Thursday, September 27, 2012

What’s your favorite cruise ship drink?

One of the questions I ask on Twitter is,  “What’s your favorite specialty cruise drink?” Cruise ships are very creative in their drink concoctions, and it’s always fun to see what others like. 

People reply back to me and ask me what my favorite drink is on a ship. Actually, I don’t have one.  Call it boring or being healthy, but I stick to water with lemon.  However, if cruise ships made the following drink, it would be my all-time favorite.

It’s a twist on Dr. Oz’s Tangerine Weight-Orade

Dr. Oz’s site says, “Green tea, shown to boost metabolism 12% by drinking just one cup; tangerine, with a chemical composition that increases sensitivity to insulin and stimulates genes that help to burn fat; and mint, a calorie-free flavor enhancer. Drink 1 pitcher daily for maximum metabolism-boosting results.”

I’m always looking for easy recipes that I can make in my own kitchen.  Well this was quite easy and full of flavor.

In a large pitcher (I used my Pampered Chef, Quick Stir pitcher.) combine:

·       4 cups brewed lemongrass tea
·       4 cups brewed green tea (I used green tea Matcha Powder)
·       1 tangerine, sliced
·       A handful of mint leaves

Stir and let flavors fuse overnight. The next day, enjoy!

This is a delicious, refreshing, all-natural tea.  I didn’t even need to use any sweetener.

If a cruise ship served this, it would be my favorite specialty drink. 

Now, I need a creative name for this drink for my Pinterest post.  Any suggestions?

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Sweepstakes Kickoff

Cruise Planners travel advisor offers Facebook users a chance to win a dream celebration

Planning an upcoming wedding, anniversary, or special celebratory event - or just want to get away with a group of friends? Life’s Rudder is inviting all Facebook users to ‘like’ the agency’s Cruise Planners’ Facebook page for a chance to win a Destination Celebration of a Lifetime.  Enter now through November 16, 2012 and one lucky ‘fan’ will be awarded an event of their choice for up to 16 guests in Miami, Florida; Cozumel, Mexico; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands or St. Thomas; U.S. Virgin Islands.

This is the first-ever Destination Celebration of a Lifetime Facebook Sweepstakes. To enter, contestants must visit our facebook page to unlock the sweepstakes for a chance to win an over-the-top group celebration in a popular travel destination.  You can’t win if you don’t enter.

Facebook is a wonderful tool for travelers and my goal is to attract people interested in visiting new places, meeting new people and enjoying the good life. My Facebook page is a forum for seasoned travelers and newbies alike to learn about the newest travel trends, hot spots and deals.  This sweepstakes is just one benefit of being a travel fan and I can’t wait to see who the lucky winner will be.

This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to win that special celebration they’ve been looking forward to but maybe haven’t been able to pull together.  In addition to travel services, I can provide full blown event planning, so anyone interested in a wedding, vow renewal, birthday or even a family reunion should enter.

The lucky winner of the Destination Celebration of a Lifetime Sweepstakes will receive pre-event planning including unlimited consultant services, complimentary travel gift registry and a personalized website as well as onsite event execution including a professional event coordinator, hors d’oeuvres, cake and elegant floral centerpieces, amongst other prizes. In addition, the winner along with their traveling friends will receive a Cruise Planners – American Express Travel Gift Party Pack with tote bag, Cruise Planners gear and a blue topaz pendant and earring set provided by Effy Jewelry.

So...come on!  What are you waiting for? Click here to enter

About Cruise Planners - American Express Tarvel
Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Services Representative, is the largest home-based travel agent network in the travel industry with more than 800 franchise owners across the country that independently book cruises and associated travel. Cruise Planners - American Express Travel , headquartered in Coral Springs, Fla., has achieved the highest industry awards year after year. Notable mentions include: Agency of the Year from American Express, Royal Caribbean International Home-Based Partner of the Year, Norwegian Cruise Line Home-Based Agency of the Year, Viking River Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises Top Producer, and many more.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Honeymoons too often take a backseat to the arrangements and plans of the actual wedding, but you owe it to yourself to give honeymoon planning greater and more careful attention. After all, while the wedding is mainly for your family and friends, the once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon that follows is a private getaway for you and your new spouse to celebrate your marriage. Though you may spend a portion of your vacation relaxing and reflecting on this major life change, the honeymoon is most of all an opportunity to enjoy being a newlywed, spending quality time with your new spouse, and experiencing a romantic and exciting getaway.

Honeymooners have endless options. Following months of wedding planning, couples often retreat to a luxurious resort that caters to their every need, while others trek to an adventurous escape from their day-to-day lives. Whether a beach vacation or a safari, the honeymoon should reflect your joint personality and wishes.

Keep in mind that perfect honeymoons don't just happen.  Planning requires thoughtfulness, patience, careful attention to details, and a lot of decision-making along the way. The more homework you do before leaving for your honeymoon, the more you will enjoy your special vacation.

With today’s economy, couples are left with a staycation-type of honeymoon. With our Honeymoon Gift Registry,  you can register for your dream honeymoon and friends and family can deposit money into your registry as their wedding gift to you. They can even pick portions of your honeymoon like a couples massage, spa treatments, airport transfers and more. Make this a retreat of a lifetime with the help of your friends and family.

Find out more by visiting our website at

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Do Something Different

Last year instead of having a traditional Christmas, we decided to do something different.  We went on a cruise.  It was incredible! We had carolers, decorations, and family fun.  It even snowed on the ship. We enjoyed each other’s company as a family, and I wasn’t busy cooking, cleaning, planning, etc. It was a welcomed and much needed break!

Are you looking for a holiday vacation the whole family can enjoy...from the kids to the grandparents? It’s time to cruise!  Not only is cruising the best vacation value around, but everyone in the family has a great time. Cruise lines know that kids need to be occupied, and they also know that parents need a break. So how can you accomplish both needs?

Megaships are built for families in mind. Parents can sit by the pool while their kids are enjoying the water slides and fun activities, and the best part is there is no extra charge for the fun.

If your kids are more adventurous, why not check out the many other activities available onboard. How about rock climbing, surfing, zip lining, basketball, putt-putt golf, bungee jumping, ice skating, game rooms, bowling and more! Yes, you can do all these activities on a ship!

Are you looking for a few hours to chill by the pool, get a massage or simply want to take a spin class? While you do that, your children will be occupied with learning and enriching activities. There is a program for children of all ages. Examples of some of the fun in store at the kids’ camps include:

  • Toddlers (ages 2-5) – splash pool, fun family games, cartoon time, toys, learn your colors, counting games, sponge painting, indoor beach parties, pizza pig out, drawing contests, sing-alongs, bingo, face painting, arts and crafts, cookie decorating

  • Juniors (ages 6-8) – talent show, face painting, cartoon time, indoor fair, sea animals, trivia, ice cream sundaes, cookie decorating, button making, puppet show, beach party, outdoor fun and games

  • Intermediate (ages 9-12) – t-shirt painting, photography, jewelry making, board games, dance class, video game tournament, ping pong, talent show, volleyball, show time, scavenger hunts, meet the entertainers back stage, breakfast fun

  • Teens (ages 13-15) – ping pong, pool party, teen dance, dance class, talent show, pizza party, indoor beach party, skin care and hair-dressing demonstration, photography
Cruising is not just for adults anymore – it’s the vacation where EVERYONE gets to have fun.

What are you waiting for?  Get in touch with me today.  Groups are my specialty. I do the planning so you can play, relax, and enjoy your family.

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