All posts by Amber Nolan

Amber Nolan knows first hand that traveling can be an expensive addiction, and has mastered the art of stretching her vacation funds. Originally from upstate New York, this restless traveler has always had a love affair with the cruise industry, and a soft spot for voyages with Jamaica on the itinerary. The Jamaican people are as friendly as the island is beautiful. Every week, she scours the web for the latest trends, news, and deals, as well as giving her own advice to keep you informed, and help you find the perfect cruise that fits your interests, and your budget. Most Recent Trip: Maine. Next Trip: Costa Rica Contact: anolan@shermanstravelmedia.com
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    Trophy Cruises

    It’s a brand-new year, and 2011 is bringing with it boatloads of opportunity for adventure on the high seas. Our editors cast a wide net across worldwide waters to find the buzzworthiest boats and most interesting new itineraries, poised to make massive waves in the cruise... Read More

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    France Street

    THE LUXURY With a fleet that debuted two years ago, Canada-based Scenic Tours’ European river cruises offer in-suite butler service, three dining venues, and full balconies in most of the staterooms. Guests can embark from Amsterdam on a 13-night journey, stopping in medieval German towns, Luxembourg, and France’s Alsatian... Read More

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    Travel Luggage

    Pack your bags! JetBlue just launched a near system-wide sale for travel from January 18 through April 6. Rates have been drastically reduced to as little as $29 one-way (or $89 round-trip). In some cases, we even found prices that were lower than the advertised sale rates! Flights are... Read More

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      Pasta Dinner

      These days, everyone is watching what they eat; and while reality cooking shows won’t make you the next Gordon Ramsay, they do make you appreciate a well-prepared meal on land – and sea. A new epoch has begun where every cruise traveler is a potential food critic, and a... Read More

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      Air Tran Plane

      Start the new year off by planning your winter or spring getaway to warm weather destinations like Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, New Orleans, Houston, or other southern locales, or take off on a much needed city break in the Northeast and Midwest. AirTran’s first sale of the year slashes rates... Read More

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      Grand Cayman Water

      If you’ve been battling the blizzards of the East Coast, or have been trying to shake the aftermath of holiday stress, a cruise vacation to sugar-sand beaches may be just the ticket to change those winter blues into a winter glow. Set sail aboard the Crown Princess on a... Read More

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      Malaga Spain

      The winter is Europe’s off-season for cruising, but there are several areas where the weather is still favorable, and prices are a fraction of what they are during the summer months. On a nine-night voyage this February, the Norwegian Jade calls on Casablanca and Agadir, Morocco where winter temps... Read More

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        Scuba Diver Cozumel

        The “world’s best scuba diving locations” vary depending on who you ask, but several dive sites that frequently receive high marks also appear on a number of cruise itineraries. With many cruise lines offering scuba diving certification right on board the ship, the underwater world is that much more... Read More

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          Dining Room Allure Of The Seas

          With the introduction of the new Allure of the Seas, Royal Caribbean has created a class of cruise ships that has passengers paying more to be entertained, instead of a focusing on a true seafaring experience. Of course, it is a cruise (not a fishing boat), but are the... Read More

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          Ship Anchor

          It’s all fun and games until the FBI becomes involved. Rick Ehlert, a 44-year-old passenger aboard a Holland America cruise, learned this the hard way after he allegedly entered a restricted zone and dropped an anchor overboard. (After a few cocktails, he probably thought it was a really good... Read More

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            Ambcruise

            Going solo on a cruise has traditionally put a dent in the wallet, thanks to the hefty single supplement added by most cruise lines a that’s 75 percent (or more) off the standard double occupancy rates. With only a few ships offering a handful of single-occupancy cabins, many travelers... Read More

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            Msc Cruises St. Lucia 225x155

            Dreading the post-Thanksgiving madness in retail stores, but still want to snag a great deal? Travel companies have a few discounts of their own, like MSC Cruises’ three-day “Black Friday Sale” on seven-night Caribbean cruises that shaves up to 80 percent off rack rates. Valid on select Eastern... Read More

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            Delfin Amazon Cruise Ship

            THE LUXURY: Deep in the heart of the upper Amazon, two luxury vessels provide a glimpse into some of nature’s most isolated regions. Cruises begin in Nauta, Peru with a brief introduction by experienced guides that educate guests about exotic wildlife including macaws, monkeys, parrots, iguanas, and other rare... Read More

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              Wanderbird Maine Ship

              While scouring the web, I came across an article about Wanderbird, a tiny fishing vessel in Belfast, Maine that welcomes up to 12 passengers aboard on its adventures to Greenland, the Caribbean, Maine, Newfoundland, and Labrador. The idea of sailing on a smaller expedition ship intrigued me, and the... Read More

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                Alaska Glacier

                When one travel company closes its doors another opens its checkbook. Alaska-based Allen Marine Tours is launching an eco-friendly cruise line called Alaskan Dream Cruises with two of the vessels formally owned and operated by the late Cruise West (rest in peace), which ceased operations in September. Each... Read More