World Cruise Journal – Entry #42 – Sydney, Australia

Day 39 We left on an eight-hour excursion to the Blue Mountains, a wonderful opportunity to see the beauty of the countryside outside Sydney....

World Cruise Journal – Entry #41

Day 38 Another laid-back sea day is here. We settled into the theater for the two enrichment lectures beginning at 10:00 a.m. The first was...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #40

Day 36 After continuous excursion days in New Zealand, it feels really good to have a few sea days to relax a little, or as...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #39

Day 35 A lazy sea day and we slept in. After a light breakfast, we were off to a 10:30 lecture by Dr. Alan Stern,...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #38 – Dunedin, New Zealand

Day 34 We arrived at Port Chalmers, a nearby town to Dunedin, under low clouds and drizzle. A very early 7:15 a.m. train ride into...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #37 – ChristChurch, New Zealand

Day 33 We had an 8:45 a.m. excursion, Discover Christ Church. Low clouds were covering the mountain tops when we came into the harbor and a light...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #36 – Picton, New Zealand

Day 32 Today we toured the “Iconic Wines of the Marlborough Region.” A busload of us left Picton and began our tasting at the Allen...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #35 – Napier, New Zealand

Day 31 We began our day with the Hawkes Bay Express excursion in Napier, New Zealand. This was an adorable three car train and engine...

Cruising During the Holidays

Traditionally, holidays are spent at home with family and friends with home cooked meals and lots of quality time together. However, as holidays are...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #34 – Tauranga, New Zealand

Day 30 We arrived at Tauranga this morning at about 7 a.m. and set off on our excursion by 8:15 a.m. on the four-hour “Maori...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #33 – Auckland, New Zealand

Day 29 Today we were in Auckland, the capital of New Zealand, with a population over a million, and went on a tour to Devonport...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #32 – Bay of Islands, New...

Day 28 We had a lovely day in Bay of Islands, New Zealand. It started out cool and foggy, but the fog lifted, the...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #31

Day 27 Now that we have crossed the International Dateline and are sailing westward, we begin a continuous process of moving our clocks back an...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #30

Day 26 A sunny sea day with gentle swells was a good reason for a leisurely morning breakfast. The morning program listed two enrichment lectures...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #29 – Lautoka, Fiji

Day 25 Today we drove to the picturesque Sabeto Mountains for an eco-tour adventure to the Sleeping Giant Waterfall. Along the way, we passed many sugarcane...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #28 – Suva, Fiji

Day 24 Late last night, I tried one more time to view the lunar phenomenon. The clouds only thickened and eliminated any chance of seeing...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #27

Day 23 Today is Wednesday. We missed Tuesday entirely. Everyone onboard received crossing the 180-degree meridian certificates, since we crossed the international dateline sometime last...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #26 – Pago Pago, Samoa

Day 22 Today we docked in Pago Pago, American Samoa. Its main industries are tourism, entertainment, food, and tuna canning. The island consists of a...

World Cruise Journal – Entry #25

Day 21 After a leisurely breakfast, we attended the 10AM lecture on “The Coral Reef” by Dr. George Losey of the University of Hawaii. He...

Loyalty Always Pays

Past passenger and loyalty programs are an outstanding benefit for anyone who cruises. Many times, the cruise line automatically enrolls you after you cruise,...