Last minute trip to Europe for Christmas markets, Carnival Celebration review and more

How I booked a last minute trip to Europe for Christmas markets: Going to Europe just for Christmas markets sounds like a rich-person thing. It probably is, but it’s also a miles and points hobbyist thing! I love reading posts like this one on Miles to Memories. Nicely done, Mark. Maybe one of these years, I’ll check out Europe in the winter.

Bask Bank increases payout to 2 AA miles per dollar: Yesterday, Bask Bank sent me an email telling me my money in the Bask Mileage Savings Account will now be paying me 2 AA miles per dollar annually. This is an increase from 1.5 AA miles. (See my earlier post here). Woohoo!

Carnival Celebration: What we loved and what needs work on Carnival’s newest, biggest ship: I was excited to see a mostly positive review of the new Carnival Celebration cruise ship since I’ll be going on it very soon!

Cruise Critic Names Best Cruise Ships of 2022: Speaking of cruise ships, Cruise Critic just named the best cruise ships of 2022. Norwegian Prima was named the best new cruise ship and NCL as a whole won the Best Entertainment category. As expected, Disney won for Best for Families and Carnival won the Best Value for Money.

Ocean Category:
Best New Ship: Norwegian Prima
Best Cabins: Celebrity Cruises
Best Dining: Virgin Voyages
Best Entertainment: Norwegian Cruise Line
Best for Families: Disney Cruise Line
Best Innovation/Tech: Princess Cruises
Best for LGBTQ+ Travelers: Virgin Voyages
Best Nightlife: Virgin Voyages
Best Service: Holland America Line
Best for Solo Travelers: Norwegian Cruise Line
Best Spa: Holland America Line
Best Specialty Dining: Celebrity Cruises
Best Suites: Royal Caribbean International
Best Suite Complex: MSC Cruises
Best Value for Money: Carnival Cruise Line
Best App: Royal Caribbean International
Best North American Homeport: Vancouver

Enjoy your weekend!

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