Taking a Cruise: Hurricane Season in the Atlantic

U.S. Customs & Border Protection Awaits Passenger Processing of First Cruise Ship into NYC post Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane season can be a rather tricky time for summer travelers.  Kids are home from college, the younger kids are out of school, mom and dad are taking time off of work and the family wants to take a vacation.  Wait…what about hurricanes?  The official hurricane season in the Atlantic begins June 1 and extends until November 30, encompassing the entire summer season in the Caribbean. In 1998 the Phantom, a ship on the Windjammer cruise line lost its ship and all of the crew members after it sailed off into sea to avoid a hurricane. In trying to avoid the hurricane, they ran straight into the storm. Thankfully, the passengers had all been dropped off safely on the shore, but the captain and crew … Continued

Taking Great Cruise Photographs

Carnival Cruise

A vacation on a cruise ship with your spouse, family, or friends is a great way to create some wonderful memories.  Like most people, you will probably want to preserve those memories long after the cruise is over.  Learn to take some great photographs so reminiscing about your trip will be almost as fun as the trip itself.  Whether you’re an amateur with a disposable camera or a professional with some serious equipment, everyone can benefit from a few helpful tips that allow those photos to turn out fabulous.

Theme Cruises

These days there are lots of different types of cruises that you can go on. The television is littered with commercials for everything from family cruise themes, adventure cruise themes to celebrity cruise themes and every other cruise theme in between. There are so many different types of cruises to choose from, that the special features are just as integral to the trip as the cruise itself. From Disney family cruises to safari trips to celebrity comfort, there is a special adventure from everyone, man or woman from infancy to one hundred and one. Below are outlined just a couple of these different types of cruises and what they have to offer. American Safari Cruises offer five different adventure destinations: the pacific northwest, Alaskan wilderness, … Continued

Cruising in New Brunswick

Many people go on cruises to socialize, see new places and exotic locations and explore. What many people do not realize is that you do not have to go far to get a great cruise experience. There are many wonderful travel opportunities right above the United States in Canada. The Bay of Funday in New Brunswick is a great place to see beautiful landscapes and some of the most incredible sea life out there. It is relatively close, and a great place to go in the summer when you want to escape a little bit of the summer heat. Campobello Island, off the coast of New Brunswick is a huge tourist destination for those traveling in Canada. Boasting a beautiful lighthouse and greenery, Campobello Island … Continued

Cruising Destination Ideas

Admit it.  Before you took that first cruise, your thoughts about cruise ships and cruise vacations consisted of flashbacks to Love Boat re-runs. Cruising was all about sunny, tropical destinations like Bermuda, Mexico and Hawaii. Since traveling by cruise ship is more popular than ever before, thanks to its affordability, you can not only go to those sunny destinations but also to more unusual ports like Hong Kong, Alaska, Norway and the Amazon River. Still, a lot of cruising is done in warm weather.  The Caribbean is one of the most popular places for first-time cruisers to go.  Among the places to choose from are the Bahamas, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. There is also the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Usually, … Continued

How To Book a Great Honeymoon Cruise

A honeymoon cruise can be a dream come true.  It’s an ideal way to celebrate a new marriage, have some celebratory time alone with your new spouse, get away from it all, and enjoy the luxuries aboard all at one time!  To make a honeymoon cruise go smoothly and fit in easily with your wedding plans, there are a few simple rules you can follow. First of all, do some research on cruise lines in the area where you plan to hold your wedding.  Before you book either the wedding or the cruise, try to find a day on which you can have both, with the cruise leaving soon after the reception is over.  This eliminates the problem of a possible hotel stay, and means … Continued

Cruise Honeymoon Havens

Color-drenched sunsets. Magical moonlit walks along the ship’s decks. Gazing out into the ocean and whispering words of love to your new spouse.  Nothing is more romantic than a cruise. Honeymoon cruises offer you a wide array of destinations and you decide if you want to participate in all of the ship’s activities or just join in a few and spend the rest of time in bed! The great thing about taking a cruise for your honeymoon is the all-inclusiveness of the ship.  Entertainment, food, lodging, activities … all are part of the cruise price, something that a couple would not find at any land-locked resort. After spending a lot of money on the wedding of your dreams, newlywed couples find that cruises not only … Continued

Cruising in Hawaii

The islands of Hawaii are a dream destination for many travelers, and a cruise that incorporates all four of the state’s beautiful islands could be just the ticket for your vacation plans. Each island has its own beauty and charm and is not the same as the others. From “Big Island” to Maui, to Oahu, to Kauai, there is something different and special about each local flavor. The best way to get a real taste of Hawaii, is to try the sample platter. Below, here is a little bit of what each individual island has to offer. Kauai is the smallest and furthest from the “Big Island,” but do not count it out in terms of local culture. Nicknamed the “Garden Island” for its rich … Continued

Been There, Done That – Cruising Tips from Seasoned Travelers

If you are cruising for the first time – congratulations! You are in for a unique, worthwhile experience.  As a newbie, though, you probably have questions about some of the do’s and don’ts of traveling aboard a cruise ship.  Luckily, there are many die-hard cruisers who are happy to share some tips to make your first time more rewarding. Before You Leave Home Have a friend or neighbor take in your mail daily.  Accumulating mail is a big sign to thieves and other troublemakers that no one is home. You could also have your mail held at the post office until you return. Set your lights on timers so that it appears someone is home to deter troublemakers.  Tell your neighborhood community patrol to make … Continued

Cruising for Special Needs Accommodations

If you are disabled or have certain special needs, you can still have a cruise ship adventure.  If you fall into this category, your best bet is to consult with a travel agent to find the best cruise line that will accommodate your needs. No two cruise lines are quite alike, so comparison shopping is required when choosing your options.  Your particular disability could be the deciding factor on which cruise to take.  For instance, not all cruise ships can accommodate wheelchairs easily.  Cabins are notoriously small, so you must get dimensions to determine if your wheelchair will even fit inside your room. Luckily, some of the larger cruise lines have specially designated cabins that have wider doorways.  The bathrooms are large enough for a … Continued