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The Plaza NYC Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Eloise

Aug 30, 2015
The Plaza in New York City is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the publication of Kay Thompson’s Eloise, which will last all year.

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Cruise follies, foibles, TMI, TLI and unexpected discoveries


A squid greets us in Hakodate, Japan
All in all it was a great cruise on the Diamond Princess, stopping in ports we had never heard of in northern Japan and even in Russia, thanks to somebody named Jones (more on that later). But no cruise is complete without its follies and unexpected discoveries. more
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Kids have a different take on cultural exchanges aboard cruises


The captain of the Diamond Princess and his family
Listen up parents -- if you thought the educational part of cruising was only seeing historic and cultural sites, you were wrong. It seems much more cultural exchange happens right on board at the kids’ and teen club, kids say. more
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In Hakodate, Hokkaido: navigating on our own is not that difficult


Schoolgirl greeters in Hakodate
The ship staff had warned that navigating on your own in Japan is different than elsewhere. Very few locals speak English and signs are only in Japanese. I understand now why in the U.S. Japanese tourists always move in a group with a guide. more
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Sampling Orlando’s changing restaurant scene during Magical Dining Month


The BOATHOUSE in Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort
Visit Orlando’s magical dining month, which starts August 24 and continues throughout September and highlights many restaurants offering prix fixe dinners for $33. (Ready to share with your junior foodie?) more
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A visit to a Japanese hot springs – Onseng – resort in Hokkaido


The port of Otaru in Hokkaido seen from the Diamond Princess
Good news! I’m going to live at least seven years longer. That’s because I’ve visited a Japanese Onseng—a hot springs resort. They are ubiquitous in Japan—there are thousands of them. more
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Japanese hot tubs and other amenities on the Diamond Princess


Japanese baths onboard the Diamond Princess
The on board Izumi Japanese Bath features indoor and outdoor bathing experiences ($15 for 90 minute visit), including misted steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and hot tubs, some open to the sky. more
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On a cruise – options for dining vary on taste and budget


Steakhouse selection on Diamond Princess
Like other cruise lines, Princess offers specialty restaurants on board for which you pay an extra fee. Like on other cruise lines, the specialty restaurants offer an enhanced experience. more
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Shore excursions: Cranes, marshes, pluses and minuses


Juvenile Red Crested Cranes at reserve near Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan
We’re in Kushiro, Japan, on the island of Hokkaido, and are visiting the Japanese Crane Reserve on a shore excursion from the Diamond Princess, which is spending the morning here. more
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East meets West means education on a Princess Cruise in Japan


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Until I came aboard in Yokohama, I hadn’t thought much about the cruise experience being educational but here, with more than 1000 Japanese passengers, we westerners are getting a lesson in Japanese culture and food. more
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Returning to Tokyo after 60 years revives old childhood memories


Grant Heights sign circa 1974
60 years ago my father, a U.S. Air Force officer, moved his growing family to Japan for four years. So when we had the opportunity to visit Tokyo this month, I naturally thought of my childhood and wondered if we could try to find some of my old haunts. more
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