Appledore V, Sunset Sail, Key West

Lovely evening for a sunset sail!

I have been on a number of sunset sails in Key West, and some are definitely better than others. Most recently, friends encouraged us to join them on the Appledore V. By encouraged, I really mean I got a text that said “I already made a reservation for you. Be there at 5:30.” It is rare that I am not involved in the plan-making process, but was delighted to just show up. Continue reading Appledore V, Sunset Sail, Key West

Key West Food and Wine Festival: Day 1 Recap

You can never have too many stems...

The Key West Food and Wine Festival has become one of the most anticipated events of the year. It draws a crowd from all over the place, and for good reason: A) It is in January, in Florida; B) It’s not so overpriced and crowded, like some other festivals around the country and C) The unique events are really fun.

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NCL Dawn

It has been a good week for ship tours. Over the weekend (which seemed very early after Jack’s birthday dinner) I had the opportunity to tour the Norwegian Dawn. NCL is known for “Freestyle” cruising, which means you can eat whenever you want and with whom you choose. There are two main dining rooms and a buffet, as well as specialty restaurants available for an additional charge. It is a really lovely ship. Continue reading NCL Dawn

Disney Dream: Brand New Ship

Last week, in the post-marathon madness (read: soreness) I had the opportunity to tour the brand new Disney cruise ship, the Dream. To say it was incredible is kind of an understatement. This is not the biggest cruise ship in existence, although it does hold 4,000 passengers. But for a family with kids, or adult Disney fanatics, this is an incredible vacation opportunity.

Disney incorporates some unique features to their cruises. Continue reading Disney Dream: Brand New Ship

Carnival Imagination

I had the opportunity to tour the Carnival Imagination on Monday. Why? It is helpful for me, as a travel agent, to see as many ships as possible. After all, I book a whole lot of cruises. Holding over 2,000 passengers, this ship has something for everyone. Continue reading Carnival Imagination

Activity Review: Barefoot Billy’s Jetski Tour

As I was talking up Barefoot Billy’s Jet Ski Tour over on Cruise Critic, reader Michelle from Indiana pointed out the lack of review here on Florida Keys Girl. So, here you go Michelle:

After some extenuating circumstances that made our friends from Tampa miss the big wine weekend, they finally made it down for a visit a few weeks ago. Our friend is a native Floridian who had never been south of Cutler Ridge, so we had to make the most of the couple’s three days in Key West. We let them spend the afternoon at Sloppy Joe’s before meeting up for a great dinner (and wine dinner do-over) at Blackfin Bistro on Duval Street. Continue reading Activity Review: Barefoot Billy’s Jetski Tour

Rovinj, Croatia: More on the Dalmatian Coast

As we were sailing towards Rovinj, Croatia, Florida Keys Guy kept referring to it as “Revenge”. This led me to call him the Dread Pirate Roberts (every time) and launch into quoting The Princess Bride. Admittedly, it doesn’t take much to quote that movie, as proven by my father-in-law who, while performing our wedding ceremony, launched . . . → Read More: Rovinj, Croatia: More on the Dalmatian Coast

The Dalmation Coast: Or, where those spotted dogs hail from

I have wanted to go to Croatia for quite a while. We skipped over the more popular ports of Dubrovnik and Split on this itinerary, instead heading to Korcula and Rovinj.

In Korcula, we took a tour offered by the ship to three wineries. We started taking a boat across to the mainland, the getting in a . . . → Read More: The Dalmation Coast: Or, where those spotted dogs hail from

The Italian Coast

A few years ago when friends of my parents told me that their sailboat was docked in Brindisi, I had to get out a map of Italy to find it. Brindisi is a little port town on the “heel” part of the boot that is Italy, and it is quite charming. It is much bigger than . . . → Read More: The Italian Coast

Making Friends

Despite what I was taught as a child, I have no problem talking to strangers. I can make conversation, whether appropriate or not, with just about anyone. The first night we were on the cruise, not knowing what to expect (and napping until well after 8PM) we arrived to the dining room on the later side . . . → Read More: Making Friends

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