Pre-Cruise Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Ft. Lauderdale Airport-Cruise Port

By: Scott Lara Scott is a contributing guest while Doug is away on his seven-night Alaska cruise.  For many years, my wife Marty and I would just drive from our home in Jacksonville, Florida to Port Everglades the morning of our cruise to catch the ship. Never again. Traffic on I-95 can hold you up for […]

Cruise Port Parking Alternatives

If you’re driving to a cruise port to catch a sailing and don’t want to pay up to $20 per day to park, you’re in luck, there are cruise port parking alternatives out there. The fact is that a lot of folks don’t factor in the cost of cruise pier parking when it comes time to budgeting, […]

Five Tips to Finding Affordable Hotels

Everyone is looking to save some extra money when it comes to planning their vacation by booking an affordable hotel. If you’re cruising out of a major port like Miami, Boston, or New York City, chances are the room cost will put a hurting on your wallet,..unless you know where you’re looking. But on the […]

Three missing cruise passengers found by Jamaican authorities

The three passengers that didn’t return back to Carnival Freedom in Ocho Rios, Jamaica on Thursday have been found by Jamaican police – according to ABC News. Jamaican authorities classified this as a missing person’s case because the passengers never returned back to the ship after a full day in port and were not on […]

Cruise Planners Vice President crowned 2012 “Woman of the Year”

Vicky Garcia, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Cruise Planners – American Express Travel, was crowned the 2012 Woman of the Year by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society on Saturday, June 2, at a black-tie event held at the Hyatt Regency Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. “If not for the support of […]

Holland America passengers give back on World Cruise

Holland America Line partnered in the donation of 85 blankets and 50 hats to the Seattle chapter of Project Linus Friday, June 1, aboard ms Amsterdam while the ship was in Seattle. Linda Lane, the local head of the Seattle chapter, accepted the donations that were knitted by a group of volunteer “blanketeers” during the […]

Cruise Line Reveals Future Sailings

Royal Caribbean International announced this week  the opening of  Florida and Gulf Winter Caribbean sailings for sale on Allure, Oasis, Freedom, Independence, Navigator and Serenade of the Seas. Please click on the links below for each ship’s full deployment details: Allure of the Seas- Together with her sister ship, Oasis of the Seas, she holds […]

Cruise safety training school earns select status

Maritime Professional Training (MPT) is the largest private maritime training school in the United States. Training over 5,000 Coast Guard members, shipboard firefighters, chief engineers, cabin stewards, waiters and captains of cruise ships, Maritime Professional Training (MPT) in Florida is a facility that attracts seafarers from around the world. All the conditions that can lead […]