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  • header-imageOver the past year, Heather and I have caught the cruising bug. It started out simply as a cheap way to get away for a few days without the distraction of email and mobile phones, but it has now become something that we actually enjoy.

    As we have progressed from "let's just cruise" to "let's have a great time" there are a few things that we have wanted to try out but had been focused only on budget. When we booked on the Dream, we got the opportunity to upgrade our rooms to the Cloud 9 Spa deck...

  • header-imageHaving cruised a few times in the Caribbean we wanted to do something new. A tour of New England and Maritime Canada, seemed like a great idea to explore a different area and show my wife some of the places I visited when I was younger. We had fun, the Carnival Glory is a great ship, but we learned a couple important things that will help guide us on future cruises 1) Sometimes the first trip on an itinerary is a bit rough 2) the "total cost" of a Caribbean cruise can be MUCH CHEAPER than other destinations 3) Sometimes you just need to be able to make your own fun when mother nature doesn't cooperate.

    Next year (2013), Carnival is set to bring the Glory back to Boston, but with Funship 2.0 Upgrades, and hopefully our cruise helped both Carnival and the various ports iron out any kinks that we experienced.

  • carnival-breeze-headerDining is a highlight of the Carnival vacation experience and the 130,000-ton Carnival Breezewill feature a huge array of culinary choices when it enters service June 3.

    Two new offerings will include Bonsai Sushi, the line’s first full-service sushi restaurant, and an open-air barbecue venue called Fat Jimmy’s C-Side BBQ.

  • carnival-glory-headerIn June, Man Tripping will be sailing on Carnival Glory to check out this fantastic sounding itinerary. From whale watching, to deep sea fishing, and don't forget brewery tours, this itinerary is shaping up to be a fantastic mancation cruise! Now, in 2013 it will return to Boston with the full Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades it will be even better!

    Carnival Glory to Undergo Extensive Renovation, adding a Variety of ‘Fun Ship 2.0’ Dining, Bar and Entertainment Choices in Preparation for 2013 Cruise Season

  • carnival-ecstasy-bowWhat's better - new mega boats or the smaller, older ships like the Carnival Ecstasy? While I can't answer the first part, I can say that the Ecstasy is an extremely fine ship and was as clean and polished as the much newer Carnival Victory that we sailed on a few months ago. This trip was Heather and I's "test" to see if we "really liked cruising" and I have to say that the Ecstasy and her staff passed with flying colors - Heather and I even executed our "future cruise" deposit, so now we are committed to sailing again!

    This cruise wasn't fancy, wasn't long, and wasn't expensive. It was however a perfect post holiday romantic retreat.

  • victory-review-headerCruising is one of the least tapped into mancation opportunities, but in reality to provides a great opportunity to party all day, see exciting sites, eat great food, and try things you maybe haven't tried in the past. We sailed on the Carnival Victory out of San Juan earlier this month and were absolutely impressed by what Carnival has to offer!

    With steak every night on the menu, some of the best beaches in the world, a bar around every corner, a chance to explore a new local beer and rum each day, and the opportunity to watch sports outdoors on a giant screen while waiters bring drinks right to you... can life get any better? 

  • The Alaskan cruise market is heating up now that Carnival has moved in. Starting this summer, Carnival will be joining Princess and Holland America to offer cruises from Seattle to ports in Alaska. If you are looking for an Alaskan mancation but don't want to rough it in the wilderness, a cruise might be just the thing. Don't worry though, with their "Just for Alaska" menu you will still be able to enjoy fresh Alaskan fish and other native ingredients.

  • Ok, so we normally cover places to go just as guys. However, as any married man (or in a committed relationship) knows - if she isn't happy then you won't be either!

    That's why we put together this list of some fantastic romantic retreats that your wife will love.

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