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Will I get seasick on a cruise? Cruising FAQ

Will I get seasick on a cruise? Cruising FAQ

Many first-time cruisers worry they’ll spend their entire trip feeling sick. Whenever I’m asked, “Will I get seasick on a cruise?” I explain that it’s actually pretty rare! I would never allow the slight possibility of feeling sick on board a cruise ship stand in […]

How I Became a Travel Agent

How I Became a Travel Agent

Back in mid-June, I was running on my treadmill while I was listening to Matt on his Royal Caribbean Blog podcast. As I jogged, I wondered if Matt is a travel agent…after all, he goes on a lot of cruises! I thought about how being […]

Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens

Rooftop Bar at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens

The first time I stepped out onto the rooftop bar at the luxurious Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, Greece, my heart skipped a beat. The view of the Acropolis from that patio was what I had predicted, yet totally unexpected. Graham and I had been […]

Cruising Podcasts: Five Fave Cruise-Related Podcasts

Cruising Podcasts: Five Fave Cruise-Related Podcasts

I’m a podcast junkie. I listen to podcasts while I do housework, primarily, but also while driving and doing errands. I’m that person you’ll see walking around Costco wearing earbuds. Most likely, it’s a podcast I’m listening to! My podcast subscriptions focus on true crime, […]

When to Use a Travel Agent to Book a Cruise

When to Use a Travel Agent to Book a Cruise

There have never been more options for booking your own travel online. However, there are also more ways to screw up that booking! Consulting a travel expert is a great way to save money on cruise travel while leaving the details to a professional to […]

Cruising is the Ideal Family Vacation

Cruising is the Ideal Family Vacation

My husband and I took our son on his first cruise last winter. He was barely seven years old at the time. Although we had traveled together many times before, we didn’t know for sure how he would like cruising. For this reason, we chose […]

Joe Knows St. Lucia Excursion Recap

Joe Knows St. Lucia Excursion Recap

The best way to explore a port’s local culture is to go on an excursion. In June of 2015 I went on a group cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas. Our ship made a stop in St. Lucia, a beautiful island in […]