Chocolate, Art and History in Italy

Italy has more than pizza and the artistry found in Rome. In April we will explore Umbria and its tasty and beautiful offerings.

Perugia is a main stop on this trip.

Old Perugia

Let us know if you’d like to join us in this beautiful adventure, Country Roads of Tuscany and Umbria.

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Where to go on the Spectacular Vacation- Part I

Where to go on that spectacular vacation

So often I am asked, ‘where should I go on vacation?’

Unless we’ve been bff’s for years the standard answer is I don’t know, but let’s figure it out.

The world is a big place with thousands of opportunities exploring, learning, relaxing and just plain fun. But for each of us, fun has a different meaning.

So I will try over the next few months to help you explore your options, continent by continent, country by country, even cities.

Let’s start with something familiar, North America. You may think that North America is the USA and Canada, maybe Mexico in there as well, but try again. There are about 23 countries in North America besides some additional lands owned by European nations.

Most people love the idea of warm sands, cool waves and lots of sun, so let’s head to the Caribbean and a lot of those countries.

Below are most of the places you would want to visit. Many are easily accessible by cruise ship.

Until about 2 years ago Cuba was forbidden fruit, but today you may visit. There is a lot of history and great food in Cuba. If you choose this destination, work with a travel agent and reputable tour company. There are still lots of rules and you wouldn’t want to go it alone.

Jamaica is probably one of the most popular places to visit. It is warm year round, has nice beaches and a wide variety of all-inclusive resorts. It’s also a common port for cruise ships.

If you are a nature lover, Costa Rica may be the place for you. There are habitats, a mini version of the Amazon and lovely beaches as well.

Each country has its own unique culture and geography.

The Caribbean offers

  • Guatemala
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Nicaragua:
  • Costa Rica:
  • Panama:
  • Jamaica:
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Bahamas:
  • Belize:
  • Barbados:
  • Saint Lucia
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Grenada:
  • Antigua & Barbuda:
  • Dominica:
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis:

 

When you are planning that spectacular Caribbean vacation consider these points:

  • Time of year- The Western Caribbean is warmer than the Eastern Caribbean, so if you are planning on a summer vacation, be prepared for 100º weather in the Western Caribbean.
  • Shopping-Expect to have many shops closed on Sunday so if you are cruising be aware and if you are flying in, consider which days you will be there.
  • Flights- Places like Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica are relatively easy to get to, although there is a good chance you won’t get a direct flight. The smaller island countries can be trickier for transportation. Check which days the airlines go to the islands or if you have to get a local flight from a larger neighboring island.
  • Money- US dollars are accepted most everywhere, but check ahead just to be sure.
  • PASSPORTS- Yes, you need a passport to visit any of the Caribbean nations. Tip: Although you may be able to use just an ID and birth certificate for the cruise, if something goes wrong and you have to fly back, it will cost time and additional fees to get your passport to board the plane.

As always, plan ahead. Most people are going on vacation during the summer and holiday weeks, so the cruises and resorts book up quickly. Today you are rewarded for that early booking.

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That Spectacular Vacation- Ready, Set, GO

Your bags are packed, the taxi’s waiting, but are you ready to go?

I’m a believer in checking and re-checking, so here are a few last minute preparation tips.

Day Before Travel

1)If you are flying, print out or download your boarding pass

2) If someone is taking you to the airport, cruiseport or train station verify what time they will arrive to pick you up.

3) Have you let the post office you know you’ll be away? If not, do it now or make sure someone is picking up your mail and newspapers. An overflowing mailbox and a stack of papers  advertise that no one is around.

4) If you are boarding pets, today is a good day to drop them off instead of stressing about it tomorrow when you are ready to leave.

5) Re-check your luggage, make sure everything is in there. Tip: Luggage tags should be on each piece but don’t put your home address or phone, use a business address instead. One less way to invite the ‘wrong’ kind of guest.

6) Let a neighbor you trust know that you will be away for a while.

Here is a link to some advice from the TSA.

Day of Travel

1) Make sure your passport/identification and boarding pass are readily available at the airport, cruiseport, etc.

2) Bring the minimum number of credit cards. Tip: Let your credit card companies know that you are traveling to avoid the ‘frozen account due to security measures’.

3) Check your carry-on for the essentials, medications, electronics, toiletries and one change of clothes. Tip: Carry an empty water bottle that you can fill up after you get through security at the airport.

4) If you are driving to the airport, check the traffic reports. Arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight. Tip: If your boarding pass shows ‘pre-check’ you can save time at the shorter lines where you don’t need to take off shoes and such. TSAPre-check link

5) If you are sailing, have your cruise line luggage tags on the luggage. For most cruise lines your cabin should be available around 1pm. If you arrive early treat yourself to lunch onboard the ship at the buffet.

6) Make sure the appliances in your home are off. Leave a light on somewhere in the house.

7) If you are traveling outside the USA and haven’t gotten any foreign currency, get about $50 worth at the airport.

Now, go and have a great time.

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That Spectacular Vacation- The Dreaded Paperwork

That Spectacular Vacation- the Dreaded Documentation

While envisioning all the great things you’ll be doing on your trip the idea of the ‘paperwork’ needed to make it happen makes most of us cringe.

Yet, without the proper documentation the trip may not happen.

Let’s keep it simple.

The Basics

 ID– If you remember nothing else when you leave for your trip, remember your ID.

For domestic travel bring your drivers license or other photo id. Keep it readily available for inspection at the airport.

For foreign travel it can be a little more complicated.

For any travel outside the USA a passport is required.

  •  If you don’t have a passport it is not difficult to get. There are two requirements, besides filling out the form. Go to state.gov  for the form new or renewal.(If you are not a US citizen contact the country of your citizenship)
  • You must have a birth certificate from a government agency
  • You must provide two passport photos

If you do have a passport, check the following

  •  Expiration date- There are a variety of rules regarding how long your passport must be valid to enter a country, it varies a lot
  1. Visa pages- Make sure there are at least two available for Visas and passport stamps
  •  If your passport is expired or close to expiring get it renewed. If you are traveling in less than 3 months use an expedited service.
  •  Visas- Each country has different requirements. There is a good website visahq which can let you know what you need.

Tip-Many people ask about passports when cruising. As of today (it does change), technically you can use your birth certificate and government id or passport card in lieu of a passport when sailing on a ‘closed loop’ cruise. This means that you leave and return to the same port in the USA. Keep in mind, if you had to fly back from a Caribbean island, you would need your passport, the other forms of ID will not work at the airport.

Boarding Passes- There are a variety of options for boarding passes on the airlines.

  • Print out your boarding pass –Tip-If you are traveling internationally you may not be able to do this if it’s the first time you are flying internationally with the airline
  • Download the boarding pass to your phone
  • Pick it up at the airport at the check in desk

 Cruise Line boarding pass

  •  Print it out at home- You will generally need to do your online check-in to do this
  • Get it at the check in desk

Printing out boarding passes at home saves time.

Tour companies vary and your travel agent should be able to give you the proper documentation.

Train Tickets-

Amtrak- Depending on where and when you travel you may be able to print out your boarding pass at home or at the train station. Note-Many Amtrak stations do not have personnel or machines for printing out your pass

Eurail- These vary depending on where and when. Check with Eurail or your travel agent.

Luggage Tags-Cruise lines will usually allow you to print luggage tags at home or mail them to you. This helps get the luggage to your cabin.

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Wild Wednesday for Celebrity Silhouette

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7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Celebrity Silhouette

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Sailing Date: Jan 06, 2013
Through: Jan 13, 2013
Book By: Dec 26 2012 10:59PM
# of Nights: 7
Ship: Celebrity Silhouette
Line: Celebrity Cruises
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ID: 3095233
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Overview Ship Info Deck Plans Cruise Line
Day Port Arrive Depart
1 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 4:30 PM
2 At Sea
3 San Juan, Puerto Rico 3:00 PM 10:00 PM
4 Philipsburg, St. Maarten 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
5 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
6 At Sea
7 At Sea
8 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 7:00 AM
 Number of Nights: 7

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Once Celebrity SilhouetteSM joins our fleet in 2011, you’ll have another outstanding option for cruising Europe and the Caribbean. She’ll have all the best-loved Solstice® Class features – and some new ones. Chic changes to Celebrity’s iconic Lawn Club give you more opportunities to relax, eat, drink and socialize in the fresh air. Celebrate the flavorful joys of outdoor grilling in the new Lawn Club Grill. Unwind in your own cabana-styled haven, The Alcoves. Inside, go on a culinary adventure in QsineSM where you order food and wine from an iPad® menu. Excitement brews with up to 50 international craft beers in the enhanced Michael’s Club. And enjoy sweeping veranda views in 85% of staterooms. We’ve created an extraordinary vacation experience. Again.

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Jan 06, 2013 – Jan 13, 2013 $499.00 Category Inside stateroom View Details
Jan 06, 2013 – Jan 13, 2013 $549.00 I – Cat. Z View Details
Jan 20, 2013 – Jan 27, 2013 $699.00 Category Balcony sta… View Details
Jan 20, 2013 – Jan 27, 2013 $799.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details
Feb 03, 2013 – Feb 10, 2013 $799.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details
Feb 17, 2013 – Feb 24, 2013 $799.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details
Mar 03, 2013 – Mar 10, 2013 $749.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details
Mar 17, 2013 – Mar 24, 2013 $749.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details
Mar 31, 2013 – Apr 07, 2013 $799.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details
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Tantalizing Tuesday is Christmas in the Caribbean

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7 Night S Caribbean – Holiday Cruise on Celebrity Summit

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Sailing Date: Dec 22, 2012
Through: Dec 29, 2012
Book By: Dec 4 2012 11:59PM
# of Nights: 7
Ship: Celebrity Summit
Line: Celebrity Cruises
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ID: 3073993
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Overview Ship Info Deck Plans Cruise Line
Day Port Arrive Depart
1 San Juan, Puerto Rico 8:30 PM
2 St. Croix, U.S.V.I. 8:00 AM 5:30 PM
3 Basseterre, St. Kitts 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
4 Roseau, Dominica 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
5 St. George’s, Grenada 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
6 At Sea
7 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
8 San Juan, Puerto Rico 6:00 AM
 Number of Nights: 7

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Celebrity Summit® will soon sail with a new sense of style and excitement. The third member of Millennium Class to be “Solsticized,” she’ll undergo a dazzling revitalization in January. She’ll be upgraded with AquaClass® accommodations including the Mediterranean-themed Blu specialty restaurant. She’ll get the hip Celebrity iLoungeSM where you can participate in the iLearn enrichment series or pick up the latest high-tech gadget from the first Apple Reseller at Sea. And get ready to have a unique, memorable dinner at the cutting edge QsineSM restaurant, with a menu and wine list housed in an iPad®. Finish with a chilled Lychee Martini at the ultra-cool, ice-topped Martini Bar. Plus more staterooms, more verandas, an expanded art collection, and completely new décor throughout. There’s going to be a new way to make your next vacation truly different and better than any you’ve experienced before.

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Dec 22, 2012 – Dec 29, 2012 $799.00 Inside Stateroom Gua… View Details
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Tantalizing Tuesday Wine & Dine

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8 Night Wine Cruise Cruise on Celebrity Millennium

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Sailing Date: Sep 14, 2012
Through: Sep 22, 2012
Book By: Aug 14 2012 10:59PM
# of Nights: 8
Ship: Celebrity Millennium
Line: Celebrity Cruises
Terms: Terms & Disclaimers
ID: 2951038
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Overview Ship Info Deck Plans Cruise Line
Day Port Arrive Depart
1 Vancouver, British Columbia 4:30 PM
2 Nanaimo, British Columbia 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
3 Victoria, British Columbia 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
4 At Sea
5 San Francisco, California 11:00 AM
6 San Francisco, California 9:00 PM
7 Monterey, California 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
8 At Sea
9 San Diego, California 7:00 AM
 Number of Nights: 8

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What do you call a place that offers world-class restaurants, Broadway-style shows, a luxurious spa and amenities that rival the grandest hotel on land? We call her Celebrity Millennium; you’ll call her magnificent. To sail on Celebrity Millennium, the first of our Millennium-class of ships, is an experience that cannot be expressed in words. Stride her decks and see for yourself what those who have experienced her already know: Celebrity Millennium is more than a ship; she is a special memory waiting to be had.

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Sep 14, 2012 – Sep 22, 2012 $1,299.00 Category Balcony sta… View Details
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Tantalizing Tuesday Sips the Bubbly

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12 Night Immersive Wine Cruise on Celebrity Constellation

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Sailing Date: Sep 07, 2012
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Book By: Jul 31 2012 10:59PM
# of Nights: 12
Ship: Celebrity Constellation
Line: Celebrity Cruises
Terms: Terms & Disclaimers
ID: 2939360
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Overview Ship Info Deck Plans Cruise Line
Day Port Arrive Depart
1 Southampton, England 5:00 PM
2 Paris (Le Havre), France 7:30 AM
3 Paris (Le Havre), France 11:00 PM
4 At Sea
5 Bordeaux (Le Verdon), France 8:00 AM
6 Bordeaux (Le Verdon), France 6:00 PM
7 Bilbao, Spain 7:00 AM
8 Bilbao, Spain 3:00 PM
9 Vigo, Spain 12:00 PM 8:00 PM
10 Porto (Leixoes), Portugal 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
11 At Sea
12 At Sea
13 Southampton, England 4:00 AM
 Number of Nights: 12

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Celebrity Constellation® has just been revamped-we call it “Solsticized” since it infuses her with cosmopolitan Solstice Class features.

She boasts a spectacular, new look and ambience. From the minute you enter the magnificent Grand Foyer, or savor a flavorful steak in the sophisticated Tuscan Grille, or sip your favorite vodka at the ultra-cool, ice-topped Martini Bar, you’ll feel pampered and transformed, too.

Sumptuous suites and staterooms offer stunning new décor and flat-screen TVs, yet the level of personal service remains unparalleled and meticulous. It’s a highly enhanced experience.

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Tantalizing Tuesday

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7 Night Bermuda Cruise on Celebrity Summit

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Sailing Date: Aug 05, 2012
Through: Aug 12, 2012
Book By: Jul 17 2012 10:59PM
# of Nights: 7
Ship: Celebrity Summit
Line: Celebrity Cruises
Terms: Terms & Disclaimers
ID: 2926108
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Overview Ship Info Deck Plans Cruise Line
Day Port Arrive Depart
1 Cape Liberty, Bayonne, N.J. 4:00 PM
2 At Sea
3 At Sea
4 Kings Wharf, Bermuda 8:30 AM
5 Kings Wharf, Bermuda
6 Kings Wharf, Bermuda 4:30 PM
7 At Sea
8 Cape Liberty, Bayonne, N.J. 7:00 AM
 Number of Nights: 7

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Celebrity Summit® will soon sail with a new sense of style and excitement. The third member of Millennium Class to be “Solsticized,” she’ll undergo a dazzling revitalization in January. She’ll be upgraded with AquaClass® accommodations including the Mediterranean-themed Blu specialty restaurant. She’ll get the hip Celebrity iLoungeSM where you can participate in the iLearn enrichment series or pick up the latest high-tech gadget from the first Apple Reseller at Sea. And get ready to have a unique, memorable dinner at the cutting edge QsineSM restaurant, with a menu and wine list housed in an iPad®. Finish with a chilled Lychee Martini at the ultra-cool, ice-topped Martini Bar. Plus more staterooms, more verandas, an expanded art collection, and completely new décor throughout. There’s going to be a new way to make your next vacation truly different and better than any you’ve experienced before.

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Jul 22, 2012 – Jul 29, 2012 $849.00 Inside Stateroom Gua… View Details
Jul 29, 2012 – Aug 05, 2012 $829.00 Inside Stateroom Gua… View Details
Aug 05, 2012 – Aug 12, 2012 $749.00 Category Oceanview s… View Details
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Aug 19, 2012 – Aug 26, 2012 $829.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details
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