April 18, 2014

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How Do I Know What Cruise Line to Pick?


Listener question: How do I know what cruise line to pick?  The cruise line you choose is another important factor to consider when picking your cruise.   The cruise ship is your hotel, restaurant and entertainment for your whole vacation. It is a package deal that is different from a traditional vacation. You’ll want to spend […]

Travel Insurance — What You Should Know

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What is travel insurance?  Often referred to as trip cancellation insurance, but most policies do more than protect you if your vacation is cancelled.  Policies are sold that will refund your losses if you have to cancel your cruise beyond the time you could get a full refund from the cruise line.  They can also […]

What Cabin Should I Book on My Cruise?


When considering what type of cabin you want, generally, the more desirable cabins (i.e., more expensive) are on the top decks of a ship. They almost always sell out first. The old adage used to be, don’t worry about your cabin; you won’t spend much time there to begin with. Actually, that’s not true. Since […]

9 Cruise Vacation Booking Tips


Here are some cruise vacation booking tips when planning your next getaway. 1. When you book your own airline tickets, if the route you picked to make it to the ship fails, you’re on your own. Don’t risk missing the whole cruise over a few frequent flyer miles. Sure you can probably get on if […]

5 Lessons Learned from Traveling Cheap


I travel a lot with my job and I also own my own business, so that means every single travel expense comes out of my bottom line. I don’t have an American Express expense credit card or turn in an expense report every month for reimbursement – it’s just me. A lot of times travel […]

5 Tips for Avoiding Identity Theft on a Cruise


The Federal Bureau of Investigations began collecting data about crime aboard cruise ships in 2007, and later revealed that 65 percent of reported cruise ship incidents involved theft, fraud and other suspicious activity. While a cruise should be a relaxing getaway from life’s worries, take steps to protect your identity both on board and when you […]

5 More Cruise Tips


  Here are five more cruise tips: 1. Pre-pay gratuities. When you book a cruise, you have the option to pre-pay your gratuities. This is a must for me because I want to track my cruise spending down to the penny. Consider pre-paying your cruise tips before you sail so you’ll be financially worry-free. $11 […]

Safely and Securely Connect During Your Travels


Packing your bags and taking a vacation is an exciting time in anyone’s life; however, those thrills can quickly turn to shrills if you find yourself in a traveling nightmare. Some of the biggest threats vacationers face when traveling from home to paradise are costly unexpected data charges, Internet censorship, and risky pubic Wi-Fi connections, […]

Park and Cruise, Cruise Parking in Jacksonville


There comes a time in every cruiser’s life when they do a Google search for “cruise port parking” from the pier they’re sailing from. Since Jacksonville, Florida is a big drive market for Carnival Cruise Line passengers, we decided to explore additional options for cruise parking in Jacksonville and came across Jetway Parking. About Jetway […]

Cruise Port Safety, Protect Yourself


So your cruise ship finally made it to your first foreign port of call and your ready to hit the ground running, right? A few months ago I was in Barcelona about to sail a Mediterranean cruise to Venice, and got to talking with a couple of fellow passengers. This couple saved for five years […]