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Yachting in the French Riviera, 8 Magnificent Ports

Yachting in the French Riviera, 8 Magnificent Ports

For many people, there is no better way to enjoy a vacation than on a boat whether it be sailing, yachting or on a cruise. France is often considered to be the pastime’s epicenter. The French Riviera is home to a multitude of celebrated cities that need to be high on the list of anyone considering taking a boating trip in the area.

If you’re thinking about touring the south of France by sea, here are eight places you can’t miss:

September 9, 2013 | By More
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
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
Feel The Healing Powers of Ancient Travertine Infinity Pools in Pamukkale, Turkey

Feel The Healing Powers of Ancient Travertine Infinity Pools in Pamukkale, Turkey

Pamukkale means Cotton Castle in Turkish. This is a place where hot calcium- laden waters spring from the ground, fall over a cliff and form magnificent shining white terraces and pools filled with warm water. In this place of natural beauty, Roman royalty once created at spa center in the second century BC. They built the spa city of Hierapolis around a holy hot-water spring. The Sacred Pool is still present today and travelers can bathe there for a fee.

Calcium carbonate, also known as travertine, is created with the reaction of calcium to hydrogen carbonate, which are present in the water. This makes the whole area brilliantly white and the sediment has created the pool formations.

July 19, 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
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
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, […]

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Stop and Smell The Roses on a BnB Garden Getaway

Stop and Smell The Roses on a BnB Garden Getaway

Have you taken a peak outside from under the warm covers yet? The days are getting longer and warmer and the birds have begun their early morning serenade. After a winter that seemed like it would never end (and still hasn’t for some), spring finally is upon us. Need another sign? The flower buds have […]

April 29, 2013 | By | Reply More
Cooking and Barge Cruising in France, A Perfect Pairing

Cooking and Barge Cruising in France, A Perfect Pairing

One of the most rewarding aspects of barge cruising in France is that you have a chance to experience all the exotic French cuisine along your route. You can go ashore and explore fine restaurants, stop by out-of-the way cafes, and perhaps even learn a few tricks of your own. But what if the fine […]

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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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Cuddle and Bubble on a Romantic B&B Getaway

Cuddle and Bubble on a Romantic B&B Getaway

Love is in the air. But, do work schedules, kids’ appointments or the never-ending alerts sounding off from your smartphone have you and your loved one running circles around each another? Maybe it’s time to stop, take a deep breath and get back to basics this Valentine’s Day. If you’re not sure how, let Cupid […]

February 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
Can I Bring Alcohol On A Cruise? – 13 Cruise Lines That Say YES!

Can I Bring Alcohol On A Cruise? – 13 Cruise Lines That Say YES!

While excitedly packing up for a cruise vacation, most of us have asked ourselves, “Can I take wine or alcohol on a cruise?”  For years the answer has been no, but increasingly that is changing.  We’ve found 13 major cruise lines that now say, yes you can. Half the charm of booking a balcony cabin […]

February 6, 2013 | By | Reply More
Rain or Shine, Mystic Connecticut Has Something For Everyone

Rain or Shine, Mystic Connecticut Has Something For Everyone

Rain and Shine, Mystic Connecticut is a great vacation destination for the whole family. Thirty years ago we took our daughter to Mystic Connecticut on vacation. A mere hour and a half from Boston, it was a great destination for a day trip or longer.  She loved Mystic Seaport http://www.mysticseaport.org  (in a time before animation […]

August 31, 2012 | By | Reply More
Fun Bed and Breakfasts For Fall Foliage Getaways

Fun Bed and Breakfasts For Fall Foliage Getaways

Follow the road less taken to Bed and Breakfasts with fall foliage views Sad about summer ending? Sure, packing up the swimsuits and sandals and saying good-bye to the carefree days of summer is never fun. But, don’t overlook fall. Afternoons spent on the beach cooling off with your favorite ice cream flavors turn into […]

August 27, 2012 | By | Reply More
The ABC’s Of Cruisng With a Toddler

The ABC’s Of Cruisng With a Toddler

  For Everyone Who Ever Wondered, “Can I Cruise With A Toddler?”, Here’s Your Answer Not only can you cruise with toddlers—you should cruise with them!  Cruise lines make it easier than ever to holiday with young children.  They supervise them, entertain them, and they do it all in the safe confines of a specialized […]

August 23, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Riverboat Gambling Makes A Comeback

Riverboat Gambling Makes A Comeback

Riverboat Gambling in the United States has a captured the imagination of travelers since the days when Samuel Clemens changed his name to Mark Twain. In the early 19th century, the Mississippi River was a major center of commerce and trade, as both farmers and merchants used the Mississippi River to transport their goods. Naturally, […]

August 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Carnival Glory Review: A Family Fun Cruise from Boston to Canada

Carnival Glory Review: A Family Fun Cruise from Boston to Canada

Beginning this summer, Carnival Cruise Line began their newest itinerary – a cruise to Canada out of Boston, MA.  Here’s my just-back review of The Carnival Glory which departs from Boston for a five day New England coastal cruise to St. John and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Carnival Glory’s short summer and fall cruising season […]

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Ocean View Bed and Breakfast Getaways For Hot August Days

Ocean View Bed and Breakfast Getaways For Hot August Days

Here Are Some Wonderful B&B Getaways with mesmerizing ocean views. Looking for the quintessential summer getaway? You could take off for the picturesque mountains or brave the urban jungle. But, there’s nothing that says “summer” quite like relaxing on the beach while soaking in the ocean views or strolling the coastline at sunset. It’s a […]

July 20, 2012 | By | Reply More
Rhinebeck NY – A Getaway Gem In New York’s Hudson Valley

Rhinebeck NY – A Getaway Gem In New York’s Hudson Valley

Rhinebeck New York is an amazing retreat 100 miles north of midtown Manhattan in the beautiful Hudson Valley.  The village of Rhinebeck is a sort of haute hippie place located close to the Hudson River. This region boasts an eclectic collection of lodgings ranging from lovely historic inns to cozy family run bed and breakfasts.  […]

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