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Cruising During Hurricane Season

sat imagery of a hurricane approaching FLFrequently we associate cruising with relaxing in beautiful tropical weather.  The fact is however, that tropical weather includes hurricanes and other severe weather systems, and June 1st marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season.  How do you plan for this if you want to take a cruise during peak hurricane season?  From being flexible about your ports of call, weighing the benefits of travel insurance, and making sure your home is secure, we'll discuss the concerns and walk through how much of a problem this really is... Read more about Cruising During Hurricane Season

How many bags can I bring on my cruise?

Airlines and other carriers restrict the size and weight of bags, have limits on the number of carry-on bags, etc.  What about cruise lines?  There is no shortage of advice about how to pack for a cruise, but how much you can bring onboard?  Let's look at how much of your world you can bag up and bring on a cruise and what cruise line policies say about how lightly you need to travel... Read more about How many bags can I bring on my cruise?

Empress Live Blog - Day 5 - Sea Day

Today is a sea day, and the last day of our Empress of the Seas cruise to Cuba, and we’ve got the “last day blues” in a big way.  Being at sea was a welcome change, as somehow the days felt short this week and I didn't get to enjoy the ship as much as I’d have liked.  This summary will be a short one though, as we worked hard to do very little but relax – a vacation within a vacation, but we did get to explore the ship some... Read more about Empress Live Blog - Day 5 - Sea Day

Empress of the Seas Live Blog - Day 4 - Cozumel, Mexico

Day 4 on our Empress of the Seas Cuba cruise had us in Cozumel Mexico.  We’ve been to Cozumel many times before and it feels a little bit like home whenever we visit.  Visiting a fun and familiar destination today softened the blow of leaving Cuba yesterday, which was of course a major highlight of our journey.  We’ll take a look at our arrival, where we went, and look ahead to our next day on board... Read more about Empress of the Seas Live Blog - Day 4 - Cozumel, Mexico

Empress of the Seas Live Blog - Day 3 - Havana, Cuba

Day 3 of our Empress of the Seas cruise took us to Havana Cuba, the highlight of the cruise for most guests, I’m sure.  I’ve lived in South Florida my entire life, been lucky enough to travel much of the world, some of my closest friends were born in Cuba, and yet I was hopeful but never sure that I’d get to visit the island nation just a short distance away from my home.  Summing up this trip and walking away would sell it short... Read more about Empress of the Seas Live Blog - Day 3 - Havana, Cuba

Empress of the Seas Live Blog - Day 2 - Key West, FL

Today was our first full day on Empress of the Seas, and we spent it in Key West.  The timing of our arrival was a bit odd, and we broke away from what we usually do in this port.  Let's review the day and look ahead to tomorrow, which is sort of the "main event" in Cuba...  Read more about Empress of the Seas Live Blog - Day 2 - Key West, FL

Empress of the Seas Live Blog - Embaration Day

With every embarkation day there is a feeling of "vacation is finally here", despite the fact it isn't really a full day after checking in, muster, etc.  Today however was all the sweeter after a rather eventful arrival in Tampa, which you can read about over on CruiseHabit.com.  Adding to the excitement was the fact hat to us, Empress is a new ship, Tampa is a new port, and Cuba is a new destination... Read more about Empress of the Seas Live Blog - Embaration Day