Travel Tip: Items To Always Have Packed

Carry a small first-aid kit, a small roll with a few feet of duct tape, a safety whistle, small sewing kit and an extra padlock with you. These can all come in handy and can be used for many different reasons. I always keep these items in a small zi...

Oceania Insignia Returns To Fleet After 2 Year Charter

After a two-year charter, Insignia returns to the fleet in May 2014 with cruises throughout the Mediterranean and three voyages that call on cities such as Bilbao, Lisbon and Bordeaux along the Atlantic coasts of Spain, Portugal and France. The seaso...

Royal Caribbean Adds Mandatory Gratuities For All Sailings

Effective March 1, 2013, guests sailing on Royal Caribbean will see an increase in daily gratuities from $11.65 per day to $12.00 per person per day. According to Royal Caribbean’s website, “Royal Caribbean automatically adds a $12.00 USD gratuit...

An Open Letter From Carnival Cruise Lines To Travel Agents

Cruise: Dear Travel Planner, We realize many of you have been following last week’s events on the Carnival Triumph and I wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with some information. Let me begin by saying that all of us at Carnival dee...

Travel Tip: Safe Haven

Don’t let people you just met on a day tour or at a bar know where you’re staying. Your accommodation should be your safe haven.

Travel Tip: Savvy Packing

Roll your clothes when packing to reduce wrinkles and save space. Also stuff small items into shoes like socks, jewelry etc. – this helps use up all the space in your luggage.

Travel Tip: Eating Out & Keeping It Local

Support the local ‘Mom & Pop’ restaurants vs. big chain restaurants or tourist trap eateries. You will be able to help the local merchants, community & all their neighbors. You will also get home cooked favorites in that areas cul...

Using & Recycling Gift Cards For Travel

I often tell my travel clients not to use their personal bank debit card to purchase travel or use when actually traveling. My recommendation is to get a refillable gift card & use that instead to protect your personal bank account &amp...

Travel Tip: Enjoy But Don’t Over Indulge While Traveling

Try to eat light when you are travelling as this can help prevent indigestion and will let you sleep easier. Your diet can effect how you feel on a daily basis, so watching what you eat when traveling will ensure you can enjoy each and every day of y...