John C. Jones

John C. Jones
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SmartWiz Travel Tips

Travel Tip Mini-Bits
Book as far in advance as possible to get the best fares. Beware of booking in the summer for fall, winter and spring fares as you will probably pay way too much. For these, wait until late August or early September.

Mid-week to mid-week travel is still the cheapest and while Saturday night stays may not be required; they are still pricier than leaving on a Wednesday and returning Sunday or Tuesday/Wednesday.

Avoid Monday morning, Thursday evening, and all day Friday departures. Cheaper seats on these flights are few and far between. These are prime business travel and airlines price accordingly. Watch out for Sunday as it is becoming expensive too.

If you are traveling coast to coast mid week and returning that same week, save yourself some coins that you can use in the airport slots in Las Vegas. Plan your coast to coast flight as two round trips with Las Vegas as the pivot point… The savings will amaze you!

Sun, Nov 15 ,09 Sun, Nov 15 ,09 $159 $199 $339 $519     Cruise Only With Air

Sun, Nov 29 ,09 Sun, Nov 29 ,09 $159 $199 $339 $519 Cruise Only With Air


Norwegian Dawn   Caribbean-Western  5 Days

November 15, 2009  November 29, 2009  December 13, 2009  December 27, 2009  January 10, 2010  January 24, 2010  February 07, 2010  March 07, 2010  March 21, 2010 

The Ultimate in Cruising on Norwegian Cruise Line

  • From the time you arrive at the pier your ultimate cruise experience will begin. You will be greeted with priority check-in and an escort will take you to your suite. A distinct key card denotes your elite status. Throughout your cruise your exclusive access to the concierge desk will provide you with special services such as priority dining reservations and priority boarding for tenders ashore.  
  • Enjoy the luxury of Champagne upon arrival and invitations to VIP events. View the beautiful scenery with floor to ceiling windows. NCL’s suites offer luxury bedding by the Bliss Collection, plush robes, fine linens and duvets and even a special pillow menu for ultimate comfort. Wake up to fresh Lavazza coffee and a full in room breakfast menu or enjoy exclusive entrance into Cagney’s Restaurant for breakfast and lunch.  
  • Imagine a private swimming pool, hot tub and Balinese-style day beds all set in a serene area under a retractable roof available for Owner’s Suites, Courtyard and Garden Villas. So settle in, and your butler or concierge will be happy to serve you. So go ahead and revel in your private retreat!  
  • Enjoy all of this plus everything offered onboard your NCL ship. The Suite Life is the Ultimate in Freestyle Cruising.  

 Caribbean-Western 5 Days •  Norwegian Cruise Line •  Norwegian Dawn SHIP INFO Itinerary Map Public Areas Ship Profile Deck Plans

Day Date .2009 Port Arrive Depart
1 Sun, Nov 29  Miami     4:00 P
2 Mon, Nov 30  At Sea    
3 Tue, Dec 1  Grand Cayman   8:00 A  4:00 P
4 Wed, Dec 2  Cozumel   10:00 A  7:00 P
5 Thu, Dec 3  At Sea    
6 Fri, Dec 4  Miami   8:00 A  

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  9. Caribbean Cruises and Ports of Call
  10. European Cruises - Ports of Call on the Atlantic Ocean (except Northern Europe)
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  2. European Cruises - Baltic Sea Cruises Ports of Call
  3. European Cruises - Western Mediterranean Cruises and Ports of Call
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  10. South Pacific Cruises and Ports of Call

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Cruise pick of the month!!!

Royal Caribbean 12 Night Italy And Croatia Cruise
(Civitavecchia Roundtrip) Departs Civitavecchia, Italy on Sun, Oct 11, 2009 Returns Civitavecchia, Italy on Fri, Oct 23, 2009 Discount Code:25040091011 Set Price Alert Legend of the SeasRoyal Caribbean - Legend of the Seas

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When Should You Carry A Passport?
Last Updated: May 13, 2008
Important information about why you need to carry a passport on your next cruise or if you are traveling by car, train, or bus to Canada or Mexico. Traveling today outside the 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands does not require a passport.Click here for full story

How to travel light – save your money – enjoy your trip!                                       

Do you have any funny travel stories?  I’d love to hear them.  You can share them with me at jones@photoandtravel.com.

Happy Cruising!