February 7, 2017 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

Caribbean Cruise Aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas We just got off a seven day Caribbean cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas. Of course we had a fabulous time, even though the weather wasn’t that great. It’s hard to have a bad time on a cruise! This one left out of Tampa and stopped in Roatan, Honduras, Belize City, Belize, Cozumel and Costa Maya, Mexico. Although the Rhapsody is one of Royal Caribbean’s smaller ships, there is still plenty to do. This was also one of the best crews we have ever experienced on a cruise. They were…

January 25, 2017 The Traveling Gals

Port of Call: Nassau, The Bahamas A popular stop on a Caribbean or Bahamas cruise is Nassau. Nassau is famous for Paradise Island which is home to the Atlantis Resort. Paradise Island is a three mile stretch of land that protects Nassau’s harbor. Nassau is the capital city of The Bahamas, and there are lots of really fun and interesting things to do here even if you are only here for the day. Nassau was contested by the English, French, and Spanish, so there are lots of different cultural influences around the area. There are several museums that showcase the…

October 11, 2016 The Traveling Gals 2Comment

Bahamas Cruise Aboard the Majesty of the Seas Port Canaveral, FL – CocoCay, Bahamas – Nassau, Bahamas – Sea Day We just got back from a great cruise aboard Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas! This was just a 4 night cruise that stopped in CocoCay and Nassau. It was a lot of fun and we really lucked out with the weather. This time of year is good to go because the prices are usually very low, however you run more of a risk of hitting bad weather because it is hurricane season. The crew was wonderful and the food and…

September 20, 2016 The Traveling Gals 17Comment

River Cruising Along the Mekong in Vietnam & Cambodia A few years ago, we went on land/river cruise trip through Vietnam and Cambodia. We had  an amazing time seeing these two countries. There is so much history and culture. Some of the history is hard to take in, especially visiting sites like The Killing Fields and the “Hotel Hanoi” where American POW’s were held during the Vietnam War. Seeing these places in person though is an eye-opening experience. It was sad because so much of the Cambodian history is unknown to many people. But meeting the amazing, resilient people who can always find a…

July 5, 2016 The Traveling Gals 20Comment

How Do You Eat Healthy on a Cruise? Healthy eating is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a cruise. You might instead be thinking of the 24 hour buffet. However it is possible to eat healthy. We do it every time we cruise without sacrificing the enjoyment of eating!  It all starts with a positive mindset, some willpower (okay maybe a lot of willpower), and a little creativity. The Basics of Eating Well on a Cruise The Buffet – Often times the buffet gets a bad rap, but it can be your best friend when trying to…

February 5, 2016 The Traveling Gals 7Comment

Sail Away to the Caribbean on a Cruise! Every year our family goes on a Caribbean cruise out of Tampa with Royal Caribbean. It is a great way to relax and have fun in the warm tropical weather. This year’s cruise was 5 nights and stopped in Cozumel and Grand Cayman. It was especially nice because we left while Florida was having a bit of a cold spell, but the weather in the Caribbean was great. We have been fortunate enough to go on a lot of cruises over the years and have become very loyal to Royal Caribbean due to…

October 9, 2015 The Traveling Gals 5Comment

Royal Caribbean:  The Finer Things In the world of cruising, family and budget friendly usually come to mind when thinking of Royal Caribbean cruises, not the finer things.  I want to share with you two experiences I recently had on the Vision of the Seas that were quite grand events and elevated my perception of service and epicurean significance. Vision of the Seas Source Lafite Wine Tasting When reserving the tasting, I did not realize it was Lafite and assumed it was the usual tasting offered on board most ships.  It was not!  Royal Caribbean has…

September 25, 2015 The Traveling Gals 12Comment

Top 10 Tips For First Time Cruisers! Post by Carol 10. Fly in the night before to be on the safe side. It will give you more of a cushion in case of weather delays, lost luggage, etc. 9. If traveling abroad, look into an international call package before leaving (contact your cell provider for suggestions) 8. Stay on board on one of the Port Days. That ship will be less crowded and you can enjoy the onboard amenities and maybe have the hot tub to yourself! 7. Make reservations ahead of time for spa treatments and special dining options….