Cruise Review: Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas

The Navigator of the Seas was amplified in early 2019 to the tune of $115 million, and I got to be one of the first to experience the new additions and reimagining of the ship! Some changes include the first blow dry bar at sea, To Dry For, a new Caribbean poolscape, new and improved dining and nightlife options, and more. For our sailing, the itinerary was a 5-day trip roundtrip to-and-from Miami via the Bahamas and Haiti (at Royal Caribbean’s private island, Labadee), with two full days at sea. One of the nice things about being on a larger ship like the Navigator of the Seas is that there was always plenty to do during the sea days, so we were never bored (but more about that later)! You can find future sailing dates for the Navigator of the Seas and additional info about the ship here. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about the new-and-improved Navigator of the Seas!

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Cruise Review: Everything You Need To Know About The Celebrity Summit

Welcome to the Celebrity Revolution! Celebrity Cruises is spending $500 million dollars on a fleet-wide modernization to give the whole cruise line elements of their newest ships, the Celebrity Edge and Celebrity Flora (the latter will be debuting in the Galapagos in May 2019). The Revolution started with the introduction of the Celebrity Edge, a state-of-the-art new ship at the forefront of modern luxury cruising, and continued with the renovation of the Celebrity Millennium. Now, the Celebrity Summit is the second ship to be modernized in the fleet, and finished its refurbishment in March 2019. I was lucky enough to be one of the first to sail on the new and improved Celebrity Summit and see first-hand how Celebrity Cruises has brought the Summit to the “Edge”, so to speak.

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Transatlantic Cruising on the Cunard Queen Mary 2

Just the mere mention of the Queen Mary 2 conjures up images of voyages of old, transatlantic cruising on majestic ocean liners fit for royalty. The utter romance of sipping decadent cocktails on the veranda deck, strolling the promenade in the evening breeze, and dancing the night away to a string orchestra. You know, the fancy parts of the movie Titanic that made you dream of luxury cruising! For seven days in January those dreams became reality as I boarded the legendary Queen Mary 2 in the port of Brooklyn, New York and set sail for Southampton, England.

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Ultimate Alaska: Cruising Glaciers and Fjords Onboard the Seabourn Sojourn

Cruising Alaska has always been on my bucket list, so when I was given the opportunity to sail in luxury on the Seabourn Sojourn for the 14-Day Ultimate Alaska Glacier and Fjord Adventure in late June, I snatched it up. The itinerary took us on a two week journey out of Anchorage (Seward) to Vancouver through some of the best spots in Southeast Alaska and the Inside Passage, like Tracy Arm and the Misty Fjords. We were able to do excursions such as a helicopter flight up to a dogsledding camp, kayaking up to a glacier with the Ventures by Seabourn team, and taking my very first seaplane flight over the Misty Fjords. I found that choosing the 14-day Alaska cruise option made for the best itinerary over most 7-day cruise options, and my experience with the weather while sailing in late June and early July was wonderful. I think during the entire time cruising Alaska and Canada, we only had two days of rain, so we were very lucky that the good weather followed us all the way to Vancouver.

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9 Places to Visit in Budapest During Your Cruise Stop

ast month, I was invited to experience Viking River Cruise's Romantic Danube cruise. The cruise departed from Budapest and spent 7 days sailing up the Danube, making stops in Vienna, Krems, Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg along the way. I loved exploring all that Budapest had to offer during my time there, but I know how hard it is to decide where to go when you only have a day somewhere. So, here's a few photo stops I recommend making in order to see the prettiest places Budapest has to offer.

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