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Walt Disney World"Magical" – This truly is the word for my most recent visit to Walt Disney World. The next best thing to an African Safari is a stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. With a Savanna View Room you can awaken to giraffes, ostriches, zebras and wildebeests.

If you prefer a Polynesian, princess, or pirate experience there is a place for you, too. A stay at the Wilderness Lodge, cabins or camping may be your thing. A luxury retreat at the Grand Floridian or overnight in a Disney Experience at the Little Mermaid, Cars or Lion King rooms at the Art of Animation might be your style.

Whatever you desire, Disney has a place for you! If you want to experience world cultures, food, and entertainment you only need to travel as far as Epcot.

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I have been very fortunate in my career to travel all over the world and enjoy the many cultures and local traditions of the countries I have visited. I also have had the opportunity to travel aboard some of the most beautiful ships in the world, a travel method that I really enjoy.

I recently took two South Pacific cruises, one 22 days and more recently a 30-day cruise. Both ships were fantastic, but very different.

The first cruise I took was a sailing aboard the Pacific Princess from Papeete to Los Angeles. I like to call this ship my little gem as she is the smallest of all the ships in the Princess fleet. The ship was beautiful with decor that was elegant, but not over the top.

I can tell you from experience 6 reasons you may want to cruise on this ship.

  1. Size: the ship is boutique in nature and you really get the feeling you're sailing on a large yacht.
  2. Service: the service is over the top; you are waited on with smiles from the staff and nothing that you ask for seems to phase them. It’s simply done.
  3. Ease: getting on and off the ship in the ports was simple and easy, with no lines at all.
  4. Cuisine: the food was awesome and we had no problems getting a reservation at the specialty restaurants.
  5. Cabin: we had a balcony cabin and the service from our steward was over the top. We enjoyed the 24-hour room service with no waiting and the meals were hot. 
  6. Social: I enjoyed this ship because you really have the chance to meet new friends and I have kept in touch with them still.
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This beautiful part of Italy is not a hidden gem anymore but it is still a very charming destination for just a few days. I just returned from three nights staying in the town of Vernazza and was able to experience hiking, train ride and boat ride. You can stay in any of the towns and still enjoy all three activities.

Monterosso Al Mare offers more hotels, Corniglia is smaller and less crowded. To avoid crowds on the trails, make sure to start hiking around 8.00am. If you are driving, you need to reserve a parking spot in advance on line. You can reserve in La Spezia or Levanto. For the real serious hikers, along with the main trail going from one town to the next, you have many other trails in the park. They are quite steep but it is worth every pain you might have the next day! You will be by yourself and you will have the most amazing views.

On your next trip to Italy, do think of Cinque Terre if you are traveling in the northern part of the country.

Happy trails…

Fondly,

Murielle Blanchard
(801) 483-6533

brent jensen morris murdock travel oceania cruiseMy wife and I sailed on the Oceania Marina which holds about 1,250 passengers. I was excited to learn that the President of Oceania Cruises, Bob Binder was on our sailing. I was able to meet with Bob and I asked him to give me 3 reasons why my clients would want to sail with Oceania. His response:

  1. Our Food! Oceania Cruises is the cruise line for “foodies”
  2. Our Service! We believe we have the hardest working crew at sea!
  3. The décor and comfort of our ships.
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