Happy Halloween & last day of October! It also happens to be the last day of #ChooseCruise month, and today I’m sharing a very important reminder when cruising.
Just like heading to the airport, we must plan ahead for cruise departures. But when our cruise is leaving from a far-off destination, it takes a little more time effort to prepare. What do I mean? Well, I’m talking why you should arrive for your cruise at least one day ahead of sailing! Why? So, so many reasons why! That’s what I want to talk about today.
I’ve put together a list of a few of the most important reasons why you should fly in a day or two before your cruise. If you’re planning to cruise soon, you’ll definitely want to keep reading!
I was recently on a flight to Miami sitting next to a very sweet, yet frantic lady. Our flight was due to depart from Dallas by 7:15am and arrive in Miami around 11am. However, it was 11am Texas time, and our flight was just taking off. That meant we wouldn’t land in Miami until 3pm. So why was this woman freaking out? Well, she was catching a cruise to the Caribbean set to sail at 4pm—the same day! I’ll never know if she made it or not, but if I were betting, I’d bet not. Unfortunately for her, she didn’t take flight delays into account when planning for her cruise departure, something I am always very adamant that my clients should plan for. Don’t take the chance on a flight delay—you will NOT want to watch your ship sailing away while you’re coming in for landing!
Almost as bad as missing your ship all together due to flight delays is delayed luggage! Flying in the same day as your cruise departs adds in another stressor—if your bags are delayed, how will you get them if you are in the middle of the high seas?! You won’t. Or you won’t until a later port, IF you book flights with the cruise line.
Arriving a day or two ahead of embarkation gives you time to explore your departure port. If you’re flying in, chances are you haven’t been to the departure port area before, and this would be a great chance to get in some extra sightseeing. Departure ports such as Seattle, LA, Miami, and more are chockful of sights to see that could take up a whole vacation but mark a few musts off your list by arriving a couple of days ahead.
No one wants to start their cruise by actually missing it. All in all, arriving to your departure port at least one day ahead of sailing eliminates so much stress! Without having to worry about delayed flights, rushing the day of your cruise, or other travel mishaps, you’ll be able to take your time, breathe easier, and state your vacation on a stress-free note! Which is the whole point to a vacation, right? To relieve stress!
These are great and very important reasons to arrive for your cruise vacation early, and I truly hope you’ll take my advice! Don’t be that lady sitting next to me on the plane! Are there any other reasons you’d add to the list? Or do you have your own horror story to share that we can all learn from? I’d love to hear!
I'm back today to share my last Cruise Guide for #ChooseCruise month. Cruises are a great way to explore all of the islands of Hawaii, and get a taste of the vast offerings of each unique island. Hawaii is one of my very favorite places, and I truly believe everyone should visit Oahu if even for one day to experience the Pearl Harbor sites. So I am excited to share ideas for a cruise stop on Oahu!
Many Hawaiian cruises begin and end on Oahu giving you ample time to explore. Oahu has endless activities, but here are a few musts dos on the island known as "The Gathering Place."
If you haven't booked a Hawaiian cruise yet, I would love to help you make that dream a reality! Pop over to my Plan a Trip page, and let's get started.
We are in the last few days of #ChooseCruise month, and I'm excited to head it off with a bang! Hawaiian cruises are a great way to explore all of the islands, and get a taste of the vast offerings of each unique island. Hawaii is one of my very favorite places, Maui being in the highest regard. So I am excited to share ideas for a cruise stop in Maui!
Many Hawaiian cruises have overnight stays in the Maui giving you ample time to explore my favorite island! Maui has endless activities, so you'll definitely want to come back to stay just on the island, but here are a few of my absolute musts on the Valley Isle.
You won't regret making the winding & steep drive to the summit of Mt. Haleakala, which means House of the Sun in Hawaiian, to watch the sun come up (or go down). I recommend taking a tour, as the drive can be a bit treacherous in the dark, but the journey is worth it! Be sure to dress WARM. Yes, it will be COLD. Likely a cold you have never experienced. But my goodness, that sunrise is nothing short of breathtaking! If your cruise has an over night stop, try to catch the incredible sunrise, but if not you can also take a tour to watch the sunset above the clouds. This is my #1 pick for a tour in Maui!
The Road to Hana
I've dubbed it the greatest adventure on Maui! The road to Hana is packed with adventure at every curve and one lane bridge, and there are a lot! Rent a car and follow my Road to Hana itinerary found here or go on a tour to hit all the highlights. Be sure the drive as soon as you can in the morning, and plan to be gone all day. So you'll want to pack a cooler and towels for swimming. The road to Hana has 620 curves and 59 bridges, many one land, so it is a good idea to be back off the road before dark.
There are 3 places on earth that have my heart—home, New York City, and Lahaina, Maui! It boasts the cutest little shops with unique art, fabrics, and paintings, yummy restaurants with views to die for, and history galore, including a thriving banyan tree planted in 1873! This was hands down our favorite area on Maui. We frequented here nearly everyday during our 10 day stay on the island. Whether for tours, eating, shopping, sight seeing, or just relaxing watching the boats go by between islands, it's an amazing, quaint spot for just about anyone.
The Valley Isle of Hawaii is full of so many beautiful sights at every turn! Nature and adventure are in abundance in Maui, and I have no doubt you will love your cruise stop there! If you haven't booked a Hawaiian cruise yet, I would love to help you make that dream a reality! Pop over to my Plan a Trip page, and let's get started.
Continuing on with #ChooseCruise month, I'm back to share another cruise port. Victoria, British Columbia, Canada is a popular port on Alaska Sailings. I'm excited to head back there on our own Alaskan cruise next summer. This quaint little city is the perfect cruise stop before heading on to Alaska, and was the perfect place for us to visit on a quick trip from Seattle.
There are so many great sights to see in Victoria, and I've put together a few favorites that are perfect for your cruise stop. Whether it is exploring beautiful gardens & historic castles or walking along the harbor, Victoria will have you smitten in just a short stop there. Here are my top sights to see in this quaint Canadian town.
The wood work, the stained glass, I can't even put into words just how stunning this castle is. You definitely won't be disappointed by putting this castle on your itinerary. Though the outside facade doesn't leave much to be desired, I was blown away, and the stained glass was something right out of Beauty & the Beast!
Head outside of the city for a trip to the stunning Butchart Gardens. There must be billions of plants here in all varieties. From stunning florals to lush ferns, there is something to catch everyone's eye!
Butchart Gardens was one of the highlights of our trip. It's just a little ways outside of Victoria, and the drive is beautiful so it is worth the time to make your way out there. Since we visited in late Spring, the gardens were in full bloom, and we were given quite the show! We spent about half a day strolling around Butchart Gardens, and probably could have spent longer. The flowers, the trees, the vines, so many beautiful plants to admire.
You might also want to head down to the beautiful harbor in Victoria. You can feed seals at Fisherman's Wharf, have high tea at the Empress Hotel, or explore the grounds of the British Columbia Parliament Building. We enjoyed all of the above, and look forward to doing many of the same activities next summer.
There are so many other spots to see in Victoria, but these are some great options to catch before you depart for your cruise. Are there any other spots you'd want to see in NYC?
I’m back today to share more about my trip to Turks & Caicos to tour the beautiful Beaches Resort Turks & Caicos. While there I had the pleasure of partaking in a catamaran tour with Island Routes. Island Routes is the official tour company of Sandals & Beaches Resorts, so they cater to Beaches on the beautiful islands of Turks & Caicos.
Our tour was Island Vibes Kitty Katt Cruise, and it did not disappoint! The cruise took us on a snorkeling tour then on to a deserted cay. The snorkeling itself wasn’t as great as I’d envisioned for the 3rdlargest reef in the world, but it was a very windy day making it difficult to stay in one place at a time. I did see some fish but had hoped to see a turtle and sting ray or two. However, the deserted cay was amazing! There we enjoyed the untouched beach, a walk to a beautiful lagoon, and admired the iguanas that live on the island. This beautiful, pristine cay was just incredible! I have never experienced such pure and blue waters!
All in all it was a fabulous excursion, and I highly recommend it! We can add this to your trip when you plan your Beaches Turks & Caicos family vacation with me! I would love to help you! Just complete the form on my Plan a Trip page, and I will be in touch.