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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 ...

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 ...

Tips for Train Travel in Italy

  Traveling Italy by trains is inexpensive and convenient.  Italy's train system has been said to be unreliable with trains that are constantly late and random rail strikes.  I'm not sure if this reputation is justly earned.  We've been traveling around Italy by train for over 10 years and have only experienced 2 train delays and 2 strikes.  The delays were never more than 10 minutes.  The strikes were inconvenient, but didn't really put a big dent in our travel plans. In my experience ...

Spring Break Family Destination Ideas

It's that time of year again, Spring Break!  Many of us are waiting for Spring Break to take a short vacation but are afraid to dive into the craziness going on in some beach resorts.   The term Spring Break  brings to mind wild and crazy college kids taking over the beaches from coast to coast, I'm sure you've seen them on TV!  Don't worry, you don't have to get trampled by the mass of kids partying all day and all night, there are many family friendly destinations you can go to this ...

Maui : 7 Romantic Things To Do On Maui

 Conde Nast has rated Maui as "The Best Island in The World" for 20 consecutive years.  There's no mystery why Maui has held this honor for two decades, Maui is truly a magical island filled with natural beauty and wonder. If you're looking for romance you don't need to look far when you're on Maui.  The island's beauty is the perfect backdrop for romance.  Here is a list of romantic things to do on the Valley Isle. Haleakala Sunrise Watch the sunrise over the ...

8 Romantic Things to Do on the Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii is the largest of the 8 main islands that make up the 50th. State.  It is best known for its volcanoes Mauna Loa and Kilauea.  Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world.  Its current eruption began in 1983 and has added over 500 acres of new land to its southeastern shore. Many activities on the Big Island center around the volcanoes, both of which are easily accessible to visitors.  They really are a site to behold, but are not the only things the Big ...

12 Romantic Things to Do On Oahu

The mere mention of "Hawaii" calls to mind, pristine beaches, crystal clear warn waters, and amazing sunsets; all the ingredients for a romantic getaway to the Aloha State. Every island has its own charm and beauty, and you can find romance on all of them. The 50th. State is an island archipelago made up of 8 main islands, several atolls, numerous islets, and undersea seamounts.  Over all there are more than 100 islands that span 1500 miles from the the Big Island of Hawaii to Kure ...