New York Times writer Susan Heller famously said, “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”
Even when we have great intentions, it’s easy to overload our suitcases. We wind up dragging a lot of stuff around. There’s more to keep track of; it winds up being a lot of physical and mental clutter. And, of course, we wind up paying a ton of extra fees for the additional weight and luggage.
So, rather than viewing efficient packing as a practice in minimalism, I like to think of it as a challenge that helps you make the most of every vacation: you have what you need, you’re freed up to not have to lug around a bunch of extra weight, and you can put that saved money towards a special souvenir, a nice dinner out, or another cool experience.
So what are the secrets that seasoned travelers use to guarantee expert packing? Here are the top 6:
We, at Paris J. Cruise & Travel, extend our best wishes to you and yours for a joyous holiday season. May peace, love and laughter fill your hearts and homes, now and in the year ahead.
While we relish the promise of 2020, we are also grateful for what unfolded during this last year of the decade. Therefore, this article is dedicated to our travel year in review.
Thank you so much for your support!
A Year in Review
of Unforgettable Travel
Here, are our notable travels of 2019:
Majesty of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise, February 2019- 5-Night Key West & Havana, Cuba
A one-time-experience with our friends, and now clients was cruising to Havana, Cuba earlier this year. It was a remarkable experience with timeless sights and sounds around every corner. Our group of 14 not only enjoyed the scenic beauty, but also the fascinating latin culture, that's only a short distance away from the Florida Keys.
Norwegian Escape Cruise Ship, June 2019-1-Day Ship Tour, Port of Manhattan, New York City
We attended a group VIP ship tour of the beautiful Norwegian Escape. The Haven Suite Class was an impressive style of stateroom luxury. Norwegian plans to turn your daydreams into awesome vacation plans with their newest and most exciting ships, sailing to the best of paradise.
Mariner of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise, June 2019-3-Night Nassau, Bahamas & Perfect Day at Coco Cay
Seeing and experiencing Royal Caribbean's renovated private island, Perfect Day at Coco Cay was simply amazing. You will experience new and bolder ways to thrill and chill. This place definitely provides something for everyone. A Must see!
Independence of the Seas, Royal Caribbean Cruise, November 2019-5-Night Western Caribbean
Falmouth, Jamaica & Labadee, Haiti
This year the 2nd Annual Girls Cruise Vacation was another hit. Next years' cruise should include 7-nights, and sail to either the Eastern or Southern Caribbean. Because of the end of the year deals, the ladies are currently planning for 2020. So if you would like to join this fun group, please don't delay!
It’s not over 'til it’s over! It’s time to create an Unforgettable Experience for you and your loved ones, with the Best and Last Deals of the Decade. Contact us today!
To Your Greatest Travel Adventures,
Dana & Darrell
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It is that time of the year again, Hurricane Season. We have just witnessed the devastation a hurricane can cause. Hurricane Dorian battered the Bahamas and the coastal areas of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas. Last check, Hurricane Dorian was way northeast as a category 1 hurricane and still packing a punch. Hurricane Dorian was a category 5 when it crossed the Bahamas with sustained winds over 165 miles per hour. It remained there for over 12 hours causing flooding and widespread destruction. The major cruise lines, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian have all stepped up to provide whatever the people of Bahamas need right now. There are many ways to pledge your support in any way you can. Just imagine everything you own, completely gone! Many of the cruise lines call on the Bahamas because of the beauty of not just the islands but the people. They are resilient and no doubt they will be back stronger and better than before. God Bless the Bahamas!
I fell in love with cruising in October 1999. My first cruise was on the Carnival Fascination (Carnival Cruise Lines). I didn't know anything about cruising and just got on board with no expectations. It was a simple Eastern Caribbean Cruise, St. Thomas, St. Martin, and I totally forgot the other islands. Please charge it to my age, lol. I had no idea that this vacation would change my life. When I returned home, all I could think about was how and when I would get on another ship. Just like that a fan was born. I introduced my then best friend now husband to cruising in 2004. Darrell's first cruise was on the original Regal Princess(Princess Cruises). The Itinerary was the Mexican Riviera, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo, and Acapulco. We had a mini-suite and all things a perfect vacation is made of. He was a fan as well. We have introduced family and friends to cruising and they have all become instant fans. Darrell and I are both retired law enforcement and always longed to unplug from our daily stresses of our profession that we chose. Cruising was always the best way to shut it off! Our motto is "No matter what happens, we are too far away to handle it". I have grown to love the peace and tranquillity of a true escape, without cell phones, computers, and anything to distract me from my vacation. I am what you would consider "old school" on vacation. No internet package for me but I will take the premium beverage package! Cruising is what you make it and I love sharing my love with others. We provide personal and intimate service for anyone looking for an experience of a life time.
Just as planned we travelled to Cuba in February 2019. At the time of this posting, all cruises were halted by a no travel ban to Cuba. I was sad to hear that all the booked cruises to Cuba were cancelled. Everyone affected by this, had to decide if they wanted a refund of if they wanted to change itineraries. I am blessed to have been able to visit Cuba this year. It was about (14) of us that travelled to Cuba on Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas. It was a fantastic trip and it was off the beaten path, which I really enjoyed. The food, culture, and people were fantastic. It was great to be in the company of people that appreciate all that they have. We take a lot for granted and we can learn a lot from the culture in Cuba. I hope the ban is lifted at some point and others can experience this beautiful country.
I love packing for a cruise vacation! If you have watched any of my YouTube Vlogs on, Dana's Cruise Adventures you will see I love to dress up. This can be a little difficult when flying with all the weight restrictions and luggage fees in effect. I usually pack about (2) outfits per day (I know men don't call them outfits) for a seven day cruise. Most days I am in flip flops and beach attire but at night I like to dress to the nines. In order to dress up I need dressy shoes and accessories. My packing routine is simple. First, invest in a luggage scale. It doesn't have to be fancy, a basic one will do. I first lay out all my outfits for the trip with shoes and accessories. I will always travel with a carry on (small suitcase) for my shoes. The shoes normally will weigh down your checked luggage and it will already be heavy due to your trial size hygiene products. My shoes are actually my most important accessory and many of them cannot be replaced. I also place belts and jewelry, because this luggage will be with me always. Another thing to remember is your carry on luggage is not weighed. It has to be small but who says you can't pack it to capacity? I then use the "roll method for my everyday clothes and place my evening wear on top in plastic to minimize wrinkles. My last step is to weigh my luggage. I always check with the airline carrier for the weight restrictions on checked luggage. On my return home, I will always discard the trial size hygiene products to make room for a few souvenirs. I have been on over (23) cruises and this method has yet to fail me. I hope my experiences and tips will help the next future cruiser.
The cruise industry has so much in store for 2019. There are approximately 9 new cruise ships being delivered in 2019! That is so exciting because the innovations are amazing. I started cruising in 1999 and I tell you there have been some serious changes in the cruise industry. They are building them faster and adding many more amenities. Just for example Costa and MSC Cruise Lines are planning to deliver 2 new cruise ships per line. Royal Caribbean International will be adding another ship to the Quantum Class of their ships. Norwegian Cruise Lines will be adding another ship to the Breakaway Class. Carnival Cruise Lines will be adding a 3rd ship to their Vista Class. Princess Cruises will be adding a 4th ship to their Royal Class. Viking Cruises will also be adding a new ship. The year of 2019 is going to be exciting thinking of what new innovations will be created to wow passengers. I look forward to all the new ships and plan to experience everything the cruise industry has to offer. There is no slowing down in this market, at least not right now. Happy Cruising!
It is so hard to believe that it is Thanksgiving Time already! I have to share my favorite Thanksgiving of all time. It was 2009, and we scored an amazing deal to sail on a Luxury Premium Brand Cruise Ship. SilverSea Cruises was offering a buy one get one 50% off! The only drawback, if you consider it a drawback, was cruising during Thanksgiving Holiday. Family Dinners on this Holiday has always been big with my family. I was wondering how I would break the news to them, that I wanted to cruise during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Well, we did it, and guess what? They had a fabulous dinner without us. It was the best time ever. Imagine snorkeling in St. Thomas on Thanksgiving Day? I just mentioned to Hubby that we need to get back to making new traditions. Holidays are not the same since losing my Mom five years ago. It is definitely time to create new memories and what better way than to have cruise memories! Book that Thanksgiving Holiday Cruise and share your memories.
I am so excited! We just made our final payment for our trip to Cuba. I have heard so many great things and I can't wait to go. Of course Dana's Cruise Adventures will definitely be vlogging this amazing journey. I am studying all the tips and tricks to travel in Cuba. There are must see's and do's that I plan on enjoying. Travel to Cuba is becoming all the rave and cruise ships are sailing out daily. It seems to be the most convenient way to see Cuba. If you have not looked into travel to Cuba, I would suggest you do it soon!
A vacation is sometimes difficult to plan because most people don't have any idea where they would like to go. If you take a cruise, you can sample a little bit of different places on one vacation. If you find an island or destination you really love, you can return and spend more time. I love to wake up in a different location every morning. You will not find better service and entertainment which is all included. If you are a "bottom line" traveler, this will definitely suit your fancy. Think of it as your floating hotel with anything you want to eat. Try a 5 or 6 day cruise and then decide if cruising is for you. You will try it and probably like it.