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Are you a cruise fanatic or maybe a first timer. This site will give you lots of tips for selecting your cruise, planning what to take and some info on some of the ships we've sailed on. All information contained here is my own opinion. Scroll to the bottom for links to topics.

We took our first cruise in 1994 and have sailed 17 times for a total of 158 days. The shortest cruises were 7 days, the longest was 18 days.

Ships we've been on: HAL Eurodam, HAL Rotterdam (3x), HAL Maasdam (3x), HAL Statendam, HAL Veendam, HAL Volendam, HAL Noordam, Star Princess, Pacific Princess, RCI Legend of the Seas, Carnival Sunshine and NCL Norwegian Sky, Avalon Tranqulity II.

Itineraries: Northern Transatlantic, Alaska (5x), Hawaii (back to back), Panama Canal (2x), Middle Transatlantic, Western Caribbean (2x), Eastern Caribbean, Southern Caribbean, Canada/New England (2x), Rhine River.



HAL Noordam - Denali Land/Alaska Cruise - May 2019 Review (includes review of Alaska’s Finest Tours Review - Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Turnagain Arm Tour Review

HAL Rotterdam - Canada/New England Montreal to Boston - October 2018 Review

Avalon Tranqulity II - Rhine River Cruise Zurich/Basel to Amsterdam - May 2018 - Pictures & Review

Holland America (HAL) Rotterdam - Rotterdam to Norway - May 2017 - Pictures & Review

Carnival Sunshine - New York/New England/Canada - 9/26/16 - Review

HAL Eurodam Translantic - Amsterdam to New York - 8/19/10 - Pictures & Review and OUR HURRICANE EXPERIENCE

HAL Maasdam - Eastern Caribbean from Norfolk 11/16/05 - Pictures & Review

RCI's Explorer of the Seas - Western Caribbean 5/23/04 - written by Nancy Bania.

Pacific Princess & Alaska Inside Passage - 5/29/03 Pictures & Review

HAL Rotterdam Southern Carib/Panama - 12/9/01 Pictures

HAL Rotterdam Review 2001 Review

HAL Volendam & Alaska Inside Passage - 5/29/00 - Pictures

Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) - Norwegian Sky - 2/13/2000 - Review & Pictures

Holland America 1999 - General Review

HAL - Cabin Pictures

HAL - Maasdam Pictures

HAL - Rotterdam Pictures (from 2001)



Click on a link (ship) below for that topic.

LINKS - here are some links to cruise lines, travel agents and other cruise related information.

Cruise Lingo - Terms you'll hear about the ship, the people who will be taking care of you and nautical words.

Getting On and Off the Ship (Embarkation & Disembarkation)

Costs & Tipping - What will all this cost you, what's included, what's extra and how to get discounts.

What about food - all you need to know about eating on the ship.

Clothes & Packing - Dress codes and what you should bring.

Cruise Insurance - what it covers