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Caribbean Playground: One Week at Sea on the Carnival Glory

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Last season’s holidays were a blur, with plenty of 15-hour days spent sewing and shipping travel scarves to areas near and far. So in January we took our third Carnival cruise. The cruise provided a nice refresher and reprieve from the New England winter. Our itinerary on the Carnival Glory was mix of new and familiar locales; but we ultimately chose it because it visited Roatan, Honduras, which had been on our radar for many years. I’m happy…

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How We Did Roatan, Honduras in Five Hours

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Poof! Mind Blown. It’s a bold statement. I’m well aware of that. But, then again, Roatan—the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras—is a pretty bold place, color wise anyways. And color is everywhere on West Bay Beach, the island’s most popular beach. Boats, blankets, restaurants, people, everything pops. Blue-greens, yellows, orange-reds are a gentle reminder you’re still in the Caribbean. Our plan wasn’t to have a beach day in Honduras on our recent Carnival…

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6 Things We Love About Sea Days

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A full day at sea, known among cruisers as a sea day, is the perfect time to enjoy the ship’s onboard amenities. And believe me, on modern cruise ships, there are a lot of amenities. Sea days are one of our favorite things about cruising. I’ll take a day at sea over an all-inclusive land resort anytime. We had two sea days on our recent western Caribbean cruise with Carnival—one at the beginning and one…

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How We Learned To Scuba Dive On A Cruise

A Life Saver at the Lobster Pot Diving School in Grand Cayman.

I’m swimming in the Caribbean. It’s a sunny November morning in Grand Cayman. The water is refreshing and a hypnotic turquoise. After a couple of minutes, a few more people, including our dive instructor, join Beth and I in the lagoon. We look at each other, realizing the moment has finally come: we’re about to dive. Twenty-four hours earlier we were sitting on the deck of the Carnival Dream looking through the shore excursion guide….

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We’re Toasting the New Year With a Caribbean Cruise

A couple on the Carnival Dream toasting to a great day in the Caribbean.

I’m going to come right out and say it: I don’t like January—especially, now that we’re back on the East Coast, where freezing temperatures don’t necessarily mean there will be snow. When we lived in San Diego, we knew what we were going to get. But Boston is a different beast. January on the East Coast feels like a month-long case of the Mondays. So to remedy the situation, we’ve decided to take a Carnival…

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17 Photos Proving That Cruising in Autumn is Awesome

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When’s the best time to take a Caribbean cruise? Seasoned cruisers suggest April and July. The islands aren’t as crowded during those months and the weather is gorgeous, they say. With that in mind, I’d like to add late autumn to the list of best times for a Caribbean cruise, in particular November and the first two weeks of December. Sure, it’s the tail end of hurricane season, but the likelihood of actually being affected…

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5 Easy Ways To Improve Your Next Cruise

The lido deck and pool on the Carnival Dream.

Because of the “all-inclusive” nature of cruise ships, people often fall into a “set it and forget it” mindset after booking their cruise. There’s nothing wrong with this, of course. A cruise is designed to strip the work and stress out of travel. However, after cruising a few times, I’ve learned that some light preparation before embarkation can maximize the joy factor of a cruise. Here are five important things you can do to ensure…

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