Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ship Departure Time Changed AGAIN

I recently wrote about flying into the cruise departure port a day early. What got me to write the post was a change in the ship's departure time.

I have since learned that the notice of time change was a mistake. Ship is departing at 10 p.m. as originally planned.

I don't know about you but if I was a passenger that was flying in late, scrambled to make new flight arrangements (incurred charges?) only to find out it was all unnecessary, I would be royally upset.

Of course, all could be avoided by simply arriving into the departure port at least a day early.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Where to go for a 4-5 day trip?

My daughter has 5 days off in December. I'd like to go somewhere with her. Spend some time bonding. Problem is where do we go?

We live in upstate NY. Thought about taking the train into New York City and playing tourist. See a few plays. Eat at some neat restaurants. Visit a few museums.

My husband suggested New Orleans.

We discussed a few days at a spa.

Would love to hear some suggestions from my readers.

Ideas anyone?

Oh...I'm mid 60's and she is mid 30's.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Should you fly into your departure port a day early?


The last thing you want to do is miss your ship's departure. Just think back to the 2010 winter that the east coast had. Flights canceled. Flights delayed.

You might think so could be your flight, the day before, that gets canceled. That is true. But wouldn't it be nice to know you had a window of time to work with.

If it looks like bad weather will be affecting your flight, call your airline. Based upon the forum I frequent, cruisers who stayed on top of things called their airline and, if possible, they got seats on earlier flights, before the bad weather came in, with no ticket change penalty.

And here's another reason for flying in a day early....friends of ours are cruising from a European port. When they first made their reservations, ship was departing at 10 p.m. But the ship departure time has changed! Now it is departing at 8 p.m. Fortunately, they are flying in the day before. But imagine if you had made your same-day-as-departure flight arrangements based upon that 10 p.m. departure!!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Check Allowable Carry On Sizes

Flying? Planning on not checking luggage? Then be sure to check your airline's carry on limitations.

On an upcoming trip we are flying on several different airlines. We figured we'd have no problem traveling with carry on only (which we prefer to do) until I read the restrictions on Iberia's web site.

What alerted me to check Iberia was an article in USAToday's travel section. Our rolling carry ons, which typically are about 9 to 10 inches deep, would not qualify.

So after measuring all of our rolling carry on bags, I did turn up one that was just a bit over 8" deep. I figured we'd use that until I remembered that we were packing some very fragile items and our first leg is a small AA where we'd have to gate check our bags. Normally not a problem but on this itinerary it would be cause for concern.

So back and forth with ideas about what qualifies as a personal item, what qualifies for a carry on and, unfortunately, it looks like we will have to check our luggage on this particular trip, with the fragile items going into my backpack.

Remind me never to fly Iberia again!

Golf and Myrtle Beach

I know that people who are serious about their golf can be REALLY serious about their golf. I've been on cruises where I've seen golf bags being taken aboard ship so the passenger can play golf at various ports of call.

Seems to me it would be a lot simpler to just hang around the U.S. and look at golf packages Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach really has a lot to offer and a visit to the web site can help you with your Myrtle Beach plans whether it is a golf package or a condo rental.

A great web site to do your Myrtle Beach vacation planning, with maps and details of area attractions, making your first web site stop when considering a Myrtle Beach golf vacation is a good move.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Disney or Not

I've got a big birthday coming up next year. I'd really love to do a 'family' thing. That would include my son and two grandchildren (9,10), my single daughter, my single sister and my husband, of course.

Several people have recommended Disney World. My son and daughter had been there AGES ago, taken by their grandparents. To be honest, I've avoided going to Disney because I believe I would just find it overwhelming.

Now I've learned that does not have to be the case. I was reading (wish I could remember where so I could link it here) that careful planning can make it a great experience. The article had to do with the cost of a one day ticket and, with it being so expensive, careful planning ahead of time to take full advantage of the day.

Friend of mine told me about a company that offers free Disney vacation planning services. Of course I figured that was just hotel and tickets...stuff like that. But I wonder if they could also help plan the actual day at the park? Might be worth checking out.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Follow up on - My Computer: Take or Leave Home

Just to follow up on a previous post, I did investigate the possibility of getting a netbook with the idea of my husband being able to use it for his photo editing.

Talked with a very nice gentleman at Staples who told me that my idea won't work. The main reason is the processor in the netbooks. The processor is just not powerful enough to handle the crunching that would be necessary.

So that idea is out the window.