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SATURDAY, MAY 25TH, 3PM-4PM - "The All-Inclusive Regent Seven Seas Cruise Experience" Having recently returned from extensive Bahamas/Caribbean cruises, travel events and site inspections - I learned that the best value for upcoming summer and fall vacations may be the excellent discounts, particularly in the luxury travel brands. One of the best is the all-inclusive luxury cruise market and one of my favorites, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, continues to offer exceptional values on many worldwide sailings. Regent Seven Seas is an award-winning , all-suite , all-inclusive cruise line with three luxurious mid-sized ships (Seven Seas Voyager, Seven Seas Mariner and Seven Seas Navigator), carrying 490 or 700 pampered guests, to some of the most glamorous and off-the-beaten-path places on the planet. Some of Regent's all-inclusive experiences include roundtrip air, unlimited shore excursions, pre-paid gratuities, specialty restaurants, unlimited beverages plus open bars, lounges and in-suite mini-bar replenished daily…and so much more. Kate Otto, Regent Seven Seas sales director, will be my in-studio guest next Saturday at 3 p.m. on "Let's Talk Travel with AAA" on WHP-AM580. Before you settle for the "same old - same old" vacation, be sure to tune in and learn why a Regent Seven Seas cruise may be a perfect fit for you.
SATURDAY, JUNE 1ST, 3PM-4PM - "HOW TO STAY HEALTHY WHILE TRAVELING" Not much is worse than you or a family member getting sick while on vacation. What do you do - especially if you are in a foreign country or an exotic destination and the nearest medical facility is hours away? Can you prepare in advance? You bet you can. Since the early days of "Let's Talk Travel with AAA" one of the most popular shows continue to be the "How to Stay Healthy While Traveling" interview segments with Dr. John Goldman, medical director for Pinnacle Health Infectious Diseases and Travel Clinic. And to add some "reality show drama" - I was recently diagnosed with lyme disease (via a blood test) and had been referred to Dr. Goldman, who just so happens to be my in-studio guest at 3p.m. next Saturday on "Let's Talk Travel with AAA" on WHP-AM580. Lyme disease, especially during summer vacation months, is one of the most frequent travel medicine inquiries we receive. At this point in time Dr. Goldman has recommended I continue my antibiotic treatment and wants additional testing for other causes. In addition to a feature on lyme disease, Dr. Goldman will answer many listener questions - including what to pack in a traveler's first aid kit ; new virus threats ; food poisoning ; heat stroke and immunizations needed for exotic destinations. Prevention is key. When traveling, always wash your hands thoroughly and frequently to prevent the spread of illness. And remember, if your travels take you to a Third Word country : If you can't cook it, boil it or peel it , then forget it.
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Fall is a wonderful season for cruising. The cool, crisp autumn weather is an ideal time to take in the glorious colors along the shoreline and also to explore some of the most picturesque and historic seaside towns in New England and Canada.
Popular New England ports-of-call include Boston, Newport and Bar Harbor, while most Canadian stops will visit Quebec, Montreal, Nova Scotia and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
A handful of Fall Foliage sailings are repositioning cruises and may take you from New York to New England into Canada and then south along the Eastern Seaboard to Florida for their regularly scheduled winter cruises to the Bahamas/Caribbean. (These longer cruises have more sea-days, offer an exceptionally good value - and have become very popular - particularly with past passengers.)
Several cruise lines plan special events onboard their fall foliage cruises, including world renown lecturers and celebrated chefs. Most autumn cruises are 7 - 9 day sailings departing from New York City, Baltimore, Boston and Bayonne, New Jersey and many offer discounted rates and special promotions through October.
The participating cruise lines represent all types and tastes of cruising. From the contemporary, mega-ships of Carnival, Royal Caribbean and NCL…to the premium lines of Holland America, Princess and Celebrity ; and for the luxury cruiser, Seabourn , Regent and Cunard sailings are available.
Having done (and absolutely loved) the picture-postcard New England/Canada sailings onboard Carnival, Seabourn and Holland America - here are a few of my favorite things to do :
*Halifax, Nova Scotia -- Walking the historic waterfront city and spending time in the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic (excellent Titanic exhibit), Pier 21 and the Halifax Citadel. (although Peggy's Cove is considered a must-see, it is way too busy with people and tour buses)
*Quebec City -- Plan for hours to stroll and explore this beautiful city. Cobblestone streets, quaint shops and the most photographed hotel in the world - Fairmont's Le Chateau Frontenac. (at the very least have coffee or a glass of wine at the hotel and just take it all in)
*Lunenburg, Nova Scotia -- A UNESCO World Heritage Site and undiscovered scenic jewel. Proclaimed the prettiest town in Canada - and I whole heartily agree.
*Sydney, Nova Scotia -- If you love Scotland and all things Scottish - you'll love Sydney.
*Saint John & Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick -- Mother Nature in all her glory.
*Boston, Massachusetts -- Put on your comfy walking shoes and trace America's independence on the Freedom Trail.
*Long Island Sound and Cape Cod Canal -- Sit back, relax and take in the stunning views as you sail north to picturesque Bar Harbor.
There may be some 2011 Fall Foliage cruises still available, and I would recommend calling your favorite travel agent for all details. If, however, this is a cruise you want to lock in for 2012 - meet with your agent (sooner rather than later) to reserve the itinerary and ship that best matches your lifestyle, interest and budget.