12 Wines to Help Pretend You Are Someplace Else

It’s summer. We would like to be sailing. We aren’t quite there yet. Here are 12 ways (and wines) to close your eyes and imagine your port (or shipboard) experience while sipping wines associated with specific destinations. Albarino. It’s a classic Spanish summertime wine that’s widely available. What are you eating? That’s easy. If you were in Barcelona, you would be enjoying either paella or tapas. Both can be ordered as takeout from your local Spanish restaurant. …

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9 Top Reasons to Enjoy a Cruise During the Holidays

Holiday voyages in December and January are some of the most popular voyages and cruise vacations. Rather than wait to book these vacations, the cruise specialists and travel advisors at CruiseCompete encourage travelers to plan and book their holiday cruises now. Currently Princess Cruises, Holland America Line and MSC Cruises all have voyages in December departing from Florida or California. Take a peek here: https://www.cruisecompete.com/specials/holiday/christmas_cruises/1 And New Years’ cruises, too, are plentiful with Oceania, Princess Cruises, Holland …

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New York, Not Your Typical Port of Call

A cruise leaving out of the city can be amazing, not only for what you will experience on your cruise ship, but for the endless opportunities while your in New York. We planned a weekend stay there, so we could fully taste what the city had to offer. Flying into LaGuardia was a little rough, unusually high winds made landing over water and between skyscrapers a bit treacherous. Once landed the airport is pretty easy to navigate, …

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Key West, Conch Town

I was really hoping for sunny, hot, blue sky Key West weather, unfortunately Mother Nature had something else in mind! We rented a Jeep Wrangler, hoping to make the 3.5 hour drive from Ft. Lauderdale down a fun, open air scenic kind of drive, however due to the cold weather we were forced to leave the top up and just enjoy the view from inside. I have gone to Key West before as part of a cruise, …

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Playa Del Carmen

A totally opposite town than it’s larger sister city, Cancun, Playa del Carmen is much more quaint! You won’t find the hustle and bustle of city buses and noisy traffic here, these cute cobblestone roads are the perfect destination to get a little of everything. We only had 2 days in town, the first which was spent mostly at a beach front bar/restaurant, Mamacita’s. Playa was hosting an annual techno/house music conference so the beaches were packed …

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How to Finance Your Cruise—Without Interest

Research tells us that vacations are essential for unwinding and de-stressing from the grind of daily life.  It also suggests that those who vacation regularly come back to work invigorated, with more creativity and new ideas.  Without a doubt, taking a vacation is a good idea, and cruises provide a fantastic value for your vacation dollar. That being said, as with any vacation, a cruise is still a major purchase, and smart consumers give careful thought to …

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