Hurricane Irma What Cruise Ports are Opened?

Ports Running Smoothly

Port Miami, Port Everglades and Port Canaveral and Port Tampa Bay

HAL is reporting,”Our private island, Half Moon Cay, experienced minimal damage and will soon be fully operational”. – NCL Great Stirrup Cay is fine.

Labadee and Amber Cove both no damage.

Non-operational Ports of call are:  St Thomas, St Maarten, Tortola and Key West. Anguilla is being assessed- Sea Dream and Windstar calls here November and December 2017.  Cuba hasn’t communicated but it seems they are currently closed to cruise ships.

Gustavia St Barts  is still being evaluated – Seabourn calls here.

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Celebrity Cruises – NEW Wellness Program

Celebrity Cruises and Canyon Ranch Spa introduce, “Mindful Dreams”, a new wellness & sleep program.  Learn meditation techniques while enjoying a massage and receiving nutritional advice, best culinary choices to air in sleeping with a holistic approach to sleep.

Let’s talk about #restandrecharge…
A lot of the time, this is what our cruise vacations are about. The director of sleep medicine at Canyon Ranch Spa states that “with a restorative night’s sleep, you nourish your mind, body and spirit”. Among the offerings will be a relaxation treatment designated as ‘Mindful Dreams’. This will incorporate products designed to soothe alongside a sleep-inducing cultural massage and meditation techniques. Additional treatments like an organic lavender and seaweed sugar glow, a restorative facial and a detox seaweed bath will also be available.

Team-K is happy to learn that ‘Mindful Dreams’ programming is debuting on  Celebrity Summit this month, and Celebrity Equinox -and will become available fleetwide throughout September.

Holland America, A Chocolate Lover’s Dream

Do you dream-in-chocolate? Then a Holland America Cruise might be just the Cruise that you are looking for!

Let’s go back in time. Cruise time that is. Warm recollection reminds us of late night buffets when passengers quietly walked through the glistening ice sculptures and beautiful displays of food artisans creations to snap photos of the beauty created in the ship galley just for their guests. Then at midnight, passengers would eat. After some time, most cruise lines lost the Grand Gala of mid night buffets. Some hints of chocolate buffets on cruise lines remained, but they were small and noone made a frenzy over them anymore.

Fast forward, Holland America is bringing it back at full steam ahead! Unlike ever seen before, Holland America will have “parades of chocolate”, where after dinner, waiters will walk around with trays of mini tantalizing chocolate delectables. Ahhh. No more will you stand on lines to find your favorite confection. Currently on all ships, fleet wide. We LOVE this concept! We think you will too!

Royal Caribbean “Next Cruise” Changes

As of August 1, 2017 Royal Caribbean will now require FULL Deposits for all onboard bookings. This change to Royal Caribbean’s Next Cruise Program was bound to happen. Earlier this year we saw that Royal Caribbean set deposits to ‘full deposits” for all suites being booked on board.

Habla Espanol?

Team-K jets to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Post Daughter’s Wedding, we take a Honeymoon too!

We have an early flight. It’s still dark out, but look how awake and happy we are? This is our first time to Puerto Vallarta, and we’re excited. 


Above are some random pictures I snapped on our ride from the airport to Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta, located at Carretera Barra de Navidad km 4.5, Zona Hotelera Sur, 48390 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico.

Checking in at the Grand  Club……………….

We really enjoyed the Grand Club. It was our ‘wake up’ in the morning, our mid day hello to our Concierge and our pre and post dinner spot. The hospitality was 5 star.

La Cevicheria was excellent.





Still working on updating our vacation!

A Transatlantic Crossing with the New York Times

“In 1942, The New York Times printed its first crossword puzzle; it became a daily occurrence in 1950 and one of the paper’s most popular features. To celebrate the crossword’s 75th anniversary, join Times puzzle editors on a seven-night transatlantic sailing aboard the luxurious Queen Mary 2®.  With daily game sessions, private lectures and exclusive access to the Times experts, solve your way across the Atlantic.” NY Times

Join The New York Times on the Queen Mary 2 on December 2, 2017. There will be daily game sessions, private lectures, and you will solve your way through this journey across the Atlantic Ocean. *Only by Times Journeys.


Free @ Sea?

Changes to NCL’s The Haven. Is Free at Sea for the Haven guests really free? As of June 6, 2017,*on all new bookings,  guests sailing in Norwegians, The Haven- a suite guest enclave will be paying gratuities (18%) for both the dining and beverage packages.