Tuesday, November 10, 2015

My Cruises Inc business cards came!

Wow...I'm somebody!  (Does that remind you of Steve Martin from The Jerk?")

I've been a Travel Specialist with Cruises Inc. for 3 months now.  Building my client base and listening to webinars and checking out deals about every day. 

I have yet to book a cruise ...  but ... know I will soon.  My sister-in-law wants to go to the Caribbean in October 2016 and I've got some great leads.

Now that's I've stated the above, this time of year gets me thinking of Christmas cruises.  I've written before that I've always wanted to go on one but with BOTH...count em...2 daughters getting married last month, there will be no cruise for me this Christmas.

Interested in a cruise?  Visit me at www.cruisewithmary.com  Catchy huh?

Where do YOU want to go today?  #cruiselife4me  #cruisewithmary

Monday, September 14, 2015

The days are getting shorter, time for an Autumn cruise!

Well I've been a bit busy since I last wrote.  With both daughters getting married next month (wow!) and busy at work as is the norm, but the biggest news is that I trained with Cruises Inc and am not a Cruise Vacation Specialist!!

So far it's been wonderful and I've been BUSY with quotes and friends and co-workers wanting to book cruises.  So...on to the blog....

 It's a hard time for us here in Michigan.  Nights are getting cooler and the days are getting shorter.  None of us like to see this occurring, because that means winter is surely coming.  BUT, before winter gets here there is this delicious and wonderful time of year called Fall or Autumn to some of you.  

So what does that mean to the cruise industry and it's passengers?  The kids are back to school so you can take advantage of some great prices!

Visit my website at www.travelwithmary.com and see what I'm talking about.  

Happy sailing, 

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Long Term Cruising

Long Term Cruising

Having recently gotten an email from Holland America, I'm amazed at the savings by choosing a long term cruise. It goes to exotic locations and you save by spending more time at sea. Crazy! Here's an example:

32-DAY INCA DISCOVERY & SOUTH AMERICA with an inside stateroom is $2699. You'll pay more for a Vista Suite with balcony but it's still affordable at $5399. That's 32 days at SEA!!!

50-DAY ATLANTIC ADVENTURER Sail all over Europe and the caribbean for the lower cost - remember 50 nights at sea - for $5499 for an inside stateroom.

25-DAY SOUTH PACIFIC CROSSING now here's one I'd LOVE. Australia and the south Pacific. Very affordable at $1799 for an inside room.

These longer cruise voyages give me heart palpitations. I'd love to sail for a month or so at sea. Wouldn't you? Now these examples are solely Holland America's and there are many more with other cruise lines.

I recently signed up with www.cruisesinc.com to be a part-time cruise consultant. I'm SUPER excited and can't wait to learn and train.  Once I retire in 3 years (feel too young to retire!) then I'll go full time.

Happy Cruising,

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Summer Cruisin' - Take the family and actually have a GREAT vacation!

We've all had those family vacation nightmares.  All of us piled into the car, endless driving with little breaks.  "Moooom, Chris stuck his finger in his mouth and is putting it on my face" type of rants.  One of us was always car sick and another barely out of diapers.  Struggling with 8 kids in the Ford Country Squire station wagon, how did my parents do it? They didn't have ipods, or ipads or cell phones then. My parents being the saints they are didn't have much of a choice for a family vacation but you do!

Instead of piling into the family truckster and taking a xanax every 3 hours to deal with the stress, why not book a cruise.  Not only would you have the undying admiration of your kids, but your wife will thank you as well. When your kids are firmly ensconced in the youth clubs meeting new best friends for life, you and your spouse can enjoy dinner ALONE...sans enfants...no juice boxes but real wine glasses.  Get the picture?

There are cruise ports all over the U.S. and the world.  Choose one closest to you or fly or take the train to one.  This can be educational as well as fun.   Cruise ships have more to do in any given day that you can dream of.  Here's a sampling:

How about Royal Caribbean's Quantum or Anthem of the Seas where you can enjoy Rip Cord - where you can try sky diving safely, or take the family bumper car driving without ever leaving the ship.  You can all jump in the North Star which takes you up and over the ship in a giant glass enclosed bubble and that's only the start.  Quantum and Anthem have more activities in any given day that you could dream of.  Let's talk food.  There's a new concept that began on these ships called Dynamic Dining where you can eat at a different restaurant each evening.  Need a drink?  There are many  bars & pubs but none so well known as the Bionic Bar where two robotic arms will mix your drink - a first at sea!

Carnival Cruise Lines has a new ship coming out called the Vista. It has many features including Sky Ride which is a bike ride high above the ship, the first IMAX at sea, a ropes course and so much more.  Dining venues take you anywhere from Guy's Burger Joint to Farenheit 555 Steakhouse, as well as many restaurants and one just for foodies, Chef's Table.

Norwegian Cruise Line has a new ship called the Getaway which offers the Waterfront which is an open air area promenade with many venues, 5 water slides and many more fun ways to entertain yourself in the sports complex plus 28 dining options and great entertainment, including seven time Tony award nominated musical, Legally Blonde.  The Getaway is aptly named for a fun week at sea!

I can't list ever cruise line or this blog would turn into a book.  However, I hope you can imagine the many, many fun activities that could captivate both the klingons (kids) as well as the adults in your family. 

Cruising meets the unique needs of every family member Don't just take my word for it, try it out for yourself.  You'll thank me!

Happy Cruising, Mary

Monday, February 23, 2015

Why it's Great to Cruise when it's Below Zero?

Just a few tidbits to "warm me up" so to speak as we freeze here in the sub-zero north.  It was -25 on my ride in to work. Some thoughts on why to take a cruise this time of year:

  1. Packing all that warm weather clothing just takes your inner temperature up about 5 degrees.  
  2. Knowing that you'll have to endure the plane and all things MOOOO! (as flying indicates...) Soon you'll be in balmy weather.
  3. Green plants, blooming flowers, green grass.  I have to say that I'm so sick of WHITE! 
  4. Blue ocean, ocean breezes and yummy fruity drinks.
  5. Sunglasses...'nuff said.
  6. Take a cruise, leave from the warmth of Florida (an option) and cruise to the even warmer Caribbean, Bermuda, etc.
  7. Throw away the vitamin D and get some sun.  Sun deprived skin turns to (safely now people, use sunscreen)  golden brown.
  8. Swimming, not only is it cardio but it's so wonderful to swim in warm salt water or even a pool.
  9. You can walk outdoors at night without hunching your shoulders against the cold.
  10. BEST of all - you're not in MICHIGAN, or BOSTON, or MAINE.  
It's just nice to dream of warm climates.  My desktop picture is Miami, when you're sailing away and  you see the people climb out of their cars and wave at you.  SO heavenly.  At least that gives me a little relief.

Happy Sailing,

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Unsure about a cruise-Read a Cruise a Review

I love reading cruise reviews. It doesn't matter if I'm taking that ship or going to that destination, it's so interesting to see the writers reaction to the ship.  For me, it's almost...almost...ALMOST like being on the ship.

I have some favorite cruise reviewer's like Gambee, Middle Aged Drama Queen, too many to name. 

If you are new to cruising, go to cruise Critic and choose the cruise line you're considering and read what others have to  say. 

Remember that one person's worst cruise is someone else's best!  Don't let that sway you.  

It's a joy to "try out" other cruise ships or cruise lines in this way.

Happy Cruising!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Live Out Your Years on a Cruise Ship

There was an article today in Fox News Online and a number of other newspapers that an elderly woman is spending $164, 000 a year to live on the Crystal Cruises Serenity ship.  I think it's a brilliant way to retire in your later years.  Her husband had died, according to the article, and she sold her 5 bedroom Ft. Lauderdale home (which included 10 acres) and continued her cruising life.  Lee Wachtstetter and her husband had cruised many times over there 50 year marriage.  89 cruises to be exact before he passed away.  He told her to continue to cruise and so she now resides on cruise ships.  

With the high cost of assisted living, wouldn't it make sense to wake up to the sea and the breezes?  To go into port or not, but to be waited on constantly, dine like a queen and be in permanent residence on a ship? Think of the entertainment at your disposal!  And the food! 

I'd like to know what you think?  I, for one, would do it in a heartbeat IF I could afford it.  Think about it though, no property tax, no need to pay for garbage removal or satellite telly.  No grocery bill or phone bill.  However, you would have a high cost of living, many port charges, etc. I'm assuming she phones her family while in port but otherwise that would be extremely expensive. 

Still, I wouldn't blink.  I hope someday that will be my life.  I know it's not for many people but I could totally live my life on a cruise ship.

What do you think?  See the article here. 

Happy Cruising,

Monday, January 5, 2015

While it's snowing and cold, why not take a cruise?

One of the best months to take a cruise in January.  The prices are down and it's not overly hot if you're going to the Caribbean or Bermuda.  It's also a great month to try and get an upgrade or an upsell.

What's an upsell?  It's an opportunity to trade up to a better room for a fee.  Make sure you let your TA (Travel Agent) know you would like the opportunity. 

When Mike and I cruised NCL Jewel to the western Carib., we asked our TA to check on that for us.  We had booked an aft mini-suite for a 5 night pre-wedding honeymoon cruise.  (We couldn't cruise after our wedding as son Jake had to start school and we were married in late August.)

So while home sick one December day, my TA called and said she was going to make me VERY happy.  For $300 total we were offered an upsell from the mini-suite to a forward facing PENTHOUSE Suite!  This penthouse suite was complete with butler, concierge, cappuccino machine, the biggest balcony I've ever seen on a ship and many, many amenities.  We were treated like royalty. 

There are many ways to skin a cat so to speak.  If you're not sure or if this is your first cruise, talk to others who have cruised frequently.  On www.cruisecritic.com, you can find just that.

Happy Cruising,