12 Books In 2016

Once upon a time, in junior high through college, I was a huge reader. I’d often have four or five books going at once & loved most books. Heck, I was even in the “advanced reading club” for most of elementary school (hello: nerd alert!) I still have a very soft spot for all things […]

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31 Tips for a Great Cruise

31 tips to help you have a great cruise, regardless of what line you’re sailing or where you’re headed! 1. Check in on-line ahead of time – it’ll save you tons of time during the boarding process. 2. Speaking of the boarding process, check your boarding pass to see what time to get to the […]

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Sea Turtle Snorkeling Heaven in St. Thomas

Like most semi-regular cruisers, we had been to St. Thomas before. Several times before. We had almost given up on the most popular of the U.S. Virgin Islands as too touristy. So when we saw that our cruise ship once again stopped in St. Thomas (as most do), we knew we wanted to do something different. […]

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Snorkeling with Grenada Seafaris

Our third stop on Royal Princess was another island we hadn’t previously visited: Grenada. Known as the Spice Island due to its production of nutmeg & mace, this little island has a big history (U.S. & coalition troops invaded in 1983 to break up a coup). It is also surrounded by gorgeous Caribbean waters & […]

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Snorkeling in Bonaire with Woodwind

Our second cruise stop was in Bonaire – the island I was probably most excited to visit. This largely untouched, undeveloped island has zero traffic lights & one of the most amazing reefs in all of the Caribbean. Protected since the late 1970s as part of the Bonaire National Marine Park, the coral reef off […]

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A day on the beach in Aruba

The first stop on our cruise was somewhere we had never been to before: Aruba. We were excited to visit the Happy Island & her beautiful beaches. We decided to spend the day on Palm Beach, where many of the island’s hotels are located, & were excited when the Occidental Grand Aruba offered us the chance […]

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Cruise Review: Royal Princess

We are back from our glorious 10-day vacation on the Royal Princess, one of Princess’s newest, largest ships. This was our first time cruising Princess & we definitely came away with mixed feelings, but the benefits of unplugging & relaxing for ten days cannot be understated. The Ship Royal Princess, which was christened by Princess […]

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The Morgan Library

Tucked into the quiet corner of 36th & Madison is a beautiful stonework building & a relatively nondescript brownstone with a big secret. Inside is the soaring, opulent, private library of financier of J.P. Morgan. The Morgan Library & Museum is filled with his historic collection of books & manuscripts – the building is simply magnificent. […]

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Hotel Review: The Renwick Hotel

 An Update! I recently stayed again at The Renwick, while in NYC one night on a business strip. I am happy to report that many of the staff issues mentioned in my original post have been taken care of – everyone was welcoming & friendly. My colleague & I stayed in a 15th floor room […]

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Hotel Review: Saddlebrook Resort

Growing up in the middle of the orange groves northwest of Tampa, I was always intrigued by a seemingly magical place, hidden behind lush landscaping – an oasis in the middle of, well, nothing. Turns out there was some magic going on behind those Saddlebrook gates – at the time, tennis star Pete Sampras was […]

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