The Postojna Caves and AzAmazing Evening in Koper, Slovenia

This was my 8th cruise with Azamara Club Cruises; which means I have also done 8 AzAmazing Evenings. This is when Azamara puts together something unique, special and cultural in one of its destinations on the cruise. I just experienced the AzAmazing Evening in Koper, Slovenia and it was my favorite without question. Here’s why! […]

Two Things You Must Do In Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is wealthy; it’s really wealthy. They have oil reserves for generations to come. The capital and largest of the United Arab Emirates is diversifying with incredible tourist facilities and attractions. Abu Dhabi is often assumed to be like Dubai but in fact it’s quite different in the way it’s going after tourism dollars. […]

The North of Qatar

Qatar is a funny place. In fact, it’s a funny word that nobody truly knows how to pronounce! It may be funny, but it is one of the richest countries in the world. Oil and gas trillions have made a major global player out of the small Gulf state. In fact, the country of Qatar, […]

A Day in Bahrain

Bahrain is a small Gulf nation that most people know nothing about. Its only two real claims to fame are that Michael Jackson once lived there and there’s a Formula 1 Grand Prix held there each April. Otherwise, it’s the little brother to every other new Gulf nation more or less. Don’t get me wrong, […]

5 Awesome Things to do in Muscat, Oman

The Sultanate of Oman is a fantastic country to visit. My third trip to Oman has been absolutely wonderful. Aside from doing a 4×4 safari to Jebel Harim in the Musandam Peninsula, I revisited Muscat. It’s a city I wasn’t very fond of the first time I was there. I basically did a complete 180; […]

5 Awesome Things to do in Dubai

I love Dubai. A lot of people rip on it but I love it. I accept Dubai for what it is and I embrace what it has to offer. It’s over the top for sure: it’s like Las Vegas without casinos. It’s not without controversy from questionable labor practices. It’s mind-blowing, frenetic and at the […]

The Thing About Cruise Ship Safety

There has been a lot of talk about cruise ship safety lately with a few high profile incidents over the past few years. Since I cruise a few times a year, a lot of people ask me about it and I always tell them the truth. Cruising is a great way to see a lot […]

The Majority of Americans Have Never Been on a Cruise

As many of you know, I love cruising. I cruise at least two times a year with Azamara Club Cruises. In fact, I just got back from a cruise in New Zealand stopping in ports like Dunedin, Cape Kidnappers, Picton, Tauranga plus Hobbiton, and Auckland. I used to avoid cruises because of misguided preconceptions but […]

Auckland, New Zealand is a Really Pleasant City

Auckland, New Zealand is a really pleasant city. There’s nothing spectacular about Auckland. It’s not the worlds most beautiful city. It’s not the most exciting city on Earth. There’s nothing that screams out at you that you can’t miss. But Auckland, New Zealand is a really pleasant city to be in because it’s just that…pleasant. […]

Hobbiton is one of the Coolest Things in New Zealand

I have never seen any of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies. I have never seen any of ‘The Hobbit’ movies. I have never read any of the books either. I don’t like science fiction or fantasy. That said, I went to the Hobbiton movie set as a special day and night time tour excursion […]

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