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Sottomarina – A Venetian Beach Holiday

I bet when you hear Venice the last thing you'd associate with it would be the beach.  I know, when you think Venice you picture  San Marco, Murano Glass, Museums, Operas, Carnivale, and possibly even pigeons.   And I don't blame you!  Venice is all those things and more.  But what many foreign tourists don't realize is that Venice has beaches too.  I do not mean dip your toes in the Venetian lagoons, yuck!  (Seriously don't do that!) But think about it, Venice is surrounded by water, ...

Gardaland – An Italian Amusement Park

Located in the outskirts of Verona in the Veneto region of North-Eastern Italy is Gardaland Resort , an amusement park complex adjacent to Lake Garda. First opened on July 9, 1975 Gardaland Resort has grown and now is composed of Gardaland Park, Sea Life Aquarium, Gardaland Hotel, and Gardaland Adventure Hotel.  The hotels offer themed rooms such as the Prezzemolo room, pirate and princess rooms, and more. Although it's adjacent to Lake Garda the Amusement parks and hotels don't face the ...

Verona – Day Trip or Destination?

Verona is a city on the Adige River in Italy's Veneto region.  It is one of the seven provincial capitals of the region, and the 3rd. largest city in northeast Italy. The origins of Verona remains a mystery.  One theory is that due to the geographical position of the city, it was a key stop for people  traveling along the Via Claudia Augusta from Eastern Gaul across the Alps then onto to Rome.  The theory supposes that Verona is short for Versus Romae which means "In the direction of ...

Exploring the Venetian Lagoon – Murano and Burano

Venice, a city in northwestern Italy's Veneto region.  It's situated across 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges.  It's a city of mystery, romance, culture, art, and so much more.  Not all of its islands are linked to the Venetian "mainland" by bridges, there are many islands including Murano and Burano that due to their distance are linked only by watercraft. Venice is one of our favorite cities.  We try to get there at least once a year.  So of course we've done ...

MSC Lirica Review – Would I Sail Her Again?

My husband recently declared that the test of a good cruise line is if you'd sail them again.  He said this as soon as we boarded the MSC Lirica for our very first MSC cruise. We are avid cruises and have been for many years.  We've sailed with pretty much all the major cruise lines that cater to the US market including Princess, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, and NCL.  But this was our first cruise aboard an MSC ship which caters mostly to the European market. Before I answer the all ...

Packing for Your Ocean Crossing Cruise

You've decided to try a Transatlantic or Transpacific cruise, and have actually booked it.  Yay!  Now let's talk about packing for your ocean crossing. It doesn't take rocket science when packing for your ocean crossing, but there are some things you might forget to bring.  So here's a list of things you should consider packing for your ocean crossing cruise. Reading Material Don't rely on the ship's library, they're pickings a usually slim and are even slimmer during ocean ...

What to Expect on Your Ocean Crossing Cruise

So you're considering going on an Ocean Crossing Cruise, otherwise known as a Transatlantic or Transpacific Cruise.  Ocean Crossing happen  twice a year.  It's when a ship is moved from its winter route to its summer route in the Spring and vice versa in the fall. As its name suggests an Ocean Crossing Cruise does just that, it crosses an ocean.  Transatlantic cruises clearly cross the Atlantic Ocean and Transpacific ones the Pacific Ocean.  Ships that cross the Pacific general go from ...

6 Reasons to Take a Transatlantic or Transpacific Cruise

You might be wondering what exactly are Transatlantic and Transpacific cruises and why should you even consider taking one.  Both cruises are essentially ocean crossings done when cruise ships are repositioning from one route to another. Transatlantic and Transpacific cruises are usually offered in the early spring and late fall.  The early spring cruises are done when ships are moving from their winter routes to their summer routes; late fall cruises are when the ships return to their ...

Family Cruising: What’s Included and What’s Not

Family cruising has become popular and affordable. It can be a great value for your vacation dollars.  Cruise fares will take a big bite out of your vacation budget, air fare too if embarking far from home.  But that’s really all you have to spend.  You can budget around the “extras” by cherry picking activities and luxuries that are important to you and your family. Our first cruise aboard the Star Princess was very costly.  We had no idea what to expect and purchased all sorts of ...

Money Saving Tips for Your Cruise

Yay!  You're going on a cruise!  How exciting! Cruise  vacations have become very popular and for good reason.  Cruises are actually a pretty good value specially if you live close to a cruise port and don't have to travel far to board the ship. The biggest expense is of course the cruise fare, but once that's paid there isn't much more left to pay.  Now that doesn't mean you will not spend any more money once you board the ship, far from it!  Cruise lines have come up with many ways ...