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Welcome to The Panama Canal Disney Wonder

Today the Disney Wonder made her first transit through the Panama Canal.  She arrived at the Gatun Locks earlier.

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18th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival Info

From March 2 through May 15, 2011 the characters of Toy Story 3 will be featured at the 18th Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival and Walt Disney World Resort.  This is the first time that the Toy Story characters will be highlighted at this festival.  It will also be the first time in seven years that the front entrance will showcase all new topiary characters.

There will be more than 100 topiaries, a brand new “Cars 2” display at the World Showcase plaza.  There will also be Pooh, Tigger and pals topiaries in the Hundred Acre Wood wildflower display.  They will be spreading the news about the “Winnie the Pooh Movie” debuting in the summer of 2011.

Also new will be an expanded Bambi’s Butterfly House, a new Healthy Living Garden, special gardener appearances on the new Festival center Stage and first-time performers for the Flower Power.

The butterfly house is being expanded for the first time since 2005 and you will see more butterflies than ever.   Between Germany and Italy will be Rapunzel’s Tower in the Tangled Magical Garden, based on the animated film “Tangled”.

Flower Power will include Melissa Manchester (March 25-27), Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. (April 8-10) and Juice Newton (April 15-17) in 2011.  Jose Feliciano will kick off the concert series on March 4-6.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Today we give thanks for all of our friends and family.  Without you, we wouldn’t be here.  We look forward to another year sharing our travels, destinations, deals and most of all our time with you.  We love your feedback and are thankful for your business.

Cruise Packing 101

Packing for a cruise for me usually starts around the time I book a cruise or after returning from a cruise, whichever is later.  I know, it sounds obsessive, but there are some things that you don’t need on a regular basis that’s only used on a cruise.  Those things can be set aside as soon as I know we’re going.  Each time we cruise though, it seems easier and easier.

We travel a fair amount so I have set up a toiletries bag for travel.  When we return from a trip, I refill or replace things that need refilling/replacing.  I also have a second bag that has medicines/first aid stuff.  This again is specific for traveling and the cruise so I don’t have to pull this together every time I travel.  When you are on a trip to a hotel, if something comes up you can go to a drug store.  When you are on a ship though, you are limited by what they have in the gift shop, which usually isn’t much and usually is overpriced.  I bring Bandaids, ibuprofen, Dramamine, Imodium, Pepto Bismal, antibacterial cream, hydrocortizone, ear dryer, eye drops and Maalox.  I also carry tweezers and finger nail clippers.  Believe it or not, I have used everything that I have brought on one cruise or another and this doesn’t take up much space in packing.

There are other things that I pack only for a cruise, that are rarely used at other times.  This includes our snorkel gear, laundry hamper and over-the-door shoe holder.  No, the over-the-door shoe holder is not for shoes, it’s for other things.  I have a material one that has plastic holders for the shoes.  This works great for putting up on the bathroom door in the cabin and putting your toiletries, medicines, sunscreen, etc. in.  Cabins on the cruises don’t have a lot of storage space so every little bit helps.

We bring a power strip as there are usually limited outlets in the cabins.  This can be a real problem if you have power adapters that are large or odd shaped.  When I am cruising on a new itinerary or new cruise line, I bring an expandable folder to put all the papers that we receive in to keep them organized.

I also have a cruise kit of things just for cruising.  This includes a corkscrew, highlighters (to mark on the schedule what we want to do), sewing kit, eyeglass repair kit, battery operated night light, personal battery fan, post-it notes, Ziploc bags (in various sizes), air freshener, travel alarm clock, gaffers tape (like duct tape but easier to remove), flashlight and a pocket knife.

This will be a different cruise experience for us.  We are going on Norwegian Cruise Line.  NCL is known for its Freestyle Cruising.  This means that we don’t have to worry about the formal wear for formal and semi-formal nights.

We’re all packed now and just about ready to go!  Next blog…  live from Miami!

Celebrity Cruises – Theme Cruise Line Up

Adding flavor to an already robust onboard experience are new special interest cruises, geared to those with a fine appreciation of art, food and wine. A renowned guest chef, artist, or wine maker will be invited aboard select cruises to celebrate all we love about good food, wine and art.

Celebrity Cruises is expanding its line-up of theme cruises in 2011 to offer a total of 61 cruises that will feature immersive onboard art, food and wine based experiences.
“Celebrity Cruises strives to offer an array of enriching and fun experiences through our Celebrity Life onboard activities program,” said Celebrity’s Senior Vice President of Hotel Operations Lisa Lutoff-Perlo. “Our theme cruises are led by guest experts and combined with interactive activities and unique experiences for our guests’ special interests: fine dining with exceptional cuisine and service to enjoy, exquisite art to view and extraordinary wines to taste.”

Partnering with The Corning Museum of Glass, Celebrity will offer “Guest Glass Artist” theme cruises, each featuring an artisan glassblower. Five “Guest Glass Artist” cruises will be offered, on Caribbean sailings on the brand-new Celebrity Eclipse, which sets sail for the first time from Miami in November, and on Celebrity Solstice.

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National Cruise Vacation Month Continues

October is a beautiful time of year.  The leaves are changing, the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are cooling down.

Soon it will be winter and many of us will be wishing we were going somewhere warmer!  Now is the time to start planning for that escape.  And with CLIA’s World’s Largest Cruise Night promotion, there are so many great offers available.

Please attend our “Virtual” World’s Largest Cruise Night  You can explore the incredible world of cruising and plan a cruise! We have chosen several short videos showcasing the exciting offerings and destinations from participating CLIA member lines. For extra convenience, the Web page will be live until October 25.

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