Author Archives: Jose Valentin

11 Easy Tips to Find the Best Cruise Deal

With 30 million passengers expected to cruise by the end of 2019, I sometimes wonder if all these cruisers believe they truly found the best cruise deal. Conversely, how many folks felt they didn’t, especially after gabbing with fellow cruisers while onboard. Don’t get left behind on the pier. Here’s how to find the best cruise deal. How To Get The Best Cruise Deal When it comes time to plan a cruise, everyone wants to find the best deal and with as many benefits as possible.  Like […]

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11 Easy Tips to Find the Best Cruise Deal

With 30 million passengers expected to cruise by the end of 2019, I sometimes wonder if all these cruisers believe they truly found the best cruise deal. Conversely, how many folks felt they didn’t, especially after gabbing with fellow cruisers while onboard. Don’t get left behind on the pier. Here’s how to find the best cruise deal. How to Get the Best Cruise Deal When it comes time to plan a cruise, everyone wants to find the best deal and with as many benefits as possible.  Like […]

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20 Photo to Inspire You to Visit Santorini • The Blonde Abroad

From the white cave houses perched over crystal clear water to beautiful sunsets to delicious Greek food, there’s a reason Santorini has become one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. Despite the fact that many people call the island Santorini, the true name is “Thira.” Santorini is the name of the region of islands, created by a volcano thousands of years ago. It’s the largest island of the circular archipelago hence the reason most people choose to call it Santorini! While islands like Mykonos are […]

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The Best Time to Travel to Austria • The Blonde Abroad

When one thinks about Austria, they probably think of the lush green rolling hills and picture-perfect scenery that they’ve come to know and love from The Sound of Music. And in most of Austria, the scenery is exactly that. Along with rolling hills, the country is filled with medieval architecture, modern museums, and posh bars and restaurants. In order to get the most of your trip to Austria, it’s important to find out the best time to visit depending on your trip and what you’re looking to […]

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Brightline Extends Trains from PortMiami to Orlando

Cruise News The Miami-Dade County Commission has approved ratification of agreement for Brightline, soon to be renamed Virgin Trains USA, to build a station at PortMiami by 2020. The Virgin Trains PortMiami station will be a U.S. transit first as the only intercity rail system in the U.S.  to eventually connect an international airport (Orlando International Airport), directly to a major cruise port (PortMiami) by 2022. Brightline currently operates trains from downtown Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach.  Phase 2 construction is underway to connect to […]

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Norwegian Cruise Line to Spend $100 Million-Plus on Ship Refurbishment –

There’s another Norwegian ship about to undergo a massive refurbishment.  This time it’s Norwegian Spirit and at over $100 million, it’s the most extensive refurbishment for any ship in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet. Norwegian Spirit will also have a new hull art design. As part of The Norwegian Edge refurbishment program, Norwegian Spirit will enter dry dock in Marseille, France on January 2, 2020. What’s New for Norwegian Spirit As part of the nearly 40-day refurbishment, the ship will emerge featuring 14 new venues, additional staterooms […]

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How to Get Amazing Photos at the Pyramids of Giza • The Blonde Abroad

The Pyramids of Giza were on my bucket list for ages…I mean, Egypt as a whole is a serious bucket list destination! Getting to spend five days exploring Giza and Cairo was an unforgettable experience. Soaking in the culture and getting a first-hand sight of a place with such a rich and dynamic culture was truly unforgettable. And the photo ops…oh, the photo ops! Being able to see the only remaining one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is such a rare treat. And it’s […]

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Southern Ireland Road Trip Itinerary Via the Wild Atlantic Way • The Blonde Abroad

One of the most beautiful places in Europe (just look at these pics from my last trip!), Ireland is an essential destination. Renowned for its unforgettable hospitality and jaw-dropping landscape, the Emerald Island has it all. During my two-week road trip around Ireland, I discovered why everyone has been raving about the Wild Atlantic Way—but it was the Southern Peninsulas that absolutely took my breath away! If you only have time to see one small part of Ireland, let it be this. Ready for the road trip […]

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Regent-Seven-Seas-Splendor-Regent-Suite-Mattress – CruiseMaven.com

Luxury cruise line Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ new ship, Seven Seas Splendor, will have what undoubtedly will be the most expensive mattress at sea.  A $200,000 mattress to be exact. But it won’t be available to all guests onboard the new ship.  You’ll have to reserve the top tier Regent Suite aboard Seven Seas Splendor to experience it. If you’re curious how a mattress can cost $200,000, you should know that this is a custom handmade mattress filled with horsetail hair, cushioning flax, slow-growing pine, superior wool […]

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Carnival Cruise Line’s Panorama Heads to California

Cruise News With this week’s delivery of Carnival Panorama at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Carnival Cruise Line officially welcomes its 27th ship and the third vessel in the popular Vista class.  Carnival Panorama is one the move to Long Beach, Calif.  The naming ceremony and inaugural sailing are scheduled for December. “Carnival Panorama is the 15th ship built by Fincantieri for Carnival Cruise Line and once again, the skill and hard work of hundreds of talented craftspeople are on display here aboard the beautiful Carnival Panorama,” said Christine […]

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