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The Creative Mind Behind Azamara’s #LoveTravel Campaign

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Azamara Club Cruises just launched a new promotional campaign entitled “The Voyage For Those Who Love Travel”. Not only beautiful in imagery, its message is straightforward, fun and sassy. And this description is how I think of the woman with the creative mind behind the campaign. Her name is Kay Fowler and she oversees Advertising & Marketing Communications for the line.

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Darwin & The Blue Mountains of Australia

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As an under-graduate studying Sociology (ahem…a while ago) I spent many a night reading Darwin and becoming fluent in his theory of evolution via natural selection. So it was with great interest that I recently read a fascinating article called “Darwin’s Forgotten World: Australia’s Blue Mountains Influenced the Great Thinker’s Understanding of Evolution as Profoundly as the Galapagos.” (Perrottet, Tony. Smithsonian Magazine, January 2015: 50-61.)

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Home

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The holidays are over. I’m writing this at 36,000 feet on my way home after 23 days ‘on the road’ involving business, family, friends, and some sightseeing. All in all a good time was had. But truth be told I’m happy to be going home. I’m a homebody. I love having my own things around me. I like my routines.

In an article for Vanity Fair magazine (“The Proust Questionnaire”, October 2014), the British actor John Cleese was asked, “What is your favorite journey?” He answered with one word: “home”. That resonated with me, but also left me wondering if I’m a hypocrite? After all I’m a lifelong traveler, a career travel professional, and now a travel blogger; all of which I love and am crazy happy doing.
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Captain Jason Ikiadis, Master of the Azamara Journey

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Captain Jason, as he’s known to the crew and guests, is guiding the Azamara Journey  into the port of Southampton, England, our disembarkation port after an adventurous 12-night voyage across the North Sea and around the British Isles.

I can tell he’s excited about arriving in his hometown of Southampton. Captain Jason, age 48, was raised in this seafaring town, and lives there still with his American wife, Kristie, and their two children, Aiden, 5-years old, and Bridget, 1 ½. He happily shares with me a list of restaurants we may enjoy for lunch in his hometown of Southampton.

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Port Collectors: Real or Legend?

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As a travel writer I believe, or want to believe, that there are avid cruisers out there who “collect ports”. I like to imagine these travelers having a map on their den wall where they put a pin in each port they visit, ticking them off after every cruise. But is this reality or simply an industry folk legend? Where did I get this idea of the map with the pins?

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