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All good things must come to end, and so it goes with this cruise. But…long story, short: It was great! I posted this review to CruiseCritic to thank members for the information I gleaned from the site. This was our first cruise on Celebrity and first cruise to the Caribbean. Now with two cruises under our belt, we have a better sense of what we prefer going forward. Embarkation Arrived just before… Read More

Happy New Year! I realized that from this past summer, I did a day-by-day account of our Alaskan cruise, but I never wrapped it up with a trip review. Since this was our first cruise and first time to Alaska, I thought I’d write a little bit about the experience. I’ll be honest, up until now, I never had a strong desire to go on a cruise. Some of it was bad… Read More

Ahh, the beautiful sunshine and warm weather of Florida was a brief respite from December in Wisconsin. We stayed four nights in Orlando at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Below are some notes on our trip: Airline/Hotel: Booked a Southwest Airlines package deal for flight + hotel when there was a good sale in September. Also love that they have non-stop service from our home airport. Enjoyed Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: comfortable room,… Read More

I thought the trip to Hawaii would never come! It was booked deep in the depths of a Wisconsin winter (what’s that like?). It was my little thing to look forward to…forget Spring, I was thinking of Hawaii! In January, I posted about redeeming my airline miles for this dream trip. Now it was actually happening: 3 days in Honolulu and 5 days in Maui. Flew from Milwaukee and connected in Atlanta… Read More

Back from a trip to Northern California to celebrate Mother’s Day with my mom. Enjoyed touring around and wine tasting. So many highlights! Sebastopol, California Bodega, California Golden Gate Bridge Point Reyes National Seashore Coleman Valley Road Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Area St. Helena & Calistoga, California Sterling Vineyards Platypus Wine Tours For more pics, check out my Napa/Sonoma/Marin Flickr album.

Made it back from New York City. Wow…what a great time! I’ll admit, I never had a strong desire to visit NYC. I’m more of a outdoors, national park kind of person…but I’d go back in a heartbeat! We flew into LaGuardia. The prices were better for us, but check both JFK and Newark when booking tickets. To get from the airport, we used Super Shuttle. So trying to find a budget… Read More

Back from sunny Southern California. Great trip! I was in Anaheim to give a presentation at a work conference, but scheduled vacation time before it. Good decision. Flew into LAX (the prices were better than Orange County). Didn’t want to deal with LA traffic, so we skipped a rental car. Never came to regret it either. We used Super Shuttle to take us to our hotel in Anaheim. We avoided the expensive… Read More