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November 7, 2011

A Group of Dolphins Escorts Our Zodiac in the Galapagos Islands, Le Boréal Meets Beluga Whales and Black Bear at Tadoussac, Disney’s New Aulani Resort, Sea Dwellers in the Shipwreck Antilla, a Lost Passport, What To Do?

My tour was bear watching and it took place in the small village of Sacré Coeur, a 15-minute bus ride from the pier. We arrived at a property called “Domaine des Ancêtres,” which consists of a lodge, an animal orphanage and a black bear observation center.  More…………..

I’m ensconced in a two-bedroom unit at the brand new Aulani Disney Resort and Spa (”Aulani” means  “messenger of the chief” in Hawaiian) in Ko Olina, Hawaii. More……………

Thinking of taking a cruise on the lovely Caribbean Princess?  We thought you might like to see some of the shore excursions offered on her Caribbean itineraries:
Sail to the famous shipwreck, "Antilla," home to millions of tropical sea dwellers. The Antilla, which sank more than 60 years ago, remains completely intact and is widely regarded as one of the best sunken shipwrecks in the Caribbean. Here you will have approximately 45 minutes of snorkeling.  More………………….
We love this shore excursion-- only for the most adventurous! Highlights include: Kueba di Brua: The largest of the caves, with several bat-inhabited chambers and impressive stalagmite and stalactite formations. Listen to your guide create unique music! This cave was used for voodoo rituals by former slaves on the island. Boka Ascension: reached by a narrow 4x4 trail, this gorgeous isolated bay is home to herons and gulls, and is one of the few bays where sea turtles can frequently be spotted from land. Supladó, a natural Jacuzzi, where sea-water and foam is sprayed through a chute into the air displaying colorful fountains and rainbows. You can bathe in the shallow warm water surrounding the Supladó and watch the spectacular show from close by.  More…………….

What are real people saying about the Caribbean Princess?  It’s one of those ships with “Movies Under the Stars” outdoor movie screen…………..our guests rank it a 4.6 out of 5.

The Caribbean Princess  provides you with a variety of special features designed just for the Caribbean, plus the many services and features of Personal Choice Cruising-- enabling passengers to customize their cruise experience with a myriad of dining, entertainment and activity options. This ship offers 881 staterooms, many have private balconies (80 percent of all outside cabins),and a full deck of mini-suites.

Plus, the Wedding Chapel, featuring a wedding-at-sea program officiated by the ship's captain, and four pools.

The Zodiac trip over has an awesome surprise. A group of bottlenose dolphins escorts us from the ship to our wet landing site on the beach. Because our hike is short, naturalist Walter has the Zodiac driver follow the dolphins for 15 or 20 minutes. Once on the beach, we are greeted by five juvenile Galapagos hawks. What a terrific photo opportunity! More……..
During Your Cruise-- One of the great things about cruising is that you can customize your experience, even once the cruise begins. We’ve gathered some resources for you to help you make the choices that are best for you both onboard the ship and in the ports you visit.  Check out these videos………………..
How to Save Money Onboard Your Cruise
Tips to Make Tipping Easier on a Cruise

“Oh Dear, We Lost Our Passports” --I’m still not sure where or how it happened that day in Florence.  Our passports were securely in my purse but, that evening, the leather envelope I carried them in was gone. Did I drop them at the Uffizi Gallery when we went through security? (The envelope wasn’t turned in or stuck in the X-ray machine, as I’d hoped.) Did I leave them at the jewelry store on the Ponte Vecchio?  More………………………………
Looking for competitively priced and exceptionally high-quality shore excursions? We have the solution for you. Please call 866.578.7508 or visit CruiseCompete’s Shore Excursions.

Expert Travel Answers Question of the Week – When does the … American Queen … steamboat start in USA? If you haven’t already heard, there will be steamboat cruises on the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers starting next year:

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