Is it safe to plan Mexico family vacations?

With summer vacations just around the corner, many of us are thinking about beaches.  And when I think about beaches, I think about all-inclusive resorts. Living in Texas, Mexico is always top of mind, because 1) it’s close with many direct flights under 3 hours 2) it’s a great value 3) it has MANY all-inclusive […]

Carnival Magic Sails from Galveston, Texas!

Mom and Dad, Granparents: Relax.  Because the Carnival Magic will take the worry out of finding a vacation that’s fun for everyone in your family. It’s not too early to start planning for next summer’s vacation.  Do you believe in magic? The kind of magic that happens when family and friends get together for fun? […]

Why should I vacation on family cruises?

Why do we love taking  family cruises?  Besides the fact that cruises give us the most value for our hard earned dollars, there is no other vacation that can offer as much variety.  There is something to do for everyone in the family. I’m going to give you five of the top reasons why we […]

The truth about what’s going on with Carnival Cruise Line

We all know Carnival Cruise Line has been in the news quite a bit lately.  Heck, I was there when it all started on the Triumph.  In the last couple of weeks, Carnival has had 3 other ships with “issues.”  So what gives?  Should we trust Carnival?  What’s the real story? What began with the […]

My Life Lesson on Carnival Triumph

One week ago today, February 15th, at 8am, I stepped off an 8 hour motor coach ride to Galveston, TX, following a 4-night, turned 7-night, girls cruise on the Carnival Triumph. Our offices and homes were set for 4 days.  The laundry was done, kids’ activities in order, meals pre-planned, dads prepped, and we were […]

Cruise Ship Survival List

As you know from “My Life Lesson on the Carnival Triumph”, I was on board the Carnival Triumph on the February 7th, 2013 cruise to Cozumel.  Our 4 day girlfriends cruise turned into 7, and we learned so much about life, friends and survival.  One of the ways we got through the ordeal was with […]

The magic of my morning on Disney Dream…

I recently had the opportunity to spend the morning on board  Disney Dream.  At the time of this post, she  is currently based in Port Canaveral, Florida sailing 3 and 4-night Bahamian cruises.  I was on the ship during pre-boarding time, which is why many pictures have no passengers around. Let me start at the […]

TLC’s Cake Boss to Open Carlo’s Bake Shop on Norwegian’s New Breakaway

“Cake Boss” and “The Next Great Baker” are family favorites at our house.  Not that I need an excuse to take my family on another Norwegian cruise, but now I definitely have one! Norwegian Cruise Line announced on Friday that Master Baker Buddy Valastro, star of the popular TLC television series “Cake Boss” and “Next […]