2017 Cruise Plans

As you may have noticed sometimes our cruise plans change. This year we had the Crown Princess, Carnival Vista, and Independence of the Seas booked for Fall but we have recently canceled all of them. This is because we have different plans for the remainder of the year!

We decided we wanted to do something totally new … try Holland America Cruise Line! Yes we have cruised with HAL before, but it was back in 2003 (Zuiderdam and Zaandam), and 2005 (Maasdam). We never made cruise vlogs on Holland America ships before so we’re extra excited about sharing our experiences with you of course!

There are different ships to choose from leaving from Florida cruise ports in 2017; Nieuw Amsterdam, Koningsdam, Oosterdam, Eurodam, Prinsendam, Rotterdam, and the Veendam. All of these ships leave from Port Everglades (Fort Lauderdale) near Miami except for one, the Veendam which leaves from Tampa Florida.

We would love to go on any of these ships but we want an itinerary that includes something new for us. Most ships visit the same islands in the Caribbean. Nassau, Amber Cove Dominican Republic, San Juan Puerto Rico, Cozumel Mexico, St. Thomas, and the Cayman Islands (Grand Cayman). We would love to visit someplace we never visited before!

Last time we sailed on Holland America (on the Maasdam from Norfolk Virginia back in 2005) it was on a 10 night cruise which stopped at St. Kitts and Dominica. Both gorgeous islands that I’ve always wanted to return to, especially Dominica – called the Hawaii of the Caribbean. Finding ships visiting exotic ports is hard as usually they are 9+ days and do include some of the more “common” cruise ports.

Cruising from Tampa would be very convenient for us, but the Veendam goes to Mexico and Belize which we love, but once again would rather do something new this time. We went to Belize once, back in 2014 on the Carnival Glory for Trevon’s 18th birthday. It was Amy, Elizabeth, Mahnara, Zarius, Trevon and Diana (our mom and the kids’ Grammie). It was amazing cruise which we’ll never forget, but it was taken before we started making our cruise vlogs. We do have videos of our photos from the trip on YouTube, check it out! We visited Altun Ha (Mayan ruins) and it was wonderful.

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Make sure to follow us on Facebook because it’s where we post updates. Once we book a Holland America cruise we will also add it to our Upcoming Cruises page here on Sea Cruisers Vlogs and also on ShipMate.

Happy cruising everyone!

~ Sea Cruisers

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How To Cruise More Often!

Want to know how to cruise more often? Do what we do, put your cruises on “lay-a-way”! I think one of the most important cruise tips we can give you is to put your cruise on “lay-a-way”. What do I mean by layaway? Well let me tell you!

Sit down and plan out the cruises you want to do over the course of whatever time … let’s say 2 years. Once you know which cruises you want to do and when you want to do them start booking! Since you will most likely be booking far in advance a great cruise tip is to wait for a deposit sale. This will enable you to spend less now on that future cruise … and use the money you saved to book another dream cruise for the future!

Did you know you can have as many cruises booked as you want? Just make sure to check the cruise line’s cancellation policies first. Some cruise lines offer penalty-free cancellations while others charge you if you cancel. I personally like the cruise lines that don’t charge you for cancelling, it makes life much easier and flexible.

Now that you have your first cruise or two booked you can figure out your payment plan. See, when you book a cruise you put down a deposit. After your initial deposit you aren’t required to make any payments until final payment day, which is usually 90 days before sailing. After final payment date you are in lockdown … if you cancel your cruise you lose everything you paid on it, unless you have travel protection (which I highly recommend).

The way to make this lay-a-way work though is to make payments. It can be hard because there isn’t a set due date for payments (actually that’s the hardest part). Paying when you don’t have to … but you need to or this method just won’t work right! Look at your balance due and the amount of time you have before final payment date. Once you figure it out divide the balance due by the months or weeks you have to pay in full and make those payments every single month (or week, it’s up to you). Of course in real life things happen and most likely you will miss some payments, but it’s okay, just catch up if you can and continue on. Next thing you know it will be final payment date and you will already be paid in full (feels great, trust me)!

It’s important to recognize your budget monthly and only book cruises you can afford to pay on. You don’t want to go putting lots of cruise deposits down and then not be able to make your monthly payments and be hit with big bills all of a sudden. That leads to cancellation, which means no cruise(s), and the goal here is to cruise a lot!

In a nutshell:

• Determine how many cruises you want to do in the future

• Watch for cruise sales, or cheap cruises and reduced deposits

• Start out by booking one cruise then add more as your budget allows

• Calculate your monthly payments for each cruise and pay them on time

• Continue the cycle as your budget allows … the sky is the limit!

Remember reduced deposits and cruises on sale equal more cruises in the future! Since you are booking in advance you have the upper hand here. Cruises are usually cheaper the farther out they are, unless you find a super last minute cruise deal (which are good too!).

We hope that our cruise tips will help you take more vacations and cruise more often. Have fun and happy cruising!!

~ The Donoho Sisters

Princess Cruise Line

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Watch our foodie cruise on the luxurious Princess cruise line! We’ve only sailed on one Princess ship so far, but we loved it and look forward to our next trip.

Cruise Vlogs:

Regal Princess

Royal Princess

Cabin Tours:

Regal Princess

Food:

Princess Food compilation

Coffee Card (Cafe Selects)

The Regal Princess tops our list for best cruise food and luxurious feel! White glove service, gorgeous decor, and a resort-like feel make this the perfect cruise for couples and families wanting an above average cruise experience.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

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Below you’ll find all of our Royal Caribbean cruise videos. Cruise vlogs, food compilations, and cabin tours!

Cruise vlogs:

Brilliance of the Seas

Empress of the Seas

Enchantment of the Seas

Majesty of the Seas

Navigator of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas

Cruise Food:

Cococay Island BBQ

On the Ship

Cabin Tours:

Brilliance of the Seas

Enchantment of the Seas

Majesty of the Seas

Navigator of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas

Want to go on a RCL cruise? Royal Caribbean is one of our families favorite cruise lines! We always have a great time, and enjoy the food onboard. There’s plenty of fun activities at no extra charge, and the ships are beautiful and nicely laid out.

Click on a link above to watch our entire cruise vacation … from the beginning to the end, and email us at ReadyToCruise@yahoo.com to book your own RCL cruise today!

Norwegian Cruise Line

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Our Norwegian Cruise vlogs are listed below, just click one to start watching, and enjoy the trip!

Cruise Vlogs:

Norwegian Escape

Norwegian Gem

Norwegian Pearl

Norwegian Sky

Norwegian Sky All-You-Can-Drink Cruise (Open Bar) – 2nd time on the ship

Sea Cruisers 1st Ever Group Cruise – Escape to Paradise – 2016

Cabin Tours:

Sky

Escape

Our Norwegian Dream Cruise? An 11 night Panama Canal sailing roundtrip from Miami Florida!

Fathom Cruise Line

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One of our personal favorite cruise lines is Fathom Cruise Line! It’s part of Carnival Cruise Lines, and sails yearly from Miami Florida.

Watch our Cruise Vlogs, viewers tell us they’re their favorite!

Fathom Adonia Cruise Vlogs

Second Fathom Adonia Cruise Vlogs (w/Dad & kids)

This specialty cruise sails for 7 nights from Miami and alternates weeks between a Dominican Republic itinerary and a Cuba experience. The Adonia is the only cruise ship that sails to Cuba!

The Fathom Adonia was previously in the P and O cruise line fleet, and has many British touches that we loved!

It’s a new concept on cruise vacations as it’s an impact travel experience, or volunteer, make a difference type cruise. Included in your fare are a certain number of impact activities in port (Amber Cove and Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic), where you get to work alongside locals to make a difference.

We recommend this cruise trip for any and everyone over the age of 8! Whether you’re young or old, big or small, you can enjoy the intimacy of the small ship, excellent staff, and amazing immersive experiences in port! (Impact activities are optional and not required)