Friday, January 20, 2023

Travel Tip: How to make the most of your time off

 Want to travel more, but just can't seem to find the time?

In this video, I share how my husband and I hacked our paid time off to take more trips: 

I explain how to: 

Piggyback trips on paid holidays

Search for nonstop flights from your local airport to lessen the time in transit 

The benefits of blocking out the vacation time early and the best time to do it. 

Friday, December 30, 2022

Carnival Celebration: Check in, Boarding, and Muster Stations

 In December 2022, we took an 8 night cruise on the Carnival Celebration from Miami, Florida. 

In this video, I share: 

  • How to check in online 
  • The key steps in the boarding process
  • The Muster Station locations 

Saturday, December 24, 2022

Tips for Cruise Ship Disembarkation

 Are you taking a cruise for the first time? Curious about disembarkation?  

In this video, I go through the key steps of the disembarkation process: 

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Princess Cruise Favorites

 If you've followed my travels over the years, you know I sail all the different cruise lines. Each cruise line is unique. I look forward to different things on each cruise line. Here's the things I look forward most on Princess Cruise Lines: 

Have you sailed Princess?  What are some of your favorites? Which of  my favorites would you be sure to try? 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Pre Cruise Hotel Fort Lauderdale: Holiday Inn Express Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel

 Are you looking for a pre cruise hotel in Fort Lauderdale for our cruise out of Port Everglades. In this post, I share my review of the Holiday Inn Express Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port Hotel. 

The pros:

The location is terrific. Lots of restaurants, grocery stores, and shops nearby plus you are one stop light away from Port Everglades.

The hotel provides a free airport shuttle. Parking is only $5 per night during your stay. You can sign up for an extra charge cruise port shuttle.

The rooms were clean and well- equipped.

The free breakfast has several options: pancakes, hard boiled eggs, cereal, oatmeal, biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, toast and cinnamon rolls.

The pool is small, but clean. I like that it's on the 4th floor so you aren't right next to the street


The con:

Check in / Check out is a zoo. It's not hotel's fault. This is cruise hotel. That means hundreds of people are checking in and out the same day. You have the people disembarking from their cruise arriving between 8 am - 10am. No rooms for them so some just hang around in the lobby. You have a mass check out at 11 am as everyone heads to their cruise. Then, you have people arriving the night before their cruise. They arrive anytime throughout the day.


Tip: If you will arrive at the hotel before 4 pm - make a plan outside of the hotel. Book an excursion. Head to the beach. Grab a barstool at Duffy's Sport Bar.

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

My Trips: Dubrovnik, Croatia


In October 2022, we spent five days in Dubrovnik, Croatia.  Here's our must do list: 

Monday, October 17, 2022

Must See Dubrovnik: Lokrum Island

Lokrum Island is a must do if you are visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia. It's a great mix of historic sites, cafes, swimming spots and Games of Thrones filming locations.

You can book a water taxi or rent a kayak to get to the island. You'll need to pay admission upon arrival. 

I found it easier to book the transfer and tickets through the Reserve so it's all together.

You can buy tickets online or at the harbor. The East Gate is closest to the harbor. Walk forward from the east Gate. You'll reach a dead end with an arched doorway to the left. The ticket office will be on your right just after the restaurant.

Tip: Buy tickets online to save 10%. 

The transfer to the island departs on the hour and half hour. The returning boats depart at :15 and :45 after the hour. Last transfer back is 5:45 pm. The sailing takes about 15 minutes.  Be sure to double check the schedule because these times can and do change based on the season. 

Tip: Boarding starts about 20-30 minutes before departure at the harbor. Grab a spot on the back (aft) of the boat either downstairs or upstairs for great views and pictures of the harbor as you sail toward Lokum. 

The pink building is the visitor center. Head in to pick up a printed map or to buy the audio tour. 

Be sure to bring your swimsuit and a towel to enjoy the several swimming areas. (Or just a towel if you are headed to the nude swimming area.)

Tip: Bring water shoes and/or walking sticks if you aren't surefooted. 

I recommend heading to Fort Royal first since that's the highest climb. 

The Monastery is where you'll find the Games of Thrones exhibit and Iron throne. 

On the way back, the boat arrives 5 minutes prior to departure.  People queue up so you may want to arrive a little earlier.