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Scuba Diving Destinations & Tips

Scuba Diving Destinations & Tips

PatchWe’ve met lots of good friends on cruises, who we travel with over and over again.  Dave Patch is one of those friends who we enjoy seeing as often as we can, but he is also an avid scuba diver, having dived  more than 100 times all over the world.   At Dave’s encouragement, I became scuba certified in 2009.  I asked Dave to share some of his best scuba tips and destinations as a guest blogger, in hopes that more folks will become scuba certified to experience the amazing underwater world.  Here is Dave’s first guest blog, with more to follow about dive destinations and tips. 


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Your Favorite Shore Excursion Ever?

Our Recent Caribbean Favorites

After so many cruises and so many ports, many of the excursions kind of blur together … island tours, snorkeling adventures, beach fun.  We’ve enjoyed all of them but one.  Don’t get me started on that one … suffice it to say, never take a motorcoach tour of Grand Cayman.  (It was our first cruise ever – we didn’t know any better then!)  But, in our recent cruises, we’ve experienced three of our all time favorite excursions:  more »

Cruise Diverted by a Hurricane?

Hurricane Paul 2006 Got Us!

IMG_0877Have you ever been on a cruise that was rerouted due to a hurricane or tropical storm?  We’ve sailed with our traveling friends during hurricane season for years, without any problem until this cruise in 2006.  If you’ve cruised for long, you’ll remember how devastating the 2005 hurricane season was in the Caribbean.  Our group decided it might be safer to book our next annual cruise in 2006 to the Mexican Riviera in the Pacific.   That’s how we ended up aboard the Carnival Pride, sailing 7-nights roundtrip from Long Beach with an original itinerary to Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerta Vallarta, but rerouted, due to the really brief Hurricane Paul, to Ensenada, San Diego, and Catalina Island more »