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March Cruise Ship Madness Week 2

Last week I introduced to you the March Cruise Ship Madness where we matchup cruise ships in NCAA basketball tournament style to see which ship comes out as the champion. The first week of matchups are in the books and we are on to week two. Each week your vote enters you into a drawing for a $200 gift certificate. Vote every week for the best chance to win. Also, if you share the contest with your friends, you will get an extra entry for every friend that enters.

Week one was a success! The Norwegian Getaway defeated the Carnival Fantasy with 85% of the votes. The big winner of the week was the Ruby Princess who took all 100% of the votes in the matchup against the MS Noordam. Also winning in week one was the Celebrity Solstice and the Norwegian Sun. Each of these ships took 57% of the votes and defeated the Oasis of the Seas and the MS Nieuw Amsterdam respectively.

Update March Cruise Ship Madness Bracket

Update March Cruise Ship Madness Bracket

Here are this weeks Matchups:

1. Royal Princess vs. Majesty of the Seas

2. Norwegian Gem vs. Carnival Breeze

3. MSC Divina vs. Celebrity Infinity

4. Carnival Dream vs. Independence of the Seas

You can vote for your favorites through the tab on my Facebook page or you can get to the promotion directly by clicking here. You have until Saturday to vote for this weeks matchups. Have fun and good luck. the official rules for the contest can be found by clicking here Contest rules.

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There is a New Princess

On Thursday The Duchess of Cambridge will officially christen the Royal Princess. The Royal Princess is the much talked about brand new ship from Princess Cruise Line. The christening ceremony, will start at 6:15 am eastern time/5:15 central time, will be streamed live on Princess Cruises’ website If your not freak like I am and set an alarm so you can get up and watch this special event, you can watch a replay of the christening ceremony online.

Back when the Norwegian Breakaway was christened I did a post featuring photos of the ship that were shared over social media. I decided I would do another post like that for the Royal Princess. So without further a-do, let me shut my mouth (finger) and let the pictures do the talking. Here are some of the pictures that have came out since she has arrived in Southampton.

What a beautiful ship she is.

These show the much talked about SeaWalk, a glass bottomed walkway that extend 28 feet off the side of the ship.

Next up is a few pictures of the adults only Sanctuary.

The atrium on the Royal Princess is where the action will be since it will be the social hub of the ship!

Finally the outside areas of this beautiful ship.

Thank you to everyone tweeting pictures of this beautiful ship and congratulations to Princess Cruise Line on their newest addition.

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Deflating the 10 Reasons to Never Cruise Part 2

In a previous post, Deflating the 10 Reasons to Never Cruise Part 1, I went through the first 5 reasons a blogger gave for never cruising again. I pointed out that with an open mind and careful planning you can minimize some of these reasons. Today I am going to continue with this for reasons six through ten.

6) There’s always someone in your way.

I don’t really even know what to say to this point that was brought up. Everywhere I go there are always people in my way. It is part of life. From the grocery store, to county or state fairs or any vacation destinations you go to (once again unless you go someplace really remote).

WARNING! Meant to be Funny, Please Don't Try This.

WARNING! Meant to be Funny, Please Don’t Try This.

7) The boat will make you sick, literally.

This is a concern with a lot of people. The newer ships do have stabilizers on them, however they don’t prevent all people from getting sick. There are many options to combat the motion sickness ranging from medicine like the patch behind the ear to Meclizine. There is also loads of information in cruise forums on natural ways to combat motion sickness.


8) You’re never in one place long enough to get to know it.

Here once again is where doing your homework comes in. Some cruise lines spend more time in certain ports. Some even overnight in a port and you can spend more than on day there. For example the Royal Princess on its 2014 European season will spend 2 full days in St. Petersburg.

Rendering of the Royal Princess at Night

Rendering of the Royal Princess at Night

Even if you don’t spend as much time there; if you want to get to know a place, skip the tourist shops and stuff like that and go out to get to know the place.

9) It all adds up.

I haven’t been on any vacation where the cost didn’t add up. On a road trip across the US gas, snacks, hotels, and tolls can add up.  If you go camping, you have to buy all the gear to do that. Going to a resort you have to pay for meals and resort fees. Pictured here is a screenshot of the gas cost estimator from AAA predicting my cost to drive to Orlando. This doesn’t include anything but gas, and believe me there would be a hotel night. I am not driving straight through with 2 small children.

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10) You have no choice.

There is plenty of choice when it comes to cruising. Your biggest choice should come in your planning stage. Do your research, talk to a travel agent ho specializes in cruises, or visit a cruise forum to make sure you are picking a cruise line/ship that fits what your lifestyle is.  If you make the right choice then, you will find that the choices really open up during the cruise because you will like more of the options offered to you.

I believe there is a cruise line, ship or itinerary for everyone. It just takes a little work to find it. It may not be on one of the mainstream large cruise lines. Maybe it is a river cruise, or a barge cruise in the French countryside. It could even be a luxury cruise on a small ship or yacht. The choices are endless so take some time to research what’s best for or call a travel agent and talk to them about cruising. They would be happy to show you the possibilities.

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Royal Princess Comes to Life at Night

Part of the fun of cruising is the nightlife on board the ship. You get back from spending the day in port, have dinner, and let the fun begin. Maybe you check out a show in the theater, play a few games in the casino, or have a few drinks and some dancing in the nightclub. Today’s new ships have a ton to do to keep you entertained long into the night.

Rendering of the Royal Princess at night.

Rendering of the Royal Princess at night.

Recently Princess Cruises gave us all better look at what the nightlife will look like on their newest ship, the Royal Princess. The Royal Princess will make her debut on June 16, 2013. She will be sailing 12-day Grand Mediterranean voyages before her first trans-Atlantic voyage to Fort Lauderdale where she will sail from for the winter.

“Royal Princess will feature the widest variety of entertainment we have ever offered at sea,” said Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises’ executive vice president. “No matter how passengers like to spend their evenings at sea, we’ll have an exceptional array of options to keep passengers entertained.”

Club 6 – A new dance club, conveniently located on Deck 6 near the Atrium, Club 6 offers a vibrant space with an intimate atmosphere and contemporary decor. Passengers can grab a cocktail and dance to their favorite hits.

Production Shows – With high-definition screens and a brand new lighting system to enhance each show, the Princess Theater will offer a larger and more spectacular space for the line’s original production shows and entertainers. Four new productions will debut aboard Royal Princess, including “Colors of the World,” an experiential journey through the destinations visited by Princess ships; “Spectacular!” a musical revue extravaganza; “Sweet Soul Music,” an upbeat tribute to Rhythm and Blues; and “What the World Needs Now,” a timeless, elegant show celebrating the music and style of the ‘60s.

Princess Theater

Princess Theater

Vista Lounge – A more intimate entertainment setting, the Vista Lounge will host a variety of top-notch entertainers each night, from live bands to comedians and illusionists, plus themed parties and special events.

Casino – The Princess Casino aboard Royal Princess will feature the latest new slots and table games.  Passengers can indulge in their favorite games of chance, from blackjack to Texas Hold’em and roulette, or participate in the excitement of slot tournaments.

Water & Light Show –Something that I’m excited to see is on the top deck where pools with fountains shoot plumes of water to delight and amaze all members of the family. Royal Princess also boasts a second-level stage above the pool area where live bands will play during unforgettable evening parties.

Crooners – The resident entertainer in Crooners will keep the crowds singing along while passengers try to choose their favorite from the bar’s famous selection of more than 50 martini varieties.Crooner's

Bellini’s – The new Bellini’s bar offers a prime location for watching the action in the Piazza below. This hotspot serves up a variety of Bellini-inspired drinks, including the new signature “Royal Bellini.”


Movies Under the Stars – Naturally Princess’ signature poolside theater will have a variety of movies and concert playing on the big screen. Featuring the largest Movies Under the Stars screen yet, Royal Princess offers passengers a great view while they relax on a comfortable lounger snuggled under a cozy fleece blanket and snack on complimentary fresh-popped popcorn or delicious cookies and milk.

Movies under the Stars

For me, I’m excited about the water show on the pool deck. My other item I’m really looking forward to is the Movies Under the Stars.  I like the open air. Love to be outside so that’s why those intrigue me. I probably could be found in the casino playing a little poker though.


So what are your favorites? What are you most looking forward too? Leave a comment and tell us what it is.



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