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Holland America MS Nieuw Amsterdam Review (with kids!)

We very much enjoyed out recent Caribbean cruise on the MS Nieuw Amsterdam (we have always enjoyed our Holland America cruise experiences.)  As the review below will explain, we had a lovely, relaxed, laid back cruise experience with great days at the beach and in San Juan! Some background: On this cruise, we were a […]

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Taking Kids on a Cruise

Why We Are Taking Kids on Cruise

A co worker asked me today, “So, who is watching your kids when you go on your cruise?”  I replied that we were taking kids on cruise, and her immediate repsonse was, “Why?  That isn’t going to be much of a vacation!” I was very confused about her response. I thought about it for a […]

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Baby Cruising

Baby Cruising: Tips for Cruising with a Baby and a Toddler

We learned a lot about baby cruising on our recent Holland America cruise to the Caribbean!  Here are our most important lessons: Avoid the buffet:  This seems completely counter intuitive, I know.  It seems like the buffet would be an ideal place to dine with little ones, expesically compared to a long, sit down breakfast […]

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How not to gain weight on a cruise

Cruise Tips: How to NOT Gain Weight on a Cruise

Just because you are on a cruise doesn’t mean that you are doomed to gain multiple pant sizes by the time that you return!  Here are some cruise tips that will help you upon your return to fit into the same clothes that you left in: Take the stairs!  In many cases, it will be […]

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Stockhom Sweden Street

What to do in Stockholm, Sweden with Only One Day

We traveled to Stockholm for one day on an epic 19 day cruise!  Here are our suggestions for what to do in Stockholm if you are arriving on a cruise ship and only have one day to spend.   The Vasamuseet:  This is a must see if you are visiting Stockholm.  Get here as early as […]

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The Main dining room on Holland America

Cruise Ship Dining Options: Fixed Time Dining VS. Anytime Dining

The debate over whether fixed time dining or anytime dining are better is a continual debate on cruise forums.  One quickly finds out that most people are firmly on one side or the other when it comes to this monumental issue. For those that are still undecided, I offer you some pros and cons for […]

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View of the fjords near Geiranger from the deck of the cruise ship

One Perfect Day in Geirangerfjord Norway

I was a little concerned as the ship pulled into port this morning.  I had been looking forward to our day in Geiranger as one of the highlights of our Norwegian Fjord experience.  I peeked my sleepy eyes out of the balcony door and saw a sheet of low, grey fog, just above us, obscuring […]

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Spring roll assortment, appetizer, dinner at Tamarind on our Holland America cruise

Holland America Dining: Tamarind

Graceful and relaxing.  These are the first words that come into my mind when I think about dining in the Tamarind Restaurant on the Holland America Eurodam.  Dining in the Tamarind is not just a meal but an experience to be savored next time you are on one of Holland America’s Signature Class ships! Our […]

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Alesund Norway on a Budget

Alesund Norway on a Budget: How We Spent an Entire Day in Alesund Without Spending a Penny!

Normally the words “Norway” and “budget” don’t play very well together.  Norway is well known to be on the the most expensive countries in the world.  We were not sure how our budget would fare during our one day visit to Alesund Norway. With a little leg work, we spent an entire day in Alesund […]

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Dinner on the MS Eurodam at "An Evening at Le Cirque"

Holland America Dining: Dinner at Le Cirque

Holland America’s “An Evening at Le Cirque” is inspired by the famed Le Cirque Restaurant in New York City, a culinary institution well known for innovative menus featuring surprising, well prepared cuisine.  One night each cruise, the Pinnacle Grill is transformed with fanciful plates and table decorations which help set the mood for the meal. […]

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