Hotel Review: Port Everglades Crowne Plaza

Crowne Plaza Hotel  | 455 State Road 84 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida THIS HOTEL IS FOR YOU, IF:  you’re sailing out of Port Everglades and desire luxury rooms, complimentary shuttle service, interior corridors, and a restaurant/lounge on premises.   There are many great things to be said about the Crowne Plaza Airport/Cruise Port.  It’s brand […]

Hotel Review: Country Inn and Suites Port Canaveral

When I go to a cruise port, I always check out the hotels in the area that may stick out to a potential cruiser.  This journey was destination Port Canaveral, Fla., and this is what I found. Country Inn and Suites 9009 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral FL 32920, Reservations: 1-800-596-2375 US/Canada Toll-free [cincopa 10524921] This […]

Episode: Cruise and Blog Radio Ep. 4 2009

Join us this week as our cruise expert Anne Campbell weights in on the ten misconceptions of cruising. Doug Parker, joins us live from the Port of Jacksonville, Fla., with some exciting news about the Carnival Fascination. TJ and Doug, also chat about their upcoming Cruise and Blog cruise to The Bahamas.  We invite you […]

An innovative idea to cruise research

A lot of people email me and tell me its their first time cruising and ask how to they find out about the ship they will be sailing on. My first response would always be to check the cruise lines website and check the ship layout.  Now, thanks to this cool thing called “the Internet,” […]

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

We heard the ship docking about 6 am and it awoke us so we knew our journey was almost over. If you want to carry your bags off, RCCL offers express departure between 730-830 am, so we decided to take advantage of that.  Breakfast was available in both dining rooms, we skipped it though to […]

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 2

After a fun afternoon and evening of meeting people yesterday, day two is here. Destination Nassau, Bahamas.  We woke about 8 am, had breakfast at the Windjammer cafe. Went for a little walk to let the food settle and then headed to the gym about 9 am.  The gym is in the very back of […]

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 […]