Do’s and Don’t s of Cruise Travel

Do’s and Don’ts of Cruise Ship Travel 

The Cruise Ship industry is “booming.” In 2017, over 20 million people took advantage of a new vacation lifestyle…a week on a luxury cruise ship enjoying all the amenities and benefits of a 5 Star Resort. Why is this? It’s affordable, convenient, and allows world wide travel at a reasonable cost. However, there are some basic do’s and don’ts that travelers should consider.  

Do Book Early. Cruise Ship popularity has “skyrocketed” and is “addictive” for many, causing a huge increase in “repeat business.” Thus, many make reservations 12 to 18 months in advance of their cruise. Delays give fewer options for rooms, ship specials, incentives, and getting specific dates. 

Do Consult an Agency. The internet provides information, but agencies provides the service. This is critical. Agencies represent all the approved Cruise Ships and can relate experiences, both good and bad, of past travelers. Agencies know amenities offered, the best rooms, location, and rates.   

Do Decide.  Determine what you want and go over these interests with your travel agent. Each cruise line is different. Each has its own destinations, amenities, entertainment, and “unusual” features. You can “pick and choose.”  

Don’t Group all “Cruises” Together. Again, each cruise line, ship, and voyage are different. What kind of a vacation are you looking for? What is your location interest and dates? What is your budget?  From the Caribbean to Australia, the choice is yours. Are you an explorer, or a “lay by one of the 4 pools?” There is a ship just for you. Your agency can help you find the perfect cruise. 

Don’t Think, “I can’t afford it.”  Do the numbers. Check out resorts in Florida or Hawaii, the daily expenses, then the cost of the travel itself. Then compare with a cruise. Many have done this, and cruise ship travel is more affordable. A complete “no hassle” vacation. 

Don’t Shop Around. No need. Let your agency do this. They are the professionals. The business is competitive, and you are the customer.  

So, take advantage of cruise ship travel and have a great vacation.  You will be very pleased. Best vacation ever!

50% off these last minute Cruises

If you can “drop and go”….you can save up to 50% on these special Cruise deals…..and they are offered all over the world. Here is an example of Princess….and all of the Cruise lines have them…so contact me and we will get some Cruise lined up for you…look at this:


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Australia and New Zealand

We just returned from Australia and New Zealand….it was GREAT… here is the promotion for Holland America…and I could not put it better….and cruises start at $1199.  Such a deal.

Exclusive Signature Experiences in Sydney & Auckland

Vibrant lands and natural wonders await in Australia & New Zealand. Before you sail away on your cruise, experience a memorable evening of fine dining and live classical music in the Utzon Room of Sydney’s iconic Opera House or immerse yourself in local culture during an exclusive after-hours event at the Auckland Museum. Plus, receive a complimentary two-night hotel stay and airport-hotel and hotel-ship transfers.

Specially crafted for our guests, and complimentary for suite guests, choose a Sydney or Auckland itinerary today to take advantage of this intimate pre-cruise signature experiences!*

Specials Keep Coming..

I am going to get back to my routine of posting the Specials as I get them…this just came from Princess…prices starting at $599 for interior cabin for the Eastern Caribbean….too good of a deal…

Known for world-famous beaches, stingrays and shopping, this is the perfect option for a sunny vacation reconnecting with loved ones.

Cruise lengths include:
5-day, 7-day, 10-day, 14-day, 20-day

Princess Cruises Special Sale

SPECIAL SALE FROM PRINCESS CRUISES….10-day Panama Canal with Costa Rica & Caribbean…Roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale…Such a DEAL….
Fares from $899* plus fees and port expenses. Email me for details…

Royal Caribbean Special Sale ends March 28th

Your clients want to go places. Show them a world of endless thrills and uncharted adventure during the sale that invites them to discover more. When they book now, they’ll score up to an $100 in instant savings with our Caribbean Bonus while also saving 30% on every guest. Plus, bring the whole family because kids age 12 and under sail free.*

Offer ends March 28, 2018 at 11:59PM EST!


The Masters is Upon Us….

Our TRAVEL SPECIAL OF THE DAY…The Masters Golf event….here it is:
2018 Masters Golf Travel Packages
Our luxury 2018 Masters golf packages include your choice of Masters Badges (tickets), first-class accommodation near Augusta National Golf Course, course transportation, on-site assistance, VIP hospitality options, and much more. Complete 2018 Masters Packages available from $1,995 per person (1 practice round), $3,395 per person (1 tournament round), based on double occupancy. It’s not too early to start thinking about Masters 2018. Start planning your trip today!
About The Masters Golf Championship at Augusta, Georgia
From April 2 – 8, 2018, the world’s finest golfers will converge upon Augusta National Golf – home of the Masters Golf Tournament – for one of the major tournaments held annually in professional golf. The Masters is 72-hole, four-day championship held Thursday through Sunday with Practice Rounds held Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the start of the tournament. The Masters history is steeped in tradition. The winner not only receives a huge payday, but also receives a lifetime invitation to the Masters, an automatic invitation to every major tournament in the next five years, and the iconic “green jacket”.
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Travel Tips for Seniors

A few years ago I was introduced to Rick Steves….and long time professional in the travel industry, with a great line of luggage…and I got one of the best carry on bags…ever. He also has some travel tips, and I kept the following as it covers a lot about Senior Travel or Travel for Seniors. Here are his thoughts:

More people than ever are hocking their rockers and buying plane tickets. Many senior adventurers are proclaiming, “Age matters only if you’re a cheese.” Travel is their fountain of youth. I’m not a senior — yet — so I polled my readers via my Travel Forums, asking seniors to share their advice. Thanks to the many who responded, here’s a summary of top tips from seniors who believe it’s never too late to have a happy childhood.

When to Go

If you’re retired and can travel whenever you want, it’s smart to aim for shoulder season (April through mid-June, or September and October). This allows you to avoid the most exhausting things about European travel: crowds and the heat of summer.

Travel Insurance

Seniors pay more for travel insurance — but are also more likely to need it. Find out exactly whether and how your medical insurance works overseas. (Medicare is not valid outside the US except in very limited circumstances; check your supplemental insurance coverage for exclusions.) Pre-existing conditions are a problem, especially if you are over 70, but some plans will waive those exclusions. When considering additional travel insurance, pay close attention to evacuation insurance, which covers the substantial expense of getting you to adequate medical care in case of an emergency — especially if you are too ill to fly commercially.


Packing light is especially important for seniors — when you pack light, you’re younger. To lighten your load, take fewer clothing items and do laundry more often. Fit it all in a roll-aboard suitcase — don’t try to haul a big bag. Figure out ways to smoothly carry your luggage, so you’re not wrestling with several bulky items. For example, if you bring a second bag, make it a small one that stacks neatly (or even attaches) on top of your wheeled bag.

Carry an extra pair of eyeglasses if you wear them, and bring along a magnifying glass if it’ll help you read detailed maps and small-print schedules. A small notebook is handy for jotting down facts and reminders, such as your hotel-room number or Metro stop. Doing so will lessen your anxiety about forgetting these details, keeping your mind clear and uncluttered.

Medications and Health

It’s best to take a full supply of any medications with you, and leave them in their original containers. Finding a pharmacy and filling a prescription in Europe isn’t necessarily difficult, but it can be time-consuming. Plus, nonprescription medications (such as vitamins or supplements) may not be available abroad in the same form you’re used to. Pharmacists overseas are often unfamiliar with American brand names, so you may have to use the generic name instead (for example, atorvastatin instead of Lipitor). Before you leave, ask your doctor for a list of the precise generic names of your medications, and the names of equivalent medications. See my general advice on getting medical help in Europe.

If you wear hearing aids, be sure to bring spare batteries — it can be difficult to find a specific size in Europe. If your mobility is limited, see my tips and resources for travelers with disabilities.


If you’re not flying direct, check your bag — because if you have to transfer to a connecting flight at a huge, busy airport, your carry-on bag will become a lug-around drag. If you’re a slow walker, request a wheelchair or an electric cart when you book your seat so you can easily make any connecting flights. Since cramped legroom can be a concern for seniors, book early to reserve aisle seats (or splurge on roomier “economy plus,” or first class). Stay hydrated during long flights, and take short walks hourly to minimize the slight chance of getting a blood clot.


If stairs are a problem, request a ground-floor room. Think about the pros and cons of where you sleep: If you stay near the train station at the edge of town, you’ll minimize carrying your bag on arrival; on the other hand, staying in the city center gives you a convenient place to take a break between sights (and you can take a taxi on arrival to reduce lugging your bags). No matter where you stay, ask about your accommodation’s accessibility quirks before you book — find out whether it’s at the top of a steep hill, has an elevator or stairs to upper floors, and so on.

Getting Around

Subways involve a lot of walking and stairs (and are a pain with luggage). Consider using city buses or taxis instead, and when out and about with your luggage, take a taxi. If you’re renting a car, be warned that some countries and some car-rental companies have an upper age limit — to avoid unpleasant surprises, mention your age when you reserve.

Senior Discounts

Just showing your gray hair or passport can snag you a discount at many sights, and even some events such as concerts. (The British call discounts “concessions”; look also for “pensioner’s rates.”) Always ask about discounts, even if you don’t see posted information about one — you may be surprised. But note that at some sights, US citizens aren’t eligible for senior discounts.

Seniors can get deals on point-to-point rail tickets in Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Norway (including the Eurostar train between Britain and France/Belgium). Qualifying ages range from 60 to 67 years old. To get rail discounts in most countries — including Austria, Britain, Germany, Italy, and Spain, and a second tier of discounts in France — you must purchase a senior card at a local train station (valid for a year, but can be worthwhile even on a short trip if you take several train rides during your stay). Most rail passes don’t offer senior discounts, but passes for Britain and France (as well as the Balkans) do give seniors a break on first-class passes.


Many museums have elevators, and even if these are freight elevators not open to the public, the staff might bend the rules for older travelers. Take advantage of the benches in museums; sit down frequently to enjoy the art and rest your feet. Go late in the day for fewer crowds and cooler temperatures. Many museums offer loaner wheelchairs. Take bus tours (usually two hours long) for a painless overview of the highlights. Boat tours — of the harbor, river, lake, or fjord — are a pleasure. Hire an English-speaking cabbie to take you on a tour of a city or region (if it’s hot, spring for an air-conditioned taxi). Or participate in the life of local seniors, such as joining a tea dance at a senior center. If you’re traveling with others but need a rest break, set up a rendezvous point. Some find that one day of active sightseeing needs to be followed by a quiet day to recharge the batteries. For easy sightseeing, grab a table at a sidewalk café for a drink and people-watching.

Educational and Volunteer Opportunities

For a more meaningful cross-cultural experience, consider going on an educational tour such as those run by Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel), which offers study programs around the world designed for those over 55 (one to four weeks, call or check online for a free catalog, tel. 800-454-5768).

Long-Term Trips

Becoming a temporary part of the community can be particularly rewarding. Settle down and stay a while, doing side-trips if you choose. You can rent a house or apartment, or go a more affordable route and swap houses for a few weeks with someone in an area you’re interested in. If you’re considering retiring abroad, two good resources are the Living Abroad series (Moon Books), which offers a country-by-country look at the challenges and rewards of life overseas, and Expat Exchange, where you’ll find tips and resources for expatriates.

This blog is part of my goal to inform travelers by those that are pros in the business. If you, or know of others, that have good thoughts about Senior Travel, or Cruise Ship traveling, or International travel in general…please let me know and I will get it out.