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The hockey game sounds like a lot of fun, and how great that you were all in a suite with food, etc! Good luck with the trip to DC!
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I am really enjoying your vacation, opps, work trip TR!! Hope the field trip with Claire is going well! Hope you share those experiences with us too! We'll be here waiting until you return.
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Great time at Flamingo Park with so many types of plants and trees to see. The wildlife is most amazing and great closeups. Nice time at the hockey game in the suite, which you seemed to enjoy. Not much of a crowd there.
it really was beautiful there!

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Crazy to take you to huge outlet mall and not give you any time for shopping! Flamingo Gardens is beautiful. The hockey game sounded quite entertaining.
Yes, so many of the gals were not happy that we weren't having shopping time.
We did so many neat things. It really was a wonderful experience.

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Finally everything's cooperating this morning. I don't know what the problem was last night, but I couldn't see a load of the photos - thankfully I can today.

Ok like you say, that was dumb to take a load of women to the mall and not give them shopping time, but to give them coupons. :questions:

Flamingo Gardens looks like a beautiful place. My goodness though, you are pretty much all go-go on this itinerary, aren't you? I'm glad you got to spend some time on the beach, you got some beautiful photos.

The hockey game sounds like a lot of fun.

Have a wonderful trip to DC!
I am having issues here too. Everytime I open it up it goes to a wonky virus type page an my virus protection blocks it. Then when I open it a second time it works. So odd.

I know. It was crazy not to at least allow an extra hour to look around at least.

Yes, it really is a pretty place and we were on the go constantly. But I realize they do want to have us see as much as possible in the little time we had.

DC was a lot of fun and very busy and fast paced! The kids had a ball, as did the adults. We all had very little sleep but it was worth it. My only wish is that we would have stayed one more night and traveled back during the day. It's impossible for me to sleep on a bus and I only dozed a few times.


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This is certainly an interesting trip. Your planners worked very hard to get you girls to so many beautiful places. I have enjoyed your pictures (as usual). I hope you enjoy the trip to DC with Claire.
We really were on the go, but it was so neat to see so many different things as well.
We had a great time and I am starting on those pictures now. It's fun to see what I got on my camera as I just kind of snapped along the way.

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What a long and busy day, Flamingo Gardens looks very nice.
Yes it was, but fun too.

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You are certainly a busy lady Jenn! Loved seeing your pictures of Flamingo Gardens. Glad you enjoyed the hockey game so much. Always fun when you get to sit in a box with free food and drink! Enjoy Washington DC!
Most of these trips usually are pretty busy. Home life lately has been busy too. The DC trip was great and I really needed to get away from every day life.

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What a great day! Besides all the birds at Flamingo Park it looked fun. I could feel your enthusiasm for the hockey game, too bad you missed the fight though. Good luck on your bus trip to DC. Hopefully you'll survive
I do love to watch hockey live. It is really a fun sport. I am not into sports at all but I hockey is one that I do enjoy to watch.
I survived DC, but the ride back was brutal!

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I'm glad Flamingo Gardens is still there. It's such a beautiful place. It did have an orange grove . We used to go there to buy oranges and grapefruit every fall.
Sawgrass is a huge mall. it's too bad you couldn't see more of it. A person could easily spend the day there. When it was built, it was the shape of an alligator but they kept adding on to it.
Have fun in Washington.
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How fun! It really seems like such a wonderful place.
I think that Alligator got real fat now. hahahah. That place is huge.

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The hockey game sounds like a lot of fun, and how great that you were all in a suite with food, etc! Good luck with the trip to DC!
It was really a lot of fun.
DC was fabulous!

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I am really enjoying your vacation, opps, work trip TR!! Hope the field trip with Claire is going well! Hope you share those experiences with us too! We'll be here waiting until you return.
LOL...My husband swears I never work on these trips, but I know he would never be able to handle touring hotel after hotel.

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Nov. 15, 2017, Wednesday

Another early morning! I got up and ready and packed the last of everything and brought my bags down and asked for a receipt at the desk…mainly to be sure I wasn’t charged for anything, as a few girls were accidently charged for internet. I look at my receipt and it had all sorts of charges….then I realize it’s not even MINE! They went back in and got the correct one and all was fine.

We handed our bags to James and he loaded them in the party bus.

Now the plan today was that we would tour Residence Inn and then head to the conference center and we would have to take our bags in with us and store them in the Star’s Lounge. Many people didn’t have an early class, as the requirement was to arrive by noon, so some asked if they could just be dropped off at the hotels instead. There was some debate on this as some wanted to and others didn’t. In the end, they allowed those who wanted to get off at the conference center to do so as planned and those who wanted to go to their hotels could do that.

I decided I would go to the hotel since I didn’t need to arrive so early and I didn’t really want to lug my bags around.

We arrived at the Residence Inn and today it was raining off and on unfortunately.

This Residence Inn is fairly new.

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We set off to tour some rooms.

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The bad thing about this resort is that they didn’t have rooms that held more than 4 people and for Residence Inn that is odd. I am not sure why they didn’t make 1 and 2 bedroom rooms.

A quick look at the pool.

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After a quick tour it was time to have breakfast, which was the typical breakfast served at all Residence Inn Resorts.

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Gonzalo was not with us today as he had to get ready to work at Cruise World, so Caitlan had joined us. She had gotten us all pre-registered for Cruise World and picked up our bag of goodies!

It was time to leave, so we headed one last time to our party bus and we also had collected a tip for James for all his hard work over the last few days.

We headed off and made a stop at the Conference Center and dropped off everyone who wanted to get off. One of the gals had asked if I would take her bags to the Hilton as well, so she didn’t have to mess with them and I said sure and got out to see which bags were hers.

As I was looking I hear my name! There was Ellen and Marianne! I said a quick hello and hugs! Ellen was actually waiting for an Uber as she had dropped her phone in water and it wasn’t working and she needed to get a new phone.
I said good bye to them and that I would see them shortly and we then headed to the Hilton. I took my bags and J helped me carry the other girl’s bags in and then I got in line. It was very busy at check in and it did take a little while to get up to the desk. Of course my room wasn’t ready, but they took the bags to hold and told me they would let me know when the room was ready…which they never did.

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There was a shuttle bus from each of the participating resorts to the conference center but I saw some ladies who said they had been waiting in line for 20 plus minutes and I just decided to walk as I saw some other ladies doing….and I followed.

I arrived and took a couple of pictures.

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I walked in and went looking for the Star Lounge and found Marianne in there. She showed me some stuff she had gotten that was not in my bag, so we went up to the table and got the things I was missing….things like buttons, etc. Kind of odd they didn’t have our bags packed correctly.

We chatted for a bit and then my friend Brook arrived and we chatted some more. It was so nice to see everyone again.

Soon it was time for the opening meal and talks for the conference and we all gathered outside the doors. Marianne had been to this last year and warned us that people go CRAZY trying to find the best tables and we would have to move fast to get one for all of us to sit at. We had a party of 7 I believe, that wanted to try and stay together.

We were a little early, so Marianne and I looked at the Carnival booth and got some temp tattoes. I got mine on my ankle. She put hers on her shoulder I believe.

This is Carnival’s motto and we hear it all the time.

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We gathered around the doors to be let in. You can see the back of my head at the mid to top of the left hand side of this pic. LOL

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Once the doors opened, we raced in and the tables filled fast. It really was a rat race. We found one with enough spots towards the right hand front. Not the best view for us, but we got to be together.

The stage looked like this.

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Lunch was set out and waiting for us.

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Lunch today was sponsored by Holland America.

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The salad was good, but I really am picky when it comes to salad dressing and we never had an option. It was the same for everyone and no choices to substitute it. I could stomach it…I am a big girl, but if I ever come to this again, I will be bringing my own salad dressing packets so I know I will have what I truly like.

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The dessert was tasty though.

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The drink selection was basically water or coffee or iced tea I believe. I can’t remember because I don’t drink coffee or any form of tea. So water it was. I started bringing my own diet coke or diet pepsi from there on in if I had a chance to pick one up.

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Orlando Ashford was our first speaker today. He is the president of Holland America. A super nice guy and a great speaker!

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Our next speaker was Caitlan from Hello Sunny!

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And then Frank Del Rio who is the CEO and President of NCL.

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I get antsy sitting for long periods of time. I have to get up and move after so long. So I did just that after a bit…went to the bathroom, walked around a few minutes and then came back. Many of the big wigs in the cruise industry were talking!

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Finally it was time to head to my first class.
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The Residence Inn looked quite nice. Too bad you didn't have choices for your lunch.
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Wow, I'm impressed with that line-up of speakers. I'm glad you posted the photo of everyone waiting to go in - I had no clue how many people would be there or what a big event it was.
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I always like when hotels provide a free breakfast for their guests, even if it's just standard fare. The Cruise World event looks like it's going to be fun!
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The Residence Inn looked quite nice. Too bad you didn't have choices for your lunch.
I understand as they were serving lots of people, but I wish they had some dressing choices at least.

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Wow, I'm impressed with that line-up of speakers. I'm glad you posted the photo of everyone waiting to go in - I had no clue how many people would be there or what a big event it was.
We had some great speakers!
Yes, there were a lot of people there!

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I always like when hotels provide a free breakfast for their guests, even if it's just standard fare. The Cruise World event looks like it's going to be fun!
Me too. It makes it easy to start the day.
Cruise World was fun and I am so glad I was able to experience it. One of my co-workers is going this year as a Star!
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Between sessions we would have 10-15 minutes to get to our classrooms, go to the bathroom or whatever else needed to be done. I can tell you this…it was NOT enough time. Like I said before…I can’t sit for long periods of time and then I need to move. This was the hardest part of the conference for me. We spent a lot of sedentary time here.

As we walked to the first class we came across this guy.

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There was a contest going on and he was a finalist. Sadly he didn’t win, but he was my favorite.

I think Brook had class with me this first time and I believe it was about the Caribbean.

After we were done, we had another little break and I met Marianne outside where we talked a few minutes and stretched our legs and then it was back in for a final session. I believe she had a round table discussion, while I had a think tank type discussion. I found it interesting once again, and learned some things that I didn’t know…always a plus! I had a few of my friends, one being Brook and another being S from my Hello Sunny tours, with me, so it was nice to have some people I knew joining me. Brook and S met and they hit it off as well.

Around 6:45 the day was done. It was another really long day and busy!

I headed back to the Hilton with my friends, as most of us were staying there. We chatted about dinner options as we all were starving now. I just ended up telling them to let me know what time to meet and I would go for just about anything.
I had to go to the desk to get my bags and find out if my room was ready…and it was and I was given a key.

I headed to my room. I had a pool side room. Most of my friends had come in the night before. A few had tower rooms and some had pool rooms. I had heard the pool rooms were not that great, but at this point I really didn’t care. The hotel was pretty much sold out between our conference and another, so I really wasn’t going to asked to be moved…even if it was possible.

I found my room and it was just OK. Definitely not updated at all (and this resort was supposed to be refurbishing rooms) but not the worst I had seen. If I had to pay full price for a room I probably would not have been happy though.

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It was like they had updated some things but only did half the job.

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The sink was nice, but the mirror and lights were awful.

But I had a great view of the pool!

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We decided to just eat at the hotel restaurant. We were all tired and several really didn’t feel like leaving…which was fine for me.
I met Marianne and Ellen down by the pool.

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We were seated at a large table and I ended up talking mostly with Marianne as she was the closest. I pulled out my phone and we found pictures from our Sandals trip last summer and Ellen joined in as we laughed over some of the funny shots we had taken. We had read that the guy who took us on tours last summer, Jermaine, was going to be here at Cruise World and we were hoping to see him again.

I ordered a clams and pasta dish and it was very good.

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Dinner was slow once again, but we had a lot of fun talking. I had some gifts for a few of the girls, so I went back to my room to grab them and then headed off to deliver them to their rooms.

I ended up staying in Ellen and Marianne’s room for quite some time talking. Typically everyone got their own room for this conference, but Marianne knew the girl in charge and just told her that her and Ellen would be fine in a room together.
We had a lot of fun chatting, but it was getting late and I was so tired and I knew there was another busy and long day tomorrow, so I made my way back to my room.

I got this shot of the pool area from the tower.

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I did call home at some point. My husband complains if I don’t call home and then he complains if I tell him too much boring info about my trip. You just can’t win! Hahahah.

I got ready for bed and had a great nights sleep.
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I stayed at the B Ocean before my recent cruise. (The ship building). Good hotel and beach. So so food. And that Regal Princess was where I spent two lovely weeks.
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Nice view from your room! Although you'd think that the hotel would want to put a travel agent in a refurbished room, since you will be recommending the hotel (or not) to your clients.
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Wow, those are long days with not much gap in between things.
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They do keep you all busy and on the go, but it also looks like a lot of fun.
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Quite a long day with all the meetings, seminars and speeches. It probably becomes redundant and it all meshes into one thing and you can't distinguish anything from it! Don't blame you for eating at the hotel as so tired and your pasta dish looks good.
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Your tour guides and trainers are really keeping you very busy. I get tired just reading about it. Hope this pays off in the long run. I can tell that you are having some fun mixed in with all of the work.
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