Showing posts from January, 2017

Monday – Sea Day

Okay I would like to take a moment to thank my wonderful husband for sharing his cold with me. I kept waking up throughout the night with a throat that felt like it had knives in it. First thing this morning I could barely talk. 

I knew I needed to rest so I stayed in bed while Bernie dressed and went out.  Around 10 am I got up and showered and dressed and I was feeling better but my throat is sore. A good cup of hot tea helped to soothe it.

The IC is packed – lots of things going on  and one thing is the $10 Bijoux sale. 

Since I missed breakfast we go to the dining room for lunch where we sit at a table for two and have a great meal.  The soups are great (not salty either like the first one we had) so I started with a vegetable soup that had meatballs in it – called Mexican Soup.  For my main I had parmesan chicken which again was very very good.

We are both tired and when Bernie heads back to the cabin to watch tv and relax I head up on deck for some sun and reading. 

It is a bit overc…

Sunday Evening – First Sea Day

We did end up in the Horizon Court for dinner and the food was very good.  But if you were not into Indian food there were lots of other options for you too.

We then made our way down to Explorer’s Lounge where we pretty much stayed all night.

First it was “I’ll Take Trivia for $100” their version of Jeopardy where Bernie and I did quite well but got the last answer wrong but was quite a bit of fun.

Next came Majority Rules Gameshow where a lovely couple from Arizona joined us and we had a lot of laughs. 

Last was Famous Faces Team Trivia with Mark where we teamed up with Maureen and Christine from New Jersey. We won that trivia with 36 out of 40.  A bottle of Princess Champagne (not sure if it is drinkable but I hear it cleans glass quite well).  Since Christine has officially turned 21 tonight, we felt it only right that she enjoy the prize.  

It was a fun night. It was just what we needed. More casual, more carefree, and a lot of laughs.

Sunday – First Sea Day

It was so nice to sleep in today. With an hour forward we wake at 9:30 (really 8:30) and just relax and watch the Wake Show and take our time getting ready.

Bernie does head up to the Horizon Court (HC) for a light breakfast and it is very busy he says. Hard to find a seat and when he asks a woman at a table for four with only herself if he could sit there she said the seats were all taken.  

Sadly he sits right beside her and only her spouse showed up and the other two seats stayed empty. I guess people are afraid, inconsiderate or just uneasy. But cruising is really about being on a ship and interacting. Take some time to get to know your fellow guests you just never know who you might meet.

We finally leave the cabin around 11 am and the Atrium is very busy – they are doing the raffle draw from embarkation but as soon as that is done it quiets down. 

But we take seats in Crooners and read and do crosswords.

They are doing a Curtis Stone Restaurant Open house and I really want to check i…

Entertainment on Board the Ruby 7 Day

Production Shows 

Colors of the WorldOnce Upon a DreamMagic To Do

Comedian: A.J. Jamal

Explorer’s Lounge and Club Fusion

Party Band FusionCruise Cult Classics: Rock N Roll Nigh, That 70’s Night, Country and Western NightVarious Game Shows and Karaoke


Finding Dory, Galaxy Quest, Zootopia, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Ant Man, Now You See Me 2, Florence Foster Jenkins, Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, Jason Bourne, Keeping Up with the Joneses, Magnificent Seven (2016), Sing Street

Saturday Evening – Dinner and Welcome Aboard Show

We start out with Muster Drill.  Our location is the Princess Theater and we are on Baja so it is only a few flights down. I couldn’t help hearing a few comments that I wanted to share here.  

One was “what about people who can’t go down the stairs right now?” I responded they take the elevator.  Note everyone, if you require an elevator let the attendants at the elevators at Muster Drill know and they can assist you.  

The second was this woman who told her husband “don’t touch the railings going down – use your elbows”  I agree there are a lot of germs on ships.  But germs are everywhere including malls, parks, your home, schools everywhere. The main way to remove those germs is to wash your hands with soap and water. Going down stairs without holding onto the railing will probably be more dangerous than going down and falling because you didn’t want to hold the railing.  I will add that this person was holding the life jacket – which probably had quite a few germs on it too.  So wash…

Boarding Ruby Princess

As many of you know we are sailing the Ruby Princess on a 7 day Mexican Riviera.  Port stops include Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta and Cabo San Lucas.

We arrived at the pier really early.  Much earlier than we thought we would.  Everything went so smoothly. We had breakfast at the hotel, we packed up our bags and at 10:45 we were ready.  Check out was 11 so we just decided to check out and make our way to the port.

We used Uber to get to the pier (cost was $38) and traffic was minimal – being a Saturday and all.

We arrived at the pier at 10:45 , dropped off our bags and we were in the Preferred Check In line a few minutes later.  The queue for non preferred was long, this voyage. 

Only five minutes later we are in the Elite lounge sitting down and Lisa comes us to introduce herself! So nice to meet online friends and make them in person friends!

Around 11:15 they boarded the In Transit, then there was a large wedding party that boarded and then Elites boarded. We were on board by 11:30!  

Of co…

My Tips For Disneyland

Here are some tips I have learned after two different trips to Disneyland that others may find helpful from a cruiser's perspective.

Staying at a hotel that is walking distance to the park is very helpful but much more expensive.  Weigh out the cost with the savings you will encounter from paying or transport.Staying at a hotel further away is a great money saver (40% less for our recent stay). However we had to take the local transit (ART) to get anywhere.  Once we walked back and it took 40 minutes.  If you do pick a hotel further away at least find one that has a few amenities nearby.The local transit - ART comes in handy.  Check out day passes or 3 or 5 days passes for real savings.  A single ride cost $3, day pass is $5 and a 3 day pass is $12.  Staff on board are very very helpful and patient.Download the Disneyland App on your phone for quick access for park times, ride times, food venues, photo pass, dining reservation and so much more. We checked it often to see what the …

Friday January 27 – Last Day at Disneyland

Since we went to sleep so early last night we are awake early and we are determined to get there early today. But first I am craving pancakes – weird I know.  I rarely eat pancakes but today that is what I want. 

We decide to catch the ART bus early and go to the IHOP right across the street from the main gate. It works out perfectly and they even let me order a three stack of pancakes. 

As soon as the park opens (9 am) we are in! We have a game plan.  First California Adventure for the Radiator Springs Cars ride Fast Passes but the queue just to get the fast passes is like 100 long! So we decide to just take our chances and head to the ride and we go in the singles line and we wait maybe five minutes and most of that was walking there.  

Next stop is Toy Story ride again and it is a long queue but 40 minutes passes as we chat with others in line.  Bernie woops my butt again! 

I head to Paradise Pier Roller Coaster and as a single I have no wait at all.  Boy that run is fun!

We wander alon…

Thursday January 26 - Day Three at Disneyland

We wake and Bernie is suffering with a cold. Not really surprised after all that travel and flying and then being in contact with so many people (especially kids) in the last few days. 

We are a bit slow to get up and ready and after breakfast downstairs at the hotel we dress and head to the park for around 10 am.

We head into Disneyland first and go to get Fast Passes for Indiana Jones.  We ride Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted House, Winnie the Pooh and then Indiana Jones twice.  I really want to see the Tiki Room – it is one I remember from my childhood and it is so sweet and even cuter to see all the little ones in the room enjoy it.

The Radiator Springs Racers is still down first thing this morning and when it opens it has two hour waits. We try for fast passes but they are all gone and were gone very early today.  We ride the Toy Story ride, where Bernie beats me this time.

It is now 3:30 and we are meeting Ali for a meal in Downtown Disney.  So nice to see her again and even bette…

Wednesday January 25 Day Two at Disneyland

It was so nice to sleep in and boy did we need it.  We were both very tired. 

After waking we enjoy a coffee and watch tv and just relax. 

Today we are not heading to the park until later as we will be there late into the evening to catch Color of the World.

The hotel has a great breakfast for a reasonable price and while enjoying breakfast I quickly get the blog up and pictures and stuff as the Wi-Fi in the room is minimal. The router is a bit far from our room so I have to stand next to the door just to check things on line and forget about uploading pictures to my cloud for my blog as it just keeps dropping the signal. 

Not a huge issue as I accept it and I don’t need to be connected all the time.  I am also working hard at trying to focus on life around me and not on my phone/tablet screen.

Not that I had an issue with always being on line but I want to experience life first hand and that is my goal.

After breakfast Bernie does two loads of laundry. The hotel has laundry facilities but …

Day One at Disneyland

After a restless night I wake around 7:30 am.  How odd to wake and wonder where the heck am I?  Worst is when I went to the washroom once and came out and bumped into every piece of furniture. I think I have bruises everywhere! And Bernie didn’t even wake throughout the whole episode.

After we both woke we showered and went to breakfast downstairs.  It was quite good and reasonably priced.

To get to Disneyland Park we are a bit far to walk (well we could but we are conserving our energy). The Anaheim Resort Transport ART has a stop right outside the hotel and a kiosk to buy passes. We buy a three day pas for $12 each – single rides are $3 so after four rides it has paid for itself. 

We board and it takes around ten minutes to get to the resort.

It is only 9:30 and the park only opens at 10 so we head to Starbucks to get caffeinated – a requirement today.

We enter the park at 10:15 and it is lovely – oh what a great feeling! We focus on a section of the park today – mainly Tomorrowland. 


Arrived in Los Angeles

Touched down at Los Angeles airport around 1900 after a very long day of flying.

Left Lima Peru at 10 am with a stop in El Salvador.  So after flying for 10 hours we arrived and requested our Uber. Within minutes our driver Richard was there!

Nothing beats Uber – get the app – our ride to Disneyland area was $51 and took about 40 minutes.  Robert was very professional, helpful (even told us what the weather would be like tomorrow), enjoyed our conversation all the way too.

We had pre reserved the Holiday Inn Anaheim Resort for five nights.  It was a good price with great reviews although a bit further away from the park than we were last time. But it is on the ART line. We were greeted by two very professional women at the front desk.  I dealt with Jessica who was so helpful with providing the best room for us.

Jessica gave us details about the hotel and was so nice about making sure to contact them if we had any questions.  

Probably one of the best check ins we have had in a while. Esp…

Mediterranean Tips - Podcast

Quite a while ago - actually last February Doug Parker of Cruise Radio interviewed me about our Mediterranean Trip we did on the Island in Oct of 2015.  

After recording we both realized that there were just way too many ports to cover and agreed that scaling it back to a few ports with tips about those places was the way to go.

Here is the results of that interview after editing.

If you are heading to the Mediterranean.  If you are visiting Rome, Venice, Naples, Livorno or Dubrovnik make sure to listen.  We also discuss researching for an upcoming trip. Staying safe in port and how to travel like a local.

Podcast Link - click here