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First Time Cruise Tips plus a Realistic Cruise Budget Guide

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Having just returned from Alaska on a Holland American Cruise and my first Disney Cruise in April, I thought it would be good to revisit first time cruise tips and a realistic budget guide for your first cruise.  In the next few weeks, I’ll share more about the Disney Magic Cruise and my Alaska Cruise […]

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Cruise Norwegian: EPIC Solo Studio and Solo Lounge Review

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When I travel solo on a cruise, after the anger of the 200% fare wears off, I tend to overschedule myself to remain busy in the day and forget I’m alone on a ship of over two thousand people. It’s easy to blend in and become invisible if you want. At night, I would then […]

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Holiday Inn Miami West Hotel Review – Surprises in Hialeah Gardens

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I won’t lie, when I heard that my group was assigned to the Holiday Inn Miami West – Hialeah Gardens, I wasn’t thrilled.  I was hungry and wanted the cookies at the Doubletree Hotel where other passengers were assigned. My inner hotel inspector (snob) was skeptical ranking Doubletree above a budget Holiday Inn by a […]

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My Fathom Cruise Cancellation Experience – Tears, Tequila and Teamwork

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I’m not sure who wanted to cry more, the Fathom staff that had spent months (and years) in preparation or the passengers who were excited to experience the new cruise concept of social impact activities in the Dominican Republic (the DR).  It was an emotional 24 hours for everyone scheduled on the “soft” cruise that […]

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One Year Later – A New EPIC Adventure Begins

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What a difference a year makes!  I could never imagine what lie ahead of me when I closed my office door saying goodbye to a job of over twenty years.  The job elimination was not in my plans and yet here I was unemployed for the first time since I was sixteen.  Like most travel […]

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Sorrento Tour with Private Guide, Marcello – A Local Perspective

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Five years ago, I met Marco in Sorrento. Sounds like a great opening line to a travel romance novel and in some ways it is, I didn’t fall in love with Marco (he was married) but I had fallen in love with the Amalfi Coast twenty years ago on that infamous bus tour with the […]

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5 Offbeat Travel Finds at the NY Times Travel Show for 2016 Travel

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Walking around a travel expo floor can be overwhelming with so many travel vendors, destination marketing folks and travel products competing for your attention.  Tables are lined with gorgeous marketing brochures to draw you in and the expert teams are there to answer questions and tell you about their offerings (ok, there was one guy […]

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My First Cabin Crawl on the Norwegian EPIC

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Have you ever cruised and wondered if you should spend the extra money to upgrade your cabin? You read the descriptions and try to ascertain from the photos what the difference in cost and space really gets you? Well, for me who could only afford the inside cabin (reluctantly with the 100% single supplement), I had […]

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EPIC Miami Hotel Review: An “Un-Kimpton” Pre-Cruise Stay

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  My initial thought was cheesy as I was sailing on the NCL EPIC on my EPIC journey, I thought it only fitting to stay at the EPIC Miami, a Kimpton hotel.  Miami was pricier than I thought and I wasn’t able to use my Kimpton Karma award, so I started stalking the EPIC Miami on Kayak hoping […]

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The Repositioning Cruise – It’s Cheap and Tempting but Should You Do It?

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Many folks are not familiar with a repositioning cruise (repo cruise) but once you learn about them you may be a fan of the great value.  As my travel agent told me “you can’t live at home for that price” and she is right (sorta).  Just like the birds that fly south for the winter, […]