

Monday, October 3, 2022

Must-Try Foods in Paris

Paris is known for many things, like the Eiffel Tower, romance, and cafes. But it’s also known for its food. Here are a few bites you shouldn’t pass up on your trip to Paris.


Macarons (also called French macaroons, not to be confused with coconut macaroons) are a convection created with meringue cookies that sandwich a flavored filling. These cookie sandwiches showed up in Paris in the 1830s from Parisian confectioners and were made popular by Laduree, a famous French bakery. It wasn’t long until the macaron became famous world-wide. It even has its very own day to celebrate! But even though these tasty treats are accessible just about everywhere these days, there’s something about trying them in the country they originated.


These are a staple in Paris. They are convenient, easy to eat on the go, and can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways, including on their own or as part of a sandwich. The croissant became popular in France because of Marie Antoinette. The story is that she wanted the baker to replicate her favorite bakery treat from her hometown in Austria. Over time, this treat became lighter and fluffier into what we know the croissant as now.

Some say that you know if a croissant is good if you don’t need to any anything to it. However, French people like to indulge at their weekend brunch and add jam or chocolate to their croissants.


Another staple in Paris is the baguette. In the 1920s, laws were in place that prohibited bakers from starting to bake until after 4:00 in the morning. These laws prevented them from having fresh bread in the mornings. The bakers had to be creative to find ways to have bread freshly baked for the mornings and wound up changing the bread’s shape into the baguette we know today. This allowed the bread to bake faster and made it possible for the dough to receive the maximum amount of exposed heat, which gives it that thick crust.

The baguette has been an iconic symbol of France ever since. Like the croissant, it’s a great grab-and-go snack and versatile in the ways you can enjoy it. One way people will enjoy a baguette is to cut it in half with butter and jam. It also pairs wonderfully with chocolat chaud, which is similar to a hot chocolate.


This is a unique one, but the butter in Paris is a must-try, specifically the Le Beurre Bordier. Here is how this butter is different from the rest:

They only use milk from local farmers who demonstrate the best farming practices. They also take their time when making the butter. Bordier waits 72 hours to use the milk once they get it from the cows, where milk used to make a typical brick of butter is only left to sit 6 hours. This extra time allows the cream to develop its flavor. They even knead the butter at a much slower speed.

It’s also unique because the butter is slightly different based on what season it is. The cows’ diet vastly alters how the butter comes out. When the cows graze on fresh grass in the summer, the butter is much more yellow, smoother, and tastes more savory. In the winter, the butter tends to be lighter in color due to the grass. It’s also more brittle and tastes sweeter.

They also only make the butter on-demand, so you know you’ll be getting the freshest butter!

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup is a comforting soup that has become widely popular. There are no definitive stories on the origin of the French Onion Soup, but many that in the 1800s, low-income workers would use the leftover onions that they were selling to make soup to keep them warm. The soup started as just the broth, which uses caramelized onions and beef broth.

In the 1900s, people started seeing this dish in restaurants. The recipe had expanded with the addition of baked bread with a layer of cheese crumbled on top. They then bake the soup until the cheese layer gets crispy and golden brown.

When the soup started being served in restaurants, it became more acceptable amongst all the people to enjoy, not just the working and low-income families, and it's now a staple in French cuisine!

These were only a few must-try dishes to try in Paris, but it's safe to say that there are many more to discover!

Monday, September 26, 2022

Travel Solo - Know Before You Go

Traveling solo can be a thrilling experience that pushes the boundaries of your comfort zone. However, you want to make sure you prepare before venturing off! Here are some “know before you go” on solo travel.

Leave Your Contact Info with Someone at Home

When traveling, especially overseas where communication might be trickier, it’s important to let someone know your travel plans. Let them know where you’re going, where you’ll be staying, and the travel dates. This will keep your loved ones at home in the loop just in case they need to get ahold of you.

Keep Copies of Important Documents

Always keep copies of your important documents, such as your passport, social security card, and other necessary paperwork. These copies can come in handy in case you misplace one during your travels!


Talk to your contacts about where you’ll be traveling to, they may have connections in those places and could connect you with other people in their network. This is great for solo traveling because it can help give you more insight from locals into where you’re going and, if you feel so inclined, you can meet up!

Bring a Book and a Journal

You may face some long travel days, and since you’ll be traveling solo, having a book to read can help entertain you. Journaling is another excellent way to keep yourself entertained; it’s also great to have so you can document your journey! Trust us on this! It’s fun and special to find your travel journals and read back and recall those travel moments later in life.

Learn How to be Alone

Traveling solo means spending time alone. Depending on your personality, this might be the most challenging part of traveling solo. Being with yourself alone in another country is a big deal but learning to slow down can create a lot of growth, and you can learn more about who you are.

You May Never Feel 100% Ready

This one speaks for itself. It’s hard to find the time and energy to commit to traveling internationally with our busy lives. But is there ever really a “perfect” time to go? You might also be thinking that you aren’t ready to travel solo yet, but again, is there really going to be a “perfect” time? If you’re considering traveling alone, take the leap!

Things Will Go Wrong... That's Okay

No matter if you’re traveling alone or with others, something will go wrong. If you’re traveling solo and something goes wrong, it might be stressful in the moment, but it’s going to make great stores to tell and will help you learn to be more flexible. Roll with it!

Keep Emergency Contact Info on You

It’s crucial that you give someone at home your information on where you’ll be traveling, but it's also essential to keep their information on you as well. Ideally, it’s great to keep this information in multiple places, such as your mobile device and your journal. This is important just in case your phone is out of battery or misplaced and you need to call home.

Understand The Cultures You’re Entering

When entering new countries, we highly recommend learning more about the local cultures before visiting. This can help prepare you for anything you might face, such as clothing restrictions or norms and understanding mannerisms.

Stay Someplace Where You’ll Meet Others

One of the coolest parts about traveling solo is the people you meet. Staying at a place like a hostel, situates you perfectly to meet like-minded individuals who might be traveling solo as well. And who knows, the people you meet on your solo adventure might turn into life-long friends!

Know Where You’re Going

It’s always a good idea to create some kind of plan before your travels. This will help give you an idea of any transportation you might need to take and how to visit each place on your list effectively.

Ask Locals for Recommendations

Talking to locals is a wonderful way to learn about the place you’re visiting. They can tell you the best places to visit that you might miss if you’re just going to the tourist attractions, and as an added bonus, they’re likely to be much less busy!

Try Not to Overpack

When traveling solo, you’re in charge of all your bags. Make sure you’re able to carry all your items before you leave and have room left for any souvenirs you might be bringing back with you.

Try to Act Confidently in Public

Acting confident is key, especially if you’re not sure where you are or where you’re going. When you show confidence, it’s less likely someone will try and take advantage of you. We’d like to believe that most people you meet wouldn’t do this, but you can never be too cautious.

Traveling solo is truly an adventure of a lifetime, and we believe it can add so much value to your life. It can be a scary one, but well worth it!

Monday, September 19, 2022

Impressive Stage Shows at Sea

Engaging entertainment abounds on cruise ships. The exact mix of entertainment varies by cruise line and ship, but you may find anything from parties and games to first-run movies, magic shows, musical revues, intimate cabarets, cooking demonstrations, comedy workshops, and dancing to live music. Some ships also stage big-time shows in state-of-the-art theaters, with production values and talent that rival New York’s Broadway and London’s West End. 

 Cruise lines do change their entertainment offerings over time, sometimes with little notice; but, here are some of the biggest, best-known stage productions you can enjoy at sea now. 

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Bliss features “Jersey Boys,” a musical that tells the behind-the-scenes story of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. It’s full of real-life joy and drama, not to mention hits like “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Sherry” and “Working My Way Back to You.” On the Norwegian Encore, you can catch “Kinky Boots” (based on the 2005 film), with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. Or, if you like some Tudor history mixed with your musical entertainment, you’ll love “Six” – a modern take on the stories of the six wives of King Henry VIII – on the Norwegian Bliss or Norwegian Breakaway

 Royal Caribbean’s Broadway at Sea program includes a fabulous production of “Mamma Mia!” on the Allure of the Seas. You’ll want to dance and sing along to the catchy ABBA tunes like “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me,” and “The Winner Takes it All.” Other Royal Caribbean ships offer more Broadway classics, including the timeless “Cats” (Oasis of the Seas); the ‘50s fun of “Grease” (this version, on Harmony of the Seas and Independence of the Seas, was created just for Royal Caribbean); and the ’60 dance-show groove of “Hairspray” (Symphony of the Seas). 

The ships of Disney Cruise Line feature gorgeous stage shows based on some of Disney’s most popular and beloved animated features, including “The Little Mermaid” (on the brand-new Disney Wish), “Tangled, The Musical” (Disney Magic), “Beauty and the Beast” (Disney Dream) and “Frozen” (Disney Wonder and Disney Fantasy). All of these productions include enchanting special effects, along with wonderful costumes and sets – just what you would expect from Disney. 

 If you choose a ship by the entertainment that’s on board, be sure to check with Anita, your professional travel advisor, on exactly what you can expect to see on your next cruise. 

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Monday, September 12, 2022

Cruising to “The Ice”

Cruises can take you to just about any place on the planet that’s accessible by water, and that includes Antarctica, sometimes known simply as “The Ice.” This vast continent, home to the South Pole and almost completely covered by ice and snow is remote and harsh, fascinating and beautiful. 

 If you want to cruise to Antarctica, you need to ask yourself an important question: do you want to see the White Continent only from the comfort of the ship, or do you want to set foot on it? The answer will guide your selection of a ship and itinerary. 

 There are “viewing only” cruises that sail close to the Antarctic Peninsula, the part of Antarctica closest to the southern tip of South America. On this type of cruise, you can marvel at the spectacular scenery, including glacier-draped peaks and ice floes that glow blue and green. You may also see wildlife in and over the water – whales, seals, penguins, albatross, and more. 

 There are also cruises that sail right up to the peninsula and use inflatable Zodiac craft to take you from ship to shore. Only 100 visitors are allowed to land in the same spot at one time, so it’s a very special experience. If weather conditions are good, you may be able to hike among cold-weather creatures; visit a penguin rookery; go kayaking, climbing, or diving; or even camp onshore overnight. But, you need to be in good shape: the crew will be there to help, but climbing in and out of Zodiac craft and walking icy paths requires strength and balance. 

 Both types of Antarctic cruises use ships that are built to navigate through ice and the often-choppy waters of the Drake Passage. Most are small but quite luxurious, with high-end cuisine and excellent service. Onboard guides and naturalists will help you understand all that you’ll see and do. 

 Antarctic cruises are available from late September through early March: you may be surprised by how many cruise lines, ships and itineraries there are to choose from. However, Antarctic cruises are very popular and can fill quickly. Fortunately, Anita, your professional travel advisor, can help you reserve a spot. They can also provide information on what to expect, what to take with you, how to extend your vacation with a land stay in Ushuaia or Buenos Aires, and how important it is to have travel insurance for this cruise of a lifetime. 

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Monday, September 5, 2022

Living on Cruise Ships

For some people, cruising is more than a wonderful way to vacation; it’s a wonderful way to live. Living aboard a cruise ship is a chance to explore more of the world while enjoying a high level of service. 

 There are a couple of ways to live on a cruise ship, and one option is to purchase an apartment on a residential ship. Currently, The World is the only residential cruise ship afloat, but more are being planned and built. At least three companies – Blue World Voyages, Storylines, and Somnio – plan to launch residential cruise ships in the next year or two. Depending on the ship, starting prices for apartments range from about $700,000 to $15 million. Terms of ownership vary, too; some are for the life of the ship, for the life of the owner, or for a certain span of years. 

 Another other option is to sail on back-to-back cruises that keep you at sea most of the time. With some careful planning, it’s possible to spend just a few nights a year on land. You can stick with a favorite ship or change things up by sailing on a variety of ships with different itineraries.  

 Before embarking on a lifestyle of continuous cruising, here are some things to consider. 

Try it out by taking a long cruise. Book a grand voyage or world cruise to see if long-term sailing agrees with you. Select an itinerary that includes at least one stretch of several days at sea. 

Talk with a financial planner to make sure living by cruising is within your means, and to get advice about managing your financial commitments, such as paying taxes and bills. 

 Talk with a doctor about your health and the best way to manage it at sea. Cruise ships are equipped with medical personnel and facilities, but they may not be able to meet all your needs. You may also need to purchase special health insurance that covers you while you’re sailing. 

Talk with your loved ones so they understand what you’re planning to do. If you intend to sell your current home, you may need their help to sort through belongings, establish a new address on land, re-home pets, and more. 

 Talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor, who can provide more information and advice about living at sea; the ships and itineraries you may enjoy most; and how to qualify for frequent cruiser discounts. 


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Monday, August 29, 2022

Getting to the Ship On Time

When you fly to the port to board a cruise ship, a flight delay or cancellation is always possible. But right now, a combination of factors – high demand for flights, some airline and airport staff shortages, plus the perpetual unpredictability of weather – is increasing the chances of a flight delay or cancellation. 

 As you know, cruise ships wait for no one; if you don’t get to the ship on time, it will sail without you. So, here are some tips to help ensure you arrive at your ship on time and ready to cruise. 

Plan to arrive in port at least two days before your cruise begins. For years, travel professionals have advised arriving a day early for your peace of mind; right now, a two-day cushion provides greater comfort. If all goes well, you’ll have time to enjoy the port city and buy anything you forgot to pack. 

 Pick the earliest flight of the day to your port. If it’s canceled, you may have a better chance of catching a later flight the same day. 

Fly to the port as directly as possible. The more flight segments you have, the greater the chance that at least one will be delayed. If you must make a connection or two, allow at least two hours between connecting flights. And if you can, don’t check any baggage; edit down your cruise wardrobe and pack it all into a carry-on bag to keep with you. 

 Expect long lines for airport check-in and security screening, so get there early and be prepared. For years, we have been advised to arrive at the airport two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight; right now, it’s wise to increase that amount of time. Dress comfortably, be patient and bring a mobile device loaded with reading and games to help pass the time. 

 Consider a different way of getting to your ship. If a car, bus, or train can get you to the port in a day or two, it may be a good way to go. Road and rail trips can be quite scenic and relaxing, especially if they take away the stress of worrying that a flight might be canceled. 

 Finally, keep your professional travel advisor’s contact information handy. If it looks like you might not get to your ship on time, get in touch for good advice on what to do next. 

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Monday, August 22, 2022

Really Relax in a Cruise Ship Spa

If relaxation is your reason for taking a cruise, raise that relaxation to a new level by planning a visit to the onboard spa. 

 Most cruise ships have a spa, and they rival the very best on land. The treatment menus are extensive, with massages, facials, body wraps, and scrubs that can revive and refresh you. Many onboard spas also offer facilities like steam rooms, therapeutic pools, snow and salt grottos, aromatherapy zones, and solariums; cosmetic treatments like Botox and teeth whitening; and salon services like hair styling, waxing, manicures, and pedicures.  


Here are some tips to help you plan your cruise ship spa experience: 


If you aren’t sure what type of treatment you’ll like, visit the spa on embarkation day, when you may be able to take a quick tour and ask questions. Some spas offer special treatments and discounts only on embarkation day; discounts may be available on days in port, too. 


If you haven’t visited a spa before, you might be surprised by the cost. The most basic massage on the menu may be $100 or more, and the more elaborate the treatment, the higher the price. Remember that cruise ship spas provide high-quality services using top-of-the-line products, and the prices are usually comparable to similar spas on land. So treat yourself, but make sure to select a treatment you’ll enjoy. 


Onboard spas are very popular, and reservations can fill quickly. But, different cruise lines have different policies for advance reservations. Some let you make reservations as soon as you book your cruise, some make reservations available two or three months in advance, and a few don’t offer any way to make reservations until you’re on board. Ask your professional travel advisor about the best way to make spa reservations for your next cruise. 


Expect the spa staff to recommend some products for you to purchase after your treatment. Don’t let this ruin your post-treatment calm; you are not required to purchase any products, and if you don’t want to, just say so. 


Finally, if you’d like to make your next cruise all about the spa, find out about “spa class” cabins. For example, Celebrity Cruises’ AquaClass cabins are equipped with spa-quality amenities and come with access to a spa concierge and a spa cuisine restaurant, complimentary passes for fitness classes, and the spa’s thermal suite, and special rates for spa treatment packages. Ask Anita, your professional travel advisor, about these and other spa class cabins. 


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Monday, August 15, 2022

When to Book the Best Cruise Fares

  How far in advance should you book your next cruise to get the lowest fare? Sadly, there’s no magic formula for snagging the best price every time. But, we do have some advice for you to consider: book early or book late. 

 Many cruise fans like to book as soon as a sailing opens for reservations, which can be as long as 18 months before embarkation (your professional travel advisor can alert you). At that time, fares may be the lowest they will ever be because they tend to rise as the ship fills. 


There are some other significant advantages to booking a cruise as early as possible. You’ll have access to the best choice of cabins and you might receive early booking incentives, such as discounted airfare or onboard credits. Early booking also gives you plenty of time to look forward to your cruise and plan what you want to do on board and on shore. 


Still, keep in mind that a lot can happen in 18 months. Cruise lines have the right to change itineraries due to travel warnings, port conditions, and other factors, so the cruise you purchase may be a little different than the cruise you actually take. And – although this doesn’t happen often – you can be “bumped” from a cruise for a variety of reasons, such as the ship needing some maintenance work or being chartered. In these situations, the cruise line usually provides as much advance notice as possible, a full refund or rebooking, and perhaps some extras like future cruise credits. 


If it’s not possible for you to commit to a cruise many months in advance, booking late can also deliver a good deal. Late booking bargains usually emerge two to four months before the sail date, when passengers with reservations have their last chance to cancel without paying a penalty. Other low-fare opportunities may come up when passengers have to cancel at the last minute. And, some slow-selling cruises may still have space available just a few weeks or days before the cruise begins. 


If you look for a late booking deal, be flexible about your destination, as well as cabin type and location; you’ll have to choose from what’s available. And, understand that some cruises simply sell out early and stay sold out, with no options for late booking. 


To try booking your next cruise early or late, reach out to Anita, your professional travel advisor, for the best assistance and advice. 


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Monday, August 8, 2022

Take a Short Cruise for a Relaxing Break

 If you dream of a quick break that will really take you away from it all, take a look at short cruises. Two or three days on a cruise ship isn’t a lot of time, but it can provide lots of fun and relaxation. Plus, a short cruise is a great option if you have a small vacation budget, limited vacation time, or you haven’t cruised before and want to find out how much you like it. You can also combine a short cruise with some extra time in a port city, giving you two vacation experiences in one. 


Several cruise lines offer two- or three-day cruises from a variety of ports. Let’s look at some of the places you can go. 


From Florida ports like Cape Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale, or Miami, you can board a ship for a short cruise to Key West; Nassau, the capital of The Bahamas; or, a visit to a cruise line’s private island (there are several in The Bahamas). A day on a cruise line’s private island is delightful and much like a visit to an exclusive beach club: there are no crowds, just sand, sun, shaded loungers, beachy fun, and delicious food. 


From Los Angeles or San Diego, you can take a short cruise to Ensenada, Mexico. Tour the historic city, go wine tasting in the Valle de Guadalupe, visit the La Bufadora marine geyser, or paddle a kayak near adorable sea lions. 


Some short cruises sail along the scenic West Coast between Seattle and San Francisco or Vancouver. All three cities are full of wonderful attractions, such as Vancouver’s Gastown neighborhood, Seattle’s Pike Place Market, and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. Some short itineraries to Vancouver also call on Victoria, the beautiful capital of British Columbia. 


When you choose a quick but refreshing cruise, be aware that cruise lines tend to assign smaller, older ships to these routes. The ships are still lovely and comfortable, but if you’re looking for the latest onboard entertainment and dining options, you may not find them on a two- or three-day cruise. 


Also, short cruises tend to attract younger passengers, including families with kids, who appreciate the affordability. This often creates a fun and lively atmosphere onboard; but if you tire of the party, you can always find a quiet corner or relax in your cabin for a while. 


For more ideas and details about short cruises, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor. 


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Monday, August 1, 2022

Cruising With Baby

Can you bring your baby on a cruise? Yes, parents do it all the time, but there are some things to understand and think through. 

 First, there’s an age requirement for babies at sea. Many cruises welcome babies who are at least six months old, though some longer itineraries have a 12-month minimum age. But a few cruise lines don’t accept any passengers under age 18, including babies. 


Some cruise lines offer discounted fares for babies (and other children) who share your cabin; you should also ask your professional travel advisor to alert you to “kids sail free” promotions. Still, you may have to pay a regular fare for your baby.  


When you plan to bring a baby on board, it’s important to request a crib when you make your cruise reservation. And, as very few cabins have a bathtub or a sink large enough for bathing a baby, you may want to bring a small inflatable bathtub with you. 


Bring all the food and supplies (diapers, wipes, rash cream, changing pad, fold-up stroller, pacifiers, a favorite toy, and more) your baby will need. Some ships have small supplies of baby care essentials or offer a pre-embarkation delivery service, but these can be pricey. To make travel to the ship easier, arrive in port early enough to go to a store and buy baby supplies to bring on board. 


If your baby drinks formula, bring enough for the duration of the cruise; if they drink milk, find out if your ship carries the kind they like. On some cruise lines, the galley will mash or puree food for babies, but others expect you to bring jars of baby food. Fortunately, most onboard dining rooms and restaurants have highchairs; if you don’t see one, just ask. 


Note that babies and toddlers must be toilet-trained before they can use cruise ship pools, but a few ships have “splash zones” where babies in swim diapers are welcome. 


Babysitting services also vary by cruise line. Some don’t offer them, but others provide services at hourly rates; helpful when you want to take a baby-free shore excursion or have dinner on your own.  


Ultimately, you’re the best judge of whether or not to take your baby on a cruise, because you know how your baby reacts to new people, places, and routines. Contact Anita, your professional travel advisor, to talk about ships and itineraries that can provide a great cruise experience for you and your baby. 


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Monday, July 25, 2022

Open-Air Spaces to Enjoy on a Cruise

When choosing a ship for your next cruise, look for spaces where you can enjoy open sky and fresh air as you sail across the water. Some ships have especially appealing outdoor spaces; here are a few that we really like. 

 Celebrity Cruises Edge Class ships – the Edge, Apex and Beyond – have an incredible outdoor space called The Garden, decorated with beautiful live plants, metal sculptures, and comfortable seating. These ships also feature the Magic Carpet, a large, open-air platform off one side of the ship that moves up and down to serve different al fresco purposes. It can be a specialty restaurant, a music venue, an extension of the pool area or even an elegant way to disembark. 


Celebrity’s Solstice Class ships, first introduced in 2008, have an outdoor space that’s still unique in the cruise world. On the top deck, there’s a half-acre of real, growing grass, called the Lawn Club. Guests are welcome to remove their shoes, walk across the soft grass, and relax in a hammock, Adirondack chair or cabana. 


Onboard pools are often a good place to catch some fresh air and sun, but they don’t all have sea views. Holland America’s Sea View Pools, located at the rear (aft) of the ship, pools have a lovely view over the water. 


Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Class ships feature Central Park, a lush garden that’s located in the middle of the ship, but open to the sky. Each park has thousands of full-size trees, shrubs and flowers, with winding pathways, benches, shops, and restaurants. With a little help from technology, the parks are also filled with the soothing sounds of chirping crickets and singing birds (real birds sometimes find their way to these green spaces, too). 


On Oceania Cruises’ Marina and Riviera, the spa’s thalassotherapy pool, along with hot tubs and chaise lounges, are on the open-air Aquamar Spa Terrace. Here, you can combine some soothing spa treatments with an inspiring sea view. 


Since it was introduced in 2004, Movies Under the Stars has become a signature feature on the ships of Princess Cruises. Passengers gather in these open-air, poolside amphitheaters to watch current films, sports events, and more. Programming runs all day, but in the evening the crew adds pillows and blankets to the poolside lounge chairs, then serves popcorn and special beverages. 


To find out more about fresh-air spaces on any cruise ship, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor. 


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Monday, July 18, 2022

Fabulous Suites at Sea

On a cruise, you sail away from your daily routine to a very different kind of experience. Every passenger – even those who stay in the smallest inside cabins – can enjoy a high level of service, comfort, and cuisine. 

 Of course, if you’d like a little more space, you can book a suite; and on some ships, you can book a really extravagant suite. The most luxurious suites at sea may not fit within your budget, at least not yet…but we can all dream. Let’s take a quick look at a few suites to aspire to. 


The Garden Villa Suite on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Star Class and Jewel Class ships is enormous: nearly 7,000 square feet, or about three times the size of the average U.S. home. There are three bedrooms, three and a half baths, and a spacious living room with a baby grand piano. Walls of windows overlook outdoor spaces that offer amenities like a private hot tub, sun deck, and dining area. This suite is part of The Haven ship-within-a-ship complex, so it comes with extras like butler service and unlimited beverages. 


If you’re sailing with kids, it’s hard to beat the Ultimate Family Suite on Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, Spectrum of the Seas, and Wonder of the Seas. This spacious two-story suite has a large balcony and private jetted tub, but what really sets it apart are the toys and games. There’s an in-suite slide, air hockey, and ping-pong tables, a giant Connect 4 game, a LEGO wall, and an 85-inch TV equipped with popular video games. A Royal Genie (butler), unlimited beverages, and specialty dining are all included. 


The Regent Suite on Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ Splendor, Explorer and Grandeur are one of the most opulent at sea; its 4,000+ square feet is filled with unique furnishings and rare works of art. There are two spacious bedrooms (featuring high-end, hand-made mattresses) and a living room equipped with a grand piano. There are views in three directions, an in-suite sauna and steam room, walk-in closets, and a private solarium. You and your companions will also be the only passengers who can reserve The Study, a luxe private dining room where you and up to 12 guests will dine off gorgeous French porcelain. 


These and other top-tier suites at sea are pricey, but also extremely popular and always booked well in advance. For more information, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor. 


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