Caribbean Princess/Canada-New England: Part 4 – The Ports

[Part 4 of our Canada/New England cruise aboard Caribbean Princess.] I've talked about the ship, the food and the entertainment; now it's time to focus on the ports we visited. A few ports we either call home (Boston) or have visited previously (Halifax and Portland), but Quebec, Saguenay/Fjord National Park, Charlottetown and Sydney were all …

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Caribbean Princess: Part 3 – Food, Drink and Entertainment

[Part 3, a continuing narration of my recent experience on the Caribbean Princess, Canada/New England cruise] Let's start with the Bars. On every cruise, the first place we visit on any ship is the bar by the pool. Because our cabin was just steps away from cool liquid refreshment, the bar at Neptune's Pool became …

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Caribbean Princess: Part 2 – First Impressions and Medallion Class Cruising

[Part 2 of my recent experience aboard Caribbean Princess, Canada/New England cruise] It was time to board the Caribbean Princess, which had been docked for two days in the Port of Quebec, awaiting it's next gaggle of guests. We checked out of the Chateau Frontenac, and after a fairly long wait for a taxi to …

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Quebec City & Caribbean Princess – Our Canada/New England Cruise Begins-Part 1

And David and I were off ... on another cruise, this one beginning in Quebec City, ending in New York. The plan originally was to rent a car and drive to Quebec City, but Air Canada had $99 fares, too good to pass on. Even when adding in the seat and bag fees, it was …

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Emerald Princess: A Stormy Start and First Impressions

In attempt to keep the costs down for this cruise, we initially booked an inside cabin. However, the price dropped and we were able to upgrade to a standard balcony at no extra cost. I wondered, would a balcony even be usable on a cruise like this, one in which driving rain and wind kept …

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Cruising Regal Princess to Canada – the Journey Begins

I remember my husband and I being aboard the Ocean Princess back in 2012 and watching a preview of the soon to premier Royal Princess. The new design looked so beautiful, with her large open atrium and understated elegance, and I knew it wouldn’t be long until we would sail this new class of Princess …

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Alaska Cruise Review: Whales, Glaciers & Sled Dogs, Oh My!

Pre-Cruise Hotel: After an uneventful flight from Providence, we were met by "Already There Towncar" and driven to the Hampton Inn & Suites, in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood, arriving around 7:00 pm. The lobby was modern and welcoming. Our 2-room suite was roomy and clean, but from the looks of the tired decor, the place …

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Holland America’s Koningsdam: Cruising the Norway Fjords

This long-awaited cruise was for a small group of loyal "CruiseCrazies.com" members who had been chatting for years and eager to meet and cruise together in person. It was also a retirement/40th anniversary cruise for my husband and I. David and I began our vacation with four fabulous days in London, followed by a 2-night …

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Review: Providence’s Renaissance Hotel – from Decayed Ruins to Classic Luxury

Having lived in Rhode Island my whole life, and no more than an hour from any particular landmark in the state, I have passed by many hotels and B&Bs without giving them much thought. However, since its opening in 2007, I have always been curious about the Renaissance Hotel, a Marriott property, which rose from …

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A Pre-Cruise Roman Holiday

The Mediterranean Journey Begins ~ in Rome. It was nearly the end of July and the first of August and time to embark on another annual summer vacation. As cruising has become our getaway of choice, we chose an 11-night cruise to the warm waters of the Mediterranean, where we would spend time on shore …

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