When is the Best Time to Book a Cruise??? – Early or Last Minute

When is the Best Time to Book a Cruise??? – Early or Last Minute

When is the best time to book a cruise?  Should you book early for peace of mind?  Or should you try to snag a last-minute deal? We have always booked our cruises very early.  Usually nine months to a year in advance. We do this for a couple of reasons: 1) price protection that if the price of the cruise drops (and we are paying attention), we can request a price adjustment and 2) we normally need more than one…

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Cruise Tip: How To Enjoy an Empty Carnival WaterWorks!!!

Cruise Tip: How To Enjoy an Empty Carnival WaterWorks!!!

When is the best time to enjoy the Carnival Waterworks??? When no one is on the ship! Sea days seem the perfect time to enjoy the waterslides and water play area… right? Well, that is what everyone thinks! So they are packed and the lines for the slides can be incredibly long. We made an executive decision for our family that we would choose one port day each cruise to not have an excursion planned. We get off the ship…

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Louisiana Kitchen: Cajun Shrimp Po-Boys

Louisiana Kitchen: Cajun Shrimp Po-Boys

There are a few dishes that scream Louisiana cuisine… gumbo, jambalaya and the po-boy.  One of our favorite sandwiches is the beer battered cajun shrimp po-boy.  Two things are very important… the batter must be thick and perfectly seasoned and the bread must be fresh and baked to perfection! Here is our recipe: Save Print Louisiana Kitchen: Cajun Shrimp Po-Boys Author: Jason – EECC Travels Recipe type: Sandwich Cuisine: Louisiana / Cajun Prep time:  15 mins Cook time:  15 mins Total time:  30 mins…

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Beautiful Port of Mahogany Bay on Isla Roatan, Honduras

Beautiful Port of Mahogany Bay on Isla Roatan, Honduras

We had never been to Honduras so we’re very excited about this port. One word I can use to describe Mahogany Bay on Isla Roatan… lush. Everything as far as you can see is rich, thick green foliage on rolling hills and surrounded by the beautiful blue water of the Caribbean. It truly felt like we had arrived in paradise. Ethan made us laugh as he compared this island to Jurassic Park… so we were waiting for dinosaurs to come…

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The Liebster Award 2017

The Liebster Award 2017

I am so proud to be the recipient of the 2017 Leibster Award for new blogs!  I was nominated by Kathy Raynes of The Quiet Cruiser – this site is full of tips for new cruisers as well as fantastic cruise and port reviews.  And also by Cynthia Mackintosh of Mackintosh Travels – this is a family travel blog where they share their experiences and tips for destinations around the world.  Both are great travel blogs so please check them out! WHAT IS…

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Great Read for Your Next Cruise: ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’

Great Read for Your Next Cruise: ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’

Do you enjoy reading a good book while on a cruise?  I do, so I am always looking for the next great read.  I am a lover of audiobooks, so I take my phone and earbuds to the very back of the ship and watch the tail the ship is making in the water and enjoy a good story.  So what about a story set on a cruise ship???  ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’ by Ruth Ware is a great…

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Norwegian Breakaway is Moving to New Orleans

Norwegian Breakaway is Moving to New Orleans

We are getting a new cruise ship that will port in Louisiana… The Norwegian Breakaway will be leaving its current home of New York City (The Big Apple) and moving to New Orleans (The Big Easy) in November 2018.  This will be the largest ship ever to sail from our home port.  And guess who will be on the first sailing???  That’s right, we will!  Biggest ship we have ever seen I only found out about this repositioning a few…

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GIVEAWAY TIME!!! 3 Part Giveaway for Reaching 3K Subscribers on YouTube

GIVEAWAY TIME!!! 3 Part Giveaway for Reaching 3K Subscribers on YouTube

Our family is beyond excited to reach the milestone of 3,000 subscribers on our YouTube channel!!!  So it’s GIVEAWAY TIME! We have planned a special 3 part giveaway for this 3K milestone.  We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us to grow our channel and we LOVE all of the feedback and comments we receive.  This is our way of saying ‘thank you’! Giveaway #1 – Cruise themed giveaway We picked up several items on Cozumel on our…

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CRUISE LIFE: Dinner & an 80’s Show… Yes Please! – Carnival Dream

CRUISE LIFE: Dinner & an 80’s Show… Yes Please! – Carnival Dream

Evenings aboard a cruise ship are all that you make of them!  There are so many options for eating, drinking and entertainment it is truly a matter of deciding what is right for you. Tonight is our favorite show on a Carnival cruise… 80’s Pop to the Max! After which we have a ball as the party continues at the Michael Jackson Showdown. We love dinner time! After spending the day in Belize we were starving and ready for dinner…

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Disneyland Through the Eyes of a First Timer

Disneyland Through the Eyes of a First Timer

We are traveling to Disneyland for the first time ever and we are beyond excited!  Not only is this our first trip to the ‘original’ Happiest Place on Earth but Jason and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary this week! So since this is a special anniversary trip, we are traveling without the kids.  Once we have them well secured at their grandparents’ house we start our travel day.   We begin our adventure After some crazy heavy rain…

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