Preparing to Cruise – Resources for Travelers

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Don't miss our "21 Must-Have Essentials for Summer Travel" for 2017.

The start of summer travel season means beginning vacation plans in the northern hemisphere.  For millions, that means preparing to cruise on one of the hundreds of voyages that will depart over the coming months.

May is the seasonal start for destinations such as Alaska and the Baltics.  As well, the start of summer vacations marks the rise of peak season for the Mediterranean. Other year-round ports such as the Caribbean experience a boost during school holidays as well.

We are no exception around the homestead.  Although we just returned from the Bahamas and Cuba, I am preparing to cruise again next week.  This I’ll be onboard Seabourn Sojourn.  The ultra-luxury line will be returning to Alaska for the first time in 15 years.

Resources for Preparing to Cruise

For those who may be preparing to cruise this summer, we have rounded up some of our best resources.  These links will help anyone preparing to cruise or just looking for more specialized information:

Shore Excursions – Six Factors to Evaluate Before Your Next Cruise

Seven Reasons to Take a Short Cruise

Five things I love about small ship cruising

I hate travel planning

These Are Baggage Problems I No Longer Have

Three Secret Travel Toiletries I Can’t Live Without

Summer Travel – 21 Must-Have Essentials

Packing Lists

The Art of Being Out of Office

How to Make a Return from Vacation Pain-Free (Almost)

A recovery plan for marathon travel

Past Trip Reports

We’ll be recapping the full adventure for not only this 2017 Seabourn Alaska inaugural but also for the NCL Cuba/Bahamas cruise we just took.  While you wait, here are links to some of our past cruise trip reports:

NCL Spirit Grand Mediterranean Adventure 2015

Seabourn Odyssey to Indonesia 2014

Golden Princess 2014

Ongoing Trip Reports

NCL Sky makes her maiden call on the port of Havana, Cuba (photo credit: NCL)

I will be trying to stay on top of some of the Alaska trip in real-time.  Meanwhile, Jim will be at home since he just started a new gig earlier this month.  He will be working on recapping some of the Cuba/Bahamas cruise while I’m out.  You can expect to see posts for both coming at the same time.  We will start organizing both of those onto new pages as well.  Please follow our progress!

NCL Sky Havana Nights Cuba Bahamas 2017

Seabourn Ultimate Alaskan Sojourn 2017

About Jennifer Moody

Jennifer is a management consultant and avid volunteer. Her career and volunteer duty travels have helped her log top-tier airline and hotel status annually for the last eighteen years. In addition, she embraces the opportunity to maximize her vacation time by planning extracurricular trips that have taken her to over 60 countries and 48.5 US states. Although she averages 200 days a year on the road, she loves to return to “the homestead” in her native Fort Worth, Texas where she enjoys cooking, gardening, sewing, needlepoint, wine, and cocktail mixology.

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