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Comment by Ed Albetski on June 23, 2014 at 12:21am

Got back this weekend from a last minute 7 day Bahamas cruise out of Baltimore on Royal Caribbean.  We were looking for a weekend at the beach for our anniversary but waited too late to book. So in checking for a possible cruise, found this one for only $399 pp. Very relaxing week of reading our Kindles and lounging around. Never even got off the ship to visit a port; first time that ever happened! First time we ever did a last minute cruise deal too. Have to remember to watch for these.

Comment by Ed Albetski on April 25, 2014 at 2:19pm

Wonderful news, Henry!  I know they can be pricey, but Uniworld and Viking offer really fantastic and romantic river cruises in France, Austria, and Germany. You cruise down rivers during the night and tour cities and castles by day, dining on shore as well as on the ship.  or Viking River Cruises .

Comment by Henry Brown on April 25, 2014 at 7:53am

Now that it appears that my lovely wife can count herself amongst the cancer survivors, I want to start planning the vacation to Europe.

Because she is a 3rd Generation american with very deep roots in germany Am thinking about Southern Germany being the focal point of the 3 week vacation.

ANY ideas/suggestion/tips would be greatly appreciated!

Comment by Ed Albetski on November 22, 2013 at 9:32pm

The tax free shopping in ST. Thomas is the big draw. ST. Lucia has a little railroad which is in itself a tour of the island. They should have the excursions coded with symbols denoting how strenuous they are and there should be one for accessible ones. Plan your hills, as my mom used to say. Make sure you can get refunds if you dad doesn't feel like going out one morning. All those ports are good ones, usually with a cruiseline owned island or one of the not so safe ports like Roatan or Jamaica, we spend the day on board,  The pool is nearly empty and the spa has bargains. The food should be great. Have a great time with your dad.

Comment by Peter Sperry on November 22, 2013 at 8:13am

Ed - My father and I are sailing on the Carnival Valor out of San Juan on Dece. 15 with stops in St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Martaan.  We are arriving in to San Juan 1:00 pm the day before and staying at the Hotel Miramar. We are flying out at 5:00 pm the day the ship docks (7:00 am).  I have tried to leave plenty of free time in the schedule because we are first time cruisers and my 85 year old father is in a wheelchair.


Any advice on shore excursions?  I have found several that look good and plan to start booking them this weekend.

Comment by Ed Albetski on November 21, 2013 at 10:37pm

Sigh. My next cruise isn't until March as we opted for a Florida trip featuring theme parks with friends instead.  Had a really great time, but looking forward to cruising again. We are going to take the train from DC to Seattle for the Alaska cruise. Have a sleeping car booking for the two day leg from Chicago to Seattle. Amazed that it is still cheaper than flying. Should be a great way to see the American Northwest.

Anyone travelling for the holidays?

Comment by Ed Albetski on October 9, 2013 at 12:58am

Peter, Carnival has a solid product and I have to admit it is a group of small things that makes me prefer Royal Caribbean. They matter to me and may not to you or your dad. Food and entertainment are pretty much equal. I find Carnival ships narrower and darker than RC and somehow, cheaper.  Which one offers the newer ship? That's one thing to consider. Carnival caters to a younger more boisterous crowd, RC to 30's & 40's with some older folks. Check out the cruiseline descriptions at Frommer's and Cruise Critic and see what you think.

Comment by Peter Sperry on October 8, 2013 at 7:51am

Any thoughts on Carnival vs Royal Caribbean for a 7 night cruise out of San Juan?  I will be traveling with my father who is 85 and generally uses a travel chair but can walk ok inside.  RC leaves San Juan on Dec 14 ($729 for balcony) & stops at BVI, San Martine, Guadaloup & Barbados) Carnival leaves San Juan on Dec 15 ($569 for balcony) and does the loop in reverse.  Is RC worth the extra $$$.  We are both first time cruisers.  I am primarily looking for a trip where I do not have to drive between the various destinations.  The idea of the hotel doing the driving appeals to me.

Comment by Ed Albetski on October 5, 2013 at 3:55pm

@Henry, Disney, Carnival, and Royal Caribbean all have cruises sailing out of Galveston, which may be more convenient for you. Disney is designed for kids, Carnival is cheapest (the Walmart of cruising) and Royal Caribbean usually gets picked as the best "all round" cruise line, so the latter would be my choice. If the wife hasn't cruised before, anywhere warm and beachy is good, and that's where all these go.  The most choice of itineraries is probably out of Ft Lauderdale, FL. Lots of info for the first-time cruiser at CRUISE CRITIC.COM including good descriptions of what to see in each port of call. Please ask, I'd be glad to help.

Comment by Henry Brown on October 3, 2013 at 4:10pm

Fixing to introduce my bride, of 49 years, to cruising (After spending well over 10 years "sailing" the high seas as a US Navy sailor I could care less) Any suggestions to which cruise lines or destinations....


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