Eating Onboard: How to Cruise Without Gaining Weight

A dinner time favorite, I loved this scallop dinner when I sailed with Princess cruises.

I am pleased to say that I gained very little weight after 19 days eating onboard the Island Princess. We sailed from Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal and up to Vancouver. If you have never been on a Princess Cruise ship before, I am here to tell you the food is expertly prepared, appetizing, […]

Going Ashore in Cabo San Lucas Mexico

The arch in Cabo San Lucas Mexico

The highlight of Cabo San Lucas is El Arco (the Arch) and the nearby Lover’s Beach. As we could see both of these from the Island Princess Cruise Ship, and we have both been to Cabo San Lucas in the past, we opted to skip an excursion, or any type of tour and just go […]

Of Course We Visited a Coffee Plantation in Costa Rica

Old style coffee making at the Espiritu Santo Coffee Plantation in Costa Rica

We could feel the coffee plantation calling to us even before the Island Princess docked in Costa Rica. We are coffee drinkers, hubby to the point of coffee connoisseur. Looking at the list of shore excursions offered by the ship, we were tempted by the lure of a rainforest teeming with exotic animals, but coffee won out. […]

Visiting the Cruise Port of Puntarenas Costa Rica

The main commercial fishing area in Puntarenas Costa Rica

When I close my eyes and visualize Costa Rica I see a dense tropical rainforest teaming with colorful, exotic animals. My prior knowledge of this portion of Central America came from children’s books I shared with my girls many years ago. While interesting and fun, this visit was less than my ideal. As the Island Princess […]

Photo Tour: Crossing the Panama Canal on the Island Princess

Gatun Locks of the Panama Canal

Crossing through the Panama Canal was one of the highlights of our 19-day sailing on the Island Princess. An engineering marvel, the live commentary elicited excitement and wonder as we spent the day traveling from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. Here is a photo recap of our day through the Panama Canal. Rocket scientist hubby […]

Highlights of Cartagena Colombia in a Day

Interesting statue in Cartagena Colombia

Images of Romancing the Stone flashed through our heads as the ship docked in our second port, Cartagena Colombia. It’s a city with a sordid and colorful history. From the pre-Colombian settlement to the Spanish conquistadors who capitalized on the gold, silver and slave trade thus attracting pirates. While the forts and tall city walls […]

Cartagena Port in Colombia: Toucans, Iguanas, Monkeys and More

Toucan at the Port of Cartagena Columbia

Toucans, iguana, monkeys and other animals greeted us at the Cartagena port as we walked off the Island Princess cruise ship in Colombia. Not “wild” animals per say, although many appeared to be free. Along with the more typical duty free shopping and a cafe, these animals appear to be part of a nature park provided by […]

Relaxing in Aruba – A Tropical Cruise Port

Palm Beach on the Caribbean island of Aruba

After three days at sea on the Island Princess, our first port was the island of Aruba in the southern Caribbean.  Famous for white sand, blue water and plenty of sunlight, Aruba did not disappoint. The port is right in town and our time here was pretty short, from 7am to noon. We opted to […]

Initial Impressions of the Island Princess Cruise Ship

One of the pools on the Island Princess cruise ship

Right now, I am sitting on a lounge chair on the shaded Promenade deck of the Island Princess, a midsized cruise ship in the Princess fleet. We are sailing from Florida in the USA, through the Panama Canal and then north to Vancouver, Canada. As I listen to the gentle waves splash against the sides […]