Posts Tagged ‘Cruise’

This is a day to celebrate love and the special people in your life.  If you are not on a cruise now, you can always plan for Valentine’s Day next year.  Princess Cruise lines offers:

Ultimate Balcony Dining

Enjoy an intimate, romantic dining experience with breathtaking views and a special meal served by your own dedicated wait-staff on your stateroom balcony. Ultimate Balcony Dining features a hosted cocktail party, fresh flowers, champagne and a deluxe four-course meal featuring delicate sweet lobster tail or juicy steak among many available delicacies.

For those who want to start the day with a romantic meal, opt for a breakfast which includes specialty pastries, fresh fruits, quiche, smoked salmon and other special treats served with a half bottle of French champagne.

How about next year planning a romantic cruise for two with the ultimate balcony dining experience. 

Carol Steele, MCC


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 Launched in 2007, Emerald Princess in one of the largest ships in the Princess fleet.  She offers nearly 900 balcony staterooms from which to take in the colorful sights.  Staterooms are simply and tastefully furnished and most have twin beds that can be easily converted into a queen size bed. 

If you want a change from the regular dining routine, try something different. One of my favorites was the Crown Grill Restaurant.  The restaurant specialty is juicy steaks and seafood including lobster.  It cost $25.00 per person to dine at the Crown Grill.  I must say, it is certainly worth the fee to dine there.  You will never be bored with so much to do and see on this ship.

I enjoyed relaxing at the Sanctuary, the top deck’s adult-only outdoor spa area.    Guest can relax on sofas or padded chaise lounges and enjoy massages (half a day for $15.00) in special outdoor cabanas.  The Sanctuary is a great getaway on the days at sea.  I would recommend this ship for couples and families.  The Emerald will sail a Southern Caribbean Medley –Round trip Fort Lauderdale – 10 day to Princess Cay Bahamas, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba.



Carol Steele CTC, MCC

Cruise Specialist

Email:  carol@getupgoworldtravel.com

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I was reading a forum today and it stated “Top 5 memories of your first cruise”.  Thinking about my first cruise it really made me laugh today.  Maybe you will too once you read this post.

Number One- I could not sleep for two days.  I kept thinking about my luggage (this is before the luggage fees of course).  Did I bring enough clothes to wear?  It was a five day cruise and I had packed enough clothes for two weeks!

Number two- I was so nervous that once I made it to the airport I developed a nervous stomach and you all know what that means…..

Number three-Once our group arrived at the Los Angeles airport to baggage claims, my luggage was not there.  It took 30 minutes to figure out what happen.  My mind went into over drive and I was in a panic state once again.  Everyone in my group was on-board the bus waiting to go to the pier before they discovered my luggage was stuck at the very top; when it should have dropped down on the carousel for me to pick up.

Number four- Catalina Island was the first Island I had ever visited and it was absolutely beautiful.    The wonderful picture of that in my mind is something I will always treasure.  I had so much fun on the island.  Good shopping ladies!  Good fishing gentlemen!

Number five- After I got over my lack of sleep, nervous stomach, and received my luggage.  The overall cruise experience was so beautiful to me.  I LOVE CRUISING!!

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I took my first cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy in 2001 with my family.  I had never been

Splendor 10/2010

so nervous and excited all at the same time.  As I was waiting in line to board, I thought to myself this cruise ship is huge and I cannot wait to see what my stateroom looks like.  

In my wildest imagination I could not believe I was onboard a floating resort.  The service, entertainment and the dining was unbelievable.  Arriving at different ports of call and not being limited to one destination while on vacation was great.  I only had to pack my bags once for this cruise; this was the most important to me.    Without a doubt, I fell and I am still in love to this day with cruising.   

A time saving tip I always tell my clients is to not over pack.  You will only wear half of what you bring onboard the cruise.  You will save a lot of money at the airport on luggage fees.

Carol Steele CTC, MCC

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