Viñales, Cuba: Mountains, Caves, and Cigars

The beautiful Viñales Valley, Cuba.

After disembarking the Norwegian Sky, we made our way through customs, to the currency exchange and out into the middle of Havana. But the beautiful squares and old cars that transport you to a bygone era would have to wait. We were heading out of town to Viñales, a . . . → Read More: Viñales, Cuba: Mountains, Caves, and Cigars

Norwegian Sky: Miami to Havana

Norwegian Sky leaving the Port of Miami

Last year, my travel agency had a contest, and whoever booked the most Norwegian cruises within a particular time frame won a cruise to Cuba (and I won!) I am not one to turn down a free cruise, so off we went, on the four-night Norwegian Sky . . . → Read More: Norwegian Sky: Miami to Havana

Bruges, Belgium: I’ve Gone To Chocolate Heaven

Bruges: Breakfast of Champions.

“I’ll just pick up a few chocolates as gifts for my friends,” I thought, in advance of our day-with-no-plans in Bruges. As we wandered the quaint, canal-lined streets of Bruges, we meandered into shop after shop after shop, all filled with beautiful, delicious looking, chocolate masterpieces.

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Where to Travel Next? As Seen On Inside South Florida

In case you missed it, I was recently featured on Inside South Florida, on The CW. I sat down with Dave Aizer to talk about all things travel. From family trips to great getaways, I can help you plan the adventure of a lifetime.

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Fish and Chips and a History of Conflict

Belfast, Northern Ireland: The Antrim Coast is gorgeous.

As I talked about our cruise itinerary, perhaps my least anticipated port was Belfast. In advance of our cruise, I hired a guide with the expectation that we would see some of the coastline, and a couple of murals.

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Liverpool, and a Jaunt to Northern Wales

A jaunt to Northern Wales: Conwy Castle

While in Liverpool, people tend to do some sort of Beatles-related tour. Alas, I don’t really like the Beatles. Mind you, I don’t not like them, but I am ambivalent, and don’t want to spend my whole day seeing places that inspired them. I would rather see . . . → Read More: Liverpool, and a Jaunt to Northern Wales

Edinburgh, Scotland: The Fringe, The Castle, The Tattoo

Edinburgh, Scotland: You never know who you’ll meet.

Edinburgh, Scotland was easily my most-anticipated port stop of the cruise. We would be there during the Fringe festival and had tickets for dinner in the castle followed by the military tattoo. My only hesitation was the tendering. This was a tender port. Getting thousands of . . . → Read More: Edinburgh, Scotland: The Fringe, The Castle, The Tattoo

Inverness, Scotland: Castles and Whisky

Inverness, Scotland: Celebrity Silhouette

Boarding the Celebrity Silhouette in Amsterdam was a bit hectic. But once we dropped luggage and waited in a short check-in line, we made our way through security, customs, and onto the ship. Being pushed and shoved through the Van Gogh museum that morning was unpleasant, to say the least. . . . → Read More: Inverness, Scotland: Castles and Whisky

NCL Escape, Family Cruising Fun

Norwegian Escape pool deck.

Recently, I toured the NCL Escape, Norwegian’s newest ship to date. This mega-ship has enough eating and drinking venues to make your head spin, as well as an array of activities for the whole family. Water slides? Check. Sports complex and ropes course? Indeed. You can even walk the plank, . . . → Read More: NCL Escape, Family Cruising Fun

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas

The Boardwalk

Carrying a maximum of 6,300 passengers, it is fair to say that the Allure of the Seas is gigantic. Until a recent tour, I didn’t quite get the impressive size and features of this magnificent ship. Even the terminal, purpose-built for the Allure of the Seas and her sister, the Oasis of . . . → Read More: Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas

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