Friday, January 16, 2015

Spotlight on: Celebrity Equinox

The Equinox 

 In December 2014, my husband and I took an 11 night cruise on the Celebrity Equinox. 

We had an Aqua class cabin so we eat at a special restaurant called Blu and have access to an area of the spa with a special steam room and shower plus showers and heated lounge chairs.  The first night dinner in Blu was fantastic: corn velouté, ahi tuna, filet mignon, beets and the service was great. 

Activities - We attended trivia, a lecture on the ship's recycling programs, a meringue dance lesson.  This ship also has a live hot glass show that is really interesting to watch. The glass makers sculpt and blow glass into some amazing shapes.

Bars - The Gastropub is brand new and no other ship has it. It's a great beer bar with a solid beer list. 
Santos, the bartender, is fantastic. He enrolled in a very rigorous training program for bartenders called World Class. I don't think we ordered a drink by name. We would just walk up and say something refreshing or something with bourbon. The Molecular Bar is another great bar. The bartenders use foam, liquid nitrogen, and unusual fresh ingredients to make unique cocktails.


Overall, the crew was very friendly. It was the cleanest cruise ship we have ever been on. Our room steward was fantastic and the common areas were kept spotless. 

The Equinox heads to Europe for the summer and fall and I highly recommend it. 

Check out a quick 30 second video of my personal photos: 

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Client Review: First time Disney World Trip

"We were thrilled to book with you and I will definitely recommend you to others planning trips to Disney!

And second, thank you for an overall amazing trip to Disney! We had quite the three days and even despite crazy weather (85 and sunny to terrible rains the second day to a high of 48 on our third day!), we enjoyed this time. The biggest regret was to only have 3 days. We did get into a character dining experience at Chef Mickeys which was amazing and so glad we could make that happen. The app is truly incredible to help you navigate the park and maximize your fast passes. We loved the Soarin ride at Epcot and just the characters, magic, and parade of Magic Kingdom. We did not make it to Hollywood Studios. The rain cut our time short at Magic Kingdom so we spend two days there instead which was worth it. For dining, the Wilderness Lodge log cabin was our least favorite dining experience. It may have been too much at the end of a rainy day in the park and it was dark so we couldn't see much on the boat ride. We definitely got some great ideas for our next trip so we will be in touch!

Thank you for helping us make this all happen! You were so incredibly responsive to my questions and just helped this first-timer really plan a trip full of memories."

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Spotlight on: The Royal Princess from Princess Cruise Lines

Over the holidays, I had the opportunity to tour the Royal Princess from Princess Cruise Lines. This is one of the newest ships from Princess. I was very impressed. 

The atrium and Piazza make a stunning impression as you board the ship. I was impressed at the number of restaurants right there:

International Cafe offers Mexican torta and paninis. 

Alfredo's makes pizzas right in front of you. 

Ocean Terrace Seafood is one of the best raw bar/sushi bars I've seen in 25 cruises. 

Speaking of food, the buffet was incredible: Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Mediterranean, Italian, American homestyle. You can find anything from wings to carved beef to salad. Plus there's a separate pastry shop with all the desserts! 

I was also really impressed with the Spa and deck. The Spa has an incredible couples massage suite with private steam room, tub, couch and massage tables. The deck features two separate upgraded areas: the Retreat and the Sanctuary. 

The Retreat is an adults - only pool with cabanas available for rent. 

The Sanctuary is also adults-only, but even more luxurious. You can purchase a day pass or rent a private VIP cabana. Plus there's Spa Cabanas so you can enjoy your massage right there. 

The Sea View Deck offers a walk way that juts out over the ocean. The floor has glass cut out so you can stare straight down. One thing to note is that on that side of the ship - the cabin balconies are not private. Because the walkway juts out - you can see onto everyone's balcony below. 

Overall, I was very impressed with the ship and highly recommend it. If you are interested in setting sail on Princess, please contact me at Angie@TripswithAngie.com 

Please enjoy a one minute and 30 second video featuring my pictures: