What to Pack for Your Caribbean Cruise: City Tour

A city tour excursion is a fantastic way of getting a taste of a new city in a cruise port. These excursions often involve stretches of time riding on a tour bus as well as walking through the city. Since we are talking about the Caribbean, this means tropical (read: hot) weather. Also, I have been on tour buses in the past that have no or limited air conditioning. Comfort, functionality, and security is the name of the game whether you are taking a city tour or exploring on your own. Not sure what to pack? Check out these tips for what to pack for your Caribbean cruise city tour!
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Three Tips for Packing Lighter for Your Cruise

Ever had to pay an overweight fee for your suitcase at the airport? I have! In fact, I have always been an over-packer but managed to just skirt the line until we started to cruise. Between formal night, excursion gear, and your must-haves for keeping your stateroom more organized; it's no wonder it's easy to overpack when cruising! So, how has this "pack rat" not paid an overweight fee since 2015 in spite of flying more than 20 times since? Allow me to share my three tips for packing lighter for your cruise!
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Cruise Formal Night Dresses for Under $100!

I am an unabashed bargain hunter, but I also love a glamorous dress! Consequently, I am excited to share my tips for finding a gorgeous cruise formal night dress for under $100! There are many places you can find quality on a budget, but it requires work. I've scoured discount stores, sale racks of department stores, and even catalogs. I've even gone the eBay route which is a little hit and miss. If you go that route, you ideally know the brand, are positive the dress is flawless, and the seller has a solid return policy in case it doesn't work for you. Also, I want to see photos of the actual dress, not the one they found online from the original retailer.
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How to Pack for a Cruise to Alaska

Growing up in Alaska and living in Seattle, I am used to trying to look somewhat stylish when it's chilly and/or wet. However, I realize not everyone is from a cooler weather part of the world so you might need a bit more guidance when knowing how to pack for a cruise to Alaska. Now that we've been on our fourth Alaska cruise, I thought it was time to blog with some suggestions. First of all, I have to give a caveat that what is considered "warm" to one person may be considered cold to someone else. For me, if it's 65 degrees or better, it's warm. But YMMV.
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What to Wear on Formal Night

Planning for formal night aboard your cruise can be both challenging and a little intimidating. You want to feel great, but you also want to fit in. Also in consideration is suitcase space and budget. After attending many cruise formal nights, viewing photos, and reading every major cruise line's attire guidelines, I've come up with three recommendations that should cover what to wear on formal night. There are even options for those on a budget!
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How to Get the Best Cruise Prices and Perks

Different people take different things into consideration when booking a cruise. Me? I love a good bargain, but there are other things that are equally if not more important than the fare alone. The following will show you how to get the best cruise prices and perks! Be sure to do your own homework and ensure you understand the terms and conditions when you book.
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What to Expect on Your Alaska Cruise

[caption id="attachment_347" align="alignleft" width="300"] Fishing with my mom in Alaska in the 1970s.[/caption] Even though I spent much of my childhood in Anchorage visiting glaciers, going fishing, and ice skating at recess; I am still in awe of this beautiful state. I never tire of hearing my fellow cruisers gasp when they see an eagle or catch a glimpse of a whale. However, the wild and wonderful nature of Alaska is exactly what makes it difficult to know what to expect on your Alaska cruise. When you consider the world of cruising, warm and sunny destinations are far more common. It's no wonder that going on an Alaska cruise sparks a lot of questions from future cruisers. Will it be cold? Will I see snow? Should I bring a bathing suit or shorts? Now that I have been fortunate enough to go on several cruises to Alaska, I am thrilled to share my experience and knowledge with you!
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What We Spent on Our Last Cruise

I remember seeing the final cruise charge statement awaiting our attention the night before debarking from our last cruise. As usual, I snatched the statement out of the mail slot and played the "Guess How Much We Spent" game with my husband Don.  Clearly, we aren't ones for keeping an eye on our expenses during the trip. I knew his guess of $800 seemed low to me, but I was still a bit shocked when I saw that the grand total was about twice that: $1660. Over the course of 11 days, all of those little purchases, drinks at the bar, and pulls at the slot machine can add up and become a bit of a blur.  Also, it's sort of easy to lose track when everything is paid for with an innocent-looking little piece of plastic that doesn't even bear the name Visa or MasterCard. I mean, it's just a room key, right? In all seriousness, we had a wonderful time and collected memories and had experiences that we will never forget. For first-time cruises or just the curious, read on to learn what we spent on our last cruise as well as get our opinions on what was totally worth it, what was just a necessity, and what we regretted.
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