Costa Rica Sloth

2nd Port Stop – Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica – Either Shore Excursion or Relax on the Ship

The port in Puerto Limon is a commercial port versus a tourist/cruise port, and the nearby town doesn’t offer much to see or do. However, there is plenty to do outside of the town. Most of your options will require you to take a shore excursion as many are a significant distance from the port. Here are some of your options: Continue reading

Discover Mexico historical park

1st Port Stop – Cozumel, Mexico

FLAVORS OF MEXICO: CHOCOLATE, TEQUILA & TACOS

Since we’ve been to Cozumel several times, this time we decided to spend the day learning more about Mexican culture and history, as well as taste some of its flavors. So we scheduled a “shore excursion” through ShoreTrips, one of Out Destinations’ main suppliers of shore excursions. While ShoreTrips said a taxi wasn’t required to get to the “Discover Mexico” historical park, it is a fairly long walk that we wouldn’t recommend anyone else do. It would be much more comfortable to take a taxi, and it is a short ride from the port. The “Park” is not large like an U.S. amusement park, it is only a few acres, but well worth the money and time. Continue reading

Celebrity Equinox

The Beginning of a Fabulous 50th-Birthday-Celebration Cruise on Celebrity

It was with a lot of anticipation and excitement that we awaited this cruise. We’ve been on many, many Caribbean cruises on most major cruise lines, but this was different. Part of the excitement was that we would celebrate Kent’s 50th birthday in Cartagena, Colombia, and that it was a 12-day cruise which gave us more time to relax. Also this cruise was going to take us to ports we haven’t been to before, and part of what we enjoy about cruising is the opportunity to learn about the history of other countries, experience some of the local culture, and have the chance to explore new places. On this trip, we’d visit Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia for the first time. Continue reading

International Bear Bash Orlando

International Bear Bash 2016

Plans for 2016

International Bear Bash takes place in sunny Orlando, Florida, USA from September 27 – October 2, 2016 and draws a broad and diverse international crowd of men from around the world. Held in a city that is regularly hailed as one of The Advocate ranked gayest cities in the USA, no city compares to the attractions of Orlando, FL. Much like Orlando, International Bear Bash proudly features non-stop parties, top notch entertainment, all held at an unparalleled host hotel. Continue reading

Visa May Be Required for Europe

EU Commission Punts on Whether to Require Visas for U.S. Citizens

EU Delays Making a Decision – Seeks Guidance

The European Commission put off a decision until at least July 12, 2016, to start the legal process that would eliminate the Visa Waiver Program for U.S. citizens traveling to Europe.

The issue is being raised as a result of a 2014 EU regulation which requires full reciprocity between the U.S. (and other countries) with all 28 member countries of the EU on visa requirements. Currently the U.S. does not allow citizens of Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Poland, or Romania to participate in the Visa Waiver Program. The 2014 regulation set a deadline of April 12, 2016, to determine if all countries were in compliance. Continue reading

Harmony of the Seas

If Bigger is Better, than the Harmony of the Seas Will be the Best!

Royal Caribbean’s Newest Ship Set to Sail in May 2016

When Royal Caribbean’s (RCCL) newest ship sets sail on its maiden voyage in May 2016, it will become the largest cruise ship in the world. As the newest Oasis-class ship, its maximum guest capacity is 6,410, which surpasses its sister ships like the Allure and Oasis of the Sea. Continue reading

Visa May Be Required for Europe

Will Your Next Trip to Europe Require a Visa?

Decision Could Come Soon

The United States and the European Union have allowed visa-free travel for nearly two decades under the Visa Waiver Program. That might change tomorrow when the European Commission votes on whether to impose visa requirements on U.S. citizens, in retaliation for current U.S. visa requirements on citizens of European Union member states Bulgaria, Croatian, Cyprus, Poland and Romania. Continue reading

Celebrity Upgrades Wifi Service

Celebrity Cruises to Upgrade to High-Speed Wifi Fleetwide

Xcelerate to Offer True High-Speed Internet

Following the lead of its larger sister line and parent Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises will upgrade its on-board WiFi service to a high-speed service called Xcelerate. This new service will allow guests to browse and download faster, and deliver dependable video streaming including Skype, YouTube and Netflix. Continue reading

Airlines

One-Way Tickets May Save You Money

Changes to Airlines Computer Pricing Can Cost You More

If you are like the average shopper searching for the best airfare, you probably think a “round-trip” ticket get’s you the best price. But you’d be surprised to learn that is not always the case. While it might take you some extra time, the savings can be significant if you look at combining one-way tickets instead of buy one round-trip ticket. Continue reading

Visit Cuba now

It’s Time to Discover Cuba

Travel Regulations Loosened

Recently the Obama administration announced the most significant changes to US travel regulations governing travel by US citizens to Cuba. While only the U.S. Congress can eliminate the  trade embargo and remove all of the travel restrictions, the administration has gone about as far as possible to minimize their impact. Continue reading