Showing posts from October, 2014

Podcast Episode 5a - California Coastal Cruise Recap

I finally got around to recording my California Coastal Cruise podcast.  Well actually I recorded it three times. First time it was way too long so decided to re record it without the port information. Will do a separate podcast for just the ports.  Second time was good but then I thought I had saved it but I had not so had to record a third time, so third time is a charm.

In this podcast I discuss how we got to the ship, embarkation, the food, the entertainment, dinner at the Crown Grill, Skywalkers Elite Lounge, our cabin, Vines, and the dining room and then disembarkation.

Check it out.

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My Thoughts on Cruising with the Ebola Crisis

Many people have been contacting me wanting my opinion on the Ebola Crisis in Africa. 
I have not wanted to deal with it on my page because the Facebook fan page for me has always been a place where we talk cruises and keep politics/heated discussions out. 
Debbie sent me the press release from Princess so I have attached it . 
My personal view is there are more dangerous threats out there in the world and they don't stop me from travelling. Flu/heart disease/diabetes/cancer/hunger/violent acts kill more people on their own than Ebola. All are bad and I hope they stop but none of them will keep me home. 
Dengue Fever is a bigger threat for me as a passenger sailing in the Caribbean. Princess even has a notification about it in my personalized. 
Friends always said why do you cruise cause you could get Norro... ironically I got Norro but got it at home. 
So my answer re Ebola is: 
I don't travel anywhere near the affected areasI am not worried about a disease that is transferred only …

Podcast Episode - Interview with Jim David about his 12 Night British Isles Cruise

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of chatting with Jim David from Nova Scotia Canada about his cruise on the Ruby Princess to the British Isles with his lovely wife Janice.  

This was a celebratory cruise to commemorate his 61st birthday.

The podcast is up on youtube but you can watch it here as well.  

Here are some links to things we discuss in the podcast that you may be interested in:

Blog about Bringing Wine Onboard Princess

Port Information:  
Dublin Hop on Hop Off Tour
London Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
Edinburgh Tattoo
Le Havre Train to Paris

Notes from Jim 

Transportation from London to Southampton
Travel – National Express Bus Paid $13 GBP - 1 adult 1 Senior
Can book on line.  National Express Bus London to South Hampton
Guernsey: Bus around Island for a Euro  Guernsey Bus
Cobh/Cork:Kinsale Tour for 8  Pickup at 8:30 am – Back at 4:00 pm
Dublin:The City Bus Tour is far superior with live commentary not recorded.City Bus Tour
Belfast:The tour is all day. It would go to Giant’s Causeway, Dunluce…

Recap of our California Coastal on the Crown Princess

I always have good intentions on doing a recap of a cruise but seems once I get home and get back to "normal" life I don't find the time and then it is just too late.

This time I wrote it on my to do list and that list has been staring at me for a week since we got back so here I go.

If you know me, or have been reading my blog for a while you know I am glass half full kind of person. And this review will be like that too.


Very smooth, very easy when arriving at the pier, easy to find porters, easy to find the appropriate lines.  Security was quick and relatively painless.  We were there later and missed the mad rush so we were able to go right on with our Priority Boarding.  Although I think if we had not been Priority we would of had to wait cause I did hear in the background them calling out a group to board.  In all I would say it was a half hour from dropping off our bag to walking into our cabin.


We had an oceanview cabin on Emerald Deck and it was j…

Our Next Cruise

I know we just got back you say... yes we did.  But the way our work is we go for long stretches in the Spring and Summer with no time off.  Fall hits and we then take our vacation.  So from now until late Winter we travel.

So this year we decided to plan a trip around a bathroom renovation.  

We are flying from Vancouver early November to Los Angeles and then are heading to Anaheim to go to Disneyland!  Yeah Disneyland.  

I have always wanted to go back to Disneyland.  I was there in 1970 when I was little and I never had kids and never thought of going as an adult.  

Well I did think about it but it wasn't top on our list. This trip I said lets spend a few days prior to the cruise in Anaheim.

We have a room booked within walking distance to the park for three nights.  Friends Angelique and Simon are going to meet us for two days too.  Can't wait to see them.

Then we board the beautiful Grand Princess for a ten night cruise to Mexico.  We absolutely love Mexico and this trip will a…


We again wake to the ship docking, but today it is Ensenada. 
I sip my latte in bed and Bernie heads up for some breakfast.  Our friend Beatte is coming ashore with us for a good Mexican meal. 

As soon as we exit the terminal there is a shuttle bus there that will transport you right downtown for a small fee.

Not sure exactly what the cost is but it is minimal.  It is walkable but Beatte doesn’t have much time off so we go with the shuttle.  It drops us off right in the heart of things.

We head to Guadalajara restaurant.  Beatte does the ordering and soon the food starts coming, and lots of it.  A cold drink is in order too – well we end up with three drinks each!  Here is a bit of video of the ambiance.

Oh my goodness the food is so good!  We are stuffed, and the entire meal came in at just under $60 for the three of us with three drinks each.  Wow what a deal. 

We are back out walking the Boulevard Costero and this time we head to a different bar for a margarita each. 

I love this plac…

San Diego Evening - Formal Night

We wake just in time for sail away.  We pour ourselves a glass of wine and sit out on the balcony for the beautiful sail away from San Diego.  The sun is setting, the reflection of the sun on the water and on the buildings creates a stunning landscape.  Everyone is out on their decks doing the same.  And as what happens on board we are all one big happy family and we chat with each other.

Tonight is Formal Night and we dress and head to Vines to see Anthony and Red and our great sushi chef Oscar.  I decide tonight we deserve a special treat and order two glasses of champagne.  Oscar has made us a spicy tuna roll for us to enjoy while we sip our drinks.  He keeps trying to get us to eat some tapas too but we have to save room for dinner too.  The Mariachi Band is playing and we are taking it all in.  It is hard to believe the trip is almost over.

We head to the dining room and sit and Mark and Lorelei welcome us.  The dining room is busy but not full.The bottle of wine we had last night …

San Diego

We arrive in San Diego early and what is nice about this itinerary is we are close in distance to all the sites and we get there early and stay late too.  We have all day in the ports. 

We dock at 7 am and the sun is shining and we lounge in bed with the drapes open looking outside and we are so relaxed. 
Today we ordered room service and it arrived promptly on time.  We sit outside and enjoy the meal and the time together.
We are docked right off Broadway one pier over from the pier we docked at last time.  The pier is basically a big tent, it does the job though.  But it should be noted you have to walk down the gangway, across a paved area, into the big tent, to the end of the tent to the door to the road.  It could be a long way for some people.  But once you are out of the port building you are really quite close to things.  USS Midway (friends said they bought their tickets ahead of time for the Midway thru Costco) is just a short walk to your right.  
Downtown is around five block…