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Here is our information for European cruise terminals.

* How far along can an expectant mother be and still cruise?


* What age does an infant have to be before they can cruise?


* Does the cruise line have babysitting or activities for kids under age 3?


Get the definitive answer to each cruise line's policy about questions here at a glance!

These were the policies as of July 2, 2015


* How far along can an expectant mother be and still cruise?

Carnival - 24 weeks or less at time of embarkation which is 6 months

Royal Caribbean - 23 weeks or less at time of embarkation with Dr. note.

Disney - 23 weeks or less at time of embarkation. Dr. note not required but helpful.

Norwegian - 23 weeks. Dr note required with estimated due date prior to the cruise.

MSC - 23 weeks - once she enters 24th, she can’t go. Must provide Dr. note.

Costa - 24 weeks or less at time of embarkation. Must provide dr. note

Holland - 24 weeks or less at time of disembarkation. Must provide dr. note

Princess - 24 weeks or less at time of disembarkation. Must provide dr. note

* What age does an infant have to be before they can cruise?

Carnival - 6 months

Royal Caribbean - 6 months. If cruise has more than 3 consecutive days at sea, they will have to be 12 months.

Disney - 6 months. One year for Transatlantic and Panama Canal sailings.

Norwegian - 6 months at time of sailing. If cruise has more than 3 consecutive days at sea, they will have to be 12 months.

MSC - NEW RULE - infants of ANY AGE can cruise!

Costa - 6 months (won’t book infants up to 18 months in inside cabins)

Holland - 6 months or 12 months. Depends on the cruise. Most European cruises are going to be 12 months.

Princess - 6 months or 12 months. Depends on the cruise. Most European cruises are going to be 12 months.

*Babysitting Services

Carnival click to read their policy.

Royal Caribbean - yes, children must be at least 1 year old, offering in group setting and individually in state room, must be reserved through Guest Relations Desk (Purser’s desk) at least 24 hours in advance, but can’t be reserved prior to the cruise and there’s no guarantee sitters will be available, offered from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. if personnel are available, $19 per hour for up to 3 children in same family, pay using on board sea pass,

Disney - $9/hr for nursery. Make reservations online. Can book up to 18 hours prior to sailing (7 night sailing) but can book more when they get on the ship. Based on availability.

Norwegian - 6 months minimum age.  New Ship Norwegian ESCAPE now has a nursery for babies called Guppies program. Parents are required to be present for the guppies program.

MSC - MSC Baby Time is free but requires that the parents remain present.

Costa - 3 years and up and potty-trained.

Holland - Provided for children ages 3 and up in staterooms by off-duty staff. $8/hr for first child, $5/hr for each

Princess - Nothing for under 3 years old.

Celebrity- $19 per hour for stateroom babysitting. Toddler time for children under 3 is available for free as long as a parent is present.

Cunard - Babysitting is free for ages 2 and up. Parents are required to change diapers.

Are there any cabins that hold 5 people?

The Haven 3 Bed Garden VillaThe Haven 3 Bedroom Garden Villa with Piano, on the Norwegian Jewel.

Yes! Here is the complete list as of August 2016. Our website generates cabins for up to four people; so if you are interested in booking a cabin for 5 you will need to call us at 866-964-5482 or email us.

Plus if your 5th person is an infant less than 24 months old, you can submit a waiver to possibly sleep 5 people in a room meant for 4 on MSC.

Costa and Royal Caribbean will allow a 5th person that is under 2 years old even without a waiver request! For more details on their requirements click here.

Cabins for 5 and connecting cabins sell out before anything else.

If a cabin for 5 is what you need, it is best to book at least a year in advance, otherwise your only options will be the more expensive suites or getting two cabins.

Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Disney, Holland, MSC, Norwegian, Princess, Royal Caribbean

Price Key:

$- prices are usually under $5,000 for 5 on a 7 day sailing - see Costa and Carnival

$$- prices are usually under $7,000 for 5 on a 7 day sailing- see MSC, Holland, Royal, and Celebrity

$$$- prices are usually over $7,000 for 5 on a 7 day sailing - see Norwegian, Disney, and Princess

*Prices and availability are subject to change. While we can give you a range to help guide you, the cruise lines ultimately set the price and they may differ from what you see here.

Norwegian Cruise Lines

For more specific details on Norwegian’s cabins click here.

TheHaven.2bd_1_072716.jpgThe two bedroom Family Villa w/Balcony on the Escape.


    O1, Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 5, 239 sq ft, $

    H2, Haven Deluxe Owner’s Suite w/ Large Balcony, sleeps up to 6, 1307 sq ft, $$$

    H4, Haven 2-bedroom Family Villa w/ Balcony, sleeps up to 6, 540 sq ft, $$

Breakaway and Getaway

    O1, Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 5, 161 sq ft. $

    H4, Haven Suites, sleeps up to 6, 603 sq ft. $$$

Norwegian Dawn, Star

    S1, 3-bedroom Garden Villa, sleeps up to 7, 6694 sq ft. $$$

    SA, Deluxe owner’s Suite, sleeps up to 6, 700 sq. ft $$

    SC, 2-bedroom family suite, sleeps up to 6, 574 sq ft. $$

    SD, Family suite with balcony, sleeps up to 6, 409 to 600 sq. ft $$

    SJ, Family suite without balcony, sleeps up to 6, 409 to 600 sq. ft $$


    H4, Haven 2-bedroom Family Villa with Balcony, sleeps up to 6, 506 sq footage, $$$

Norwegian Gem, Jade, Jewel, Pearl

    SC, 2-bedroom Family Suite, sleeps up to 6, 546 sq. ft.  $$$

    H4, 2-bedroom Family Villa H4 with balcony, sleeps up to 6, 572 sq. ft. $ $$

    H1, 3-bedroom Garden Villa,, sleeps up to 8, 3355 sq. ft $$$

Norwegian Sky, Sun

    O1, Family Oceanview Picture Window, sleeps up to 5, 150 sq. ft $

    SF,  Penthouse with Large Balcony, sleeps up to 5, 558 sq. ft. $$

    SB, Owner’s suite with large balcony, sleeps up to 5, 835 sq. ft, $$

Norwegian Spirit


Norwegian Pride of America

    SD, Deluxe Penthouse, sleeps up to six, 880 sq. ft. $$$

    SE, SF, SG, SH, Penthouse Large Balcony, sleeps up to 6, 515 sq. ft. $$$

    SI, 2-bedroom Family Suite, sleeps up to 5, 335 sq. ft. $$$

    SA, 2-bedroom Deluxe Family Suite, sleeps up to, 607 sq. ft. $$$

    SJ, 2-bedroom Obstructed Suite (window blocked by lifeboat), sleeps up to 8, 356 sq. ft. $$$

Princess Cruise Line

For more specific details on Princess’s cabins click here to see more information for each ship.

S8 Family SuiteHere is the S8 Family suite from Princess.

Star, Crown, Caribbean and Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Golden, Emerald, Grand, Crown

    S8, Family Suite with Balcony, sleeps up to 6/8 (varies by ship), 606 sq. ft. $$$

Regal, Royal, Island, Coral, Pacific, Sea, Dawn, Sun


Disney Cruise Lines

For more specific details on Disney’s cabins click here to see more information for each ship.

Disney One Bedroom Suite with VerandahDisney one bedroom suite with Verandah.

Dream and Fantasy

    8A, 8B, 8C, 8D, Deluxe Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 5, 241 sq. ft., $$

    4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, Deluxe Ocean View with Verandah, sleeps up to 5, 299 sq. ft., $$$

    V, Concierge Family Stateroom w/ verandah suites, sleeps up to 5, 306 sq. ft., $$$

    T, One bedrooms suite with verandah, sleeps up to 5, 622 sq. ft., $$$

    R, Concierge royal suite with verandah, sleeps up to 5, 1781 sq. ft., $$$

Disney Magic and Wonder

    4A 4B and 4E  Deluxe Family Oceanview w/ Verandah, sleeps up to 5, 304 sq. ft. $$$

    00T, One-bedroom Suite w. Verandah, sleeps up to 5, 614 sq. ft., $$$

    R, Royal Suite, sleeps up to 7, 1099 sq. ft., $$$

    S, Two-bedroom Suite, sleeps up to 7, 1099 sq. ft, $$$

Carnival Cruise Lines

For more specific details on Carnival’s cabins click here.

Family Friendly oceanview Carnival Oceanview that holds 5 people.


    FJ, Family Harbor Ocean view, sleeps up to 5, 230 sq ft $

    FS, Family Harbor Suite, sleeps up to 5, 340 sq ft $$

Breeze Dream and Magic

    6N, Deluxe Ocean View, sleeps up to 5, 230 sq ft. $


    4A, 4B, 4C, Inside, sleeps up to 5, 185 sq ft, $

    6A, 6B, 6C, Ocean view, sleeps up to 5, 185 sq ft, $

    CS, GS, Grand or Captain’s suite, sleeps up to 5, 430 sq ft (GS), 700 sq ft (CS) $$$

Splendor, Liberty, Valor, Freedom, Glory, Conquest

    CS, Captain’s Suite w/ balcony, sleeps up to 5, 500 sq ft $$

Legend, Miracle, Pride


Triumph, Victory,

    4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 4F, 4G, 4H, Inside, sleeps up to 5, 185 sq ft, $

    6A, 6B, 6C, Ocean view, sleeps up to 5, 220 sq ft, $

    8A, 8B, 8C, 8D, 8E, 8F, Balcony, sleeps up to 5, 185 sq ft, $

    GS, Grand suite, sleeps up to 5, 300 sq ft, $

Sensation, Elation, Fantasy, Imagination, Inspiration, Paradise

    4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, Inside cabins, sleeps up to 5, 185 sq ft,  $

    6A, 6B, 6C, 6D Ocean view, sleeps up to 5, 185 sq ft, $

    GS, Grand suite, sleeps up to 5, 330 sq ft, $

Ecstasy, Fascination

    4B, 4C, 4D, 4E inside, sleeps up to 5, 185 sq ft, $

    6A, 6B, 6C, 6D, 6E Ocean view, sleeps up to 5, 185 sq ft $

    GS, ES, Grand suite and Extended Grand Suite, sleeps up to 5, 330 sq ft, $

MSC Cruise Lines

For more specific details on MSC’s cabins click here.

Magnifica S3 Suite for 5The Magnifica has EIGHT S3 suites that hold 5 and they sell out FAST!

Splendida, Fantasia, Poesia, Orchestra, Musica


Preziosa, Divina

    FLA, Connecting B2 balcony cabins(triple or double/quad), sleeps up to 6, 540 sq ft  $$$

Lirica, Opera, Sinfonia, Armonia (2 per ship on Deck 9)

    O2, Oceanview Cabin, sleeps up to 5, 236 sq ft, $

Magnifica  (8 total on the ship)

    S3, Aurea Family Suites, sleeps up to 5, 331 sq ft, $$


    FMO, Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 6, TBD sq ft, $$

    FMB, Family Balcony, sleeps up to 6, TBD sq ft $$

    FLA, Super Family Connecting Balcony Cabins, sleeps up to 6, TBD sq ft $$

    FPO, Super Family Plus Ocean View, sleeps up to 10, TBD sq ft $$$

    FPB, Super Family Plus Balcony, sleeps up to 10, TBD sq ft $$$


    SE3, SJ3 Aurea Grand Suite, sleeps up to 5, 355 sq ft, $$  

    YC1 Yacht Club Deluxe Suite, sleeps up to 5, 355 sq ft $$

    FLA, Super Family Connecting Balcony Cabins, sleeps up to 6 people, 398 sq ft, $$

    FLP, Super Family Plus Connecting Balcony Cabins, sleeps up to 10 people,290 sq ft, $$

Costa Cruise Lines

For more specific details on Costa’s cabins click here.


Fascinosa, Favolosa, Pacifica, Serena

    EC, EP Oceanview, sleeps up to 5, 191 sq ft, $

    BC, BP Balconies, sleeps up to 5, 219 sq ft, $

    GS, Grand Suite, sleeps up to 5, 336 sq ft, $$

Deliziosa, Luminosa

    BC, BP Balconies, sleeps up to 5, 236 sq ft, $

Atlantica, Mediterranea

    EC, EP, Oceanview, sleeps up to 5, 175 sq ft $

    BC, BP, Balconies, sleeps up to 5, 191 sq ft (BC), 232 sq ft (BP)  $

    S, PS, Suite and Panoramic Suite, sleeps up to 5, 353 sq ft (S) 361 sq ft (PS) $$


    EP, Oceanview , sleeps up to 5, 222 sq ft $

    BC, BP, Balconies, sleeps up to 5, 268 sq ft, $

    GS, Grand Suite, sleeps up to 5, 455 sq ft, $$

Magica, Fortuna

    EC, EP, Oceanview, sleeps up to 5, 191 sq ft $

    BC, BP, Balconies, sleeps up to 5, 218 sq ft, $

NeoRiviera and NeoRomantica (very few)

    S, PS, Suites, sleeps up to 5, 418 sq ft (S) 499 sq ft, $$

Victoria and NeoClassica



For more specific details on Holland’s cabins click here.

Family Ocean view cabinThis is the NEW family Oceanview cabin on the Koningsdam.

Ms Koningsdam

    FA, FB Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 5, 222 sq ft $$

Nieuw Amsterdam, Eurodam, Noordam, Westerdam, Oosterdam, Zuiderdam, Prinsendam, Amsterdam, Zaandam, Volendam, Rotterdam, Veendam, Maasdam


Royal Caribbean

For more specific details on Royal Caribbean’s cabins click here.

RCLFamilyInteriorCompressed.pngHere is a picture of RCL's Family Interior cabins that hold 5. These sell FAST!

Quantum Class: Quantum of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, Ovation of the Seas

    FC, Family Connected Junior Suite w/ balcony, 575 sq. ft. sleeps 8. $$$

    FS, Family Suite, sleeps up to 8, 543 sq ft., $$

    BC, Balcony Connecting, sleeps up to 5, 198 sq ft., $$

    OC, Ocean view Connecting, sleeps up to 5, 182 sq ft., $ - (not available on the Quantum)

    IC, Interior Connecting, sleeps up to 5, 166 sq ft., $

    FJ, Family Junior Suite, sleeps up to 5, 301 sq. ft., $$$

Oasis Class: Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Harmony of the Seas

    D3,  Family Balcony, sleeps up to 5,182 sq ft., $

    C1, balcony Central Park balcony, sleeps up to 5, 182 sq ft, $

    B1, Boardwalk Balcony, sleeps up to 5, 182 sq ft, $

    F1 Family Interior, sleeps up to 5,  260 sq ft $

    FO, Family Oceanview, sleeps up to 6, 271 sq ft., $

    FB, Family Balcony, sleeps up to 6, 290 sq ft., $$

    RL, Royal Loft Suite, sleeps up to 6, 1524 sq ft., $$$

    PS, Four-Bedroom Presidential Suite, sleeps up to 14, 1142 sq ft., $$$

    FS, Royal Family Suite, sleeps up to 8, 580 sq ft., $$$

    A1, A2, Two-Bedroom Aqua Theater Suites, sleeps up to 8 720 sq ft., $$$

Freedom Class: Freedom of the Seas, Liberty of the Seas, Independence of the Seas

    FO, Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 6, 358 sq. ft., $$

    FI, Family Inside, sleeps up to 6, 338 sq. ft, $$

    FP, Family Promenade, sleeps up to 6, 327 sq ft., $$

    PF, Family Panoramic Ocean view, sleeps up to 6, 406 sq. ft, $$

    FS, Royal Family Suite with Balcony, sleeps up to 8, 610 sq ft, $$$

    PS, Presidential Suite, sleeps up to 14 guests, 1209 sq ft., $$$

Voyager Class Ships: Navigator, Adventure, Voyager, Explorer and Mariner

    FO, Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 6, 265 sq ft, $

    FS, Family Suite, sleeps up to 8, 610 sq ft., $$$

    PF, Family Panoramic Ocean View, sleeps up to 6, 406 sq ft., $$

Radiance Class: Serenade, Brilliance, Radiance, Jewel

    FO, Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 6, 265 sq ft., $

    FF, Two-Bedroom Suite, sleeps up to 8, 592 st ft., $$$

    TS, Two-Bedroom Suite, sleeps up to 8, 532 sq ft., $$$

    D1, Balcony, sleeps up to 5, 184 sq ft (Serenade of the Seas only) $

    JS, Junior Suite with Balcony, sleeps up to 5, 282 sq ft, (Serenade of the Seas only) $$

Vision Class: Grandeur, Rhapsody, Splendor, Enchantment, Legend, Vision

    FO, Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 6 guests, 233 sq ft., $ - (Enchantment, Rhapsody, Vision only)

    FF, Family Ocean View, sleeps up to 8 guests, 470 sq. ft., $$ (Grandeur and Vision only)

    FS, Royal Family Suite with Balcony, sleeps up to 8 people, 463 sq ft., $$$ -(Rhapsody, Vision, Grandeur, and Enchantment)

    FS, Royal Family Suite with Balcony, sleeps up to 7, 526 sq. ft, $$$ - (Splendor and Legend)

    JS, Junior Suite, sleeps up to 6,  204 sq. ft., $$$

    FI, Family Interior, sleeps up to 6, 260 sq ft., $

Sovereign Class: Majesty of the Seas

    FS, Family Suite, sleeps up to 6 guests, 364 sq ft., $$ - Majesty only

Sovereign Class: Empress of the Seas



For more specific details on Celebrity’s cabins click here.


Eclipse, Silhouette, Solstice, Equinox, Reflection

    FV, Family Verandahs, sleeps up to 5, 270 sq ft $$$

Millenium, Constellation, Summit, Infinity

    9, 10, 11, 1, Inside cabins that sleeps up to 5, 170 sq ft, $$

    4,5,7,8, Oceanview cabins, sleeps up to 5, 170 sq ft, $$

    FV, Family Verandahs, sleeps up to 5, 270 sq ft $$$

Want to go from Germany to a cruise port in Southern Med?   Here’s your options!

Roman Ruins

Since most of you are in Kaiserslautern (K-town) or Stuttgart, we’ve prepared a detailed list of transportation options from southwestern Germany to cruise ports in the Southern Med.

1.  Driving your own car

This is a good option if your cruise departure port is GENOA, VENICE, SAVONA or LA SPEZIA. Those ports are all around 8-9 hours by car from central Germany.

There are convenient and affordable parking options at all those ports which costs anyway from 65 to 95 Euros.

See our cruise port info and parking page for more details.

Rome and Barcelona are about a 12-13 hour drive from central Germany. Naples is 15, Marseille is 9. So for those ports, flying or training it may be easier for your family.

2.  Train

Our recommendation for travel from Germany to Venice or Milan is the German train company, DB Bahn,

You can get an ICE (intercity express) train from Stuttgart to Venice Italy for as little as 79 Euro and the trip will take 9 hours.  These trains go up to 180 mph!

K-town to Marseille by train is only 7 hours and $124 pp (unless it’s a holiday or peak travel time).   This makes Marseille the fastest and most affordable port to access by train.

K-town to Milan takes 8-9 hours and costs 83 E on the Bahn.

Stuttgart to Milan takes only around 7 hours and costs 53 E.  

(These were the prices for the second week in April when we checked in January, but of course, prices for other dates may differ.)

We recommend using Milan as a midpoint if you’re going to an Italian port.  

From Milan, take the Italian train line, Italiarail, to your Italian cruise port.

A ticket from Milan to Venice or Genoa is only $13!  

Time by train  from Milan to port cities in Italy:

One and ½ hours to Genoa

Two hours to Savona

Only 2 and ½ hours to Venice.

Only 3 hours to Rome or Ancona.

Four hours and 40 minutes to Naples.

Seven hours and 45 minutes to Bari.

Train from Venice to Genoa is 4 and ½ hours, and costs $80, for folks who did the open jaw cruise from Genoa to Venice.

May we suggest:

If you can spare the time, you may want to consider getting a hotel in Milan for one night on the way to your cruise.

If you got on an 8 a.m. train in Germany, you’d arrive in Milan in the mid to late afternoon.

The next morning you could get up leisurely, see a bit more of the city, and then take a train to the city of your cruise port.

That way, if their is some hiccup in your travel plans, you’ll less likely to miss the boat!  And Milan has the most stunning cathedral I’ve seen in all of Europe.  Just something for you to consider.

3. BUS

European bus lines: Sena, Baltour or Eurolines

Search them all here:

A bus from Stuttgart to Milan only takes 6 hours and 15 minutes and costs $65 or 45E.  

Mannheim (near K-town) to Genoa takes 11 and ½ hours and only costs $83

Munich to Rome, by bus, departing at 4 a.m. arriving 18:45, only 110 Euros.


First, you’ll need to know which airports are within driving distance of you.

Below are listed driving distance from K-town to cities in Germany with airports.

Frankfurt Hahn - 1 hour and 15 minutes north


There are TWO airports that have Frankfurt in their title, but the HAHN one is actually 1 and ½ hours west of Frankfurt, and it is the one used by Ryan Air.

Other main airlines will use the MAIN Frankfurt airport located in Frankfurt, about one and a half hours north east of K-town.

Baden-Baden - 1 hour 40 minutes south

Strasbourg, France, 1 hour 50 minutes

Cologne - 2 and ½ hours north

Dusseldorf - 2 and ¾ hours north

Nuremberg - 3 hours east

Brussels, 3 hours and 20 minutes (same as airport near Munich)

Memmingen - toward Munich, southeast, 3 hours, 20 minutes

Dortmund - 3 hours and 15 minutes north

Munster, 3 hours and 45 minutes north

Leipzig, 4 and ½ hours northeast

Bremen - 5 hours due north

Hamburg, 5 and ½ hours north

Berlin, 6 hours

Need flight to Genoa? Closest airport from K-town with direct flights on Ryan Air to Genoa is Brussels.

If you’re planning on flying Ryan Air, READ THIS: Ryan Air is notorious for having additional fees for everything, including steep fees for luggage. No checked baggage is free!  See complete list of luggage charges here:

Basically, plan on paying an additional 45 E per checked bag, and it better be under 20k, as you’ll get charged an additional 10 E per kilo of overage.

An aggregator of cheap European flights is

See at a glance who flies where you want to go in Europe is

Direct flights from Munich to Genoa on

A solid, German-based choice,

In England - biggest source of discount flights,

A search on Travelocity reveals prices on the following airlines:





We found a useful sight, called Rome2Rio, that will instantly give you supplier and cost options for driving, bus, train and fly between destinations.  See here,

We hope this helps you find the best option for travel to your cruise port!

We can’t book these travel options for you, but booking them yourself via the Internet should be easy enough.

We’d be interested in hearing how your trip to port worked out for you, if you would recommend your mode of travel to other military families in Europe.

Happy Travels!


Military Mom's review of MSC Splendida


Fruit market in Sorrento

If you’re a military family in Europe trying to decide which cruise to take, you should see this. 

It’s a military mom’s review of her family’s cruise to the Western Med on the MSC Splendida. 

It’s so helpful! She talks about the room, the food, what to do in port, the drink packages, the kids clubs, etc. 

We figured many of you would be interested in every word she had to say, so we’re posting the entire review below. 

And, she even let us post some of her pictures. Thank you, Kacie Rosario!! 

Kacie’s review below: 

The MSC Splendida was our first cruise! We had read some reviews on MSC, and it almost changed my mind, but we decided to test it out ourselves. 

We could not have asked for a better experience! From the staff, the food, the amenities, and the ports of call - it was our best vacation yet.

We really enjoyed the ease of cruising and the relaxed atmosphere of the ship. There was always something to do, but if you just wanted to relax - there are plenty of places for that too! 

Everything was well organized and ran smoothly - from embarkation, the excursions, dining services, and disembarkation. We never felt like we were rushed, crowded, or pressured. When we did have questions the concierge was always helpful. 

It was also nice that everything was taken care of, by Mitch, before we cruised. He had our crib booked in our room, our tickets e-mailed to us, and even signed us up for the excursions that I wanted to do. 

I was a nervous first time cruiser and Mitch was great about promptly answering my dozens of emails. 

We also enjoyed the dining experience onboard. Every night you have the option to enjoy a seven-course meal, and it does not disappoint. I consider myself a picky eater, and there was always something I enjoyed. The wait staff also goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome. 

We have a two-year-old and I was really nervous about bringing him into the dining room and getting those annoyed stares, but the staff was so accommodating and understanding - as were our fellow diners. 

We also decided to go with the Cheers package which allowed us unlimited drinks (beer, wine, soda, and water) during dining hours - which was a great purchase for us, and we certainly got our money's worth! The buffet was also great for breakfast and lunch. They had a wide variety of options and the service, again, was phenomenal. 

Our room was fantastic, and far exceeded our expectations. From the reviews I was expecting a tin shoebox, but our room was large enough for two adults to relax, and a toddler to run around. 

We had a great view from our balcony, and it was nice to sit outside while we were arriving and leaving a port. The room service visited twice a day and was always quick to offer assistance. 

We looked around the kids area, and we would have taken advantage if our son was older. The groups would come into the buffet at times, and always seemed like they were having so much fun. It looked like they had costume days, and plenty of arts and craft activities. 

Even though we didn't specifically use the kids club - the ship itself was very kid friendly. There are plenty of wide open spaces where we could 'run off' steam, or enjoy the views. 

We enjoyed all of the ports of call - the only complaint I have is that we could not spend ALL day at some! We chose to do two excursions through MSC (Tunisia and Palermo) and we did the rest on our own. 

We did utilize a shuttle through MSC at two of the ports, which was a great deal - it gave you a cheap and reliable way to the city center, but allowed you to still explore on your own. 

Tunisia and Rome were our ultimate favorite ports.

I would suggest doing an organized excursion in Tunisia - especially if you have children. Tunisia is fantastic, but a bit overwhelming. For us it was nice to just sit back, relax, and let the tour guide take us to all of the amazing sights. 

I would also suggest porting out of Rome so you can extend a couple days on the front or back end of your cruise. We opted for this planned and it worked out great for us. There is just too much to see in Rome!

In every port we ate at an authentic restaurant to that city or country. It was great to experience new things and we had fun tracking down the right place! In Barcelona we ate tapas, in Palermo a traditional Sicilian restaurant, in Rome we had plenty of pizza, in Marseille we had beignets, and in Tunisia we enjoyed some amazing local coffee. I would suggest just getting out and enjoying the culture and surroundings!

Kacie has even more pictures, great tips and info on her blog,

Thanks so much for letting us share all that with everyone Kacie. I’m sure it was helpful to many folks. 

If you’d like to use the same agent as Kacie had, call 866-964-5482 and ask for Mitch.

Are there any cruises on which KIDS CRUISE FOR FREE?


Gelato for the kids in ItalyYES! But not many. We’ve listed them all below.

Be sure to contact us if you’re looking for a cruise in which kids cruise for free - as new ships and dates are announced all the time, and often the web site pricing will not reveal the correct kid-free price!

If you’re a military family in Europe you’re in luck, as kids age 11 and under cruise for free on ALL MSC CRUISES in Europe, (when they are the 3rd and 4th person in a cabin)!

Kids ages 12-17 pay a very reduced rate, sometimes as little as $99 each!!

MSC also has the same kids free policy on select sailings in the Caribbean!

Norwegian also has the 3rd/4th passenger free as one of it's Free At Sea incentives on select sailings.

Royal Caribbean currently has a promotion where the 3rd and 4th passenger in the cabin are free on the Empress of the Seas. This only applies to 2016 sailings.

Occasionally Kids are free as the 3rd/4th passenger in Holland's flash fares.

Costa has kids free as a capacity controlled promotion for select cabins on select sailings. Capacity controlled means that once they sell enough cabins, the promotion is over. Move quickly with this one!

For right now - that’s it! No other cruise lines are offering any kids cruise free deals. However, we know you want that. So we’re constantly on the lookout for it and all other great cruise deals and will let you know as soon as we know.

Slide at the Atlantis waterpark

Great cruise advice from a military spouse!

Military spouse, Raquel Thiebes, is a cruise enthusiast! She just wrote a great review of the MSC cruise she took recently. Here's an tiny excerpt:

We just got back from our last MSC cruise in the Western Mediterranean a few weeks ago, and I thought I would share some tips! One of my moderators also returned from her trip on Costa and has some helpful hints below as well. Some of our advice you can apply to the other cruise lines as well. Knowledge is power, right? I’ve taken a few notes and thought these could help the next person:

  • Drink packages. Do the math, period. They will try to cajole you and convince you to go with the most expensive package. Do keep in mind that water, tea and coffee will ALWAYS be available 24 hours up in the buffet restaurant on MSC.

If you're considering cruising Europe on MSC or Costa, you'll get a lot out of her articles and suggestions.

She's spent 214 days over the last four years on cruises to Europe and the Middle East.

Our interview with Jennifer Hicks will inspire and enlighten you!


Jennifer, when did you take your first cruise?

My first cruise was July 2009. It was a four night Baltic Sea Cruise to Stockholm, Tallinn and St. Petersburg.

Was it love at first cruise? Or did you develop an appreciation for cruising as you got older or went on more cruises?

I used to think that cruising was just for the retired set. Then I started seeing beautiful photos in my travel magazines of cruise ships in lovely places like Santorini (Thira) and Venice which got me thinking that perhaps I should look into it.


My husband took some convincing to book that first cruise but now he loves it as much as I do.

How many cruises have you taken in your life?


I have taken 20 cruises on seven cruise lines and spent 214 nights at sea. My trusted travel agent is Mitch at Military Cruise Deals. My husband is a civilian with the US Navy, and Mitch finds the best deals while providing suberb service.


Obviously there are many travel choices that you could have made, yet you’ve chosen to take a cruise at every possible opportunity. Why do you keep choosing to cruise?


There are so many reasons! I love the fact that we can have family time, personal time and couple time on board.

I love being waited on in the dining room and having a menu without prices.


I love the children''s programs onboard, the evening entertainment and the many things to do.


Above all, I love visiting amazing places while only having to unpack once.


The only thing I don't love is trying to watch my weight. Everything just tastes so good.

You've mentioned that sometimes your husband is not able to go on all those cruises with you. Do you ever get lonely cruising with just you and your son?


Caleb (her son) and I have been on six cruises without my husband. He just can't get enough time off to match up with all the great deals I'm finding. Cruising is just so safe and such a great way to meet people that we're never lonely.

You’ve cruised on many different cruise lines: Carnival, Norwegian, Holland, Celebrity, Princess, Disney and Royal. After so many cruises, have you noticed major differences in the ships or cruise lines' quality, cleanliness, food, cabins and staff?


I've been on seven different cruise lines and they have many things in common. I don't see myself ever just cruising with one line. I don't have a favorite. I like to mix it up, try different menus, different cabins and different shows. They all deliver an outstanding vacation experience!


While you’re officially a resident of Maryland, your husband's work has been in Europe and that appears to have influenced where you've cruise to. You’ve taken about a half dozen cruises that left from either Rome or Barcelona and cruised to all these Italian ports: Naples, Genoa, Livorno, Palermo, Sicily and Venice.

Did you feel like one day per cruise was not enough, so going back to these same ports on multiple cruises was still interesting for you? Where any of these ports more interesting and easier to enjoy than others?


Venice is my absolute favorite port in all of Europe. There is nothing like sailing in and out of that gorgeous city!


The exotic or unusual cruises you’ve taken are a cruise that started in Dubai and another that went to Haifa, through the Suez Canal and to Alexandria in Egypt. Many people are intimidated by Middle Eastern cruise itineraries such as that. Were you? What were the most interesting and enjoyable aspects of those ports of call for you?


The beauty of traveling to riskier places by cruise ship is that you know you will be well cared for. Risks are minimized and professional local tour operators give you peace of mind. The Middle East can be risky but I just didn’t feel afraid on the various cruises we’ve taken there.


Also, my husband kept assuring me that pirates wouldn’t want a cruise ship but prefer the oil tankers and smaller vessels. He was right. The pirates left us alone! Of course we did have an escort of merchant marines and had to stay off the open decks at night.


The Suez Canal has an amazing history and is truly fascinating to cruise through. One side of the canal is green because of the waters from the Nile and the other is dry as a bone. Many people lined the canal to watch us pass through.


I must mention Petra, Jordan as being the most magnificent archeological site we’ve been to. I highly recommend you put it on your bucket list. We were fortunate enough to visit Petra twice and still would love to return to see more. (To access Petra, cruise to Jordan's only cruise port, Al Aqaba.)

Petra Jordan

And you took one cruise from Rotterdam that made many stops in Ireland. Many people probably haven’t considered a cruise as a good way to see Ireland. Was the famously beautiful greenery of the Irish landscape close enough to the ships ports for you to be able to experience it?


Our British Isles cruise was a 12 night on Holland American Line with two of the ports in Ireland and one in Northern Ireland.


We loved this cruise and would be happy to do another of the British Isles. Waterford, Ireland was our first port in the Emerald Isle and I had tears in my eyes as we tendered into port because the gorgeous green and the live bagpipe music combined to create such a powerful effect on me.


The weather in the British Isles is unpredictable. We thought we’d have more sun in August but we had rain almost every day of the cruise. We still had a lovely time.


You’ve also taken multiple cruises to the Greek islands at the far Eastern tip of the Mediterranean, and the Canary Islands at the far west of the Med. I’m wondering which you enjoyed most about each? What major difference you experienced between those two itineraries?


I’ve been to 10 Greek Isles and will add another in a month. Greece is absolutely one of the most gorgeous places to cruise.


Santorini is on almost all of the cruise brochures I get. There is a reason. Go to Santorini if you haven’t yet. It is the most dramatically beautiful island in Greece. It is like my equivalent of Disneyland.

Santorini, Greece

(Important note to readers! If you search on our Web site for a cruise stopping in Santorini - you'll never find it, because the official name for Santorini is Thira. Odd, but true.


The Canary islands and Madeira (Madeira is Funchal, Portugal) are also beautiful and fascinating. Many trans-Atlantic cruises stop here on their way to the Med. I’ve been twice to these islands and I know I’ve said this before but I’d love to go back.

On the Island of Tenerife we took our son to Loro Parque which was just as good as Sea World. It was my son’s first chance to see killer whales close up. We sat right up front and got splashed. It was so much fun!


With all this cruising comes an important decision you have to make at every port of call: What are you going to do: stay on the ship, walk off and go it alone, or take a guided shore excursion?


For many people, the shore excursions can be so expensive, many people choose them sparingly - doing maybe only one or two per cruise. How about yourself? Do you recall anything you did at ports that was free or affordable and particularly fun?


I like to take the ship’s excursions if I’m going someplace new and or know I just can’t miss a certain site.


Petra, Jordan was an example. But, they are pricey and if you do every port with a ship excursion your cruise will become quite expensive.


I’ve found the meeting up with fellow passengers on is the ideal way to be part of smaller excursion groups.


On my last cruise I joined a fun international group of 15 for sites from Alanya, Turkey. We had a memorable day together visiting three ancient sites and having a traditional lunch. In Dubrovnik, Croatia while on a Carnival Breeze(The Breeze is one of Carival's newest, biggest ships!) cruise we took a local bus into town, walked to the cable car and rode it up the hill for the most amazing views. We had a nice ice cream in the cafe at the top and then wandered the charming city together, stopping for photos with a man dressed as a pirate with parrots on his shoulders.


I would love to hear about some of your favorite shore excursions. In case this helps jog your memory, below is a list I made of some of the ports you’ve cruised to:


Istanbul - Topkapi Palace is my favorite site there.


Athens - I live here so I think everything is wonderful but you have to go to the Acropolis.


Rhodes - I loved the Archeological Museum & the Palace


Haifa - Nazareth, Sea of Galilee and Jerusalem are a must.


Port Said, Alexandria, Egypt - The Pyramids are the highlight here. I’ve been three times to them. Egypt has over 100 pyramids so if you can see some of the others besides those at Giza you will have a more personal experience.


Dublin - We explored the city on our own and had a lovely day.


Holyhead - (Wales) We took a full day tour all around Wales with cruise critic friends. We loved the Caernarfon Castle.


Belfast - Another full day tour with friends. City tour and the Giant’s Causeway were terrific.


Barcelona - My favorite is Las Ramblas and the Picasso Museum.


Rome - We loved the Vatican Museum and Colosseum the best.


Naples - We used to live here so I feel like I’m home when we stop here. Go to Pompeii if you haven’t yet. Also the National Archeological Museum is amazing.


Venice - Hands down my favorite Mediterranean Port. Most unique city in the world!


Malaga - I loved the Alhambra Palace. Truly fabulous! Spain has a hold on my heart and it started in Granada.


Lisbon - Gorgeous city full of lots to see. Do a city tour by hop on and off bus


Valetta - I only have been to Malta once but sometimes I long to live there. It had a hold on me from the start. I took a city tour with Disney.


Monaco - It is a fairy land where everyone seems fabulously wealthy and is super safe. You must go to Monaco at least once!


Palma de Mallorca really surprised me. It has everything one would want: history, art, great shopping, beaches, aquarium. I want to go back so badly.


You’ve cruised in the following Holland ships: Westerdam, Rotterdam, Ryndam and you’re scheduled to cruise on the Noordam in April of this year. You have a young son whom you take along on most of your cruises. How did he feel about Holland, Princess and Celebrity? Did he feel there was enough to do and others his age to play with?


I love Holland America: they do actually have children’s programs and other kids onboard. The same with Celebrity and Princess. Hats off to the cruise lines for making cruising so much fun for kids!


All of the lines we have sailed have made a huge effort to make our son happy onboard and I appreciate it! It keeps me coming back to cruising again and again. We will not cruise with a cruise line that doesn’t have a children’s program.

The recent incidents of technical trouble on a few cruise ships have caused some people to be nervous about cruising. Do you worry at all about something like that happening while you are on board?


I think cruising is very safe and I think people should not be afraid. It is safer than flying or driving for sure! I don’t like rough seas but it doesn’t keep me from cruising.


I try to ignore the negative news about cruising because these incidents are so rare and don’t represent the reality of cruising to me.


What’s still on your cruise bucket list?

Well, my big dream is to take a world cruise on Holland America Line. 115 nights and 30,000 nautical miles. Wouldn’t that be something! We’re saving our money.

We thank Jennifer for taking the time to share all that with us! I'm sure it will help us all get more out of our future cruises to Europe and the Middle East.

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How to get the least expensive cabin on a cruise?


Crystal blue in the Grand Cayman islands

Book an inside, ocean view or balcony "guarantee". A "guarantee" simply means the cruise line will assign you a cabin on the day of sailing, and that cabin is guaranteed to be an ocean view or better if you book an ocean view guarantee. 

It will be a balcony or better (a suite) if you book a balcony guarantee. Or an inside or better if you book an inside guarantee.

Don't worry - you are 'guaranteed' to get a cabin in the category you choose: inside, ocean view or balcony. There is no such thing as you arriving at the ship and the cruise line has no cabin for you. Promise!!

A 'guarantee' cabin is often $50 to $100 less per person than booking an assigned cabin. 

Many people want to choose their cabin in order to make sure they'll get a cabin on a certain deck, next to another cabin, or in the mid-section of the ship. 

Thus, the only drawback to getting a guarantee cabin is you may not get a cabin assigned to you that has the most ideal location.

It's your choice: cabin choice or price. Which is more important to you? 

If it's price - book an "guarantee" and roll the dice! 

What's the secret sauce on getting the lowest cruise rates?


Yellow Crab in the Caribbean

Some other travel agencies try and fool cruise shoppers into thinking they have prices that are "discounted by 80%". Sorry, but that's a bunch of hooey. 

The fact is, virtually all other travel agencies that you probably know by name (Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, VacationsToGo) don't discount any cruise by a single penny! Their prices are always exactly the same as the rate anyone can get directly from the cruise line.

The simple truth is, we offer a discount off the cruise line's lowest rate that comes out of our commission. None of those big boys listed above does that. 

So there it is. Now you know everything there is to know about who's giving out cruise discounts and how they're doing it! 

Here's a tip from us (and we are some very experienced cruisers)...try and book your next cruise on a NEW SHIP!


Royal Princess

All cruise ships are utterly stunning.  And the view from your balcony cabin or the top deck is the same on every ship.

But these days, the newest ships are so luxurious, so large and have so many exciting new features - we love to get on them right away!

Click on links below to see best deals on all upcoming sailings on the world's newest cruise ships.

Carnival Breeze 
- began cruising in 2012 in the Caribbean
- full water park and 4D interactive movie theater
- big military discount on almost every sailing!

Carnival Vista
- began cruising in 2016
- coming to the Caribbean in Winter 2016 - Spring 2017
- Carnival Vista brings the first IMAX at sea, a SkyRide, and a Sports square
- The Vista has Cuban themed cabins and a Cuban themed Havana bar & pool

Disney Fantasy
- built in 2012, the Disney Fantasy does 7-day cruises out of Port Canaveral year-round!
- It has cabins that hold 5 people, Disney character greetings, and a new Aquaduck slide!
- There are also adult portions of the ship- including a spa, bars, and lounges

Norwegian Escape
- began cruising in 2015 to Bermuda and the Caribbean
- The Escape has Nickeloden mini golf, a kids club, and giant waters slides
- There is also a bowling alley, blues club, ropes course, and sports arena

Norwegian Breakaway 
- Starting in April 2013, the Breakaway has sailed to Bermuda and the Caribbean
- largest suites at sea, 3-bedroom villa and custom cabins for single passengers
- oceanfront "boardwalk" lined with bars, a dueling piano bar, the Second City Comedy Club, and restaurants
- huge ship, large aquatic park and 3-story sports complex, ropes course

Norwegian Getaway 
- Breakaway's sister ship that started sailing January 2014 in the Caribbean
- hosts Broadway shows such as Legally Blonde
- it has an aqua park with FIVE giant waterslides, a rope complex, and a sports complex

Princess, Regal Princess 
- began cruising in 2014
- amazing two-story penthouse cabins, luxurious amenities like Norman Love chocolates, recipes from Curtis Stone, and a see-through walkway called the "seawalk"
-Kids will love seeing movies under the stars, and shooting in the laser shooting range!

Princess, Royal Princess 
- sets sail in June of 2013 and is now cruising in Europe, and the Caribbean!
- amazing two-story penthouse cabins, luxurious amenities like Norman Love chocolates, recipes from Curtis Stone, and a see-through walkway called the "seawalk",
-Kids will love nightly seeing movies under the stars while eating popcorn, and the excursions designed by the Discovery Channel!

Celebrity Reflection 
- large luxury ship began cruising in 2012 
- lawn club with real grass, an art studio. a frozen cocktail bar, and Michael Kors shops
- cruises from Miami in winter, and round-trip from Rome in summer to ports in Italy, Greece, Turkey.

Costa Diadema 
- The Diadema began cruising the Mediterranean in 2014
- It features 7,000 pieces of art, a vintage ice cream parlour, and a laser tag/laser maze area
- Costa is consistently one of the best deals for our military families in Europe because it has cabins that hold 5!

Costa Fascinosa
- The Fascinosa began cruising in 2012, in Europe 
- Features 4 pools and 5 jacuzzi tubs, a waterslide, and a grand prix simulator
- Costa is consistently one of the best deals for our military families in Europe because it has cabins that hold 5!

Holland Koningsdam
- This elegant music inspired ship began cruising in 2016
- It includes Blend, where you can make your own wine, and the Culinary Arts Center with cooking demonstrations
- Has staterooms that hold 5 as well as rooms that hold one!

Royal Caribbean Ovation of the Seas
- began cruising in 2016 in Southern Europe 
- part of the Quantium Class that features a skydiving simulator, robotic bartenders, bumper cars, a north star observation capsule, trapeze school, andinside cabins with virtual balconies

Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas 
- began cruising in 2016 and travels all over the world to Northerm Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Caribbean
- part of the Oasis Class that features water shows in the Aqua theatre, a Flowrider surg simulator, a zipline, and 7 neighborhoods full of shopping and entertainment

Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas
- began cruising in 2015 in the Caribbean
- part of the Quantium Class that features a skydiving simulator, robotic bartenders, bumper cars, a north star observation capsule, trapeze school, andinside cabins with virtual balconies

Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas 
- began cruising in 2014 in Asia
- part of the Quantium Class that features a skydiving simulator, robotic bartenders, bumper cars, a north star observation capsule, trapeze school, andinside cabins with virtual balconies

MSC Seaside
- will begin cruising in 2017 in the Caribbean 
- It will feature an interactive waterpark with slideboards, an oceanlevel promenade, and glass elevators
- This ship will feature new sroom types that will accomodate larger families up to 10 people!

MSC Meravigilia
- will begin cruising in 2013
- Western Mediterranean cruises from Genoa, Messina, Naples, Marseille, and Barcelona
- New aqua park, amusement park with bowling and a 4D cinema, and Yacht Club

MSC Preziosa
- huge new ship, launched in 2013
- Western Mediterranean cruises from Genoa, Messina, Naples, Marseille, and Barcelona
- one of the most affordable new ships, and least-expensive way to see European ports

MSC Divina
- began cruising in 2012 in the Caribbean
- has a beautiful Swarovski crystal staircase and some of the best Pizza at sea
- MSC gives excellent military discounts on every sailng, and has kids free on select sailings!

Uniworld River Orchid - state-of-the-art river cruising ship, floor to ceiling glass doors, panoramic open-air restaurant
- most relaxing way to see multiple Asian countries
- 14-day cruises from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City 

Oceania Riviera - launched in May 2012
 - the ultimate cruise ship for foodies, restaurant by Jacques Pepin, extensive wine list, cooking classes and culinary tours at ports of calls
- cruises from Miami to Caribbean in winter; Venice, Rome, Athens and Istanbul in summer

Viking Longships: 
Aegir, June 2013, Budapest to Nurnberg  
Atla, August 2013, Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland
- romantic river cruise vessels, larger cabins, floor to ceiling sliding glass doors, panoramic views from deck
-most affordable/relaxing/luxurious way to see interior of multiple European countries from Rhine and Danube 

How we save you money even AFTER your cruise is booked and paid for.


Port in Europe

Imagine if your travel agent called you and said, I've been keeping an eye on your cruise. This morning the cruise line lowered the price of your cabin category by $200 per person, and I was able to refare it to that new lower rate. So, I just wanted to let you know that $400 has been refunded to your credit card. That’s all. Have a nice day.”

Or, “I checked on your cruise status today and there was a free-upgrade offer available, so I can get you moved up from deck 6 to deck 10 if you’d like?”

And, “Our agency has qualified for a $50 on-board credit for your cabin. Expect to see a $50 deduction off your bill for on-board expenditures. “

We make phone calls like that on a regular basis, because even after our clients book with us, we STILL are on the lookout for ways they can get more and pay less.

When your final payment becomes due, we check the current rate for your cruise, and if it is less than what you paid, we contact the cruise line and request that they refare your cruise to the new lower rate, upgrade you to a higher category, or provide an on-board credit for the difference. We also welcome you to call us if you find the rate has gone down anytime after you book!

Berthing 5 people in a Cabin for 4 on MSC, Costa, and Royal Caribbean


Magnifica S3 SuiteThe S3 Aurea Suites on the Magnifica do hold 5 people. There are only 8 of these cabins on the whole ship! This is why occupancy waivers are often the best bet for families of 5 with an infant when booking MSC.


If your third child is under the age of 2, (24 months) you may be able to get all three of your kids on any MSC cruise ship cabin that’s made for at least four, as long as it’s understood by you that there will not be a fifth bed for your infant.  (You will bring your own pack n play.  You can request one from the cruise ship, but sometimes they have run out of those on sailings with many infants.)

In order for that to happen, this is the process that MSC requires and we do it all for you once you’ve chosen a specific cruise.

  1. You pick a specific ship and sail date and put a deposit down on that cruise, usually just $400.  
  2. We submit an occupancy waiver for you.
  3. After a few days, that request may be approved or denied, based on how close the ship already is to full capacity or if it is out of cabins that have at least four bed. (The coast guards only allow a specific number of human souls on board, no matter what their age.)
  4. If the occupancy waiver is approved, you’re good!  If it’s denied, you can cancel and get your deposit back, obviously.


Costa may or may not approve the adding of the infant (under 24 months) depending on the ship's capacity. The cabin type that we can attempt to add an infant in has to be an ocean view or higher and it CANNOT be a guarantee status. The cabin has to already be assigned. They may have cribs available, but most likely they will send a waiver to have the infant sleep in the bed with the parents.

Royal Caribbean

Royal Caribbean can add an infant, under 24 months, to most cabins for four as long as that cabin has space to accomodate a crib. We have to call to ask.

Are there special discounts just for seniors? YES!


Arc de triumph

The cruise lines call them Senior Special promotions and they are good for cabins with a passenger who is 55 years or older!

Click on the links below to see some of the Senior Special rates offered by Carnival now.

Carnival Glory sailing on March 18th from Miami

Carnival Splendor sailing on February 19th from Miami

Carnival Breeze sailing on January 15th from Galveston  

Carnival Freedom sailing on February 4th from Galveston   

The full list is available on Carnival’s website, here.

Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Norwegian, Costa, Princess, and Holland all have senior discounts on select sailings. If any passenger is over 55 years old, be sure to let us know so that we may look for this discount on your sailing.

Even if no senior rate is offered by the cruise line, our discount still applies!

The TRUTH about the pictures of Sandals and Beaches all-inclusive resorts

We just got back from the newest all-inclusive Sandals resort in the Bahamas, and here’s the scout’s honor truth about it :

the pictures on the website of the water, beach and resort were not retouched.

It really is that beautiful!!

In fact, it may have been the most beautiful beach scenes I’ve ever seen, world over. The colors were so stunning it was almost unbelievable.


This is the exact beach you'll be on if you stay at the Sandals in Great Exuma in the Bahamas.

To see more pictures of this resort, click here and use the drop down menu to select Sandals Emerald Bay.

The rooms were huge; the bathrooms were gorgeous; the views, amazing; the food, fantastic. The free drinks were "dangerously" good.

That's right - I said FREE drinks. Remember, Sandals and Beaches are luxury ALL-INCLUSIVE resorts, so everything you need to have the best vacation ever is included:

  • large, luxurious suites with balconies and marble bathrooms.
  • gourmet food available around-the-clock at buffets, multiple specialty restaurants, coffee and dessert bars, 24-hour room service, and beach-side cafes
  • premium beer, wine and liquor provided in your mini-bar, at every restaurant, pub and swim up bar on the property
  • beach toys, beach towels, chairs and cabanas
  • kids activities, water slides and water parks
  • evening entertainment, discos
  • scuba diving!
  • gratuities
  • transfers from the airport