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  • Photo Album of Venice, Italy a Top Tier Bucket List Destination

    Photo Album of Venice, Italy a Top Tier Bucket List Destination

    Here is an album of some of our favorite photos from Venice, Italy. With an endless parade of boats, gondolas, and water taxis navigating the labyrinth of canals, Venice is one of the most unique, charming, and romantic cities in the world. Throw in the city’s rich history, architecture, food, and wine, it’s no wonder that Venice is a top-tier Bucket List destination.

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  • Cruise Misconceptions Debunked

    Cruise Misconceptions Debunked

    For those who have never cruised before, it is not uncommon to fall victim to myths and misguided assumptions. The best ways to dispel these misunderstandings are to talk to a seasoned sailor and ultimately embark on the journey yourself. My first cruise was a seven-day trip out of New York, New York to Bermuda on Norwegian Cruise Line’s infamous Breakaway. Going into the trip, I had many misconceptions that were thankfully debunked by NCL Gold Member and Mid-Life Road Trip correspondent, Kaelyn Mostafa.

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  • Win a 7-day cruise on the Norwegian Escape #CruiseSmile

    Win a 7-day cruise on the Norwegian Escape #CruiseSmile

    October is Plan a Cruise Month, and there’s no better time to plan your next cruise vacation. Since we’re all about the Bucket List, when Cruise Smile approached us to write about Norwegian Cruise Line, we thought we’d design a Bucket List cruise, and our Norwegian ship would be our destination. All Aboard! They had us at private luxury and personalized service! The Haven by Norwegian™ is an exclusive on board enclave featuring their most luxurious, […]

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  • Win one of 31 cruises during Plan a Cruise Month! #CruiseSmile

    Win one of 31 cruises during Plan a Cruise Month! #CruiseSmile

    If you’ve followed us for any time at all, you know that we love cruising. That’s why we are super excited to partner with the cruise industry to promote the annual #CruiseSmile Sweepstakes where during the month of October, you have a chance to win one of 31 featured cruises. The cruises are amazing – like a luxury voyage to Tahiti, a European river cruise to Paris and Normandy, a magical family-friendly seven-night Caribbean cruise, […]

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  • Photo Album of Florence, Italy

    Photo Album of Florence, Italy

    Here is an album of some of our favorite photos from Florence, Italy is an absolute must for anyone who loves food, wine, art, and history.

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  • Old Town Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Photo Album of Old Town Dubrovnik, Croatia

    One of the most exciting ports of call on our Mediterranean cruise aboard the Carnival Sunshine was Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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  • Making Burgers at Sea

    Making Burgers at Sea

    Carnival Cruise Lines conspired with Food Network megastar, Guy Fieri, to open an instantly addictive eatery called Guy’s Burger Joint on the lido deck of the Carnival Sunshine. Though many cruisers just ask for a plain burger and some fries before heading over to the radical toppings bar where they create their idea of the perfect burger, there is a menu of Guy’s signature burgers that should not be ignored. During our recent Mediterranean cruise, […]

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  • Carrie Underwood, right, reacts to a comment at a news conference Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. At left is Brig. Gen. John Pray, president and CEO of Operation Homefront. Underwood, Operation Homefront and Carnival Cruise Line announced a partnership to begin a new initiative to support U.S. military families. The effort between the three entities is to raise funds through a series of projects during Underwood's concert tour and aboard Carnival's ships as well as the company's website. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY (Andy Newman/Carnival Cruise Line/HO)

    Carnival Cruise Line partners with Carrie Underwood

    I was fortunate enough to attend the news conference announcing announcing the partnership between Carnival Cruise Line and seven-time GRAMMY-winning mega-star, Carrie Underwood to support military families through Operation Homefront.  I admit that it was quite thrilling to be be in the same room with Carrie Underwood, but what I found most impactful was the sincere commitment Carnival Cruise Line and Carrie Underwood share for our troops. Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line said, “Military families represent a […]

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  • Impressions of Portugal #VikingSocial

    Impressions of Portugal #VikingSocial

    Prior to receiving an invitation from Viking River Cruises to participate in the #VikingSocial cruise on the Douro River, I knew very little about Portugal. I was aware that Port wine was made in Portugal, and that cork trees grew there. Anything else I might have learned was surely forgotten as soon as I put down the pencil after taking whatever high school or college test I had bothered to study for in the first place.

    This trip afforded me the opportunity to learn of Portugal’s history, witness her beauty, experience her culture, and taste her wine. As a result, Portugal is now in the upper echelon of countries I would love to visit again and again.

    Of the 1,121 photographs I snapped along the journey, here are a few that summarize my first impressions of Portugal.

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  • Photographing #DoorPorn in Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal

    Photographing #DoorPorn in Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal

    For centuries, Arabs, Jews, and Christians have peacefully coexisted in the village of Castelo Rodrigo, Portugal. As an invited participant in the #VikingSocial Portugal’s River’s of Gold cruise, I had the opportunity to explore and photograph the 13th century fortress. One of my quirks as a photographer is photographing old doors. I found that the combination of old wood, stone walls, and growing vines made the #DoorPorn in Castelo Rodrigo some of the most interesting that I’ve […]

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