Relax and Enjoy the Jewel of the Seas Cruises

The Jewel of the Seas is one of the Royal Caribbean International’s cruise ships, which regularly sets sail from Fort Lauderdale, Tampa, Boston, or Harwich, England. Originally launched in 2004, the ship has a capacity of housing around 2,500 passengers. Among its lineup of destinations, you will find it visits Alaska(read the Travelling Everywhere about the best Alaskan cruises) , the Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Hawaii, the Panama Canal and Mexico. Jewel of the Seas cruises are, in some instances, limited to specific times of the year due to poor weather conditions. This happens to most cruises in the region, including the world famous Carnival Valor series too.

Cruises include onshore visits as well to the different countries visited during the course of the cruise where you are able to see local tourist attractions and enjoy the culture of other countries. They vary in length anywhere from four nights aboard to their 14 night Transatlantic cruise.

Shorter cruises, departing from Tampa, Boston and Fort Lauderdale, range anywhere from four nights to seven nights on board ship. Currently they are offering a 4 night Western Caribbean cruise that visits Cozumel, Mexico; and a 5 night cruise that visits Tampa, Florida; Cozumel, Mexico and Costa Maya, Mexico.

Their 7 night Canada/New England cruise will visit Maine; New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, where different interesting local tourist spots will be visited and explored.

If you are looking for a Jewel of the Sea cruise that lasts for more than one week you may be interested in their 10 night Panama and Caribbean cruise, where they visit Haiti; Colombia; Panama; Costa Rica; and Grand Cayman. An 11 night trip will add Oranjestad, Aruba in place of Haiti with the rest of the places visited remaining the same as the 10 night trip.

If you would like to spend a couple of weeks visiting the Caribbean, there are 13 and 14 night cruises available. On the 13 night trip, you will get to visit Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Roseau, Dominica; Bridgetown, Barbados; Oranjestad, Aruba; and Willemstad, Curacao. Meanwhile the 14 night trip will take you to some different locations, as you will travel to Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas; Basseterre, St. Kitts; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; Willemstad, Curacao; and Oranjestad, Aruba.

Westbound transatlantic cruises leave from England, while the eastbound cruise leaves from Ford Lauderdale. Cruises range from 12 to 14 nights. The eastbound cruise will take you to Azores, France and England. The westbound tour will visit France, Ireland, Iceland, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.

Finally, if you are interested in visiting Northern and Eastern Europe you may enjoy the Scandinavian and Russian Jewel of the Seas cruise, which visits Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia and Sweden. This tour also leaves from England. But if you are planning to go on a cruise to Alaska I recommend you to read my other post about the best Alaskan cruises.

This ship is purported to be one of the most beautiful of the fleet of Royal Caribbean ships. The ship has ten decks, which are accessed via glass elevators that face the ocean, giving you a breathtaking view as you go up. Beautifully decorated with themed bars and activity centers, the highlight is the ten story glass Centrum.

There is plenty to keep you occupied while on the sea. There are several activities offered and activity centers on-board, including a rock climbing wall, pool tables, a golf simulator, youth facilities, a spa and fitness center, swimming pools for adults and children and a volleyball and basketball court. While many of the activities cater for adults, including the on-board casino, there are also excellent facilities for children and teens. Staff prepare activities such as treasure hunts and talent shows to keep the younger set occupied and busy. Teenagers have their own disco, complete with its own juice bar.

There are quite a few different restaurants, bars and lounges to choose from. With a specialty Grill and an Italian restaurant on-board, you will be able to order whatever you like from the menu selection. The Lido offers buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, and there are also several cafes on board where you can grab a quick lunch or dinner. The casino offers slot machines, Poker, Roulette, Blackjack and Craps. Several Broadway or Las Vegas style shows are performed during the voyage during the evening.

The cabins are neat and more spacious than you would come to expect on board a ship. One third of the outside cabins have a balcony facing the ocean. Rooms are equipped with a mini bar and television. You can also access the internet from your cabin, should you so desire. Luxury cabins are also available for those willing to pay the extra cost needed to secure them.

If you enjoy cruises, you will find that the Jewel of the Seas cruises have a lot to offer both children and adults. With plenty of on-board entertainment, excellent facilities and many bars and restaurants to choose from, you should be able to relax and enjoy the cruise as well as your trips to shore. The staff is friendly and outgoing and the food is great; all the makings of a wonderful, memory filled holiday.

How to Find a Cheap Lanzarote Flight

Lanzarote is one of the most popular holiday islands in the Canary Islands group. The island has miles and miles of sandy beaches, a wide variety of hotels and resorts for all budgets, a busy nightlife and a beautiful landscape to explore in the inner parts of the island. If you are planning to experience this popular Canary Island, here are some tips for traveling to Lanzarote and finding a cheap Lanzarote flight.

The fourth largest and easternmost of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is just east from Fuerteventura in the Atlantic Ocean. The island has some great beaches amongst wild and rocky shores, and the inside of the island is famous for its impressive mountainous landscape. The beaches and beach resorts are the main attraction.

Lanzarote Tourist Information

Most visitors come to Lanzarote for the sandy beaches, perfect for sunbathing, swimming and water sports. Lanzarote is popular with sunbathers from around Europe, and it attracts many families. The west coast of Lanzarote has some unique beaches with black sand around the El Golfo area. There are several family-friendly resorts and hotels on the island and many of the beaches are suitable for families with small children. Lanzarote has a busy nightlife and all the main tourist areas have a wide range of bars, restaurants, nightclubs and other entertainment. Lanzarote also attracts golfers with its golf courses and golf resorts.

Tree lopping Sunshine Coast point of view, the island still has greenery which is a great ambiance to a wide range of accommodation options for all budgets, from affordable 2-star hotels and holiday apartments to luxury resorts and five-star hotels. There are several four- and five-star resorts on the island that offer luxury facilities, amenities, and some also rent a selection of private villas. Many also have spas and other amenities. The island also attracts long-term visitors especially from Northern Europe during the winter months and many hotels and resorts specialize in long-term rentals and timeshares. Some of the most famous resort towns on the island are Playa Blanca, in the southern part of Lanzarote, as well as Costa Teguise and the popular Puerto del Carmen. All have a wide variety of hotels, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, tourist services and travel agencies.

All the beaches offer a variety of activities and water sports, including windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, canoe trips and parasailing. All the main resorts on the island offer scuba diving. If you like shopping, Lanzarote shops and markets offer a good opportunity to practice your bargaining skills with the shopkeepers. Prices especially in the bazaars usually start very high and can be negotiated down to at least a half of the first quote. Family friendly activities on Lanzarote include the island’s water park and the Zoo Park.

Even though the beaches are the main attraction here, it is highly recommended that you rent a car for a day and go to explore the landscapes in the inner parts of the island. Lanzarote is a small island and you can easily visit most of the attractions in a day. In the Timanfaya National Park area, the Montañas del Fuego is one of the main tourist attractions on the whole island. The Famara and Ajaches mountain ranges and the desert of El Jable offer unique scenery away from the beaches. There are also volcanic tunnels and fascinating rock formations to explore. Jameos del Agua is a volcanic formation in the northern part of Lanzarote and there is a restaurant and a bar as well as a swimming pool and even a concert hall inside one of the rock formations. The nearby Cueva de los Verdes is a network of tunnels and caverns and you can take guided tours inside the cave.

Travel Tips

Like all the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is popular with package holidaymakers from around Europe, but it is also possible to visit the island independently. There are flights to Lanzarote from many major travel hubs in Europe, including London, and some low-cost airlines offer cheap Lanzarote flights. There are also flights from Lanzarote to mainland Spain.

For the cheapest flights to Lanzarote, try to travel outside the peak seasons. In the Canary Islands, the busiest holiday periods are between November and February, and especially around Christmas and New Year. During the Christmas holiday season, flight prices and accommodation rates can be much higher than at other times. Cheaper periods to vacation on the islands include the beginning of the season in September and October, and again at the end of the main tourist season in March and April. To find a cheap Lanzarote flight, try visiting the island during these months when the weather is very pleasant and warm, but the beaches are slightly less crowded than during the peak season. Cheap airlines that offer a Lanzarote flight include EasyJet, Ryanair and Monarch, and many European airlines offer regular flights to Lanzarote.

5 Things to see on the Ring of Kerry in Ireland

The Ring of Kerry is a scenic drive to see some of Ireland’s natural beauty in the southwest of Ireland in the county Kerry. The driving route starts in Killarney and travels around a 179 km circular road passing through the beautiful towns of towns of Killorglin, Cahirciveen, Waterville, Sneem and Kenmare. It is a popular day trip with a lot of attractions to see along the way. If your time is short these are the five must see things along your journey.

The Kerry Bog Village Museum

Step back in time as you see how people lived and worked in the 18th Century. This is the only village of its kind in Europe. The village consists of exact replicas of dwellings in the early 1800′s. See how Blacksmith’s worked and talk with the villagers as you take a step back in time. The village also features the rare Kerry ponies.

The Skellig Experience

Experience the aspects of the Skillig Islands without leaving the mainland. Through recreations and replicas you can experience the lives of the Skellig Michael Monks, who inhabited the island for 600 years. Fionan’s Restaurant features an amazing view of the Portmagee Channel and is a perfect place to stop for lunch and enjoy a sandwich.

Derrynane House

Home of Daniel O’Connell, a famous statesman of Ireland who helped Ireland gain Catholic Emancipation in 1829. His beautiful home is located 120 hectares of the land in Derrynane National Park. The home features many artifacts from his life including the gold chariot he rode through Dublin. The sprawling grounds surrounding his home feature garden walks and plantations.

Muckross Abbey

Located in The Killarney National Park this is the site was founded in 1482 by the Franciscian friary for the Observantine Franciscans by Donal McCarthy Mor. The friars were often raided by marauding groups and the violent history has caused the building to be reconstructed many times. Though there is no longer any roof, the abbey is preserved. The central courtyard with it’s large Yew tree is magnificent. It is also the burial site of some of Ireland’s famous poets.

Staigue Fort

This circular, stone fort thought to be built in the Iron Age is located 3 miles west of Sneem. It is thought to have been built as a stronghold for a local lord or King. The nearly 1500 year old fort is built without mortar and is an amazing architectural structure. The interior has various stairways leading to various terraces. The fort is surrounded by a large ditch and banks. Much folklore is surrounding the use of why the fort was built including people of small stature coming to mine for ore or copper in the area. The observation center tells the story of it’s history. This is the largest and finest stone forts in Ireland today.

The Ring of Kerry is one of the most beautiful driving tours in the world. Be sure to stop your car and enjoy the rich culture and history of County Kerry along the way!