6 Ideas on How to Handle Bad Weather on a Cruise!
Some things are within your control when you cruise, but we all know that the weather isn’t one of those. Sadly the weather is beyond any of our control!
Wherever you are headed, there’s always something happening on board (and in port). Just remember- a bad day at sea (or in port) will always trump any regular ole’ day at work!
Do you have any great ideas of what to do when the weather is not great, either at sea or in port? Please SHARE below.
Travel Hacks Made Super Simple- By Jen Campbell of Escape Destinations Travel
The easiest and simplest way to earn all those points and miles is to get a credit card that offers you the incentives for traveling.
If you’ve got the discipline, you can put all your everyday spending on the credit card(s). I have a girlfriend who puts ALL their families spending on the credit card, and when she gets paid, turns around and pays it off each and every month. You’d want to stick to your budget and of course pay it off promptly but would gain the points in the process! Some of the credit cards offer 3 times the points for travel, 1 point for dining and then 1 point for everything else. Bonus: 5 points on groceries means if you’re eating (and who’s not) you get tons of points just for shopping as you normally would.
Some of the credit cards offer tons of points and miles just for using their card initially. When you sign up for their card, they will offer you extras to do so. Those with signup bonuses are the ones to try, some offer as much as 40,000 to get their credit card, what does this mean to you, FREE TRAVEL!!
Let’s just pause for a moment and consider that while this is super tempting…if you’re not disciplined with your finances, you can get yourself into trouble super quickly. You don’t want to overspend and then try to justify or rationalize it in your mind and then be stressed and depressed when the bill comes. You’ll want to avoid any temptation of credit card debt (definitely a no-no in my book). Most banks know many will abuse the card and then end up spending YEARS to pay minimum payments on it…carrying the balance for this long is in THEIR favor and not yours. Avoid the unpaid interest charges and late fees, or else you’ll pay dearly for it in the future.
So if you use your credit card or credit cards responsibly, you can travel many times for pennies on the dollar, especially for flights, where you can score BIG!
Do you have a fabulous Travel Hack to share with us, COMMENT Below:
7 Great Reasons to Honeymoon on a Cruise Ship!
By Jen Campbell, of Escape Destinations Travel
Many couples choose to Honeymoon on a Cruise Ship now as their Vacation Option, we’ll share with you 7 quick reasons why Honeymooning on a Cruise is really a great idea:
All in all, vacation time (especially for Honeymooners) goes by super quickly. Whether you choose to stay by land or by sea you’ll create memories to be cherished forever. We hope our Honeymoon list was helpful to you in your decision making process! We can help you plan that Dream Honeymoon, regardless of the location, should you not wish to stress out about another detail. It’s what we love to do!!
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It’s no secret we Love Us Some Cruising! As a family of 4, we find it to be the best economical vacation out there for a family! But to be fair to the “Other Vacations” we intend to share a few common Pros and Cons of Taking a Cruise Vacation:
All in all, vacation time tends to fly by regardless of where you choose to stay, whether by land or by sea. We hope our short pros and cons list was helpful for you in deciding which vacation would be perfect for you.
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Along The Way By Guest Blogger- Tom Moore
There’s a place that’s close to heaven. Some would say it is Heaven on Earth. To me, it’s absolutely my favorite place on Earth. The lush mountain flora, magnificent waterfalls, serene vistas, numerous historic sites, awesome hiking trails, enjoyable picnic areas, and beautiful fall color are only a few of the reasons to go. The Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) embraces all of this and more.
When I was just a tot, we lived near Floyd, VA - minutes from the Parkway. I recall wonderful family outings there where we would picnic, walk trails, and just have good ole clean fun. There was something about the setting that while I didn’t understand at this early age, it grabbed me settling deep within my soul.
Whether it’s a highway, a state route, or a dirt road, there are different means of accessing this monumental drive. Covering two states (VA, NC) it meanders 469 miles across the Blue Ridge Mountains, a majestic range of the Appalachian Mountains. Just off the BRP, you can find country communities, small towns, and a few cities dotted along the way all having their own flair. I enjoy visiting any of them and find something capturing my attention in each one.
Weather is never a problem for me on the Parkway. Sure, the brilliant sunshine on a clear day makes everything stand out especially the fall leaves. But I’ve seen vibrant thunderstorms crackling across the sky, snow so deep you couldn’t walk, winds blowing and howling, and fog so dense you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. These all add to the allure of the nature-filled Blue Ridge Parkway never making me want to leave and always bringing me back for more.
There’s something for everyone here. Kids run around and play in the dirt, teenagers go find adventure, adults take their families for fun excursions, and seniors go for the peace and beauty. I know because I’ve come for all of these reasons.
Hiking is one of my favorite activities on the Parkway. With 369 miles of trails, it’s easy to find one that suits your fitness and style. From leg-stretchers to strenuous climbs, astounding views and God’s nature exist to whet the pallet. I like them all, but journeys to waterfalls are the types of trails I look for when searching for a good walk.
Visiting historic sites is another thing I like to do when riding on the BRP. Old cabins, mills, home sites, village communities all bring back the simplicity of life. At times, I’ve thought about how settlers and country people lived back then. The hussle-bussle, fast-paced world we live in today can often wreak havoc in different ways. I know I’ve felt that way at times and envision a simpler manner of existence.
While the list of possible stopping points is quite extensive and wonderful in their own right, my old “stomping grounds” are still the ones I love the most. Rocky Knob Recreation Area, Smart’s View, and Mabry Mill are at the top. Those ingrained memories from the past and the new merriments made keep building the admiration I have for the BRP.
It’s a place nurturing grand visions of the easy-going life, the kind we all need to consider at points in time. It’s a place where you can forget where you are and you’re right at home. I get excited just thinking about going! The Blue Ridge Parkway will be forever etched in memory and embedded in my state of mind.
If you have a favorite place to go, don’t forget where it is. You’ll find it somewhere along the way.
Where is your favorite place to get away? COMMENT below and share with us! We'd love to hear from you!!
I doubt anyone in their "right mind" would commit fraud to set sail on a cruise ship...but apparently I am wrong!
An Australian native, Wendy Baulch did just this recently. She was accidently transferred over $93,000 into her bank account, so what does she do, she books herself on a Ms. Amsterdam cruise for 36 days, leaving from Sydney, Australia. Then she got bold and booked herself for another cruise trip, thinking she must have won the lottery. She did get to enjoy her first leg of the cruise, except she was arrested as she was set to embark on her second cruise. Her miss-hap, she withdrew a sum of $15,000 from her account, to have some extra spending money on board. She was arrested and plead guilty to fraud charges. The judge sentenced her to 18 months behind bars! I'm not sure that cruise was worth committing a crime!
EXPANSIVE NEW WATERWORKS PARK ADDED TO CARNIVAL GLORY FOLLOWING THEIR RECENT RENOVATION-
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held aboard Carnival Glory to officially mark the grand opening of an expansive WaterWorks park featuring the new and exciting AquaTunnel slide, as well as the line’s signature Twister slide, which were added during a recent renovation. Located on Glory's Deck 12, WaterWorks also features a drenching 75-gallon PowerDrencher tipping bucket and super fun kiddie area with dual mini-racing slides and a variety of water toys, promising lots of splash-tastic fun for kids of all ages. So go ahead Mom and Dad...you can enjoy it too!
AquaTunnel is an awesome new water slide concept for Carnival, providing both the young and the young at heart an exhilarating ride while they enjoy spectacular views zipping down a 203-foot-long enclosed translucent tube. Also featured is a thrilling 212-foot-long Twister slide, a thrilling corkscrew water attraction full of heart-racing twists and turns.
WaterWorks complements the wide range of family-friendly offerings available on board the Carnival Glory, including Seuss at Sea, an exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises; Hasbro, The Game Show, with larger-than-life adaptations of the company’s iconic games of old and new; all-ages shows at the Punchliner Comedy Club, and fun, supervised programming for kids in three different age groups. Your family will have a blast on board the beautifully renovated Carnival Glory!
Have you recently set sail on board the Carnival Glory, if so, let us know below!
You may have been hearing lately about Dengue Fever, but wondered what it was, who gets it, where it's contracted, how it can be avoided and how it's treated. This article was written by staff at Pacific Medical and is an interesting to read.
So, here's their link that may be beneficial to you, as you explore this topic:
Do the types of cruise staterooms confuse you? There are 4 Basic Types of Staterooms and we intend to quickly break it down for you here, to avoid you any further confusion:
THE 4 TYPES OF STATEROOMS-
INSIDE- If you just want to get on the ship and don't care if there's 4 walls surrounding you, or are super tight on the budget, then this room is for you. However, if your claustrophobic....you may need to consider the other 3 options. If you don't plan to spend hardly any time in your cabin, this is a very wise choice.
OCEAN VIEW- If you can't bear to stare at 4 walls, then an Ocean View or "Port Hole" window may be your best option. The size of the window varies among the various cruise lines, so be sure to check them out ahead of time. You will get to see the sun/ and moon and will help you determine what time of day it is. With an Interior Room, you may end up guessing, or sleep your day away not knowing what time it is. Hint- Request a wake up call, or set your alarm clock in the room to wake you at a certain time daily.
BALCONY- If you dream of coffee on your balcony area or perhaps drinks at sunset, then this room is for you! We love to keep the door open nearly 24/7 so we can enjoy the sounds of the ocean waves, the wind and salt water!! The option to see the ports as we sail in are amazing, and now that I have a balcony room...there's no going back.
SUITE- Are you celebrating a "special occasion" or want to treat yourself, your friends and family? Then, go all out and select a Suite Stateroom. If Only the Best will do for you, this is the way to go. Way more spacious and roomy, if you intend to spend time in your room, and need space to stretch out, this is definitely the room to select.
Just like hotel rooms, the location of the stateroom will determine the price, the better location on the ship, the price is higher. So, if you want to just get on the ship, lower level is the budget conscious way to go. If you want the center of the ship, or close to many of the amenities, go higher up on the ship decks, and expect to pay a little more for the better locations.
Know your Deck Plan-
While your at it, check out the ship's deck plans, so you know EXACTLY where your potential stateroom is on the ship, and if you're unsatisfied with it's location, change it to a better one BEFORE you book your trip, or else be prepared to be on hold with the cruise line for awhile to change your stateroom.
Avoid the Extra Work on Planning Your Cruise-
Better yet, have your travel consultant book it all for you, thus saving you time, and expertise can be gained from their wealth of cruise travel knowledge. Call Us...we can help! 910.379.4033
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