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Sunday, November 29, 2009

FREE TRAVEL GEAR! Travel Bloggers' Caravan

Next Tuesday, 15 travel bloggers will put on their Santa hats and will give away prizes in celebration of the season.

Prizes range from hotel gift cards and overnight stays to digital cameras and noise-cancelling headphones to luggage and camera bags to travel guidebooks and DVDs.

Each day, between December 1–15, a different travel expert's blog will be featured in this round robin event. You'll have a chance to win one of over a dozen prizes by reading and commenting on the daily blog post.

Simply visit the Luxury Cruise Bible blog each morning to learn about the featured Caravan "stop-of-the-day" between December 1 and 15, and then enter to win.

Complete Travel Caravan Schedule

December 1:
Lingo 16-Language Translator courtesy of Magellan's Travel Supplies

December 2: (Andrea M. Rotondo)
$100 Marriott gift card

December 3: (Kathy McCabe)
One-year online subscription to Dream of Italy newsletter & DVD ($79 value)

December 4: (Shannon McKenna Schmidt & Joni Rendon)
Literary Travel Prize Pack
(A tote bag, the book Novel Destinations, travel kit, note cards, tea, bookmarks, and a keychain.)

December 5: (Andrew Hickey)
Imagine: A Vagabond Story by Grant Lingel and a $50 Magellan's Travel Supplies gift certificate

December 6: The Tranquilo Traveler (Joshua Berman)
A copy of Moon Belize, accompanied with personal travel advice from the author about your trip

December 7: (Amie O'Shaughnessy and Kristi Marcelle)
Napa Valley Getaway
(One-night stay at the Westin Verasa in Napa, California,
plus gourmet lunch for two on the Napa Valley Wine Train)

December 8: (John DiScala)
Alaska and Seattle Toursaver books ($198 value) and $50 Magellan's Travel Supplies gift certificate

December 9: What a Trip (Nancy D. Brown)
Two Otterbox cell phone cases ($50 value each)
One Briggs and Riley Baseline 20” Carry-On Expandable Wide-Body Upright ($369 value)

December 10: (Jeanine Barone)
Mountainsmith Tour FX Camera Bag ($99 value)

December 11: (Linda Coffman)
Fodor's The Complete Guide to Caribbean Cruises and a World Grounding Set (courtesy of Magellan's Travel Supplies)

December 12: (Ellen Barone)
Day pack from First Ascent, a new extreme adventure line of gear and clothing by Eddie Bauer and partners ($79 value)

December 13: (Donna L. Hull)
"Library Edition" of the most recent season of "Rudy Maxa's World",
including six DVDs containing 13 shows on destinations in India, Turkey, Japan, Thailand, St. Petersburg, Estonia, and Argentina ($112 value)

December 14: (Terri Fogarty)
Fujifilm FinePix J28 10MP digital camera with 3x optical zoom

December 15: (Andrea M. Rotondo)
Folding noise-cancelling headphones courtesy of Magellan's Travel Supplies

Magellan's Travel Supplies is a sponsor of this event. Check out the unique gifts available at Magellan's website for all the travelers on your holiday shopping list.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

FEATURED STORY: Oasis of the Seas

Oasis of the Seas has been all over the news this week since it’s not only the most expensive ($1.4 billion) but the heaviest, longest, tallest, widest cruise ship ever built. And, guess what?! This past weekend I got the golden pass to be one of the first to set sail on this beauty of a beast, and I have to tell you, it was way better than I ever imagined. Here’s my story.

Read on...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Wipeout on Oasis of the Seas' Flo Rider

Friday, November 20, 2009

FEATURED STORY: Tel Aviv, Israel

Shalom! This week we finish up our incredible journey to Israel by sharing with you our time in Tel Aviv, Jaffa and the flight back. Read on

Blogging Live From Oasis of the Seas

I'm one of the lucky members of the media to be invited on Oasis of the Seas preview cruise. My sister and I just boarded this mammoth (225,282 gross registered tons) which carries 5,400 guests at double occupancy and has 16 decks. Follow me in real time on Twitter (

Monday, November 16, 2009

Meet Coca-Cola's Expedition 206 Team

Live from Atlanta, Georgia!

Friday, November 13, 2009

I was recently reading a story by @WendyPerrin, in Conde' Nast Traveler, on five travel experts to follow on Twitter. She was raving about a new service run by Gary Leff, a Senior Moderator and member-elected TalkBoard President of For those having difficulty in cashing your frequent flier miles, Gary will do the work for you. They are time-consuming tricks, so his fee of $250 (for the first two people on the same itinerary) may be worth the price…especially since some tickets he books can cost up to $20,000. I know, airlines shouldn’t make booking award tickets into a game, but some do, which opens the door for people like Gary who can add a valuable service.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A 33-year-old New Yorker who came over from France at age 18 as an inspired artist is leaving his job, girlfriend, and family to set out on a crazy 40-country journey around the world. The kicker is that he is driving! Now that is crazy. I read his story on MSNBC and you can keep track of his trip through his blog. He leaves on November 15 and is heading south. His estimated total for the trip is $46,000. That’s for the car, tent, gas, repairs, insurance, vaccinations, visas ($550), maps, guidebooks, food, campgrounds, the occasional hotel and shipping the car five times to get to the continents. I wish him luck, as I don’t have the balls to do it.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

FEATURED STORY: Marriott Airport Campus

A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending the grand re-opening of the Marriott Miami Airport Hotel Campus. There was a huge celebration with VIPs like Mr. Marriott himself and Tito Puente junior’s salsa band played, complete with dancers. The campus is a unique concept; it has three different Marriott-branded hotels and a cool $70 million was spent on the transformation. The three hotels comprise a 366-room, full-service Marriott, 300-room Courtyard by Marriott and 163-suite Residence Inn. Read on ...

Wednesday, November 04, 2009


Per Diem
Ever wonder what the per diem rates are when traveling overseas? Here are the official ones, according to the U.S. Department of State. Even if you aren’t traveling, it’s interesting to see what others are getting when they’re abroad.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Are you interested in airline analysis? If so, then check out Not only do they have the usual SEC and BTS data but the analysis here includes dozens of easy to interpret charts and graphs, which compare airline finances and operations with numerous breakdowns from labor costs to passenger ticket expense. They cover only U.S. airlines: Air Tran, American, Alaska, Allegiant, Continental, Delta/Northwest, Frontier, JetBlue, Southwest, United and USAir. But if you're looking for stock advice or predictions, you’d better look elsewhere because author Robert Herbst doesn’t provide them. Mr. Herbst has been a commercial pilot since 1969 and his aviation experience and financial background provides a unique analytical perspective into the airline industry.

FEATURED STORY: Thai islands

The honeymoon continues, this week in the spectacular (and impossibly romantic) Thai islands. Read on ...

Sunday, November 01, 2009

New York City Marathon

If you have friends like I do, running today in the New York City marathon, you may be interested in this. I just discovered that I can track my friends’ progress. Just log on to the marathon’s official website and click the Race Day Tracker. Type in the runner’s name whose progress you’re interested in tracking and hit select. At the top of that page, choose either Track Results or Show Map. Since I’m in the Big Apple, I’m going to stand on one of the street corners and cheer the runners on. Thanks to Liz Borod Wright for the New York City Marathon Spectators’ Guide she wrote for Zagat. I’m going to use it to find some fuel while I’m waiting.