The mayor of one of the world’s most popular cruise destinations has a plan for welcoming cruisers back to an island completely dependent on tourism. Having been locked down since March 17th with strict rules and great care to ensure the safety of residents, any plans to re-open must be equally as carefully orchestrated. read more
On our January 2020 Brilliance of the Seas cruise to Cozumel, Mexico, we purchased day passes to El Cozuemeleño resort. For about $50 you get great pool area, a beach, top-notch service, and quality food and drinks. Towels do cost $5 extra - which we found a bit odd. Below is a video walk through as we describe just some of the amenities. Matt over at Royal Caribbean Blog has more information on this property, and we discussed our entire cruise on a recent episode of the Royal Caribbean Blog Podcast. read more
Sometimes we travel to explore and see new things, other times we travel to return to what is familiar and comfortable. When the places that are familiar and comfortable are also beautiful, it’s all the better – and that’s what made this stop great. read more
So often when traveling, I go out of my way to avoid the touristy spots – especially when it’s a place I’ve been to many times. Today however was a nice reminder for us that often, the touristy spots are popular because they have something nice to offer. We enjoyed some beach time, good conversation, ran errands, and a great performance once back on the ship, on our second from last day on Holland America Line’s Niuew Statendam... read more
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
I started Day 3 with a trip to the Oceanview Cafe for some melon and sausage. The friends I’m on the trip with tried the Opus Dining Room for breakfast. They reported that the menu was about the same as what’s available in the buffet, but brought to you. They said they will probably stick to the buffet for breakfast from here out.