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6 Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Cruise

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Globetrotters can once again rejoice, as the cruise industry is up and running again after a brief hiatus.

If you’re considering choosing a cruise and sailing the seas in the months or years ahead, it is important that you choose wisely.

The average cost of a cruise in 2020 is $150 per person per day, with wide variations depending on the cruise you choose. Since this is no small amount of money, it is important that you know how to pick a cruise that is right for you and your family.

With that in mind, here are the six essential factors to consider before choosing a cruise.

  1. What Kind of Experience Do You Want?

The first question you need to ask yourself is; what kind of cruise do you want? Are you looking for a luxury voyage that is evocative of a bygone era or are you looking for something that is more dating minded? If that is the case then Vogue Escorts has the ability to help out.

Perhaps you want to experience the common cruise activities such as performances, onboard water parks, and plenty of partying.

Perhaps your budget for cruises is better suited to a more minimal experience. Decide what experience you want before anything else.

  1. Who is Joining You on Your Cruise?

Next, you will need to consider who you are going cruising with. If you are traveling with a partner, a more romantic cruise might be appropriate.

If you are with children, always choose cruises for families. If you are elderly, pick a cruise that caters to your needs and tastes.

  1. How Big is the Ship?

Few people consider how important the size of a cruise ship is to the overall experience.

However, as this guide by the cruising experts explains, some cruise ships are more than 1000-feet long and have the capacity for several thousand guests.

If you would prefer a mammoth cruise ship with a wide range of amenities, then comparing cruise ship sizes is important.

  1. Where Would You Like to Go?

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Embarking on a cruise is about more than just the ocean views and the food and drinks. It is also about the destinations you will get to experience.

Would you prefer a blissful and sun-kissed voyage around the Caribbean? Perhaps a culture and history-filled cruise around the shores of Europe?

Decide where you would like to see most and choose your cruise based on that.

  1. How Long Would You Like to Go For?

This is another important practical and budgetary consideration. Some cruises can be completed in a long weekend. Others, meanwhile, can last as long as 245 days and traverse every single continent.

There is a lot of variety in between, so consider how long you would actually like to be at sea before booking.

  1. Which Season Are You Travelling?

Finally, it is important to consider seasonality. Cruises are a year-round occurrence, and the season you set sail will have an impact on your overall experience.

Winter in Europe is very different from a spring cruise in the Caribbean.

The ocean conditions, the prices, and the attractions available will all depend on the season that you travel.

More Advice on Choosing a Cruise…

Do you need more help choosing a cruise that fits your travel needs? If so, we have got you covered. Make sure to consult our detailed and expertly-curated Travel Guides to find out more about the hottest destinations in 2020 and beyond.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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A Quick Guide to Some of the Best Restaurants on Timog Avenue

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Timog Avenue (and its neighboring street, Tomas Morato) is well-known among the hip and young of Metro Manila as the place to be for a night of drinks and parties. Still, there’s so much more to Timog than just craft beer, tasty cocktails, and pumping beats. Specifically, this long stretch of road in Quezon City is home to some of the best restaurants in town. It doesn’t matter if you love Japanese, Korean, Italian, or Chinese cuisine; you’re sure to find something here to satisfy your taste buds and your hungry tummy.

Are you ready for the ultimate gastronomic experience?

Here’s a shortlist of some of the best restaurants on Timog in Manilla, Philippines.

Steak 77

Steak 77, as the name suggests, is one of the best places to get juicy, flavorful steaks in the city. For something straightforward, go for the Steak 77 Ribeye. It has the perfect balance of seasonings, and it doesn’t come with any sauces or unnecessary frills that will distract you from the succulent, melt-in-your-mouth goodness of U.S. beef. Here, other must-try recipes include the Classic Ribeye, the Classic Kagoshima Wagyu A5 Ribeye, and the US Angus Tomahawk. For some decadent indulgence, order the rich and tender Osso Buco. Steak 77 is located near Santi’s Delicatessen, across Go Hotel Timog. Drop by one of these days to satisfy your steak cravings!

81 Seihai

If you love sushi and maki, then you’ll love 81 Seihai. It’s a relatively new restaurant, with big, bold, and modern Japanese decor that stretches wall-to-wall and up to the ceiling. One of the best sellers at 81 Seihai is the Flaming Maki, which features a generous blanket of melted cheese and a dusting of togarashi for a spicy kick. Of course, there are also plenty of Japanese favorites on the menu like chicken karaage, gyoza, maki, ramen, and even wagyu cubes. There’s also a wide array of main dishes if you’re looking for a full meal, like the Beef Yakiniku Steak and the Grilled Salmon Teriyaki. The highlight of the restaurant, however, is their sushi specials. Executive Chef Ronnie de Guzman has more than ten years of experience in Japanese food preparation, so you know that every dish here is always up to stellar standards. If you’re looking for a chill night out with some delicious Japanese fare to go with it, 81 Seihai is the perfect place.

Seoul in Timog

Are you a big fan of eat-all-you-can Korean barbecue? How about Korean buffets? Well, Seoul in Timog offers both. This bright, spacious, and minimalistically designed restaurant has everything you want in an “unli samgyup” place: quality cuts of meat at affordable prices. What’s even better is that their Php 499 rate is already good for the eat-all-you-can Korean barbecue AND the buffet table. Talk about value for money! In addition, you don’t have to worry about falling in line for too long, since the restaurant is quite extensive and can seat a lot of people. If you prefer, you can come in at odd hours. They’re open from 11 AM to 7 AM of the following day! Make sure to try their herb-based pork for a delicate, aromatic flavor.

Causeway Seafood Restaurant

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If you prefer Chinese food and dim sum in a family-style setting, Causeway Seafood Restaurant is a trusted name. You can find many Chinese favorites here, from spicy Gochujang noodles to wonton shrimp noodles. They also serve beancurd rolls, tausi-style dishes, white chicken, sweet and sour pork, and egg yolk pie. Visit Causeway from 2 PM to 6 PM for their half-price deal for those who love dim sum. The place often gets crowded, which means the service slows down during peak hours. Despite this, people keep coming back time and again to enjoy Causeway’s delicious food!

Cucina di Paulina

This Italian restaurant with a twist is located in 8 Seas Food Park. Just head up the stairs, and you’ll be greeted by this unassuming restaurant that serves creative and delicious food. The owner, Bombay Suarez, is a wrestler. He’s one of the pioneers of PWR (Philippine Wrestling Revolution), and he brings his passion for the PWR ring straight into the kitchen of Cucina di Paulina. You can see and taste this in dishes like the traditional Neapolitan style pizza and putok-batok pizza topped with bacon, chicharron, ham, Lechon kawali, Italian sausage, pepperoni, and sisig. Eat it at your own risk! If you’re more of a cheese aficionado than a meat-lover, then the Trio Formaggi is the pizza for you. For something lighter, go for the pasta dishes like the Pesto with Shrimp or the Truffled Chicken & Mushroom Alfredo.

These are just five of the many excellent restaurants and diners dotting the length of Timog Avenue. Give them a try the next time you’re craving some good food!

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Las Vegas Restaurants You Need to Visit

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There is no shortage of high-end restaurants in Las Vegas. The city is widely known for its top-notch cuisine and elaborate array of celebrity chef restaurants that cater to your every whim. But we settled on four that will absolutely blow your mind.

With endless decadence throughout the Las Vegas Strip, you can experience rare luxury and food that’s only available in Sin City.

MGM Resorts houses some of the best restaurants on the planet. Along with attracting some of the biggest names in the business, MGM and its affiliates provide world-class service and experiences that cannot be found anywhere else.

While we tried to be as fair and objective as possible in deciphering this list, it’s no surprise that most of these great places to grab one-of-a-kind grub are staples in MGM resort locations.

Who doesn’t want the best value? The most bang for your buck only happens when you earn special rewards on every purchase from MGM. Be sure to enhance your experience with the benefit of M life Rewards.

The options are endless and the delicacies are so delicious that it’s almost impossible to settle on a winner. With literally thousands of restaurants to choose from, MGM’s restaurants kept finding themselves at the top of the list.

Although it was hard to pick just four, here are the restaurants by famous chefs that will leave you absolutely speechless.

Best Friend

The only Las Vegas location of LA chef Roy Choi, Best Friend in the Park MGM Hotel and Casino has opened to rave reviews and is quickly gaining the reputation of the best Korean BBQ in Sin City.

Choi refers to his latest venture on the Las Vegas Strip as “a remixed and remastered collection of the evolution of Los Angeles.” From sweet to spicy, to finger-licking good, Best Friend is the hottest new place in Vegas.

The atmosphere is a twisted ‘90s hip hop theme and the food and music will make you feel like you are right at home with your best friend, Roy Choi.

Joel Robuchon

When you are craving the highest of the high end, Joel Robuchon’s unparalleled French restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip is the only place to visit for the best French onion soup.

The high-end atmosphere is quiet and intimate, even though it is located at the heart of the Vegas Strip in the flagship MGM Grand Hotel and Casino.

Luxurious and intimate, Joel Robuchon is traditional French cuisine perfected. In the words of Chef Joel Robuchon, “to make a grand meal, you have to make it simple.”

Face it, when you’re in Vegas you have to try a high-end restaurant and Joel Robuchon is as good as it gets.

 

Morimoto Las Vegas

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Everyone loves sushi, but not everyone can get authentic Japanese sushi and seafood from the Iron Chef himself, Morimoto. This restaurant is pure Las Vegas.

Contemporary design and a luxurious atmosphere makes Morimoto’s flagship restaurant in the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino a part of the complete Vegas experience.

From an elegant sushi bar, to “buri-bop” cooked tableside, the Iron Chef’s restaurant will leave your mouth watering for more.

Cut

No one has to search very far to know the name Wolfgang Puck. The most celebrated chef who ever lived is back with a brand-new adventure for your taste buds.

Cut is the breathtaking restaurant by the grandfather of celebrity chefs, Wolfgang Puck, in the new Palazzo Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. This particular hot spot carries its own member rewards. So, unlike the M life Rewards members, the deals may not be as sweet, but we still recommend sinking your teeth into their ribeye.

Enjoy some of the finest food in the world with an intimate dive into the culinary mastery of Wolfgang Puck.

The Verdict

When visiting Las Vegas, the choices for top-quality cuisine are endless, but with the right guide and the right rewards membership, dining in Sin City is a piece of cake.

M life Rewards from MGM is the premier rewards program that can be used internationally around the world. A complete list of restaurants and rewards levels can be found on their various location websites and signing up to earn massive rewards is quick and easy.

It’s why Forbes called it the best hotel and dining rewards program on the planet. Sign up today and start earning cash every time you dine, play, or relax at an MGM resort.

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Best Countries to Visit for Gambling

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Gambling is a popular pastime all over the world, with casinos and sports betting, in particular, being enjoyed by millions. While millions of people enjoy gambling, not every country is as open to it as others. For that reason, countries that do offer safe and legal gambling often experience greater tourism, with curious travelers keen to play at real casinos. Lots of countries around the world feature land-based casinos, and many places have online casinos now too. If you’re short of time on your trip or are taking a long train journey, playing at an online casino is a great way to enjoy some gambling. Below, we’ll look at the best countries to visit if you love to gamble.

The USA

The USA is quite a unique place in that the laws on gambling depend on which state you’re in. If you’re traveling to the US for gambling, it’s definitely recommended that you check out Atlantic City in New Jersey and Las Vegas in Nevada. These cities are home to some of the biggest and most exciting land-based casinos in the world. Las Vegas is very famous for its mega-casinos which include the MGM Grand and the Encore and the Mandalay Bay. All of these casinos are packed with tables to play games like blackjack and roulette, plus there are plenty of slots.

Atlantic City is also very popular among gamblers in the US, and New Jersey features legal online casinos too. This means that anyone over the age of twenty-one can legally sign up and play at a gambling site, enjoying a variety of games including live roulette and online slots. Online casinos make it easier than ever to enjoy casino gaming, and they’re a great way to pass the time if you’re waiting around or traveling.

Aside from the usual spots, the US has plenty of casinos throughout the country. In some states, there are tribal casinos available on tribal reservations, and many other states have legalized gambling in all areas. If you’re planning a road trip around the US, it’s definitely worth checking out a few of these on your way. You can stop off at all the major gambling states and have lots of fun along the way.

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The UK

The UK has had legal gambling throughout the country since the 2000s and offers both land-based and online gambling. Some of the oldest and most interesting casinos in the world can be found in London, with the West End being home to lots of exciting gambling spots. Aside from casinos, the UK also has a strong presence of sports betting shops, and bets can be placed on everything from the latest Premier League football to the winner of the Eurovision song contest.

Bingo is also very popular in the UK, and this game is typically played at bingo halls. If you’ve never played before, it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re traveling to the UK. All sorts of different people love to play bingo and it’s a fun way to spend an evening. Throughout the country, the legal age for gambling is eighteen, and most casinos will require you to verify your ID before you can enter.

Monaco

Monaco is a sovereign city-state located on the French Riviera. It’s one of the most glamorous destinations in Europe and frequently attracts high rollers from all over the world. As it’s not technically part of France, it sets its own laws, and gambling has been legal there for a long time.

Monte Carlo is the most famous area of Monaco due to its association with gambling, offering some of the most exciting land-based casinos. Here, gamblers can enjoy everything from blackjack and baccarat to the wheel of fortune, French roulette, and slots. When you’re not enjoying yourself at a land-based casino, you can head to the beach or take a trip out on a boat to enjoy the beautiful and warm Mediterranean sea.

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