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September/October 2016 Issue

Be safe at the beach

If a beach getaway is in your Labor Day weekend plans, here is a reminder of the messages colored flags carry. Look for these flags at the beach – often near a lifeguard station or beach entrance – and you'll be informed about the water condition.

Remember, there can be dangerous currents even on calm days. Never swim alone.

When a double red flag is posted, the water is closed to the public. Enjoy these final days of summer.

beach signs


Attend fall travel events

Plan your next vacation at two autumn travel events. Each event is open to the public but reservations in advance are required. Contact the AAA Travel offices listed below.

Princess Cruises showcases its cruise destinations, such as Alaska, at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 at The Burgundy Hotel (1501 Merrill Drive) in Little Rock, Ark. RSVP to this free event by calling (501) 223-9222, Ext. 111.

Travel MarketPlace, an event featuring more than 15 tour and cruise vendors, is set for Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sheraton Metairie New Orleans Hotel (4 Galleria Blvd.) in Metairie, La. Seminars will be offered throughout the day. RSVP to this free event by calling (504) 838-7500, Ext. 0.

Glacier Bay

Princess Cruises


Adventures await on Anthem of the Seas

I stood in a closed room, shades drawn, with 13 other people. Our mission: Work together to decipher clues and find the key to get out of the room within one hour.

This Escape From the Future game was just one of the adventures I discovered last November on a two-night preview cruise aboard Royal Caribbean International's Anthem of the Seas.

Over the next day and a half, I learned that the Anthem is a 168,666-ton floating amusement park. You can ride the waves on FlowRider, a surfing simulator, and skydive inside Ripcode by iFly, a 23-foot-tall glass tube that floats you on hot air. In a fun zone called SeaPlex, you can roller skate, ride in bumper cars, and fly on a trapeze. The variety of activities makes the vessel ideal for families.

I felt like a kid myself, pretending to be a Star Trek character as I rode in North Star, a spaceship-like capsule at the end of a giant steel arm that rises more than 300 feet in the air to offer spectacular panoramic views.

For meals, you can opt for traditional assigned seating in one of two dining rooms or choose from specialty restaurants, such as Jamie's Italian, featuring menus by British star chef Jamie Oliver.

In fantasy-like Wonderland, I felt I was dining in a fairytale cartoon palace as I savored imaginative dishes such as liquid lobster served with caviar on a ceramic spoon.

Evening entertainment included a performance of We Will Rock You in the Royal Theater, where I stomped and clapped to classic Queen.

The 4,180-passenger Anthem sails from New Jersey's Cape Liberty across the water from Manhattan to ports such as the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and New England. •

Read more of Elizabeth Harryman's experiences on the Anthem of the Seas. Harryman is travel editor of Westways magazine in California. And be introduced to Ovation of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's new ship.


The expansive pool deck on board Anthem of the Seas.

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