Packing Light for Cruise Travel and Having All You Need

Tips to pack light for a cruise

Yes, packing light for cruise travel and having everything you need is possible. We have done it successfully multiple times. One of the advantages of cruising is unpacking only once while exploring a variety of locations. However, you still have to lug your belongings to the airport, to the cruise terminal, and back home. For […]

Quirky Artwork Onboard Radiance of the Seas

Glass artwork onboard Radiance of the Seas

Eclectic, random, unpredictable, and often bizarre describes the artwork onboard the Radiance of the Seas, the Royal Caribbean ship we have been sailing from Sydney to Perth around the top of Australia. The ship itself, while showing its age in a few spots, is beautiful. It’s the attention to detail, interesting artwork around every corner, […]

Dining at the Chef’s Table: A Royal Caribbean Treat

First course of the Chef's Table dinner

Speciality dining options have become a common feature on modern cruise ships, and the Chef’s Table on Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas is the best we have tried to date. The days of true “all inclusive travel” are long gone. While the cost of sailing includes meals, Royal Caribbean, like the other lines we have […]

Initial Impressions: Royal Caribbean’s Radiance of the Seas

Swimming pool on the Radiance of the Seas

We love cruising. Currently, we are about half way through our adventure around the top of Australia from Sydney to Perth on the Radiance of the Seas. (We have stopped in Brisbane and Cairns, future ports include Darwin, Bali Indonesia, Port Hedlands, and Geraldton). It is the first time we are cruising with Royal Caribbean. […]

Sailing out of Sydney Harbour on the Radiance of the Seas

Sunset as we are sailing out of Sydney Harbour, Australia

Docked in Sydney harbour with the famous Opera House as a backdrop, Royal Caribbean’s cruise ship Radiance of the Seas sat waiting for a new load of passengers. Along with 2000 others, we stepped aboard, ready to begin an exciting adventure sailing over the top of Australia including a brief stop in Bali, Indonesia. Our cabin […]

25 Tips for Cruising on Princess that Everyone Should Know

The Island Princess cruise ship docked at the port of Puntarenas in Costa Rica

After two weeks onboard the Island Princess we were surprised to still be discovering things that we probably should have known from the beginning. We were not alone. We frequently heard “I wish I knew that before today.” So I asked officers, crew, and other passengers for their best tips for cruising with Princess. These are […]

Photo Tour: Cruising into Venice Italy

Cruising into Venice Italy on the NCL Spirit 2

Cruising into Venice Italy is one of those magical travel moments. For us, it was several years ago, and we were on the NCL Spirit. We stood at the bow of the cruise ship, and despite the crowds, looking out it was captivating. I shared my photos of Venice from the ship, but for some reason these remained in my […]

Reflections of an 18-Night Princess Cruise – Is It for You?

The Island Princess cruise ship docked at the port of Puntarenas in Costa Rica

Have you ever wondered what it is really like on a cruise ship? Is it relaxing, invigorating and fun OR boring, crowded and just one giant food fest? We recently disembarked from an 18-night cruise on the Island Princess, a mid-sized ship in the Princess cruise fleet. This is our longest cruise to date and one that […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Oosterdam: A Photo Tour of This 5-Star Holland America Ship

Pool on the MS Oosterdam

As soon as I stepped on-board the Holland America Oosterdam I realised that all cruise ships are not the same. The Oosterdam’s tasteful decor caught me by surprise. I have cruised eight times in the past on five different lines (all 3 or 4 star ratings).  The Oosterdam is impressive, an understated beauty, a refined elegance that […]

Hubbard Glacier and Floating Icebergs in Alaska

hubbard glacier

It was truly amazing to get this close to Hubbard Glacier whilst on a cruise ship!  We were on the NCL Sun (Norwegian Cruise Lines).  The glacier itself was incredible. The blue color was so easy to see, much more so than the glaciers we have seen in either Norway or New Zealand. To be […]

10 Travel Tips to Cruise the Mediterranean

Real snake used in entertainment onboard the NCL Spirit

We recently decided to cruise the Mediterranean on the NCL Spirit. It was a last minute deal, and we loved it. No, we did not win the lottery.  We booked six days prior to leaving at a discount so big it was cheaper than the nightly price for a hotel and included  12 nights, all […]

Cruising the Mediterranean on the Norwegian Spirit

Norwegian Spirit

We just spent the last twelve nights onboard the Norwegian Spirit, cruising through the Mediterranean from Barcelona Spain to Venice Italy. Unfortunately, we didn’t have internet access on-board, thus the lack of travel adventures as they were happening. We plan to share mostly photo posts for the next week or so, featuring our port highlights. We […]

Cruising in the Mediterranean: How We Got it for 74% Off

The Norwegian Spirit at night in Venice.

You read that right, we will soon be cruising in the Mediterranean. We are off to France, Italy, Greece and Turkey, all thanks to Trish, our awesome New Zealand travel agent who got us a fantastic last minute deal. The secret is simple, Cruise lines don’t like to sail with empty cabins. The closer it is […]

A Bit of On-board Fun on the MSC Opera Heading to Norway

MSC Opera

We had some fun onboard the MSC Opera. Here are some of the highlights: I found this towel dog using my mobile phone one afternoon. Another day we had a turtle. Such a nice pool for such a cold climate. There was one afternoon that seemed warm enough to swim, but they fill it each […]