Where In The World Are We Going?!

Where In The World Are We Going?!

 
This time last year, I walked into the New York Times Travel Show with the intention of building up readership for this blog, and maybe learn a thing or two about places I haven’t been.  I never dreamed I would walk out on the path to being a Cruise Planners franchise owner.  Within six weeks of the show, I completely reinvented myself as a business owner.

I love to travel.  There are a million reasons I could list; the sights, the sounds, the people, new experiences, we know them all.  Perhaps my favorite are the smells.  Every different location has it’s own unique scent.  It comes from the geology, the ecology, the people, the food, the culture –  it hits as soon as you get off the plane, or maybe later while sitting at a street-side restaurant, or strolling through a park.  It becomes ingrained in memory, and you never know when you’ll be reminded again.

I bought the Cruise Planners franchise for my love of travel.  “Great, I own a Travel Agency.  I’ll be able to travel the world now!”  They sold me a dream, but I bought a business.  I’ve been sitting at my desk for the better part of a year planning other’s great adventures.  I’ve hardly stepped outside.

But the year was good.  We’ve sent or booked clients to France and Italy, Iceland, Mexico, Tahiti, Hawaii, and the Caribbean.  We have a couple spending a week at an over-water bungalow in Jamaica, and another spending a night in Bora Bora.  Now it’s time to wipe the dust off the luggage.

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Our travel itinerary for 2017 (and yes, you can expect a blog on each one):

  • January:  The New York Times Travel Show.  SirOzzy, now known as Cruise Planners – Ken & Gail McGuire, are returning to where it all began.
  • February:  Las Vegas, Nevada. We’ve cashed in our mileage and exchanged our timeshare.  Looking forward to seeing Terry Fator at the Mirage on our wedding anniversary.  Vegas Baby!
  • April: Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Cruise Planners Training Conference.  Research and Development to help make your travel experience even better (and play some slot machines).
  • May:  Europe.  Two nights in Athens, Greece, followed by a 7 night sailing on the brand new Majestic Princess.  This 7 night sailing departs from Athens and visits Santorini, Montenegro, Sicily, and Naples before disembarking in Barcelona.
  • September:  Alaska.  The Great Alaskan Journey.  Starting in Seattle with an Amtrak Cascades train ride to Vancouver, British Colombia; 2 nights at the Vancouver Four Seasons; 7 nights on the Star Princess to Whittier, Alaska; 4 nights in the Denali region; finishing in Fairbanks before returning home.  This may be what they call a masterpiece vacation.

It looks like the old shoe maker just got a new pair of soles!  Enjoy The Journey…

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How To Prepare For A Caribbean Cruise

How To Prepare For A Caribbean Cruise

Check The Batteries.  Make sure the security and smoke alarms are operating properly in the house.  My trigger-happy, shotgun-wielding, vodka-swilling brother-in-law will be house watching while we’re away.  I do not want him to put a hole through the front door when he hears a low battery chirp coming from the system.

Bring Sunscreen.  I’ve been told the Caribbean Sun is different than regular sun.

Bring Booze.  Think you can’t bring alcohol on a ship?  Try 20 or so shot size bottles mixed in with your cosmetics in each suitcase.  It works every time.

Bring Sunglasses.  Your eyes will be bloodshot.

Bring Chargers.  Don’t forget cellphone, laptop, kindle, ipad, ipod, and game system.  A Caribbean cruise is certainly no time to disconnect from the World Wide Web.

Print Documents.  Make sure you print everything, especially the ones that are already downloaded on your cellphone, you never know when the battery will die.

For The Ladies.  Make sure you have an extra suitcase for your shoes.  You will need 7 pairs of flip-flops, because God forbid anyone sees you wearing the same pair twice at the pool.  Bring your favorite walking shoes for land excursions, and your second favorite, and your old favorite in case they don’t work out.  And bring the new ones you want break in too.  You should bring a different pair of heels for dinner every night, and that really nice pair for the night you just might have dinner near the captain.  And don’t forget your slippers for your stateroom.  All told that’s 19 pairs of shoes, plus the ones you are wearing, 20.  That should do.

Eat.  While most people prepare by going to the gym so they can look great in that new swimsuit, I have reached that age where I really don’t give a shit what I look like.  I practice eating for a couple weeks because I don’t want to look like a lightweight at the buffet.

Make Reservations.  The breakfast, lunch, midday snack, and dinner buffet may not be enough.  Reservations are required early for specialty restaurants.

Clean House.  Make sure your own house is thoroughly cleaned before you leave.  Especially the doghouse, you just might find yourself in it.

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Enjoy The Journey…