Tag: Cruise

Happy New Year!

You may have noticed that I’ve taken some time off from blogging; this has been for a few reasons. Upon returning from Vegas (future post forthcoming), I found myself in a position I haven’t been in for about five years: sick. I could tell it was coming at the tail end of the trip, and it knocked me out over a week, which also happened to be an incredibly busy time at work. After all that, the break I’ve had between Christmas and New Years has been incredibly relaxing and restful. And now I’m ready to go.

Rather than take a look back on all the places 2017 took me, I’m looking forward to what’s coming in 2018! My work travel typically stays the same for the fall, give or take a few places, and you can review all those destinations here. This last year was my third time visiting most of these cities, but I’m always looking for new and exciting things to try or do with each visit and that will not change next fall!

We do have a few personal trips planned; of course we love a good weekend in Fredericksburg, Texas for wine tasting and shopping, but one big trip I’m looking forward to is an Amtrak trip from Sacramento to Chicago in May. Not only is this train supposed to have gorgeous scenery through the Rocky Mountains, it also passes through Nebraska and Iowa, two states I will then be able to cross of my list. Considering I grew up in Chicago, I never turn down an opportunity to visit old friends and see the city.

One other personal trip we have planned is a cruise out of Miami in in July. I’ve mentioned before that the Conrad Miami is my favorite hotel in the area, so it will be fun to stay there for a non-work purpose. We have visited the ports of Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten before, but are incredibly excited to visit our favorite spots again. And of course, Celebrity cruises are always a fantastic experience.  I plan on having WiFi this trip, so expect updates!

Here is to a wonderful 2018, full of travel, happiness, and fun!


View from the Top

About a year and a half ago, we took a Celebrity cruise out of Miami to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten. It was our first trip with Celebrity, and we had such a fantastic experience it inspired us (or the drinks did) to book our next cruise on board to Alaska later that summer. In addition to everything the amazing ship had to offer, in our ports I had the best Mofongo at Cafe Puerto Rico, visited Blackbeard’s Castle on St. Thomas, and spent the afternoon watching planes land on Maho Beach. As Hurricane Irma bears down on all those islands today, I can only hope that the damage is not too devastating. I’ve had to write about hurricanes all too much recently.

Irma’s eventual path is still subject to change, of course, so I’m hoping that Florida might avoid a direct hit. I’ve come to love Miami and Ft. Lauderdale over the course of my annual work trips, and I have family living closer to Tampa who would also be affected by a direct hit. During Harvey, I exclusively followed Space City Weather for their non-hype forecasts and updates. While they are Houston-based weather reporting, they received enough inquiries on Irma to provide some forecasting. As of now, they have given the “near-miss” scenario a 50% chance (up from 30% yesterday), so I’m hoping that trend continues.

Until then, I’ll leave you with the gorgeous view of St. Thomas from Blackbeard’s Castle. It was a bit of a trek from the cruise port terminal to the top, involving a wrong turn, angry chickens, and cutting through someone’s backyard, but the destination was worth the work. They usually always are.