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I’ve had a number of my own “Calgon Moments” this week, as I’m sure most people out there can relate to:  Sometimes you just feel like you need to get away!

The last time I actually made good on my quest to get away from it all, I booked my family on a last-minute Disney cruise to the Western Caribbean (7 nights on the Disney Magic, round-trip from Port Canaveral, Florida).   No kidding, I got on the phone and told the booking agent “It’s for me; I really need to get out of here.  Can you help me?”  Less than two weeks later, we flew to Orlando and set sail on a much-needed vacation.

When I’m on vacation, I want to be completely relaxed, which can be hard when you have Internet connectivity (temptation to check e-mail, look up stuff, or get on Twitter), a cell phone that might ring, or any other “techno-gadget”.  While technology can be a great way to keep in touch, I’m amongst those who tend to find myself enslaved to it.

That’s why, when I’m looking for total relaxation, I prefer cruising over other types of vacations.   Shortly after the ship sets sail, I turn my cell off because I’m about to lose reception anyway (no satellite phone for me, thanks!), and if I really want to check email or surf the Web, I can, but I’m much less likely to do so when I have to pay for Internet access.  And calling home when we’re on a cruise?  There are a number of ways to do that while the ship is in port that are generally less expensive than calling from the ship if I really need to.

I can’t think of a better way to get away from it all–literally–than on a cruise.   Cruise ships can take you just about anywhere in the world, and the cruise lines are offering excellent deals these days.   When you take into account that everything is included in your cruise fare:  accommodations, meals, activities, entertainment, children’s programs, and transportation between destinations–it might even be a better deal than staying home!

For your next “Calgon Moment”:  Here’s to your cruise vacation getaway!

Visit the Celebrations International Travel Web site for more information on oceanliner cruises and river and specialty cruises.

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This title tweet caught my attention this afternoon.  Read this interesting Food Network article.

I am amused by this article in a variety of different ways.  I think it would be fun to see how my fellow foodies might react to this.  Be sure to post your comments!

Here are my thoughts:

Chefs are pickier than you think: Partly true, partly not, based on my own experience in restaurant management.   Personally, I would hope any chef who cooks for me is pickier than average when it comes to food; an indication that he or she knows what they’re talking about, and knows good stuff when they see it!

The other way to look at it is that chefs are around foods all day that the average person may or may not be.   Would you find the same food you stare at all day long appealing enough to enjoy it on your day off?  I don’t know about that one.

Still, chefs hate picky eaters: Picky eaters annoy me too, and I’m not even a chef.

When eating out in other restaurants, chefs say they avoid pasta and chicken: The “over-priced” notion may be true in many cases from a chef’s perspective, but the notion that chefs in general avoid those foods, I’d beg to differ, especially if it’s an ethnic cuisine chef who doesn’t get a lot of pasta, or maybe is a sushi chef!

Chefs have expensive taste: Many chefs don’t, and I think “No Reservations” proves that Anthony Bourdain definitely doesn’t!  Keep in mind, that doesn’t mean chefs, including Bourdain, don’t enjoy and appreciate fine dining!

.…and yet they like fast food: Yes, I’ll agree with that, as long as street foods count as fast food.

Critics trump movie stars in the VIP pecking order: No arguments there; It’s the chef’s call because it’s his food and his restaurant that’s on the line.

Chefs work hard for low pay: Chefs definitely work long, hard hours, and it’s not pleasant to stand over a steaming station for hours, be it in the heat of summer or the dead of winter.  Either way, it’s intense, physically-demanding work.  Kudos to all those who aspire every day to be the best chefs they can be.

“Vegetarian” is open to interpretation: Just remember the difference between “vegan” and “vegetarian,” and the fact that not everyone practices vegetarianism in the same way.

Restaurants mark up wine by a lot more than you’d expect: I suppose that depends on the restaurant, but wine and wine packages onboard oceanliner cruise ships are often a great deal.  Even better, wine aboard many river cruise ships is included with dinner each night!

What are your thoughts?  Please post your comments….we want to hear from you!

Exciting News!  Celebrations’ River & Specialty Cruise Web site section has been expanded.  Information is now available about Victoria Cruises and AMA Waterways.

River and specialty cruises are a great way to experience a destination up-close, while still enjoying the convenience of unpacking only once aboard your floating hotel.

And most, if not all of your shore-side excursions and activities are included, making river and specialty cruising a great deal!

Victoria Cruises is an American-managed cruise line specializing in China and Yangtze River Cruises.Celebrations’ River & Specialty Cruise Web site section has been expanded. Information is now available about Victoria Cruises and AMA Waterways. River and specialty cruises are a great way to experience a destination up-close, while still enjoying the convenience of unpacking only once aboard your floating hotel. And most, if not all of your shore-side excursions and activities are included, making river and specialty cruising a great deal! Victoria Cruises is an American-managed cruise line specializing in China and Yangtze River Cruises.

Victoria Cruises Staff

AMA Waterways offers the ultimate in luxury to Europe, Russia and beyond.

Contact us to learn more!

Uniworld Grand River Cruises has been added to Celebrations International Travel’s main Web site.

A world leader in luxury river cruising, Uniworld offers cruises inEurope, Russia & Ukraine, China, and Egypt.

To learn more, visit our Uniworld Grand River Cruises page or contact us.

Promotional rates are currently available on 2010 China itineraries.  Contact us for more information.

Budapest, Hungary

Moscow, Russia

Guilin, China

Travcoa. Egypt



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