Royal Caribbean Amplified Ships

Freedom of the Seas completed her $116 million amplification with new features, such as water slides, a new Caribbean pool deck look, Giovanni’s Italian Kitchen and new dedicated spaces for kids and teens. The new changes: Thrills & Chills – Perfect Storm Waterslides: Cyclone & Typhoon slides: Caribbean Poolscape – The Lime & Coconut poolside bar with live music and a wide variety of seating & shade with the addition of casitas, in-pool loungers and daybeds, the remained pool deck Splashaway Bay – Kids Aqua Park Solarium – renewed adults only DiningGiovanni’s Italian Kitchen – Royal Caribbean’s Italian specialty restaurant

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New Disney Wish Cruise Ship

Disney Cruise Line newest ship, the Disney Wish, appears to be on schedule. The Disney Wish will be the fifth ship to join the Disney fleet. The Disney Wish will feature, among other innovations and experiences a “Beauty and the Beast” inspired atrium. Rapunzel will be painted on the stern, because her story represents a desire to explore the world. Sailings on the Wish should start in January of 2022. She will be larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy with 1250 spacious staterooms. The ship is being built at the Meyer Werft Ship Yard in Germany. Disney Lighthouse

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Daycation Series: How to Stay at Sandals Resort Jamaica for $100

Daycation Series: How to Stay at Sandals Resort Jamaica for $100

Daycation Series: How to Stay at Sandals Resort Jamaica for $100 So I am excited to have a new travel series on the blog! This Daycation travel series was suppose to go live in March but as you know, Covid-19 happened and it did not seem like a good time to announce travel options. As I announced in Jamaica in December, I will be…

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Cruises & COVID-19

There is no doubt that we will see some positive changes when cruising returns. From enhanced screening at the ports including temperature and possibly even rapid testing, to less guests onboard to allow for social distancing and enhanced cleaning & sanitation measures. Cruise lines are working closely with the CDC in order to ensure they take whatever measures necessary for cruising to resume safely. Although cruises were supposed to start up again August 1st, 2020, we are finding that most Caribbean islands are not ready just yet. The Caribbean is allowing hotels to open gradually, but they have no yet

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Juneteenth…Remembering the Past & Hope for the Future

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond. It is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection to appreciate & understand what generations before had to endure. Many events this year will be held virtually, due to the

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When Will Sandals Resorts Open in the Caribbean

Sandals Resorts just announced the reopening of the 373-room Sandals Grande Antigua Resort, one of the all-inclusive giant’s 24 properties in the Caribbean and Bahamas, and the first property to officially reopen the chain. This comes as the Caribbean gets ready to accept tourists, after most of the islands effectively shut their borders to any visitors during the COVID-19 crisis. Sandals has spent time strengthening every element of health and safety protocols. The Ministries of Health and Tourism has certified that the stringent registration and inspections protocols have been successfully completed. Leave behind your worries and escape to a place

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Norwegian Cruises Peace of Mind – Health & Safety Protocols

NCL Peace of Mind was introduced as a temporary policy amidst the coronavirus to give consumers the confidence to book future trips. For any reservation made prior to July 31, 2020, cruise cruises departing through November 30, 2020, guests can cancel up to 48 hours in advance of the cruise and receive a 100% future credit.  This future cruise credit has to be applied to a new reservation within 1 year of the cancellation date, for a cruise departing before December 31, 2022.  Learn more about Norwegian Cruise Line future cruise credits. Now NCL’s Peace of Mind policy goes beyond

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