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Carnival Refurbishes Ecstasy, Home Port Charleston, SC

Carnival’s new and improved Fun Ship experience has sailed into Charleston.  The Carnival Ecstasy completed its latest refurbishment in January, 2017.  If you are familiar with Carnival, you may know that they have named their refurbishment process Fun Ship 2.0.  What’s a refurbishment anyway?  Every 5 years cruise ships head into ‘dry dock’ for routine… Read More »

Costa Rica (part 3) Hyatt Andaz Papagayo

I can’t believe how 10 days flew by!  We chose Hyatt’s Andaz Papagayo resort in Peninsula Papagayo overlooking the bay for our final night.  Of the 3 resorts we visited, this was by far the most upscale, trendy, and architecturally brilliant.  After visiting the mountainside jungle at Arenal Paraiso, then lounging for days on the… Read More »

10 Days in Costa Rica (part 2) Dreams Las Mareas

After a few days in the rain forest at Arenal Volcano, we were ready for some sunshine and Pacific blue.  We were heading to Las Mareas, to check out the brand new Dreams Las Mareas All Inclusive resort.  Whether you are traveling from the Arenal Volcano, or directly from the airport in Liberia (Dreams has… Read More »

10 Days in Costa Rica (part 1) Arenal Volcano

Costa Rica is a tropical country in Latin America with gorgeous coasts on both the Atlantic and Pacific sides.  Dense with rain forests, it is also home to hundreds of volcanoes, five of them active.  Its a peaceful and democratic nation, and no Visa is required for U.S. Citizens at this time.  “While it may… Read More »

Should I Use a Travel Agent

9 Things We’ll Tell You About Travel Agents – A Response to this story Appearing in Women’s Day Well maybe its really 10 things, because for starters, I didn’t find any of the money saving gems promised in this article, so from the get go the premise was misleading.  It turns out to be a… Read More »

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