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


Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta is a family all inclusive resort located in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico about 25 minutes from the Puerto Vallarta airport. What sets Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta apart from other resorts is:
  • 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


RIU Palace Pacifico is a family all inclusive resort in Nuevo Vallarta in the gated Flamingos communit.  RIU Palace Pacifico is one of three resorts in the RIU complex. If you stay at RIU Palace Pacifico, you can access the other two resorts.

The perks of staying at RIU Palace instead of the other two resorts are premium alcohol, upgraded menus, and a whirlpool tub.

Take a peek: 

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.

The most common room categories you'll see are:
  • Tropical view or Resort view
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront

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.