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Launching Our Book

Finally, after four years of writing and rewriting, we are happy to say, our book is ready to launch! 

It has been quite a journey and we know you will enjoy the results. So many faces, stories, and pictures to see, as well a wealth of insider knowledge and practical advice to guide you through the steps to create your own amazingly enjoyable cruise adventure!

Book Cover Digital

Using a travel agent to get the best values

Mastering passport and visa hurdles

Understanding the pros and cons of travel insurance

Finding a free house/pet sitter

Streamlining your packing process

Juggling the intricacies of foreign currency

Enjoying your sea days

Maximizing your port experiences

Embracing cultural differences & interacting with locals

Creatively sharing your experiences with others, and so much more

We created the book in two editions ~ printed and digital, so you get to choose, or get one of each as they truly are different.

The printed book is 384 pages in full color, with wonderful quotes and stories that will enlighten you, make you smile, and help to take the guess-work out of planning an exciting adventure. Though we do emphasize cruising, the ideas and suggestions within the book can apply to most travel itineraries, the difference being that you cruise between locations. 

The digital book was crafted using Apple’s iBooks authoring program, that makes the experience enticing. The information contained in both versions is the same; however, the digital book allows for multi-touch screens that whisk you to websites, movies, and blog entries that highlight the topic you are researching, never losing your place in the book.  All photographs are identified as to their locale, some are also enhanced with additional information in popup widgets. The idea is to immerse you in the research, but allow you to choose the speed and order of learning. And every topic is searchable!

Our website www.maxyourcruise.com has links that allow you to Look Inside both the digital and print editions.

You can purchase the digital version ($14.99 + tax) from the iBook Store by CLICKING HERE, or from the links on our website (listed above).

The print edition ($24.95 + tax and shipping) has arrived for distribution, but the logistic for purchasing online are still in the construction stage. But send Carolyn an email using this LINK TO CAROLYN so she can email or call you regarding your request.

We are counting the days

In three more days we are on our way . . .

We fly to LaGuardia airport in New York on Wednesday, hopefully with no glitches in air travel from Michigan or South Carolina, though we are going to be skirting snowstorms from both directions.

Luggage Concierge has received our luggage that is patiently awaiting our arrival and transfer to the Queen Mary on Thursday.  We just hope we can join it in a timely manner.

Luggage Concierge did a wonderful job scheduling and tracking our luggage, with phone updates along the way.  With the high cost of airline luggage fees, you should look at Luggage Concierge to take care of your air transport needs at a reasonable fee.

We have reservations at the Marriott Hotel at Brooklyn Bridge, which is just 2 miles from the cruise ship terminal, so the transfer on Thursday should be seamless.

We are looking forward to the 3 Queen Celebration at the Statute of Liberty about 6:45 PM on Thursday. There will be lots of fireworks, but temperatures in the 20’s, so we South Carolinians are making sure to bring our earmuffs and mittens.

Brrrrrrrrr!  Barbados at 84 degrees here we come!

Packing for 103 days is challenging

Packing for a trip that is 103 days long is quite an undertaking especially when you take into account that the temperature range on our trip will be a low of 32 and a high of 100 degrees.

Plus we have 43 formal nights, 23 semi formal nights, and the remainder is elegant casual.  (Now if we had known ahead of time there were so many formal nights, these 3 farm girls would have bolted out the barn door.)

Add to that the fact that each of us has just 22-1/2 inches of hanging space in our cabin closet.  And then there is the weight and size restrictions the airlines have set on all checked luggage.

Plus we have to store our suitcases under our beds in the cabin (no trunk storage room) and the clearance under the bed is just 11-3/4 inches, so some suitcases did not make the team.

Each requirement has been a challenge, but we think we have it somewhat under control.  I did a practice run, packing as much stuff as I could in my large suitcase and then did an analysis of what was left over for the second suitcase.

Luggage Concierge Service up in New York is going to handle our luggage transfers. We shall each ship 2 suitcases via UPS ground a week ahead of time.  The luggage service will then take the bags from UPS and store them until the day we sail and deliver them to the ship for us.

Cunard will place them in our cabins, so even if we miss the ship because of bad weather getting to New York City, our luggage will enjoy a leisurely trip with out us down to Fort Lauderdale where we will have another chance to catch up with the ship.