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I must compliment the cruise lines – On disembarkation day, they disembark anywhere from 600 to 5000 guests (usually by 9:30 a.m no less!), take on food and supplies for the next cruise, board another group of passengers and are ready to sail by 4 p.m.! WOW! Talk about organization! About halfway through your cruise, the cruise line […]
Jenny & Tony on Herbert Glacier

Northern Lights from our cruise!

First of all I wanted to say how wonderful Smitty is, both as a person as well as a travel agent. She was so helpful and knowledgeable. We cannot thank her enough for all the time she took to answer all of our questions before we left for our first Alaska cruise on the Westerdam […]
Historic Sitka

Historic Sitka

In Sitka, we were tendered in rather than being docked. Personally, I love being tendered in (as you can get some GREAT shots of the ship if you get a window seat), but it is also more limiting. It’s just not as easy to pop on and off the ship as you can when the it is docked […]
Astoria Bridge

Welcome to Astoria!

After breakfast, we set off to see the town of Astoria, where we saw one of the locals drive by in what appeared to be a 1932 Ford Sedan. We saw him numerous times throughout the day, apparently taxiing folks to and from the ship. We continued on and saw this cute 1912 trolley, also known as “Old […]
Crispy Kadaif-wrapped tiger prawns with Mango chile Salsa

Oceania Regatta Review

This review was submitted by my brother, Jerry Smith (with a few editor’s notes for clarification) Overall:  This cruise was, for me, both impressive and surprising. It exceeded my expectations in many areas, especially the food. It was hard to find something to complain about. Oceania Cruises:  My sister, Soozie (Smitty to you, but as her brother, […]

Rhine River Cruise, from a Man’s Point of View

Overall:  The cruise was very enjoyable and exceeded my expectations in many areas (mostly the history associated with the quaint German cities we visited, especially Nuremberg). The boat was nice, the wi-fi worked well and the walking tours were quite good; some of the tour guides were exceptional. There was also entertainment in the evening. A […]

Pride of America Review

We recently returned to the Pride of America (POA) for another spin around the islands. We had sailed on her in 2007, about the same time of year, so the weather conditions were similar. We were once again greeted with an orchid flower lei for me and a shell lei for my husband. They had […]

The Difference Between Visas and Passports

Due to a recent experience with some clients and their challenge to get into a country that required a visa, I thought I would take this time to explain the difference between a visa and a passport. I have a feeling they thought that their passport was the visa – it is not. “Generally speaking,” […]

Alaska like Seasoned Cruisers

Susan,Our cruise to Alaska was the trip of a lifetime! I wanted to thank you for all your help getting us ready for our first cruise. Your tips made all the difference in the world and I think I followed everyone of them. It made us feel like seasoned cruisers! I never would have known what […]
Checklist for Travellers

Carry On Items

As you near your departure for your cruise, you’ll need to pack for your trip. These are the suggested items to have in your carry-on luggage (NOT to pack into your checked luggage). I’ve included items for both arriving the same day you board as well as if you will be arriving a day early. […]

American Queen Steamboat Review

We recently returned from a 9-day cruise on the American Queen Steamboat, round trip from New Orleans from Feb. 22nd to March 1, 2014. The weather in some of the ports was rather ‘brisk,’ but the cruise itself was WONDERFUL, with stops in St. Francisville, Nachez, Vicksburg and Plantation Row. There are a number of […]
Arctic Chapel - Tromso

Cruising with Hurtigruten

When you say the word “cruise,” one typically thinks of a BIG cruise ship that holds anywhere from 2000 to 6000 guests and features Broadway style entertainment and lavish midnight buffets. However, there are a number of cruise lines that walk away from this kind of mainstream cruising concept and provide a different kind of […]
Norwegian Pearl Haven Courtyard

Norwegian Pearl Ship Inspection

As travel agents, we are often invited onboard a ship for a ‘ship inspection.’ This consists of a tour of the ship, which includes seeing the suites and prime cabins as well as regular cabins. We also get to see the public spaces and have lunch onboard. The hopes are that we will be impressed […]
Carnival's Great Vacation Guarantee

Carnival’s Great Vacation Guarantee

  Dear Valued Fun Planners,We are so confident your clients will enjoy their Carnival cruise vacation, we guarantee it. Introducing ourGreat Vacation GuaranteeTM – a very unique program designed with your clients in mind.So what is this program you might ask? Well, it’s simple. Your clients can sail away on any of our 3 to 8 […]
Golden Princess Deck Plan

Finding Your Way Around

When you first board the ship, you will probably be given a small, pocket-sized ship deck plan – SAVE THIS!!! This will be MOST helpful as you try to get your bearings for where your cabin is in relationship to the public spaces onboard. If you lose it or need another one, they are also […]