On Carnival Sunrise I have sailed the 5 Night Eastern Caribbean itinerary but they have enhanced it a bit. My itinerary from Port Everglades was Grand Turk and Amber Cove. For 2021, she will sail from Miami and visit Nassau, Half Moon Cay and Grand Turk A Beach lovers dream.
Day 1 Leave Miami
On Day 1 you will board Carnival Sunrise in Miami and its your day to explore and settle in to your new home. I always go from deck to deck exploring to find out where all the food is and how to get around. And make sure you attend the Muster Drill when its time, it is mandatory.
As you sail away, you can watch the sun lower in the sky over Miami and the ocean welcome you for 5 days.
If you are coming from say more than 3 or four hours or flying in, arrive the day before and stay at a hotel close to the airport or port. You can leave your car there and shuttle to the pier. The cost of parking is less, you have an extra day incase of problems traveling and getting the port is less hassle.
Day 2 Arrive in Nassau Bahamas
Today you will arrive in Nassau Bahamas for a day of really what every you want. Take a city tour, do some shopping, explore the Queens Staircase or visit a resort for a beach day. There are also some great snorkeling trips that are a short boat ride from the pier. Just across from the port is The Atlantis Resort.
And remember, tonight is Elegant Night so dress to impress. Maybe even make reservations to eat at the 555 Steakhouse or Cucina Del Capitano.
If you want to go visit Atlantis, take the water taxi. It's a much prettier ride than a taxi.
Day 3 Arrive Half Moon Cay
Today you arrive in Half Moon Cay, one of the private islands owned by Carnival Corp. You will take a short water shuttle ride over to the island where you can explore on your own. Free beach chairs are available up and down the beach and if you have a big group, you can rent a cabana on the beach. Enjoy the soft sand a clear blue water or explore the island on a shore excursion including snorkeling, kayaking and tours of the island via bicycle.
Lunch is served on the island and its included. Usually features, burgers, hot dogs, chicken and all the sides. After lunch, head over for a drink at the pirate ship bar for music and beach games.
If you want quiet go to the right down the beach past the pirate ship. You will find chairs down there and most will not make the walk.
Day 4 Arrive Grand Turk
Today you arrive in Grand Turk a port in the Turks and Caicos built by Carnival Corp. Here you can relax on the beach, swim and snorkel. But just a few steps away from the beach is the always fun Margaritaville with a huge pool with plenty of chairs and a bar.
Or, take in some shopping where you will find all the Caribbean staples like Caraloha and Diamonds International. But if you want something a little more adventurous, you can find plenty of shore excursions or rent a golf cart and drive up to the lighthouse where you will find donkeys just wandering around. You could also take a walk down the beach and visit the famous Jack Shack for some jerk chicken and a beverage.
When you get to the end of the pier, you will have the choice to go left or right. Going right, you will find chairs and its a little quieter. The beach pretty rocky so its best for those with water shoes and wanting to snorkel.
To the left, you will find plenty of chairs but remember, the ones with the green umbrellas are free, the red umbrellas have a cost.
Day5 Fun Day At Sea
Ahhhh, a day at sea. Time to sleep in, head to the dining room for Sea Day Brunch and find a chair on Serenity Deck. Or get up early and take in the sunrise along with a cup of coffee from Java Blue. There is always so much to do on a sea day, so just enjoy. But is the last day so be sure to read your debarkation instructions.
For the afternoon, you will likely find some pool games by the Lido Pool or Trivia in the Red Frog Pub.
If you want a good seat on Serenity Deck, get up early and grab a chair. But don't be a chair hog, make sure someone is with your chairs at all times.
Day 6 Arrive Back in Miami
Well unfortunately the cruise must come to an end and it's time to debark the Sunrise. You will want to be up early so you can grab that last breakfast, get some last minute pictures and prepare for debarkation.
Some will stay an extra night in Miami to explore and take in the culture of South Beach.
If you are not in a rush and chose self assist, find a comfortable spot and make them force you off. Kidding, when they say its time to go, you gotta go. They get really pushy as time goes by.
This is such a great itinerary getting you a lot of ports in a short amount of time. The sailing leave on Saturdays and Mondays so this gives you time on either end for travel and extra stops. For more information on this and other itineraries, contact me today.
Celebrity Cruise Line has announced the new deployments of Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Equinox. The ships will take on the Caribbean and Bermuda during the Summer 2021. Recently Celebrity made several changes to sailings in order to meet guidelines from the CDC and these are some of the results.
Both Summit and Equinox have been through the Celebrity Revolution Dry Dock. Celebrity wanted to bring the older ships up to the level of the new Celebrity Edge.
Celebrity Summit - Bermuda
Celebrity Equinox - Eastern & Western Caribbean
This goes along with the newly announced Always Included Pricing. Get Drinks, WIFI and Gratuities included in your prices. For more information, contact me at the info below.
Although not as much, over the next few weeks people will be traveling either on vacation or visiting relatives. For some those are the same, for some not so much. Either way, you will be leaving your home so you want to take some steps to kep is save in your absence.
Either stop your mail or have a neighbor pick it up. If you stop it, just contact the post office and give them the dates, they will deliver it the day you return home. There are two reasons for doing this. First, you do not want mail possibly containing personal information sitting in your mail box for an extended period of time. Second, if some sees mail going in but never out, it tips them off you are not at home.
You would want to do this if you recieve the newspaper as well. Newspapers piling up on the driveways is a also a signal you are not at home.
Using a timer on your lamps inside as well as on outside lights is a good idea. This serves two purposes. First, it makes it appear you are at home. Second, light is usually a deterrent for a burglar. Motion lights on the outside are a good idea as well.
This is a little trick I learned from the internet and I think it could save you some problems. Take a small container and fill it with water then freeze it in your freezer. Before you leave, place a quarter at the top. When you return, as long as the quarter is still on top, you know you have not had an long lasting power outages. If its down under the ice, then you know there has been a power outage and chances are the items in the food in the freezer also thawed.
A/C and Heat
While you are not at home the house does not need to be cooled or heated as much. Of course unless you have pets. Turn the AC up to about 79 and the heat down to 69. If might be uncomfortable for a little bit when you get back but your electric or gas bill won't be as uncomfortable.
Have trusted family, friends or neighbors check on your house for you. Just a quick look inside and around the house to see if anything is out of place or any problems exist.
An example of how this can be a good idea happened at my parents house. Now they have had the same great neighbors for a long time so they always look out for each other. I recived a call from him telling me water was coming out of the backyard. Well, they have a pool so I had no idea what was going on. When I arrived, I found out a pipe from the irrigation system had cracked so when the sprinklers came on, water was flooding the yard. But I was able to reach my Dad and he told me how to turn off the system so it would not come on again. If it had not been for their neighbors, the yard could have flooded pretty bad.
Taking these simple steps can be helpful and relieve that worry when while you are away. Have a great vacation and enjoy your time with family.
Royal Caribbean has announced they are giving double points for Crown & Anchor Members sailing in 2021. You must already be a Gold Member which means at least one cruise under your belt.
And you have the chance to even get double double points.
Rocky Mountaineer Railways has been operating their luxary trains in Canada for years. Routes between Vancouver and Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper take you through the scenic Canadian Rockies. But now you can enjoy the Rocky Mountaineer service here in the US.
Rocky Mountaineer has brought their luxury trains to the US beginning with the Denver to Red Rock 2 Day Rail Journey. This trip will take you from Denver CO to Mohab UT with a stop in Glenwood Springs CO for an overnight stay.
Your journey will include views of the scenic Rocky Mountains, Ruby Canyon Mount Logan and you will cross the Continental Divide. Enjoy the unobstructed views from your domed rail car.
Silver Leaf Service and Silver Leaf Plus
A signature with Rocky Mountaineer is the Silver Leaf Service includes a culinary experience featuring a southwest cuisine. Enjoy the domed car views in comfort. Enhance your experience by upgrading to Silver Leave Plus giving you access to the newly renovated lounge car where a mixologist will mix up your favorite beverage.
Rail tours run August through October 2021. Packages are available that include stays in Denver, Mohab and more.
For more information or to plan your rail adventure, you can reach me at the contact info below.
Today Princess Cruise Line followed Carnival in extending their pause in operations. But Princess extended through March 31, 2021 for all ships departing US ports. Also, since the order restricts any cruises longer than 7 nights, all cruises longer than 7 nights are cancelled through November 1, 2021.
In addition to US Sailings, sailings from Japan have been cancelled through June 25, 2021
This is being done in order to prepare to meet the CDC guidelines set fourth in theFramework For Conditional Sailing Order. Jan Swartz, President of Princes Cruise Line said "We are focused on preparing our ships to meet the CDC health and safety requirements for our eventual return to service. We also appreciate the continued support we have received from our guests, partners and travel advisors, reinforcing for all of us why we do what we do."
Passengers affected by cancellations will have the choice of a full refund or a Future Cruse Credit with a bonus of an additional 25%. Passengers have until December 31, 2020 to choose a refund but for the Future Cruise Credit, nothing to be done.
Although they have not sent out an official announcement, Carnival Cruise Line has cancelled all cruises through January and beyond for most ship. Below is a list of the ships and sailings impacted. OF course this information is subject to change but I will keep you updated.
I would expect announcements from other cruise lines if not later today, later in the week. More to come.
Despite the fact we are in a pandemic, the desire and need to travel still exist. I know I am itching to get out of town and go almost anywhere really. When you do take off to those destinations, there are things you want to do before, during and after in order to protect your self and stay out of trouble.
Before you go
Make sure you are aware of the rules and regulations from not only the vendors you are using to get to your destination but your destination.
These are important because the last thing you want to do is visit a destination and have to turn around.
Make sure you know the rules on cancellation for hotel and air reservations. Most hotels and airlines have modified their cancellation policies but they may not include a refund rather a credit. I was looking at flights recently on American Airlines. A once non refundable fare was still non refundable but had no fee for changing dates.
As an agent, I can help guide you through these hoops.
Remember the items we use at home to take with you feel the need. This might include:
Taking a Road Trip?
My parents recently went on a road trip and did something I really had not thought of until now. Probably one of the activities people do the most on the road is eat. If you do not feel comfortable stopping in restaurants, simply pack some food in a cooler and then stops at a rest stop for the restroom can be a great time to enjoy lunch outside. Most stops have a picnic area close to the parking.
Now of course you might have that restaurant you have been dying to try or just simply want to sit down and enjoy a nice meal. Call a head and make sure the dining room is open and what if any rules they have. Using apps like IExit will tell you what is on each exit on the interstate.
I am confident we will get through this and all of these tips will become obsolete but for now, this is what we need to do if we want to travel.
People have been looking for a more all inclusive approach to cruising usually only found on the luxury lines. Well exciting news, Celebrity Cruise Lines has listened and introduced All Included Pricing.
All including pricing is a pricing structure allowing you to choose what you want included in your cruise. It starts with All Celebrity Cruises get Free Classic Beverage Package Free Surfing Wifi and Free Gratuities.
After that, you have the opportunity to upgrade to two other packages adding to the amenities. This includes upgraded WIFI, Premium Beverage Package and On Board Credits. See the list below for details.
Some important Terms and Conditions
Will this change the face of cruising with other cruise lines following suit? At this point it is hard to tell but its entirely possible. The one difference is Celebrity is a Premium cruise line which brings a different passenger than say Carnival or ever sister company Royal Caribbean. But you might see lines like Holland America and Princess embrace this a little faster. Don't worry, I will keep you updated.
Are you itching to head to the Bahamas on vacation? Well if so, you will have some hoops to jump through but I am here to explain. Now this information is as of today 11/12/20 and could change so its best to check for new requirements prior to travel.
The requirement prior to arrival is you will need to obtain a Bahamas Travel Health Visa which is done through the Bahamas and to get that visa, it will require a test.
While in the Bahamas – New Providence and Abaco
Island of Eluthra
Travel Insurance included in the Health Visa
As of right now, these are the requirements for arriving by flight or boat for US Citizens. Nothing has been decided when it comes to cruise ships and when and how they will except cruise ship passengers. Prior to planning your vacation to the Bahamas, as an advisor, I will review over the regulations and protocols prior to finalizing plans.