Travel Tips

Travelers and Tasters

Everyone eats food but not everyone enjoys eating.  I once knew someone who would choose to take a pill every day for nourishment because eating takes too much time.  I guess everyone has a right to their own opinion, but my goodness, how depressing is that?!  Food, especially good food, makes me happy.  Wine with the food is… Continue reading Travelers and Tasters

Travel Tips

Life from a Suitcase

Just because you love traveling doesn't mean you love living out of a suitcase. I don't, and I think you would agree that this is one of the few unpleasant experiences of any long adventure. (I'm talking about land tours and adventures taking you to multiple destinations and various hotel rooms, here, not cruises.) The… Continue reading Life from a Suitcase

Cruise ship review

Disney Dream, Part 2: Pleasant Surprises for Adults and Kids

Starting with Disney's primary audience, here's a sample of what's onboard to thrill and surprise kids and teens.  The three organized, chaperoned programs are highly rated and the new facilities will not disappoint.  The Small World Nursery is for ages 3 months to 3 years and the facility is equipped with cribs, rocking chairs, toys, books,… Continue reading Disney Dream, Part 2: Pleasant Surprises for Adults and Kids

Cruise ship review

Disney Dream, Part 1: Pleasant Surprises for Adults and Kids

Disney's newest cruise ship just arrived in Port Canaveral last week and will begin its 3 and 4 night cruises on Jan. 26 to the Bahamas.  The dream is much larger than Disney's other two ships, with a passenger capacity of 4000 (which would mean a completely full passenger count in each cabin) and she… Continue reading Disney Dream, Part 1: Pleasant Surprises for Adults and Kids

Unique Events

Emerging Beach Skyline a Treat

Every November in southwest Florida, the town of Ft. Myers Beach (which is also an island) holds a sandsculpting festival, .  This year there are 17 "Master Sand Sculptors" who come from Texas, California, Canada, the Carolinas St. Louis and even Eastern Europe to compete for the title and the chance to compete in… Continue reading Emerging Beach Skyline a Treat

Cruises, Delicacies

Over-fed and Nearly Dead

Since this is the week of the annual “World’s Largest Cruise Night”, I want to continue on the cruise theme.  Nearly 80% of North Americans have never been on a cruise before and my guess is that many in that group would tend to agree with the notion that cruising is only for “the over-fed… Continue reading Over-fed and Nearly Dead

Cruise ship review, Cruises

Dueling Cruise Ships

This weekend I had a chance to tour the Carnival Liberty in Miami and Celebrity's Solstice in Ft. Lauderdale.  (One of the best parts of my job...)  With so many cruise ships afloat these days, you might think they're all alike, but it's just not true.  Although these two both sail a 7 day Caribbean itinerary,… Continue reading Dueling Cruise Ships