Frustration- Free Vacay

Not your father’s slide presentation. Royal Caribbean Chairman and CEO Richard Fain uses the same roboscreens on Quantum class ships to deliver his keynote address as seen at Royal Caribbean’s Sea Beyond event at Duggal Greenhouse at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017,  in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Diane Bondareff/ Invision for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd./AP Images) (PRNewsfoto/Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.)

DOWNTIME: FRUSTRATION-FREE VACATIONS Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) is rolling out an unprecedented wave of digital innovations touching every aspect of its business, charting a course for a world where travel frustrations have disappeared, erased by technology that is transforming cruise ships from stem to stern. Most visible to consumers through a guest-empowering app [...]

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REJUVENATION NATION:  PALM SPRINGS BY FRANCESCA MERCED Just over 100 miles east of Los Angeles is one of my favorite destinations on the planet: Palm Springs.  During the hot summer months, temperatures regularly soar into 110’s in this quiet resort community– which makes for delightful nighttime swimming. (Imagine having your own 10-foot deep outdoor bathtub!) [...]

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SALT-AIR-KISSED SOPHISTICATION The finest Santa Monica, California beach hotel Experience a metropolitan beach rendezvous for a weekend, staycation or day trip – night out at Viceroy Santa Monica Hotel.  Viceroy Santa Monica fuses classic sophistication and contemporary chic to create a thoroughly modern and uniquely luxurious Santa Monica, California boutique hotel. Whether for business or [...]

Downtime – August

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Hotlanta! By Francesca Merced As the hometown of hotties like Usher, TLC, and “Miss Keri, baby,” it’s no wonder that we’re highlighting Atlanta, GA for this month’s hip, hot Downtime! Nicknamed “Hotlanta” some twenty-plus years ago, Atlanta is a vibrant city that offers visitors a diverse historical experience coupled with some of the trendiest nightlife [...]

Downtime – July

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El Capitan Canyon By Ramona Wright Last summer I finally took my first vacation. I decided to do something I would not normally think to do and something totally out of my character. A colleague recommended I go to El Capitan Canyon. A great place to relax north of Santa Barbara up the California coastline. [...]

Downtime – June

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Down-Home Down Time By Francesca Merced One of my favorite memories from my childhood is my Dad out in the backyard starting up the fire for the grill.  Even now, he rules as king of the ’cue in our family; and every summer he reigns on the patio over his charcoal dominion.  Want to spend [...]

Downtime – May

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Tea for Two By Francesca Merced   I remember an episode from the hit HBO series The Sopranos where mama “Carmela” and daughter “Meadow” argued over going to tea at the Ritz Carlton in the City. The bratty “Meadow” thought that going to tea was “lame;” and a visibly hurt “Carmela” was disappointed that her [...]

Downtime – April

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Spring Break By Francesca Merced For most people, the term “spring break” invokes images of bikini-clad coeds relaxing on a beach, or alcohol-guzzling frat boys drinking themselves silly. But why should the kids and teens get to have all the fun? After number-crunching, sales driving and starting our businesses off with a bang throughout the [...]