The best laid plans…grandson Jakob ends up flying home from London and Marcy boards the Queen Mary 2

The best laid plans, etc. Or, more simply, stuff happens. I had planned our trip to London and return via the Queen Mary 2 for six months. On Thursday evening, Jakob and I boarded Virgin Atlantic flight 0006 from Miami to Heathrow. We watched movies – with more then 50 to chose from  we each chose ZERO DARK THIRTY, had dinner and flew serenely and comfortably in Premium Economy at 650 mph. We slept and early next …

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Ketchikan has an authentic Alaska feel and is worth a longer stay

KETCHIKAN, Alaska – The three Alaska towns that we have visited on this cruise have very distinct personalities. Juneau, the state capital, is more of a business center and once you get away from the tourist shops at the cruise pier you are in a rather ordinary town – although the Red Dog Saloon remains a perennial visitor favorite. There is more to do out of town than in town. Sitka has an entirely different personality. It …

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Children’s programs are key to a successful family cruise: Royal Caribbean

Considering a family cruise?  I’ve said this before, but I just can’t reiterate it enough; one key to really enjoying your cruise together can be an excellent children’s program.  It truly can make a huge difference in how much the cruise is appreciated by everyone. If you’re unsure of what to look for as far as amenities, I’m going to try to help you out by supplying information on some of the cruise industry’s top programs.  Think …

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