Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Cozumel Palace All Inclusive Family Resort Tour
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Puerto Vallarta for Groups and Families
Located on the coastline of the Pacific Ocean is the beautiful Mexican beach town of Puerto Vallarta. The area offers a wide variety of different tour and activities making it a popular destination for tourists. Check out some wonderful excursion options for your family or group vacation to the area.
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Occidental Cozumel Family All Inclusive Resort Tour
Sunday, December 19, 2021
Carnival Mardi Gras Tips, Ship Tour, and Cabin Tour
We had a terrific week on the Carnival Mardi Gras.
Saturday, December 18, 2021
Scuba Diving in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Puerto Vallarta is located on Mexico’s Pacific Coast. The area is known for its beaches, water sports and nightlife. It’s a great destination for certified divers with several stunning dive sites to explore. Here are some wonderful excursion options to consider.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Iberostar Cozumel Family All Inclusive Resort Tour
Tuesday, December 7, 2021
Big Island Hawaii for Groups and Families
The largest and southeastern-most of the Hawaiian Islands, the Big Island encompasses 4,028 square miles offering lots for families to see and do. Take a look at these great excursions for your family or group vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii!
Secrets Aura Cozumel All Inclusive Resort Tour
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
Hawaii Honeymoon Big Island Excursions for Couples
The island of Hawai'i is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Despite its size it is home to only 13% of Hawaii’s people. Did you know that the Big Island is one of the only places in the world that you can explore white, black and green sand beaches? It is also home to world renown Kona Coffee, which is grown under unique growing conditions and soil lending to its signature flavor. Let’s see what else this island has to offer for a getaway for two.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Renaissance Wind Creek Casino Hotel Curacao
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Marriott Hotel Tour: Curacao Marriott Beach Resort Tour
Curacao Marriott Beach Resort is located about 15 minutes from the Curacao airport. The Curacao Marriott Beach Resort has a great adults only pool, nice beach area, and renovated rooms and lobby. Take a peek:
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Kauai is the greenest of the Hawaiian Islands with 97% covered by forests and mountain ranges. It is also the only Hawaiian Island with navigable rivers. People flock here to experience outdoor pursuits such as kayaking, hiking and sunning on the islands' beautiful beaches. So whether visiting Kauai with family, friends or just the two of you this area offers many exciting things to see and do. Check out these amazing tour offerings.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Kauai Cruise Excursions
Known as the Garden Isle, Kauai is geographically the oldest of the main Hawaiian Islands. People come here primarily for the beaches with their great snorkeling, surfing, swimming, and sunning. It is also the only Hawaiian Island with navigable rivers, making kayaking a great activity here as well. The island has also been used in more than 60 movie and television productions. So if Kauai (Nawiliwili) shows up on your Hawaiian cruise itinerary, here are some great excursions to consider outside the cruise line offerings. These tours offer a cruise friendly refund policy and back to the ship guarantee.
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Dreams Curacao All Inclusive Resort Tour
- Location close to some of the best diving in Curacao
- Great sunset views
- Onsite casino and brewpub
- Supervised kids' club and teen area
Monday, November 15, 2021
Royal Caribbean Odyssey of the Seas
Royal Caribbean's Odyssey of the Seas is the cruise line's newest ship. The Odyssey of the Seas is in the Quantum series so it has fun features like the North Star, SeaPlex, iFly, and FlowRider. The specialty dining on the Odyssey of the Seas is terrific.
Take a tour:
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Maui Excursions for Groups
Maui is a great destination for a group vacation with plenty to see and do including Haleakala National Park, Kapalua Coastal Trail, Iao Valley, Kaanapali Beach, Wailea Beach and much more! Take a look at these amazing tour offerings for your group to consider.
Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta All Inclusive Family Resort Tour
- Nice beach that is shallow a few years into the water
- Three distinct pools: quiet, activity, and kids with a small water slide
- Beautiful Rock Spa
- Gourmet dining and premium alcohol
- You can book guaranteed connecting rooms
- Large, double whirlpool tubs in all the rooms
- Live music every night
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Maui Cruise Ship Shore Excursions
If your Hawaiian cruise vacation has you stopping in Maui check out these cruise-friendly excursion offerings. These excursions offer a cruise friendly refund policy and some offer a back to the ship guarantee. Excursions with a back to the ship guarantee are denoted with an asterisk.
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Dreams Resort Tour: Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta Family All Inclusive Resort
- Infinity edge pool
- Spacious junior suites
- Long Beach
- Rooftop sushi bar and lounge
Take a peek:
Friday, October 22, 2021
Maui Excursions for Families
Maui is an incredibly family-friendly vacation spot with beautiful sandy beaches, plenty of water activities, and large pools to keep the kids entertained. Here are some amazing tour opportunities to enhance your family vacation to this beautiful island.
Tuesday, October 19, 2021
Resort Tour: RIU Palace Pacifico in Nuevo Vallarta
Friday, October 15, 2021
Maui for Couple Trips, Anniversaries and Honeymoons
Named the top Honeymoon destination in 2020 by World Travel Awards, Maui is a wonderful choice for all couples, and not just honeymooners looking for a getaway together. Hawaii’s 2nd largest island offers 30 miles of gorgeous beaches, lush hiking trails, and endless waterfalls to explore. Let’s take a look at some amazing ways you can explore that this island has to offer.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
How to Decode All Inclusive Resort Room Categories
One common complaint I see on online review websites is disappointment with a room's view. This is one reason I visit so many resorts each year. Ocean view does not mean the same thing at all resorts.
- Tropical view or Resort view
- Ocean View
Oahu for Groups
Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands with plenty to see and do, making it a great destination for your group vacation. Check out these tour offerings to enhance your group vacation experience.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady
On Sunday, I disembarked from the MerMaiden Voyage of the Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady. Virgin Voyages is a new cruise line from Richard Branson of Virgin Records fame. He wanted to disrupt the cruise line industry by creating a totally new cruise experience. I think he succeeded. This was my 59th cruise and definitely unlike any other cruise I've ever taken.
First, the cruise is adults only. The ship can accommodate up to 2,770 passengers. This is similar to some of the older Royal Caribbean, Princess and Norwegian ships. Eliminating all the spaces dedicated to kids creates a lot more space for restaurants and lounges. Take a look at my ship tour:
Monday, October 4, 2021
Ensenada Shore Excursions
Cruise ships departing from San Diego and Los Angeles often make a stop in Ensenada, Mexico to meet federal laws that require ships flying under foreign flags to stop in another country before going on to U.S. ports. With cruising getting going on the Western Coast of the U.S. lets check out a couple cruise friendly excursions for a day in Ensenada.
Oahu Excursions for Honeymoons and Couples
Oahu is a wonderful place to celebrate a honeymoon, anniversary or just a getaway together. No passport needed for US travelers to fly to paradise. Daytime highs are in the 70’s and 80’s year round, making it a fantastic vacation destination. Let’s check out some great tour options for your Hawaiian vacation to Oahu.
Monday, September 27, 2021
Reflections on my Celebrity Apex cruise to Greece and Croatia
In this blog, I’ll share a couple lessons and things that surprised me about Greece and Croatia.
1. Traveling right now requires extraordinary flexibility and patience. Guidelines are changing daily. I recommend keeping a loose eye on the changing requirements. About 10 days before your trip is a good time to really start paying attention to the testing and entry requirements for the country you are visiting and the cruise line you are sailing on if you are cruising. I do not recommend booking travel at this time if you are not vaccinated. The requirements are changing too quickly.
2. Be prepared to test and test and test again even if you are vaccinated. For our Greece trip, we took a test before we left for peace of mind. We took a test before we boarded cruise ship. We took a test at the end of the first week. We took a second test at the end of the second week both to re-enter Greece and so that we could fly back to the USA.
Now, the good surprises. Athens, Greece – One of the “must see” sites in Athens in the Parthenon. Did you know the reason enough of the structure remained to reconstruct is because it was used as a church and the a mosque and then a munitions depot? If you do visit, I recommend entering from the South entrance so you can view the two theaters. We visited just before sunset to capture that gorgeous glow on the buildings.
Sunday, September 26, 2021
Cabo Excursions for Groups
Honolulu & Oahu Hawaii Excursions for Families
Oahu is the 3rd largest of the Hawaiian Islands and the location of the state capital, Honolulu. There is so much to see and do on this island including Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial, Diamond Head, Dole Plantation, Waikiki Beach, and much, much more! Here are some great tour suggestions for families vacationing on this beautiful island.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
All Inclusive Resorts near Town
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Cap Cana All Inclusive Resorts
Cabo Excursions for Couples
The picturesque coastline of Cabo makes is a great location for a romantic getaway. Whether it is fine dining barefoot on the beach, horseback riding along the coast, or a couples massage, Cabo is a great destination for your next vacation together. Here are some great excursion options for just the two of you.
Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Are upgrades and add-ons worth it?
I got a very good question on a recent YouTube video:
- Better location or view within the resort
- Access to excusive areas of the resort including special pools, restaurants or lounges
- Concierge service to help with dining reservations
- Reserved bali beds or cabanas around the resort