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I am very sad about today’s news in Paris. This is why I always suggest my clients to register with the State Department when traveling outside of the United States.

Given today’s very sad news about the lives lost in Paris and those American travelers stuck for the moment in the city, I urge you to register your trip with the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

http://step.state.gov/step/

PURPOSE: To notify U.S. citizens/nationals in the event of a disaster, emergency or other crisis, and for evacuation coordination, the information solicited on this form may be made available as a routine use to appropriate agencies whether federal, state, local, or foreign, to assist the Department in the evacuation or provision of emergency service to U.S. citizens, or for law enforcement purposes. The information is also made available to private U.S. citizens, known as wardens, designated by U.S. Embassies to assist in communicating with the U.S. Citizen community in an emergency.

Folks, I know it is hard to believe that I am speechless!  I actually had a moment here where I was a little faklempt (ahhh, Mike Myers those were the days…)

You ask why?  How can it be?  Will I live?  Who or what did this to me?

I have Azamara Cruises to thank for this moment, as should you!!!  They just released the most AMAZING special I have ever seen in the 6 years I have been in this business.  So here’s the low-down:

►   2-For-1 Savings and Gratuities Included.  (Get the hell out of here!!!!  50% off on European Sailings?!?!)

►   $500 Air Credit, per person.  (Seriously?!?!  I’m starting to get hot flashes here…)

►   $500 On-board Credit, per cabin.  (Spa treatments here I come!!!  Thanks, Azamara)

Are you still with me?  Please tell me you haven’t fainted, because I have more inclusive amenities:

►   Azamara’s preferred vintage red and white wine of the day poured at lunch & dinner.   (OMG!  I know you finally fainted, because I just picked myself off of the floor!)

►   Shuttle service to/from port communities, where available.  (Ok, so this is not that spectacular, but still cool)

►   English Butler for Club Suite guests.  I can hear it now…”Jenkins, a glass of champagne and a chocolate covered strawberry, please…”

Now that you are as excited as I am about this…CALL ME, E-MAIL ME, TALK TO ME AT THE SUPERMARKET, WHATEVER IT TAKES! (Yes, I will take your call at 3:00 a.m. if you are serious about booking).  DO NOT PASS THIS OFFER UP!!!

Last day to book is June 30, 2010.