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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7TH, 11AM-12PM - "SKIING THE POCONO MOUNTAINS" Once the weather turns cold, skiers and travelers from all over the mid-Atlantic flock to the six different ski areas, with over 150 ski trails, in the Pocono Mountains. Although it's not just about skiing anymore, kids of all ages want to hit the slopes - but they want to go snowboarding, tubing and racing. Terrain parks , big air bags and night skiing are also super popular with the ski areas. Barb Green, President of Blue Mountain Resort and President of the Pennsylvania Ski Area Resorts (PSAR) will join Carl Wilgus , CEO of Pocono Mountains Tourism and me in the "Let's Talk Travel with AAA" studios Saturday at 11am on News Radio WHP580. The Pocono Mountains become a winter wonderland offering more activities than you can imagine on over 2,400 square miles of rolling mountain terrain and thriving woodlands. From skiing, tobogganing, skating, dog-sledding and ice -fishing to popular festivals, luxury spas , designer shopping and entertainment…there's something for everyone. For learn-to-ski programs, stay and ski overnight packages and up-to-date weather reports go to www.800poconos.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14TH, 11AM-12PM - "IS A CAREER AT SEA FOR YOU?" Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and work onboard a cruise ship? Traveling the globe and meeting guests from every walk of life. Sailing all seven seas and visiting some of the world's most exotic places while cruising in comfort aboard a luxury ocean liner. Sounds pretty glamorous…or is it? Is this something you may want to do? What's it really like? Frankie Verroca from Steelton, PA (yes - right in our backyard) has worked for Princess Cruises as a Deputy Cruise Director since 1992 and he'll be in the studios with me Saturday from 11am to 12p.m. on "Let's Talk Travel with AAA" on News Radio WHP580. I first met Frankie during a June 2005 Northern European cruise aboard the Golden Princess. We became instant friends and have kept in touch ever since. Verroca's favorite itinerary is the world cruise - where guests circumnavigate the globe from 90-105 days. His passion is "show-business and people-business" - and he does it all - acting, entertainment and hospitality. If you've ever tuned in to his popular in-cabin "Frankie Talks" daily shows - you'll be laughing-out-loud while getting your daily information at sea. The cruise industry has changed so much since Verroca began and he'll be here to give us the insider scoop on the highs, lows and adventures of living and working onboard a cruise ship.
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Q - I want to suprise my wife with a ultra-luxury cruise on a small ship without kids and massive crowds. What do you recommend?
A - I recommend Seabourn.
With six vessels to choose from, ranging from just 104 suites or 225 suites, Seabourn looks (and feels) like a luxurious private club.
The moment you step onboard your intimate Seabourn ship and are greeted with a warm smile and delicious ice-cold champagne - you will feel the indulgence and pampering. It is a world all on its own.
If unique itineraries and gourmet dining is important to you, then you're in luck. Seabourn sails to the world's must-see cities and hidden off-the-path gems and the dining rivals the best restaurants I've ever experienced.
As I write this column, I am onboard the stunning Seabourn "Quest" anchored in the Carribean's posh port of St. Barts. I may not go ashore. Why would anyone want to get off this ship... it is perfect. The attention to detail, the gracious service and the spacious, all-suite accommodations are just the tip of the iceberg.
Seabourn is an all-inclusive cruise line with open bars throughout the ship, a in-suite refriderator stocked with your favorite beverages and fine wines poured at lunch and dinner.
The well-traveled onboard guests are mostly past passengers and several first-time cruisers with the average age on our Caribbean voyage at 50-55.
The clientelle are well-heeled and well-dressed but not stuffy or formal. The atmosphere is polite and friendly.
Over the years I have cruised onboard the smaller Seabourn ships, and loved every moment. But in my opinion, Seabourn's "Quest" takes the cake. An incredible amount of space per guest, more signature restaurants, open bars and lounges and the very popular "Seabourn Square" featuring a specialty coffee bar, library and computer center.
If you're looking for a ultra-luxurious adult oriented cruise vacation, Seabourn should be a terrific match for you.
Your AAA cruise expert will be able to tell you all about Seabourn's special savings and promotional fares for 2013/2014.