Review: NCL Norwegian Spirit 10-Night Cruise of Spain and Morocco

My February 2018 cruise on Norwegian Spirit wasn’t exactly planned. In fact, it all started with a cheap flight. Around the holidays, I was fooling around with Skyscanner and found a deal on Norwegian Air Shuttle from nearby Fort Lauderdale, Florida non-stop to Barcelona, Spain for about $350 per person round-trip. Now normally, we use credit […]

Day Trip From Palma de Mallorca Cruise Port To Soller By Train

In February, 2018, I visited Palma de Mallorca, Spain during a 10-night cruise on NCL’s Norwegian Spirit. We were not originally supposed to visit Palma, but several of the cruise’s original ports of call were cancelled because of bad weather. Since we had been to Palma once before and done the whole “hop on hop […]

Daily Programs From Norwegian Spirit Cruise Ship

For your reading pleasure, here is a full set of recent Norwegian Spirit daily programs from Europe. I know some cruisers like to read the “dailies” daily programs to prepare and get psyched for their upcoming trip! So here they are from our recent February 23, 2018 – March 5, 2018 10-night cruise on NCL’s […]

How To Spend A Half Day in Rabat, Morocco

On a February 2018 Western Mediterranean cruise, our first port of call was Casablanca, Morocco. But the allure of the picturesque capital city of Rabat was strong, so we hopped on an ONCF train to spend a half day in Rabat. For specific instructions on how to take the train from the port of Casablanca to […]

Day Tripping From Casablanca Cruise Port To Rabat By Train

In February 2018, I took a Western Mediterranean cruise on NCL’s Norwegian Spirit. Our first port of call was Casablanca, Morocco. Rather than hang around Casablanca, a bustling industrial city, we headed to Rabat, the picturesque capital of Morocco. Along the way, I wrote this guide to make it easier for other cruisers who wish […]

Review of the Hyatt Place Downtown St. Petersburg

In January 2018, I had occasion to stay overnight in the Tampa Bay Area. What better excuse to check out revitalized downtown St. Pete and its plethora of craft beer, right? From past research, I knew that we could theoretically stay at the Hyatt Place Downtown St. Petersburg for only 5000 Hyatt reward points. But would […]

Brewery Review: Veza Sur Brewing Co. in Miami, Florida

I grew up in Miami and stayed there through my late-20’s. And my parents still live in Coral Gables, so I visit the city pretty often. On my most recent trip, I had a chance to check out one of the newest breweries, Veza Sur. I’ll get it out of the way up front…  Veza […]

Review: La Aurora Hotel Colonial in Valladolid Mexico

In late-December 2017, I stayed at the La Aurora Hotel Colonial in Valladolid Mexico. This property is a former Hacienda that is oozing with charm and is very well located. It’s only a few short block to the main plaza in Valladolid. A less-than 5 minute walk, easy. If you are arriving by bus, the bus […]

Unlocking the Secrets of Valladolid, Mexico

In December 2017, I visited the cheerful and compact city of Valladolid, Mexico. Valladolid is named after Valladolid in Spain, which was the capital of Spain at that time. Like many other cities on the Yucatan, Valladolid is built on top of a Mayan village and some of the bricks from the old Mayan structures […]

A short visit to Acanceh, Mexico

After leaving the Mayapan ruins, we stopped in the small town of Acanceh to grab lunch and explore around a little. As you are driving back on Highway 184 north from the Mayapan site toward Highway 180, the exit for Acanceh is well signed on the righthand side. And there will be no doubt when […]