Basseterre, St. Kitts

Basseterre, St. Kitts

  The ship was docked, and the sun was up before I was on a beautiful Tuesday morning in the Caribbean. Today we were going on a history and rum-tasting tour on the West Indian island of St. Kitts. Next to us at the pier was the Royal Caribbean Brilliance of the Seas, but our ship was bigger than their ship. Nyah nyah. It was a picturesque and clean little town near the dock with the usual cluster of shops selling watches, jewelry, t-shirts and hats. (See St. Thomas.) As we waited for everyone to arrive for our tour, I glanced around the nearby square and saw a building with a Harley Davidson sign on it. Seems hogs are everywhere, even the West Indies. In the sheltered area where we waited was a small band made up of guitars, ukeleles and even a mandolin...

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Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, American Virgin Islands

Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, American Virgin Islands

  Three days into our cruise, we docked in the Virgin Islands right about sunrise, shortly after seven a.m. There was a little bit of sprinkle in the air but the clouds were already beginning to scatter and promise a clear day to come. We went to the big cafeteria on Deck 14 for breakfast so we could get off the ship before the day got too hot. Since our snorkeling with the turtles excursion had been canceled, we were free to do whatever we wanted. So, we were going to prowl the shops at the pier. Yeah, I’m a guy and I like to shop. So sue me. Luckily, we got the obligatory shirts-for-kids purchases out of the way pretty quickly, so won’t have to worry about that for the rest of the trip. There were jewelry stores, watch stores, jewelry and watch...

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Celebrity Caribbean Cruise – Part One: En Route

Celebrity Caribbean Cruise – Part One: En Route

As usual, with pleasure comes a bit of pain. Well, that’s what I hear anyway. In this case, to get to a cruise one must suck it up for the airport/airline experience. We were booked to Ft. Lauderdale on Southwest, mostly because of lower airfare and free bags, of which we had three. But there is the cattle call aspect of the whole thing. If you haven’t flown Southwest, know that there are no reserved seats, just boarding priority groups. You must line up next to numbered posts corresponding to your boarding priority group, i.e., A, B, C, etc. The higher your letter and accompanying number, the farther back in the aircraft you’ll sit and the less likely you’ll sit together if you’re traveling with someone. Of course, Southwest will...

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Carolinas Aviation Museum Is Worth A Visit

Carolinas Aviation Museum Is Worth A Visit

Parked on the ramp as we walked outside the main hangar of the Carolinas Aviation Museum at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport was a rare piece of 1950s aviation history, a restored Douglas Aircraft DC-7B painted in Eastern Airlines livery. Based out of Opa Locka, Florida, the restored four engine aircraft was the last prop airliner developed by Douglas Aircraft before the advent of jet airliners. It had been flown to Charlotte in November 2011 by retired US Airways pilot Sully Sullenberger and his Flight 1549 First Officer Jeff Skiles. But, on takeoff to return to Florida, the aircraft lost oil pressure in one engine and had to return to Charlotte where it still sits, an extra bonus to visiting the museum, waiting for parts and repairs.   As you walk...

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Fall Holiday Travel Deals

Fall Holiday Travel Deals

You know how expensive holiday travel can be, so don’t miss this opportunity to shave some bucks off your tickets. Follow the link to OneTravel and find your best price for travel during upcoming holidays including Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We have compared some of the fares with other resources and really believe you will save money! If you’re planning travel for the holidays, don’t wait one second longer – go check out the sale at One Travel now!  Just click the links below. Travel Deals on Veterans Day. Save an Extra $15* with Promo Code MILITARY15. Book Now! (Offer ends 11/12/12) (Offer ends 11/24/12) Incredible Black Friday Weekend Savings! Find a Cheap Flight Today. Book Now! (Offer ends...

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Something New and Exciting at BarryOnTheRoad.com

Something New and Exciting at BarryOnTheRoad.com

After weeks of research and work, we’re rolling out some exciting changes on the site, and we hope you get as excited as we are.  So, please take a few moments to check out some of the new features. If you’re tired of bouncing around the internet checking here, there and everywhere for travel deals, you can stop now.  With our new affiliation with One Travel, you only need to go to one place for the prices on airfares, rental cars and accomodations you’re looking for. You can simply click over there on the right column where you see Airfare Deals! Or you can click on Hotel Deals! And so on. (Sometimes I will have special coupon codes here in the sidebar, so it’s a good idea to check the sidebar first!) Planning a trip or thinking about a...

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