Defacing Cruise Ships, a New Low

Defaced Cruise Ship Property.  As seen on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas. Is there any explanation? To see how people have such disregard and disrespect is astonishing. Leaves me speechless writing this blog post, really. Why are we seeing this? Why is this happening? Are your children that bored? Are they on their own vacation without you parent? There is a high probability that some adult drunkenness could also play a part!  For the newbie parents though, here is a little advice from experience,  before you board your next cruise ship with your children, have a talk with them. Let them know what to expect, and tell them what you expect of them. Public spaces are not your kids playground. They shouldn’t play in elevators, leave food in elevators push elevator buttons, this is generally viewed as disrespectful. They absolutely should never, ever violate and deface any property of the ship. Know what your kids are up to. Set boundaries, set times to check in, ensure they know to not walk alone, leave notes for one another if need be. And, if it is grown humans that get drunk and deface the Ship’s property, that’s really sad folks. Learn some respect.

Please keep this from happening. No one should be carving the artwork on board a cruise ship!








Cruise Ship Ports of Call Up Date – After Hurricane

Update on Caribbean Ports of Call, After Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria, Mexico devastation.

St. Thomas and St. Maarten continued to be closed ports of call, as does Tortola and the British Virgin Islands (Hurricane Maria brought winds of up to 155 mph), like tiny Jost Van Dyke. So does Key West, Florida. Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos is closed, and Gustavia, St. Barts after evaluation is closed to tourists.

Dominica is now closed as well. San Juan Puerto Rico ports closed (closed to tourists). Carnival’s Amber Cove in Dominican Republic is closed.

#onelove Jamaica is opened – Ocho Rios, MoBay Falmouth. Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, all opened.  La Romana DR, Bahamas,  Barbados, Belize, St. Lucia, Cozumel, Costa Maya, Martinique, Panama, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Roatan, Anguilla, Costa Rica and Progreso Mexico are opened.

Cuba port is opened.

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.

You can go to and to donate to Hurricane Irma Relief

Don’t Forget: our Cruise Conversation is opened 24/7!



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.