Royal Cribbean now sails from Baltimore

If you like to cruise and live in New York, Jersey, Philly or Washington DC, the new Royal Caribbean schedule out of Baltimore will make your cruise plans much easier.

No more expensive flights, airport parking and security hassles to Fort Lauderdale or Miami to board ships bound for the Caribbean. A relatively short drive of an hour or two from East Coast cities can get you to the dock in Baltimore, and you’ll be sailing away.

Royal Caribbean's enormous Enchantment of the Seas will be based in Baltimore for sailings year-round from the city. Cruises include five-night Bermuda and nine-night Eastern Caribbean roundtrip schedules. Later in the year, the ship will offer nine-night cruises to Canada and New England destinations and 12-night Southern Caribbean cruises.

The Bermuda cruises will feature a two-day call at Kings Wharf. The Eastern Caribbean itinerary will include calls in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Samana, Dominican Republic; and Labadee, the cruise line's private beach destination on the northern coast of Haiti.

For more information on Royal Caribbean sailings out of Baltimore or other information, contact your favorite hometown or online travel agency, or go to www.royalcaribbean.com

My Candid Foto: Is That A Child Locked In A Hot Car? PDF Print E-mail

Fortunately, it’s not a potential tragedy. Just your travel4seniors.com editor's quick shot of a traffic scene as it passed along the Pacific Coast Highway recently in Malibu, California. The child was safely playing on the window in the back seat. However, it should remind us on hot summer days never ever to leave kids, adults nor pets in sealed cars.

Frank Sinatra Sings At The Brooklyn Bridge PDF Print E-mail

Anyone remember the 1947 movie, It Happened In Brooklyn? Sinatra portrayed a soldier returning home after World War 2. His co-star was the venerable Jimmy Durante. 

The Brooklyn Bridge is a 150-year-old New York City suspension structure in Manhattan that crosses over the East River into Brooklyn. Next time you visit the area, walk, drive, scoot and/or selfie across the span with smartphone camera clicking as you experience the beautiful views. Maybe along the way, you’ll sing the Sinatra song:

You’ll miss her most when you roam,
'Cause you'll think of her and think of home,
The good old Brooklyn Bridge.

Consider Taking Your Pet On A Long Driving Trip PDF Print E-mail

OK, you want to take Fido and/or Fluffy with you. If on the road for more than a night or two, consider ways to make your pets comfortable and safe. Stop at least once every two hours to give your leashed pets food, water, exercise and toilet time. If your travel partner is a cat, bring along a sand box.

When in heavy traffic with frequent sudden stops, use safe restraining straps for pets. When booking a hotel, motel or private house, be sure to know the rules for visiting pets. Websites, such as BringFido.com, list thousands of pet friendly lodgings, restaurants, clubs, beaches and other places that accept and have facilities for pets.

Historic U.S. Highway One Is Now Open Again PDF Print E-mail

One of the most scenic drives in America is Route 1 from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Heavy rains caused tons of mud and rocks to cover the road in 2017. Crews have repaired the highway at Big Sur and nearby points to permit full access for travelers to enjoy the experience once again.

Remember The Old Slogan: See Venice At Night And Die PDF Print E-mail

Travel expert Rick Steves recently wrote a USA Today article recommending roaming through the beautiful Italian city after dark. Of course, his praise of night time Venice is absolutely correct. However, senior travelers should not forget safety rules there or anywhere else, especially at night. Watch your step and stay alert on streets, bridges and gondolas.   

Violent crime against tourists doesn’t happen often in Venice, but phony offers and potential pickpocketing are always nearby. Keep everything in buttoned pockets and handbags looped under arms in major tourist areas, especially while wandering San Marco Square after dark. And when a friendly vendor offers you a genuine Gucci bag at a bargain price, don’t buy the phony product.


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