Legoland Florida Knows What Kids and Parents Love

Legoland Florida Knows What Kids and Parents Love

IMG_0996I’ve been itching for some amusement park time before the Florida summer brings two things every Florida resident hides from: the heat and tourists (sorry, no offense!). Rather than spending Mother’s Day at home eating breakfast in bed, I thought it would be fun to trek out to Legoland Florida in Winter Haven.

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You Down With ITT?  You Should Be!

You Down With ITT? You Should Be!

travel-introI just love some old school hip hop (I just cringed at the thought of calling Naughty By Nature “old school”) and I love saving money.  Oh, and I love having fun which is why I’m all about using our installation ITT office (aka Information, Tickets, and Travel).

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Norwegian Cruise Lines: Silver Linings

Norwegian Cruise Lines: Silver Linings

Part 1: Itinerary ♦  Part 2: Service ♦  Part 3: EntertainmentPart 4: Silver Linings

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I’ve been a little bit of a debbie downer when it comes to our cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines.  I might not have been impressed with cracker-jack customer service or the lack of a party atmosphere, but there were 3 amazing, outstanding instances of sheer awesomeness where Norwegian more than delivered: 1) Youth Programming, 2) Justin Short, and 3) The Happy-Happy-Washy-Washy Woman. [Read more...]

Norwegian Cruise Lines: Short On Fun And Slow On Service (part 3 of 4)

Norwegian Cruise Lines: Short On Fun And Slow On Service (part 3 of 4)

Part 1: Itinerary ♦  Part 2: Service ♦  Part 3: EntertainmentPart 4: Silver Linings

When you spend a big chunk of change on a vacation, you expect it to be an amazing, stellar, knock your socks off, drag you from the ship kind of time.  We had fun on our cruise, but not the kind of fun I was hoping to have, based on our previous cruise experiences.

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Norwegian Cruise Lines: Slow Service Without A Smile (part 2 of 4)

Norwegian Cruise Lines: Slow Service Without A Smile (part 2 of 4)

Part 1: Itinerary ♦  Part 2: Service ♦  Part 3: EntertainmentPart 4: Silver Linings

Because we live in Tampa, Fl, a departure city for Carnival and Norwegian, and we’d previously cruised Carnival in 2002 and 2009, we opted to give Norwegian a try. We really enjoyed our Carnival cruises but we kept on hearing from other avid cruisers that we had to try other cruise lines because if we thought Carnival was the bees-knees, we would be blown away if we branched out. So we did.

Norwegian’s whole gig is that they’re all about “Freestyle Cruising,” you set your own agenda and cruise the way you choose.  We weren’t exactly sure what that really meant in practice, but we were more than happy to give it a shot.

Unfortunately, Norwegian has some real customer service issues that I believe are partly rooted in the whole “freestyle” approach and are partly due to poor planning and broken processes.  Despite our misgivings, we powered through, determined to have a fabulous time.  And we did have a very nice time, but we know it could’ve been A LOT better.

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Norwegian Cruise Lines Review: The Itinerary

Norwegian Cruise Lines Review: The Itinerary

Part 1: Itinerary ♦  Part 2: Service ♦  Part 3: EntertainmentPart 4: Silver Linings

As you all know, we opted to skip Thanksgiving and head out on a Western Caribbean 7-day cruise with Norwegian Cruise Lines. Here’s my unadulterated review of our experience with Norwegian Cruise Lines.  I’m breaking this review into parts to  make it easy on the eyes and easy on the writer.  Part 1: Itinerary, Part 2: Customer Service, Part 3: Entertainment, Part 4: Glimmers of Excellence.

Remember, this was a fully self funded trip.  I received absolutely no perks or compensation from Norwegian…so hold on to your seats…
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Would You Ever Skip Thanksgiving?

Would You Ever Skip Thanksgiving?

My Christmas tree is decked out.  The house is in full Noel mode.  It looks like we took a page out of consumer America’s book and skipped over Thanksgiving.  No turkey.  No trimmings.  No pie.  No baking.  No stuffing.  No belt loosening.  No football.  No houseful of guests.  No traveling to family.  And best of all, NO BLACK FRIDAY!  <insert sound of shoppers screaming everywhere>  Would you ever consider skipping Thanksgiving?  I am not considering it.  I’m doing it. [Read more...]