Princess Cays – A Day In Paradise

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Welcome to Princess Cays! Located on the southern tip of Eluthra in the Bahamas, this private island offers plenty of options so you can do as much – or as little – as you want. We visited this tropical paradise on Sunday, Feb. 18th.

Princess Cays is operated by Carnival Corp for the pleasure of passengers of several Carnival brand lines, such as Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruise Line, Holland America Line, etc.

Lunch is Served!

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Serving 2000 – 3000 people lunch is no easy task, but with 4 serving lines the wait wasn’t too long and the lunch was very tasty (if you like hamburgers and hot dogs).

 

There was plenty of seating under the shady shelters.

Water Like Windex

One of the true pleasures of cruising in the Caribbean / Bahamas is the crystal clear waters. This makes for a perfect day of snorkeling, and there was plenty of under water life for us to observe.

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The Beach

Of course the central focus of a private island is the beach. Princess Cay’s didn’t disappoint.  The same was clean, deep and very inviting. And there is plenty of room for the passengers of some very large cruise ships.  Take a look!

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Let The Cruiseman send you to Princess Cays on your next cruise vacation!  Give us a call at (800) 889-7683

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How to Avoid Norovirus; Take a Cruise

norovirusPHOTO: The actual threat posed by norovirus aboard cruise ships is much less than you might think. (photo via Pixabay)

By JASON LEPPERT

While norovirus does rear its ugly head from time to time on a cruise ship, its likelihood remains very rare.

What’s more, travelers need to be reminded that it is not a cruise-specific virus.

It’s up to all of us in the industry—travel agents included—to accurately inform the public following a sea of misinformation presented by the mainstream media.

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) has compiled the infographic below from the CDC National Outbreak Reporting System to indicate the realities of norovirus on a cruise.

People are statistically more likely to become sick from it at a health care facility, restaurant, school, daycare or private residence. There’s only a 0.18 percent chance of contracting the virus on a cruise ship during an outbreak.

“According to the CDC, there are more than 685 million cases of norovirus cases on land around the world each year and only a very few on cruise ships,” adds Mike McGarry from CLIA.

“CLIA estimates the chances of getting norovirus on a cruise ship compared to land is .007 percent, a fraction of a fraction. So, in many ways, the best way to ensure people don’t attract norovirus is to take a cruise, especially considering the rigorous cleaning protocol on cruise ships.”

I can personally attest to such sanitary processes having just returned myself from Royal Caribbean International’s Freedom of the Seas. During our cruise, a number of norovirus cases were reported, but the ship was extremely diligent to regularly clean surfaces throughout and frequently provide Purell sanitizer. As a result, none in our party were stricken with illness.

Of course, the greatest defense against norovirus is thorough hand washing after using the restroom and before eating, and the Freedom’s captain often repeated this information over the ship’s intercom as well.

READ MORE: How Cruise Ships Battle Norovirus

CLIA recently released a list of five best practices for staying healthy onboard, and they mirror the procedure:

Sanitation

As I witnessed, crew members frequently sanitize ships. Staterooms are cleaned at least once daily, and public venues like restaurants, snack areas, pools and elevators are continuously cleansed. All voyages conclude with a ship-wide sanitation as well.

Screening

Early detection of illness is particularly crucial, so pre-boarding health questionnaires and screenings are used to determine sick passengers and staff. Medical teams are on hand to evaluate prior to further interactions accordingly.

Medical Facilities

What’s more, all CLIA oceangoing cruise line members adhere to ACEP Guidelines (2014) developed along with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). These ensure high-quality infirmaries, staffing, equipment and procedures.

Collaboration

For further prevention, cruise lines follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP). That means unique federal scrutiny and transparency is in place not even present for hotels, airlines or restaurants.

Training

A final element is the proper training of onboard crew in first aid and public health practices. All positions are well versed in emergency procedures, signals and alarms, evacuation procedures and fire prevention safety.

READ MORE: Attention Media: Norovirus Isn’t Just On Cruise Ships

With all of these efforts, ship’s like Holland America Line’s Eurodam are scoring 100 on United States Public Health (USPH) inspections. Impressively, the ship recently achieved the perfect rating for its thirteenth consecutive time—its third in 2017 alone.

During the last four years, Holland America ships have received a 100 over 22 times including on the Koningsdam and Oosterdam, also in 2017.

“With each new perfect score Eurodam’s entire team clearly demonstrates their pride and commitment to excellence and to continuing their amazing streak of perfect scores that raises the bar in the industry,” said Orlando Ashford, president of Holland America Line, in a press release.

“Receiving a perfect USPH score on an unannounced inspection is not easy, yet the team on Eurodam certainly makes it look that way year after year. We all know what a tremendous effort it takes to get that 100. Congratulations to everyone on Eurodam.”

Our New Office

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We just completed our move to our new office in our hometown of Nixa, MO.  In the picture you can see some of our friends, clients and associates helping us cut the ribbon for our Grand Opening.  If you live in the Springfield – Nixa, MO area, please stop by and see us. If you live somewhere else this probably didn’t matter to you, but we still thought you might like to see what our office looks like.  Our phone numbers remain the same (800) 889-7683  (417) 881-2789.

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Now we are working on our web site.  The content is the same, but we are working on making it more user friendly.  The most popular part of our web site is our Cruise Finder. This tool allows you to search a huge data base of all currently scheduled cruises with all the cruise lines (except Disney & Princess) and compare the current rates between the different lines.  Go ahead and give it  a try.

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We are looking for experienced cruisers that would like to make some good money selling cruises from home, part-time.  Don’t confuse this with those phony $599 “Official Travel Agent ID Card” scams.  Our Outside Agent’s program has been in operation for over 20 years, and some of our Agents do quite well. It all depends on how much time you have to put into it, and how many cruises you can sell.  For all the details, please CLICK HERE. You must be an experienced cruiser to be a part of this program.

The Cruiseman
208 Village Circle St.
PO Box 1287
Nixa, Mo 65714

Who Is The Cruiseman, Anyway?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Cruiseman is a national “cruise only” travel agency. We have been in business since 1994, beginning in North Carolina, and then moving to Missouri in 2005. Our function is to assist you in the planning of your next vacation and to make all the arrangements for you. We take pride in giving our clients personal and complete service. You will get the same person every time you call, and all calls are promptly answered! We represent all major cruise lines, as well as Sandals All-Inclusive Resorts.
And …. our professional services are free to you.

The Cruiseman Says:  “I fell in love with cruising on a “day trip” cruise to Bimini on an old ship that was built in the 50’s! A few years later I found myself in the Cruise business, starting from scratch with no customers and no experience. It’s been 23 years now, and I have thousands of customers from all across the USA. My passion for cruising has increased over the years, and I still look forward to each opportunity to go cruising, just like I did at the beginning.  I love my customers and try to treat them just like family, with honesty and integrity.”

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The Cruiseman has been quoted in:

  • Arthur Frommer’s Travel Website
  • Newsweek Magazine (April 14, 2003 & July 18th, 2005)
  • US News & World Reports, Feb. 9th, 2004
  • USA Today website
  • The Chicago Tribune, April 2nd, 2000
  • Cruising For Dummies
  • USA Today Weekend Magazine, Aug 24th, 2008
  • USA Today Cruise Log July 28th, 2009
  • Travelmarketreport.com

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What others are saying about The Cruiseman

I wouldn’t consider using anyone else. Your attention to detail, immediate attention to ANY questions and considerable knowledge and advice is beyond reproach — Martin Kennedy; Buffalo, NY

We’ve booked a HAL cruise from New York to Montreal for late May with the Cruiseman. I was so impressed when Jim, the president, answered the phone himself. He has already sold me with his quick responses to all of our questions and best possible price. Having become accustomed to the lack of personal attention most businesses give, I found working with the Cruiseman a pleasure.  — Jolene Schadler; Merced, CA

I would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone, and his newsletter is one of the best on the web.  I am not sure how we happened to find him on the web, but we are certainly happy that we did. My husband and I are very happy to have the “Cruiseman” in our corner and helping us plan our next cruise.  — Jacqueline Ruse; Brecksville, OH

Having sailed on 17 cruises, I have done business with many Travel Agents. None can come close to the experience I had with The Cruiseman. Jim immediately answered every question I Emailed him and gave me First Class service. It seemed like I was his only client by the way he rendered to me his personal attention. A great guy and a great company. I Recommend him highly.  — Charles Glady; Richmond, VA

I wanted to say that we enjoyed our cruise on Legend of the Seas very much. I know that this sounds weird but we had confidence in you as our cruise consultant and that really helped. Our previous cruise was a complete disaster, made worse that our travel agent could have cared less. It is obvious that you have a passion for what you do and that, matched with expertise is a formula for success for both you and your customers.  Thanks, Jeff Taylor  — Glenwood, MD

The Cruiseman (Jim) is just wonderful to work with.  We have been doing business with him for many years and around 10 cruises…with the expectation of many more. He is very familiar with most all cruise lines and their itineraries, also is  extremely helpful and able to answer all questions.  Your Cruise travel arrangements and side trips couldn’t be easier!  Thanks Jim!!   Bruce Swenty — Springfield, MO

The beach was wonderful. Palancar Beach is a free beach in Cozumel.  The snorkeling was good not great. Royal Caribbean was better in most way to Carnival.  But Carnival has its moments. Roatan was a time of renewing old friendship for wife and making new ones for both of us.  We did a lot of talking and none of the usual site seeing.Belize we saw the city.  Others told us of better excursions.  But we were lazy.  We were satisfied with what we did.  You did a great job of negotiating my CC points.  I actually look forward to do it again. I will continue to use you for all my cruising. Bruce Baker — Houston, TX

Good cruise, just had some issues with a guest on the boat.  The Cruiseman did a great job, very easy to pick a cruise and get it booked. If there were questions or issues he took care of them instantly!  Todd Waterman — Lewisville, TX

One more fantastic cruise under our belts thanks to the Cruiseman!  We wouldn’t trust anyone else with our cruise details. The Cruiseman is top-notch at what he does. No problems, no hassles.  — Carol Mueller — Ormond Beach, FL

The ship was older and smaller, but it was only a four-day cruise.  Food and service were both excellent.  We had a very enjoyable time.  This is the fifth cruise we have taken and the fourth we have booked with The Cruiseman. Jim is both helpful and very knowledgeable.  Thank you.  —  Lisa Nix, Benton, LA

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How It Works

Booking a cruise vacation is not at all like booking a hotel room. Below I will reveal to you “How it Works” so you will understand the difference.

Hotel Bookings

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Hotels have a minimum or “net fare” that is made available to all those different web sites that you see on the internet. Each of those web sites then adds their own mark up (commission) to that net fare, resulting in the price that they are willing to sell the hotel room to you for.

For instance; The Red Star Hotel has a “net fare” of $100 per night.  Web Site A adds a $25 mark up, making their price $125 per night. Web Site B adds a $30 mark up, making their price $130 per night, while Web Site C decides to add a $35 mark up, making their price $135 per night.  That is the simple explanation of why you get all sorts of prices when searching Hotel prices.

Booking A Cruise

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Booking a cruise works completely different from a Hotel room.  The Cruise Lines publish “gross fares” meaning that the price they make public is the price the cruise cabin will be sold for, no matter which agency you work with.

To make things more complicated, however, most cruise lines have several various promotions going at the same time, meaning various prices are available.  These might include special rates for past passengers, Early Savers, “guarantee” rates where you get a discounted price but the cruise line gets to pick your cabin, military rates, senior citizens rates, and more.

The point is this; No matter what promotion price you qualify for that price is available to every travel agency in the country, and no agency is allowed to change the price. Cruise lines work from a “level playing field” so that every agency has the same prices. So, no matter what you may have read on the internet, the correct price will be the same no matter which agency you call. (We hope you call The Cruiseman, of course).  Look Out! Some online agencies add a “booking fee” or “service charge” to the booking, so you actually end up paying more than the published fare.  We’ll never do that to you.

WARNING:  Because of the “level playing field” policy of every major cruise line, many online agencies will try to fool you with deceptive advertising and come-on’s to make it appear that they have some kind of a special deal that other agencies do not have.  This is, of course, unethical & nonsense. Please don’t be fooled by the “70% off” ads, etc. And be aware of the word “from”, such as “7 night Caribbean Cruises from $399pp”.  That means that the $399 price is available at least once in the next two years, and most certainly not when you want to cruise.

The one exception to all of this is Group Rates. If you form a group, or join an already formed group you will received a discounted rate, or a special amenity, or both.

I hope this will clear up some of the confusion and help you understand “How it Works”. At The Cruiseman we never try to fool you, and we give you the honest facts with no tricks of any kind. That’s been our policy for 23 years …. And counting.

Discover The Caribbean’s Best Kept Secrets

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THE ONE THING YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

When you’re in San Juan, don’t miss the opportunity to witness the pinnacle of natural beauty by exploring Puerto Rico’s El Yunque Rain Forest. It features more than 240 species of trees, hundreds of miniature orchids, and what was once believed to be the Fountain of Youth.

OTHER FUN THINGS TO DO

  • See Baño Grande, a natural swimming pool. Then take a walk on Camitillo Trail and look for the artificial nest of the Puerto Rican parrot and the flora and fauna of the Palo Colorado forest.
  • Explore Old San Juan, the second-oldest European settlement in the New World. Ride to San Felipe El Morro, the most dramatic of all the city’s military fortifications. Visit the Casa Blanca Museum & Gardens, the Ballaja Barracks, Quincentennial Square, San Jose Church, San Juan Cathedral, and Cristo Chapel.
  • Bike through the gorgeous scenery of the Piñones Reserve, home to the island’s most spectacular views.SPORTING ADVENTURES

GET A TASTE OF LOCAL FLAVOR

Puerto Rico is a great place to enjoy authentic Spanish-style sangria and taste a wide array of delicious tapas.

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THE ONE THING YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

Visit one of Grenada’s extinct volcanoes in the Grand Etang Forest Reserve and Lake. The lake is actually a natural water-filled crater and the surrounding vegetation is simply amazing, filled with tropical birds and rare flowers.

OTHER FUN THINGS TO DO

  • Visit Bay Gardens, located on the site of an old sugar mill and home to more than 3,000 species of plants.
  • Take a guided tour of one of the local rum distilleries or spice estates.
  • Learn more about Grenada’s culture and history at the Grenada National Museum.

SPORTING ADVENTURES

Snorkeling and scuba diving in Grenada are some of the best in the Caribbean. The west coast of the island has an offshore reef with a 600-foot shipwreck from 1961.

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THE ONE THING YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

Explore Hato Caves and their mystical underground lake. After crossing the lake, you’ll enter two large caverns with ancient Indian pteroglyphs. This surreal underground world is an amazing, memorable experience.

Other Fun Things to Do

  • Take part in an exciting dolphin encounter at Curacao’s Sea Aquarium Park.  Step onto a shallow platform in the water, where you’ll be able to touch and interact with the dolphins while learning about their behaviors.
  • Learn about the local flora and fauna while biking the unspoiled 4,500-acre Christoffel National Park.
  • Visit one of Curacao’s top natural attractions and take a guided walk in Willemstad’s historic center. Discover Dutch heritage and multicultural influences in the colorful capital as you stroll past sights like markets, the colonial-era fort that is the government seat, fanciful mansions, and the pontoon bridge.

SPORTING ADVENTURES

Set out on a safari in a two-person canoe. Explore the small caves, beautiful rugged coastline and spectacular cliffs of Curaçao.
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THE ONE THING YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

See the beautiful coastline of St. Lucia from the deck of a catamaran. You’ll have an unbeatable view of the scenery and get an exhilarating ride, too.

OTHER FUN THINGS TO DO

  • Take a tour of St. Lucia’s green mountains, banana valleys, rain forests, fishing villages and the town of Soufrière. Drive by bus through Castries, Cul de Sac, the Roseau banana plantations, and the fishing villages of Anse-La-Raye and Canaries. Then board a boat for a relaxing ride back down the scenic coastline to Anse Cochon for swimming in beautiful crystal-clear waters.
  • Hike Soufrière, home of St. Lucia’s most famous landmark, the towering Pitons, a set of primeval twin peaks topping 2,000 feet. Then take a relaxing dip in one of the warm sulfuric pools full of special nutrients.

SPORTING ADVENTURES

Troll for blue marlin and other big game fish on a challenging deep-sea fishing adventure.

SHOPPING FOR BARGAINS

The best duty-free shopping in this port is near the harbor in Castries at the Spanish-style complex of Pointe Seraphine. Fine china, crystal, perfume and leather goods are found there.  Designer jewelry and watch brands are available at great savings, including Caribbean Hook, Honora, John Atencio, John Hardy, Kabana, Roberto Coin, Starnight, Alfex, Cartier, Concord, Gucci, Maurice LaCroix, Michele, Movado, Wenger and more. The outdoor market on Jeremie Street offers a wide array of straw goods. The best known products are the hand-silk-screened and hand-printed fabrics and fashions created by local craftsmen.

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THE ONE THING YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS

Go snorkeling at Champagne Beach. These actual effervescent waters produce a “fizzing effect” due to the sub-aquatic surroundings. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim alongside parrot fish in bubbly waters.

OTHER FUN THINGS TO DO

  • Soak the day away with a beauty bath in the rejuvenating Sulphur Springs.
  • See if you can spot the 150 species of plants and rare Dominica parrots at the Botanical Gardens.
  • Get a good dose of vitamin D on the island’s beautiful black-sand beaches.
  • Come river tube down a beautiful river in combination with the exotic Jaco falls.

SPORTING ADVENTURES

Serious hikers won’t be disappointed! Take a guided trek to Boiling Lake and the Valley of Desolation at Dominica’s Morne Trios Pitons National Park, a World Heritage site.

SHOPPING FOR BARGAINS

You can shop for hand-crafted souvenirs at the Old Market Plaza and nearby boutiques.

For information about cruising to these beautiful destinations visit The Cruiseman Web Site

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10 things you’ll love about Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas

Published on November 20, 2015

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Royal Caribbean’s thoroughly modern, 4,200-passenger Anthem of the Seas is now officially cruising from its new homeport of Bayonne, N.J., after a summer cruising from the UK. The state-of-the-art, $1 billion “smart ship” is a knockout from stern to bow.

The line made some very minor tweaks in moving the six-month-old ship from a British-focused audience to the New York market – no more teakettles in the staterooms, for instance. But the ship’s robot bartenders and such experiences as simulated skydiving deserve wows on both sides of the Atlantic.

Here are our favorite things to do on Anthem of the Seas.

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Try indoor skydiving: If you’ve always wanted to fly but have been afraid to jump out of a plane, RipCord by IFLY is your chance to experience the wind-in-your-face exhilaration on a cruise ship. You put on a flak suit and get in a clear, vertical wind tunnel where your cheeks wobble as you follow your instructor’s directions and float in the air. For those who demure, there’s nearby stadium seating where you can watch the skydivers — as well as other brave passengers attempting to stand on surfboards at the FlowRider wave pool.

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Go high on the North Star ride: They couldn’t quite fit a Ferris wheel, but Royal Caribbean simulates the at-the-top experience with this big, glass capsule, which holds 12 and gets lifted by a giant mechanical arm high above the pool deck and sea. Get your camera ready for photos that will amaze your friends.

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Smash on bumper cars/go roller-skating: The SeaPlex is one of the most amazing spaces we’ve encountered at sea, an indoor sports center with a rink where at alternative times you can smash into fellow passengers on bumper cars, play basketball or volleyball and go roller-skating to tunes played by a DJ in a floating booth. There’s also opportunity to climb a very tall ladder for a real flying trapeze experience (with substantial padding on the ground assuring a bouncy landing). Bonus: There’s a stand where you can get a complimentary hot dog with the works.

Order drinks from robot bartenders: Have B1-O or N1-C fix you a drink. They staff the Bionic Bar, and while they aren’t the best bartenders in the world (no creative mixology here) they do happen to be robots. You order your drink on a tablet, and your vodka tonic or fruity rum drink gets delivered in a plastic cup via a conveyor belt. These headless, mechanical arms aren’t particularly good at listening to your woes, but they do occasionally dance, eliciting squeals of delight from onlookers.

Headbang at the Music Hall: Pretend you’re seeing the real thing as you scream along with first-rate tribute bands — Bon Jovi, Journey, Led Zeppelin – and classic rock cover bands, such as the excellent Vegas act Phoenix, in this two-deck live music venue. The scene is loud and energetic and even a tad sexy, thanks to the sultry red decor. The huge dance floor assures a lively party scene.

Rock out at We Will Rock You: The songs of the legendary rock group Queen, and a storyline that has to do with a future age where rock music is banned, form the basis for this award-winning West End show. Warning: After seeing the full-length production you’ll spend the rest of your cruise with tunes such as Crazy Little Thing Called Love and Bohemian Rhapsody stuck in your head.

Do bites and beer at Michael’s Genuine: Some of the best eats we had on the ship were the for-a-fee nibbles at this gastrobpub, created by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Schwartz. Try the polenta fries and the chicken liver crostini ($4 each). The accompanying craft beer menu includes British beers from such brewers as Brewdog and Brooklyn Lager and Michael’s Genuine Home Brewon draught.

See Spectra’s CabaretThis avant-garde show will dazzle those who like a great spectacle. Aerialists, singers and dancers interact with digital screens – both wraparound and controlled by robotic arms. It’s a visual stunner.

Surf the net: Royal Caribbean has made much of its VOOM Internet – with speeds that match broadband on shore. On our preview cruise (with fewer passengers onboard than usual) it worked great – you could send and stream video without watching your laptop spin.

Get interactive with the artwork: The ship’s 3,000-piece contemporary art collection is anything but staid. There are works with light and videos and that move, and there are pieces you can touch – such as Rafael Lozano Hemmer’s smart pad-operated Pulse Spiral, which reflects your heartbeat in twinkling lights.

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