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Insider’s Guide

Things to Do Onboard Carnival Miracle

December 2, 2018 |

The Carnival Miracle has onboard activities like their: Playlist Productions at their Phantom Lounge; guests can participate in a Lip Sync Battle; join or spectate at the Hasbro Game Show. Personally, I had much enjoyment at the Metropolis Lobby/Atrium learning dance moves or at the RedFrog Pub for a challenging competition of shuffleboard. Read More

Cruise Vacation Port Excursion: Jet Ski Tour in Grand Cayman

November 27, 2018 |

We arranged this port excursion outside of Carnival Miracle (as we did a past excursion when on Carnival Conquest). Typically, the cruise arranges tours to Stingray City but in massive boat loads. It’s not our idea of enjoyment brushing shoulder to shoulder with a crowd to get a glimpse of wildlife. We read a lot of great TripAdvisor reviews (4.5 out of 5 stars based on 114 reviews) about Action Water Sports. It’s actually our 2nd time using this company as we had just been here just last month. We reserved 2 jet skis as single riders (Total: $220) through Grand Cayman Cruise Excursions (Island Marketing Ltd). Read More

Royal Caribbean – Allure of the Seas: 7 Night Caribbean Cruise (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

September 23, 2018 | 1

We received ~$600 credit in order to reserve this cruise accumulated from a Casino Bonus offer and partial refund from our noisy stateroom aboard the Serenade of the Seas in April. How couldn’t we take the opportunity for cruise travel before these credits expired?! Wouldn’t you SetSail? We were able to reserve Stateroom Cabin: 104, Deck: 9 which is my favorite ocean view room! Get familiar with Allure of the Seas with our photo tour. Read More

Airbnb: Belle Vista Hotel – John’s Pass (Madeira Beach, Florida)

May 13, 2018 |

Friends we made on our recent Caribbean cruise… and whom we adventured together Snorkeling to the Antilla Ghost Shipwreck in Aruba… brought their boat to John’s Pass and extended us an invite. They found a rental property a few steps away from John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk which had its own boat dock (for an extra fee). It’s always great to discover another area only an hour’s drive away from home. If interested in a coastal vacation in the Tampa area, this is a great spot. Read More

Cruise Compass Aboard RCL Serenade of the Seas

April 9, 2018 |

If you’ve never been on a cruise and wonder what’s there to do on a ship, here’s a glimpse of what there’s all to do aboard a Royal Caribbean Cruise. We boarded an 11-night Southern Caribbean Cruise from April 9 to April 20 and every day we were given a newsletter of activities and things to do on the ship. They call it the “Cruise Compass”. Learn more about the Headliners and Entertainment while on this cruise. Read More

The Entertainment & Headliners on our 11-Night Southern Caribbean Cruise

April 9, 2018 | 1

Need a reason to take a cruise? How about Free Entertainment everyday of your trip?! You’re given their Cruise Compass newsletter on a daily basis with a variety of activities for that particular day. Activities include: Live Bands, Karaoke, Piano Bars, challenges at the Sports Deck like dodge-ball and free throw tournaments. Here I wanted to highlight what was scheduled at the Tropical Theatre. Read More

What a Deal: The Best Cruise Parking in Fort Lauderdale

April 8, 2018 | 1

Tomorrow we set sail aboard Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas for an 11-night Southern Caribbean Cruise. The best way to feel refreshed for the start of a cruise is to arrive a day or more before the cruise. No need to stress or fret about missing a flight, missing a connecting flight, lost luggage, or any other reasons that may delay travel to the port. We’ve tried those cheap budget park n’ rides and actually parking at the cruise port, but I think this was the best deal for cruise parking we’ve ever experienced. Read More

REVIEW: Zombie Farm Paintball Hayride

October 27, 2017 |

Our first Halloween in Florida and about 30 miles from home, we found a Zombie Paintball Hayride on the Smith Family Ranch, in Lakeland. The first time I heard about such an activity was on the Travel Channel. I don’t know if the episode was talking about Millers Thrillers (Spring Hill, TN), Night of Terror (New Jersey), or ScareFest (St. Louis, MO). Read More

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