July 18, 2014

7 Tips for First-Time Cruisers

7 Tips for First-Time Cruisers
Before we went on our first cruise my friend and I did a lot of research. We wanted to get a better idea of what to expect. Here are some things that we discovered and wanted to share. I’ve also added tips from other experienced cruisers. No matter what you’ll have the time of your life but why not make it a little easier?!

May 1, 2014

Why would I go on a theme cruise?

Country Music Cruise, countrycruising.comI’ve vacationed in Hawaii with my family, been on a wine cruise with friends and have visited Mexico.  So, why would I go on a “theme” cruise? I found the answer to this question when I went on the “The Best Country Cruise Ever”. This cruise was designed by Flying Dutchmen Travel and sailed on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Pearl, a chartered cruise ship. The theme was country western music. People came for the fantastic country music and to sing, dance, drink, eat and have fun with others that also enjoy country music. The excitement started during the sail-away party and lasted all week.

April 23, 2014

Swimming with sharks, stingrays and sea turtles...oh my!!!

ship excursion | Shark Encounter | Ocho Rios, Jamaica | Flying Dutchmen Travel
As a first-time cruiser I didn't know what to expect regarding shore excursions or how to plan them. My friend, Kristi, and I researched the heck out of Ocho Rios, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel, Mexico which were the ports-of-call for our Caribbean cruise. On one hand we could save a few dollars and plan our own excursions or just walk around near the port. However, we quickly found out that walking

April 10, 2014

Rock 'n Roll Legends on the Wine, Dine and Music Cruise Oct. 25-30, 2014

I remember listening to America's hit songs, "I Need You", "Ventura Highway" and "Sister Golden Hair" when they first came out. I coveted my brother's Santana album. My friends and I talked about the concerts we'd go to when Journey, Boston, Lynyrd Skynyrd or Steppenwolf came to town. After school we would listen to their music for hours. Remember when we had the time?!

March 30, 2014

How to enjoy food & wine and not gain weight during the cruise.

The first time I went on a food and wine cruise I was concerned about how to enjoy the food and wine but not gain weight. Everyone said the food on this wine cruise was AMAZING and they were right. The free style dining (eat when you want, no set meal times) always offered a large variety of different cuisines from Mediterranean to Italian to

March 29, 2014

Booking now: WINE, DINE & MUSIC CRUISE Sailing Oct 25-30, 2014

FIVE nights of wine, music, food & fun! 
FOUR performance venues
THREE Sommeliers 
TWO Wine Country Chefs
ONE great vacation!

Top 5 reasons to book your Wine, Dine and Music Cruise:

 1) Wine delivered to your cabin nightly
 2) Not your typical Cruise!
 3) Great Value! Prices starting at $699 per person!!!
 4) Expand your food and wine pallette and
 5) Access to the musicians. Last year, World Classic Rockers blew the pool deck up with their repertoire of original hits from Boston, Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Santana and Steppenwolf. They are coming back!!

Book today by calling 800-248-7471

March 17, 2013

To Cruise or not to Cruise

It appears the question of the day is “Is cruising safe?”  In my book, absolutely!  Can accidents happen?  Can people die? Can the 49ers lose on the 4th down in the 4th Quarter in the Super Bowl?  Of course!  The risks of fire and mechanical failure cannot be eliminated.
The days of 24/7 news broadcasts have made normal occurrences seem like major disasters.  I tried to look up the number of cruise ships sailing during any one week in the year,

February 26, 2013

February 2013

It seems like just yesterday that I committed to keeping up with this blog - LOL!  So much for that!  2012 was an amazing year.  For many it was scary financially, politically, socially and economically.  I guess that covers just about everyone!  One of the things that I learned is about re-inventing oneself.  Whatever I was resting my laurels on seems to have shifted considerably and it became time to take an overall view of my work and my self.

December 22, 2011

2011 Solstice

Another year has been nearly marked off the calender. Amazing how much travel you can do in 365 days! Started out in playing a bit of golf in Palm Springs and ended escorting a Comedy cruise in the Caribbean.

We have really changed the nature of our business over the past few years and now offer Theme Cruises. Whether you like wine, comedy, jazz, country music or traveling with your hometown buddies, we have got it covered. Why are we doing these groups? Because we have always felt that people like traveling with other people who like doing what they are doing. Take our Dave Koz Jazz cruise. Imagine over 2000 people sailing to Alaska listening to their favorite jazz artists - Dave Koz, Keiku Matsui, Peter White, Chris Botti and more - while viewing the magnificent Inside Passage!! The cruise was simply a 10! My business partner calls Dave "PT Barnum with a saxophone" - wherever Dave is going, his fans are going with him. And for a good reason! The production was over the top. The entertainers were engaging and fantastic. Alaska was at her best! You get the picture.

Wine cruises speak for themselves. I have learned that wine club members belong to at least 4 wine clubs. So when we approached our winery partners, we knew we were offering them something that not all wine clubs could or would. We asked them, how would you like to travel to Europe and every night serve your wine with dinner? And offer an exclusive shore excursion? And a wine
tasting event and a wine pairing dinner? And of course, either the owner or the winemaker will be escorting the trip! These have been a great way to vacation for the 'wineys"! And of course, don't forget the food!!

We have the Lewis Black Comedy cruise, Dave Koz and Friends Jazz cruise 2012 and 2013, Blake Shelton country cruise and we are working on a few others. Our wineries are Ferrari-Carano, J Lohr, Papapietro-Perry, Dutcher Crossing and Glen Lyon just to name a few.

As 2012 is just around the corner, I want to encourage you to travel. Get off the couch. Get out of your own zip code. These days we need to learn how much we are alike in our own unique ways and not let the tv or the internet or the guy down the street be all of the continuing education that we get! Go out and experience a lion mating in the Serengetti or the lights of Paris standing on the Champes de Elysee and so much more. You owe it to yourself! Happy holidays to all of you reading this and may 2012 finally bring about the change we are all hoping for!

April 7, 2010

April 2010

WOW! This year has moved at the speed of light! I can't believe that we are in the 2nd week of April already. OK, so what have you planned for your holiday? January through May is the busiest time for booking travel and if you are sitting around wondering where you are going on your vacation this year, you need to get up off the couch and give us a call. There are still many deals available, but as always, it is the airfare that you need to be aware of. With airlines going out of business or moving out of airports, there is not as much lift as there once was.

One of my favorite cities is San Francisco. And with hotel bookings down by nearly 20%, there are many deals to be had. How about staying at the HOTEL VITALE and then catching "WICKED" at the Orpheum Theater! Then there is New York City. We have been finding fantastic pricing on the hotels there. My favorite, Milennium Broadway, has great pricing right now for summer. Dine across the street at Virgil's and then take a walk down Broadway. We have packages for New Orleans, San Diego, Seattle and so many other great US cities. And don't forget DISNEY!

Where have I been so far this year -- Palm Springs! How I love the weather there in the Spring. We golfed at Tahquitz Canyon Golf Club. You can make your tee times online and never have to pay full price if you can wait to make your reservation closer to the day you want to play. If you want great golf and inexpensive prices with 100's of golf courses, Orlando, Florida is the place for you!

We also escorted a group to Mexico aboard the ROYAL CARIBBEANS 'Mariner of the Seas' and discovered we really like RCCL! If you have never cruised, then the Mexico cruise is a great way to get your feet wet :>) My still favorite restaurant -- Johnny Rockets! You can have burgers cooked to order, real milkshakes, french fries and onion rings and dessert all for just $4.95 pp -- what a deal! OK, so it is artery-clogging, heart-stoPping food, but it is worth it!

If cruising is your thing, check out my other website http://www.vinesatsea.com/. We also escort a number of groups tht anyone can join. You can find information about our music, comedy, radio and food and wine cruises HERE. Check out our JAZZ cruise or our Villa in Tuscany Food and Wine Experience. If you love comedy, the Lewis Black Comedy Cruise is perfect for you!

We want to talk with you, so call 800-248-7471. Remember, no one likes a know-it-all. Until it comes time to book a vacation!