Cruises

Alaska cruises: Sailing during peak versus shoulder season

Towering snowcapped mountains, massive glaciers, and wildlife at every turn. There’s a reason why Alaska is one of the most beloved cruise destinations in the world. Just imagine waking up every morning from the luxury and comfort of your balcony stateroom taking in...

A brief history of the Panama Canal by Tom Koranek

It is widely accepted that the Panama Canal is one of the seven engineering marvels of the world. To view in person, the canal is an inspiring wonder. Denise and I just completed the transit of the new locks. It is truly awe-inspiring!  Tugboats gently guided our...

What’s it like to cruise through the Panama Canal?

Prior to the Panama Canal opening in 1914, ships wishing to sail from the east coast of the U.S. to the west coast had to make the dangerously long journey around Cape Horn on the southern tip of South America. Through a series of locks and an artificial lake, it’s...

CDC announcing guidance for U.S. cruises to resume

The cruise industry became one step closer to operating in U.S. waters when the CDC last week outlined requirements for test cruises with volunteer passengers to guarantee ships can sail without spreading the Covid virus. This is good news for the industry which...

A fluid situation: The latest on cruising in 2021

More than a year after the CDC shut down all cruises in the U.S., there currently doesn’t appear to be an end in sight. So, cruise lines are making their own waves by taking action and moving to friendlier waters! Royal Caribbean recently announced several itineraries...

Bon Voyage! Are you sure you want to be a DIY cruiser?

Late summer/early fall is upon us, which means it’s time to start thinking about 2020 spring break plans! This year, how about a cruise? Cruising is at the top of our list because it’s an economical, convenient, and luxurious way to see the world. The price includes...

River cruises in Europe: Which river is your best match?

No matter your age or travel style, river cruising is one of the best ways to see Europe. Rivers are the historical highways of the continent. Each and every city or small village dates back centuries! The experiences are memorable, the charm unique and the sites a...

What’s it like to cruise through the Panama Canal?

Just about everyone has heard of the Panama Canal, but how much do you really know about it, or how it works? Prior to the canal opening in 1914, ships wishing to sail from the east coast of the U.S. to the west coast had to make the dangerous, long journey around...

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My goal is to simplify travel-planning through an equal exchange process where I acquire your ideas and expectations for your trip relieving you of the worry, hassle, stress and time that accompanies Do-It-Yourself planning.

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Give the best gift of all this Holiday season, the gift of travel

Are you wondering what to give yourself or your loved ones this Christmas? How about a gift that you already own; that’s better than any item you could buy?  People are eager to get back out there and demand is surging. This week we describe the benefits and many ways...

Protect your cybersecurity when traveling: Our top tips

Did you know that approximately 1 in 4 international travelers have been victims of hacked devices when using public Wi-Fi? This is a surprising statistic for many, but unfortunately it’s a fact of life in our increasingly connected world. Whether abroad or in the...

Hurricane in the Dominican Republic: Our vacation experience

Like many during the pandemic, we were grounded entirely for longer than we liked. When my husband and I contacted Denise to help us plan a much needed vacation, we said we wanted an All-Inclusive in the Dominican Republic and September worked best for our schedules....