Hello. My name is Smitty and I am your next Travel Cruise Advisor.
Bitten by the cruise bug after our 1st cruise in 1991, I’ve been helping people plan their cruises since 2006. I especially enjoy working with ‘First Time Cruisers’. My goal is to ‘prepare’ them for their cruise, so they can fully enjoy everything that is available to them. The best compliment was when some First Timers returned and bragged that they were giving some of my tips to past passengers! I also don’t believe there is a ‘best cruise line’ – different cruise lines are appropriate for different purposes – The cruise line for a bachelor party might be different than one for your 40th Wedding Anniversary. To date, I’ve cruised on close to 50 cruises with 13 different cruise lines and visited 35 countries, to better prepare myself for your questions. I’m a good listener and fun to work with – after all, I get to help people plan their cruises!
Go big, go small, just GO!
What I Love About Cruising
“Travel is the only thing you can buy that makes you richer”
“With age comes wisdom. With travel comes understanding.”
– Sandra Lake
“Buy furniture when you are old. Travel when you are young.”
Cruising enables you to cover a lot of territory with minimal effort – kind of a ‘sampler’. Once you board, you unpack once, you’re pampered everywhere you go…. the cabin steward knows you by name and welcomes you each morning as you go to breakfast, or better yet, call room service and have breakfast (at least coffee) delivered to your stateroom for free, in most cases. Every morning, you will wake up in a completely different culture! If you are in port, you can do a shore excursion through the ship or go out on your own and just ‘wander’ – I DO recommend that you experience the local culture, after all, isn’t that why you are there?
If you have an ‘at sea’ day, this is what I call ‘forced relaxation’ – since you no longer get cell service, and, depending on the weather and where you are (since the internet is by satellite), you may or may not even get internet, but that’s OK because every department onboard has daily specials. Have a massage, participate in a Zumba class, compete in a trivia contest or just hang out at the pool or on your balcony… the day is completely open for you to ‘do what YOU want’! (my hubby catches up on movies and takes lots of naps).
Early evening, you will be entertained by musicians scattered throughout the ship. You might have opportunities to have formal photos taken with your family … with no obligation (typically, couples only get formal shots at class reunions), so this is a great opportunity to ‘get dressed up’ and take advantage of professional photographers!
If you have traditional dining, you have the same wait staff throughout the cruise, so they know your preferences after the first night, so they don’t have to ask whether you want decaf or regular coffee with dessert. If you have flexible dining, you can dine whenever is convenient for YOU, depending on when you want to have dinner. After dinner, you might take in a show in the theatre, enjoy the musicians in the lounge or go up to the top deck and have a nightcap. The views are pretty stellar from up there.
Endless Adventures, Endless Possibilities
- Alaska (land and sea combinations and inside passage)
- California Coastal
- Canada/New England
- Columbia River
- Eastern Seaboard Great Lakes
- Key West
- Mexican Riviera
- Mississippi River
- Panama Canal
- Puerto Rico
- Puget Sound
- Repositioning Cruises (California to Canada – May, and October) Sea of Cortez
- Transpacific cruises
- Cayman Islands
- Key West
- Dominican Republic
A, B, C Islands
- St. Kitts/Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Martin
- St. Parts, Antigua
- Puerto Rico
- US and British Virgin Islands
- Adriatic Sea (Italy, Croatia, Greece)
- The British Isles (England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland)
- French Riviera (Spain, France, Italy)
- Greek Isles
- Holy Land
- Mediterranean (Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey)
- Norwegian Coastline
- Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland)
- Tulip Time (Netherlands, Belgium)
- Danube River, Main, Moselle River Cruises:(Netherlands, France, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria Christmas Market Cruises (Late November and December)