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  • Bing Trends just released some of the top search terms for 2011. While Justin Beiber topped the list as the most searched for person and the Royal Wedding beat out the Kim Kardashian Wedding for top celebrity events, I’m more interested in the top destinations people searched for.

    fabulous Las Vegas sign flickr image by Douglas Carter Cole

    Las Vegas won the top spot for most searched for destination. Without further ado, here’s the Bing Trends list of top 10 searched destinations for 2011:

    1. Las Vegas, NV
    2. San Diego, CA
    3. San Francisco, CA
    4. Los Angeles, CA
    5. Chicago, IL
    6. New York City, NY
    7. Boston, MA
    8. Miami, FL
    9. Seattle, WA
    10. Paris, France

    I was glad to see a few of my favorite destinations on the list. Las Vegas is a fun destination offering more than just casino gambling but now is a top culinary destination. If you’re planning a visit to Sin City, be sure to check out all the hotels and restaurants we’ve personally checked out in Las Vegas.

    I’ve visited NYC a few times and have plans to go back at the end of the summer for Blogher 12. With Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade each year and all the free things to do in New York City, it always makes top ten lists for travelers. It’s a fun city filled with life and so many things to do.

    I was sad to see that New Orleans, LA didn’t make the list, but I have a feeling it will be one of the top ten destinations for 2012. To see all the trends from 2011, check out the video below and be sure to visit

    Video: The Top 2011 Searches from Bing: A Year of Breakthroughs and Heartbreaks

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  • Princess Cays is the private beach in the Bahamas for Princess Cruises. There are areas where cruise guests seem to gather together in numbers, but if you are looking for a quiet beach area, it can be found. Here are some photos from Princess Cays, to give you an idea of what your day could be like during this cruise stop. Be sure to read my full recap of Princess Cays, along with tips.

    Princess Cays cruise stop welcome signBeach chairs at Princess Cays cruise stopPrincess Cays quiet beach area cruise stopPrincess Cays Bahamas quiet beach break cruise stop
    Princess Cays, Bahamas beach break from a cruise ship

    Special thanks to Princess Cruises who hosted this cruise experience.

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  • The Carnival Magic has arrived home in Galveston, Texas!

    Recently, Maroon 5 and the Port of Galveston, along with fans and cruise guests, welcomed the Carnival Magic to her home port in the Gulf of Mexico.The Carnival Magic’s year-round Caribbean cruise program features two different week-long itineraries, including seven-day western Caribbean voyages to Montego Bay, Grand Cayman and Cozumel, and week-long eastern Caribbean cruises to Nassau, Freeport, and Key West.

    Carnival Magic offers a wide variety of innovations, including the RedFrog Pub, a colorful Caribbean-inspired watering hole featuring its own private label draft beer; Cucina del Capitano, a family-style Italian restaurant that brings the heritage of Carnival’s captains to the table; and SportSquare, an expansive open-air recreation complex with the first ropes course and outdoor fitness area at sea. Other features include an exciting WaterWorks aqua park with a 312-foot-long spiral water slide and other attractions; The Lanai, a wraparound promenade with an outdoor barbeque area and whirlpools that extend out over the ship’s sides; and Ocean Plaza, a stunning indoor/outdoor café and live entertainment venue.

    Carnival Magic cruise ship outdoor theater

    Carnival Magic joins the Carnival Triumph which launched year-round four- and five-day cruises from Galveston last month. Homeporting the Carnival Magic and Carnival Triumph in Galveston represents the largest-ever capacity commitment by a cruise line to Texas. With these deployments, Carnival expects to carry more than 450,000 guests annually from Galveston – a 28 percent increase over the current year. Carnival Magic’s arrival is also expected to have a positive impact on the Texas economy. According to a study commissioned by the Cruise Lines International Association, in 2010 the North American cruise industry contributed $1.1 billion in direct spending to the Texas economy, with cruise industry spending generating 16,457 jobs and $828 million in income for Texas workers.

    For additional information and reservations on Carnival’s “Fun Ship” cruises, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit

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  • The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is just around the corner. We’ve got a sneak peek reveal of some of the balloons featured in the 2011 Macy’s Day Parade.

    Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade flickr image (c) mjpeacecorps

    Beginning at 9 a.m. EST on NBC, the parade will take will take over New York City showcasing loads of holiday fun, including some VERY exciting new balloons. Want a sneak peek at “Frozen Fall Fun” and “ZHU-NIVERSE?” Let VP/creative director of Macy’s Parade Studio John Piper give you the grand tour:

    If you are planning on viewing the parade in person, be sure to check out our tips for viewing the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade 2011.

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  • If you are in the New Orleans area on November 27, 2011, you might want to experience a Mississippi River cruise aboard the Steamboat Natchez. Here’s the information on how you can participate by helping a New Orleans area battered women’s shelter this holiday season.

    Steamboat NATCHEZ Hosts Annual Sailing with Santa Cruise

    Santa collects toys for Crescent House Battered Women’s Shelter before heading to the North Pole

    Steamboat Natchez Christmas at night in New Orleans

    WHO:                   Santa Claus and the Steamboat NATCHEZ

                                    This event is open to the public and free with the donation of a new, unwrapped gift. 

    Steamboat Natchez SantaWHAT:                 Steamboat NATCHEZ Sailing with Santa cruise and holiday toy and essential needs collection drive for Crescent House, a shelter for battered women and their children (ages infant to 17 yrs)

    WHEN:                 Sunday, November 27

                                    Boarding: 2:00PM

                                    Cruise: 2:30PM                                             

    WHERE:               Steamboat NATCHEZ (Toulouse Street & the Mississippi River)  

    WHY:                    The Steamboat NATCHEZ invites children of all ages to take a ride down the Mississippi River for the annual Sailing with Santa cruise. The Steamboat will be dressed in its holiday best and everyone will have an opportunity to take a picture with jolly ole Saint Nick before boarding the boat. Santa will be collecting new, unwrapped toys that he will deliver to Crescent House before making his way up to the North Pole to prepare for Christmas. In true Louisiana fashion, Papillion, a Cajun storyteller and musician will make an appearance and delight children from one to 92 with tales of a Cajun Christmas. Additionally, the creators of the popular New Orleans baby book, Lil’ Squirts, and one of the authors of the New Orleans children’s book, Fleurdelicious, will be on-site signing and selling copies of their books. The cruise is free for anyone donating gifts.

    For more information about the Steamboat NATCHEZ and to make other reservations, please call (504) 586-8777 or visit

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