Friday, December 2, 2016

Capturing Travel Memories

Chiara in Amalfi Coast for Flytographer
Have you ever thought that your special trip deserves more than selfies?

What about one of these... Have you ever:
  • Felt disappointed by your travel photos?
  • Wish your Instagram travel pics stood out more?
  • Been disappointed by the results of a "here, let me take your picture" offer? 
  • Wondered if that stranger you asked to take your picture might run off with it?
  • Worried that you might lose your camera with all your vacation photos on it?
Flytographer
If you'd like capture your travel memories in a truly unique way, there is a brilliant solution, just waiting for you - right in your destination!

Flytographer is a network of local photographers, worldwide, that you can arrange prior to your arrival, for a private photoshoot.

This isn't your parents' posed photographs... these are casual moments captured during your day, moments of joy or contemplation, meaningful to you.

If you want a photograph of you doing something in particular (think jumping in the air or sharing a kiss), your photographer will help you capture the moment, all while making it feel spontaneous.

Planning a big moment, such as proposal? Flytographer can do that.

All Flytographer photographers are professionals, and you can view their work online before booking, so you know what you are getting. In some locations, there may be multiple photographers available to choose from.

Read more about Flytographer:
12 Ingenious Travel Hacks Everyone Should Know - Oprah.com
I Hired an Instagram Husband For a Day - Elle Magazine
Is Flytographer the Future of Travel Photography? - Condé Nast Traveler


Suggested resources from cruisetravelbug
Holiday Sailings 2016
Emerald Waterways LGBT River Cruise
Island Princess South America Circle Cruise
West Coast Roundtrip Long Voyages

Related resources
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Vancouver cruise opportunities - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Holiday Sailings 2016

Wonder if there is still time to book a Christmas or New Year's cruise?

The answer is a resounding YES!

To help you, I've put together my top 5 picks for each of the following scenarios:

At the time of writing, there was still quite a bit of space available on each of these sailings.

Have fun looking over the possibilities.

If you'd like assistance to find and book the perfect sailing for your escape, please contact me. I'd be delighted to help!



Related resources
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Vancouver cruise opportunities - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Emerald Waterways LGBT River Cruise

Emerald Waterways has just announced a LGBT river cruise!

July 29, 2017
7 nights
LGBT Danube Explorer
Emerald Sky
Budapest to Nuremberg

Join the Emerald Waterways’ Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender river cruise for a wonderfully unique adventure.

Sailing from Budapest on July 29, 2017, the LGBT Danube Explorer is an exciting way to experience the beauty of the Danube. Enjoy on a seven-night stay on-board the Emerald Sky, an Emerald Star-Ship, complete with a heated indoor pool and evening cinema.

This voyage offers a diverse insight into many cultures.

Immerse yourself in your own personal exploration of eastern Europe as part of an inclusive community.

It's an experience you’ll remember for years to come.

PLUS, as an exclusive for this departure, receive a Premium Drinks Package that includes unlimited beer, wine, and spirits all day long.

Visit destinations steeped in history and tradition while enjoying
fantastic on-board entertainment and activities.
What's included
  • 7 nights in a Stateroom or Suite of your choice, all with a river view
  • 6 shore excursions, including visits to 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 2 EmeraldPLUS activities including a home-hosted afternoon tea with a local Slovakian family
  • 2 EmeraldACTIVE activities
  • 20 on-board meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners including a Welcome Gala Dinner
  • Free Premium Drinks Package* value up to $250
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on-board
  • Complimentary bottled water in your Suite or Stateroom, re-stocked daily
  • A variety of on-board evening entertainment
  • First-class service from English-speaking crew and knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on-board
  • Complimentary bicycles on-board
  • All transfers within Europe
  • All port charges
  • All tips
  • Reduced deposit of just $250 per person
Available from $3,045 CAD per person.

Interested? Contact me at your earliest opportunity for the best choice of cabins. I am LBGT friendly and would be happy to help you!



Cruise Research Resources - from my cruise website
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Vancouver cruise opportunities - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me
Cruise search - search for your dream cruise!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Island Princess South America circle cruise

Here's a trip of a lifetime!

January 24, 2018: 60 nights on the Island Princess
South America circle cruise - see 14 countries!
January 24, 2018
60-Night South America Cruise
From Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Roundtrip)
Princess Cruises - Island Princess
Itinerary details

Island Princess in Port Everglades
Which balcony on the Island Princess has your name on it?
It's not really that hard to figure out why I picked this cruise... can you guess?

How does visiting 14 countries in 60 nights sound?

This cruise actually CIRCLES the South American continent! No long flights (just get yourself to Fort Lauderdale). This itinerary is not offered often!

Just look at all this cruise includes:

Itinerary highlights: Argentina (3 ports / 4 days), Brazil (3 ports / 5 days), Chile (5 ports / 2 scenic cruising / 7 days), Colombia (1 port), Costa Rica (1 port), Ecuador (2 ports), Falkland Islands (1 port), French Guiana (1 port), Grenada (1 port), Martinique (1 port), Netherlands Antilles (2 ports), Panama Canal (scenic cruising), Peru (3 ports, 4 days - with Machu Picchu opportunity), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1 port), Trinidad and Tobago  (1 port), Uruguay (1 port).
View the itinerary details.

Bucketlist opportunities: Cape Horn, Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu, Nascar Lines, Patagonia (penguins!)

Days at sea: 25 (War and Peace?)

PLUS: Book by November 30 to receive these Expedia Extras:
  • Free cabin location upgrade
  • Free pre-paid gratuities (a value of $800-930 USD per person)
  • $375 USD/cabin shipboard credit
  • $130 CAD per person refundable deposit
  • Aeroplan miles
Interested? Please contact me for a quote on your preferred cabin type.


My recent top itinerary picks - from my cruise blog
From YVR: Volendam, Transpacific, September 27, 2017
To YVR: Nieuw Amsterdam, Panama Canal, April 9, 2017
West Coast Long Roundtrip Voyages
Sailing Westbound from Honolulu
Sailing Eastbound from Honolulu


Cruise Research Resources - from my cruise website
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Vancouver cruise opportunities - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me
Cruise search - search for your dream cruise!

Island Princess South America circle cruise

Here's a trip of a lifetime!

January 24, 2018: 60 nights on the Island Princess
South America circle cruise - see 14 countries!
January 24, 2018
60-Night South America Cruise
From Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Roundtrip)
Princess Cruises - Island Princess
Itinerary details

Island Princess in Port Everglades
Which balcony on the Island Princess has your name on it?
It's not really that hard to figure out why I picked this cruise... can you guess?

How does visiting 14 countries in 60 nights sound?

This cruise actually CIRCLES the South American continent! No long flights (just get yourself to Fort Lauderdale). This itinerary is not offered often!

Just look at all this cruise includes:

Itinerary highlights: Argentina (3 ports / 4 days), Brazil (3 ports / 5 days), Chile (5 ports / 2 scenic cruising / 7 days), Colombia (1 port), Costa Rica (1 port), Ecuador (2 ports), Falkland Islands (1 port), French Guiana (1 port), Grenada (1 port), Martinique (1 port), Netherlands Antilles (2 ports), Panama Canal (scenic cruising), Peru (3 ports, 4 days - with Machu Picchu opportunity), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (1 port), Trinidad and Tobago  (1 port), Uruguay (1 port).
View the itinerary details.

Bucketlist opportunities: Cape Horn, Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu, Nascar Lines, Patagonia (penguins!)

Days at sea: 25 (War and Peace?)

PLUS: Book by November 16 to receive these Expedia Extras:
  • Free cabin location upgrade
  • Free pre-paid gratuities (a value of $800-930 USD per person)
  • $375 USD/cabin shipboard credit
  • $130 CAD per person refundable deposit
  • Aeroplan miles
Interested? Please contact me for a quote on your preferred cabin type.


My recent top itinerary picks - from my cruise blog
From YVR: Volendam, Transpacific, September 27, 2017
To YVR: Nieuw Amsterdam, Panama Canal, April 9, 2017
West Coast Long Roundtrip Voyages
Sailing Westbound from Honolulu
Sailing Eastbound from Honolulu


Cruise Research Resources - from my cruise website
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Vancouver cruise opportunities - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me
Cruise search - search for your dream cruise!

Friday, November 4, 2016

West Coast Roundtrip Long Voyages

Amtrak California
Amtrak makes it possible to cruise from
the West Coast without flying
Sailing roundtrip from the West Coast of North America is an attractive option for many of my clients who prefer not to fly long distances. These sailings become essential options for those who cannot fly at all, but still want to travel, as there is train service on the West Coast.

Below is a list of long (30+ night) roundtrip cruise sailings from Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Vancouver.

January 20, 2017
111-Night World Cruise World Cruises Cruise
From Los Angeles, California (Roundtrip)
Princess Cruises - Pacific Princess
Itinerary details

February 22, 2017
30-Night Central America Cruise
From San Diego, California (Roundtrip)
Holland America Line - ms Maasdam
Itinerary details

March 24, 2017
33-Night Tahiti Cruise
From San Diego, California (Roundtrip)
Holland America Line - ms Maasdam
Itinerary details

October 1, 2017
80-Night World Cruise World Cruises Cruise
From San Diego, California (Roundtrip)
Holland America Line - ms Amsterdam
Itinerary details

January 8, 2018
137-Night World Cruise World Cruises Cruise
From Los Angeles, California (Roundtrip)
Regent Seven Seas Cruises - Seven Seas Navigator
Itinerary details

January 22, 2018
111-Night World Cruise World Cruises Cruise
From Los Angeles, California (Roundtrip)
Princess Cruises - Pacific Princess
Itinerary details

Interested in one of these sailings? Please contact me for more information and a quote.

If you don't see what you are looking for her, please let me know, as I can keep an eye open for other sailings that could work for you.


My recent top itinerary picks - from my cruise blog
From YVR: Volendam, Transpacific, September 27, 2017
To YVR: Nieuw Amsterdam, Panama Canal, April 9, 2017
Sailing Westbound from Honolulu
Sailing Eastbound from Honolulu


Cruise Research Resources - from my cruise website
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Vancouver cruise opportunities - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me
Cruise search - search for your dream cruise!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

My late picks - November 2016

If you can get away last minute, here are some interesting sailings this month that still have space ~ and good deals!

China to Singapore: 7 countries in 17 nights


November 12, 2016 - 17 nights, Tianjin to Singapore, Diamond Princess
November 12, 2016

17-Nights

Sailing from
Tianjin to Singapore on the Diamond Princess

Similar to a sailing I featured in my October late picks, this Diamond Princess sailing allows you to sample 7 Asian countries in just 17 nights. Does it get any better than this?

Ports on this sailing include: Tianjin, Busan (ex Pusan), Nagasaki, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Phu My, Bangkok, Singapore
View the itinerary details

There are just balconies left, but they are well priced.

Interested? Please contact me for a quote.

Cruising Central America


November 16, 2016 - 19 nights, Central America, Island Princess
November 16, 2016

19-Nights

Sailing
roundtrip from Los Angeles on the Island Princess

This is a really nice itinerary, and it's one that isn't often offered. The Mexico ports-of-call are off-the-beaten-track, and the others you can generally only call at when cruising South America. You even get a peek at the Panama Canal!

Ports on this sailing include: Los Angeles, Huatulco, Puerto Chiapas, Puerto Quetzal, Panama Canal (partial), Puntarenas, San Juan del Sur, Manzanillo, Los Angeles
View the itinerary details

Interested? Please contact me for a quote.

Dubai to Singapore 


November 20, 2016 - 21 nights, Dubai to Singapore, Norwegian Star
November 20, 2016

21-Nights

Sailing from
Dubai to Singapore on the Norwegian Star

While many repositioning ships sail these waters, many spend a lot of days at sea, making only a few port calls. This sailing on the Norwegian Star is unique in that it makes numerous port calls (there are just 5 sea days!), and overnights in Bombay (modern day Mumbai).

Ports on this sailing include: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Khasab, Fujairah, Muscat, Bombay (Mumbai, overnight), Marmagoa (Goa), Mangalore, Kochi, Colombo, Phuket, Langkawi, Penang (Georgetown), Port Kelang, Singapore
View the itinerary details

Interested? Please contact me for a quote.

Chasing warmth and sunshine in the Med


November 28, 2016 - 11 nights, roundtrip Venice, Norwegian Spirit
November 28, 2016

11-Nights

Sailing
roundtrip Venice on the Norwegian Spirit

Yes, you can sail the Mediterranean in November and December! I have personally wintered in Greece and found it plenty warm. And, while there aren't as many ships sailing here, that means less crowds.

Ports on this sailing include: Venice, Zadar, Piraeus (Athens), Limassol, Haifa (Jerusalem/Bethlehem, overnight), Katakolon (Olympia), Venice
View the itinerary details

Interested? Please contact me for a quote.

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Cup of black tea None of these your cup of tea?

I'm happy to help you plan an adventure wherever you'd like to go.

Please contact me to begin the planning process.



Related resources
Long sailing picks - hand picked by me
Vancouver cruise opportunities - hand picked by me
Unique journeys - sailings with ports you may not otherwise visit
Transatlantic cruises - the best itineraries, picked by me