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South Florida's Tri-Rail Now Finally Doing Its Thing To MIA

April 16, 2015 at 11:30 AM | by | Comments (3)

Good news for those looking to head into or head out of Miami, as another of the area’s commuter trains has finally linked itself up with the airport.

Earlier this month a new Tri-Rail station opened up at Miami International Airport’s transit hub, and that means passengers are now just a short people mover ride away from the terminals and concourses.

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Cruise Ship Bars are Becoming Cruise 'Hip' Bars on Celebrity Reflection

March 24, 2015 at 12:56 PM | by | Comment (1)

Most bars on cruise ships are pretty decent – you tend to have your champagne bar, martini bar, the big lounge with the live performers, and the nightclub, which is usually pretty empty but at least you can get some dance music every once in a while thrown in amongst the 60s nights.

But Celebrity Cruises has definitely upped the cool factor with a couple of bars that can be found on all Solstice class ships: yes, there’s the Martini Bar, but this one has an actual ice-top bar with ice-blue mood lighting, and there’s the Molecular Bar specializing in fancy foams and complex cocktails by award-winning mixologist Junior Merino. And then, unique to Celebrity Reflection, is the au courant pop-up nightclub concept.

Alexander Yepremian, the Reflection’s Cruise Director, had the brainiac idea to start a nightclub that would dock in a different bar each night at 10:30 p.m., with killer names like “Liquid” and “Indulgence.” On one particular night, this writer was having a glass of Pinot Noir at the club chair-rich Cellar Masters wine bar when crew started to move in carrying lights, sound equipment and cages large enough for cage dancers to shake their booty in. By the time I left, about an hour-and-a-half later, the DJ was throwing out some sweet sounds, the crowd was swaying and imbibing, and people were lined up outside on the red carpet waiting to get in.

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What It's Like Running a Hotel At Sea: Celebrity Reflection's Hotel Director Tells (Almost) All

March 18, 2015 at 10:45 AM | by | Comments (0)

Have you ever wondered what it's like to run a hotel at sea as compared to one on land? Well this is the kind of thing that occupies this writer’s brain so I took some time during my vacation aboard Celebrity Reflection to speak with the ship’s Hotel Director (because yes – they have that), Jamie Petts, to get the inside scoop.

Like a hotel GM, a ship’s Hotel Director oversees pretty much everything to do with running a regular hotel including F&B, housekeeping and guest services. But unlike a GM who also looks after revenue and bookings, Jamie’s concerns are more hands-on: getting 3,000 people off the boat and back on 25-minutes later, whether the tenders are working properly and if the pools can open on time due to rough seas.

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Throwback Thursday: The Incredible Price of a 10-Day Cruise to the Bahamas...in 1960

March 12, 2015 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

Sure, we love all the speed and comfort of modern travel, but it didn't get that way overnight. Every Thursday, we're going to take a look back at travel the way it used to be, whether that's decades or centuries ago. This is Throwback Thursday, travel edition.

How much was a 10-day Bahamas cruise over 60 years ago? Well, you have your answer in the ad above, placed in Playboy in 1960. It advertises a voyage on a Windjammer sailing ship, departing Miami, with stops at Bimini, the Berry Islands, Nassau, Havana, Abaco, Cay Sal, and Grand Bahama all for $175 per person.

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Celebrity Cruises Wants You to Take Care of 'YourSelfie' While Onboard

March 11, 2015 at 5:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Relax. This story is not about Selfie Sticks.

With the ferociously brutal winter almost behind us, this contributor decided to take some desperately-needed recuperating time, not just for my hunched-over, heat-starved body but for my rattled, over-worked brain as well. I really needed to unplug both mind and spirit.

The only way to prevent me, however, from sneaking an illicit peek at my emails and “only answering a few” was to book a cruise where that privilege costs a pretty penny. Ergo, I found myself on Celebrity Cruises’ Reflection, their newest ship on the block.

Celebrity has keyed into a traveler's need to disconnect and so they teamed up with Randi Zuckerberg, former Facebook and current Editor-in-Chief of Dot Complicated, and big advocate of finding a tech-life balance. The two brands came up with a series of spa and wellness treatments that encourage you to Take Care of YourSelfie. Clever marketing name aside, I didn't need to be told twice.

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Get Schooled in Street Art at Miami's Jose De Diego Middle School

Where: 3100 NW 5th Ave [map], Miami, FL, United States
February 16, 2015 at 10:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Miami's Wynwood district has become the city's epicenter of art but, ironically, the neighborhood's middle school has no arts programs for its 600 students, due to budget cuts.

Last year, the Wynwood Arts District Association and WynwoodMap.com brought together a group of non-profits, corporate partners, local businesses, artists, and city officials with the common goal of not only bringing color to the Jose De Diego Middle School's stark white walls, but to create a long term fundraising campaign that will finance a new arts program at the school.

The RAW (Reimagining Arts Wynwood) Project was launched during Art Basel in December 2014 as an army of more than 30 world-renowned arts - including David Walker, Pixelpancho, Anthony Lister, RYCA, D*Face, Jaz, LezaOne, ABSTRK, Shark Toof, Santiago Rubino, and Derek Hunter - covered JDD's exterior walls with large-scale, one-of-a-kind murals.

And now you can make it a stop on your next trip to Miami. Jose De Diego Middle School, located at 3100 NW 5th Ave in Miami, welcomes the public to tour the grounds, view the murals, take photos and, most importantly, donate to their cause.

To make a donation, visit crowdrise.com.

[Photo: Jaunted]

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The New Eastern Air Lines Welcomes Its First Plane to Miami

December 26, 2014 at 9:39 AM | by | Comments (0)

Remember Eastern Air Lines? Well they’re back, and they’re getting ready to take to the skies once again. They’re not exactly the airline you remember from the 1980s, as technically they’re a whole new carrier and operation—they just scooped up the old name and associated intellectual property.

As with most new airline operations there’s always a little risk, but so far so good for the planes and people over at the new Eastern. They are looking to get 20 new planes into the hangar, and just the other day they received the very first one of them—a Boeing 737-800 complete with a nice looking livery with a nod to the past.

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'The Love Boat' 2.0? New TV Comedy May Call a Cruise Ship Home

December 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

Cruise fans could soon have a new favorite TV show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, showrunners Matt Williams and David McFadzean are working on a cruise ship comedy, called Port of Miami, for NBC.

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Art Basel Miami Beach Imagines MIA as a Where's Waldo Wonderland

December 4, 2014 at 1:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

Does it seem like everyone and their moms are in Miami right now? The deluge of social media streaming from The Magic City is all due to this week's hosting of Art Basel Miami Beach, the US branch of the modern art world's massive annual fair.

Seeing as nearly every single artist, patron, and onlooker will have spent some time at Miami International Airport in their lives, let alone this week, it's only proper that MIA star in its own Art Basel masterpiece.

The team at marsdesign Miami have applied their "Pixorama" style to the airport, depicting it in their eBoy series as a city itself, both venue and active participant in the vibrance of Miami as a whole. The mix of pixels and panorama is here inspired by MIA's sheer volume: "With 40 million passengers, 37,000 employees and 1,000 flights per day, MIA is a platform generating great energy from and to these people associated with the level of professionalism that you can expect from an American airport."

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How to Get Tickets to the 2015 Winter Music Conference in Miami

December 2, 2014 at 3:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Winter Music Conference will return to Miami on March 24 – 28, 2015, and you can be a part of it.

WMC 2015 will be held at the Deauville Beach Resort and include EDM and dance music performance sets, conference workshops, panels focusing on the newest technology and sounds, and much more. In its 30th year, WMC is the largest EDM gathering in the world with dozens of DJs, artists, music labels, producers, promoters, techies and club goers coming together for one epic weekend.

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Eastern Airlines Seeks to Hire a Few Good Flight Attendants

November 10, 2014 at 10:23 AM | by | Comments (0)

So earlier this year—like way back in January, wow—we heard about an airline launching under the Eastern Air Lines brand. Well it looks like they must have some funding in place; as it appears that things continue to move forward. Now they’re looking for some people to join their planes, so if you ever thought about scoring a flight attendant position now might be the time.

Sure the route network will be limited at first, but getting your foot in the door might just lead to big things further down the line. There’s a form to fill out before hand, and we’re sure updating that resume is probably a good idea as well. If things go well there’s going to be a hiring event on November 22.

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Sip a Cuban 'Cafe Con Leche' on Your Next Layover in Miami

June 3, 2014 at 12:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Starbucks, Coffee Bean, yawn... we're tired of the same old options around every corner, too, and so next time you've got a stopover at Miami International and need a good cup of joe, try a cup of the local specialty.

Called cafe con leche (coffee with milk), this Cuban creation is very similar to a latte by definition in that it is coffee mixed with scalded whole milk at a 1:1 ratio. The main difference is that while a latte typically has foam on top, cafe con leche does not.

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