Cruise Loyalty Programs • Part 2

Just like airlines and hotels, cruise companies want you to be a frequent customer and they have developed a number of plans to entice you to keep coming back. With names like The Captain’s Club, Mariner Society and Latitudes they generally structure their programs so the more you come back the more status you attainContinue reading “Cruise Loyalty Programs • Part 2”

Cruise Loyalty Programs • An Introduction

If your future plans include more then an occasional cruise, you might want to consider focusing your bookings on a particular cruise line because of the loyalty programs they offer. Benefits can include discounts on or even free internet, laundry, photos, cocktail parties and fancy coffees. Some lines also offer cabin upgrades and priority treatmentContinue reading “Cruise Loyalty Programs • An Introduction”

Cruise Cabin Upgrades

Staterooms – What Are Upgrades If do more than a few cruises, chances are you will be offered an upgrade. Generally upgrades fall into a few categories: Upgrades at discounted rates A promotional offer Complimentary upgrade Last minute upgrade offer at time of sailing Usually the first reaction when offered an upgrade is elation overContinue reading “Cruise Cabin Upgrades”

Which Stateroom To Book?

Selecting Your Cruise Stateroom While it may seem obvious in deciding which room or category to book there are some points you may want to consider. For most people the decision comes down to what can you afford and should you consider an ocean view or a balcony stateroom. On most cruise ships cabins canContinue reading “Which Stateroom To Book?”

Using Cellular Phones At Sea

Often when people take a cruise they want to stay in touch with family back home by calling. Before you take that cruise it is advisable to check with you cellular service concerning your options and costs. Being forewarned is forearmed. Using cell phones while on a cruise can be very expensive. The major U.S.Continue reading “Using Cellular Phones At Sea”

Do It Yourself Cruise Tours

Weighing Port Excursions Against Going It Alone Many people like the convenience of a ship sponsored tour, but we are just not “guided tour” enthusiasts, even as we’ve taken on a fair number of them. To begin with, there are some land tours that just make sense under some circumstances. First is where there isContinue reading “Do It Yourself Cruise Tours”

Getting To Florida Cruise Ports

Florida has become one of the largest destinations in the U.S. for people taking cruises. While passengers come from all over the U.S. and even the world a large number come from the Southeast and especially Florida. The close proximity to the Florida ports offers a number of advantages to cruisers from the region butContinue reading “Getting To Florida Cruise Ports”

Thoughts On Travel and Technology

Technology changes rapidly and equipment and services that worked well or were inexpensive yesterday may not be available or work the same way today. We consider our electronic devices essential travel gear but are always looking to find things that fit multiple needs or save space and weight. Following is a discussion of the currentContinue reading “Thoughts On Travel and Technology”

Cruising Accessories, Fun Finds And Great Gifts

LOOKING FOR A GREAT BON VOYAGE GIFT? Looking for a great bon voyage gift? Want some solid ideas to make your cruise experience even more enjoyable? We’ve curated a number of great items to help you make a splash! Bon Voyage Ideas! Our extended family has done some cruising and it is a family traditionContinue reading “Cruising Accessories, Fun Finds And Great Gifts”