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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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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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Sitting in Style on Azamara Club Cruises!

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I’m excited to report that the Azamara Quest and Azamara Journey have received fantastic new outdoor furniture. The next time you cruise on one of our ships, you’ll be enjoying brand new sun loungers, umbrellas, daybeds and more.

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Not only is the new furniture lovely, it’s environmentally friendly. We sourced the furniture locally while the ships sailed in Spain this season. It’s made by Kettal, a family-run company headquartered in Spain. The furniture is made in Tarragona, Spain using sustainable materials and eco-friendly paint.
Kettal’s well-known commitment to the environment was an important consideration in our selection of this furniture.

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The ships also received new stateroom tables! These are an exciting new feature, and one long-awaited by the Azamara faithful. The oval-shaped tables can be elevated for in-suite dining for two. During the day, they’re lowered to become coffee tables.
The Azamara vessels are continually being updated. Next on the agenda will be the refurbishment of the Suites!

Café Society @ Sea

The other night I watched Jerry Seinfeld being interviewed by Bill Maher about Jerry’s comedy series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”. They were laughing about how as they get older they enjoy coffee more than ever. Me too!

And I have to confess my favorite guilty pleasure while onboard the Azamara Journey recently was the Mosaic Café. At least once a day I would gravitate there to enjoy a fancy coffee drink and a miniature pastry.

Regular coffee with biscotti

Regular coffee with biscotti

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Aboard the Azamara Journey – Part Four

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Our last ports-of-call: Dublin, Dartmouth, Guernsey, Southampton

Dublin

Dublin

Dublin, a delightful city. People are free and generous with their sense of humor. You can tell they like to laugh. We took a morning walking tour of town given by a Dubliner named Claire. We visited various highlights including the immense and gorgeously landscaped Stevens Park. Throughout town we pass statues and monuments memorializing famous Irish literary figures such as James Joyce and Oscar Wilde. The museums are free, there’s the National Library where one can do genealogy research, and there is great shopping. In fact, Dublin is the only stop on this cruise where I’ve purchased anything: two plaid wool scarves and two wool winter hats. We had a midnight departure so Peter & I went ashore after dinner. We came across excellent bands playing in the streets and handsome happy youth everywhere.

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