7 Tips on solo cruising from the writers at AllThingsCruise.com

Cruising alone doesn’t mean being alone. Think about it: on some of the newest ships you may be cruising with 2,600, 3,600 …or even 5,400 fellow travelers – all of whom opted for the same ship and itinerary you did.   So even if you are traveling solo, you’re hardly alone. The writers at AllThingsCruise often travel solo, either by choice or by assignment, and they have excellent advice on how to enjoy being on a trip by …

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Spending the last day in BVI at Scrub Island resort

DAY 7 — All good things must come to an end. After a morning sail on our Moorings charter Catamaran and afternoon pool and spa (me and my daughters ) fishing (my husband, son and daughter’s boyfriend) at Scrub Island Resort and Marina , the British Virgin Islands’ newest, we are enjoying our last cocktails on our sailboat. We are birthed at the Scrub Island Marina just a mile from Beef Island and the airport here at …

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The Bitter End Yacht Club offers a popular haven for sailors and yachters

DAY 6 — Snorkel, sail, windsurf or kayak? We’re at the Bitter End Yacht Club on the island of Virgin Gorda which has been a haven for sailors and yachters for years. We’ve stopped for two nights and a day—like many sailing here—to relax and enjoy all of the activities we can’t do aboard our Moorings charter catamaran — lounging at the pool, going to the spa, paddle boarding and windsurfing — and for some die-hards, watching …

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Cunard Announces Details of Weddings Program

While Cunard ships have long served as a romantic backdrop to love stories across the globe, couples will soon be able to say “I do” during a luxury cruise aboard the most famous ocean liners in the world, for the first time in the Line’s 172-year history. Beginning in April 2012, guests will be able to celebrate an unforgettable wedding day at sea, conducted by the Captain, aboard Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. This is the first time in Cunard’s history that …

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Enjoying Anegada’s spectacular sailing and famous lobsters

DAY 5 – Four o’clock is the witching hour on Anegada in the British Virgin Islands. This island—just 3 miles wide at its widest point—is famous for its lobsters that many fisherman here catch by free diving as deep as 60 feet. Sailors like us (we’ve been sailing around the BVI on a Moorings charter Catamaran) make the trip here for the lobsters as well as the spectacular wind-swept beaches. “People tell us this is the way …

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Appreciating the luxury of a spectacular Caribbean villa

DAY 4 — The muffins are in the oven and the coffee is made. My husband is making eggs. But we’re not home in our kitchen nor are we on the Moorings sailboat we’ve chartered in the British Virgin Islands for a week. We’re at the most spectacular Caribbean Villa I’ve ever seen—the five-bedroom Villa Aquamare on the western coast of the island of Virgin Gorda. There are two other identical villas making this ideal for a …

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Exploring interesting history while diving in the British Virgin Islands

DAY 3 — I’m trying. I’m about 60 feet underwater swimming past a giant propeller that sunk here in a hurricane nearly 150 years ago– Oct 29, 1867. That huge propeller could drive the 310-foott boat at a top speed of 14 knots. Today the ship—the Royal Mail Steamer Rhone—is likely the top dive site among the British Virgin Island’s more than 100, and there are plenty of divers here when we arrive with Sail Caribbean, which …

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Any time you travel with kids things rarely goes as planned, but that is part of the adventure

DAY 2 — Any time you travel with kids, no matter what their ages, the trip rarely goes as planned. “That’s part of the adventure,” says my 25 year old daughter Reggie.  “It’s not like we’re at a fancy resort where everything is being done for us.” That was the point of this trip after all—an adventure for my adventure-loving crew including Reggie’s boyfriend Dan Foldes. With the kids living across the country and one spending  the …

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Grazing New Zealand at SKYCITY Auckland – Restaurants & Menus

At precisely 1076 feet and 1.38 inches (328 m), the Sky Tower is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and serves as one of Auckland’s signature attractions. The Sky Tower also marked the location of SKYCITY Auckland, a casino-hotel complex with 25 cafes, restaurants and bars. This visual menu is from the SKYCITY Grand Hotel’s restaurant called “dine by Peter Gordon.” The word dine certainly deserves to be in all caps at this award-winning restaurant featuring …

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Sailing through the British Virgin Islands provides a great way for a family to reconnect

A fancy resort? Not for the 20-somethings. Backpacking? Not for the elders. Sailing? Yes! All three of my kids grew up sailing at camp—the girls at Camp Kamaji in Minnesota and my son at Camp Nebagamon in Wisconsin. The girls have taught sailing and we’ve had some of our most memorable times sailing on charter boats in the Caribbean and in Tahiti. When it came time to decide on a family trip for my far flung gang—the …

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