Hotel news


Sometimes  look at the news and know exactly what I want to write about. Other times , like today, I go through and find several different stories I want to write about.

The first story we are going to look at is not pretty, but this is something we can not close our eyes to. Sex trafficking is a problem, even here in the United States. Someone who gotten out of that industry started an online petition earlier this year, and this has led to a bill being introduce d to the New York legislature. The bill would apply to every lodging establishment in the state.. Okay, we need to get something like this to the United States Congress.

I know that Trump is cracking down on foreign visitors. But the hotel industry is still building. There are a lot of hotels that are about to be built or added on to.. And I think that is a good thing. Even if we do not have foreigners visiting, Americans themselves need to start taking more vacations.

I must confess that I have never been a huge pet lover. We’ve never had dogs, well, some of my siblings have dogs, and I can tolerate them. But some people absolutely love their pets and wouldn’t dream of going on vacation without them. The good news is that more hotels are becoming pet friendly. Pets are actually going to get their own beds. They are going to have their own menus. Sometimes hotels even offer pet room service. And what’s a vacation if all you do is sit in your hotel the whole time? Some of these hotels are going to have lists of pet friendly attractions as well.

So what are the things you are looking for when it comes to looking for a hotel? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.

More cruise news


I have several things I would to do, but I do not have a lot of time today. I was out this morning and ended up not being able to get online. And tonight I have a meeting. So let’s get this done and look at some different cruise news.

A lot of cruiselines have dropped the dress code altogether. But apparently that’s not the case on Royal Caribbean. And, at least according to an unofficial blog, they have flip flopped on whether or not they will allow guests to wear shorts in their main dining room. Some guest like dressing up when they go to dinner. Dressing up gives dinner a more formal feel. If you do not like dressing up, you are welcome to eat somewhere else… Okay, that sounds a little snooty. I would love to know your thoughts.


Disney’s new river cruise “Once Upon a Rhine” has the story “Beauty and the Beast” as its theme. While you will not be able to see the brand new movie, they will be showing the beloved cartoon. You will be treated to a “Be our guest” dinner. You will be touring countrysides that were the inspirations for many of the cartoons.

What does a billionaire do when a son marries? Well, one reserved an entire cruise ship, and a luxury cruise ship at that. This was someone high up in India business, and the son and his actress bride were said to be high school sweethearts. Th guests had access to all of the amenities. And this article doesn’t say, but I’m guessing that most everything was paid for by the proud father himself.

I would love to know if you are interested in taking a cruise. Please let me know if I can help you plan one.

But working on vacation is not a good idea

I know what I wrote yesterday. I know I work on vacation from time to time myself. But under ideal circumstances, it is best not to work on vacation. Here are some reasons why.

  • First, our bodies are designed so that we need extended times of rest.. For myself, unless there is a crisis, I do not work on Sundays. Not only do I not work, I try not to be on my computer, and have an extended time to be out my wheelchair. Even then, I find myself wearing down and not being able to think if I am just working six days a week for several weeks in a row.
  • Work is stressful, no matter how much you enjoy what you do, no matter if your work is mostly mental or mostly physical. Working all the time is going to lead to health problems on down road. Taking no breaks is also going to lead to burn out.
  • You need time away to be sharp at work. Have you ever had a problem you could not figure out, until you set it aside for a while. And then when you came back to the  problem, it was much easier to figure out, wasn’t it?
  • It is important to take time out to relax and enjoy being with family and friends. We were made to need and be needed by others. We need time to enjoy ourselves.

Working while on vacation

I’ll be honest, I have a lot of different things I want to do, for the business and otherwise. I have some decisions I need to make, I may be making some changes soon, but need to look into some things.. I’m not sure I am going to do this weekend, and how much will wait. But first…

With the invention and expansion of the internet, and so much of what we do connected to said internet, a lot of people find it very difficult working altogether, even while they’re on vacation. That’s true even for me Personally, I try to take my time off when we’re with family I don’t live with. But even then when I have internet and down time, I might end up working. I love this job and want to do well.

Honestly, part of me feels like I should know better. I want to be known as the travel agent who helps families reconnect through travel. And part of reconnecting with family and loved ones is taking time away from all we usually do and making time together the priority. But sometimes you can’t get complete y away from work. Today we are going to look at what you should do in this situation.

  • Set aside a specific time each day when you will work. For example, you may want to get up early and get your work done before the others in your family are ready to start the day. or maybe you’re a night owl and would prefer to work when the others are in bed.
  • Take time to enjoy your family and the vacation that you are on. Leave your phone and laptop in your hotel room. If you’re running a small company, leave the person you trust most in charge. And then turn around and make sure they get a vacation with their family as well. Let them know the times that you have decided to work.
  • I know at home I’ll usually spend several hours a day doing work stuff. Limit yourself to a couple of hours while you’re on vacation. And please, do not use time your family is relaxing by the pool or whatever. Take sometime to relax.

Disney’s river cruises

I have several things for the business I want to try to get to today. Everything has to do with getting some clients coming to me. So first, let me take care of my basics before starting on anything new.

Disney seems to do a remarkable job no matter what they put their hand to. And now they have joined hands with Amawaterways that you’ll not soon to forget.

Their very first river cruise is going to be called, “Once Upon a Rhine,” because Disney is all about stories. This happens to be taking place on a brand new ship by Amawaterways. And one of the stories they will feature is “Beauty and the Beast”.

So what will you do on one of these river cruises? Well, for starters, every single excursion on this voyage will be included in your cruise fare. A lot of river cruises are going to cover some of your excursions, but once again Disney goes over and above. And Disney does most of their own excursions which means you are going to get excellent excellent tours with some great stories. There will be biking and canoeing trips, but there will also be less strenuous activities as well.


I would love to know any thoughts or questions you might have about any of this. Please also let me know if you are interested in a river cruise by Disney. I would love to help you plan one.

River cruising with kids

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Most the time, when you think of river cruising, you will think of people that are older, retired.. Most river cruises will not have programs for children. But that does not mean that children can’t go with their parents and have a marvelous time. Today let’s look at some reasons you might want to take your children on a river cruise.

  • Most children love being with other children, no matter their race or language. A lot of river cruises are big into education. And so sometimes you will be visiting schools, allowing your children to play with other kids. This may be a great opportunity to teach your children to share by bringing extra school supplies or toys.
  • You are likely to be visiting castles, and kids love castles. After all, castles play a big part in the fairy tales, and children still believe in these stories. And speaking of stories, children will probably love the tales told in the temples you may visit.
  • River cruises tend to do the more extravagant shore excursions. This is likely to add the wow factor for anyone, but for children who love surprises, this is extra special. .
  • Another thing your children will likely love are the markets. You might have to set some rules on how much you will spend. But markets are a great way to learn about other people’s cultures.

Is anyone interested in taking a river cruise? Please let me know if you are.

Cruise news

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I have had some different things going on, and have a pretty limited time on the internet. So today let’s look at some different news.

  • The first thing we are going to look at is Carnival has made a pool change. Most of the pools are now family friendly as opposed to adults-only. I know that Carnival is very much a family friendly cruiseline, and very much a mass market product. Carnival is likely not the best place to take your honeymoon. So it is probably  best to have the pools mostly family friendly.
  • Alaska is one of the more popular place to do a cruise. Europe is another places people are really enjoying going on cruises these days.
  • A lot of cruisers love paying one price and then not having to pay much once they are on board. And to be honest, the more expensive the cruise, the more that is included in the price.
  • Having the internet on board is getting better and better. People love that. They love being able to connect, whether it’s to share pictures or to check in with their families.

Are you interested in taking a cruise? Please et me know if you want me to help you plan a cruise. Thanks

Historic hotels

My family stays with family and friends far more than hotels. The hotels we do stay in are pretty normal and. I don’t remember being in any historic hotels.. Some are beautiful hotels where famous people of all kinds have stayed. Let’s look at some.

  • One of the oldest cities in the United States is St. Augustine, Florida. And there is an inn called The Collector Luxury Inns and Gardens. They have thirty rooms and suites you can choose from. Everything has been refurbished, so they will have things like en suite bathrooms.
  • If you want a taste of the Roaring twenties, you might want to try The Drake in Chicago. Here you will see carved Initials of Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe. They have put a package together for you. And with this you will get their legendary tea, drink vouchers, among other things.

Make the most out of your Viking cruise

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Unless something happens that I do not foresee, I will not be working tomorrow or Saturday. And I’m not sure what the next week is going to look like. And honestly, I’ve been fighting the computer, and the internet, every step of the way today, or else it just feels like it. We’ve had some weather problems this week… But anyway, on to bigger and better things.

Okay, so Norwegian is all about choice. You choose when and ha you want to eat, and who you want to eat with. You choose how much you want your children to take part in the kids’ clubs, and how much you want to do things as a family. You choose what and how much you want to do… But on Viking, things are quieter and simpler. Viking does not have all the specialty restaurants. They will not have all the lavish entertainment some of the bigger cruise ships will have. But then again, you will not have the huge crowds to fight, and will receive more personal service. Today let’s look at some tips  that should help you on your next Viking cruise.

  • Viking cabins are pretty comparable to ocean cruise ships. The exception would be their showers. They are smaller, understandably so, but even here Viking does make the most of the space.
  • Viking includes so much in their cruise packages. One things you are always going to have access to is wi-fi. You are going to get free beverages with your meals, even if you want wine or beer. You will also get one free shore excursions, one at every port … Okay, as a travel agent, I know that’s virtually unheard of anywhere else.
  • This is something I haven’t heard before, but Viking serves oatmeal raisin cookies after the shore excursions. This makes for the perfect afternoon snack. Enjoy them with your fellow travelers, or take them back to your room and relax before dinner.
  • Okay, I think I’ve mentione here I love Downton Abbey, and I know that Viking is one of their ssponsor . But they have cruises that go to Highclere Castle. You can also enjoy the show while on board.

I would love to know if you are interested in taking a Viking cruise. I would love to help you plan one.

Great places to take a cruise


We have been discussing all that Norwegian has to offer families. Today let’s look at some of the more popular cruise destinations. Now would be a great time to plan your summer vacation, as prices tend to go up as we get closer to the busiest travel season. Please let me know if you are interested.

  • If you are a nature lover, someone that loves botany, or someone that loves taking pictures of beautiful flowers, you will want to try to get to the Galapagos. Here you will also have opportunities to hike and snorkel.
  • The Artic is becoming a very popular place to cruise. Get up close and personal with the polar bears. Bird watching is another incredible experience here. If you would like to do something more accessible, go explore Alaska. You are going to be seeing pretty much the same things. And Alaska will make for a less arduous journey.
  • Cruising Africa? I’m always reading travel news, and I haven’t heard anything about this. Sure, I know people are enjoying Africa safaris, and some are going to do these big game hunts. Apparently, you are going to be doing both of these while on a cruise. This may be a safer, more luxurious way  to travel in  Africa.
  • Or is your family just looking for a nice beach vacation? Try Belize. This is an incredible place to dive. Not into water sports? You might want to try Biking through the rain forests. And besides Belize is near Norwegian’s private island is.