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 …

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All About the Galapagos Islands and Why Everyone Wants to Visit This Remote Destination

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The Galápagos Islands of Ecuador are becoming a must-see destination for their remarkable natural environments with native wildlife in sea and on land, incredible shore excursions, ecotourism, and delectable restaurants. The Galápagos Islands offer 19 volcanic islands, with Galápagos tortoises settling to give birth on Isla Bartolomé. Stroll or hike on land with flamingos and iguanas. Mountain bike in Santa Cruz or San Cristóbal- the off-beaten paths are sure to provide the thrill of a lifetime. Explore …

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The Galapagos, a Celebrity Flora Itinerary

Daniel Allen Galapagos Beach

The Celebrity Flora- this evolutionary new ship arrived in 2019 and features extraordinary creature comforts. Here is an example itinerary, from the May 24, 2020 sailing. This itinerary makes stops in: Baltra Island Daphne Major Gardner Bay (Espanola) Punta Suarez Cormorant Point Post Office Bay Moreno Point Urvina Bay Espinoza Point Vicente Roca Point South Plaza (Santa Cruz Island) Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island) Puerto Ayora Baltra Island For more information on this itinerary, please visit: https://www.cruisecompete.com/itins/celebrity_flora_beaghfga.html. …

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Culinary Options in Galapagos Islands- Recommendations for Restaurants

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With restaurants offering fresh local seafood, Argentinian dishes, pizza, desserts, local Galápagos coffee, vegetarian dishes, and cocktails made with local fruits and juices, the culinary options available in the Galápagos are sure to please any palate.*The restaurant La Garrapata is located on the island of Puerto Ayora. La Garrapata is a restaurant tourists and locals love to frequent. They present each patron meals which include seafood, chicken dishes, and some pasta dishes. Be sure to check out …

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Things to do in the Galapagos

Daniel Allen Galapagos Sunrise

View native wildlife and plants, picturesque white sandy beaches, 19 volcanic islands, endless mountain biking trails, snorkeling, and the Charles Darwin Research Center. The Galápagos Islands offer an incredible walk through history with the Natural History Museum. Learn about the giant Galapagos tortoises, sharks, sea lions, and many other wonders of the Galapagos. Join local companies and associations working to preserve the natural habitat of the Galapagos. You will be taught eco-friendly ways of fishing and farming …

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When to Cruise for the Best Cruise Prices (CruiseCompete Cruise Bite #5 Podcast)

Tune In with CruiseCompete CEO Bob Levinstein to CruiseCompete Cruise Bite #5 podcast and find out When to Cruise for the Best Cruise Prices. Travel prices fluctuate based on the time of year, and cruise prices are no exception. Bob explains the one simple rule that dictates the majority of cost differences, as well as tells you the very best time to cruise for absolute best rates. Click here to tune in to the podcast! CruiseCompete CEO …

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Fresh Produce 365 Days A Year On Board Scenic Eclipse

Scenic Eclipse guests enjoy fresh produce 365 days per year with ship’s innovative Urban Cultivator Story and photos courtesy of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours November 2019 – “You are what you eat” as the saying goes and nowhere is this more apt than on onboard Scenic Eclipse, where the innovative Urban Cultivator provides a constant supply of fresh herbs and micro vegetables to the ships four main kitchens. The Urban Cultivator provides a self-contained growing environment …

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Scenic Eclipse Sets New Benchmark in Luxury Expedition Ocean Cruising

Imagine that you had the opportunity to sail the oceans on one of the world’s newest 6-star luxury yachts, with destinations like Europe, Antarctica, the Mediterranean and the Scandinavian fjords as your playgrounds. Here is the good news: Scenic Eclipse is the vessel for you, offering unforgettable excursions to places previously inaccessible to the ordinary traveler. Scenic Eclipse has set a new benchmark in luxury expedition ocean cruising suites with 114 luxurious suites across five decks, a …

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Costa Rica in the Rainy Season

My friend Richard Joseph recently sent me this story from Costa Rica … With beautiful fall weather at home Costa Rica seemed like an odd choice for a vacation, but the price was right, maybe too right, we feared because it’s “the rainy season”. Nevertheless we packed our raincoats and umbrellas arriving in the capital San Jose to a suspiciously dry airport tarmac. The moment we got outside, however, it started to pour. Maybe this was an …

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