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Travel Tidbits – All about music and travel

Kenny G to cruise with fans in Alaska
Add Kenny G to the list of musicians heading to sea with fans… USA Today

 

 

 

 

Rock band Kiss to headline music cruise
Fans of the rock band Kiss are getting another chance this year to set sail with the group… USA Today

 

 

 

 

Gavin DeGraw’s Nashville top five
Gavin DeGraw is a New York state native who now calls Nashville home. The singer/songwriter shares five of his favorite spots in Music City… CNN

 

 

 

‘Soul Train’ cruise to set sail in 2013
Soul Train creator Don Cornelius was memorialized in Los Angeles this month , but the cruise commemorating his landmark show will sail on… USA Today

 

 

 

Good times in La.: Famed music festivals booming
When Hurricane Katrina scattered New Orleans residents and its musicians across the country, many wondered if the best days of New Orleans music had drowned with the city… USA Today

 

 

R. Kelly to headline Carnival cruise
Add R&B star R. Kelly to the list of big-name performers to play a cruise ship… USA Today

 

 

 

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About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

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New Orleans Jazz Fest LIVE

Tune in May 4-6, 2012 to watch Jazz Fest streaming live from New Orleans on

 

 

 

 

 

 

See it LIVE here: youtube=http://www.youtube.com/jazzfest?feature=ticker

Jazz Fest kicks off New Orleans festival season

From The Dallas Morning News

New Orleans festivals are as strong as they’ve ever been.

Jazz Fest kicked off this weekend, with more music planned May 3-6 at the Fair Grounds racing track, followed by New Orleans Cajun-Zydeco Festival in June, Essence Music Festival in July, Satchmo Summerfest in August and the Voodoo Music Experience in October. There are countless other festivals throughout south Louisiana packed between the months of April and October, among them Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge, La ., and Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, La.

READ FULL Story: Jazz Fest kicks off New Orleans festival season

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Travel Tidbits – Exploring Florida’s newest theme parks

 

City chic ... the German Historical Museum. Photo: Getty Images

Lure of the bleak city
It’s impossible not to warm to Berlin — even when there’s a chill in the air… Sydney Morning Herald

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miracles set in stone
The wonders of Ethiopia… Sydney Morning Herald

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laid-back fantasy towns for every style
20 low-key, low-stress “Fantasy Towns” … USA Today

 

 

 

 

36 Hours: New Orleans
The days leading up to Mardi Gras, Feb. 21 this year, fuse into one long celebration, as the city begins to fill up with floats, and anticipation rules… New York Times

 

 

 

Exploring Florida’s newest theme parks
Kids are in love with Lego and Harry Potter… Globe and Mail

 

 

 

 

 

Let your dog take you cross-country skiing
Glide down winter trails with the help of your dog… Globe and Mail

 

 

 

 

 

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American Cruise Lines’ Queen of the Mississippi debut in New Orleans

On Wednesday, March 7th, American Cruise Lines announced its brand new 150-passenger paddlewheeler, the Queen of the Mississippi, as it nears completion 10-weeks ahead of schedule.

Last week, at Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Maryland the 23-ton, 28 foot-wide paddlewheel that was built special for the new riverboat was lifted and installed.

“This marks an important step in the creation of this authentic riverboat,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President of American Cruise Lines. “The paddlewheel is one of the most important elements of classic riverboats, and this one isn’t just cosmetic – it’s fully functioning.”

Plans for completion will be in May, with a debut in New Orleans on August 11, 2012.

Complimentary amenities and features of Mississippi River itineraries and aboard Queen of the Mississippi include:

  • Fully-functioning authentic paddlewheel that can be viewed from the Paddlewheel Lounge
  • Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to private balconies
  • Room Service
  • Wi-Fi in all staterooms
  • Satellite TV and DVD player in all staterooms
  • Gourmet coffee brewers in all staterooms
  • High Tea served in the afternoon
  • Top Deck Café – Hot and cold beverages, snacks, pastries available throughout the day
  • Bottled water and soft drinks
  • Nightly turn-down service

American Cruise Lines says, they will operate the authentic paddlewheeler over the entire Mississippi River System, including the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers. The Queen of the Mississippi will also be able to travel at significantly higher speeds than all other Mississippi riverboats, minimizing night travel and making more itineraries possible with longer visits to the river towns. A number of unique riverboat journeys are planned that take passengers as far north as St. Paul, MN on the Mississippi River and as far east as Pittsburgh, PA on the Ohio River.

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Travel Tidbits – 36 Hours: Penang, Malaysia and other destinations

36 Hours: Bruges, Belgium
The charming capital of West Flanders in northwestern Belgium is indeed tranquil, as it has always been, but Bruges now has much more to offer…. LA Times

 

 

 

48 Hours: Hollywood
Make this iconic district your base for a weekend of celebrity-spotting in glamorous LA… The Independent

 

 

 

 

 

48 Hours: Marrakech
From the ancient medina to the Palmeraie, Morocco’s Rose City offers a warm escape from the cold of winter… The Independent

 

 

 

 

36 Hours: New Orleans
The days leading up to Mardi Gras, Feb. 21 this year, fuse into one long celebration, as the city begins to fill up with floats, and anticipation rules… New York Times

 

 

 

 

36 Hours: Penang, Malaysia
Smart restaurants, a lively art scene and a spate of new boutique hotels: There’s more to this exotic island than its famous noodle soup… New York Times

 

 

 

 

48 Hours: Catania
Even in winter, this Sicilian city charms with colorful festivities, delicious food and dramatic scenery… The Independent

 

 

 

 

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Travel Tidbits – 10 great places for stadium food

10 great places for stadium food
Gone are the days when dinner at the ballpark meant peanuts and Cracker Jack… USA Today

 

 

 

 

America’s Best Cities for Foodies
Readers pick the best cities for foodies, where that next great meal can come from a celebrity chef or the back of a truck… Yahoo Travel News

 

 

 
Sushi on a cruise ship? One line shakes it up
Norwegian Cruise Line is revamping the sushi eateries that are a hallmark of its ships…. USA Today

 

 

 

 

Irish hotels for food lovers
Four of the best hotels in Ireland for gastronomes… Telegraph (London)

 

 

 

 

An Open invitation to Eat in Copenhagen
A covered market with treats all around brings a square in the Danish capital to life… New York Times

 

 

 

 

Top 10 foodie destinations
TripAdvisor has compiled its inaugural foodie lists for around the world, so USA TODAY TRAVEL has compiled a photo gallery of the top-ranked hotels in each of the destinations… USA Today

 

 

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Food Festivals around the world

“Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French. Sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek. Soy sauce makes it Chinese; garlic makes it good” ~Alice May Brock

 

 

 

 

  • Salon Du Chocolat in Paris, Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, New York, Bologne, Le Caire, Shanghai, Tokyo and Zurich

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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6104 Northwest 63
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“Epic Civil War” voyages for 2012 inaugural season of the American Queen

The revival of the American Queen is taking place in April 2012. The Great American Steamboat Company just announced three voyages that will take place August 10th – September 7, 2012.  It’s their “Epic Civil War” voyages that will highlight legendary battlefields and include on-board entertainment. The on-board entertainment will include actors, impersonators, leading lecturers (e.g.  Ric Burns & James I. “Bud” Robertson Jr.) balladeers (e.g. Bobby Horton) and reenactments to enhance understanding of this historical time in the U.S.

The three voyages are set to travel between New Orleans, La., Vicksburg, Miss., Chattanooga, Tenn., and Louisville, Ky.

August 10-20, 2012: 10-nights between New Orleans, La., Vicksburg, Miss., and Chattanooga, Tenn. Ports: Helena, Miss., Memphis, Tenn., Paducah, Ky., Savannah, Tenn., and Decatur, Ala.

August 20-30, 2012: 10-nights between Chattanooga, Tenn. and Vicksburg, Miss.  Ports: Decatur, Ala., Florence, Ala., Savannah, Tenn., Paducah, Ky., Ashport Landing, Tenn., Memphis, Tenn., and Vicksburg, Miss.

August 30- September 7, 2012: 8-nights between Vicksburg, Miss., and Louisville, Ky. Ports: Helena, Ark., Memphis, Tenn., Henderson, Ky., and Louisville, Ky.

“We are thrilled to offer the ultimate historical experience during our Civil War cruises onboard the American Queen,” explains Christopher Kyte, president of the Great American Steamboat Company. “Our guests will discover so much of this country’s rich history told by leading academics and passionate storytellers.”

Meet some of the Guest Speakers: 

Distinguished Faculty Lecture: James I. Robertson, Jr.

 

Ric Burns

From the American Experience documentary “New York” by Ric Burns

 

Cathy Barton & Dave Para

 

Bobby Horton

 

To plan your trip today:
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6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
415.384.3880

Things to do in: New Orleans, Louisiana

 

  • The National WWII Museum

 

 

  • French Quarter

 

 

  • Oak Alley Plantation

 

 

  • Besthoff Sculpture Garden

 

  • Southern Food and Beverage Museum

 

 

 

 

“If New Orleans is allowed to die, a crucial part of the world’s music heritage will disappear.” ~Ray Davies

To plan your trip today:
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6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
415.384.3880