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Cunard's Queen Victoria Undergoes Retrofit - Chart Room

During Queen Victoria’s refit, her popular Chart Room will move and in the process, be refined with the allure and glamour of a classic cocktail bar from the heyday of her key sailing destinations.

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Specialties of European Cuisine

Europe is such a vast and diversified continent that no matter how many times a traveler visits, he or she can always find something new to see or a new way to see something.  

Europe's cuisine is just as varied.  Here are a few well-known European classics:

From Germany & Alsace:  Kugelhopf and Flamekuche

From Italy:  Pannetone and Gelato

From France:  French Onion Soup & Tarte Tatin

From Switzerland:  Cheese Fondue

Creating Vacation Memories

My travel agency is now in its 12th year of operation, and when I ask clients their preferences for a particular trip, the most common response is "What do you think?"  

While I'm flattered that clients are interested in my opinion, I tell them:  "What I think doesn't matter because you're the ones who have to live with the memories you create." 

The fact is that no matter where your travels take you, and no matter how many trips you take, when all is said and done, you will be left with two things:

1) your pictures, videos, and souvenirs; and

The Importance of Human Connections

In the words of Dr. Maya Angelou:  “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”  

I have to agree that in all of my travels, the people I've met along the way are the most memorable and tangible parts of my trips.

Hawaiian Specialty Foods

Nowhere else in the United States is the melting pot of cultures more evident than in Hawaii.   And from that melting pot comes a delicious array of foods unique to the islands.  

Here are a few of the most classic Hawaiian specialty foods:  

Discover Windstar Cruises!

Windstar Cruises operates a fleet of small luxury cruise ships known for its intimate yacht style experience and unique voyages to the world’s best small ports and hidden harbors. Its six yachts carry just 148 to 310 guests and cruise to 50 nations, calling at 150 ports throughout Europe, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and Central America. In May of 2014, Windstar added to its sailing yachts by adding the Star Pride power yacht, followed by Star Breeze and Star Legend in May of 2015.

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The Seabourn Suites

Seabourne Cruises' ships are "all-suite ships.  Enjoy taking a look at avid cruiser Ralph Grizzle's tour of Seabourn's accommodations and amenities. 


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The Seabourn Difference

Enjoy this short video introduction to Seabourn Cruises. 

Seabourn features a fleet of intimate ships, sailing unique itineraries around the world, and earning the industry's most prestigious awards. Join us aboard the world’s finest small-ship cruise line and experience the Seabourn Difference for yourself.

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Thanks for the Memories!

Last night, my husband and I attended the wake of a longtime friend and client, Judy.  We only learned of Judy's passing two hours before we arrived at the funeral home.

I felt compelled to write today because we have so many fond memories of Judy.  Just a few weeks ago, Judy flew around the country, attending a wedding, reunion, and other family functions.  This was the last trip I planned for her.  Before that, she and her husband took two month-long trips, the first to England and the second to Greece.  

New! Video Introduction to Princess Cruises

Escape to breathtaking ocean views and destinations that make your heart sing, all with Princess Cruises. From the magical allure of Europe to the ancient treasures of exotic Asia, we share with you the most spectacular wonders of the world. Additionally, Princess cruise vacations offer an array of exciting onboard activities from movies under the stars to folklore performances, and more.

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