Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Family Friendly Excursions in Seattle, Washington

Many Alaska cruises start in Seattle, Washington. Here's our family friendly ideas to explore Seattle. 

Tour: Best of Seattle- Past and present thrive side by side in Seattle, and you'll see many of the Emerald City's best highlights on this tour. View Seattle's sports stadiums; then, discover the historic flavor of Pioneer Square -- Seattle's birthplace dating back to 1852. Pass the International District and tour through the downtown core and shopping district. Circle the Seattle Center campus on your way to the Space Needle, where you'll soar to the top by elevator for an unforgettable vista of the skyline and Elliott Bay. Head through the gentrifying Belltown area to Pike Place Market -- the West Coast's largest and oldest open-air farmers' market. Browse the dozens of curio shops and local artisan stalls. Don't forget to check out Flying Fish -- one of the more famous vendors at the Market.

Duration: Around 3.5 hours

Offered Post- departure and Intransit only

Tour: Panoramic Seattle- Visit places like the famous Pike Place Market, Space Needle and the world's first Starbucks. At the Pioneer Square and Stadium District you will learn about the art galleries and hip restaurants that surround the sports stadiums where local die-hards cheer on the Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners. Next head to the International District and see this multicultural environment.

Duration: Around 3 hours

Tour: Seattle Locks cruise through Puget Sound- This tour takes you thought the salt water of the Puget Sound into the fresh water of Lake Union via the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. See how the locks work, learn about the fishing communities, see the Deadliest Catch boats, the Sleepless in Seattle floating home community and Gas Works Park.

Duration: Around 2.5 hours

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Family Friendly Excursions in Seward, Alaska

Seward is a great location for a multi-day hotel stay at the start or end of your cruise. Here's two great family fun ideas. 

Kenai Fjords Cruise- Enjoy a tour of Seward with time to shop, followed by a 55 mile round trip cruise with a Park Ranger. The ranger will point out some of Alaska’s wildlife including whales, sea otters, rookeries, and sea lions on the way to and from the glacier.

Duration: Around 7.5 hours

Exit Glacier Hike- Experience one of Alaska's few walk-in glaciers -- Exit Glacier. At the end of the road, follow a walking trail for 2½ miles through an alder forest, meeting the glacier's terminus (face) half way through your hike. The first half of the path is paved; the rest is gravel. Exit Glacier is three miles long and descends some 2,500 feet from the Harding Icefield. A naturalist guide will tell you all about the effects Exit and other glaciers have had on this area.

Duration: Around 4 hours

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Family Friendly Excursions in Victoria, B.C.

Victoria is a frequent stop on Alaska cruises that depart round trip from Seattle. The stop can be in the evening, but if you happen to have a lot of time in port, check out these family friendly excursions. 

All Ages

Butchart’s Gardens and City Tour- Board a bus at the pier and travel approximately 30 minutes through Victoria on your way to Butchart Gardens, a world famous National Historic Site of Canada. Take in Victoria's Chinatown, Marine Drive and Olde Towne during a scenic drive fully narrated by your driver-guide. Once at Butchart Gardens, enjoy approximately 2 hours of self-guided touring.

Duration: Around 4 hours

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Family Friendly Excursions in Ketchikan, Alaska

Ketchikan is a great port for wildlife viewing. It's also a great location to explore the Tongas forest or the Misty fjords. 

All Ages

Lighthouse, Totems, and Eagles Tour- Board a motor coach for a scenic drive through Ketchikan on your way to meet the captain and crew of your vessel. Relax in a heated main cabin or enjoy the open-air observation deck. During your cruise you will see eagles, Totem Bight State Park, Vallenar Rocks Wildlife Viewing Area and historic Guard Island Lighthouse. Along the way you will also learn the maritime history of the region.

Duration: Around 3 hours

Adventure Cart Expedition- Hit the mountain trails of Alaska for an off-road adventure of a lifetime. Enjoy unparalleled views of the Tongas National Forest, Behm Canal, and the Inside Passage as you traverse the forest trails at a comfortable pace. Eagles, deer and bears are frequently sighted on this tour.

Duration: Around 3.25 hours

**While there is no minimum age for this excursion, the minimum weight is 40 pounds. Cart drivers must have a valid driver’s license.

Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show- Learn all about the life of a Lumberjack in Alaska during this entertaining show.

Duration: Around  1.5 hours

Note: This short excursion and its close proximity to the cruise ship pier allows for you to book another excursion in addition to this or enjoy the day on your own in Ketchikan.

2 and up

Misty Fjords Sightseeing- Enjoy an unforgettable flight aboard a floatplane and see majestic fjords, cascading waterfalls, and abundant wildlife, all while learning about the history of the area.

Duration: Around 2 hours

4 and up

Snorkeling Adventure- After receiving a brief orientation, suit up in a warm state of the art wetsuit, with hood, boots and gloves and then hover among Alaska’s diverse marine life. See mute-colored starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and the giant sunflower star.

Duration: Around 3 hours

5 and up

Bering Sea Crab Fisherman’s Tour- Join an adventure of a lifetime aboard the Aleutian Ballad, as seen on Discovery Channel’s - The Deadliest Catch. As you head out on the calm waters of the Inside Passage, your seasoned crew will begin fishing and you’ll be up close to all the action! Crabs, octopus, eels, sharks, rockfish and prawns are all a possibility, as the crew demonstrates their expertise. Be on the lookout for whales, eagles, porpoise, and seals along the way. This educational and interactive experience is perfect for all ages and is packed with stories and adventures shared by the men and women who risk their lives fishing the Bering Sea.

Duration: Around 3 Hours

Alaska Fishing and Wilderness Dining- Gear up for an authentic fishing excursion in the unspoiled wilderness of Alaska's southeastern coastline. This tour is customized for any interest and skill level with just five guests per skiff. You’ll experience the thrill of bottom fishing and the exhilaration of landing rockfish, red snapper, lingcod or even a Pacific halibut. Then experience an outdoor culinary adventure as the camp cook prepares your freshly caught fish served atop a saffron-infused bouillabaisse.

Duration: Around 5 Hours

11 and up

Canopy Zip Line and Rainforest Tour- Board a motor coach for a scenic 25 minute drive out of Ketchikan to Knudson Cove. After receiving instructions and safety equipment from the guides, head out to the zip lines. Enjoy glimpses of bald eagles and the ocean below as you fly through the air completing between 5-9 zip lines. Afterwards you can ride an all-terrain vehicle up to a 50’ climbing tower where guides will show you how to climb safely to the top.

Duration: Around 3.5 hours

12 and up

Bear Country Wildlife Expedition- View Black Bears in their natural habitat in at the Alaska Rainforest Sanctuary using a system of trails and elevated boardwalks. Bald eagles, seals and other wildlife join the bears and can usually be seen feeding on the fish. At the end of the trail guests see birds of prey close up at the Alaska Raptor Center, our a historic sawmill and watch a Master Totem Carver at work.

Duration: Around 3.25 hours

Ready to book your Alaska adventure?  Request a quote 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

How to Travel Together and Stay Friends Webinar

Traveling with friends and family can be a lot of fun. It can also be a total nightmare. 

This webinar will lead you through the key actions and decisions so you can travel together and stay friends. 

You'll learn: 
- Vacations Options Ideal for Groups
 - How to Make Decisions 
- The Important Conversation You Must Have 
- How to Save Money 

For a copy of the workbook that goes with this webinar, click here.

Ready to plan a group trip?  Request a quote 

Carnival Horizon Review and Tour

I sailed on the first North American sailing of the Carnival Horizon in May 2018. The ship is gorgeous!

Here's a tour of most of the areas: 

Overall, I thought the cruise was great. Some of the highlights: 
  • Pig and Anchor - I love the new BBQ concept and the brewery. The cocktail menu was interesting. The beers were great. The food was very good. The P&A offers an included lunch on sea days and an a la carte menu for dinner each night. The dragon fries with beef brisket were delicious. I like that they have a guitar player there each night, but it's a little awkward to listen. If you want to be able to see him, you have to sit at one of the tables for dining. I wish they would add speakers outside so you could relax and listen. 
  • Vintage Pop show - This is one of the best show I've seen. I thought they couldn't top Flick on Vista and they did. I was smiling from ear to ear the whole time. 
  • The live entertainment - One of the reasons we cruise Carnival is all the night time fun. This ship delivered. All the live musicians were terrific. 
  • The food was good. I crave Guy's Burgers and the huevos rancheros from Blue Iguana. 
  • For a large ship, getting on and off went very smoothly
  • The Lido deck got very crowded so I was glad we had upgraded to Havana to have access to the private pool during the day. I was happy to see they were checking everyone to make sure they were Havana guests. 

Ready to book a Carnival Horizon cruise?  Request a quote. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What's the difference between a Disney Cruise and a trip to Walt Disney World?

Be sure to take advantage of my special Disney Cruise On Board Credit offer - if you are booking direct with Disney, you are leaving money on the able. 

Family Friendly Alaska Excursions in Juneau, Alaska

Juneau is the Capitol city of Alaska. It's the largest city of the common cruise ports. The Mendenhall Glacier and whale watching are very popular. 

All Ages

Alaska Salmon Bake, Mendenhall Glacier & Hatchery- Learn about salmon at the Macauley Hatchery and see the adult spawning salmon (in season). Visit Mendenhall Glacier, and see exhibits, videos and enjoy a panoramic view from the Visitor’s Center. Next enjoy all-you-can-eat salmon, plus sides and dessert. Finally guests can walk to Salmon Falls and pan for gold or watch the spawning salmon.

Duration: Around 4 hours

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Family Friendly Excursions in Skagway, Alaska

Skagway is a popular port on Alaskan cruises. It's a small town with lots of hiking trails and access to flightseeing, river rafting, and beautiful scenery. Here's the Trips with Angie recommendations for family friendly excursions. 

Ready to book  your Alaska cruise?  Click here to request a quote.

All Ages
Dog Sled Discovery & Mushing Camp- Learn all about this Alaskan pastime, ride in a custom built summer sled led by a team of huskies afterwards visit with the animals and interact with them in their camp.
Duration: Around 3.25 hours

White Pass Summit Excursion- Ride aboard an old fashioned rail car on your way to the summit of White Pass. Along the way you will learn of the history of the Gold Rush while enjoying such sights as Bridal Veil Falls, Inspiration Point, and Dead Horse Gulch.
Duration: Around 3 hours

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Bermuda offers so much to explore: great beaches, restaurants, and history.

Take a peek:

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Inroduction to Cruising Alaska

Listen in as I share: 

- Types of cruise ships that sail Alaska 
- Common Itineraries
- What to See and Do 
- Best time to go to save money 

Ready to cruise Alaska? Request a quote. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Mediterranean Cruises: What You Need to Know

If you are considering a Mediterranean cruise, this video covers: 
- When the most ships will be in the Med 
- Common ports on Mediterranean cruises 

Ready to book your Mediterranean Cruise? Click here to request a quote. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

10 Ways to Vacation like a TV Star

What are ways you can level up your vacation? In this video I cover 10 tips for achieving that VIP feel on your vacation.

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Hurtigruten MS Fram Review 2018

n April 2018, I sailed on the Hurtigruten MS Fram through Canada and New England learning all about expedition cruising. A huge thank you to Hurtigruten for hosting me.

So.. what's different about expedition cruising? That's easy: Everything! I don't think they should call it cruising. They should call it expeditions by sea. Cruises make people think of huge ships. This is a true adventure experience.

The focus of these expeditions is getting you into nature as much as possible. The classic itineraries are Antarctica and the Arctic. Your days are spent taking small zodiac boats to land on the ice and snow and explore. Or you can pay a little extra to take out kayaks or an ice safari. It's incredible.

I knew the cruise would be different when we met the TEN members of the expedition team. That's basically 1 expedition team member for every 20 - 30 passengers. They each have their own expertise: biology, birds, history, or leading novices safely through the great oceans of the world. 

The ship makes a very comfortable base camp. Below is a full ship tour. It's about 20 minutes long because I show you everything. videos,

If this sounds like a perfect trip to you, I have some great savings available if you book by May 30,2018:
  • 25% off the October 8th Fall Foliage cruise of New England - This would be a great way to have a less intense expedition to see how you like it.  
  • Save up to 20% per person on all three June departures of The Complete Spitsbergen Expedition - This is a must do if seeing a polar bear in the wild is on your list.
  • Save up to 20% per person on both of our July and August departures of Midnight Sun Exploration of Greenland - Are you ready to explore the land of the Midnight sun?
  • Save up to 10% per person on our September 2018 departure of The Northwest Passage - In the Wake of Great Explorers - Eastbound This journey is for the true explorer ready to follow the footsteps and hardships of early explorers. 
  • Save up to 20% per person on our September 2018 departure of Discovering the Untouched Beauty of Greenland and Arctic Canada - This journey includes Newfoundland in addition to Greenland.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Disney Cruise 101

You've heard the buzz about Disney Cruises - but what's really different from other cruise lines. 

Check out this travel presentation that breaks down everything you need to know about Disney cruises. 

Ready to book your Disney cruise and take advantage of my On Board credit offer?  Email me or schedule a time to chat.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

What's all the fuss about River Cruises? A River Cruise 101

River cruises are gaining in popularity. Why?  Watch this travel presentation for 101 course on river cruises. 

Ready book a river cruise? Email me or schedule a time to chat.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

What You Need to Know about Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Regent Seven Seas Cruises provide an incredible value - especially for Alaska. Watch this presentation where I break it down:

Ready to book your Regent Seven Seas cruise and take advantage of my "I'll pick you up" offer? Email me or schedule a time to chat.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

How to Choose a Caribbean Cruise

Thinking about booking a Caribbean cruise?  Check out this webinar on what you need to know. 

Ready to book? Email me or 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

What You Need to Know About Aruba

Considering a trip to Aruba? Here's what you need to know from activities to my resort recommendations: 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort

Sandals Grande Antigua is an adults only all inclusive resort on a gorgeous beach. Thanks to Sandals for allowing me to visit and take a tour. 

What's different about this resort: 

Location - Everyone wants a gorgeous beach. This resort delivers. 

Room categories - This resort has very different rooms available from beachfront rondovals to luxury suites. You will need help figuring out the difference between the rooms - I am here for you. 

Size - The resort stretches over 27 acres. It offers 11 restaurants and 6 pools. 

Good to Know: We arrived at 10:00 am and virtually every pool chair was taken. Shaded chairs are difficult to find. 

Nice Touch: We were impressed the pool bar had the proper plastic wear for every drink: high balls, champagne glasses, white wine glasses, etc. 

Worth it Upgrade: The Poolside Cabanas include food & beverage options from the restaurant menus provided & bars. They also include a bottle of White Zinfandel and is an optional extra of US$115.00 per Cabana per couple. The service of the Concierge is offered between 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Take a peek: 

Ready to book? Email me or schedule a time for me to call you. 

Monday, February 26, 2018

Universal Studios Orlando Loew's Royal Pacific Resort

Royal Pacific is one of my personal favorite places to stay at Universal Studios Orlando. 

Here's why: 
- Like all deluxe resorts, an Unlimited Express Pass is included in your stay. 
- It's only a 10 minute walk or boat ride to City Walk. 
- The pool area is relaxing with great service. 
- Jake's American Bar stays open late for a late dinner, snack or cocktail. 
- It's a short walk to the two restaurants at Sapphire Falls. 

It also doesn't hurt that it is usually the least expensive of the deluxe resorts at Universal Studios Orlando. 

Take a look around: 

Ready to book? Email me 

Grand Canyon Railway Package Review

The Grand Canyon Railway offers a great way to see the Grand Canyon without the hassle of fighting the crowds or driving. 

You stay in Williams, Arizona and then take the train into Grand Canyon Village. You can choose to stay overnight in Grand Canyon Village or head back to Williams, Arizona the same day. 

The hotels in the packages are simple and clean. The included meals are buffets that include gluten free and vegetarian options. This time, we stayed one night in the canyon. Next time, we would stay two to be able to hike a little deeper into the canyon. One thing to be aware of is the elevation. We noticed it was hard to catch our breath at times. We also had to drink a lot more water than usual because of the dry climate. 

This video gives you a glimpse into what a weekend stay is like. When you are ready to book, email me or set up a time to chat

Monday, February 19, 2018

Fiesta Americana Cozumel

Fiesta Americana Cozumel is a family friendly all inclusive resort on the island of Cozumel just off the coast of Mexico.

It offers seven restaurants including three a la carte: Asian, Mexican, and Italian.  All the rooms face the ocean. The resort hosts beach parties at night. The beach is across the road from the resort, but it's a quiet road used only by the resorts in this area. No pool or beach service so you'll have to grab your own drinks. The beach club has a buffet, seafood shack and hamburger grill. To get into the water, you'll need to climb down some rocky stairs.

Take a sneak peek:

Friday, February 16, 2018

Inn of Sedona and Pink Jeep Tour

Sedona is a fantastic place to visit. The scenery and hiking is incredible. The town has great shops and restaurants. It's an easy drive from Phoenix.

Take a tour of the Best Western Inn of Sedona and a glimpse into the Pink Jeep Broken Arrow tour.

Ready to book your trip to Sedona? Email me 

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hyatt Zilara Cancun Review

Hyatt Zilara is an adults only all inclusive in the Hotel Zone of Cancun.

Some highlights of this resort: 
  • Infinity pool that connects to a Swim Up Bar 
  • Pool and Beach volleyball 
  • Great restaurants and service 
  • Beautiful beach with clear water 
I hosted my 40th birthday trip here and everyone had a great time. I like this resort for groups. It's easy to find each other around the pool or beach, but still large enough that you can have some private time if you want. I also liked there's no Preferred Club or exclusive areas. Those in our group who wanted a suite could take advantage of the larger room, reserved beach cabana, and exclusive access to the Chef's Plate restaurant without feeling like they were separate from everyone in the group. 

Check out the resort tour below and when you are ready to book, email me or set up a time to chat. 

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Explorean All inclusive resort Cozumel

Explorean Cozumel  is the all inclusive resort for people who don't like all inclusive resorts.

It's 56 rooms in Cozumel, Mexico. Cozumel is an island off the eastern coast of Mexico. You can fly in directly or take a ferry from Cancun or Playa del Carmen. 

One restaurant offers all three meals focused on local dishes with a menu that changes nightly. You pour your own drinks. You make your own smoothies. "Room service" is a cute basket filled with continental breakfast. 

The highlight is the quiet and the included daily activity. You sign up when you check in and then each day you head out to explore the island. 

The resort isn't on the beach, but shares a beach club with Fiesta Americana located just in front of Xplorean. It's a family resort, but it's recommended the kids be over the age of 10 to fully participate in the included activities. 

Take a peek: 

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Sunscape Curacao - A Family All inclusive resort

A special thank you to Sunscape Curacao for my resort tour.

Sunscape Curacao is a value family all inclusive resort. 

  • No reservations needed for a la carte dining
  • Free Wifi in the lobby
  • Swim Up bar 
  • 3 pools: One active, one quiet, and one for Sun Club (preferred club) guests 
  • Disco 
  • Casino 
  • Kids' and teens' club 
  • Free shuttle to downtown 
  • Largest hotel beach in Curacao
  • Non motorized sports are included 
Things to know: 
  • Only one restaurant is air conditioned 
  • No room service except if you are Sun Club 
  • Only on building has elevators. 
  • No beach or pool service - you get your own drinks 
Take a peek: 

Friday, January 19, 2018

What's the difference between El Dorado resorts?

El Dorado resorts are adults only all inclusive resorts in Riviera Maya, Mexico - just south of the Cancun airport.

Join me as a I explain the differences between the resorts - the best pools, suites, beach and location. 

Ready to book and take advantage of the special offer?

Email me or set up a time to chat. 

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Renassiance Aruba - Marina Hotel and Ocean Suites

Thanks to Aruba Tourism Authority for sponsoring my visit and this site inspection.

Renaissance Aruba is split into two separate areas: Marina Hotel and Ocean Suites. You can add on an all-inclusive option. The hotel is located right in downtown Oranjestad close to shopping and restaurants. For a beach, the resort takes you by boat to a private island about 15 minutes away. 

The Marina Tower rooms are adults only and located close to the luxury mall. The casino is open 24 hours. they host special events like pool parties and feature a DJ at happy hour. 

The Ocean Suites are a seven minute walk from the Marina Tower. It's a family resort with a casino. A live band plays at happy hour. The rooms all have king beds with pull out sofas. A supervised kids' club is available for an extra fee and babysitting is available. The Ocean Suites have a small, man-made cove beach area.

The private island is open 7 am - 7 pm. Boats depart every 15 minutes. Each side has their own dock. The Flamingo beach is adults only. The Iguana beach is the family side with the restaurant and souvenir shop. Beautiful overwater cabanas are available for $150 per day for the small and $200 per day for the large. 

Take a peek:

Holiday Inn Aruba

Thanks to the Aruba Tourism Authority for sponsoring my trip and this site inspection. 

The Holiday Inn Aruba is a family resort on Palm Beach. It has three towers: Palm, Ocean and Sea. An all-inclusive option can be added for an additional fee. The resort has special shows on Wednesday and Saturday.  All rooms have balconies.

Important to know: 
  • Sea tower has an adult pool with free cabanas. People come at 4 am to reserve them. Hopefully, in the future, a reservation system will be in place.  
  • Sea tower is next to a loud bar until 1 am.
  • Palapas are given out at 345 pm by lottery for the next day. The resort has 115 palapas and 590 rooms. 
  • Beach service is available for food and drinks.

Take a peek: 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Amsterdam Manor Aruba

Thanks to the Aruba Tourism Authority for sponsoring my trip and this site inspection. 

Amsterdam Manor is a quaint 72 room hotel across the street from the beach. All rooms gave a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. 

Wifi is included. Pets are welcome for a small additional fee per night. The manager hosts a cocktail reception and live entertainment on Thursday nights. 

The hotel has several options to include meals from just breakfast up to all inclusive. 

Take a peek: