Cruising

In October we went on A Canada New England Cruise on Royals Serenade of the Seas. We Flew into Boston a couple days before so we could see some sites in Boston before the cruise. We had a late flight after the cruise so thought that would be plenty of time in Boston. There was so much to see and do in Boston that we wished we had chosen a longer pre- or post-Cruise stay in Boston.

Boston really is a place to learn the history of this great country. We saw Plymouth Rock which commemorates the location where Europeans first set foot onto what's now U.S. soil. The Plymouth Plantation and Grist Mill were very educational and interesting. We were also able to spend a little time at each of the following. The Salem Witch museum, The Wax museum, the New England aquarium and the Boston tea party. We rode the city view hop on hop off Boston Trolley Sightseeing tour but did not have time to visit everything we wanted to.

I had the opportunity to experience my very first cruise onboard Royal Caribbean’s Navigator of the Seas. I had a fantastic experience on the newly amplified ship.

This ship is a medium sized ship with large activities. There was so much to do you couldn’t do it all. There are activities for every age and personality. There is the sanctuary for those that want to just relax and waterslides, flow rider and rock climbing wall for the more adventurous.

The entertainment aboard the ship was great! There were always so many things going on. We saw comedians, an ice skating show, participated in game shows, watched live bands, and went to a 70’s and 80’s dance parties. For the more laid back entertainment there was a movie every night under the stars. There was even a guy who put a piano in the elevator and rode it playing and singing requests.

I had an amazing adventure with the specialty dining options. The food and the menu options are very diverse. You definitely feel as if you are dining at a five star restaurant. There are so many different options of places to eat that I never ate at the same place twice with 12 different places to choose from.

We ported for a day in Nassau and a day at Royal Caribbean’s private island Coco Cay. They advertise it as the perfect day and that it is. Whatever you want your day to be it can be relaxing or adventure filled. From water slides, zip lining, hanging out in the pool or relaxing on the beach you get to paint your perfect day. I also was amazed by how much area there was on the island. There were two mid-sized ships there and you could still walk up to any area and find a place to hang out. Again the food options on the island out did themselves.

I had an amazing adventure and would recommend that you go and experience an adventure like this!

Welcome on board!

All the best,
Kari Cellan
Morris Murdock Travel - Billings

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Last week I had the opportunity to go on a Danube River Cruise with Uniworld, an All-Inclusive Cruise Line. I did this trip by myself, however I shared the trip with 9 other travel advisors from Colorado, and Arizona. I was the only one from Utah. I felt so fortunate and privileged to have traveled with this cruise line. I was very impressed by the service and the all-inclusive this cruise has to offer. By the end of my cruise last week, I did not owe a single penny, even though I signed up for many shore excursions on the port of calls!

Here are the FREE excursions that were available on this particular itinerary.

In Nuremburg, Germany:

  1. Nuremburg City Tour ***
  2. Do as The Locals Do Nuremburg Walking Tour
  3. Jewish Heritage – Nuremburg and WWII ***

In Regensburg, Germany:

  1. 2000 Years in One Hour Regensburg Walking discovery tour ***
  2. BMW Factory Visit
  3. Jewish Heritage – Jewish Regensburg. ***

In Straubing, Germany:

  1. Orientation Walk into Straubing ***
  2. “Let’s Go Bike the Danube Trail
  3. Bavarian Forest village, Nature Walk and Theresienthal glass factory ***

In Passau, Germany:

  1. Passau Walking Discovery Tour
  2. Passau Geocaching Scavenger Hunt – fun game with lots of walking ***

In Engelhartzhell, Austria:

  • "Let’s Go" Bavarian River Bicycle Ride

I recently had the opportunity to sail on the beautiful Crystal Symphony, one of the two Crystal Cruise Line vessels. Crystal Cruise Lines has consistently won readers choice award with Condé Nast for the past 25 years and Worlds Best by Travel and Leisure for 23 years. With all these accolades I was eager to experience Crystal for myself.

First, we noticed the check in process was incredibly easy and painless. No lines, just a seat on a couch in the reception area where they looked at your documents and took your luggage while offering you something to drink.

From there were pampered by incredible service, wonderful food, relaxing cabin and a ship with endless possibility of entertainment, enrichment classes and relaxing areas.

From the moment we arrived on the ship the staff was dedicated to anticipating our every needs. Staff from cabin stewards, waiters and pool attendants went out their way to learn our names, favorite beverages, allergies and more.

I recently had the opportunity of doing a river cruise on the Danube River with AMAWaterways. I traveled with my sister, who is a recent Amputee with a prosthetic leg. This was her first trip to Europe, and in her words she was "a little hesitant to go" because of her disability. She was so impressed by the staff at how accommodating and willing to do anything to help her enjoy her trip of a lifetime.

We flew into Munich 2 days prior and stayed at the Airport Hilton. I chose the Airport Hilton, because of the convenience of being connected to the airport. Normally I would recommend staying in the city of Munich. It was easy to hop on the train from the airport to Munich, to spend the day exploring the city. There are plenty of things to do while in Munich, such as Dachau concentration camp, or Neuschwanstein Castle. We choose to stay in the Marienplatz seeing the Glockenspiel and the Hofbrauhaus *a traditional German biker beer hall, with a dark past). Upstairs in the Hofbrauhause is where Hitler first started the Nazi party. Downstairs we enjoyed a Weisswurst sausage with sweet mustard and a pretzel. Oh and did I mention the bakeries in Europe? Yum!