Archive for the ‘Cruises and Cruising’ Category

Digital Photo Storage When Traveling

This issue has always been a dilemma for me. My compromise has been a large capacity compact flash card that will get me through the day, a laptop onto which I upload my photos and then a flash drive for back up. It works well but is a bit time consuming. The flaws of my […]

Tags: ,   Posted in: Cruises and Cruising, Pam's Other Musings  One Comment

Traveling with Food Allergies or Intolerances

Sneaking up like an atomic bomb, my newly identified gluten and casein (milk protein) intolerance places me in the cautious traveler category. Eating in a restaurant has become a difficult proposition. Watching me eat a fast food hamburger without a bun brings up memories of a year old kid eating baby food. Oh yes, the […]

Tags: , ,   Posted in: Cruises and Cruising, Pam's Other Musings  No Comments

The Nook as a Multi-Task Travel Companion

Being able to consolidate some of my packing into smaller devices is incredibly helpful in dealing with weight limits and sheer bulk when traveling. It was one of the reasons that I was excited about my new Nook. It turns out there are many more reasons that the Nook is a great travel device. While […]

Tags: , ,   Posted in: Airplanes, Trains and Camels, Cruises and Cruising, Hotels, Resorts, Bed and Breakfast, Travel Planning  No Comments

Norovirus Hits a Small Number of Celebrity Summit Passengers in mid-Atlantic

An announcement was made yesterday warning people of the existence of illness aboard. It was followed by a letter from the Captain in each cabin last night stating that there have been “an elevated number of people onboard who experienced a gastrointestinal illness commonly known as a norovirus.” No telling how many onboard the Summit […]

Tags: , ,   Posted in: Cruises and Cruising  8 Comments

Agadir Morocco with a Berber Tour Guide

It couldn’t have been scripted better. Our day guide in Agadir was booked through Originally Morocco along with a driver and van for 4 of us. Upon our disembarkation from the Summit we spotted our name on the windshield of a fairly new van with our guide standing next to it. Our guide was straight […]

Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: Cruises and Cruising, Destinations  One Comment

Alhambra in Grenada Spain

Rarely is a cruise ship shore excursion a relative bargain. After doing way too much work to find an independent day trip from our port of call, Malaga, and finding them all to be at least $100 more than the 9 hour trip offered by Celebrity, we bit the bullet and booked it. There is […]

Tags: , ,   Posted in: Cruises and Cruising, Destinations  No Comments

Seasickness Remedies

Poor guy! Our web designer was being treated by his girlfriend to a cruise, which was sailing right into the path of a tropical storm. Not only that, but the storm was likely to be upgraded to a hurricane by the time the ship got near the Bahamas. The kicker is his tendency to get […]

Tags:   Posted in: Cruises and Cruising, Travel Planning  No Comments

Celebrity Cruises Handles Gluten Free Diet

I am an avowed foodie. No question about it. Almost the first thing that comes to mind when I describe a vacation is the most memorable meal. Here is the problem: I am now on a gluten free, dairy free diet. Upon boarding the Celebrity Summit this week in Barcelona, I approached one of the […]

Tags:   Posted in: Cruises and Cruising, Travel Planning  No Comments

Onboard Credit for Buying Cruise Line Stock

Always trying to maximize my credits and discounts in travel, the purchase of about 100 shares of cruise line stock to receive online credit is a win-win situation. Because of our upcoming transatlantic cruise on the Celebrity Summit (watch here for blog reports on the cruise – great itinerary and great ship) we purchased 100 […]

Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Cruises and Cruising, Deals, Travel Planning  One Comment

Cruise Ship Bathroom Sanitation

Oh, oh. We thought those CDC inspection numbers were the final word on ship cleanliness. Not so. The public bathrooms on 56 ships carrying 1,258 to 3.600 passengers from 9 major cruise lines were inspected over a 7 day period by a team of researchers from Boston University, Carney Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance and Tufts […]

Tags: , ,   Posted in: Cruises and Cruising, News in Travel  No Comments