Cruising Italy: A Shore Excursion to Rome

A shore excursion to Rome…it just sounds strange. Normally we do not book excursions thru the cruise lines. Most of the time you end up with a lot of people in your group, you pay way too much mon…

Walking the Gothic Quarter in Barcelona

As you are walking the streets of the gothic quarter in Barcelona it’s difficult to not get caught up in the moment. Everything is right there within a very short walking distance (and if you need…

Navigating The Barcelona Metro Like A Pro

Barcelona. You have a wonderful metro system. Even as a traveler that does not speak the languages that are common here, I have found that your metro system was easy to navigate and not…

9 Ways To “Survive” A Long Haul Flight

As I look to the upcoming weeks I start to think about all the new sights to see, the foods to eat and the time I will have to sit on a plane. Many people absolutely hate flying. They hate the fees…

MSC Divina Entertainment

Dinner and a show, that is what we did every night and the MSC Divina entertainment team never disappointed! Every cruise line is a little different in their nightly show offerings.  I was excited to find out what MSC had in store for us. When we first got on the Divina we made our way to the Pantheon Theater.  It is a huge theater that is 2 ship decks tall with very comfortable,  red velvety seats.  The stage was covered but the curtains looked like liquid silver.  It was not a dulled silver color…but more like a silver chrome.  We ended up walking down to the lower part of the theater and tried out a few different seats trying to find the ones that we wanted to be “our seats”.  Of course, all the seats are available first come first serve, but we made sure to get there early enough for every show that was got to sit in the seats we chose that first day. Every show put on by the MSC Divina entertainment team was incredible!  They all had a general theme as far as the costumes and the general flow of the show went.  But overall they were kind of like a big variety show.  They featured opera singers, acrobats, dancers, magic tricks…the list just really goes on and on.  The costumes were equally as impressive as the performers who wore them! On our sea day, we found out that the theater would be putting on a show during the middle of the day.  WOW what a treat.  That is definitely something that the other cruise lines do not do!  Then come to find out that they would be performing an hour-long condensed version of the Italian opera La Traviata.  I have never been to an opera before but this was so fantastic to see.  I do not speak Italian at all, but this was one of the most beautiful shows I have ever seen.  The theater had a really great turnout which kind of surprised me…I had no idea that operas were so popular. I had two shows onboard the Divina that are my absolute favorites from that week. The first was Wonderland that was designed after Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.  I have to admit that I love all things Tim Burton…his films are incredible!  The performers were all spectacular and it was so fun to have something that I love come to life before my eyes! The second show that was my favorite was Pirates that was themed after Pirates of the Caribbean. After all who does love pirates…especially when you are currently sailing the Caribbean?? The quality of shows that were performed on the MSC Divina entertainment is unlike any that I have seen on a cruise ship before.  Everything was extremely well put together from the costumes, transitions between performers and the quality of the acts.  I cannot wait until I can get on another MSC ship to see what other performances they have! Like this …

Halibut Fishing in Whittier, Alaska

Fishing for Halibut in Whittier is a big “must do” for anyone going to Alaska. Every outdoorsman dreams of landing “the big one”. And by big one, I really mean “THE BIG ONE”! Halibut are regul…

7 Best Updates on Carnival Vista

7 Best Updates on Carnival Vista

Not much longer now!  That’s right we only have a handful of days left until the Carnival Vista welcomes her first guest on board!  As of right now she has finished all of the sea trials and the crew should be on board getting everything ready!  May 1st will be the first sailing and she will continue to travel around the Mediterranean until later in 2016 when she makes her way across the Atlantic to the US. It’s been a few years since the Carnival Breeze started sailing and I have no doubt in my mind that this one will be better than the last!  We are booked on one of the first sailings, so keep an eye out for that!  I am really excited to get over to Europe and see her for myself, but for now, Carnival pics will have to do!  With that in mind, I decided to do a preview post of a few of the new and improved features that I am most excited to see! Red Frog Pub  Red Frog Pub is not a new feature to Carnival but the Vista will have something a little special that we have not seen before…the 1st American brewery at sea. Yes you heard me right…they are going to be brewing beer on the cruise ship! Cruisers will be able to see the brew tanks on board, get the house made beer at the regular bar and pour their own beers through special tabletop beer taps.  Here are the beers that are to be brewed on board.  Cheers! ThirstyFrog Port Hoppin’ IPA – aromatic, floral and hoppy notes with passion fruit and citrus overtones ThirstyFrog Caribbean Wheat – unfiltered lager with aromas of bananas and spices FriskyFrog Java Stout – Carnival Vista’s take on a traditional stout, rich and creamy with hints of coffee IMAX Theater SkyRide Skyride is a peddle-powered roller coaster car that goes around the ropes course on the top deck.  The ride is 800 feet long and 150 feet above the water and can get going up to 25mph. Hope you’re not afraid of heights!  I am pretty interested to see this in person and I am not afraid of heights so it should be lots of fun! Kaleid-O-Slide At a dizzying 455 feet long this slide features visual effects along with twists and turns.  This will be the cruise line’s first water raft ride.  I’m kind of interested in seeing how they plan to get the rafts back up to the top once people are done at the bottom of the slide… Havana Pool Palm trees, thatched huts, hot tubs, colorful umbrellas, comfy seating, and the best view on the ship.  Sound like paradise?  I’m pretty sure this might be a possibility!  There is also the Havana Bar that will authentic Cuban food and drinks. Atrium A new kind of atrium will be found on the Carnival Vista.  It will feature a multi-deck funnel-shaped LED screen and visuals to help set the mood.  So far, I have seen a varieties …