Can Adults Enjoy a Disney Cruise?

We set out to see if a Disney cruise would be a good choice for two adults. We departed on the Disney Dream from Port Canaveral, Florida for a quick Bahamas four-day weekend. The ship, weather, and stops were wonderful. The adult experience on this Disney cruise ship had its ups and downs.

The ups:

Up #1:  Palo Restaurant: A for- pay specialty restaurant (not expensive) with fine Italian dining. No kids allowed. It was delicious! The sunset view was romantic.

Disney Dream cruise

Sunset from Palo Restaurant onboard Disney Dream

Up #2:  The stop at Castaway Cay in the Bahamas was the best thing about the trip. The adults- only beach called Serenity Cove was exquisite.

Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise

Does it get any better than Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay, in the Bahamas? Adults seek out Serenity Cove.

Up #3: The fireworks show off of the ship! No pictures because I was so enthralled I forgot to take any. Next time…..

Up #4:  The adults- only pool area

Disney Dream adults only pool

The adults- only pool, spa, and bar area is a lovely oasis of quiet.

So now for the downs.

#1 (and only) down: The sound of kids running through the ship reverberates throughout the stateroom areas!

Since kids will be kids, and parents are hard pressed to control them in a Disney environment, this drawback was not a huge problem for us. We actually had a wonderful time watching the kids with the Disney characters, and seeing all of the children running around dressed as princesses and pirates. All of the children we met were well-behaved and polite, as were their parents.

So an adult couple can have a wonderful time onboard a Disney cruise, given the right attitude and the ability to eat and drink in the adults-only bars and restaurants. As a childless couple, we wouldn’t hesitate to go again, and especially would enjoy going as an extended family. We know now that there are plenty of opportunities for quiet, adult time and would quite enjoy sharing the experience with the younger members of our extended family.

Contact me at 561-841-2224 or susan@susanmcdanieltravel.com to plan your next Disney cruise. Even a short getaway like ours was a wonderful break from the routine!

Top 20 Travel Agents List….and I Made the List!

I just had to blow my own horn today! The link below shows the top 20 out of 4000 travel consultants for the month of March, 2013….and I’m number 20! I am so excited to make this list. I have number 1 in my sights now……

Top 20 for March 2013

15 Pictures You Should See of the Celebrity Silhouette

Take an onboard tour of the Celebrity Silhouette! Then join us…..

On a special departure fundraising cruise to benefit Free The Girls, an organization devoted to helping victims of human trafficking. We depart from Fort Lauderdale on February 23, 2014 for seven nights on a western Caribbean itinerary aboard the Celebrity Silhouette. Here is your home away from home as she cruises the waters of the Caribbean. Picture yourself here!

Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Silhouette

The first thing I saw onboard was a beautiful tree growing in the atrium. Elevators surround this beautiful chrome and glass area. A fully-stocked library is opposite.

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Celebrity Silhouette atrium

The grand staircase echoed the modern luxury theme of Celebrity Cruise Lines. Beautiful!

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Staircase on Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Solstice ships have an upper deck area called “The Lawn Club.” A grassy area with rental cabanas and a grill restaurant highlight this area.

Lawn Club on Celebrity Silhouette bu Susan McDaniel Travel

Grass at sea? Yes, at the upper deck “Lawn Club.”

The pool area (this is the adults-only pool) is on the upper deck, too.

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The Celebrity Silhouette adult pool area

Not to leave the children out, the Silhouette has extensive (and I mean extensive) areas for children. An entire upper deck is divided into different age group areas, complete with their own sports court. Older children have their special lounge areas, No Adults Allowed! Very nice for family travel.

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The Celebrity Silhouette has extensive areas for children of any age

Also on the upper deck is the Sky Lounge, a huge area that can be used for meetings, club get-togethers, family meet-ups, and at night is a bar and dance area. It was gorgeous!

Sky Observation Lounge on Clebeirt Silhouette by Susan McDaniel

Sky Observation Lounge

Staterooms were well-appointed in each category.

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Stateroom appointments on Celebrity Silhouette

Susan McDaniel Travel Celebrity Silhouette bathroom

Bathrooms were modern and elegant on the Silhouette

I really liked the closets and storage space in the various staterooms. The color schemes were calming, too.

Susan McDaniel Celebrity Silhouette stateroom

The stateroom decor was understated elegance. Soothing.

You just have to have a veranda. It makes cruising so special.

Susan McxDaniel Travel Celebrity Silhouette veranda

Veranda on the Celebrity Silhouette

Loved the casino area, and you will, too!

Susan McDaniel Travel Celebrity Silhouette casino

The Celebrity Silhouette casino has something for everyone

Everywhere you look there are gorgeous architectural details and design elements.

Susan McDaniel Travel Celebrity Silhouette bar

If you can’t find a bar to suit your taste onboard the Silhouette, then you’ll never find one. There are so many to choose from. This is the casino bar.

Celebrity is known for its fabulously fresh food and the offering at lunch did not disappoint. The wine they served was delicious, too.

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Food on the Silhouette is top-notch

I’m not leaving without dessert!

Susan McDaniel Travel Celebrity Silhouette lunch

Does it get any better than this?

Give me a call at 561-841-2224 or e-mail at susan@susanmcdanieltravel.com to experience the Celebrity Silhouette up close and personal. The Silhouette is part of Celebrity’s Solstice Class of ships which includes the Equinox and the Reflection, so those ships will look similar to what you saw here. Has anyone sailed on her?

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MSC Cruise Ships Welcome Families Aboard

Last Saturday I was invited to tour the MSC cruise ship, Poesia, docked in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. It was a lovely afternoon made all the more special by the appearance of Richard Hickey, the Manager of National Accounts for MSC. MSC is a newer cruise line poised to welcome the family cruise market to their fleet of beautiful ships. You can show your kids the world for free with MSC. Kids ages 11 and under sail free on MSC. Let me show you what else the MSC Poesia cruise ship has to offer.

MSC Poesia cruise ship

The MSC Poesia

The MSC cruise line evolved from an Italian family’s cargo ship company. MSC stands for Mediterranean Shipping Company.

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I’m in the right place

MSC is the fastest growing cruise line in the world. They are very popular in Europe and are making inroads in the US market.

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The MSC Poesia grand staircases are done in Swarovski crystals

The interiors are opulent and new. In fact, the MSC cruise line has the newest ships in the industry.

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The theatre seats 1000 people in two levels. It’s beautiful.

The new ship Divina will begin making Caribbean voyages from Miami in winter of 2013/2014.

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The MSC Poesia pool and “movies under the stars”

Although known as “quiet ships” with a minimum of announcements, MSC cruisers stay up late in the many bars and lounges. Music continues into the wee hours.

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Of the 15 bars onboard the cruise ship Poesia, the Zebra Bar was my favorite

The clientele on MSC ships is quite cosmopolitan. You will experience many nationalities, cultures, and languages.

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More Zebra Bar

The food onboard is amazing. They pride themselves on their outstanding cuisine of all sorts, as well as their wine and drink selection.  The Italian influence shines through in these areas, deliciously.

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What can I fix you from the sushi bar?

From sushi, to Northern Italian, to Caribbean, to pizza…..you’ll find whatever cuisine you enjoy onboard the MSC ships.

MSC Poesia balcony stateroom

The staterooms are comfortably sized.

The staterooms are nicely appointed. I was told the founder’s daughter and wife personally chose the fabrics, marble, tile, artwork, and furniture found throughout the ship. It really is a family affair onboard MSC.

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A balcony stateroom verandah

A standard balcony stateroom on the Poesia is 213 square feet. It comes with an intimate verandah.

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I’ll have a hot stone massage, please. An Aurea Spa treatment room.

You can go right from the Aurea Spa and Fitness Center to the casino, refreshed!

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Casino aboard the MSC Poesia cruise ship. Craps is my favorite.

The casino suits every gambler’s tastes.

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Slots in the MSC Poesia casino

A popular highlight of the MSC cruise line is that kids sail free. MSC is very family-oriented and anxious to expand into the multi-generational American market. For family reunions, anniversary and/or wedding celebrations, or for an extended-family cruise, MSC will make your travel special. Please call me at 561-841-2224 or e-mail at susan@susanmcdanieltravel.com to explore the options MSC Cruises has to offer to you and your family. I look forward to introducing you to this gracious and welcoming cruise experience. Visit my website at www.susanmcdanieltravel.com.

MSC Cruises is Italy’s largest privately owned...

MSC Cruises is Italy’s largest privately owned cruise line. The company operates eight cruise ships and has a further two vessels under construction. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thoughts About the Carnival Triumph Cruise Mess

I have held my tongue about the Carnival Cruise debacle for days now, and the media frenzy continues. I can no longer keep my thoughts to myself. Here is my take on the Carnival Triumph cruise mess (it was not a disaster, no matter how you slice it).

Carnival Triumph, a Carnival Cruise Line ship,...

Carnival Triumph, a Carnival Cruise Line ship, is anchored off George Town, Grand Cayman (Cayman Islands). The ship entered service in 1999, and carries 2,750 passengers. From the three ships, there were at least 7,800 cruise passengers in George Town that day. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

First, this is a wonderful case for why everyone should be required to have passports when they embark on a cruise. The requirement right now is if the cruise originates and returns to an American port, you can get by with a birth certificate and a photo government issued ID. The fact that people onboard the Triumph did not have passports is why they could not dock in Mexico and fly everyone home.

So, in my opinion, the people who were too lazy, too cheap, or unable (!) to procure a passport were the real reason everyone had to suffer. A passport should be a requirement for cruise travel in the future because people will balk at getting one if they have the option not to make the effort.

Second, the ship is 14 years old. Now that’s not old, old by industry standards, but it’s old to me. A more modern ship would have back-up generators and other features that would have prevented the recent incident. As a cruise consultant, it’s my job to think about this older ship making a trek across the open Gulf of Mexico. As a cruiser, most people generally don’t think about any such details. They board the ship and that’s it. If that older ship was hopping down the east coast, jumping around the Bahamas, or even headed to the Caribbean, it wouldn’t give me pause. There would be a convenient port not too far away. But I wouldn’t put a client on an older ship doing a trans-Atlantic or trans-Pacific voyage either. I’m just a worrier, I guess.

Third, cruising is an amazingly safe form of travel and a cost-efficient one at that. To focus on this one “unfortunate incident” is a disservice to the entire cruise industry.

Smooth sailing ahead to everyone! Let me know if I can help you with your travel plans. E-mail at susan@susanmcdanieltravel.com or visit my website: http://www.susanmcdanieltravel.com.

Thanks for listening!

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The Jewel of the Seas in Labadee,Haiti

Cruise Bargains and Deals

I held my monthly Meetup for Cruise and Travel Lovers of North Palm Beach, Florida, yesterday and was asked a question I had never heard before. Someone looking for cruise deals and bargains asked me if there was a “waiting list” for cruises.

Map of Florida highlighting Palm Beach County

Map of Florida highlighting Palm Beach County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I responded that any cruise that was sold out should usually has a waiting list of people wanting to get a cabin should some other traveler cancel. These waiting- list- travelers are usually required to ante up a $50 per person refundable deposit, just so everyone knows they are serious about taking the trip.

My member said, “No, I mean can I go to the port and wait and see if there is an empty cabin and buy it right there and then and get a deal on the price? Why would the cruise lines sail with empty cabins if someone is willing to pay to sail?”

That was a new question for me! The answer is, “No. You can not sail “stand by” like you can fly “stand by” on an airline.” (Even flying stand-by requires you to have a ticket beforehand.) While you can go to the airport ticket counter, you cannot go to the cruise line ticket counter because there isn’t one.

In fact, you cannot even enter the port without having documentation that you are going on a cruise or have some other business there.  Homeland security also needs to have your papers reviewed at least three days before departure.  If you aren’t on the manifest, you aren’t going to sail.

English: Disney Cruise Lines' Disney Wonder in...

English: Disney Cruise Lines’ Disney Wonder in Port Canaveral (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are looking for last-minute cruise deals and bargains like this woman, please contact me or any other travel agent. We continually receive notices of unsold cabin space. If you can travel at the last minute, especially out of “season,” there are deals to be had and we get the first notices about them. If we know what you are looking for ahead of time, so much the better.This time of year, though, any cruises to warmer weather destinations are likely fully booked and would require you to get on a waiting list, which I am certainly happy to arrange for you.

Happy travels and smooth seas from Susan at http://www.susanmcdanieltravel.com! Contact me there, or at susan@susanmcdanieltravel.com.

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Half Moon Cay, Bahamas

Clients are in Half Moon Cay, Bahamas this week aboard a Holland America cruise. I ran across this picture I took last spring while I was there and thought I’d share it as I think about them. This is a private island in the Bahamas that HAL cruisers get to enjoy. The crescent beach is beautiful, the sand is powdery, and the colors are obviously magnificent.

The Bahamas sport such wonders on all their islands. I’d love to help you plan a vacation there, whether by land or by sea. Call 561-841-2224 or e-mail at susan@susanmcdanielttravel.com.

Travel Tips from Susan McDaniel Travel Facebook Page, Part 1

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Every week on my Facebook page I offer up travel tips. Here’s a compilation of some recent tips.

Your travel tip of the week: Go to Wal Mart and buy a few disposable rain coats/ponchos for your trip. They are cheap, don’t take up much room, and might come in very handy!

Your travel tips of the week: On your next cruise take along one of those magnetic bag clips. They will stick to the walls and help keep all the papers and notices you receive organized in one place!

Travel tip of the week: Don’t let your toothbrush sit on the counter in the hotel bathroom. Take the paper cup provided for the coffee and punch a hole in the bottom. Turn it upside down and insert the toothbrush handle. Voila!

Your travel tip of the week comes from my friend JoAnn: If you wear sandals to the airport, stash a pair of socks in your carry on. Put them on when you take your shoes off for security. It is downright creepy to be walking barefoot where a million other feet have been.

Your travel tip of the week: Before you drive away in that rental car, use your camera or phone and take pictures of the car from every angle. Use a time/date stamp. May save you a world of headaches later!

Susan McDaniel Travel’s travel tip of the week: Do not get hit with crazy “talk, text, data” bills when you travel. Just because your phone, I-pad, etc. works overseas or on the cruise ship, that doesn’t mean you should use it without thinking. Get an international SIM card and avoid the after-vacation sticker shock!

Susan McDaniel Travel’s travel tip of the week: Save those perfume and cologne samples that come in magazines and direct mail. Use them when you travel. No liquids to lug or worry about spilling or getting through security, and you can still be nicely scented.

More tips to come at a later date….or visit me on Facebook at Susan McDaniel Travel and get this information and a lot more.

The World is More Accessible Than Ever – Explore, Enjoy, Travel

The World is Now More Accessible Than Ever – Explore and Enjoy It!

The world is now more accessible than ever before. Twenty percent (62 million) of the U.S. population has some form of disability, and the number of these individuals is increasing daily. These people need to, want to, and can travel. If you’re part of that twenty percent, a world of travel awaits you.

Travel professionals such as myself who are accessible travel advocates certified by Special Needs Group www.specialneedsgroup.com, the leading global provider of special needs equipment for the travel industry, have unique, specialized knowledge about how to help individuals with disabilities enjoy a wonderful, hassle-free and memorable trip.

Here are a few tips from Special Needs Group to ensure that when your next travel opportunity arises, you are ready to go.

Outline your travel needs

Take time to evaluate the logistics of your trip in relation to your ability to keep pace. What modes of transportation will you be using? Airplane, motor coach, train, ship, transit vans for ground transfers? Make a list, referring to relevant brochures, your trip organizer or travel agent to make sure you don’t miss anything.

Now, make a list of your specific requirements. Be honest: what types of special needs equipment do you depend on at home? What do you use or need (or wish you had!) when shopping, sightseeing locally, dining out or going to the movies, attending concerts, the theater, street fairs or sporting events at home?

Can you hear and see clearly without special auditory equipment or visual aides?  How far can you walk without a rest break? Are stairs difficult? Can you get in and out of the tub or shower at home without handgrips or other assistance?

Travel, whether solo or in a group, is no time for roughing it or trying to “tough it out.” If a wheelchair, scooter or portable oxygen will make your trip easier, place that item on your list. Many people who do not use wheelchairs or walkers at home feel more comfortable using these mobility aides for tour and excursions. In fact, most of Special Needs Group’s wheelchair and scooter rentals are to individuals who only use such aides when traveling.

A person in a wheelchair icon

A person in a wheelchair icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Plan Ahead

If you already own a scooter or portable oxygen, it’s important to know the policy and procedures for bringing that equipment onboard all the transport vehicles included in your itinerary, from planes to taxis to ferry boats. Does that transport have a way to stow your scooter or wheelchair? Is oxygen allowed on board? Some airlines prohibit certain types of batteries, such as wet cell batteries, or oxygen cylinders. Airlines operate under strict rules, so there may be packing procedures to follow if they do allow the equipment. Keep in mind, most airlines need at least 48 hours’ notice to make special arrangements, and be prepared to fill out forms.

Overall, cruise ships are more lenient in allowing oxygen, but some disallow certain types of oxygen. All require that the oxygen be delivered to the ship, and that you have enough for the entire voyage. Oxygen may never be brought aboard in your luggage. Requirements vary, so check your cruise line for proper instructions.  Again, documentation and paperwork are required.

Whether you are headed for a cruise ship, hotel or all-inclusive resort, double check for wheelchair access at that venue, plus any venues you will be visiting on the trip.  Confirm that accessible hotel rooms, resort accommodations or ship staterooms are available for your travel dates. The earlier you book, the better your chances of securing fully accessible accommodations. And early booking increases your chances of securing a ground floor hotel room or cruise stateroom near the elevator, if these issues are important.

A gate for wheelchairs in Hiroshima

A gate for wheelchairs in Hiroshima (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Check on the access to public rooms, restaurants, bars, toilets, the swimming pool, hot tub, beach area and other amenities. Are there TDD phone devices? How will you get in and out of the shower or bathtub? Are there flashing lights to accommodate hearing? Braille room numbers? Knowing in advance the scope of your needs gives you time to arrange advance rentals of any necessary equipment, scheduled to arrive when you do. Everything from scooters, lifts, ramps, TDD kits and special mattresses, including special needs cribs, is available for rental.

Will road travel or car excursions be part of the trip? Many car rental companies have vehicles that are modified for drivers or passengers with mobility limitations. Check ahead to make sure a suitable vehicle will be available for your travel dates. If you will be hiring a car or van, make sure the company is aware of your special needs. When traveling with a limitation or disability, full travel insurance for medical coverage abroad and trip cancellation insurance are even more important and strongly advised.

Ask the Right Questions

When making the final bookings, be sure you ask the right questions, even if the accommodations or cruise stateroom are categorized as “accessible.”

For example, are doorways wide enough for the largest wheelchairs? Do the doors open outwards or into the room?

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English: Wheelchair acces ramp in Protram 205WrAs tram Polski: Platforma inwalidy w tramwaju 205WrAs produkcji Protram (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Are all the public areas of the hotel, resort or ship accessible? Do you need to make special arrangements in the dining room to accommodate the wheelchair or scooter? Will the bathroom facilities truly fit your needs? Is the bathroom large enough for the wheelchair or scooter? Is there a roll-in shower? Grab-bars?

Are there facilities for companion/assistance animals?

Are there shopping and entertainment facilities close by if you are staying at a hotel or resort?On shore excursions or tours, does the van have a lift and method for transporting wheelchairs and scooters?

Simply stated, don’t take anything for granted. It’s easy to arrange for almost every situation, and the world is wonderfully accessible, once you know what’s needed, what’s available and how to find the necessary equipment.

This is the internationally recognized symbol ...

This is the internationally recognized symbol for accessibility (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I look forward to helping you with all of your accessible travel needs!

How to Choose the Correct Cruise Line

Generally, cruisers start with one cruise line and tend to stick with that brand. This loyalty is good to a point, but don’t let it restrict your cruise experiences. Cruises can all be quite different  depending on your choice of cruise lines. Like Forrest Gump’s box of chocolates, cruising offers many choices. Here’s a quick, and absolutely non-inclusive, primer on cruise lines.

AMA waterways: River cruising at its best. Known for their wine cruises in the fall, after harvest time, for bargain prices. But luxury anytime.

Avalon: River cruising with the added benefit of cooperative tours in every port. Immersion in your destinations along the great waterways of Europe.

Azamara: The small-ship line of Royal Caribbean/Celebrity. Their forte is overnight stays, longer stops,and  night tours for the full experience of each port of call. Especially great for European sailings. Will not disappoint.

Carnival: The “fun” ships are geared towards just that. Inexpensive, lots of activity, sometimes criticized for being too loud, very popular with groups. Good for the partying crowd. Lots of bars, DJ’s, comedy clubs. “Fun for all. All for fun!” Here is a Carnival ship all decked out for fun.

The Port of New Orleans has a cruise line term...

Celebrity: Sophisticated, modern luxury ships, stand outs for their spa experiences and cuisine. More expensive, but good value for the price. Any age group looking for upscale experience. The premium line of the Royal Caribbean group.

Crystal: Luxury cruising all the way. No one doesn’t like Crystal. Pricey, but sometimes run nice specials.

Cunard: Old-world elegance, traditional cruising. Beautiful ships. Excellent for transatlantic crossings. A step above Holland America, but in the same family.

Disney: You’d think it was just for kids, but it’s not. Consistently top-ranked ships for food and service. Families love it, of course, but adults have their own areas. This Disney ship calls Port Canaveral, FL home.

English: Disney Cruise Lines' Disney Wonder in...

Holland America: Refined elegance and traditional cruising. Some complaints that the cruisers are too old, but a great line for peace, quiet, romance for the over 50 crowd. Larger cabins than most. Mid-priced, but considered a premium line of the Carnival parent company.

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The Holland America Noordam in St. Thomas

MSC: Family-owned line known for its cleanliness and top-notch entertainment.  Quiet ships. You may not have heard of  them, but you should know them.

Norwegian: Known for “Freestyle Cruising” because of its unconventional and innovative nature. Good for the individualist and individuals. The newest ship, the Epic, now has studio cabins for solo-travelers. Mid-price range. The Norwegian ship below sports beautiful murals.

Norwegian Cruise Lines Pearl and Star in Skagway

Oceania: Deluxe cruising on smaller ships with emphasis on cuisine. Price point higher than most.

Paul Gauguin: Tahiti, Fiji, Bora Bora. THE line for the South Pacific. Small-ship cruising to amazing ports. Usually offer free air from LA and sometimes 2 for 1 sailings. Gauguin will take you to Bora Bora in style (below).

English: Mount Otemanu in Bora Bora

Princess: Relaxed, comfortable elegance. Total pampering. Their motto is “escape completely” because they tend to every detail, unobtrusively. For the total getaway consumer. Mid-priced. Princess knows Alaska. It’s the only choice for this destination. Ask me about it. I am a certified Princess Alaska Expert.

Regent: Luxury cruising and a price to match.

Royal Caribbean:  Active travelers, but appeals to every age. You don’t have to participate in all the activity. You can just watch, too. Fitness buffs will love all the options. Well-priced, well-kept ships.  New emphasis on food: farm-to-table fresh menus. (The Allure sports 25 restaurants!) Everyone loves Royal!

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Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas at Labadee, Haiti

Seabourn: Luxury cruising. Pricey, but you’re worth it!

SeaDream Yacht  Club: “It’s Yachting, Not Cruising” on these small-ships. Luxury all the way! 5-star service. You can’t afford not to go on SeaDream. Below is a SeaDream Yacht.

SeaDream II

SilverSea: Small-ship (500 passenger) luxury romance. Goes to rarely-visited ports. Romantic restaurants on board. Spare no expense and go for it! All-suite, all-inclusive.

StarClippers: Real small-ship sailing vessels and a crew that knows how to sail. You can even help. Taking you to the lesser visited ports in the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Panama Canal, Europe.

Viking River Cruises: Luxury along the rivers of Europe. Viking are adding dozens of new “Longships” in 2013 and 2014. The Viking ship here is representative of smaller river cruise ships.

Viking Helvetia River cruise ship on Rhine Riv...

Windstar: Competes with StarClippers. Small-ship sailing vessels but these use the motors more than the sails. Unusually itineraries because the small ships can go where larger vessels can not reach.

Did you know there are so many cruises lines available to you? A cruise line exists for every occasion, destination, and fantasy.

NOT ALL CRUISES END THIS WAY

NOT ALL CRUISES END THIS WAY (Photo credit: roberthuffstutter)

And despite Robert’s caption above, cruises very often turn out that way! You should try one. Begin planning your own at www.susanmcdanieltravel.com or let me do it for you. Call 561-841-2224 or e-mail me at susan@susanmcdanieltravel.com. Cruising is a sweet confection you should enjoy!

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