What to pack: the cruise carry-on

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I like to be prepared for my trips, and while I’m the queen of traveling with JUST a carry-on when I fly, just like the Girl Scout’s taught me I come PREPARED. For a 7-day cruise on the Carnival Dream – I PACKED, and then packed some more. With no one bag limit, I think […]

Carnival Dream top 10 list


Less than two weeks ago I was cruising the Eastern Caribbean on the Carnival Dream. When I return from a major press trip, I take a while to really gather my thoughts and impressions before writing. I do this because there may have been something that happened that wasn’t absolutely perfect, and I want to […]

Warm up with pics from the Carnival Dream


If you’re sitting in the house, trying to avoid the cold and snow, here are some pics from the amazing Carnival Dream as I to #CruisingCarnival this week through the Eastern Caribbean on a press trip with Mr. S. Stop sitting there and dreaming about getting to the warm weather and check out all of […]

Holiday Getaways – Princess

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Mr. S and I are big on giving experiences rather than gifts for the holidays. We also take the time to escape and relax from all of the craziness as soon as it’s all over. It used to be that at least ONCE a year, we’d drive down to the port in Fort Lauderdale and […]

Samsara Spa

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If you look REALLY hard you’ll see me waving from my balcony. Count the decks one two three four five six seven EIGHT – see THERE I am As soon as I’m done waving, I’m heading out to my special elevator, the one that’s only for guests staying in the Samsara Spa staterooms and suites. […]

5 cruise tips for the first timer

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This coming Thursday I fly to Barcelona to board the beautiful Costa Luminosa. I’ll be cruising the Mediterranean as I review Costa’s 2- level Samsara Spa. Mr. S has ALWAYS loved cruising (I feel awful that I’m leaving him behind this time), and as a result we’ve cruised a few times. Living in South Florida, […]

How do you relax – Giveaway

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HAPPY NATIONAL RELAXATION DAY! What? You’re too busy getting the kids ready for back to school, planning that labor day cookout, getting the dust bunnies out from under the sofa, and picking up that bread and milk that you FORGOT to get yesterday? Slow down, take a minute to breathe and celebrate Here at Champagne […]

Royalty at it’s best from Princess


The buzz around town is that the newest member of the Princess Fleet, the Royal Princess will be the ship that outdoes all of the rest on the sea. As HUGE fans of Princess ships, it is no surprise as they traditionally have brought the best to passengers over the years. Arriving in June of […]