I had the privilege of visiting Amsterdam a number of years back. It was only a one day visit - a port stop on a memorable cruise to Norway - but I had such a good time on that day I've been wanting to come back ever since. My upcoming river cruise on the Rhine River next year will give me that chance. There is so much to look forward to.
Is exploring nature and watching wildlife one of your favorite ways to vacation? Do you like to hike, paddleboard, snorkel, kayak? How about snapping pictures of whales, bears or flying manta rays? Maybe sitting back and watching beautiful scenery go by is more your style? If you said yes to any of these, you are in luck! Fantastic destinations on small ship cruises await you all around the world.
Looking for "Fun In The Sun" on a cruise getaway but want something different, more unique, than a big ship experience? A small ship cruise, and more specifically a sail ship experience, might just be the ticket.
Imagine gliding through beautiful turquoise waters, sails billowing in the wind. Leave behind the crowds, explore small enchanting ports, walk on white sandy beaches, swim in crystal clear lagoons, play with water toys from the sports deck.
Sound intriguing? Have I piqued your interest? Read on!
October is Plan A Cruise Month, and each week focuses on a different aspect of cruising. Last week was all about family-friendly cruises, and there certainly are plenty of those to go around! Next week is "Fun in the Sun" and following that "Exploring Nature". This week is all about "Cultural Exploration", and like family friendly cruises, there are plenty of cruises that offer the opportunity to immerse oneself in local culture.
I've spoken often about river cruising and how they get us into the heart of a country,
If you are looking for fun in the sun like swimming with the sting rays in the Cayman Islands, river tubing in Jamaica, snorkeling in Cozumel, or just enjoying all the activities and venues on board ship, the Caribbean as a destination offers a great number of family friendly cruises. Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess, Royal Caribbean have hundreds of itineraries to choose from.
Yes, the Caribbean offers a lot, but there are also fantastic family friendly, multi-generational cruises available outside this region, all around the world. Here are my top seven:
When I travel I stick with carry-on sized luggage. This rule applies to short 7 days trips and longer 21 day trips as well. One carry-on roller bag and a personal bag, usually a backpack or bag that I can slip on to the roller bag.
I have two "go-to" bags - my blue one above that measures 22 x 14 x 9, and my red one that is slightly smaller at 14 x 14 x 9. Blue for longer trips, red for one week trips. Believe me, the smaller red one has been very handy as it fits into tighter spaces in the overhead!
I recently completed a 20 day international trip (including 16 days on a cruise) with only my blue bag and personal bag. Yes - it can be done! Here's how: