Friday, December 2, 2016

Capturing Travel Memories

Chiara in Amalfi Coast for Flytographer
Have you ever thought that your special trip deserves more than selfies?

What about one of these... Have you ever:
  • Felt disappointed by your travel photos?
  • Wish your Instagram travel pics stood out more?
  • Been disappointed by the results of a "here, let me take your picture" offer? 
  • Wondered if that stranger you asked to take your picture might run off with it?
  • Worried that you might lose your camera with all your vacation photos on it?
Flytographer
If you'd like capture your travel memories in a truly unique way, there is a brilliant solution, just waiting for you - right in your destination!

Flytographer is a network of local photographers, worldwide, that you can arrange prior to your arrival, for a private photoshoot.

This isn't your parents' posed photographs... these are casual moments captured during your day, moments of joy or contemplation, meaningful to you.

If you want a photograph of you doing something in particular (think jumping in the air or sharing a kiss), your photographer will help you capture the moment, all while making it feel spontaneous.

Planning a big moment, such as proposal? Flytographer can do that.

All Flytographer photographers are professionals, and you can view their work online before booking, so you know what you are getting. In some locations, there may be multiple photographers available to choose from.

Read more about Flytographer:
12 Ingenious Travel Hacks Everyone Should Know - Oprah.com
I Hired an Instagram Husband For a Day - Elle Magazine
Is Flytographer the Future of Travel Photography? - Condé Nast Traveler


Suggested resources from cruisetravelbug
Holiday Sailings 2016
Emerald Waterways LGBT River Cruise
Island Princess South America Circle Cruise
West Coast Roundtrip Long Voyages

Related resources
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Vancouver cruise opportunities - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Holiday Sailings 2016

Wonder if there is still time to book a Christmas or New Year's cruise?

The answer is a resounding YES!

To help you, I've put together my top 5 picks for each of the following scenarios:

At the time of writing, there was still quite a bit of space available on each of these sailings.

Have fun looking over the possibilities.

If you'd like assistance to find and book the perfect sailing for your escape, please contact me. I'd be delighted to help!



Related resources
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Vancouver cruise opportunities - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Emerald Waterways LGBT River Cruise

Emerald Waterways has just announced a LGBT river cruise!

July 29, 2017
7 nights
LGBT Danube Explorer
Emerald Sky
Budapest to Nuremberg

Join the Emerald Waterways’ Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender river cruise for a wonderfully unique adventure.

Sailing from Budapest on July 29, 2017, the LGBT Danube Explorer is an exciting way to experience the beauty of the Danube. Enjoy on a seven-night stay on-board the Emerald Sky, an Emerald Star-Ship, complete with a heated indoor pool and evening cinema.

This voyage offers a diverse insight into many cultures.

Immerse yourself in your own personal exploration of eastern Europe as part of an inclusive community.

It's an experience you’ll remember for years to come.

PLUS, as an exclusive for this departure, receive a Premium Drinks Package that includes unlimited beer, wine, and spirits all day long.

Visit destinations steeped in history and tradition while enjoying
fantastic on-board entertainment and activities.
What's included
  • 7 nights in a Stateroom or Suite of your choice, all with a river view
  • 6 shore excursions, including visits to 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 2 EmeraldPLUS activities including a home-hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family
  • 2 EmeraldACTIVE activities
  • 20 on-board meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners including a Welcome Gala Dinner
  • Free Premium Drinks Package* value up to $250
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on-board
  • Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom, re-stocked daily
  • A variety of on-board evening entertainment
  • First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board
  • Complimentary bicycles on-board
  • All transfers within Europe
  • All port charges
  • All tips
  • Reduced deposit of just $250 per person
Available from $3,045 CAD per person.

Interested? Contact me at your earliest opportunity for the best choice of cabins. I am LBGT friendly and would be happy to help you!



Cruise Research Resources - from my cruise website
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Vancouver cruise opportunities - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me
Cruise search - search for your dream cruise!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Island Princess South America circle cruise

Here's a trip of a lifetime!

January 24, 2018: 60 nights on the Island Princess
South America circle cruise - see 14 countries!
January 24, 2018
60-Night South America Cruise
From Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Roundtrip)
Princess Cruises - Island Princess
Itinerary details

Island Princess in Port Everglades
Which balcony on the Island Princess has your name on it?
It's not really that hard to figure out why I picked this cruise... can you guess?

How does visiting 14 countries in 60 nights sound?

This cruise actually CIRCLES the South American continent! No long flights (just get yourself to Fort Lauderdale). This itinerary is not offered often!

Just look at all this cruise includes:

Itinerary highlights: Argentina (3 ports / 4 days), Brazil (3 ports / 5 days), Chile (5 ports / 2 scenic cruising / 7 days), Colombia (1 port), Costa Rica (1 port), Ecuador (2 ports), Falkland Islands (1 port), French Guiana (1 port), Grenada (1 port), Martinique (1 port), Netherlands Antilles (2 ports), Panama Canal (scenic cruising), Peru (3 ports, 4 days - with Machu Picchu opportunity), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1 port), Trinidad and Tobago  (1 port), Uruguay (1 port).
View the itinerary details.

Bucketlist opportunities: Cape Horn, Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu, Nascar Lines, Patagonia (penguins!)

Days at sea: 25 (War and Peace?)

PLUS: Book by November 30 to receive these Expedia Extras:
  • Free cabin location upgrade
  • Free pre-paid gratuities (a value of $800-930 USD per person)
  • $375 USD/cabin shipboard credit
  • $130 CAD per person refundable deposit
  • Aeroplan miles
Interested? Please contact me for a quote on your preferred cabin type.


My recent top itinerary picks - from my cruise blog
From YVR: Volendam, Transpacific, September 27, 2017
To YVR: Nieuw Amsterdam, Panama Canal, April 9, 2017
West Coast Long Roundtrip Voyages
Sailing Westbound from Honolulu
Sailing Eastbound from Honolulu


Cruise Research Resources - from my cruise website
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Vancouver cruise opportunities - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me
Cruise search - search for your dream cruise!

Island Princess South America circle cruise

Here's a trip of a lifetime!

January 24, 2018: 60 nights on the Island Princess
South America circle cruise - see 14 countries!
January 24, 2018
60-Night South America Cruise
From Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Roundtrip)
Princess Cruises - Island Princess
Itinerary details

Island Princess in Port Everglades
Which balcony on the Island Princess has your name on it?
It's not really that hard to figure out why I picked this cruise... can you guess?

How does visiting 14 countries in 60 nights sound?

This cruise actually CIRCLES the South American continent! No long flights (just get yourself to Fort Lauderdale). This itinerary is not offered often!

Just look at all this cruise includes:

Itinerary highlights: Argentina (3 ports / 4 days), Brazil (3 ports / 5 days), Chile (5 ports / 2 scenic cruising / 7 days), Colombia (1 port), Costa Rica (1 port), Ecuador (2 ports), Falkland Islands (1 port), French Guiana (1 port), Grenada (1 port), Martinique (1 port), Netherlands Antilles (2 ports), Panama Canal (scenic cruising), Peru (3 ports, 4 days - with Machu Picchu opportunity), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1 port), Trinidad and Tobago  (1 port), Uruguay (1 port).
View the itinerary details.

Bucketlist opportunities: Cape Horn, Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu, Nascar Lines, Patagonia (penguins!)

Days at sea: 25 (War and Peace?)

PLUS: Book by November 16 to receive these Expedia Extras:
  • Free cabin location upgrade
  • Free pre-paid gratuities (a value of $800-930 USD per person)
  • $375 USD/cabin shipboard credit
  • $130 CAD per person refundable deposit
  • Aeroplan miles
Interested? Please contact me for a quote on your preferred cabin type.


My recent top itinerary picks - from my cruise blog
From YVR: Volendam, Transpacific, September 27, 2017
To YVR: Nieuw Amsterdam, Panama Canal, April 9, 2017
West Coast Long Roundtrip Voyages
Sailing Westbound from Honolulu
Sailing Eastbound from Honolulu


Cruise Research Resources - from my cruise website
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Vancouver cruise opportunities - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me
Cruise search - search for your dream cruise!

Friday, November 4, 2016

West Coast Roundtrip Long Voyages

Amtrak California
Amtrak makes it possible to cruise from
the West Coast without flying
Sailing roundtrip from the West Coast of North America is an attractive option for many of my clients who prefer not to fly long distances. These sailings become essential options for those who cannot fly at all, but still want to travel, as there is train service on the West Coast.

Below is a list of long (30+ night) roundtrip cruise sailings from Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Vancouver.

January 20, 2017
111-Night World Cruise World Cruises Cruise
From Los Angeles, California (Roundtrip)
Princess Cruises - Pacific Princess
Itinerary details

February 22, 2017
30-Night Central America Cruise
From San Diego, California (Roundtrip)
Holland America Line - ms Maasdam
Itinerary details

March 24, 2017
33-Night Tahiti Cruise
From San Diego, California (Roundtrip)
Holland America Line - ms Maasdam
Itinerary details

October 1, 2017
80-Night World Cruise World Cruises Cruise
From San Diego, California (Roundtrip)
Holland America Line - ms Amsterdam
Itinerary details

January 8, 2018
137-Night World Cruise World Cruises Cruise
From Los Angeles, California (Roundtrip)
Regent Seven Seas Cruises - Seven Seas Navigator
Itinerary details

January 22, 2018
111-Night World Cruise World Cruises Cruise
From Los Angeles, California (Roundtrip)
Princess Cruises - Pacific Princess
Itinerary details

Interested in one of these sailings? Please contact me for more information and a quote.

If you don't see what you are looking for her, please let me know, as I can keep an eye open for other sailings that could work for you.


My recent top itinerary picks - from my cruise blog
From YVR: Volendam, Transpacific, September 27, 2017
To YVR: Nieuw Amsterdam, Panama Canal, April 9, 2017
Sailing Westbound from Honolulu
Sailing Eastbound from Honolulu


Cruise Research Resources - from my cruise website
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Vancouver cruise opportunities - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me
Cruise search - search for your dream cruise!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

My late picks - November 2016

If you can get away last minute, here are some interesting sailings this month that still have space ~ and good deals!

China to Singapore: 7 countries in 17 nights


November 12, 2016 - 17 nights, Tianjin to Singapore, Diamond Princess
November 12, 2016

17-Nights

Sailing from
Tianjin to Singapore on the Diamond Princess

Similar to a sailing I featured in my October late picks, this Diamond Princess sailing allows you to sample 7 Asian countries in just 17 nights. Does it get any better than this?

Ports on this sailing include: Tianjin, Busan (ex Pusan), Nagasaki, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Phu My, Bangkok, Singapore
View the itinerary details

There are just balconies left, but they are well priced.

Interested? Please contact me for a quote.

Cruising Central America


November 16, 2016 - 19 nights, Central America, Island Princess
November 16, 2016

19-Nights

Sailing
roundtrip from Los Angeles on the Island Princess

This is a really nice itinerary, and it's one that isn't often offered. The Mexico ports-of-call are off-the-beaten-track, and the others you can generally only call at when cruising South America. You even get a peek at the Panama Canal!

Ports on this sailing include: Los Angeles, Huatulco, Puerto Chiapas, Puerto Quetzal, Panama Canal (partial), Puntarenas, San Juan del Sur, Manzanillo, Los Angeles
View the itinerary details

Interested? Please contact me for a quote.

Dubai to Singapore 


November 20, 2016 - 21 nights, Dubai to Singapore, Norwegian Star
November 20, 2016

21-Nights

Sailing from
Dubai to Singapore on the Norwegian Star

While many repositioning ships sail these waters, many spend a lot of days at sea, making only a few port calls. This sailing on the Norwegian Star is unique in that it makes numerous port calls (there are just 5 sea days!), and overnights in Bombay (modern day Mumbai).

Ports on this sailing include: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Khasab, Fujairah, Muscat, Bombay (Mumbai, overnight), Marmagoa (Goa), Mangalore, Kochi, Colombo, Phuket, Langkawi, Penang (Georgetown), Port Kelang, Singapore
View the itinerary details

Interested? Please contact me for a quote.

Chasing warmth and sunshine in the Med


November 28, 2016 - 11 nights, roundtrip Venice, Norwegian Spirit
November 28, 2016

11-Nights

Sailing
roundtrip Venice on the Norwegian Spirit

Yes, you can sail the Mediterranean in November and December! I have personally wintered in Greece and found it plenty warm. And, while there aren't as many ships sailing here, that means less crowds.

Ports on this sailing include: Venice, Zadar, Piraeus (Athens), Limassol, Haifa (Jerusalem/Bethlehem, overnight), Katakolon (Olympia), Venice
View the itinerary details

Interested? Please contact me for a quote.

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Cup of black tea None of these your cup of tea?

I'm happy to help you plan an adventure wherever you'd like to go.

Please contact me to begin the planning process.



Related resources
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Vancouver cruise opportunities - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me

Saturday, October 29, 2016

From YVR: Volendam, Transpacific, September 27, 2017

My Vancouver sailing posts are written for those who call the West Coast home...

Featured itinerary:

September 27, 2017: 30 night Transpacific cruise sailing
from Vancouver to Shanghai on the ms Volendam

One of the most overlooked cruise itineraries is Pacific Ocean crossings. It's not unreasonable, given that there are not a lot of sailings, and many are not port-intensive, but there are some gems.

Here is a great example next fall:

30-Night Transpacific Cruise
From Vancouver, British Columbia to Shanghai, China
Holland America Line - ms Volendam

Itinerary details

Kobe MS Volendam01n4272
The Volendam in Kobe, Japan
One of the reasons I this sailing is the northern route it is taking on its way to Japan, even making 4 port calls in Alaska along the way (there are not many ships that call on Dutch Harbor!). Most other Transpacific sailings just go straight across the Pacific Ocean.

I also picked this sailing for all the Asian ports it includes:
  • Japan - 5 ports: Kashiro, Hakodate, Yokohama, Shimizu, Osaka
  • South Korea - 2 ports: Cheju City, Incheon (overnight)
  • China - 3 ports: Tianjin (overnight), Qingdao, Shanghai (overnight)
As you can see, there are 3 overnight port-calls on this sailing. These longer stays allow you more time to explore the ports, including being able to enjoy dining or a show in the evening.

You need to like sea days though: there are 12 on this itinerary, giving you lots of time to read about the lands you will be visiting.

If you don't have a month, you can always take the shorter 16 night sailing to Yokohama.*

Tip: these sailings are also referred to as Pacific Rim cruises

Looking for a different Transpacific experience?


Here are a few more Transpacific cruises from Vancouver in 2017. Some are unique sailings, while others are variations with different embarkation and/or disembarkation points.

September 8, 2017
16-Night Pacific Rim Cruise
From Vancouver, British Columbia to Tokyo, Japan
Celebrity Cruises - Celebrity Millennium
Itinerary details

September 24, 2017
28-Night Transpacific Cruise
From Vancouver, British Columbia to Sydney, Australia
Holland America Line - ms Noordam
Itinerary details

September 27, 2017
16-Night Transpacific Cruise* (shorter version of featured sailing)
From Vancouver, British Columbia to Yokohama, Japan
Holland America Line - ms Volendam
Itinerary details

Transpacifics from other West Coast ports:

September 27, 2017
24-Night Transpacific Cruise
From San Diego, California to Sydney, Australia
Holland America Line - ms Maasdam
Itinerary details

September 28, 2017
24-Night Transpacific Cruise
From San Francisco, California to Sydney, Australia
Holland America Line - ms Noordam
Itinerary details

September 28, 2017
39-Night Transpacific Cruise
From San Francisco, California to Auckland, New Zealand
Holland America Line - ms Noordam
Itinerary details

October 1, 2017
31-Night Transpacific Cruise
From San Diego, California to Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Holland America Line - ms Amsterdam
Itinerary details
 

What about other cruises to or from Vancouver?


Did you know you can cruise between Vancouver and Buenos Aires, Fort Lauderdale, Honolulu, Sydney, Tokyo or Valparaiso?

I invite you to check out the Vancouver Cruise Opportunities page on on my website, where I feature some of my top picks of sailings that embark or disembark in Vancouver.


If you would like help finding a different sailing, please contact me. I am always happy to help!

More Pacific Ocean sailings
Sailing Westbound from Honolulu
Sailing Eastbound from Honolulu

More hand-picked sailings
My late picks - October 2016
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me

Related resources
To YVR: Nieuw Amsterdam, Panama Canal, April 9, 2017
Sailing Westbound from Honolulu
Sailing Eastbound from Honolulu
What story do you want to tell post-cruise?
7 comebacks to "I Hate Cruising"

Saturday, October 22, 2016

To YVR: Nieuw Amsterdam, Panama Canal, April 9, 2017

My Vancouver sailing posts are written for those who call the West Coast home...

Featured itinerary:

April 9, 2017: 20 night Panama Canal cruise sailing
from Fort Lauderdale to Vancouver on the Nieuw Amsterdam
Many people have the Panama Canal on their bucketlist. What about you?

If you've yet to have the experience, or are ready to enjoy the locks another time, this sailing caught my eye to share with you:

20-Night Panama Canal Cruise
From Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Vancouver, British Columbia
Holland America Line - ms Nieuw Amsterdam

Itinerary details
Nieuw Amsterdam (8623114847)
One of the reasons I like this sailing is that you get the flying out of the way before you sail, so that all you need to do when you disembark is head home.

I also picked this sailing for the ship, the lovely ms Nieuw Amsterdam. One of Holland America's two Signature Class ships (the other is the Eurodam).

The ship's 1053 cabins include a whopping 602 Veranda staterooms, giving you ideal views right from your stateroom. If you are looking for a more upscale experience, there are 116 suites onboard (2 Pinnacle Suites, 62 Neptune Suites, 52 Signature Suites). The ship has 179 oceanview staterooms, and 155 inside staterooms.

Plus, if you haven't noticed it yet, this sailing calls on Victoria on the last night of the cruise. If you book early, I can make a request - through cruiseline and border services - for you to disembark in Victoria. Just part of the service!

Looking for a different Panama Canal experience?


With more than 100 Panama Canal sailings on my website alone, you can be forgiven for any frustration you've experienced in picking out the best Panama Canal sailing for you.

Here are a few more Panama Canal cruises to Vancouver in 2017, along with the number of balconies on each ship:

Ships sailing the Panama Canal to Vancouver in 2017

April 7, 2017
22-Night Panama Canal Cruise
From Tampa, Florida to Vancouver, British Columbia
Holland America Line - ms Oosterdam
Itinerary details

April 8, 2017
20-Night Panama Canal Cruise
From Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Vancouver, British Columbia
Holland America Line - ms Eurodam
Itinerary details

April 19, 2017
21-Night Panama Canal Cruise
From Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Vancouver, British Columbia
Princess Cruises - Island Princess
Itinerary details

April 20, 2017
17-Night Panama Canal Cruise
From Miami, Florida to Seattle, Washington (close enough!)
Norwegian Cruise Line - Norwegian Pearl
Itinerary details

April 26, 2017
18-Night Panama Canal Cruise
From Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Vancouver, British Columbia
Holland America Line - ms Amsterdam
Itinerary details

What about other cruises to or from Vancouver?


Did you know you can cruise between Vancouver and Buenos Aires, Honolulu, Sydney, Tokyo, Valparaiso, or Yokohama?

I invite you to check out the Vancouver Cruise Opportunities page on on my website, where I feature some of my top picks of sailings that embark or disembark in Vancouver.


If you would like help finding a different sailing, please contact me. I am always happy to help!

More hand-picked sailings
My late picks - October 2016
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me

Related resources
Sailing Westbound from Honolulu
Sailing Eastbound from Honolulu
What story do you want to tell post-cruise?
7 comebacks to "I Hate Cruising"

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Solo Travel Flash - October 19, 2016

Can you break away for a great solo deal on the Norwegian Breakaway?
Good morning solo travellers!

This is a quick extra, as I found some exceptional last minute solo fares today:

October 23, 2016: 7 nights to Bermuda roundtrip New York on the Norwegian Breakaway - $496 CAD solo inside

October 27, 2016: 10 nights from New York to Fort Lauderdale on the Regal Princess - $1298 CAD solo inside

October 28, 2016: 14 nights from Boston to New Orleans on the Norwegian Dawn - $1488 CAD solo

October 30, 2016: 13 nights from Barcelona to Port Canaveral on the Norwegian Epic - $496 CAD solo ($1117 balcony)

November 2, 2016: 17 nights, San Diego to Valparaiso on the Norwegian Sun - $718 CAD solo inside ($783 oceanview) **GREAT DEAL**

November 11, 2016: 6 nights, roundtrip Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale on the Empress of the Seas - $615 CAD solo inside ($742 oceanview)

November 12, 2016: 17 nights,  Tianjin to Singapore on the Diamond Princess - $1688 CAD solo inside ($1947 outside)

Plus taxes/fees

All great deals if you can get away last minute. Please contact me for details.

Remember that prices and availability are subject to change. Please act FAST if you are interested!


Cheers,
Roberta - contact me


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Friday, October 7, 2016

Solo Travel News - October 7, 2016

With so many solo travellers looking for affordable ways to travel, without the dreaded single supplement, I am always watching for specials. Periodically, when I have time, I summarize a few into an email to send to those who may be interested.

Adventure Canada expedition ships are solo-friendly!
DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that there are expedition cruises in that have no single supplements? That's the case with Adventure Canada which, for 4 months each year, sails an ice-breaking expedition ship on fascinating itineraries in the Arctic (including the Northwest Passage), as well as a Newfoundland Circumnavigation and a voyage to Sable Island.

The accommodations on the Ocean Endeavour are modest, as the focus is on nature and historic stops along the way. You'll learn from onboard experts (naturalists, anthropologists, archaeologists, culturists, historians, photographers, etc) and your experiences during shore landings via Zodiacs. These voyages are not cheap, but for the intrepid solo traveller, they make these bucketlist destinations possible.
The Ocean Endeavour sails the Northwest Passage
I've included a link to the voyages, but please contact me for more information, as I have access to exclusive offers.
Adventure Canada
Adventure Canada Expedition Leaders

WORLD EXPLORER

We have "the world on sale" during our World Explorer event with exclusive offers from 11 cruiselines.
If you have a destination in mind that you would like to travel to between now and mid-2018, please let me know and I can provide you some options and tell you what special offers apply. World Explorer ends October 22nd.

A FEW SOLO DEALS AT THE MOMENT

Here are few deals I saw today:

October 19, 2016: 7 nights, Vancouver to Los Angeles on the Star Princess - $908 CAD solo inside

October 24, 2016: 16 nights, Rome to Fort Lauderdale on the Koningsdam (NEW SHIP) - $2077 CAD solo inside ($3177 balcony)

October 30, 2016: 21 nights, Rome to Dubai on the Norwegian Star - $2855 CAD solo inside ($3103 balcony)

December 3, 2016: 7 nights, Caribbean cruise, roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, on the Eurodam - $1141 CAD solo inside

March 25, 2017: 20 nights, Port Canaveral to Barcelona, on the Norwegian Epic - $2876 CAD solo inside

October 15, 2017: 14 nights: Copenhagen to Miami, on the Norwegian Getaway - $1568 CAD solo inside studio

Plus taxes/fees


Please get in touch if something sounds interesting, or if you have a trip idea in mind. Remember that prices and availability are subject to change. If you see something you like, please get in touch as soon as possible.

Looking for something else? While reduced or waived single supplements are hard to find, they do exist, and I can help you find them. A few ships also offer solo staterooms, with no single supplement. I can also assist with tours and land vacations for solos.

Cheers,
Roberta

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

My late picks - October 2016

If you can get away last minute, here are some interesting sailings this month that still have space ~ and good deals!


An opportunity to sail on the brand new Carnival Vista


October 21, 2016 - 13 nights, Barcelona to New York, Carnival Vista
October 21, 2016

13-Nights

Sailing from Barcelona to New York on the brand new Carnival Vista

Carnival's newest ship, the Carnival Vista, sailed her maiden cruise season in the Mediterranean and is on her way back to the Caribbean. You'll have lots of days at sea to explore the new ship, plus some interesting ports.

Ports on this sailing include: Barcelona, Gibraltar, Ponta Delgada, Hamilton (Bermuda, overnight), New York
View the itinerary

If you still want to be part of Carnival Vista's maiden season in the Med, please contact me for a quote.

Great itinerary for a writer's retreat at sea 


October 25, 2016 - 20 nights, New York to Rome, Rotterdam
October 25, 2016

20-Nights

Sailing from New York to Rome on the ms Rotterdam

This leisurely cruise offers 11 sea days, so there's plenty of time to write your book ~ and you'll find plenty of inspiration.

Ports on this cruise include: New York, Fort Lauderdale, Horta, Ponta Delgada, Malaga, Alicante, Barcelona (overnight), Strait of Bonifacio (scenic cruising), Livorno (for Pisa/Florence), Civitavecchia (Rome)
View the itinerary details

There are some great deals on this sailing. Please contact me for a quote.

7 countries in 17 nights on the Diamond Princess


October 26, 2016 - 17 nights, Singapore to Tianjin, Diamond Princess
October 26, 2016

17-Nights

Sailing from Singapore to Tianjin on the Diamond Princess

Imagine sampling 7 Asian countries in just 17 nights on this lovely sailing on the Diamond Princess.

Ports on this sailing include: Singapore, Bangkok, Phu My, Hong Kong (overnight), Shanghai, Busan, Nagasaki, Tianjin
View the itinerary

If you're intrigued by this Asian itinerary, please contact me for a quote.


5+ bucketlist destinations on this 3-week cruise


October 30, 2016 - 21 nights, Rome to Dubai, Norwegian Star
October 30, 2016

21-Nights

Sailing from Rome to Dubai on the
Norwegian Star

If you have Jerusalem, Olympia, Petra, Pompeii and the Suez Canal on your bucketlist, this sailing is for you.

Ports on this cruise include: Civitavecchia (Rome), Naples (for Pompeii), Messina, Katakolon (for Olympia), Piraeus (Athens), Limassol, Haifa (for Jerusalem, overnight), Port Said, Suez Canal, Al 'Aqabah (for Petra), Safaga, Salalah, Muscat, Dubai (overnight)
View the itinerary details
View the 45-night itinerary returning to Fort Lauderdale

Interested? Please contact me for a quote.

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Cup of black tea None of these your cup of tea?

I'm happy to help you plan an adventure wherever you'd like to go.

Please contact me to begin the planning process.



Related resources
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Vancouver cruise opportunities - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sailing Eastbound from Honolulu

Hawaii is always a popular cruise destination, even better when you can spend a few days relaxing on the islands at either end of your journey.

In this blog post, I will focus on EASTBOUND Transpacific sailings FROM Honolulu.

If you missed it, I recently wrote about sailings in the opposite direction from Hawaii, and you can read it here: WESTBOUND Transpacific sailings FROM Honolulu

RCCL  Radiance Of The Seas
Radiance of the Seas in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
creative commons image prayitnophotography on Flickr

Eastbound sailings from Honolulu


Imagine one of these sailings following a few days or weeks in whatever your perfect Hawaii paradise may be (quiet beach, luxury resort, budget-friendly condo)...

April 19, 2017
11-Night Hawaii Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Vancouver, British Columbia
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Legend
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=761804

April 23, 2017
7-Night Hawaii Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Vancouver, British Columbia
Holland America Line - ms Noordam
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=729611

May 5, 2017
12-Night Hawaii Repositioning Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Vancouver, British Columbia
Royal Caribbean International - Radiance of the Seas
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=725004

May 7, 2017
10-Night Hawaii Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Vancouver, British Columbia
Celebrity Cruises - Celebrity Solstice
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=725309

March 29, 2018
24-Night Panama Canal Repositioning Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Miami, Florida
Oceania Cruises - Regatta
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-US/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=830962

April 20, 2018
11-Night Hawaii Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Vancouver, British Columbia
Carnival Cruise Lines - Carnival Legend
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=825612

April 28, 2018
8-Night Hawaii Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Vancouver, British Columbia
Holland America Line - ms Noordam
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=801158

April 29, 2018
12-Night Hawaii Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Vancouver, British Columbia
Celebrity Cruises - Celebrity Solstice
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=761282

May 3, 2018
10-Night Hawaii Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Vancouver, British Columbia
Royal Caribbean International - Radiance of the Seas
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=806612

Other ways to carve the Hawaii cruise pineapple

Pride of America seen from Aloha Tower (4677840953)
Norwegian Cruise Lines' Pride of America sails a
circle Hawaii cruise weekly from Honolulu
Of course, there are other ways to cruise Hawaii:
  • WESTBOUND sailings from Vancouver or other West Coast ports (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco) to Honolulu
  • ROUNDTRIP sailings from Vancouver or other West Coast ports
  • Weekly ROUNDTRIP 7-night sailings from Honolulu on the Pride of America - open for bookings through May 2019
  • TRANSPACIFIC crossings that spend a few days in the Hawaiian islands in transit

Waikele Golf Club 7-15-2014 If you have Hawaii on your mind, I'd be happy to help you plan a cruise and/or land itinerary that suits you to a tee!

Please contact me for more information.

Roberta

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sailing Westbound from Honolulu

The Hawaiian Islands from space
Hawaii is always a popular cruise destination, even better when you can spend a few days relaxing on the islands at either end of your journey.

In this blog post, I will focus on WESTBOUND Transpacific sailings FROM Honolulu.

ms Amsterdam Hawaii sailings


I'm inspired by these 2 lovely sailings on the ms Amsterdam that caught my eye, as they are truly unique. Both are possible as they are segments of a 112-night World Cruise that Holland America has opened for booking.

January 26, 2017
35-Night Transpacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Holland America Line - ms Amsterdam
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=754779

January 26, 2017
18-Night Transpacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Osaka, Japan
Holland America Line - ms Amsterdam
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=754778

If you're interested in either, please contact me as soon as possible.

Twilight @ Honolulu Harbor (5623960334)
The Golden Princess in Honolulu in 2011

Other Westbound sailings from Honolulu


While we are in the Hawaiian spirit, here are a few other Hawaii sailings to tempt you:

September 19, 2016
19-Night South Pacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Sydney, Australia
Celebrity Cruises - Celebrity Solstice

September 20, 2016
19-Night South Pacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Sydney, Australia
Royal Caribbean International - Radiance of the Seas

January 28, 2017
25-Night South Pacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Auckland, New Zealand
Oceania Cruises - Insignia
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-US/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=748699

September 19, 2017
19-Night South Pacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Sydney, Australia
Royal Caribbean International - Radiance of the Seas
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=805829

October 2, 2017
18-Night South Pacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Sydney, Australia
Celebrity Cruises - Celebrity Solstice
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=760039

October 5, 2017
17-Night Transpacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Sydney, Australia
Holland America Line - ms Noordam
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=801137

October 5, 2017
32-Night Transpacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Auckland, New Zealand
Holland America Line - ms Noordam
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=821204

October 13, 2017
12-Night Tahiti Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Papeete, French Polynesia
Norwegian Cruise Line - Norwegian Jewel
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=834718

30-Night Transpacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Sydney, Australia
Norwegian Cruise Line - Norwegian Jewel
http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/Cruise/en-CA/RobertaWestwood/Itinerary?item=848108

Imagine one of these sailings paired with a week or 2, or 3, or 4... in whatever your perfect Hawaii paradise may be (quiet beach, luxury resort, budget-friendly condo)...

Other ways to carve the Hawaii cruise pineapple

Pride of America seen from Aloha Tower (4677840953)
Norwegian Cruise Lines' Pride of America sails a
circle Hawaii cruise weekly from Honolulu
Of course, there are other ways to cruise Hawaii:
  • EASTBOUND sailings from Honolulu to Vancouver or other West Coast ports (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco) - covered in Part 2 of this series
  • ROUNDTRIP sailings from Vancouver or other West Coast ports
  • Weekly ROUNDTRIP 7-night sailings from Honolulu on the Pride of America - open for bookings through May 2019
  • TRANSPACIFIC crossings that spend a few days in the Hawaiian islands in transit

Waikele Golf Club 7-15-2014 If you have Hawaii on your mind, I'd be happy to help you plan a cruise and/or land itinerary that suits you to a tee!

Please contact me for more information.

Roberta


Related Resources
Sailing Eastbound from Honolulu

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Solo Travel News - September 3, 2016

With so many solo travellers looking for affordable ways to travel, without the dreaded single supplement, I am always watching for specials. Periodically, when I have time, I summarize a few into an email to send to those who may be interested.

OVATION OF THE SEAS - SOLO CABINS


Solo Balcony Stateroom (category SB)
This week I have been assisting a solo cruiser book some lovely new solo occupancy cabins on the Ovation of the Seas, with no single supplement. This lovely new Royal Caribbean ship (4 months old) has 2 categories of single occupancy cabins onboard. Check these out:

Super Studio Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony (category SB) - available on the Anthem of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas

Studio Interior Virtual View Stateroom (category SI) - available on the Anthem of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas, and the Quantum of the Seas

Studio "Virtual View" Stateroom (category SI)
As a rule, solo cabins sell out quickly, so it's worth booking early. Add to that a solo special right now, and these Asia sailings on the Ovation of the Seas are worth a closer look if you are planning a trip to the region:

March 29, 2017: 5 nights, roundtrip Singapore: $896 CAD solo balcony

April 10, 2017: 4 nights, roundtrip Singapore: $812 solo balcony

February 18, 2018 - 8 nights, roundtrip Sydney: $1347 CAD solo inside / $2137 CAD solo

April 14, 2018: 12 nights, Singapore to Beijing: $1810 CAD solo inside / $2403 CAD solo balcony

Plus taxes/fees

AFFORDABLE HAWAII

Maui rainbow with Palm Tree (461764690) I've yet to meet anyone who hasn't liked Hawaii, and I have to agree, so it's often on the top of my solo travel destinations.

Here are a few Hawaii sailings within reach of the solo traveller's budget:



September 24, 2016: 15 nights, Vancouver roundtrip to Hawaii, on the Star Princess - $2836 CAD solo inside

September 25, 2016: 10 nights, Vancouver to Honolulu on the Noordam - $1195 CAD solo inside

September 27, 2016: 6 nights, Vancouver to Honolulu on the Maasdam - $995 CAD solo inside/outside

April 20, 2018: 11 nights, Honolulu to Vancouver on the Carnival Legend - $2510 CAD solo inside

September 13, 2018: 11 nights, Vancouver to Honolulu on the Carnival Legend - $2615 CAD solo inside

Plus taxes/fees

OTHER DESTINATIONS

As a solo traveller, sometimes serendipity rules, and you never know where you will travel to next. Here's a grab bag of great solo fares I found today:

September 10, 2016: 7 nights, Montreal to Boston on the Veendam - $1297 CAD solo inside

September 18, 2016: 7 nights, Vancouver to Los Angeles on the Crown Princess - $1193 CAD solo inside

September 25, 2016: 7 nights, Caribbean cruise, roundtrip Miami, on the Norwegian Getaway: $744 CAD solo inside

September 26, 2016: 4 nights, Vancouver to San Diego, on the Amsterdam: $397 CAD solo inside

September 28, 2016: 14 nights, Vancouver to Tokyo, on the Volendam: $1817 CAD solo inside

October 9, 2016: 10 nights, roundtrip Vancouver to San Francisco (2 days!), on the Star Princess - $2078 CAD solo inside

October 30, 2016: 13 nights, Barcelona to Port Canaveral on the Norwegian Epic - $1240 CAD solo inside studio

December 3, 2016: 7 nights, Caribbean cruise, roundtrip Fort Lauderdale, on the Eurodam: $933 CAD solo inside

January 29, 2017: 6 nights, Mexico cruise roundtrip Los Angeles, on the Carnival Miracle - $1202 CAD solo inside

March 25, 2017: 20 nights, Port Canaveral to Barcelona, on the Norwegian Epic - $2810 CAD solo inside

October 15, 2017: 14 nights: Copenhagen to Miami, on the Norwegian Getaway - $1568 CAD solo inside studio

Plus taxes/fees

DANUBE DREAMING ?

If you are interested in a Danube River cruise from Prague to Budapest, a colleague of mine is organizing an Avalon Waterways sailing on April 15, 2017, and is willing to match up solo travellers who want a cabin mate. There are also a few solo cabins available.

That's it for this time around. I hope you find the information valuable!
Remember that prices and availability are subject to change. If you see something you like, please get in touch as soon as possible.

Looking for something else? While reduced or waived single supplements are hard to find, they do exist, and I can help you find them. A few ships also offer solo staterooms, with no single supplement. I can also assist with tours and land vacations for solos.

Cheers,
Roberta

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