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More Cruise Lines Make Balconies A No-Smoking Zone

More Cruise Lines Make Balconies A No-Smoking Zone

Don’t even think about lighting up that cigarette or cigar on your cabin’s balcony, my friend – not even that fancy e-cigarette! The number of cruise lines who have banned smoking on all balconies is growing. In the coming months Disney Cruise Line, Seabourn, P&O and Cunard’s three Queens will all be joining smoke-free balcony the club.

I vividly remember sailing through the coastal waters of Alaska, dazzled by the pristine beauty but choking on the cigarette smoke wafting over from the balconies on either side of our cabin. I was not a happy sailor, so I enthusiastically applaud the cruise lines for taking this step.

August 19, 2013 | By More
The Whole Fromage, A Tale of French Passion and Delectable Cheeses

The Whole Fromage, A Tale of French Passion and Delectable Cheeses

I’ve been nibbling my way through a recently published book on the fascinating history of cheese in France. The Whole Fromage is an entertaining journey through the French countryside by Author, Kathe Lison, who brings the reader along on her pursuit of the world’s most delectable cheeses.

Born and raised in the cheese-centric state of Wisconsin, you might think that Kathe had a pallet for exotic cheeses from an early age. But like you and me, she was raised on Kraft Mac and Cheese, and considered Babybell rounds in the red mesh bag to be exotic fare. That all changed on a fateful trip to Paris where the world of delectable French cheeses revealed itself.

August 19, 2013 | By More
Tone Up Before The Holidays With A Fall Fitness Cruise To Bermuda

Tone Up Before The Holidays With A Fall Fitness Cruise To Bermuda

Crown Cruise Vacations and Cornerstone Health & Wellness have joined forces with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to plan a Sea Fit Cruise departing from Bayonne, New Jersey on October 13, 2012.

How many of us have sailed away on a fun-filled cruise only to return home 10 pounds heavier? That’s why everyone packs their stretchy waistband pants, right? It’s really not our fault… there are just so many opportunities to indulge wonderful cuisine, lavish desserts and delicious frozen cocktails. But this Fall that could all change – here’s your chance to return from a cruise in better physical shape than when you departed.

August 6, 2013 | By More
Villa Vacations Complete With Local Excursions Just Got Easier To Book

Villa Vacations Complete With Local Excursions Just Got Easier To Book

It seems the world has fallen in love with the idea of renting a beautiful villa and bringing the whole family along on vacation. The number of villa rental sites has expanded dramatically in recent years as have popular home rental sites like VRBO. But one big obstacle to a fabulous rental vacation has always been how to tap into local experiences, events and sightseeing options.

Villas of Distinction To The Rescue. Recently Villas of Distinction, a well respected villa rental company with inventory around the world, has solved this age-old problem by partnering with Excursionist.com a provider of experiential travel and sightseeing excursions. Adding tailor-made travel experiences to your villa rental vacation is now a cinch.

July 25, 2013 | By More
Sports Legends Cruises For Boston Sports Fans

Sports Legends Cruises For Boston Sports Fans

Perhaps nowhere else on the planet are sports fans as knowledgeable, loyal and enthusiastic as they are in New England. So it’s no surprise that two luxury cruise lines are hosting sports-themed cruises sailing out of Boston Harbor. What could be more exciting than meeting and socializing with famed sports celebrities while on vacation. Here’s how you can rub elbows with some really big hitters!

July 12, 2013 | By More
Happy Independence Day America!

Happy Independence Day America!

  Today more than ever, Boston Strong,  America Strong! Photo Credit:  US Navy

July 4, 2013 | By More
Happiness Is An All-Inclusive Family Vacation Giveaway – Hurry Don’t Miss Out

Happiness Is An All-Inclusive Family Vacation Giveaway – Hurry Don’t Miss Out

Where will you be taking the family for vacation this year? If your answer is “no place special” you might want to drop everything and enter the HappinessIncluded sweepstakes being offered by First Choice, England’s premier all-inclusive vacation specialists.

While the web is full of contests for couples to enter, it’s rare to find a sweepstakes that will send your whole family on vacation. Being a specialist in all-inclusive resorts in Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, First Choice has put together a fabulous journey your family will long remember.

The prize includes round-trip air from Gatwick Airport on December 10, 2013 and 7 nights at the 4-star Bangtao Beach Resort and Spa in Phuket Thailand in 2 deluxe rooms on an all-inclusive basis.

June 21, 2013 | By More
Wicked Good Travel Tips Magazine – June 2013

Wicked Good Travel Tips Magazine – June 2013

June 19, 2013 | By More
Take A Luxury One-Way Cruise To Your Next Vacation Destination

Take A Luxury One-Way Cruise To Your Next Vacation Destination

How many times have you returned from a busy touring vacation and thought, “Oh man, I need a vacation from my vacation”! Cruising one-way to or from your vacation destination may be the perfect solution.

A growing number of cruise lines are expanding their one-way itineraries. Once called repositioning cruises, that is not their sole purpose any longer. Cruise lines have recognized that travelers enjoy transiting from to their home port to a far away vacation destination.

June 10, 2013 | By More
Chicago Spring Blossoms Become Signature City Fragrance

Chicago Spring Blossoms Become Signature City Fragrance

Chicago is alive with spring blossoms dancing in the breeze that have been custom crafted into Tru Blooms Chicago Eau de Parfum, a signature city fragrance. Tru Fragrance, a custom fragrance development company has joined forces with the City of Chicago in a groundbreaking community initiative to beautify the city’s public green spaces, generate funds to support local nonprofits, and provide jobs for Chicago residents while creating a limited edition Chicago signature perfume.

With careful nurturing from planting to bloom to bottle, neighborhood green spaces like Grant Park, Chicago Botanic Garden and Water Tower Place have been festooned with fragrant roses, soothing lavender and sensuous violets to give Chicago’s signature fragrance a bright floral scent of a spring day in the city.

June 5, 2013 | By More
Cruise Passengers Bill of Rights Finally Adopted By Cruise Lines

Cruise Passengers Bill of Rights Finally Adopted By Cruise Lines

Do you love to cruise? Well you’ll be happy to learn that there is FINALLY a cruise passengers bill of rights establishing how cruise lines are expected to conduct themselves during unexpected events and emergencies.

For much of the past year news headlines about cruising have been about equipment breakdowns, norovirus outbreaks and disasters, instead of the pleasures of cruising. As aging fleets are renovated, and cruise lines roll out mega-ships the size of floating cities, the chance of unpleasant incidents aboard ships has increased.

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How To Keep Lilacs From Wilting

How To Keep Lilacs From Wilting

It seems I wait all year long for the precious few weeks of lilac season in New England.  One of the very first purchases we made after buying our first home was to add a purple lilac bush.  And like you, I have always found it frustrating to find them wilting after just a few […]

May 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
Kids Go Free! – Cruises, All-Inclusive Resorts and More

Kids Go Free! – Cruises, All-Inclusive Resorts and More

Budgets seem particularly tight this year just as prices are on the rise, so to make sure you can have a great summer vacation, we’ve gathered together an impressive list of family vacation offers where the kids go free!  You’ll have to get the kids there, but once you all arrive, your children can stay, […]

May 6, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Easy Recipe for Luscious Low Country Shrimp & Grits!

Easy Recipe for Luscious Low Country Shrimp & Grits!

Okay all you afraidie-cats (a.k.a Northerners) it’s time to break out of your mashed potato doldrums and add some smooth, decadent, Low Country Shrimp and Grits to the menu.  Break away from the stodgy mashed potato routine, move past polenta and learn to savor the creamy goodness of southern grits.  I promise you, you’ll be […]

May 3, 2013 | By | Reply More
Is It Crazy To Love An Island?  Meet St. Simons Island Georgia

Is It Crazy To Love An Island? Meet St. Simons Island Georgia

  I’ve fallen in love with an island destination, and it might surprise you to know that it’s not in the Caribbean.  In fact, you can drive there!  But be forewarned, after visiting you may want to sell everything and move to St. Simons Island, Georgia! St. Simons Island lies 12 miles off the coast […]

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Can You Guess The Top USA Destinations in 2013?

Can You Guess The Top USA Destinations in 2013?

Can you guess the top destinations for travelers in the USA for the first quarter of 2013?  Sojern, the world’s leading data-driven traveler engagement platform, recently analyzed data from more than 400 million travelers, and the results are totally of fascinating.  Here’s a wonderful infographic that shows just where travelers are heading this year, the […]

April 18, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
The Go Caddy – Product Review – A Great New Travel Tote

The Go Caddy – Product Review – A Great New Travel Tote

Have Water… Will Travel… Go Caddy to the rescue! Earlier this month Linda and I were off to a conference in Miami where we needed to conveniently carry a bottle of water, business cards, a notebook, cell phone, and still have room left over to stash some primo swag items.  The Go Caddy came to […]

March 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
How To Save Your Camera From Common Travel Disasters

How To Save Your Camera From Common Travel Disasters

Oh NO! “What can I do when my camera gets wet?” is one of the most asked questions by travelers.  Here’s an absolutely essential video to watch  from our good friend, world traveler and videographer, Mike Corey, of KickTheGrind.tv. Mike’s very entertaining video walks  you through everything you need to know to save your camera […]

March 22, 2013 | By | Reply More
Top Things To Do When Your Cruise Ship Stops In Mykonos

Top Things To Do When Your Cruise Ship Stops In Mykonos

Mykonos stands out as one of the most desired stops on a cruise among the islands of Greece.  With so much to choose from, here are top things to do while your on the island of Mykonos.  Windswept, remote and simply beautiful, the Greek island of Mykonos is a little over 40 square miles of […]

March 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Cruising Into The Future – Where Cruising is Headed in 2013 and Beyond

Cruising Into The Future – Where Cruising is Headed in 2013 and Beyond

Lind and I have just returned from attending Cruise Shipping Miami, a global cruise conference that brings together the world’s major cruise lines, destination representatives and ship building suppliers – quite a heady experience!  For three days we attended seminars, chatted with cruise line CEOs and learned about where the world of cruising is headed […]

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