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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 ...

Getting Around from the Mykonos Cruise Port

Your on a dream Mediterranean Cruise aboard one of the megaships that sail the seas these days and your ship is headed for Mykonos; what now? I know you're ready to hit the beaches, shops, and restaurants on this wonderful Greek Island.  But first you have to get off the ship and actually get to where you want to go.  Before you can do that you need to determine exactly where your ship is docking or if it's even docking at all. Cruise ships will either dock at the new Mykonos Cruise Port ...

Rhodes – What to do in and around Old Town

Located in the eastern Aegean Sea just 11 miles southwest of Turkey is Rohdes.  It is the largest of Greece's Dodecanes islands. Rhodes is one of the sunniest destinations in Europe.  It boasts 300 days of sunshine every year.  Making it a popular destination for sun lovers and a popular port for cruise ships plying the the Greek Islands route. Rhodes has been inhabited since the Stone Age and has a long and illustrious history.  It's most significant period was around 407 B.C. when three ...

Choosing the Right Stateroom for Your Family Cruise

We are definitely a cruising family, we’ve been cruising with our kids since they were teens; it’s only natural when grandkids came along they cruised with us too. I remember our very first cruise was a 7 day Alaska Cruise on the Star Princess. At the time I had no clue how cruise fares worked and deciphering stateroom categories was confusing.  Choosing the right stateroom was nearly impossible.   How can the same type of stateroom have so many different prices? At the time I told my ...

Cruising with Kids: What to Expect

We love to cruise.  We’ve cruised most of the popular cruise lines catering to North America and have cruised around the world multiple times.  We especially love cruising with kids, our kids and grandkids that is! Cruise cards, port side, aft, tenders, and traditional seating are now part of our vocabulary.  We’ve learned how to navigate the check-in process and quickly settle in to make the most of our vacation.  This is very important when you're cruising with kids, you need to ...