Cruising the Hawai’ian Islands – An Aussie’s First Time

Boarding a cruise ship is always a crowded affair. It was so in Honolulu. What surprised us was that we had to take the locks off our suitcases before boarding. The ship, Norwegian “Pride of America”, was a similar size to the Princess ships that we had cruised in around Australia. So we expected to…

Boarding a cruise ship is always a crowded affair. It was so in Honolulu. What surprised us was that we had to take the locks off our suitcases before boarding. The ship, Norwegian “Pride of America”, was a similar size to the Princess ships that we had cruised in around Australia. So we expected to get to our stateroom after boarding the ship. We boarded around 12.30pm only to enter our stateroom at 5.30pm. We found out later that the crew was all American citizens, meaning they had to be paid at higher rates than the crews on other cruise lines. Norwegian were the only cruise line allowed by American law just to cruise around the islands. Other cruise lines had to visit at least one foreign port. This meant there were fewer crew members to do the work.

We found that the selection of free restaurants was not as intense as with Princess. We dined mostly in their buffet restaurant and a couple of times in their East-West restaurant. These were fine. By Australian standards, the coffee on board ship leaves much to be desired.

We found our stateroom was the best designed one we had seen with a better arrangement of the bed; more cupboards space and better designed bathroom and shower.

The theater was more spacious and it was easier to move to and from your seat. People could move past you without the need for you to stand. However the Mardi Gras cabaret showroom was smaller than in Princess and the view from the rear not as good. Still, as the cruise went on, the performances in these two areas were of a high quality.

For those that liked to walk or run to wear off the effects of too much food, the promenade deck had a walkway of length 546 meters. Three times around was a mile (over 1.6 kilometers). The walkway was much wider than those we had seen previously on other ships.

The purpose of the cruise was to see the islands of Hawaii. Consequently, during the day, there was a lack of things to do on the ship if you arrived back early from a tour. There was only one port where tenders were required to take us ashore. We were impressed at how easy it was to get on and off the tender and how spacious they were compared to others we had been on.

We arranged to do a tour at each port we visited, six in all. We discovered Roberts Tours on an internet search. It turned out that they were the largest tour operators in America in their green busses. We found them better priced than the tours organized through Norwegian Cruises Lines. In fact, by booking several tours through them as what they called “Combo Tours” we saved at least $ 100 each. Their service was excellent, always on time with great driver / guides who were able to go extra places when the time allowed. We found the guides very knowledgeable and did not talk too much. They cave clear instructions with regard to departure times and made good suggestions about food and so on.

Security was a very big issue. On returning to ship and pier, we had to show photo ID as well as our cruise card to even get on the pier or the tender or off the bus on returning from the tour.

The thing that surprised me the most about the islands on the cruise was the altitude that buses climbed without our realizing that we were at a high altitude. I found I would look out the window of the bus and see an altitude sign like 2400 feet. We never seemed to be so high. It is not something you see in Australia. We, of course, took the tour to the highest volcano on the islands. It was reputed to be the highest on the earth because it is a mountain that rises from depths of the sea. It was over 10000 feet above sea level. Our bus was only able to take us to 9500 feet where we were able to see its huge crater and walk up to a minor peak some 400 meters. It was quite a demanding walk because of the lack of oxygen at that height.

We did see an active volcano. From the viewing platform, it was possible to see lava bubbling to the surface of the crater. Later that evening, the ship cruised past another lava flow. This was bigger and the lava was flowing into the sea. This was much more spectacular.

On the island tours, you see lots of coffee and macadamia plantations. On one plantation which had quite a variety of activities, we found pineapple ice cream. It is a pleasure not to be missed. The coffee plantations we visited allowed coffee tasting. We saw the famous surfing beaches where the Pro tournaments are held. Another spot we saw was the start and finish of the famous Hawaiian Iron Man triathlon.

All the islands were very green with very steep rugged mountains. There was wet and a dry side of each island with a great variation in rainfall. One side of each island tended to be the windy side with the other side protected from the wind by the high mountains. For us the weather was great. The only time we needed a jumper was on board the ship where the air conditioning was sometimes too cold.

Each island had a highway which circumnavigated the island, usually close to the beach. We found on our bus tours to get the best view you needed seats on the right hand side of the bus.

If you only going to visit Hawaii once in your lifetime, you must include the cruise as part of your holiday as well as Honolulu, Waikiki, Pearl Harbor and tour around the island from Honolulu.

Most Popular Churches in Goa and Cruise Party

A visit to Goa is incomplete without a trip to the churches of Goa. Apart from the amazing coastline and pristine beaches, Goa is blessed with these exceptionally beautiful places of worship in the form of churches. Tourists, not only from India but all over the globe visit Goa which is famous as the party…

A visit to Goa is incomplete without a trip to the churches of Goa. Apart from the amazing coastline and pristine beaches, Goa is blessed with these exceptionally beautiful places of worship in the form of churches. Tourists, not only from India but all over the globe visit Goa which is famous as the party capital of India. Goa's popular and sublime churches are to a great extent a heritage of Portuguese colonization. These churches define the Portuguese domination in Goa when the rest of India was ruled by the British. Their reign in Goa was peaceful and progressive so locals accepted them as time passed. Now the only reminiscences of the Portuguese era are the beautiful churches built here. The church building was one of the principal occupations of the early Portuguese With a critical populace of Goans being Christians for some eras today, the Church is an essential factor in Goa's social, social and religious life. The engineering of Goa's holy places has experienced outstanding changes in the progress of time and the design of the period that they were inherent. Step into these churches and feel yourself reliving the history of the golden days of Goa.

Bom Jesus Basilica is the world-famous church, also a UNESCO heritage and know for keeping the mortal remains of St. Francis. Francis Xavier. The miracle is that the mortal remains are still intact and this visits curious visitors from far and wide. The Cathedral is one of the largest Churches in Asia and is devoted to St. Louis. Catherine. Legend has it that the golden bell of this Cathedral could be heard by one and all in Goa. This Church contains 14 altars within. Church of St Francis of Assisi is famous for its Barque and Corinthian architecture. Remaining on the Monte Santo (Holy Hill) and keeping an altruistic watch over Old Goa, is the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary. Wonderful in its starkness and effortlessness this congregation is one of the main structures in Goa that authenticates the presentation of Renaissance design, conveyed to Goa by the Portuguese. Apart from these, the oldest church, Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Church of St. Louis. Cajetan, bearing resemblance to St. Louis Peter's Church in Rome, Chapel of St. Louis Catherine – one of its kind, Church of Lady of Rosary, Our Lady of the Mount are a few of the world-famous churches of Goa.

What is Goa without a nightlife? And what better way to experience it than on a cruise. So party hard on a Goa cruise party full of food, champagne, and drinks. One of the best party places in Goa is on a luxury cruise at the waterfront full of raw beauty. Feel the nightlife blend with adventure on a Dinner cruise party, be it a family trip, a corporate outing or chilling out with friends. Full of life, floating dance, and music accompanied by dinner and unstoppable party music blaring for a dance party as you sail along.

First Time On An All-Inclusive Cruise? Here Are 7 Things You Need To Know

When it comes to vacations, we all try to have the best time of our lives, things do not always turn out the way we planned. As such, all-inclusive cruises have become all the rage due to their ability to do what seems impossible — everything. It truly makes your jaw drop to see how…

When it comes to vacations, we all try to have the best time of our lives, things do not always turn out the way we planned. As such, all-inclusive cruises have become all the rage due to their ability to do what seems impossible — everything. It truly makes your jaw drop to see how they handle such a diverse mass of people and meet their needs at just about any hour of the day.

Still, if you happen to be going on your first all-inclusive cruise, there are a few things you should be thinking about before, and during, your trip:

1. Do Your Research! As with any successful vacation, the success of your trip comes from your willingness to research all aspects of your upcoming adventure. Sure, the planning may seem to take a little of the actual 'adventure' out of it, but given that this is your first cruise, you want to be sure you're not left in the dark on any detail. Travel experts indicate that 75-80% of the success of a cruise comes from taking the time to research and plan your trip.

2. Choose the Right Ship – The nice thing about cruise ships is that you have a number of choices depending on your price point and list of requested amenities. Here's where part of the research you do pays off. Always be sure to check into the actual ships rather than the cruise line as what is offered may greatly vary.

3. Set A Working Budget & Stick To It – When planning your first cruise trip, you want to be sure to create a budget. Nothing makes a vacation fall flat on its face faster than money problems, especially if you know you paid too much for something. One thing to consider is how much it will cost to travel to the ship port. Does it make more sense to fly or drive? Also keep in mind any special interests you may want to indulge while on your ship. Cruise lines actually offer themed cruises as well, so it's worth checking out.

4. Choose the Right Time to Go – This is a little tougher to take into consideration as many of us have designated times when we can set off on a vacation. Still, if you want to get a great deal on a cruise, book during off-peak times as the lack of general traveling traffic has cruise lines more willing to lower pricing.

5. Plan Your Packing – Yes, you're excited about your first all-inclusive cruise, but try to avoid massive amounts of luggage. Also, take the time to actually unpack. Living out of a suitcase is no way to operate on vacation. Plus, whether you're making a run for the swimming pool, buffet table, or dressing for a formal event on board, it's easier to get ready if you've got things available and visible.

6. Do not Forget to Just Explore the Ship – Here are the simplest items to keep in mind for the first-timers on a cruise ship. While you've done your research and your attention is being rolled in every direction, take the time just to look around. Get familiar with the ship's layout and take it as an opportunity to talk to others.

7. Find a 'Special' Place – Even when you're on an all-inclusive cruise, being able to call a place your “go-to” hangout can be an easy way to decompress after a busy day. Remember — you're on vacation, so relax!

A Change in View Can Bring About a Lot of Change

Doing the same thing again and again is pretty boring. Even if it is something that you like, you get tired doing it day in and day out. I think I am not alone in this boat, slowly cruising towards insanity. I will have many for company, fellow travelers around the globe. Everyone should take…

Doing the same thing again and again is pretty boring. Even if it is something that you like, you get tired doing it day in and day out. I think I am not alone in this boat, slowly cruising towards insanity. I will have many for company, fellow travelers around the globe. Everyone should take a break and move away from everything, even if it is just for a day. One day should be sent doing things that you love – a day where you have no responsibilities and get to exist like a carefree soul!

As a Sydneysider, I have plenty of options right in and around my beautiful city. Asking my friends for their suggestions ranged from the usual day at the spa with all the treatments, a relaxing Sydney Harbor lunch cruise, getting lost in the nearby Blue Mountains and the like. I was slightly tempted with the idea of ​​a Sydney Harbor cruise as I wanted to experience what Jack felt in Titanic. Stand on the bow, take in the aroma of the sea and scream at the top of my lungs “I am king of the world”! But on second thought, doing the same on the harbor would be like eating at Dominos and wishing for an authentic Italian experience. Also, the tourists at Sydney Harbor and cruise passengers may complain, cutting short my 'me day' cruise. I might even make the next day news, “Hysterical man removed from Sydney Harbor cruise vessel!”

Also with the harbor bustling with noisy tourists, I decided to drop the cruise plans. Not being an outdoorsy person, the trek at Blue Mountains was also swiftly dropped. But, the Blue Mountain view there which I saw online, wave new direction to my quest in search of the perfect 'me day'. My search morphed into looking for a place with the best view in Sydney or close by. A few clicks on the web and I found my view, right here in the middle of the city, at the Sydney Tower.

Standing more than a thousand feet above the ground, I was able to get a commanding view of the city in all directions. Seeing everything so small – cars, vessels on the water, the crowding enjoying the Sydney harbor views and cruises, all made me realize the insignificance of life. You start to think less of yourself and notice things that you never keenly observed before, like the blue of the sky, cloud patterns, the deep and vast sea. All these lend perspective to your life, making you think of the big picture, making your problems in life seem so much smaller.

Now I have a new mantra to keep me going in life, “When everything feels like an uphill struggle, just think of the view from the top.”

First Time Cruising: How to Get the Total Experience

First time cruising is exciting yet it requires patience and a lot of research to make the most out of your planned cruise. The cruise ship is packed with a lot of goodies from activities for children to the activities that old people want to engage them into. It is only right that when going…

First time cruising is exciting yet it requires patience and a lot of research to make the most out of your planned cruise. The cruise ship is packed with a lot of goodies from activities for children to the activities that old people want to engage them into. It is only right that when going on a cruise for the first time you should be able to make the most out of your money.

First time cruising is tricky. Here are some of the things that you need to prepare for.

Pre-cruise Studies: Always research about the cruise ship and the trip itself. Everything else that you need should have been pre-arranged from the cabins you'll be sleeping in to the food that you'll dine.

Do not double tip: When paying for your trip you have already been charged about 10-15% for every meal that you will be having. It is really not that necessary to give tips.

When it rains pack right: When traveling on a cruise ship, it is always a must to be prepared with clothes and other stuff that you can wear when it rains. You can not always be so sure that the weather forecast is right. Sometimes there are sudden splashes of rain and you do not want your travel experience to be ruined just because you were soaked in the rain.

Stay slim amid the all-you-can-eat buffet: Remember that all of these are paid for. If you wish to stay slim please the huge amount that you paid for then that's completely your discretion. In case you really want to enjoy that sumptuous feast, here's what you can do. Instead of taking the elevator when roaming around the ship, why not try taking the stairs for a change. This is to ensure that you'll burn those calories just right.

Design a Ship Tour for Embarkation Day: You do not want to waste your time and energy sitting on a cabin while waiting for your ship to arrive at the pier. You can explore the ship. Take a map of the whole ship. You can use the map provided after you book for that cruise. Look at the main areas that you will be going like your cabin, the dining area, and other parts of the ship where passengers are allowed to explore.

Today, cruises have Wi-Fi so Internet connection would not really be that much of a problem. Instead of walling yourself in your social media accounts, you can go around and look for other activities that are going on at the various stations inside the ship. It will let you see how beautiful the ship is. You will also get to experience a lot of amazing activities happening while in the cruise.

Do not forget to enjoy and try to document every piece of that memory for keepsakes. It is always good to have something that you could look back into for years. Those memories of your first time in a cruise will be rooted in your heart and mind always.

The Unexpected on Our First Cruise

Much of what I write here may be “old hat” to the experienced cruiser. But to those new to cruising, they can be unexpected even though your travel agent and the brochures you read may have mentioned the items I'm writing about. Experiencing them for the first time is often surprising. The first surprise is…

Much of what I write here may be “old hat” to the experienced cruiser. But to those new to cruising, they can be unexpected even though your travel agent and the brochures you read may have mentioned the items I'm writing about. Experiencing them for the first time is often surprising.

The first surprise is the Personal Identity Card that is issued to you when you roll up at the cruise terminal. You attach it to a lanyard and put it around your neck. It becomes your on-board companion for the cruise. It is the key to your state room; the card you use to purchase items, such as drinks or coffee on board and, with your passport, your right to get back on the ship.

As you board the ship for the first time the crew check your card and take a photograph of you so that each time you leave or return to the ship your card and there before your photograph are checked. The card also allows you to check your on-board account to see the amount of your buyers. This also tells you what on-board credits you have. It is quite an unexpected sight, seeing a gentleman in a tuxedo on a dress-up night, wearing his card around his neck.

Now that you are actually on the ship, you need to find your cabin. Oops, they do not have cabins on board ship anymore. Cabins are state rooms. Finding your state room for the first time is a challenge. There are so many decks, people on the move and very long corridors on every deck. However, there are many crew members around to show you the way. The surprising image of the crew is that there are many different uniforms, each crew member having different roles. Their most important role is to keep the passengers happy and wanting to cruise again.

As you can imagine, with the size of the ship getting lost is easily achieved. So, with the help of the map provided when you board, you are able to get your bearings and get around the ship with ease.

When you first arrive at your cabin, your steward is around to meet you and explain whatever you need to know. He has already put your bags on the bed ready for you to unpack. Each morning he cleans your room and in the evening your bed is turned down, chocolates are on your pillows and the daily newsletter is there for you to plan the next day's activities.

One of the pleasures of the cruise is the onshore excursions. What is unexpected is the detail to which the crew go to get you on the right tour at the right time. Often, on the day you board the ship, you'll find in your cabin all the tickets for these tours plus instructions on where and when to assemble on the day of each tour. At the assembly points, you are given a sticker that is attached to your shirt or blouse indicating which tour you are on and any other data you need to know. Each tour is color coded.

I thought that this process was spectacular but the process for leaving the ship at your destination is even more spectacular. Some days into the cruise you are to fill in a form regarding on how you wish to embark. This involves a time, while you are catching a plane and so on. Then a few days before you disembark, you get a time, special signs to put on your bags and a place to meet to disembark. Your bags are taken the night before and await you in a designated area on shore ready for you to collect. This process is much quicker than the process to board the ship.

Exercise is one thing you need to do because the meals are so good that we all tend to overeat. A gym on board is expected but having a promenade deck that circumnavigates the ship is a pleasant surprise. The one on the cruise ships I have been on is about 500 meters around or three circuits make a mile. Many passengers are to see doing circuits each and every day.

There are novelty / speciality occasions during the voyage. I'd just like to mention just two. On our first cruise, Remembrance Day occurred. A solemn service was performed. The other one to mention is Captain's Circle Cocktail Party where the announcement of who, on this cruise, has the most cruise days is made. On our last cruise, the number of cruise days was over 2000. That's well over five years cruising.

The final unexpected happening was the docking of these big ships. They do it with tugs just standing by to help only if necessary. I was staggered with how these big ships were manoeuvred into seemingly very narrow berths.

The reader may believe that these unexpected events are the end of the surprises for a first time cruiser. These are all I remember. You can look forward to even more. Happy cruising!

Our First Day on Our First Cruise

The first day of our first cruise, we found, was quite a daunting experience. There were thousands of passengers and friends in the area when we arrived to board. It appeared to be organized chaos. We surprised what we had let ourselves into. But let me tell you how we got to be on our…

The first day of our first cruise, we found, was quite a daunting experience. There were thousands of passengers and friends in the area when we arrived to board. It appeared to be organized chaos. We surprised what we had let ourselves into. But let me tell you how we got to be on our first cruise, first before explaining our “questionable” start to our first cruise.

I had always wanted to try a cruise. Our first cruise came about by default. Six months before my 70th birthday my wife asked me what I wanted for my birthday. I said a new set of golf clubs. Her reply was “not until you improve your golf.” My golf at the time was uninspiring. Then I suggested that I would like to see the Wanaka War Birds shows in New Zealand only to find out that the show had been on the previous week. It only occurred every two years. So then I suggested the cruise. My wife had resisted the idea in the past. But now I had the opportunity to get to do one.

So the planning began. With the help of friendly travel agent, we selected Princess Cruises who specialized in cruise for our age group. The cruise went into the Pacific from Brisbane in November. Now that you know about how the cruise took place let me tell you about our first day on the boat.

Let me begin by saying some words my wife said to me as the boat sailed down the Brisbane River and we sat in the Princess Theater with hundreds of others with a life jacket on our laps. “I do not want to be here”. How did this come about?

We had no concept of what 2000 people trying to board the boat at the same time would be. As first time cruisers, we read our instructions that told us that people having state rooms on our deck should arrive between 1pm and 1.30 pm to board the boat. We did this to find “organized chaos”. We put our bags in at the loading point and proceeded into the boarding hall to find a tangled mess of people going hither and thither. Officials told us to go to Portside shopping area and have a coffee and come back in 30 minutes.

We did this, coming back to find the chaos had abated a little. So we joined a zigzag line to go to the sign-in point. 30 minutes later we had our boarding card and a boarding number. We were then required to sit and wait for a call to board. In the meanime, hunger began to flourish. We did not have lunch before because we believed we would have time to do that on the boat. We got the call to board, went through all the checkpoint and arrived at the boat where our cards were checked and a photograph of each of us was taken. With some guidance we found our state room, began unpacking after a quick but unfulfilling lunch when the call for all passengers to report to their mustter station came over the ship's PA system. We were “bushed” and struggled to get down with hundreds of others to our mustter station for the safety training that was mandated by Australian law.

Now this brings me back to the words of my wife- “I do not want to be here”. Once the safety briefing was over and we were back in our state rooms slowly unpacking and relaxing, things began to work out. By the time we showered, dressed for dinner, found our table in the restaurant, meet our dinner partners and our waiter five hours of chaos were over, finally. Now we were ready to enjoy our first cruise. That we did.

We are embarking on our fourth cruise soon. We learned much from our first cruise. We now arrive at the cruise terminal when the embarking is about to begin. This reduces the mad rush and there are less people around and the boarding process is over quickly. Some more experienced cruisers say that they come to board late in the boarding period as they find their boarding board is less a hassle.

Once the boarding process is over, then the real fun of the cruise begins. If it was a fun experience, we would not be about to have our next cruise.

A Week’s Vacation in the Islands of the Aegean Sea With a Sailing Boat

Endless hours on the beach, overlooking the blue horizon, the night sky and stars. Early in the morning a cup of coffee, pyjamas as swimwear and then dive to the “big blue”. Only you and your mate, in secluded bays, and yet in the most popular islands. The sailing holidays are a way of life,…

Endless hours on the beach, overlooking the blue horizon, the night sky and stars. Early in the morning a cup of coffee, pyjamas as swimwear and then dive to the “big blue”. Only you and your mate, in secluded bays, and yet in the most popular islands. The sailing holidays are a way of life, which however can be followed by all.

Let's start our sailing trip from Paros Island. The advantage of Paros lies in the fact that Paros is located exactly at the center of the Cyclades with so many islands around, thus making your cruising vacations in Greece an ideal option.

This gives you the opportunity to sail out every day, no matter where the wind blows from, making your islands hopping a dream.

There are so many choices and so many anchorages to stay even in very rough conditions, that sailing is safe and enjoyable even for reliably inexpervienced crews.

Day 1: Set sail around Paros for your first destination, Naxos. Depending on the weather conditions it's going to take 3-4 hours sailing. Naxos is one of the largest islands of the Cyclades with great interest and many sights. Do not miss the sunset at the ancient temple of Apollo, just a few meters away from the marina. Grilled octopus with “ouzo” is a “must” here.

Day 2: Today set sail south following the west coast of Naxos ending up in the southernmost of the island, at Kalando bay. In the mid way we will stop at a nice anchorage, Roga, for swimming and lunch. Kalando is a special place. It is not a village, but it offers a perfect shelter for the yacht. It's an isolated area with a long sandy beach and many kilometers of trails by the seaside, ideal for hiking in the pure nature. For dinner a kiosk run by a local shepherd offers BBQ only with local products. Do not expect luxuries here. Undoubtedly, it's going to be your favorite place at the end.

Day 3: Set sail from Kalando heading for Koufonisi. A short stop at a wonderful spot, called Rina, where you can swim inside a sea cave. Amazing colors everywhere.Koufonisi by far the most beautiful of the small Cyclades islands with many sandy beaches all around. Rent a bicycle and visit all of them. Dinner at “Captain Nicolas” place is out of any kind of negotiation as well as a frozen mojito at the windmill bar just above the marina.

Day 4: If the wind is strong, stay in the area visiting the nearby island of Kato Koufonisi and swim in the crystal clear waters, snorkelling or go hiking around. The area is very protected from big waves because the huge island of Naxos to the north blocks the wind in order to make our life on board more comfortable. In the afternoon return to the same marina in Pano Koufonisi.

In case that the weather permits set sail to Amorgos, the island of the “Big blue” movie. Rent a car or a bike here to explore the wild beauty of this heaven. Visit the famous monastery with the breath taken view from its balcony and try “rakomelo”, the local alcohol drink. Dinner at “Xilokeratidi” is going to be a memorable romantic event by the seaside.

Day 5: Iraklia is another island of the “Minor Cyclades” which is worth to be visited specifically for those who want to experience tiny, quiet, cute and isolated places, representative of the Greek spirit. So after a short stop for swimming at Antikeros on our way from Amorgos to Iraklia we will end up at the picturesque port of the island.

Here you can swim to the nearby beach, diving from the yacht and hiking around enjoying the pure nature. Dinner at Iraklia means fresh fish and the local tavernas more hospitable than anywhere else are ready to fulfill your expectations.

Day 6: Antiparos, the last island of your sailing cruise. After a 4-5 hours sailing trip and of course after the vital stop for lunch and swimming we end up in Antiparos late in the afternoon. Wandering around the small streets of the beautiful village, have dinner in one of the hundred restaurants and continue with a drink at one of the local bars. Nightlife here, especially in high season, is a must for everyone.

Day 7: Before setting sail for your final destination visit the cave of Antiparos. Buses are available just 100 meters away from the yacht. On your return on board leave immediately for a nice anchorage at a small island north of Antiparos with crystal clear water. The afternoon has already come as well as the farewell time.

Our Christmas Cruise Traveling to Puerta Vallarta and Saving Money

My wife and I booked our first cruise for Christmas after much clarification. The cost, what do the rooms look like, are we going to be sleeping by the anchor or the engine? Thank goodness for the internet because we were able to cross-reference the rooms that were available with rooms that had a video…

My wife and I booked our first cruise for Christmas after much clarification. The cost, what do the rooms look like, are we going to be sleeping by the anchor or the engine? Thank goodness for the internet because we were able to cross-reference the rooms that were available with rooms that had a video of them that were placed on the internet. We were able to look at the rooms and figure out if we were going to have to travel with one suitcase or the usual five. Just kidding, I pack three and carry two more. The next item on the agenda is to get the passports so we can explore the island.We discovered that if you do not have a passport and something happens and you have to fly back to the United States then the situation becomes quite complex. The Consulate comes into play and probably a lot of other costs that could be avoided. Two different sources highly recommended a passport so off we go to get pictures, fingerprinted and we are to be made 'legal'.

We secured a room for only $ 500 down and payments were allowed which I thought was great in this day and age. Furthermore, the booking agency said that they would arrange a group and offer discount prices if we were able to get enough people to sign up for the cruise. This was great and we are already planning our 2015 cruise which will be greatly deducted because of the group AND we discovered that the cruise lines are double the price in the winter. Thank goodness for '' senior status '' and discounts.

My wife has researched our cruise and it turns out that it will be a seven-day cruise leaving Los Angeles and we will be in Puerta Vallarta on Christmas Day. To me that is amazing. I always wanted to give my wife something special and now we are both excited. Oh and with the groups, they offer discounts and special “perks '' like extra money to gamble with. focus on what we want to do instead of standing in line for meals.

My wife and I have traveled 40 of the 50 states and now our first cruise and we are going to book another as well. I wish all the luck to each of you and any advice for first time cruisers would be appreciated.

Thanks again !!

I Finally Decided

I finally decided what I want to do for my vacation. Have you ever asked yourself what it is that you wanted to do for your vacation? Well, you are not alone. There are literally thousands of choices, people advising you, limited funds, and of course, endless planning. It does not need to be that…

I finally decided what I want to do for my vacation. Have you ever asked yourself what it is that you wanted to do for your vacation? Well, you are not alone. There are literally thousands of choices, people advising you, limited funds, and of course, endless planning. It does not need to be that hard!

Please answer yes or no to the following statements.
1. I like to shop.
2. I have a medical condition that makes travel difficult.
3. I have kids.
4. I like to enjoy fine dining or enjoy sports.
5. I like to just relax.

Did you know that if you answered yes or no to any of these statements, a cruise is for you? For all medical conditions, there are doctors and staff on board, as well as wheelchair available on flights, buses to transfer you, on the ship and on shore. For people who wonder about becoming seasick, please speak to your doctor prior to going. It does not need to be an issue.

Kids of all ages rule on cruises with staff to entertain them on board and on shore! In fact, no matter which destinations you choose, some of the things they will learn can be used for school credits. Fine dining or casual dining is exceptionally available. Sports of all types are available to participate in or watch. You can be relaxed, because there are many dining and entertainment options.

A cruise is a way to finally feel relaxed and have your family and friends happy! Who knows, you may meet a new love or stir up an old romance with your significant other. Cruises work well even for singles or groups. A sense of total escape will engulf you as you sail away! You escape work and people you do not want to be with, and problems. You may find a new you while enjoying the spa or participating in a new exercise class or learning a new technique for cooking or enjoying new wines.

You may enjoy the best in learning about art or dancing. You might bid on the best from artists from around the world. You may, also, just enjoy meeting and talking to people from around the world. All of these things are available to you!

Maybe your idea of ​​fun is to go to a casino or read a book in the library or by the pool or go see a new movie. All these things are possible on a cruise, including a full internet lounge and fabulous Broadway shows or comedy shows with some top name entertainers. And, each passenger including the young and the very old are personally taken care of! The best part of all of this is that on a cruise, you pack and unpack only once to see many places. The world is fascinating to explore! All for an unbelievable low price!

I want you to know what you want to do for your vacation. It's as simple as a phone call or a click away on your computer. You can plan each day of your trip or make just the decision to go. It is that simple! I hope you will join me!