Our Upcoming Cruises
Here are the details on all of the cruises we currently have booked
Our next cruise is coming up soon! This will be our 48th cruise since 1996. We'll be flying to Miami and cruising on the Carnival Horizon...
We really enjoyed our cruise in a Havana Suite on the Carnival Vista last year, so we decided to book a cruise in the Havana area of the Carnival Horizon. However, instead of booking a Havana Suite like we did last time, we're going to try a different type of Havana cabin this time around. The Havana suites are located right next to where the band plays until late at night in the Havana lounge... and that made it difficult to fall asleep in the Havana Suite. So, we'll be trying out what we think will be a much quieter room this time around. It has a gigantic balcony that wraps all the way around the back corner of the ship! (In cruise lingo: an "aft wrap balcony")
We like aft wrap balconies a lot, and have stayed in that type of cabin on several previous cruises. For example, take a look at this video I shot on the Carnival Glory five years ago, where I give you a pretty good look at what's so great about an aft wrap balcony...
We just recently added yet another cruise to our 2019 calendar! We're going to be taking a long (for us) break from cruising this Fall, with no cruises scheduled in September, October, November, or December. So, I decided to book one for August. This will be the shortest cruise we've taken in a LONG time... it's just a three day cruise, but I think it's going to be packed full of fun because this cruise is going to be all about waterslides!
If you keep an eye on my YouTube channel, you may recall a video that I made back in March about Navigator Of The Seas, a ship that Royal Caribbean spent $115 million on renovating... including the addition of two really cool waterslides. Take a look at the video...
I decided that I really want to sail on that ship and experience those two waterslides, but most of my vacation time from my "real job" is already committed... so I settled for a 3-day cruise that would only require the use of one day off from work. But being on that newly renovated ship and trying out those two new waterslides is only part of the fun we'll have during that cruise. The ship will be stopping at Coco Cay, Royal Caribbean's private island in the Bahamas, which has also been the subject of a big makeover recently. (To the tune of $150 million.) Coco Cay features a huge number of waterslides, including the tallest waterslide in all of North America, so this truly is going to be "the waterslide cruise" for me! Here's a video I did recently about Coco Cay and all the new waterslides there:
So, our late-summer cruise on Navigator Of The Seas will be our 49th cruise overall, and our 8th on Royal Caribbean... meaning we will have done as many cruises on Royal Caribbean as we have done on Norwegian.
Our 50th cruise will be on a ship I've been looking forward to for a long time. I immediately booked a Havana Suite on the Carnival Panorama on the very first day they started accepting bookings! When I first heard that Carnival would be building a third Vista-class ship and basing it in California, I got really excited because it means there will be a Vista-class ship within driving distance of my house... saving me the cost of airfare whenever I sail on it.
I became a big fan of the Vista class of ships back in September of 2017 when we stayed in a Havana Suite on the Carnival Vista. For our 50th cruise, we'll be staying in that exact same type of suite once again. Take a look at this video of the Havana Suite on the Carnival Vista, to give you an idea of what's in store for us on Carnival Panorama...
Another video I'd like to have you look at does a pretty good job of explaining why we're so excited that Carnival is bringing a Vista-class ship to the west coast...
Our Carnival Panorama cruise will be in January of 2019, and that means we'll be one of the first to sail on the Panorama. Her very first cruise will be just a few weeks before that, in December.
This next cruise I'm about to tell you about is the biggest adventure we've ever planned... and you're invited to come along! This is going to be something very different for us... we're planning to lead a group cruise and landtour in Alaska and Canada in July of 2020.
We'll start with a land tour over a five day period, staying at three different hotels in Alaska. Two of them will be Wilderness Lodges operated by Princess Cruise Line. The highlight of the land tour will be a 295 mile ride on the Alaska railroad in an amazing glass-domed rail car with incredible views!
The train will take us all the way to the coast to meet up with our cruise ship, for a 7-day cruise southbound from Whittier, Alaska to Vancouver on the Royal Princess. The cruise will end in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Along the way, we'll visit Hubbard Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park, Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan. After the cruise, people are free to fly home from Vancouver... or stick with us and join us for one more leg of the adventure. In Vancouver, we're going to get aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for a railtour through Western Canada!
I provide a LOT more details about our plans for this big Alaska Adventure on this page of my web site, so please click that link and go take a look at that page if you want to find out more... or have any interest in coming along with us!
A Carnival cruise that I have booked for 2021 will be our 52nd cruise. I'm pretty excited about the ship... it's the Carnival Mardi Gras, the first of an entirely new class of ships for Carnival. The big thing I'm most excited about on this ship is a new kind of suite they're offering called an Excel Aft Suite. There will be twelve of them on the Mardi Gras, and what's going to be amazing about them is that each one will have a private Jacuzzi on the balcony. Here's an artist's concept of what these very cool Excel Aft Suite balconies will look like...
You are welcome to join us for the Mardi Gras cruise! The sail date will be February 27, 2021, from Port Canaveral, Florida. We'll be visiting San Juan, Puerto Rico... Carnival's private resort at Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic... and Carnival's private resort on Grand Turk.
For more details about our plans for this group cruise to the Caribbean, please take a look at this page of my web site.
One other reason that I'm excited about this cruise: we'll be celebrating my retirement from my "real job"! A whole new chapter of my life will begin in 2021, and you can be sure that I'll be making a lot more frequent YouTube videos from that point forward.
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Only Four Upcoming Cruises?
If the fact that I only have four cruises booked between now and 2021 strikes you as odd, you're right. After all, I've done seven cruises in the last two years. Part of the reason why is because our July 2020 Alaska adventure looks like it's going to require me to use three weeks of vacation time from my "real job". But the other factor is simply that I want to keep a little bit of vacation time un-committed at this point, just in case any interesting last minute opportunities come up. If the right opportunity to do either a Mexican Riviera cruise or a Caribbean cruise with Princess, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean, or Viking Ocean Cruises comes up... I want to be able to take it.
A few cruises I would love to do:
Any cruise on Royal Caribbean that would take me to their private island, Coco Cay, which they're currently spending a lot of money to upgrade and improve. I love a good waterslide, and Coco Cay has a bunch of them! I need to experience Coco Cay sooner rather than later.
Norwegian Bliss in The Haven. When I did the Panama Canal cruise on Norwegian Bliss a year ago, I couldn't afford to stay in The Haven. I did get a tour of The Haven on that ship, though... and it was clearly the best Haven in the entire fleet. I need to experience that at some point.
Any cruise on a Princess ship that has their new Medallion technology. This seems like it could really improve the cruise experience, especially for someone like me that needs to stay connected to the Internet even when on vacation. I need to get onboard a ship that has it, and check it out.
Any cruise on Viking. A year or two ago, they actually offered me a free cruise out of Bergen, Norway, if I would simply make some videos about the cruise. I turned down that offer, because I didn't want to fly all the way from California to Norway... which would be a long, uncomfortable series of flights in a coach seat. I enjoyed my recent Caribbean cruise on Viking so much that I've decided that if they make me any other good offers, I will not be turning them down this time.
A cruise on one of Royal Caribbean's Quantum-class ships. I totally loved Anthem Of The Seas when I sailed on her a few years ago, and thought it was the best cruise ship I had ever sailed on at that point. I'd love to sail on Anthem Of The Seas again, or any other ship in the Quantum class. One of the great things about it is that it's an outstanding value... the regular balcony cabins on the Quantum class ships are really nice and I don't see any good reason to book a suite. So, it's possible to do a very affordable cruise, and still have a great experience.
One other thing I should mention is that it's possible that I might retire from my "real job" in 2021. I think by the end of this summer, I'll have a much better idea of whether I'm going to do that, or wait a little longer to retire. Once I do finally retire, it will open all sorts of interesting travel possibilities for me... since the thing that keeps me from cruising even more than I do is not that I can't afford to, it's that I don't have enough vacation time from my real job. If you think I'm doing a good job with my YouTube channel now, just imagine what I could do if I didn't have my real job eating up 40 hours of my time every week!
When I do finally retire, the cruise that's at the very top of my list is a South Pacific cruise. I'd love to see Tahiti and Bora Bora, but what has kept me from doing it yet is that I don't want to fly down there and then take a cruise, I want to cruise there and back out of Los Angeles... and that's a long cruise that would require using a lot of vacation time if I were to do it now.
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