Tuesday, my last day in Boston was expected to be the best weather of the trip so I was up early. One of the places, of many, I missed was the Public Gardens near Boston Common. So I made a coffee in my room and headed over early.
On Monday I had planned on taking it easy as the forecast had more rain. After a visit back at Bruegger’s Bagels, I headed across the street to the Old South Meeting House.
Sunday was probably my busiest day but the least amount of walking as I took the Old Town Trolley. This is one of the best ways to get around Downtown Boston as you get a fully narrated tour along with the ability to hop on and off at 14 different stops throughout the day.
I started my day with a cup of coffee and a bagel sandwich from Bruegger’s Bagels and it was fantastic. The only thing is, I had to just go back to the hotel to eat as they had no seating for some reason. After that, I went for a walk at Boston Common just a couple blocks from the hotel This is such a beautiful park framed by Tremont St, Boylston, Charles, and Beacon. People were out walking their dogs, running, walking and just enjoying the park. Made me wish I lived near something like this.
Over the past couple of years, I have read some books about the creation of our country including the Revolutionary War and the patriots in Boston. I quickly added Boston to my bucket list and recently crossed it off with a visit to Beantown.
Almost everyone has a bucket list of travel destinations they want to visit and most include places like Paris, Rome, New York and other major cities around the world. Why not at some nature and include some of the beautiful National Parks. Here are six do not miss National Parks in the US and Canada.
In 2024, you if you intend to travel to Europe you will need to apply for a acquire a European Travel Information and Authorization System or ETIAS for short. This will be required of citizens of the United States and Canada to be granted entry.
The allure of European river cruises lies in the seamless blend of history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes. Sailing through iconic waterways such as the Danube, Rhine, Seine, and Douro, these voyages offer an unparalleled opportunity to explore the heart of Europe in an intimate and luxurious setting. As the gentle current carries you through charming villages, ancient castles, and vibrant cities, a European river cruise promises an unforgettable journey of discovery and relaxation.
Princess Cruise Line has a pricing structure different from most cruise lines. They allow you to choose your experience where you can purchase the perks ahead of time at a reduced rate.. In recent years they introduced, Princess Standard, Princess Plus and Princess Premier with varying perks with each pricing category.
This week they made some changes worth noting. Up until now the OceanNow Delivery was free but for Princess Standard will now be $14.99 per person for the entire cruise. In addition, restaurants like Alfredos and Gigis were included but now have a charge. You can move up to the Princess Plus to get these items included now. Below I have broken down the different packages.
Europe, like Alaska, is one of the most popular destinations for cruising. But also like Alaska, much different from the Caribbean. Lets take a look what you need to consider when planning your European Cruise Vacation
We are now in the beginning of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season and many people will cruise over the next few months. So what do you need to know about cruising during hurricane season?
There are three typical scenarios you might encounter if your cruise is planned during this time of year. But keep in mind, the cruise line will not place you, the crew or the ship in any danger and the odds of being impacted are rare.
During a recent cruise on Royal Caribbeans Mariner of the Seas one of my ports was Cozumel Mexico. Although I have visited Cozumel a number of times this time did I something different. I visited one of the most popular attractions at this port. The Tulum ancient ruins and cenote.
Often I hear people say they will get board on a cruise out in the middle of the ocean. Well, that cannot be further from the truth. Whether you want to stay active or just relax, you will find it on a sea day. One of my favorite parts of a cruise is the sea day so lets look at what you can do.
When you cruise, you have a plethora of choices but picking the right cruise line for you is important. One of the premium cruise lines is Celebrity Cruise . Celebrity cruises the world including adventures in the Galapagos Islands. They recently received the Forbes Four Star Award for Celebrity Apex, Flora and Millenium, an award usually reserved for luxury resorts. Let's take a brief look at Celebrity.
Port days are great, we often pick our itinerary based on the ports the ship is visiting. There are some things you can do to not only make your port visit safe but fun too.
Friday Cruise News is a quick review of news from the cruise industry. This week Beetlejuice comes to cruising, Carnival opens up Firenze for bookings and Royal Caribbean removes Sky Pad.
Beetlejuice on NCL
This week Norwegian Cruise Line announced thier line up for entertainment on the new Norwegian Viva sailing in August. Headlining will be Beetlejuice the Musical. The 90 minute show will be seen in the three story multi purpose Viva theatre featuring special effects, special lighting and more. A former cast member of the broadway production, Michelle D'Amico, will play as Lidya.
Viva will also have a game show experience with the classic show, Press Your Luck. Also on board will be Improv at Sea and Syd Normans Poor House. This would be fun because it will feature music from classic rock artist like the Rolling Stones.
Carnival Opens Bookings for Firenze
This week Carnival Cruise Line opened bookings for the inaugural season on Carnival firenze, one of their newest ships. Firenze was one of three acquisitions from Costa Cruise Line including Luminosa and Venezia. They will be part of the Carnival Fun Italian Style.
Carnival Vireze will sail from Long Beach CA to the pacific coast of Mexico beginning in May 2024 through April 2025. She will sail a variety of itineraries including 5, 6 and 7 day sailings visiting Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta in the Mexican Rivera.
Royal Caribbean Removes Sky Pad
Royal Caribbean has decided to remove the Sky Pad attacton on the ships that feature it and replace it with as they put it, a "new versatile venue for exciting onboard activities" The transition will take place in April but no word on what the new activities will be.
Sky Pad is a trampoline where you can wear VR goggles and jump while strapped to a harness. The attraction could be found on Marner, Independence, Spectrum and Odyssey of the Seas. As of now, it looks like the big orange and yellow dome will not be removed.
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