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Getting Lost in Venice, Italy

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Getting lost in Venice, Italy is somewhat of an expected thing and part of the adventure. When I planned an afternoon for discovering of most of the 118 islands that make up Venice, I came armed with two maps, a GPS, and a mission to get to specific “must-see” sites.

What I quickly became aware of was that maps in Venice are useless, the GPS is distracting, and in the middle of summer the weather is so hot and humid that walking around for hours in the middle of the day can be a huge challenge.

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Opening Up to Change When Traveling

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I am still processing all the details of my experiences during our recent road trip, still going through the words that I want to share here with you. I felt quite different coming back from that journey, before I set off on another.

The Carnival Cruise along the Mediterranean with my son was incredible. I mean, it was pretty amazing. There were so many moments of pause, where I couldn’t believe I was there, with him. I would look at him and say, “Can you believe it? We are in Naples…eating pizza…like, from Naples!” or “Dude. We are swimming. In the Mediterranean Sea!”

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Embracing of Second Chances

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While I am sharing all the fun we had during our #gAdvroadtrip, did I happen to tell you guys about the moment I basically stomped my foot on the ground, walked away from my family, and cried?

No? Well, I told you chances were one of us would crack, and one of us did.

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Sun, Sand, Swizzles and the Celebrity Summit

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From exquisite dining experiences, exemplary service and an exotic beach destination, it’s been quite an experience aboard Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Summit so far.

Since the minute my guest and I stepped onboard the ship, we’ve been greeted with cordial smiles. When sharing the same space with around 3,000 people, the genuine and kind interactions we’ve had on the Summit speak volumes.

Upon first impression, we noted that a majority of our fellow passengers were of a certain age. As everyone piled onto the 965-ft. ship, I noticed that most everyone aboard our cruise were from the northeastern states like us, taking advantage of the easily accessible port in Bayonne, New Jersey.

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Setting Sail on the Celebrity Summit

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With its distinctive sleek white hull, blue details and bold X, Celebrity Cruises’ Fleet makes its mark. When in port, it’s hard not to miss the Celebrity Summit which calls Cape Liberty Cruise Port in Bayonne, NJ home. Built in 2001, the Celebrity Summit is the third vessel in the Millennium class. In January 2012, the ship underwent an extensive refurbishment to add Solstice-class features. Most of the public spaces reflect the refurb, such as new carpeting and decor. The Celebrity Summit’s “Solsticized” features include Aqua Class staterooms and the Blu Restaurant. As a tech fanatic, I’m particularly interested in checking out the Celebrity iLounge—an Apple mecca at sea and another Solstice addition.

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Experiencing the Nickelodeon All Access Cruise on Norwegian Jewel

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UPDATE: Since this review, Norwegian Cruise announced a revamp of their Nickelodeon fleets to include updated family/state rooms and kids club amenities. I have not experienced the new ships, nor have seen them beyond images provided, but Go Big or Go Home toured the new Norwegian Breakaway and provided info and images of the new ship, which looks way more kid-friendly and kid-focused.

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When it comes to traveling with my family, there are a few things I take into consideration:

Accommodations-With a family as large as mine, five in total, it’s often difficult to find accommodations that don’t require an extra room, or charge an extra fee for the fifth person. We are a close family, but we still don’t like being on top of each other when we are in our rooms.

Location/Attractions-Being a New Yorker, I like to walk around. I like to venture out and see different things and have the option to do a lot, even if in the end I don’t do much at all. I would say the same is true for the rest of my crew. We’re pretty adventurous, and rarely just lounge around when on vacation. So, I look for places that offer tons to do and have lots to see, and where those things are easily accessible.

I also look for an experience that appeals to the entire family, not just the children. There are many families with kids that are happy to give up the vacation to the child and their only goal is the child’s happiness, even at the expense of their own. I, however, am not that selfless. I want to have a good time too.

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