A Royal Birthday Splurge

It’s okay to splurge once in a blue moon, as long as you plan wisely. Member MrsB05 and her husband had been making arrangements up to a year and a half in advance to celebrate her milestone birthday on Serenade of the Seas. A luxurious two-night retreat in New Orleans’ French Quarter prior to disembarkation [...]

Big-Ship Cruisers Experience Love at First Sight on the River

After itching to try a river cruise for quite some time,  member phoenix and his wife decided to take the plunge. Extensive research on Cruise Critic and TripAdvisor led them to AmaWaterways‘ AmaPrima, although with the ship being fairly new, insight and member reviews were limited..

Flag Collecting in the Canary Islands

Retired professor cboyle and her husband scour the world for new flags (and wines!)  - so when the couple saw a two-week cruise to the Canary Islands offered on Crown Princess, the native New Orleanians jumped at the chance to add to their collection. Paired with a transatlantic and enhanced by a few days beforehand [...]

A Seasoned Cruiser Gets Daring

“Some of my best experiences have occurred when I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone,” member queenL said after a recent cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Liberty of the Seas. In need of a quick kid-free escape, she and her husband planned the four-nighter to Cozumel and were feeling adventurous. It was her 22nd cruise. And [...]

Transatlantic Cruisers Snag a 15-Night Bargain

The stars aligned for member teecee60 when he stumbled upon an irresistible deal on a 15-night transatlantic sailing on Celebrity Reflection, just 10 days before embarkation. He and his girlfriend had vowed not to plan another cruise for a few months, but the cost couldn’t be beat. As soon as the price dropped, teecee60 hit [...]

Testing the Waters on Miami’s Newest Addition

When MSC Cruises announced one of its ships would be sailing roundtrip from Miami, many American cruisers grew curious about how the Italian line would adjust to its North American surroundings. Member mkazmer was one of them. Although she and her husband had tried MSC before and decided it wasn’t for them, an outstanding offer for [...]

A Couple Finds Their True Calling with Seabourn

Lavish cabin parties, intimate dinners and long walks in Casablanca were only a few of the many memories member Sunviking and her husband made while onboard Seabourn Quest. They had sailed many times on mainstream lines, and although the past experiences were pleasant, Seabourn Quest became their favorite.

Royal Anticipation: 500 Days Till Embarkation

From the initial cutting of steel to the maiden voyage, member macusr watched Royal Princess unfold right before her eyes. And after waiting 500 days for her turn to cruise, she was ready to live the dream. Her expectations were high. As a Platinum-status cruiser, she had sailed Princess many times in the past, with Emerald [...]

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