Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises Increases Gratuities

May 13, 2015

Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises Announced a Revision to Their Gratuity Programs Today.  Cruise guests on Royal Caribbean International ships sailing on or after July 1 will be asked to pay up to $1.70 per person, per day more for crew tips. The new amount will be $12.95 (up from $12) for standard cabin cruisers and […]

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Overnight Trip to Bagan, Myanmar via Holland America’s Volendam

May 11, 2015

Last December, we sailed on a 14-Day Asian Holiday cruise from Singapore on Holland America Line’s ms Volendam. One of the highlights of the cruise was the three-day visit to Myanmar (formerly Burma.)  The Volendam was docked in Thilawa, the port city for Yangon, Myanmar, and we took three different shore excursions to Yangon, which you can review in detail […]

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Comparing 3 Marriott Hotels for Pre/Post Cruise Stays in Fort Lauderdale

May 3, 2015

We love reader questions. This one is from Pat: What is your experience, if any, with Marriott Vacation Club or Marriott hotel properties in Ft. Lauderdale for pre- & post-cruise stays, please. Marriott is one of our two favorite hotel brands when working on the road, and we’ve used Marriott Rewards points to stay in a number […]

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An Easy and Inexpensive Way to Visit the Panama Canal from Panama City

April 29, 2015

Last weekend we met our friend James in Panama City, Panama. Seeing the Panama Canal was a top priority during our brief visit. The best place to view the Panama Canal from Panama City is at the Miraflores Locks Visitor Center. We considered taking a Panama Canal tour, but found the tours to be expensive at $85 to $150 […]

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