Dalmatia, Croatia – your cruise destination this summer!

If you haven’t chosen your summer vacations yet, here is an insider tip: the Dalmatian coast in increasingly popular south European destination of Croatia. You have probably heard of Dubrovnik by now – that growing tourist hot spot at the very southern tip of Croatia popular with Europe cruises and quite a few celebrity guests […]

Bad Weather and Cruising

So one of the questions that I get a lot is “what is there to do onboard the ship when it rains?”  On my first cruise this was a major concern for me.  Not only is the thought of rocking back and forth on a six story boat not sound fun, but to me it […]

Port review – Jacksonville, Fla

I received an email last night asking about the port of Jacksonville so I thought I would share my response. The port of Jacksonville is a great port, easy to find, and your no longer than 15 min from the airport. The port is five minutes off a major beltway (SR-9A) and the average cab fare […]

The Yellowbird excursion- Nassau

On board the ship you have many options to choose from when it comes to in port excursions. Recently I sailed on the Carnival Sensation out of Port Canaveral, Florida. I flipped through the excursion guide and found the “yellow bird party boat,” cost 37 dollars.  Party boat?! I’m in! So we bought the excursion and […]

No hope for on board gaming in Bermuda

A lot of cruise ships allow you to gamble on board the ship when they are in port.  Not in Bermuda. Interesting article below. (Courtesy AP)  HAMILTON, Bermuda – Bermuda lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have allowed cruise ship passengers to play gaming machines on vessels making port calls at night in the British Atlantic […]

Carnival Cruise Lines extends port lease in Jacksonville

Here is some good hometown news for us here in Jacksonville, and for you southeast cruisers. Carnival Cruise Lines has signed a new two-year lease with the Port of Jacksonville til May 12, 2011.  The extension of the lease was made possible because construction has stalled on a new cargo shipping terminal.   Jacksonville has approx […]

Trip Review “Monarch of the Seas” July 3-6, 2009 — Day 3

Monarch of the Seas anchored off of Coco Cay, Bahamas Destination Coco Cay, Bahamas. 55 miles NNW of Nassau. Our cabin sat in the front of the ship, so about 7 am we were awoke by the chains of the anchor falling into the sea, the first sign that we arrived in Coco Cay.  The shipped […]

Trip Review “Monarch of the Seas” July 3-6, 2009 — Day 1

We got to the cruise port at 11:30, checked in, which was a breeze, and went to deck 11 to grab lunch.  There was plenty of food and a huge assortment.  A salad bar, carving station, dessert station, and hot bar.  We were one of the first people on the ship.  At 1 pm the […]