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I love the idea of The Amazing Race. When they originally announced The Amazing Race, I thought that sounds really cool! A travel reality show! But then I started watching the first season of The Amazing Race and I was very disapointed. What really bugs me is that the producers have engineered into The Amazing Race, stuff that will keep the race even. For example, the lead team is hours ahead, and then they arrive of some place that is closed. Then they have to wait till morning for it to open, meanwhile all the of the other teams catch up. Or maybe there is only one flight out per day, so the lead team arrives, and then has to wait while all of the other teams catch up. It is impossible for a team to get far enough ahead that the other teams cannot catch them. I see the reasoning for this. If one team was so far ahead that the other teams could not catch up, The Amazing Race would start losing viewers mid-season. That would cost the show money. But to me, seeing a team many hours ahead arriving at some place when it is closed, then seeing all of the other teams slowly arrive, catching up. It just seems rigged. So anytime a team has a huge lead, it doesn’t matter in the long run, because the producers have already planned in spots to slow them down so that every other team can catch up. So the only time I ever watch The Amazing Race is when my wife has it on. Otherwise, I wouldn’t watch it at all.
Maybe one of these days, someone will come up with another travel race show that be more interesting. I would like to see something that allows the competitors to try to find their own creative ways to get from place to place to place. Maybe have a bunch of check points, and the teams are on their own as how to get from one place to the next. Almost like a Cannonball Run of a travel show. Now that might be an Amazing Race!

We just got back from our fourth cruise vacation, and can’t wait until our next. We are planning another cruise vacation for sometime in 2008.
Our first cruise vacation was for our honeymoon in 1994. We sail on the Carnival Sensation out of Miami, to the Bahamas, to San Juan, to St. Thomas, and back to Miami. We had an absolute blast. The ship was so cool. Our tablemates were great. There were four couples at our dinner table. We were all close enough in age and stages in life, that we had a blast haning out together.
Our second cruise vacation was in 1996. My brother, and his family came with us. We were on the Carnival Inspiration, and sailed out of San Juan. The ports of call were St Thomas, St Martin, Dominca, Barbados, and Martinique. I enjoey all of the ports of call except Martinique which was boring.
Our third cruise vacation wasn’t until 2004. We were on the Carnival Victory. This time we opted for the western Caribbean. We sailed out of Miami, and stopped at Cozumel, Grand Caymen, and Jamaica.
This last cruise vacation was on the Carnival Legend, and took us from Ft Lauderdale, to Panama, Costa Rica, and Belize. These were probably the most exotic ports of call we have had.
I can’t say enough about cruise vacations. There is as much food as you can eat. And it’s really good food. And there are plently different kinds of food to choose from. The entertainment is generally pretty good, or at least interesting. The views are awesome. The service is excellent. You leave your cabin for breakfast, and then come back to find your cabin cleaned, and bed made. After dinner, you come back to find your bed turned down. The waiters are great. They get to learn your wants, and provide them. The drink girl got to know that I wanted a diet coke with dinner, and began bringing it before I even asked. It is actually a bit disorienting getting of the ship at the and of the cruise vacation. You have been pampered so much, and then you have to return to real life.
After taking a cruise vacation, you might find yourself addicted. My computer’s screen saver flashes photos from our last cruise vacation and I wish I could climb into them. Whenever I see a Carnival Cruise commercial on TV, or hear the song from it, I want to be back there in the warm Caribbean.
We are hoping to make our next cruise vacation longer. Maybe taking two 7-day cruises back-to-back! That would be a blast!
What are you waiting for? Go book a cruise vacation now!

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