As the winter weather chills climates from Texas to Maine, its the perfect time to start planning a vacation for warmer days!
For experienced travelers, the goal of finding a new and creative itinerary can sometimes be difficult. I’ve been doing some research to satisfy a favorite customer of mine who has just done it all and I came across an itinerary any discerning traveler would love.
Canada and New England Cruise
Have you ever considered a summer or fall cruise through New England and Canada? The weather is perfect, the airfare is affordable, and with Princess’s Caribbean Princess cruise ship, the accommodations are luxurious! Depending on your needs, you can book the cruise for late summer, just before school kicks off, or throughout the fall, when ports along the New England coastline will be brimming with leaves turning shades of amber, gold, and rusty orange.
The cruise departs from New York City, NY (what better place to spend a few pre-embarkment days?) and lands nearly each day in a new and vibrant port city. First, you get the chance to explore the thriving downtown waterfront in Newport, Rhode Island. In Boston, Massachusetts you can explore some of America’s most famous historical sites and throw a Boston Tea Party of your own! Tuesday morning you will wake up in breathtaking Bar Harbor, Maine where you can enjoy the view of Millionaires Row featuring summer estate homes of some of America’s richest families including Rockefeller, Ford, Vanderbilt, Carnegie…you get the idea. Your final two port days give you the opportunity to explore Canada in Halifax and St John on the Bay of Fundy. St John has something for everyone – try a jet boat ride through the reversing rapids of St John Bay or explore the “Oldest Irish City in Canada”. Spend your last day aboard the Caribbean Princess with a restful day at sea before returning to the best city in the world: New York, New York.
Now, who could say no to an itinerary like that? It’s so different from the typical Caribbean vacation and an opportunity to see quaint New England towns without having to unpack and repack at every stop!
The Caribbean Princess
The Caribbean Princess does not disappoint. The ship was completely renovated in 2009 and is known for it’s new three-deck-high Piazza, which features an International Cafe, Vines Wine & Seafood Bar, the Internet Cafe & Library, and an entertainment area.
On this itinerary, you set the pace. There are seven restaurants on board, two of which offer 24-hour dining. For dinner, you have the option of picking early or late seating or electing to do a week of less-structured “Anytime Dining” in one of two restaurants. There are also poolside eateries, a pub-style lunch menu, the Crown Grill, or a $20/head option for Sabatini, an upscale Italian eatery.
Not to be missed is the adults-only Sanctuary: a luxe relaxation spot where waiters deliver pre-programmed Bose headphones to passengers reclining in extra plush loungers. In addition to that spa pool experience, there is an additional adults-only pool, a pirate pool for kids, and two more pools open to anyone – guaranteeing plenty of spots to lounge in the sun. Above the main pool is an enormous screen offering nightly Movies Under the Stars, recorded concerts, or sporting events!
As far as entertainment goes, there is also something for everyone. Music lovers will enjoy Crooners, as they listen to a live pianist or compete in music trivia contests. In the Explorer’s Lounge, the Caribbean Princess staff hosts a variety of events including art auctions, Wii sports tournaments, magic and comedy shows. The theatrical productions are not to be missed, including a Monty Python-style show and Broadway themed musical productions. And if you’ve got a nickel to spare, the casino offers up 11 gaming tables and more than 150 slot machines where you can try your luck.
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