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Specialty Dining on Harmony of the Seas

June 20, 2017 |
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On our recent cruise on Harmony of the Seas, we were able to experience a variety of Specialty Dining restaurants since we were in a Star Class Suite (a Two Bedroom Aquatheater Suite).

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Harmony of the Seas Heliport

Royal Caribbean’s Royal Genie

June 8, 2017 |
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On our latest cruise on Harmony of the Seas, we sailed in a Star Class suite, which gave us access to a Genie (Daniel, in our case).  Genies can be thought of as  “Super-Concierges”; they are there to make your cruise as effortless as possible.  And Daniel did just that for us.

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Harmony of The Seas Aquatheater Suite

June 5, 2017 |
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My family and I just returned from our week on Harmony of the Seas, staying in a two-bedroom Aquatheater Suite.  This suite is part of Royal Caribbean’s Star Program, which provides a Genie for the week.

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Sunset on Oasis of the Seas

Packing for a Cruise

May 24, 2017 |
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As we begin to get ready for our upcoming cruise, I realize how much I hate packing! But for those folks who have never been on a cruise, I thought it might be helpful to create some lists of what and what not to pack.

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Would You Ever Cruise Solo?

May 17, 2017 |
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After I posted about How to Plan a Cruise, I received lots of feedback from Solo Cruisers who asked specific questions about keeping their costs down.  While I haven’t cruised solo, I know lots of people who do, so I pulled together some information that I hope might be helpful.

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The beach is stunning at Secrets Maroma Beach in Mexico

Secrets Maroma Beach – A Long Weekend

May 8, 2017 |
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Ah…..Mexico!  Heading down to Mexico for a long weekend is pretty easy for us since we’re in Texas.  Houston has many direct flights into Cancun that are not very expensive if you keep your eye on the flights.

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Weekend One at Austin City Limits Festival

Are you going to ACL?

May 6, 2017 |
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ACL, which is actually the Austin City Limits Music Festival, takes place every fall at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas.  Tickets have gone on sale, so if you are planning on going this year, it’s time to get those tickets!  

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View of the cliffs at the Caves, Negril

The Caves – Negril, Jamaica

May 3, 2017 |
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Do you ever want one of those vacations that allow you to drop off the face of the earth for a little while?  If so, then check out The Caves in Negril, Jamaica.  Not only is it beautiful, but the service I experienced there has made me return several times over the years.

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Introducing Las Olas Travel

April 27, 2017 |
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I was recently contacted by the co-founder of Las Olas Travel, Rachel Wilson, to find out if I had ever done volunteer work during my travels.  While I haven’t yet, it is definitely on my bucket list in the very near future.

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A blast from the 70's at Andaz Papagayo

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

April 22, 2017 |
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My husband and I were able to make a quick trip to Costa Rica last fall, using Hyatt points to stay at the Andaz Papagayo Resort.  We have always wanted to go to Costa Rica, but between work and kid commitments, we could never get our schedules to work.

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Do you like to cruise?

Do you Like to Cruise?

April 19, 2017 |
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Do you like to cruise?  I generally find that folks either love it or hate it.  Most of my family really like to cruise, but my husband only goes because I force him!  Here’s the thing – how else can you visit a variety of different places but only have to unpack once? For me, cruising gives me an opportunity to see if I really like a port enough to go back for a longer vacation.

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United Airlines drags passenger off plane

United Airlines – Customer Service?

April 11, 2017 |
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock during the last two days, you’ve probably heard the news about the passenger being physically dragged off a United flight on Sunday.  So many things had to go wrong for this to happen, so let’s take a look at the facts.

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