Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Sailing Westbound from Honolulu

The Hawaiian Islands from space
Hawaii is always a popular cruise destination, even better when you can spend a few days relaxing on the islands at either end of your journey.

In this blog post, I will focus on WESTBOUND Transpacific sailings FROM Honolulu.

ms Amsterdam Hawaii sailings

I'm inspired by these 2 lovely sailings on the ms Amsterdam that caught my eye, as they are truly unique. Both are possible as they are segments of a 112-night World Cruise that Holland America has opened for booking.

January 26, 2017
35-Night Transpacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Holland America Line - ms Amsterdam

January 26, 2017
18-Night Transpacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Osaka, Japan
Holland America Line - ms Amsterdam

If you're interested in either, please contact me as soon as possible.

Twilight @ Honolulu Harbor (5623960334)
The Golden Princess in Honolulu in 2011

Other Westbound sailings from Honolulu

While we are in the Hawaiian spirit, here are a few other Hawaii sailings to tempt you:

September 19, 2016
19-Night South Pacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Sydney, Australia
Celebrity Cruises - Celebrity Solstice

September 20, 2016
19-Night South Pacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Sydney, Australia
Royal Caribbean International - Radiance of the Seas

January 28, 2017
25-Night South Pacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Auckland, New Zealand
Oceania Cruises - Insignia

September 19, 2017
19-Night South Pacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Sydney, Australia
Royal Caribbean International - Radiance of the Seas

October 2, 2017
18-Night South Pacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Sydney, Australia
Celebrity Cruises - Celebrity Solstice

October 5, 2017
17-Night Transpacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Sydney, Australia
Holland America Line - ms Noordam

October 5, 2017
32-Night Transpacific Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Auckland, New Zealand
Holland America Line - ms Noordam

October 13, 2017
12-Night Tahiti Cruise
From Honolulu, Hawaii to Papeete, French Polynesia
Norwegian Cruise Line - Norwegian Jewel

Imagine one of these sailings paired with a week or 2, or 3, or 4... in whatever your perfect Hawaii paradise may be (quiet beach, luxury resort, budget-friendly condo)...

Other ways to carve the Hawaii cruise pineapple

Pride of America seen from Aloha Tower (4677840953)
Norwegian Cruise Lines' Pride of America sails a
circle Hawaii cruise weekly from Honolulu
Of course, there are other ways to cruise Hawaii:
  • EASTBOUND sailings from Honolulu to Vancouver or other West Coast ports (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco)
  • ROUNDTRIP sailings from Vancouver or other West Coast ports
  • Weekly ROUNDTRIP 7-night sailings from Honolulu on the Pride of America
  • TRANSPACIFIC crossings that spend a few days in the Hawaiian islands in transit

Waikele Golf Club 7-15-2014 If you have Hawaii on your mind, I'd be happy to help you plan a cruise and/or land itinerary that suits you to a tee!

Please contact me for more information.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Solo Travel News - June 25, 2016

With so many solo travellers looking for affordable ways to travel, without the dreaded single supplement, I am always watching for specials. Periodically, when I have time, I summarize a few into an email to send to those who may be interested. Here is a sample:

One of amusing cruise ship related BrExit memes
Image by "Brighty", found on Bruce on Politics
Welcome to summer!

This continues to be a GREAT time to travel as a solo.

Thinking of Europe? With this yesterday's news of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, we can expect prices to drop on hotels in London, as well as throughout continental Europe. Combined with the already soft cruise market in Europe, the time to travel to Europe is now!! Fabulous deals abound. Contact me if you want me to take a look for anything.


For those of you looking for a bargain, here are a few cruise deals that I see right now (CAD):

July 2, 2016: Royal Princess - 7-Night Mediterranean Europe Cruise - Rome to Athens - inside $1298 solo +tax

July 16, 2016: Norwegian Escape: 7-Night Caribbean Cruise - roundtrip Miami - studio $1519 solo +tax

July 17, 2016: Eurodam - 12-Night Mediterranean Europe Cruise - roundtrip Venice - oceanview $1460 solo +tax (obstructed view)

July 23, 2016: Empress of the Seas - 5-Night Caribbean Cruise - roundtrip Miami - oceanview $974 solo +tax

July 23, 2016: Queen Victoria - 7-Night Eastern Mediterranean Europe Cruise - Athens to Venice - oceanview $1257 solo +tax (obstructed view)

July 24, 2016: Queen Mary 2 - 8-Night Transatlantic Cruise- New York to Southampton - balcony $1917 solo +tax **UNBELIEVABLE PRICE**

September 2, 2016: Celebrity Millennium - 16-Night Pacific Rim Cruise - Vancouver to Tokyo - inside $1978 solo +tax

October 1, 2016: Carnival Vista - 10-Night Mediterranean Europe Cruise - Barcelona to Athens - October 1, 2016 - inside $1548 solo +tax

November 14, 2016: Celebrity Constellation - 14-Night Middle East Cruise - Istanbul to Abu Dhabi - inside $1478 solo +tax


Planning a little further out, here are some great solo values for 2017:

April 29, 2017: Rhapsody of the Seas - 14-Night Transatlantic Repositioning Cruise - Tampa to Barcelona - inside $1523 solo +tax

October 15, 2017: Norwegian Getaway - 14-Night Transatlantic Cruise from Copenhagen to Miami - studio $1645 solo +tax

November 5, 2017: Rhapsody of the Seas - 14-Night Transatlantic Repositioning Cruise - Barcelona to Tampa - inside $1523 solo +tax 


There continue to be waived single supplements on many river cruises in Europe. Let me know if you have this on your bucketlist.

Looking for something else? While reduced or waived single supplements are hard to find, they do exist, and I can help you find them. A few ships also offer solo staterooms, with no single supplement. I can also assist with tours and land vacations for solos.

Wondering where to book your cruise? Aside of booking through me because you've benefited from my newsletter, I promise to get you any extras that are available, get you a lower price if one becomes available prior to when your final payment is due, and assist you with as much or as little of the rest of your trip as you wish. If you see a deal you like elsewhere, I can usually match it - I invite you to ask me for a quote. I'm a solo traveller myself, so I understand!

Remember that prices and availability are subject to change. If you see something you like, please get in touch as soon as possible. I am happy to put a cabin on hold while we check airfares (which are quite good right now).

I hope this information is of value. If you have some travel ideas, please get in touch, and I'll see what I can find - and I can keep an eye open for something that fits your budget and destination bucketlist.


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Sunday, June 5, 2016

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

There is more to Mexico than all-inclusive resorts, seaside villages and Mayan ruins (not that there is anything wrong with that).

I have been curious about the village of San Miguel de Allende for some time, even more so since I began reading On Mexican Time: A New Life In San Miguel.

So, I have been researching and learning more about this charming village... [read what I learned on my Travels with Roberta blog]

Friday, May 6, 2016

Pietrasantra, not far from Livorno

I first heard of Pietrasanta when I was reviewing shore excursion options from Livorno that include the marble quarries in Carrara. I never really thought about visiting a quarry before, but when I think of all the amazing marble sculptures and architecture in Italy, I became intrigued. Reading further, I stumbled across references to nearby Pietrasanta as "the city of sculpture" - and I was hooked. I wanted to learn more... [read what I learned on my Travels with Roberta blog]

Want to join me in learning about this intriguing part of Italy? I'll be researching independent visit options, as well as excursion options from Livorno. I'd be happy to help you  find a cruise sailing that includes a port call in Livorno, and to help you plan your entire trip. Please feel free to contact me.

Monday, April 25, 2016

A writing holiday

Fancy a writing retreat in an Italian hill town?
creative commons image bramhall/Flickr
In mulling about for ideas to kickstart my creativity, I've started thinking about going on a writing retreat. I know these exist, but don't know much more, so I set out to research where one might travel to participate in a writing retreat. As its an interest of many, I thought I'd share my discoveries.

Here are 5 writing retreats that made me want to pack my bags... [read the rest on my Travels with Roberta blog].

Fancy pairing a writing retreat with a cruise? I'd be happy to help you  find the sailing that best fits what you are looking for, and to help you plan your entire trip. Please feel free to contact me.


Monday, April 11, 2016

Etruscan Italy - a self-guided tour

Part of the Etruscan temple reconstruction
on the grounds at Villa Guilia in Rome 
Discovered an interesting 7-10 day "Tour of Etruscan Italy" in the new Italy DK EyeWitness Guide (2016, page 17). Enjoyed reading it, following the itinerary.

Beginning in Rome... [read the rest on my Travels with Roberta blog].

Friday, March 4, 2016

Spring brings tempting travel deals in Europe

How would you like to be here this spring?
Photo copyright Paul Marshman
I was delighted to be interviewed by Paul Marshman for his blog post about Europe travel deals this spring. Paul is a client of mine and a well-published travel writer, with his own blog, as well as the Globe and Mail, and more. Here's the piece:
Spring brings tempting travel deals in Europe  
It’s been a long winter here in the North, but as spring approaches, those of us who love to travel start thinking about Europe. April in Paris, sun-kissed days on the Mediterranean Sea … there’s no place like it. Problem is, the  continent can be expensive — but not so much this year. In fact, travel experts say this could be the year of great travel deals in Europe.
There are exceptional bargains available for European travel this year, says Roberta Westwood, a travel agent with Expedia CruiseShipCenters in British Columbia. And while the reasons are unfortunate, we’re the beneficiaries, as travel companies cut prices far and wide... [read the rest of the article]
I hope you find the content valuable! And, yes, I'd be pleased to help you plan an affordable escape to Europe this year.
You can contact Paul Marshman here:
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