Cruising

My husband and I were going to Miami for the NASCAR race at Miami Homestead so we decided it was a perfect opportunity to take the 4 day Bahamas cruise.

We arrived the day before the cruise and stayed at the Marriott Biscayne Bay. It is a lovely hotel. We stayed in a corner room with a panoramic view of the bay. There is a marina at the hotel and nearby is a bridge that lifts to allow larger boats through the road. They have a nice restaurant outside by the marina so you can enjoy the warm weather.

We cruised on RCCL Enchantment of the Seas. It is an older ship but has been remodeled and does not show its age. Embarkation was speedy and within 30 minutes of arriving at the ship, we were seated in the buffet enjoying lunch. We stayed in a junior suite at the aft of the ship. The cabin had a large balcony so we spent a lot of time taking in the views.

I just returned from a one-week journey on the Fathom "Adonia" cruise which is part of an ongoing cultural exchange program that gives travelers a chance to interact with the Cuban people and experience their history and everyday lifestyle. This opportunity hasn't been open to the U.S. traveler for more than 50 years.

The "Adonia" visits three historic ports: Havana, the country's capital (2-days); the French influenced city of Cienfuegos, and Cuba's second largest city, Santiago de Cuba.

HAVANA, is probably best known for its Spanish influenced architecture of Old Havana, with castles, fortresses, cathedrals, and mansions. You will enjoy lively music, dance, open-air festivals and a "flea market".

I have to say that I have the best job in the world! I work for Morris Murdock Travel and we specialize in making our client’s vacation dreams come true. So yes, I get to travel and see the world as well. I think one of the best ways to experience the beauty and culture of other countries is by taking a cruise.

I have cruised a lot! I won’t tell you the exact number of the cruises I have taken as it might sound boastful, but let’s just say “my cup runneth over”! So, when I say that my wife and I just returned from one of the best cruises we have even taken, this really means something! I have always wanted to visit the Greek Isles and surrounding area and we decided 2015 would be the year. We booked a 7-day cruise on the Celebrity Equinox and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! There were two reasons our trip was so special: Celebrity Cruise Lines and the destination.

Well, I finally did it! I stepped out of my comfort zone of me being in control of my own adventure. I decided to leave it up to the big "Fun Ships" of Carnival Cruise line to sail me away and show me what they’ve got. Let me tell you, ADVENTURE awaits and is plentiful.

Even though I’ve sold thousands of cruises, attend seminars and trainings I had my own hesitations, but now that I have this sailing under my belt I can tell you all my concerns have floated away.

My biggest reservation about cruising was there wouldn’t be enough ADVENTURE on board. Well duh, there is actually a ship named the ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS!

I had never really thought about doing a River Cruise to see Europe. I have to say after having this wonderful experience to cruise down the Rhine River, I would go on another one in a second. Our cruise was booked through Uniworld and our boat was called the River Empress.

We started our journey in Amsterdam and we were met by a Uniworld representative to transfer us to the boat. Upon arriving to the boat (mini cruise ship) I was in awe to see the boats lined up along the river and realize how big the river really is. We were welcomed by a friendly staff and couldn’t believe how easy the check in was.