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Fragrances of Cruises Past

Az The World Turns - Written by Bonnie MacLaird

I am somewhat sentimental about my past travels. And for me fragrances trigger my “scentimental” memories. Passing through my day-to-day life, certain scents will trigger memories of a cruise line scent and I’m back in time experiencing life onboard with whichever line I associate with that scent. For example, many years ago onboard Seabourn Cruise Line it was a specific Tiffany & Co. soap. But it is also their brand of cleaning products. There’s an elevator at a high-end restaurant in Sausalito I frequent with the identical smell as the elevators on Seabourn. While riding to the second floor of this bayside restaurant my mind invariably returns to and imagines I’m going to dinner at The Restaurant. I remember the maitre d’ greeting us and escorting me to our table.

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Vast, Sophisticated Argentina

Az The World Turns - Written by Bonnie MacLaird

Some destinations feel like a second home. Argentina is that for me.
I’ve been going to Argentina since I was a high-school foreign-exchange student to Córdoba. And I’ve gone back more times than I can count. The last three visits my husband and I have taken to renting a car and exploring some new piece of this vast and diverse country…and there’s still so much we haven’t seen. Argentina is a melting-pot of mostly European peoples spread over many geographic regions; each region different from the others.

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The Sounds and Sites of Rio

Az The World Turns - Written by Bonnie MacLaird

Say the word “Rio” anywhere in the world and they’ll know you’re referring to Rio de Janeiro, the Cidade Maravilhosa of Brazil. Lush, tropical, vibrant, musical…all these adjectives come to mind when remembering Rio. All of Brazil is beautiful, but I’m enamored with the coast of Brazil. The beach towns along the coast are old and established, yet cater to the well-traveled with quaint hotels and plenty of boutique shopping. I felt like a discoverer the first time I visited the cobblestone streets of Parati, or Brigitte Bardot’s favorite town Buzios. But I’m a city-girl at heart and Rio steals it every time.

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Nights and Cool Places with Azamara

For many years I found myself explaining to yet-to-cruise travelers that the true selling point of cruise travel is that you are not packing up your suitcase every time you move from one destination to the next. Cruise ships leave each port around sunset, sail at night, and you magically wake up the next day in a new destination.

Beautiful sunset

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