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Want to Choose a Cruise? My Top 5 Tips

Whether you are a first-time cruiser or have spent weeks at sea, choosing the right cruise for the right time can be challenging. Even after many cruises I still have to do my homework to pick the perfect cruise from all the options out there.  While I might have a favorite cruise line, I choose different brands and ships depend ...

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Miami Spice is Back!

I usually don’t need any encouragement to try a new restaurant, especially in these quieter days of summer when the restaurants are less crowded, specials abound, and I think service is better. I also don’t need much encouragement to spend a couple of days visiting restaurants in Miami, one of the country’s greatest restaurant cities. But during August and September ...

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Naples Only True Beachfront Restaurant

HB’s on the Gulf is the only true beachfront restaurant in Naples. Located inside the Naples Beach Hotel on Gulf Shore Boulevard, it is a rarity these days…a family-owned resort that is a vibrant, thriving hub of activity in Naples. How lucky we are to have the Watkins family as responsible stewards of this hotel and golf course that sits ...

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Historic Cruise to Cuba a Step Back in Time

[ This is not your father’s Cuba.  Oh wait, yes it is.  At least for now.  I spent last week on the Adonia, the first U.S. cruise ship to sail to Cuba from the U.S. in more than half a century, and while the cliché is true–it is like stepping back in time—even more overwhelming is the sense that this is ...

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How 17 Fathom Travelers Changed the Life of One Family in One Day

I just spent three days in the Dominican Republic with Carnival Corporation’s new cruise line Fathom, which offers a unique social impact travel experience.  After a day on the ship sailing towards Puerto Plata, we arrived in Amber Cove where we could choose to participate in a variety of impact activities, more traditional touring of the area, or a range of ...

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Some of My Favorite South Beach Hotels

Maybe it’s just me but it feels like Miami’s South Beach has changed. Perhaps we’ve both gotten older and wiser, but we seem to appreciate each other a little more these days. I no longer feel confused and unwelcome, like I’ve stumbled into a private party that I wasn’t invited to, and South Beach hotels and restaurants, while still seriously ...

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Seabourn’s Marina Day

On Seabourn’s luxury cruise ships, they can make their own fun!  On nice calm sea days the ship will launch a marina off the back of the ship for small watercraft fun, and a separate pool area right in the ocean!

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Shopping in Istanbul Bazaar and Spice Market

Rug shopping in Istanbul can be a challenge, or an adventure.  Depends on your attitude.  The bazaar in Istanbul is a dizzying array of rug shops, jewelry stores, pottery stores, virtually everything.                           The Spice Market is much more focussed and smaller in size.  I bought saffron from ...

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Staying on Mont St. Michel

I think millions of people probably visit Mont St. Michel in Northern France every year, but staying the night here is really something special.   There are only a couple of small hotels on this island, so the overnight visiting population is naturally limited, which is good. At night, especially in the off-season, the streets are almost empty and the ...

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