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A Un-Hotel Travel Option

 

Broadway I recently had to take a quick trip to New York City to tour the Norwegian Gem. I was traveling by myself and only spending one night. Asking around, the Hotel Tonight smartphone app was brought to my attention and I made up my mind that this was the way I was going to get myself a room for the night. With Hotel Tonight, you can get really good discounts but you can only reserve your room after noon of the night you want to stay.  About four days before I was flying out, I realized that the UN General Assembly was happening in New York. A quick check on the app and I realized hotels were going to cost me more than I wanted to spend.

DSC02535What to do?

I quickly exited the Hotel Tonight app and clicked on the Airbnb app. Airbnb is a website that people can list their apartment that they want to rent out for a night or so. That’s right, you’re not staying in a hotel at all but staying in someone’s house, apartment, or even just a room in their house or apartment. The major benefit with this option is significant savings on you accommodations.

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After doing a search for my destination, I found a in the Hell’s Kitchen area. After a quick conversation through Airbnb with the host, I made my reservation. I was little relieved at that point but still nervous because I never used this site and never stayed someplace like this while I traveled.

View from the rooftop garden of the building

View from the rooftop garden of the building

After landing in New York I made my way over to where the apartment building was located.  I was in contact with my host through text messages the whole time. She wasn’t quite ready for me, which was ok since I could check out where I had to go the next day to tour the ship. I then spent some time in a park down the street enjoying a beautiful day till she was ready for me to come up.  When she was ready for me I made my way to her building, announced my self at the front desk, and was on my way up to her apartment.

The apartment was a small studio on the 6th floor of a fairly new building. The studio wasn’t real big, but then again I’m used to whole houses and not studios and apartments in high-rise buildings.  It had everything I needed for staying the night and the location was excellent. It was really close to 9th ave. in the Hell’s Kitchen area. There are tons of restaurants nearby, a real foodie destination. It was also only four and a half blocks from the pier where I had to go the next day, perfect for me. My host was very nice and made the whole experience with Airbnb a good one. I would definitely use it again on some of my other travels when hotel options just don’t work out.

View of the Cruise Port

View of the cruise port from the apartment building

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Relaxful Cabanas on the Cay

In an earlier post Great Stirrup Cay, Highlight of the Cruise I talked about our day on Great Stirrup Cay during the Cruise Family Reunion cruise. Great Stirrup Cay is Norwegian cruise Line’s private island in the Bahamas. In this post, I wanted to talk a little more about renting a cabana.

Cabana on the Cay! #CFCruise #cruise #CruiseLikeaNorwegian #instapic #piccollage

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Cabana on the Cay

Cabana on the Cay

We rented a cabana for the day because, traveling with our two year old, we wanted to make sure we had shade. We were glad we did since shade is at a premium on the island. They do have some shells you can get to go over your chairs but I heard many people complain about how hot it got underneath them. With the cabana, not only did you get your shade but you also got a ceiling fan to move the air and ensure you have a breeze. You can reserve a cabana for $299 for the whole day. A cabana can accommodate up to eight guest. You get priority tendering to ensure you get the most out of your day. You arrive to find your cabana with eight bottles of water and a fruit plate of fruit. You will also have eight towels waiting for you as well so you don’t have to bring yours from the ship. They also include four of the floaty mats and a $50 food and beverage credit. Upon arrival at the island you make your way to the cabanas and the one reserved for you.

Lack of shade on Great Stirrup Cay

Lack of shade on Great Stirrup Cay

Beach directly in front of the cabanas.

Beach directly in front of the cabanas.

Shortly after getting there someone will greet you and give you a wristband. Supposedly only people with a wristband on will be able to be around the cabanas for safety reasons but I didn’t see people really check this.From that point on, you will have someone bring you drinks and food so you don’t have to worry about that. The beach directly in front of the cabanas is a lot less crowded and more quiet. There is, however, a few rocks in the water. You need to be carefully when entering and leaving the water or I suggest having some water shoes to protect your feet. Being a further walk than the main beach, not as many people make their way to this part of the island. Yes, it is a further walk to the bathroom but if you’re in one of the first few cabanas it’s not all that far. A good investment for NCL to make would be to construct a bathroom near the far end of the cabanas.

Salsa dish delivered to our cabana

Salsa dish delivered to our cabana

All in all I loved having the cabana. In my eyes, it was the difference between having a good time and having a great time. If you want a more laid back experience during your stay on Great Stirrup Cay, I would recommend looking at getting yourself a cabana for the day.

Author: Nathan Nehmer, nate@cardinalcruiseandtravel.com

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Day Three, Nassau

The last port of call for the Cruise Family Reunion was Nassau, Bahamas. I have to be honest with you; I wasn’t all that excited about this port of call. Traveling with a two year old who still takes naps, limits what you can do for shore excursions. We didn’t want to venture too far or book an excursion that lasts all day since we didn’t know how Taylor would take so many action packed days in a row.

Because I had to!

Because I had to!

We decided to take in a little shopping and the straw market in downtown Nassau that day. We got up and ate breakfast and headed off the ship. The straw market was just starting to open up at 9:00 am on a Sunday. While it was nice to not have the crowds, a lot of the stores were still closed up. That also cut down on the amount of pushy stall owners trying to get you to buy the stuff they supposedly made.

After making our way through the straw market and buying one shirt for our five month old we headed over to the Del Sol store to check out the color changing clothing and accessories. The Del Sol portion of the store is located in the back of the store with the bamboo-clothing store, Cariloha, in the front. Be careful taking a two-year-old girl into a Del Sol store since they have so much Disney clothing on display. They will want everything! We managed to get out of there spending only $70.

First church in Nassau

First church in Nassau

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Our Carriage

On the way back to the ship someone wanting to sell us a horse carriage ride through Nassau encountered us. We asked him how much and were it was $40. Our chance to barter with him was foiled when Taylor started jumping up and down saying “I want a horsey ride”. So off we go on a carriage through the streets of Nassau. During the ride he explained all the historic sights of the city and then some, although it was hard to hear him over the noise. It was fun but I suggest not paying $40 for it.

Snow White

Snow White

That was it for our day in Nassau as we had planned to return to the ship for lunch and spend a pseudo day at sea.

 

Author: Nathan Nehmer nate@cardinalcruiseandtravel.com

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Beaches of Kauai

Once again, I am reposting a blog that I did on my other account some time ago. I wanted my blogs altogether in one place so I apologize if you were one of the few who saw this post.

Beaches of Kauai

The Island of Kauai is known for many beaches. Since it is the oldest of the Hawaiian Island it has more sand beaches per mile of shoreline than any other island. I am going to highlight a few of these beaches. Please keep in mind, since Hawaii is located in the open ocean, Hawaii’s beaches are more dangerous than most of the beaches in the Caribbean. Rip tides and rouge waves can form without warning so be careful if you are going to swim while you are on your Hawaiian vacation.

  1. Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay, located near the north shore town of Hanalei, consists of four beaches. They are Waikoko Beach, Wai”oli Beach Park, Hanalei Pavilion Beach Park, and Black Pot Beach. Hanalei Bay is not a great swimming destination but it is great to look at.  Hanalei Beach Pavilion Park offers facilities and a lifeguard, as well as a pier to walk out on to.

Photos of Hanalei Bay, Kauai
This photo of Hanalei Bay is courtesy of TripAdvisor

  1. Moloa’a Bay

Moloa’a Bay is off the main road and can be accessed by taking Moloa’a Rd. of Ko’olua Rd. This beach is a beach not to well known so it shouldn’t be crowed. Parking is limited here, but it is worth the extra walk to get there. The better part of this beach is on the south east side. There is also a lot of shade here.

Moloa'a Bay

Moloa’a Bay

  1. Donkey Beach

Donkey Beach can be accessed from a parking area between the 11 and 12 mile marker on the main rd. From there it is about a 10 min walk down to the beach. It will seem a lot farther on the way back since it is uphill. A sidewalk that goes most of the way down to the beach makes it a little easier though. Donkey Beach has been known to be a nudist’s beach but new multi-million dollar houses here have put a stop to that (not saying that you still won’t see some nudity. Swimming is not great here, because of the current, and shade is limited.

Donkey Beach

Donkey Beach

  1. Lydgate State Park

Probably the best place to swim and snorkel, Lydgate State Park, is located just south of the Wailua River.  Protected from the surf and the facilities located here, makes this park popular with families and also makes it crowded sometimes. OK, most of the time. Still I highly recommend checking this park out, maybe for a little picnic.

Lydgate Beach Park, Kauai - Picture of Anini Beach, Kauai
This photo of Anini Beach is courtesy of TripAdvisor

  1. Kalapaki Beach

Popular with both visitors and locals, this beach is a great place to learn to surf and boogie board. With a shopping center and restaurants (Dukes Canoe Club is one of my favorite) nearby, there is something always going on at Kalapaki Beach. You can also check out the Cruise ships coming into Nawiliwili Harbor here.

Photo courtesy of Duke's Kauai

Photo courtesy of Duke’s Kauai

  1. Glass Beach

Glass beach is located behind an industrial area in Ele’ele; this beach is made up of broken glass washed up from an old dump nearby. As you may expect, this is not a good beach to swim at or even walk barefoot on. It is however very colorful.

Hawaiian Monk Seal on Glass Sands beach

Hawaiian Monk Seal on Glass Sands beach

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Social Media Showing Off The Norwegian Breakaway

Don’t you just love social media? Remember the days when you had to wait for the event to be over and the newspaper to come out before you saw pictures of it? Those days are gone! With sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; we can see whats going on almost as its happening. Of course, we also have to thank smart phones for helping out with this feat.

This past week the Norwegian Breakaway was christened in New York City. She is the largest cruise ship to be positioned full time in New York. The build up to the event on May 8, 2013 was huge and everyone in the cruise industry was talking about it. Norwegian Cruise  Line also set up a live video theme of the ceremony. At one point, I saw a tweet that there were almost 6,500 viewers on the live feed but that number dropped as they experienced a few technical problems with it.NorwegianBreakaway.jpg

Then she set sail and we have been seeing pictures and comments come in over twitter and other social media sites. I sorted through some of the tweets and picked out my favorites to show. The picture above was tweeted many times and I can’t seem to find the original person who tweeted it to give credit.

Norwegian Cruise Line was busy posting pictures to their Instagram page. It looks like they are proud of her and want to show her off. Here are some of the pictures from their account.

She has arrived! #norwegianbreakawayis docked in #nyc! Check out the view of the city.

She has arrived! #norwegianbreakaway is docked in #nyc! Check out the view of the city.

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The @rockettes just christened #NYC’s newest ship, #norwegianbreakaway! Time to celebrate!

The @rockettes just christened #NYC's newest ship, #norwegianbreakaway! Time to celebrate!

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The incredible Slam Allen is lighting up the room with another amazing performance at Fat Cats On#norwegianbreakaway

The incredible Slam Allen is lighting up the room with another amazing performance at Fat Cats On #norwegianbreakaway

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Enjoy the most beautiful view of the Freedom Tower in #nyc from deck of#norwegianbreakaway!

Enjoy the most beautiful view of the Freedom Tower in #nyc from deck of #norwegianbreakaway!

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You can even chill at Fat Cats on the Waterfront on #norwegianbreakaway!

You can even chill at Fat Cats on the Waterfront on #norwegianbreakaway!

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Ok I know what some of you are thinking; These are professionally taken photos from the cruise line to make their ship look good. For this reason I sat down and searched twitter for passengers pictures of the ship. There were plenty to chose from so here are some of my favorites.

I think those are some impressive photos from people who were already lucky enough to sail on her. I can’t wait to get my turn to see her in person

Author Nathan Nehmer: nate@cardinalcruiseandtravel.com

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Why I Became A Travel Agent

I get asked often, how did you become to be a travel agent? The first few times I was asked this, I probably looked like that deer you see in your headlights when you are driving home. Why would someone ask this question is what I thought? Then one day I was talking to doctor and I asked him, “How did you decide to become a doctor?” Half way through that question I paused for a second and realized I need to make sure I have my answer ready for when I’m asked why I became a travel agent.

First, a little about my background, I grew up on a farm in a small Wisconsin town not too far from Madison. We grow vegetables and flowers to sell at the farmer’s markets in and around Madison during the summer.  How does a rural farm boy become interested in travel? I’m not real sure but as I think about it more reasons come to mind.rjl_1943_#1_0

I LOVE to travel!

Being a Wisconsin farm boy and working all summer long, I love to get away in the winter. My preferred destination is anywhere warm and near water. Hawaii is one of my favorite places because of the tropical weather and the laid back atmosphere. What is a better way to escape a Wisconsin February than to fly to Hawaii?Picture 033

I LOVE to research trips.

I love to sit down and start learning about a destination. It doesn’t mater if I’m going there or not; I want to learn more about it.

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Your big online agencies are not always the best

Yes, I am talking about those sites like Expedia, Orbitz, and Travelocity. Going back to the part of me researching my trips, I often found that these sites were not the cheapest way to book a trip. They often do not provide you with all the flights that are available and if you have a question…well, I hope you can give up a half a day to sit on hold when you call them.

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I LOVE helping others make memories

Last but certainly not the least, I LOVE helping others plan a vacation they will remember for years. I strive to make their vacation planning easy so they can sit back and relax leading up to their vacation. I am there to help if problems arise during their travels. Finally, I love to hear about their vacation when they get back. Nothing makes me happier than to hear about an awesome time clients had on their vacation.

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Meet Allison Mathews

Allison(@GirlFriTravel on Twitter) is one of the hosts for the Cruise Family Reunion, a fun-filled three day cruise with cruise experts and bloggers on the Norwegian Sky. I wanted to get an interview with her so you can learn more about what drew her to traveling and cruising.

Allison Mathews

Allison Mathews

Allison’s blog, Girl Friday Travel, is her place to share her family’s travels and encourage all to jump on a car, bus, train or plane and see the world! You can also find Allison on Pinterest and Facebook.

Getting to Know Allison

Where are you from originally and where do you now call home?

 

I am originally from Huntington Beach California and now live near Nashville Tennessee by way of Tampa and Boca Raton Florida.

 

How long have you been a travel blogger?

 

Not long, about 6 months, I decided to leave my job to be stay at home mom and thought that writing a blog would give me something creative to do.

Is there anything you have learned in your 6 months of travel writing? Anything that you can give to help others who have been thinking about starting a blog?

There are a couple of things I have learned.  One is to make connections with others bloggers on Twitter and Facebook.  It really helps to read other blogger’s blogs and see what they are talking about.  It helps with the creative process.  The one thing I struggle with the most is writing every day, I am the worst procrastinator, but I am trying to overcome it.

What recourses have you used to help make your blog better?

My husband, the GEEK, is helping me use the key words etc to tag my blogs better so that they get picked up better via Google.

How did you become so interested in travel and writing about it?

 I have always wanted to travel, but my family never went far on our vacations. Mostly we camped in Northern California.  In my teens I went to NYC with my Theatre Group which was awesome! Then finally I took my first big trip to Paris when I was 24 years old and I loved it!  That was it, I was hooked, I wanted to go everywhere I could. 

 I decided to write about it when I realized I was reading a lot of travel blogs and I though gee, I could do that. I think I have something to say and I also wanted to share my love of travel. 

Where have you been and what destinations were your favorites? And why?

 I have been to 40 of States in the USA, including Alaska, all over the Caribbean including  Belize and Honduras, Canada; Nova Scotia, British Columbia and New Brunswick,  Mexico both the Yucatan Peninsula and the Mexican Rivera.  I have also been to France, Spain, Italy and Croatia.  So I have been around, thought I realized I am not as well traveled as some.Venice, Italy

 Probably my favorite destination is Barcelona, I love that city, it was the perfect balance of old and new and I just felt at home there. My family and I are heading back there in March as part of a Canary Island Cruise that includes Madeira. We also plan on going to Gibraltar on this trip, so beside a return to Barcelona, we do get to visit new and exciting destinations.

Allison and Family in Barcelona

Allison and Family in Barcelona

What content can reader expect to find in your blog?

 Generally, I share my family’s experiences while traveling.  We have a young son, so I hope I share some of our approach to traveling with children. I also like to try to share tips or thoughts about travel and hope that they help others who wish or are traveling to the destinations we have been.

 

 How many cruises have you been on?

 17 total cruises to date. I have sailed with Carnival, Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Disney. 

 For our Canary Island Cruise we I will be sailing with Norwegian and then sailing them again for the Cruise Family Reunion Cruise this July. So very soon I will be up to 19 total.

 

What was your favorite cruise? Why did you like this one more than your other cruises?

 That would have to be a tie between our 12 day Mediterranean Cruise and our 14 day Southern Caribbean Cruise. 

 Both had their highlights

 – For the Mediterranean Cruise it was sailing into the Grand Canal of Venice. Venice was a place I had always dreamed of going and to sail in and be able to see it in all its grandeur from our balcony was thrilling. All of our ports were new to us and it was fantastic to visit so many fabulous ports.  Plus the Carnival Magic was an awesome ship.  It was perfect for us as it had lots of things for our then 7 year old son to do.  So after a long day of sightseeing he could run off some of his energy on the Ropes Course or the Water Works Park they had on board. It was the best of both worlds.

 – For the Southern Caribbean Cruise, we were on board for both the Christmas and New Years Holiday and it was also BC (Before Colin).  We were sailing on the old Noordam with Holland America and it was a smaller ship.  Besides going to many ports we had not yet been too, it was the Holland America crew and the people we met that really made this one special. We were adopted by three couples, all in their 70’s and 80’s and they treated us like their Grandkids.  We met the Captain one night and from then on were included in his circle each evening and even got to dine with him one night.  It felt like we were on the Love Boat, except he was not Captain Stubing. Plus Celebrating New Years at Sea was fabulous. It is really just good memories.

 

Do you have a cruise line that you like more than others?  Why?

 As per my previous answer, we have sailed several of the major cruise lines. I would be hard pressed to say which one we like the most. 

 We have sailed Carnival the most as we have found them to be priced well and they have severed us well in regard to kid activities. Colin, our son has been sailing with us since he was 3 (he has 10 cruises total) and Carnival seemed to be the right choice. I know that some would not agree with me on this point, but we have not had a bad sailing on them. Colin on the Magic's Rope Course

 BC – We liked Holland America a lot, mostly because the still have the Old World Charm of Cruising.  The service has always been good and we really enjoy the care they provide.???????????????????????????????

 

What are you most looking forward to with the Cruise Family Reunion?

 

I can’t wait to meet my Cruise Family, who have been fabulous tweeter friends and wealth of knowledge regarding cruising and traveling.  I am also looking forward to meeting everyone else who decided to join our motley crew and I am sure they will also have lot of expertise to share as well.   I am also looking forward to some #TWANCING!

You mentioned meeting friends on twitter and their wealth of knowledge involving travel, what is the one thing that stands out as something you have learned from twitter? 

 

I have found some great sites and blogs from Twitter Friends.  Fashion sites, wine and food sites and other interesting sites.  One twitter friend wrote a blog about doing carry on for their trip instead of packing your whole closet.  This inspired me to try it for my family and you know what it was awesome!  We didn’t have a ton of luggage and our son was able to hand his suitcase with no help.  We had plenty of clothes of our 7 day cruise and we are not going back to the big suitcases.  We are planning on doing carry on only for our Cruise to the Canary Island.  I am also making my mom do carry on only for our trip to Austria this May.  I am a total convert and probably would not have try it if it was not for my Twitter friend.Friends_overpack.jpg

 

What would you say to someone who is thinking about going on the Cruise Family Reunion but isn’t sure if they want to?

 

Join us – There will be fun, sun, great new friends to meet and you too could become part of the Cruise Family. Come on you know you want too….

Any thing else you want other people to know about you and your blog?

I am no expert nor am I the best writer out there, but I am truly excited about traveling and hearing and learning about other people’s travel experiences.

 I am also one of those people who love to help others with their travels.  I have met so many people via Twitter or Cruise Critic etc that I have been able to share knowledge about places I know.  So if you have question about any where I have visited or lived, drop me a line.  I am happy to help provide you with the info you are want to help you have the best time where ever you go.

I must also mention that 99% of the photos on my Blog are by my husband Eric, he is my ACE the Photographer.  You can follow him on Twitter @CruiseList

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Announcing Brooklyn Annemarie Nehmer

I want to announce to you the latest member of the Cardinal Cruise and Travel family. For the last 9 months my wife has been pregnant with our second daughter. So after the long wait Brooklyn Annemarie Nehmer has arrived.

 

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Brooklyn was born on at 4:01 am on February 5th, which also happens to me my wife’s birthday. How is that for a birthday gift? She weighed 8 pounds and 6 ounces and was 21 inches long. I forgot just how small a new infant is.

 

Mother and daughter are doing good and can’t wait to get home. Taylor, the 2 year old big sister, is ready to help mommy and daddy take care of young Brooklyn.

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Liebster Award

Woohoo! Marian, from The Travel Shop Girl blog, nominated me for the Liebster Blog Award. This is a blogger’s way of saying “You’re one of my favorites! Good job!” (Liebster is German for “favorite”). Thank you Marian.

Liebster-Award

Here are the rules of the Liebster Award:

  • When you receive the award, you post 11 random facts about yourself and answer 11 questions from the person who nominated you.
  • Pass the award onto 11 other blogs (make sure you tell them you nominated them!) and ask them 11 questions.
  • You are not allowed to nominate the blog who nominated you!
  • Make sure the blogs you choose have 200 or less followers.
  • Include a link to the person who nominated you & let them know about your post

Here are the 11 facts about me. I hope these don’t bore you too much, since I am not the most interesting person in the world.

  1. I am a farm boy. I grew up on a family farm and still work on the farm. We grow vegetables to sell at the farmer’s markets in the Madison, WI area.
  2. I am married to a wonderful woman and have one daughter. As I am writing this, I literally have the phone next to me because my wife is due any day now with my second daughter.
  3. Even though I live in Wisconsin, I HATE cold weather!
  4. I love anything that has to do with the outdoors! I am not happy when I am trapped inside. This could be why I hate winter (refer to #3).
  5. I am really hard on cell phones! I used to have a tendency to run cell phones through the washing machine. I found out that a clean cell phone doesn’t work as well as it did before I washed it. Also if you refer to #1, I work in an environment that isn’t good for cell phones.
  6. I am a cheapskate! I am always looking for ways to save money. I like to call it being frugal.
  7. I am a “people watcher”. I like to sit back and watch the crazy things people do.
  8. I love to play poker. I have always loved math that I can do in my head and making my mind work in everyday life. Some of this may have to do with fact #7 as well.
  9. If you follow me on Twitter, you may know I tweet a lot about rum. While I do like rum, I rarely drink anymore. When I was younger, drinking got me into a little bit of trouble and I realized that the trouble wasn’t worth the fun.

10. I am captivated by the water.  From the ocean to the smaller lakes around here, I love anything that has to do with the water.

11. I like to figure out how things work. If I can, I like to tear things apart just to see what makes them work.

The 11 questions asked of me by Marian

1. Favorite mode of transportation: Airplane, train, ship, boat, car, or something else?

This is a hard one. While I hate the whole logistics of air travel, the places I like to travel to, are accessed the easiest by flying.
2. If you could pick anywhere in the world to live for the next few years, where would it be and why?

This one is really easy for me. Those who know me know I am absolutely in love with Hawaii.

The smaller Kahuna Falls
3. What big trip do you have planned for 2013?

The one thing that I am really looking forward to is the Cruise Family Reunion.  We are cruising with a group of cruise experts/bloggers on the Norwegian Sky this July. We would love all of you who are reading this to come along with us on this fun-filled trip. Visit www.cruisefamilyreunion.com for more details on this event of the year.

4. What’s your favorite travel app?

The one app that you HAVE to have on your phone if you like to cruise is ShipMateApp. This app has everything you want to know about cruising.

5. Do you prefer snowy destinations or warm weather destinations and why?

Warm weather destination is my choice. Refer to the #3 fact about me above.

6. How many languages can you speak?

Only English.

7. Would you rather fly Business or First class and spend less on your hotel or resort or fly Economy class and spend more on your hotel or resort?

Save the money on economy and spend it on the resort. You spend more time at the resort so why not splurge on it.

8. Do you generally pack your bags for a trip well in advance or right before you leave?

Right before I leave. I am a procrastinator like that!

9. Best cruise advice for your readers?

Just go and have fun! You are going on vacation to relax so go and have a good time.

10. Have you ever traveled somewhere that thought felt like “home” more than home did?

Yes, in Hawaii. I feel so at ease in Hawaii and would love to make that home.
11. Are you an early riser or do you prefer to stay up late?

I am an early riser. With a kid I like to get up early and get stuff done before it gets hectic when everyone wakes up.

Now the questions for my nominees:

  1. When did the travel bug bite you?
  2. What destination have you travel to that you could travel to over and over again?
  3. What activity have you done on your travels that what out of your comfort zone?
  4. Name one thing that you hate about traveling. Why?
  5. What tops your travel bucket list? Why?
  6. What have you learned about yourself because of your travels?
  7. What foods have you ate during your travels that you never would have eaten at home?
  8. What advise would you give to others who want to become travel writers?
  9. What destination do you have no desire to travel to?
  10. What is the one thing you cannot travel without?
  11. If you could take a “travel newbie” with you, where would you take them?

Once again I would like to thank Marian for nominating me. It was a ton of fun! Now, here are my nominees. I hope you all take this on and have as much fun as me.

Allison (@GirlFriTravel)

Pola  (@jettingaround)

Colleen (@TheTrvlPrincess)

David (@BrooksCruiseSvc)

Scott (@ScottLara1961)

Shannon (@CajunMama)

Cathy (@Addict2Cruises)

I am going to break the rules on the next few. They have more than 200 followers but I really like these blogs.

Leah (@L_e_a_h)

Lola (@LolaDiMarco)

Ana (@mrsoaroundworld)

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Cardinal Cruise and Travel

Merry Christmas from Cardinal Cruise and Travel

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