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Paradise Beach

In my travels, I’ve found quite a few splendiferous beaches. Beaches where I did not want to depart from and several I just have to return to. There are even some I would consider calling paradise. A beach that I’ve recently visited is actually named Paradise Beach and is located on the island of Cozumel, Mexico.

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Just a short taxi ride from the cruise port on Cozumel, our group of seven was soon lounging beachside. The whispering palms overhead created ample protection from the soon to be hot sun.

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After we made our mid-morning claim on our beach-side lounge chair, we were promptly visited by a very efficient server where we were charged $12.00 per person. Two dollars was for the daily chair rental and the balance was to be applied to a food & bar credit. The fee for relaxation was no problem as we soon ordered an iced down bucket of Sol beer, nachos and quesadillas.

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There were a plethora of beach toys available, but we felt more like lounging than playing. It’s a beautiful area to relax, complete with a huge pool and a full service bar nearby. One can even lounge on a chair at pools edge where the pool water covers the chair bottom, lending to a cool lounging spot in the sun.

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At beach-side, you will find a cool, shaded tiki hut bar. I sat at the bar sipping a great tasting frozen rum mango beverage. I attempted to strike up a conversation with a couple of resident macaws. I’m uncertain if it was what I said, or perhaps the language barrier, but they were unwilling to share Paradise Beach secrets with me.

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Beyond this bar, one can stroll through a well manicured grassy area surrounded by palm trees, flowers and vegetation indigenous to the area.

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Even with a bit of coral in the Caribbean waters between Cozumel and the Yucatan Peninsula, we had a great time lounging there in the warm, calm water.
It was early April and we had the place pretty much to ourselves even up until we left mid afternoon. With the gorgeous view, the efficient wait staff, the fantastic amenities all for reasonable prices, it’s agreed, not only was this a relaxing day well spent, we all felt that it was a Paradise Beach.

Posted by Cpt_Ron 00:04 Archived in Mexico Tagged beach cruise port paradise parrot pool tropical bar relax cozumel palm_tree paradise_beach Comments (0)

HDTV Cruise Port Cams Provide Cruise Fix ~ Update

Web Cameras Stream Live Ship Arrivals & Departures Daily

Update to this blog entry; more cameras, upgrades and extras added.

A fourth location was added at Port Miami. This camera provides views of cruise ships and terminal traffic inbound and outbound at Port Miami from a relatively high view point.

A camera was also added to gain a unique view of Port Everglades high near the top of the Hyatt Marina Hotel, and is labeled Fort Lauderdale. From this camera, all ships in port can be viewed. Fort Lauderdale airport, Fort Lauderdale skyline and the Miami skyline can also be seen at times.

The Hyatt Marina Hotel also has a bonus camera where a Panoramic view of Fort Lauderdale to the North of the port may be viewed. The link is found at the lower right of the Fort Lauderdale camera view labeled "North East Cam". There is no direct link for this camera, but when you click the link, you will be switched to that camera.

Several upgrades to most locations have been made since my original post. Some noticeable and others perhaps not. Things like better cameras or better weather covers, both providing clearer views.

Sound was added to Port Canaveral which makes sail-away there even more enjoyable. Do you know what a Disney ship horn sounds like? Check it out sometime. You will especially enjoy it if you're a Disney fan. Kids will find it delightful! They will probably want to watch every sail-away at Port Canaveral.

If you follow Port Fever or one of the camera location on Facebook, the scheduled departure for all ports is usually posted.

Marine traffic was added to the New York cam. Speaking of the New York cam, have you seen the statue of Liberty on this cam as ships sail past? How about the Freedom Tower at night, nestled in the lights of the New York skyline?

Enjoy the cams!

Original Post

New York at Night; a capture from PTZtv live streaming New York Harbor Webcam.
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Posted by Cpt_Ron 20:21 Archived in USA Tagged boat new_york vacation photo ship bridge cruise live sail port costa dock camera skyline carnival balcony wave harbor trip disney dolphin yacht cabin captain palm inlet tanker cruise_ship sailboat cam everglades palm_tree departure princess cargo lauderdale arrival celebrity tug cunard family_travel cruiser streaming aida canaveral hdtv web_cam sail_away docked video_feed container_ship tug_boat harbor_pilot police_boat fire_boat sunsets_and_sunrisesbon_voyage ship_horn ships_horn disembark embark embarkation port_hole porthole royal_caribbean norweigan holland_america Comments (0)

Why Do I Love Cruising?

Why Wouldn't I Use My Valuable Vacation Time To Cruise?

I love cruising because I unpack once upon embarkation, I'm able to visit worldly places each day and my hotel travels with me. As an added bonus, my shipboard amenities, meals & entertainment are mainly included. Cruising can be as busy or relaxing as I want it. Why wouldn't I use my valuable vacation time to cruise and simply love it?

Posted by Cpt_Ron 09:11 Tagged travel vacation hotel ship cruise relaxing relax cruise_ship Comments (0)

CRUISE VACATION

Why Is A Cruise Vacation Better Than A Land Vacation?

CRUISE FACT: Cruises give travelers the convenience of packing and unpacking once, the comfort of a “home away from home” for the duration of the trip, but also the opportunity to visit a multitude of destinations on one vacation.

When I recently looked at planning a trip to Italy with a group of friends, we discovered that a cruise in the Mediterranean was not only the most cost effective way to see Italy, but it was the most time effective.

Through our time study while planning, it didn't take us long to realize that while cruising the Mediterranean, traveling from port-of-call to port-of-call, our floating hotel traveled while we slept.

In twelve days, of our cruise, we were able to visit a majority of the popular coastal cities of Italy. We left from and returned to Civitavecchia. Italy. We were able to visit Naples, Pompeii, Positano and ride along the Almafi coast, two days in Venice (overnight there was a treat), Livorno, Pisa, Florence, Rome & Vatican City on the mainland. On Sicily, we were able to visit Messina, Syracuse, Tiromina and the volcano Mt. Aetna.

Then, there were bonus cities in countries that we hadn't planned, nor would we have seen if we would not have opted for the cruise as a way to visit Italy. We visited Dubrovinik in Croatia. What a lovely country and the people were marvelous. Barcelona, Spain found us grabbing a taxi and toured the entire city. While stopping at Cannes, France, we were able to visit the area of the film festival. From there, we visited Nice & the ancient walled city of Eze in France and the country of Monaco.

We even had three entire days at sea to relax on this cruise to enjoy our ship and regroup from the hurried tour pace that we had planned.

Although most of us were fairly comfortable visiting a foreign country, it was still nice to come back to our safe haven. Our "home away from home."

With all of the places that we visited, our luggage had gained a good bit of weight. But then, because of the good food available around the clock, so did we.

Enjoy you cruise!

Oh and for your excursion planning, contact us R&R Xcursions (rrxcursions.com). We can hook you up with a wonderful person to book your cruise as well.

Posted by Cpt_Ron 18:12 Tagged sunsets_and_sunrises night travel vacation ship cruises cruise port tour trip excursion mediterranean planning visit cruise_ship plan travel_agents tour_guide itineraries tips_and_tricks family_travel sunsets_and_sunrisesbon_voyage quality_tour_assistance tour_asistance cruise_industry group_travel onshore xcursion small_group port-of-call port_of_call shore_trip r&r_xcursions rrxcursions.com bon_voyage Comments (0)

Travel Smart: More Americans go on cruises

BY ELLEN CREAGER DETROIT FREE PRESS TRAVEL WRITER

And to think it all started with the Love Boat.

About 1 in 4 Americans -- 78 million of us -- has taken a cruise, a new survey by Cruise Lines International Association finds.

Our favorite cruise itineraries? The Caribbean is still No. 1, followed by Alaska, the Bahamas, Hawaii, Bermuda and the Mediterranean.

One other interesting tidbit: People who plan cruises tend to use a travel agent; about 68% of us did.

That's wise because cruise lines pay the travel agents' commissions, not the customers. And agents know where the good rooms are.

Posted by Cpt_Ron 18:05 Tagged boats boat cruises alaska cruise caribbean bahamas mediterranean hawaii cruise_ship bermuda travel_agents survey itineraries americans cruise_industry cruise_lines_association cla Comments (0)

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