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Caribbean Playground: One Week at Sea on the Carnival Glory

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Last season’s holidays were a blur, with plenty of 15-hour days spent sewing and shipping travel scarves to areas near and far. So in January we took our third Carnival cruise. The cruise provided a nice refresher and reprieve from the New England winter. Our itinerary on the Carnival Glory was mix of new and familiar locales; but we ultimately chose it because it visited Roatan, Honduras, which had been on our radar for many years. I’m happy…

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How We Did Roatan, Honduras in Five Hours

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Poof! Mind Blown. It’s a bold statement. I’m well aware of that. But, then again, Roatan—the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras—is a pretty bold place, color wise anyways. And color is everywhere on West Bay Beach, the island’s most popular beach. Boats, blankets, restaurants, people, everything pops. Blue-greens, yellows, orange-reds are a gentle reminder you’re still in the Caribbean. Our plan wasn’t to have a beach day in Honduras on our recent Carnival…

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How We Did Cozumel in 5 Hours

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The first thing you notice is the water. Looking out from our sixth floor balcony on the Carnival Glory, the Caribbean Sea is a soothing turquoise blue, the likes of which I’ve only ever seen in the Maldives. Ever since Beth and I started dating a decade ago, we’ve been drawn to Mexico. At that time, we lived in San Diego, making it easy to explore the frontier coast of Baja California whenever we pleased….

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Turning Japanese in Holland

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I didn’t expect it to happen here. San Francisco? Definitely. Paris? Sure. Amsterdam? Certainly. But Rotterdam? That’s where I was wrong. Rotterdam is a world-class jazz city; I just didn’t know it, yet. Thankfully, Tokyo jazz band, Soil & “Pimp” Sessions, were already in the know. Last year, they laid down my dream jazz show in Rotterdam. It was a raucous affair, similar to what I imagine performances were like in American nightclubs in the…

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6 Things We Love About Sea Days

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A full day at sea, known among cruisers as a sea day, is the perfect time to enjoy the ship’s onboard amenities. And believe me, on modern cruise ships, there are a lot of amenities. Sea days are one of our favorite things about cruising. I’ll take a day at sea over an all-inclusive land resort anytime. We had two sea days on our recent western Caribbean cruise with Carnival—one at the beginning and one…

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How We Learned To Scuba Dive On A Cruise

A Life Saver at the Lobster Pot Diving School in Grand Cayman.

I’m swimming in the Caribbean. It’s a sunny November morning in Grand Cayman. The water is refreshing and a hypnotic turquoise. After a couple of minutes, a few more people, including our dive instructor, join Beth and I in the lagoon. We look at each other, realizing the moment has finally come: we’re about to dive. Twenty-four hours earlier we were sitting on the deck of the Carnival Dream looking through the shore excursion guide….

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Travel Photo Of The Week – Panajachel Village on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

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Image: Panajachel Village on Lake Atitlan, Guatemala   This photo was taken as we were leaving Panajachel on route to Santiago via a ferry over Lake Atitlan. I’ll have to post some photos of the lake because it is seriously stunning – one of the most beautiful I have seen. Little villages dot the circumference of the lake and it’s flanked in the back by a volcano. Travel eye candy and also extremely serene and peaceful. We…

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