For the past few years I've watched Holland America ships sit in port here in San Diego but I've never actually pulled the trigger and cruised with them till last month when they invited us to sail with them. While the experience is dramatically different from warm-weather cruising in the Caribbean and Mexico, I found a lot of stuff to like about cruising on the Holland America Line Maasdam. 

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Last month we took an amazing journey across the country and before heading home needed a retreat where Heather and I could relax, have fun, and explore Sedona. Sedona Arizona is an interesting place that's a mix of luxury, artist colony, free thinkers, metaphysical arts and people just seeking a weekend escape from life. When Heather found Adobe Grand Villas I was hooked. It's everything that I love in a romantic weekend getaway - privacy, unique and fun.

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For many people, the Caribbean is an exotic land that is as a place for only the rich and famous. But it doesn't have to be that way and today there are many affordable ways to explore this beautiful part of the world, it's exotic islands and amazing food and friendly people. For me personally, cruising is one of my favorite ways to do this since I get a "sampler" of different islands so I know where I want to come back to in the future. Ironically, I started this way but now I really enjoy the experience of cruising itself since I never get bored and get to see somewhere new each and every day!

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Staying at a hotel room is always a great excuse to switch up your romantic side and try something new. While we've looked at some exciting and alluring adult themed hotel rooms in the past, that's not the full story. Luckily, for those of you who want to walk on the wild side without actually crossing over and living out your caveman fantasy these rooms should be perfect for you!

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One of the few nice things about traveling for business is being able to rack up some serious reward points that I can figure out how to spend on my own. While the idea of using them to head off on a guys weekend with the boys is appealing, it's important to also take care of the homefront and spend some time with the wife as well. 

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