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Queen Victoria, Day 1

ABOARD QUEEN VICTORIA_(Wednesday, January 8): We had breakfast in the Executive Lounge at the Hamburg Marriott. Then we explored the area around the hotel for a couple of hours. It’s the part of town with flagship boutique stores and an elegant department store which had a food themed floor. There was a Veuve Clicquot boutique. Yes, you can buy a VC logoed ski jacket. Caviar House had its shop/restaurant adjacent to the shop selling actual truffles along…

Marrakesh, Fabled Moroccan City

Please enjoy this story from my friend Richard Joseph from his recent visit to Marrakesh in Morocco … It wasn’t Crosby, Stills and Nash’s 1969 “Marrakesh Express,” but rather Ryan Air that deposited us in this fabled Moroccan city. Outside of the modern airport a prearranged taxi took us back in time, it seemed, to the edge of the old city or medina. A quick glance revealed there was no way this taxi could get into the…

Crown Cruise Vacations offers their picks for the best cruise deals for January 2020

Crown Cruise Vacations- crowncruisevacations.com/ 877-283-1114 All deals subject to terms and conditions 7 Nights Bahamas Cruise Departing from: Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International Cruise Ship: Oasis Of The Seas Ports Of Call: Cape Liberty (Bayonne), New Jersey | Port Canaveral, Florida | Perfect Day At CocoCay | Nassau, Bahamas Date: May 10, 2020 From: $906pp   15 Nights South America Cruise Departing from: San Antonio, Santiago, Chile Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises Cruise Ship: Celebrity…

Special Cruise Offers Presented by Cruises-N-More for January 2020

Cruises-N-More https://www.cruises-n-more.com/ 800-733-2048 Offers are subject to terms and conditions HOLLAND AMERICA LINE-SAVE ON SUMMER ALASKA SAILINGS PLUS CNM BONUS 10% ONBOARD CREDIT! BONUS: CNM Bonus -10% Onboard Spending Cash! Westerdam 7 Night Alaska Cruise from Seward to Vancouver Ports of Call: Seward, Alaska | Skagway, Alaska | Juneau, Alaska | Ketchikan, Alaska | Vancouver, British Columbia June 7, 2020-$749 in; $1,799 ocvw; $1,799 Balcony; $2,449 Suite June 21, 2020-$999 in; $1,949 ocvw; $1,949 Balcony; $2,749 Suite…

Wrap-up: Crystal Serenity Haute Caribbean Holidays Cruise

If I had to choose one word to describe a cruise on Crystal Serenity, it would be “family.” Pam and I just completed our first cruise with Crystal, the “Haute Caribbean Holidays” voyage — 16 days, round-trip Miami — and from the guests to the crew, family is fundamental to the overall experience. First, consider how many of the nearly 1,000 guests onboard were repeat customers: Almost 70 percent. Among the senior officers and staff, many told…

Celestyal Cruises Offers Spectacular 7-Night, 3-Continent Cruise

ABOARD THE CELESTYAL CRYSTAL­_A 7-night cruise to three continents with stops at dream destinations sounded thrilling. I’d start in Greece and have a chance to see the Sphinx, pyramids of Giza, Israel, Cyprus, Rhodes and Turkey. I was ready! Despite my high expectations, Celestyal far exceeded them. Each day and country connected me with very different cultures, traditions, stories, events, and sights – – all bonded by common themes of history and archeology.  It’s impossible to describe…

Yachting in the Galápagos with Latin Trails: Love, Chocolate, and Roses (Day 1)

QUITO, Ecuador — Jan. 6, 2020 — When my wife, Jialin, and I arrived in Quito, Ecuador’s capital, late yesterday evening, I expected it would be one of those “déjà vu-all-over-again” experiences that occur upon returning to a destination visited once long ago. But I recalled little about the city I visited on a whirlwind Pan Am tour around South America in 1974. Perhaps partly because we landed at a new airport an hour outside the city…

Windstar Cruises Announces ‘Wave Season’ Offer on Small Ship Cruises Around the Globe

It’s that time of year again – wave season. And small ship cruise line Windstar Cruises has an offer that makes cruising on its boutique ships carrying fewer than 350 passengers even more enticing. Windstar’s “Pick Your Perk” savings for wave season, beginning January 7, includes a choice of the following: $1,000 of onboard spending (for things like shore excursions or spa treatments) Up to $300 airfare credit Unlimited WiFi (up to $70/day) Guests booking a Premium…

Serenity Haute Caribbean Holidays Cruise – Day 15

ABOARD CRYSTAL SERENITY_Today is the last full day of our holiday cruise, and that means one more port of call: Key West, the southernmost point of the United States, the home of Hemingway and his famous six-toed cats, a city that exudes both party and charm, where the fishing is spectacular, and so are the sunsets. There’s only one problem: We won’t be there. When we awoke, there was the ocean in all directions, and no sign…

Serenity Haute Caribbean Holidays Cruise – Days 13 and 14

ABOARD CRYSTAL SERENITY_With Tortola in our rear-view mirror, we have two days at sea as we make a heading for our next — and last — port of call, Key West. Besides still decompressing from all the New Year’s festivities, this time will allow us to be, among other things, culturally-enriched and join Mozart for afternoon tea. For the former, there are a number of “Enrichment Program” onboard lectures scheduled, ranging from science and shipwrecks to the…

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