Guide to Using the Princess MedallionClass app

MedallionClass app

At the moment, you cannot use the Medallion app to purchase excursions or spa appointments. To do this, you can use Princess’s Cruise Personalizer website.

To use the MedallionClass app for check-in process you will need:— Read more

New Covid Home Tests now with November ’22 Expiration

Until the very end of 2021, ordering the Binax Now proctored home tests prompted a warning that many tests being shipped would expire in February 2022.

In light of the difficulty of obtaining these tests, pragmatic folks were ordering Read more

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Booking a River Cruise

Frequent mistake #1:  Not understanding the various advertising gimmicks. Cruise line promotions can be confusing and misleading, and river cruises are no exception.   

Frequent mistake #2: Forgetting to ask the 11 must-ask questions.

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Pão de Queijo

I fell in absolute love with these delights 11 years ago upon my first visit to Brazil.  Typically eaten with a cafezinho in the morning, the magnificent flavor and uniquely chewy texture of these little bites can be positively Read more

Which River Cruise Line is the Best?

To try and answer this question, we had a panel of the big 8 river cruise brands each give their “elevator pitch” on why they are the best.

Have you ever wanted to know which is the BEST river Read more

Picanha

The national steak of Brazil and how to find and prepare it at home.

Brazil was my part-time home for about 10 years and during that time I learned about this delicious cut of meat, which was served everywhere.  Read more

River Cruise Innovations & Inventions

In addition to cabin & layout innovations, here are some other “firsts” from innovative river cruise companies.  I interviewed several river cruise lines and asked each what they consider to be their key innovations, inventions, or ideas that Read more

Should I Book Direct or with an Advisor?

(Excerpt from Michael Graham’s book, the River Cruise Bible, May 2021)

The answer is as obvious to someone who has experienced a good travel agent as someone who has not.   Many people love the planning aspect of Read more

Major changes from the CDC for Cruising

Fully Vaccinated Guests that want to cruise may skip the masks and the tests. The CDC says... Read more

Romance Travel

“It was fun, and it was romantic, that particular magic of being alone with the person you love in a place where everything — the time, the taste of the tap water, the bed in which you sleep — Read more