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Pre-Cruise Hotel Review: Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront near Port Canaveral

When cruising out of Port Canaveral, it’s convenient, and often more relaxing, to get a hotel in Cocoa Beach the night before you sail.  We’ve stayed at multiple hotels near the port, but we keep going back to one of them, Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront.  Let’s look at what frequently makes this hotel the right choice for us, so you can see if it is right for your next trip... read more

Famous Ocean Liner QE2 Opens as a Hotel in Dubai - Hotel Details, and a Touch of Queen Elizabeth 2's History

Cunard Line has had many famous ocean liners, but each with distinct legacies. The Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) is just one of them, but her storied history is especially meaningful to those of us who have been lucky enough to sail her as well as those with an understanding of her place in history.  Last week in Dubai, UAE, the QE2 re-opened to guests, though these visitors will have a distinctly different experience as they wake up each day in the same place aboard a sparkling new hotel at Mina Rashid... read more

Hotel "Park and Cruise" Packages - What to Know About Hotel Shuttles to and from Your Cruise Port

There are no shortage of ways to get to and from the cruise port, and we've written several articles to help you find the best option for you.  If you're staying in a hotel before your cruise however you may have seen hotels advertising shuttle service.  While this can be a great option, you need to watch out for a few tricks some hotels play that make those "complimentary" shuttles quite expensive.  Our video explains why, and even shows you an example of this pricing trick... read more