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Cancun has become a favorite vacation spot for Utahns – possibly the most popular vacation destination for those seeking a quick getaway to sun, sand, sea, fine food and drink, comfortable accommodations and relaxation.

After spending five days in Cancun in late April visiting 15 different resorts with 21 other travel agents, seeing vacationers at each stop floating in a pool on a lounger or lying on the beach, wading out into the waves, most sipping on a cocktail, it’s no mystery to me why so many choose Cancun as their vacation destination.

I was impressed with one main feeling. Though there are nearly 100 different resorts in the Cancun, Playa Del Carmen and Riviera Maya areas that make choosing a destination somewhat confusing, you really cannot go wrong. All have amazing views, outstanding pools, amazing sand, great food, fun and exciting entertainment. You’ll find golf, water activities, excursions, history and an atmosphere that produces exactly what you are after – fun and relaxation. Also, few destinations offer a better atmosphere for romance. It’s easy to understand why so many return to Cancun year after year.

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I Love River Cruising! I recently returned from my 2nd River Cruise in Europe and I’m hooked. My husband and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary aboard UniWorlds ‘Maria Teresa’.

Our adventure began in Antwerp and ended in Amsterdam. Our trip started exactly a week after the terrorist bombing in Brussels. Other than changing our departing flight from Brussels, to Amsterdam, our trip was uninterrupted and felt completely safe. In fact, the only time we saw guards or any indication that an attack had happened a week prior was in the subway stations in Antwerp. Our guide explained that there was actually more security, but they wear plain cloths and are unnoticeable to tourists. We had a great time touring Antwerp. It was mostly about the food for us. We had a day and a half there, and made sure we tasted all the local favorites. We toured the Chocolate factory (of course), ate double fried Frits (which are way better than our American ‘single fried’ fries), couldn’t get enough Belgium waffles from the street vendors (seriously amazing), and although I am not a drinker, many of our ship mates told us the beer was the best.

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Ever wondered would it would be like to travel 20 hours on an airplane to the other side of the world?? Other than an uncomfortable plane ride, it was amazing!

Our adventures first started out in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. What a wonderful, clean, and beautiful city. Dubai is home to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. What a view from the 140th floor!! It is also home to the largest shopping mall in the world. I really felt comfortable in this city and appreciated that fact that everything is new and clean. Our guide explained to us the nationalities that make up this city of 2.4 million people. Only 20% are from the UAE (United Arab Emirates). Of the remaining 80%, 50% are from India, the rest are from Pakistan, Philippines, and Bangladesh, in that order.

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I have to say that I have the best job in the world! I work for Morris Murdock Travel and we specialize in making our client’s vacation dreams come true. So yes, I get to travel and see the world as well. I think one of the best ways to experience the beauty and culture of other countries is by taking a cruise.

I have cruised a lot! I won’t tell you the exact number of the cruises I have taken as it might sound boastful, but let’s just say “my cup runneth over”! So, when I say that my wife and I just returned from one of the best cruises we have even taken, this really means something! I have always wanted to visit the Greek Isles and surrounding area and we decided 2015 would be the year. We booked a 7-day cruise on the Celebrity Equinox and we thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! There were two reasons our trip was so special: Celebrity Cruise Lines and the destination.

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Well, I finally did it! I stepped out of my comfort zone of me being in control of my own adventure. I decided to leave it up to the big "Fun Ships" of Carnival Cruise line to sail me away and show me what they’ve got. Let me tell you, ADVENTURE awaits and is plentiful.

Even though I’ve sold thousands of cruises, attend seminars and trainings I had my own hesitations, but now that I have this sailing under my belt I can tell you all my concerns have floated away.

My biggest reservation about cruising was there wouldn’t be enough ADVENTURE on board. Well duh, there is actually a ship named the ADVENTURE OF THE SEAS!

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