Ports of Call: Planning Cruise Ship Excursions

One of the decisions you have to tackle after you pick a cruise is whether or not to partake in organized ship excursions or to wing it and do your shore excursions alone.

The choice is dependent upon many factors including the size of your group and the size of your budget and, for our family of four, we find that a blend of the two works best.

Some ships dock in ports that are well located and easy to get around. Others, not so much.

Some cruise ship excursions add benefits that are hard to obtain on your own and others are simple to replicate.

For a complete look at the pros and cons of planning your cruise ports of call, I wrote a page that explores the benefits of cruise ship excursions versus doing it on your own, which you can read by clicking here.  My hope is that my page will not make the decisions for you but that it will help you think about the issues as they apply to your personal situation.

Bon voyage!


Quick Links:

Ports of Call: Cruise Ship Excursions Versus Your Own Excursions.
Order your copy of  Frommer's Cruises and Ports of Call from Amazon.

Cruising in Europe: How To Choose A Cruise

My family travelled to Europe and enjoyed a Baltic cruise. It was wonderful and I returned home full of enthusiasm for recording some of our adventures. It is my hope that the pages that I put together will prove helpful to others contemplating a cruise in Europe.

Tthe first page I wrote was How To Choose A Cruise in Europe. If you are thinking of cruising in Europe, you might want to check it out. On that page, you will find a discussion of things to consider when thinking about a cruise in Europe including the wonderful reasons for cruising in Europe, what to think about before you pick a cruise and some excellent travel guides.  Plus from there, you will find links to my other travel pages with new ones coming just as soon as I complete my next vacation.

Of course, I always say to buy a couple of great travel books. They are very inexpensive and very helpful. If you are spending a lot of money on a trip, don't begrudge spending the $15 or so that a good travel guide like this Complete Guide to European Cruises by Fodor's. I promise you won't be sorry that you did.

Happy Trails To You!

Quick Links:

Click here to read my page about how to choose a cruise in Europe.
Click here to order your copy of Fodor's The Complete Guide to European Cruises.

Treasures By Brenda Online

From June 26, 2008:

What exactly is a blog?  I wondered. I had only a very basic idea when I first created this blog so I looked at Wikipedia's definition:

"A blog is a website with regular writing about a subject of interest to the writer. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic."

When I originally wrote this page, I had been selling on on eBay for approximately two years. My mother-in-law had passed away and we had a few lovely things of hers to sell. Selling a few things part time suited my life nicely, allowing me to work when I wanted and to be available for my then tween-age sons.

I had invested a huge amount of time learning about eBay and had grown my business to reach the lowest rung on the power seller ladder.  

After that, I added Squidoo to my online world. Squidoo turned out to be a great place to promote your eBay business and to write about anything you are passionate about.  

Just when I thought I was out of time, I discovered blogging. Of course, I read that writing a blog is good for promoting the content of your work online but hopefully, I will also have something to say that you will find interesting.

The purpose of this blog is to share the adventures of Treasures By Brenda online and will include but not necessarily be limited to my eBay, Squidoo and blogging travels. I am also active on Facebook where I maintain a number of Facebook Fan Pages and I Tweet regularly on Twitter, too. I look forward to seeing you around.

UPDATED: 2015 

I wrote very successfully with Squidoo until its demise in August of 2015.  Most of my work has been transferred to Hubpages, where I have hopes one day to regain some of the success I had writing with Squidoo. 

Treasures By Brenda
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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs History

Welcome to Snow White's world. If there was anything you were wanting to know about Snow White and her friends the Seven Dwarfs, you just might find it on one of my new pages about Walt Disney's controversial, first-ever, full-length animated movie.

Do you think people will sit through a feature length movie that is ANIMATED? Ah, but that is a trick question for of course we know now that people will do so and that they will be thrilled to do so. However, Walt Disney was on the leading edge in 1937 when he created Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and he well might have been the ONLY one who believed they would in 1937.

Want to know more? You might enjoy a visit to some of these pages about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:

Meet the actresses:

Learn about the blu-ray movie release:

Check out some amazing Snow White figures by artist Jim Shore:

Finally, if you're a big Disney fan, you might enjoy learning about Walt Disney's infamous VAULT and what is being released from The Vault.


Melissa and Doug Jigsaw Puzzles

Over the years, I have had occasion to write about more than one of the top quality Melissa and Doug jigsaw puzzles that are available for your young children. I thought I would take a moment and summarize them all in one place or create an index page, as it were.

Melissa and Doug Jigsaw Puzzles - This page introduces Melissa and Doug jigsaw puzzles and on it you will find a good discussion of why Melissa and Doug puzzles are such a good choice for your children.

Melissa and Doug Floor Jigsaw Puzzles - This page contains the BEST or the TOP TEN Melissa and Doug floor puzzles, which feature large pieces and are perfect for working on the floor. My children loved them!

Melissa and Doug Holiday Jigsaw Puzzles - On this page, you will find a variety of holiday themed jigsaw puzzles for children including but not limited to puzzles for Halloween, Christmas and Easter. There is a puzzle available for almost every holiday you can think of.

Finally, there is my page dedicated to Melissa and Doug Jigsaw Puzzle Storage Systems, which will help you keep your collection of children's jigsaw puzzles organized and easily accessible for the little ones in your life.  Looking after your puzzles properly will help make sure that they last a long time.

Still stumped for a great idea for the little ones in your life? Visit Amazon's complete collection of Melissa and Doug toys by clicking right here.

Thanks for visiting & be sure to come back because you never know what new treasures I might have in store for you!

Treasures By Brenda

Melissa and Doug Giant Fire Truck Floor Puzzle is available from Amazon by clicking right here.

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