Tuesday, January 10, 2012

*HOT* Military Cruise Deals

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How military families can get big discounts on cruise vacations

Lots of people in our military family are heading home in the next year and will
be looking to take some R& R, in the form of cruise travel and vacations. Who doesn't need a vacation after a long deployment or long 7 day 12 hour work weeks?

While there are many cruise price discounts and specials deals available
to militarypersonnel, they'll only benefit from them if they know where and how
to find them and then ASK for them .

Cruise line pricing is not created equal. The cruise lines have different fare
codes for their cruise prices that only specific people can qualify for at
certain times. There are often special fare codes (lower cruise rates) for seniors, past passengers, residents of certain states and military personnel.

The military rate can often be substantially less per person than the regular
rate, saving a family hundreds of dollars off their cruise vacation.
The cruise lines do not offer a special military fare code with a lower
rate for alltheir cruises. It can be difficult to know which specific cruises
have a military rate available. This information is not always available online
and the reservation agents at the cruise lines don't always offer
the military rate as an option.

Some cruise lines provide far more military discounts than others. Carnival, by
far, has the greatest number of sailings which have a special military rate,
with Norwegian Cruise Lines coming in second. Thus, if you select a Carnival or
Norwegian cruise, there is a greater chance that there will be
a military rate for the cruise sailing you select.

While Disney has far fewer ships than Carnival and Norwegian and far fewer
sailings which qualify for a military discount, it allows three cabins
per military member on select sailings, as opposed to the one cabin per member
policy of other cruise lines.

Rather than having specific military rates, Holland America has what they call
'community appreciation rates' on some sailings that would provide a
discount for military personnel.

Princess Cruise Lines offers a $100 onboard credit on 7 days cruises
(more for longer voyages) for cabins containing at least one active or retired
member of the military.

However, all this discount information will not be automatically offered up to
you. You have to ask!

The only way to know is for you to know is ask the cruise line directly or deal
with a cruise-only travel agency that specializes in military fares.

Military Cruise Deals, a cruise-only travel agency, looks for cruises which
offer a military rate and then adds an additional discount to ALL cruises, which
means military cruisers get a double discount. If a cruise does not have
a military rate available, they would still get the discount provided by
Military Cruise Deals. This discount would also be extended to all friends and
family of the military person travelling in as many cabins as needed.

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Tasty Finds Tuesday - Chocolate Cobbler

I tried this a few months ago and LOVED IT!! I am gonna admit, at first I thought, nasty! This really is so very good and so very easy! Kind of like a chocolate lava cake without all the work. This is excellent served with ice cream. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

What you need:
2 sticks of butter
1 1/4 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cup self rising flour
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup of milk

Chocolate layer
1 cup of sugar
6 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 cups of boiling water

Preheat oven to 350. In a 9x13 glass baking dish, melt the butter in the oven.

Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, mix together the 1 1/4 cup of sugar, self rising flour, vanilla, and milk.

Once butter is melted remove from oven and pour batter into the 9x13 pan over the melted butter. DO NOT STIR! 

In a separate bowl mix together the cocoa and remaining sugar. Sprinkle over top of batter. DO NOT STIR!

Pour the 2 cups of boiling water over top of everything. DO NOT STIR!  Bake for 30-45 minutes or until crust is a nice golden brown. 

Serve warm. This is great by itself or with ice cream.

I wish I could take credit for this BUT I found the recipe here! Hope you enjoy and have a very Tasty Tuesday.