Planning For Paradise

So you want to take a trip to paradise with your spouse. It would be romantic to say that paradise is any day you’re together. It would be romantic – but it probably wouldn’t help you get the most out of your vacation. The truth is that even the most laid-back of travelers can benefit from a little bit of planning. Worrying about the details now means you don’t have to waste precious vacation time that could be better spent relaxing, romancing, and renewing. To help, we’re sharing some of our favorite planning resources and tips.

Getting There


Meet Plumb - Cruise Q & A

You know her stage name, but do you know her real name? Tiffany Arbuckle Lee is better known as Plumb, and she has achieved multiple #1 singles and albums as well as being a successful songwriter. She has had an amazing music career while juggling her role as a wife and mom to three, but she also has a moving story of God’s grace and love. Tiffany shares her answers to our questions in a touching and vulnerable way. We think you will enjoy getting to know her better…


Question: If you had your own cruise ship, what would you name it?

Get The Most Out Of Your Vacation Countdown

Having an amazing trip to look forward to means a lot of time to get excited and plan for all the adventure you can find. It also means practicing a bit of patience! As experienced cruisers, we know what it’s like to walk the line between being really excited and really impatient. To help make your vacation countdown more fun, we’re sharing some of our favorite ideas for making the passing days more fun leading up to your trip.

Use a countdown app that keeps you alert of how many days until adventure. It may be obvious, but it’s a great way to keep something to

Meet the Isaacs - Cruise Q & A

We are excited The Isaacs will be joining us for our 2018 Love Like You Mean It® Cruise. They began singing together 35 years ago, and we thought it would be fun to help you get to know them a little better on a more personal level. You know they have won 7 Dove awards, but did you know…

Question: If you had your own cruise ship, what would you name it?

Answer: "The Courtship"


Question: What’s your favorite marriage advice?

Answer: Learn how to communicate and

It's OK To Leave The Kids At Home

When it comes to parenting, worrying is part of the job. That worry can be hard to let go of, even when you’re focusing on the all-important task of getting away to reconnect with your spouse. But since worrying is strongly discouraged on vacation, there are some steps you can take to alleviate any guilt, worry, or hesitation for leaving the kids at home. Consider the following suggestions so that you can not only have an amazing adventure in your marriage, but also grow closer with your kids by making them a part of the experience back at home.

1. Promise an exotic souvenir,

Explore the Carnival Conquest

The team just arrived back from our site visit on our ship for LLYMI 2018, the Carnival Conquest, and we’re excited! The three things we are MOST excited about are the food, the guest spaces, and the program facilities.

Let’s start with the food.

Moving up to a longer sailing and larger class of ship brings more – and we would even say better – food choices. For the casual dining there is the Guy’s Burger joint and Blue Iguana we saw on our

Why You Should Travel With Your Spouse

Traveling is a great way to discover the world. Traveling as a husband and wife is a great way to discover why you fell in love all over again. Whether you’ve been together one year or thirty, adventuring together is one of the best ways to stay connected! To showcase just a few examples of how getting away can bring you closer together, we’re looking at what couples have had to say about their experience on our own getaway.

“It gave us a sense of togetherness we have never experienced”
Foreign places and situations bring out new sides of us, and our

Telling the Story of The LLYMI Cruise

There is SO much to say about the Love Like You Mean It Cruise. When we debark more blissful and relaxed, we find ourselves, the passengers, and even the crew (Watch this) unable to stop sharing the experience. But words can only do so much to showcase just how rejuvenating our week at sea truly is.

So an idea was born. We wanted to tell a story that shows how the cruise can transforming average into a romantic adventure. We always say that the LLYMI Cruise is all a guy needs to be a big

Spring Clean Your Travel Excuses

Are your travel excuses stacking up? We know it can be hard to get away, but we also know how worthwhile it is! Now that spring is in the air, what better time is there to do some spring cleaning? Only this time, let’s declutter the things that hold us back from experiencing new adventures, gaining a bigger perspective, and rejuvenating our spirit. Let’s take a look at some of the most common road blocks to traveling, and see if we can’t find a reason to sweep them away.


Not sure who will watch the little ones? Ask your relatives. Kids can

“Turismo Altruista” – Progreso Mission Project Update

Turismo Altruista is what the headline read in the Yucatan Daily News on Friday February 17th. The article shared about our “mission excursion” the day before on the 2017 Love Like You Mean It® Cruise. We want to give a brief update and follow-up on that project.

As we shared previously, 30 people and a few of the FamilyLife Cruise team were able to pack up fifty food and supply boxes to deliver to needy families in the Progresso, Mexico, area. This was all funded by those participating in the project, and it was supported by a local family ministry group that works with