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Thursday, October 29, 2020

The NYC Traveler: Cruise News

CRUISE NEWS




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Norwegian

Royal Caribbean

Princess

MSC

Cunard

Celebrity

Disney


OCTOBER 2020

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1. Carnival has scheduled the inaugural sailing of its new ship, the Celebration, for March 2022.  It features the Bolt (TM) roller coaster, just like its sister ship, the Mardi Gras. They are planning a big thing because it will be company's golden birthday, 50 years old. 

2. Disney has posted 2022 sailings including a Hawaiian cruise.

3. Norwegian has cruises scheduled for December, 2020.

4. Royal Caribbean has resumed sailings also.

5. Before you book, communicate with a professional travel consultant so that you have the latest information.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Reflections: How COVID-19 Affected travel

 REFLECTIONS: 

HOW COVID-19 Affected Travel

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Norwegian

Royal Caribbean

Princess

MSC

Cunard

Celebrity


Traveling During a Pandemic: 

A NEW NORMAL


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The 2019-2020 COVID-19 worldwide situation united the entire world in way that resembled the World War II allies, the 9/11 NYS attacks or a global economic depression. 








As the virus and its effects circled the entire world, the travel industry virtually came to a standstill. Cruises were suspended, some resumed tentatively only to step back again. Airplanes were empty, flights were cancelled and were reduced. Rush hour for commuters almost ceased to exist for months as the world worked, learned, socialized and played from home. 








Cultural institutions, possible Petri dishes for a virus with close contact for patrons, shut their doors in an unprecedented way. As of this writing New York City’s Broadway district plans to reopen January 2021. Museums, concerts, plays, poetry readings, art galleries and more all shuttered their doors, with some reopening with massive safety procedures and policies in place. 


                                                                            


Sports came to a halt, also, on all levels, which is likely to have a ripple effect. Professional sports recruit from colleges, high schools, traveling teams, tournaments, etc. Like the arts, sports depends on more than just the teams. Vendors, parking attendants, the ticket scanners, custodians, landscapers and maintenance people were all either terminated or laid off. 



                                                                           



All of the above industries affect the travel industry as it is connected with every industry in the world. If you generously include public transportation as part of the travel industry, this means that there was virtually not a single entity that did not affect the travel industry.  


As some states reemerge from a shutdown and as others adopt some quarantine measures, here are some activities you can do while we adjust to, what has become the slogan for 2020: THE NEW NORMAL.


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cruising 101 Part 5: Plan Your Own Excursions

10 tips for Planning Your Own Cruise Excursion



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If you are first time cruiser, you may get sticker shock when you see what is not included in your fare and how much extras cost. (see our article here). Activities that you do while in port are generally called excursions. Cruise lines charge extra for excursions and you may be led to believe that they are mandatory. Check out my tips below.






Bonus tip: You don’t have to get off the ship! Check out the newsletter for the day and enjoy the peace and quiet, along with available deck chairs at the pool.



Extra bonus tip: Be aware of how much time you have. If you have a long time (6 hours or more), get off and explore the town, come back to the ship to eat lunch and then get off again to catch a cab to a great free public beach.



Here are my top tips:


1. You do not have to buy the ship’s excursions but there are some advantages: they have already researched reputable and reliable companies; they're guaranteed not to leave you behind (the ship will wait for you); it’s easier for the more exotic day trips, like parasailing, zip-lining and ATVs.



Queen Elizabeth Botanic Park, Grand Cayman

    2. Stop at the port information desk when you disembark. They have maps and brochures. They will also guide you to the more reliable excursion vendors. 






     3. Explore your options about ports before your cruise (don’t waste precious data while onboard if you bought the internet package). Travel guidebooks that combine several ports in one book are economical (hard copy or electronic) and are also a wealth of information. 



Firo, Santorini, Greece

    4. Don’t be afraid to rent a car and explore. Check with your insurance company to see if you are covered. Stick with well-known companies and reserve before you set sail. Don’t waste your mobile phone data using the GPS, use a map, the rental companies will give you one. See more information here.



Don't forget to gas up before returning the car. You may need local currency, since swiping a credit card at a pump may not be wise.


    5. The above tip being said, be aware of which countries drive English style and which drive American style. Sometimes you get a right-hand drive car, sometimes not. Don't worry, you will get the hang of it.

Barbados lets you know right up front about the taxi fares

     6. For the less adventurous, many places have public transportation. When a ship is in port, buses might be available when you dock. Tell the driver where you want to go and when you need to be back onboard. He or she will tell you what time you should catch the bus back. Take an earlier bus just to be safe (remember the tip about getting left behind).



Hiring a van for a group can be more economical: they'll give you a tour and take you to a local beach. Settle on the price before you get in and make sure they will return for you.


      7. For the less ambitious, a cab will take you to a location and will pick you up at an agreed time. Get a price before you get in, don’t be afraid to bargain. A cab to a beach will probably run you half of the price of the cruise excursion price. 


Local public ferry in Venice, Italy

     8. You can arrange your own excursion with a company in advance from home. However, do your research. And be careful of trusting the reviews. 

The Butterfly Farm in Saint Martin

      9. Some sightseeing that you can do on your own are museums, shopping, public beaches (the local cabbies will know which ones are safe for tourists), or even day passes at resorts (Atlantis, for example). 

Save money and catch a cab to Dunn's River, Ocho Rios, Jamaica


      10. The more you visit a port, the more familiar and safer you will feel. Talk to experienced cruisers. Many haven’t bought an excursion in years, yet they have explored everywhere.



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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Intro to...Cruising to Alaska

                                                

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Cruising to Alaska


For a quick introduction to a region, country or state, a great alternative to doing it yourself is an organized tour or cruise. It allows you to literally sit back and enjoy the view while someone else arranges, organizes and worries about the details. You can get information that will make a later trip a whole lot easier to plan (don't forget to take business cards or pamphlets).






Ruby Princess

How: Taking a cruise can be more economical. Flying is a great option to see Alaska but it can be expensive if you want to see more than one city or region. A road trip would be complicated, if not impossible (for example, Juneau is initially accessible only by ship or ferry).  For the extreme adventurer, there are other ways to explore Alaska because a cruise will only get you to certain areas. Popular cities such as Anchorage may be part of a combo package (cruise and land tour). 





Which cruise line: Options are Princess, Carnival, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. Other lines that sail (this list is not complete) are Disney, Holland America, Oceania, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal, Seabourn, Silversea (some cruise lines are owned by the same parent companies). A travel consultant will help you with all of your options.



How much: As usual, always do a little research or speak to a travel consultant before committing to a cruise line. If you have sailed before, you may want to stick with a familiar line. Make sure you know everything that is included in the price. Alaskan excursions can be expensive, especially to experience the major attractions. You could just tour the downtown areas of each port, but that will not give you the best experience. Saving on the cruise price will enable you to put your funds into the excursions so that you can truly see Alaska.



What to do: Excursions will vary in price and quality. Reading reviews on forums will give you some insight into the value and quality of activities. Always read them from the perspective of the reviewer, however. Some have an axe to grind and will rate a likable tour with a low score for minor issues such as the quality of the snack. A good travel consultant will be very helpful in this area, also.

Where: Itineraries may include (but are not limited to) Seattle, Ketchikan, the Inside Passage (which is not a true port, but a main reason for seeing Alaska for its natural beauty), Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. 



What to Know: Alaska is the largest state in the USA with less than one million people. According to the US Bureau of Land Management, the federal government owns about 65% of the land, creating millions of acres of national parks, forests and regions. The remoteness of most of the state limits a lot of the sightseeing. The state is very proud of its Native American heritage as evidenced by the totem poles, decor and souvenirs at each port. Approximately 15% of the population identifies itself as Native American. 



When: Cruises go from approximately April to September. I traveled in late July. If I did not think global warming was real before, I became a bonafide believer after this trip. Not only did we experience almost 80 degree weather in Skagway, we practically had to go up to the glacier's nose to see it. Any precipitation we experienced was rain. If I sailed again, I would choose May or June. Apparently, southern Alaska most definitely has a summer season.





Clothing: On board, choose casual cruise wear that's appropriate to the weather (it can range from the high of mid-70 degrees to a low of mid 40's Fahrenheit): jeans, layered clothing, outfits for formal night, etc. For excursions you will need waterproof shoes or boots; warm socks, a rain jacket; a hoodie or a vest; gloves; hat. 


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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Cruise Ship Review...Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Sea

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CRUISE SHIP REVIEW: 

ROYAL CARIBBEAN'S ANTHEM OF THE SEAS


Anthem of the Seas Cruise Ship
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas

The Anthem of the Seas is one of the premier ships of the Royal Caribbean fleet. Currently, it is sailing out of Cape Liberty, NJ, making it very popular with folks from NY, NJ and PA.

Cruise ship docked at Cape Liberty
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas, docked at Cape Liberty, NJ.

The ship is loaded with activities to keep you busy but at the same time had plenty of areas to sit back and just relax. Check out the Two70, a massive living room by day with shows and projected events during the evening. There was even a "fireworks" show. Check the app or newsletter for movies, live entertainment and the usual.

Cape Liberty Cruise Port
Cape Liberty, New Jersey

Since the ship sails from the NYC area, there is an NYC vibe: "We Will Rock You," a Broadway show; fine dining, boutique shopping and Sorrento's Pizza (currently complimentary).

Anthem of the Seas entrance at Cape Liberty

For those who like a lot of activities, try your hand (or feet) at rock climbing, flow riding, roller skating, bumper cars, rip cording or seeing the world from the North Star, an observation deck that rises above for a 360 degree view of the surroundings (either at sea or when you're docked).

Boarding process



Choose your dining: traditional time, flex-time, or a package for the fine dining. Although meals are included in your price, upgrading to one or more of the restaurants is a nice experience. Book early, people are willing to spend the extra money and they fill up fast.

Boarding the Anthem of the Seas
Boarding the Anthem of the Seas

There are plenty of trivia games to play but playing "Clue" was popular also. You can show up at specific times to get the clue to try to figure out who the culprit is. Another fun time was the character greetings from Dreamworks: grab a selfie with Shrek or Puss-in-Boots or others, movies.

Greeted with Champagne
Greeted with champagne

Of course, there are plenty of extras (in addition to the usual adult drinks): pastries, premier coffee, gelato, etc. On a longer voyage, these are not always a bad idea. 


Complimentary bottle of Champagne
Complimentary bottle of champagne
Royal Caribbean has a curfew for those under age 18. However, the clubs and other activities were usually over by 1-2AM, anyway. 

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