Keeping busy and still looking for the crowded part of the ship: Grand Princess Hawaii 2015

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As promised I am continuing my review of the Grand Princess with a focus on two of the most common misconceptions that people have about cruising:
“I’ll be bored on a cruise ship with nothing to do”
and
“I don’t want to take a cruise because I don’t like crowds”
Neither of these misconceptions could be further from the… [Continue Reading]

Back From Princess 15 Day Hawaii: Ship Amenities and Venues Review

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We are back from our 15 day Princess cruise on the Grand Princess RT to Hawaii from Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro.   This review will be my first chance to provide details about what one can expect from the Princess experience, focusing on the venues of the ship and the affect they have… [Continue Reading]

Difference Between My Experience on Royal Caribbean, Vision of the Seas vs My Experience on Ten Celebrity Cruises

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With Royal Caribbean Cruise Line and Celebrity Cruises being sister brands, both separate divisions of Royal Caribbean International, people often ask what the difference is between the two brands.   Quite often the pricing between the two companies can be very similar.   Some Royal Caribbean ships, like the Oasis, Allure, and Quantum are often price higher… [Continue Reading]

Chacchoben Mayan Ruins from Costa Maya Provide Highlight of Cruise

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We thought we had seen the best of the ruins in Belize and couldn’t imagine visiting a more impressive sight, but the Chacchoben ruins near Costa Maya provide our group with the highlight of our cruise.
We booked the tour through the Shore Excursion Group with their return to ship and satisfaction guarantee, with the actual… [Continue Reading]

Chankanaab National Park including Swim With Manatees and Dolphins, Cozumel, Mexico

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Chankanaab National Park, a popular tourist attraction in Cozumel, features a man made beach, reef snorkeling, an archeological replica display, Mayan village, zip lines and several interactive marine experiences.   One of the ladies in our cruise group had booked the Swim with the Manatees experience through the Shore Excursion Group website, but had not read all the… [Continue Reading]