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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

The wave of the future for RV dealerships?

Plans are in the works by Traveland USA based in Orange County, California to build the largest RV dealership and resort in the country. In addition to seeing the latest RVs onsite, amenities available for campers will include massages, and a concierge and maid service, similar to that found in upscale hotels. Although many RV dealerships already offer campgrounds, I wouldn't be surprised if Camping World, FreedomRoad, and others jump on the bandwagon if the one-stop concept of offering luxury services for RVers proves successful.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 8:06 PM
Categories: RVing

Are you at risk for a heart attack?

My father-in-law recently had a heart attack. He didn't have all the usual signs of one, other than perspiring heavily and having shortness of breath. Thankfully, his wife was able to respond quickly and call an ambulance to get him to the hospital. It was found that he had an aneurysm, with complete blockage of an artery and 75 percent blockage of another. That left one artery doing the work of three.

He was very fortunate, able to have a bypass with the aneurysm removed, and is now home exercising and headed to a full recovery. He received the best medical treatment from the expert work of Dr. Ron Kennedy, who performed his open heart surgery. Dr. Kennedy along with the other doctors involved are to be commended for their incredible work, as well as the high quality of service he received at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson, Ms.

In the lobby of the hospital is an eight foot tall bronze statue of St. Dominic, who was described as, "No one ever talked to St. Dominic without feeling better for it." That is exemplified today, given how friendly and helpful all the nurses and staff were, many times going well beyond the call of duty. In the words of Sister Dorothea with St. Dominic's Hospital, "Every human life is sacred." That passion for providing quality and caring service sets St. Dominic's Hospital to a high level.

Prevention through daily exercise and a quality diet help to reduce the risk of a heart attack, along with routine checkups. In educating others on what a heart attack is and the typical signs to look for, be sure to watch this interesting video:

Posted by Carl Burnham at 6:59 PM
Edited on: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 7:01 PM

Monday, January 14, 2008

Coppersmith Inn in Galveston

Coppersmith Inn all decorated for the holidays

Built in a Queen Anne style by a talented German immigrant that predates the 1900 Storm, the Coppersmith Inn has an endearing charm. The curved staircase is one of many attractive features of the house. Be sure to watch our feature video on the Inn. As with the other b&bs we feature in Galveston, free cruise parking is provided for guests who stay while taking a cruise.

With Valentines Day (not to mention Mardi Gras) coming up soon, Galveston provides a perfect locale to enjoy with your loved ones for a romantic or fun getaway.
More features on Galveston coming soon, including more B&Bs visited, the Star Drug Store, talented artists we met, and interesting places to see while on the island.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 3:34 PM
Edited on: Monday, January 14, 2008 6:59 PM
Categories: Accommodations

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

New cruise ship sails into Galveston

The cruise lines have had a positive impact on Galveston Island in recent years for cruise vacationers to flock to and depart on cruises to fun places like Cozumel, Mexico, Montego Bay, Jamaica, and the Grand Caymens. We noticed that the historic Strand area was busy, with shops and restaurants buzzing with tourists on our recent visit. Many of the area bed & breakfasts also offer free parking for guests who stay and then go on a cruise.
Voyager of the Seas - one of the largest cruise ships
One of the world's largest cruise ships, Royal Caribbean International's Voyager of the Seas now departs from the port of Galveston with cruises to the western Caribbean.

The 138,000 ton cruise ship can carry more than 3,000 passengers, has 14 decks, and is currently the 3rd largest cruise ship in the world (see recent new ship coming in 2008). While on board, you may choose from ice skating, playing video games, watching movies in a two story theater, shop in a shopping district, casino gambling, go night clubbing, or dine in a three story restaurant.

Another big news item for Royal Caribbean is the debut of their newest cruise ship in 2008, Independence of the Seas, which is anticipated to take to the waters for an inaugural voyage May 2, 2008. This ship will be larger than the Voyager (160,000 tons), and be able to carry 3,600 passengers at a time. Royal Caribbean will now have the top 4 largest cruise ships in the world.
Independence of the Seas will cruise initially in Europe during summer 2008, with Ft. Lauderdale the port for destinations to the Caribbean during the winter season.

We will have more details in our upcoming new Galveston segments on fun cruises now available and things to do around the island.
Historic Strand area of Galveston Island

Posted by Carl Burnham at 4:35 PM
Edited on: Wednesday, January 09, 2008 5:56 PM
Categories: Cruises, Destinations

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Avenue O B&B in Galveston

Built in a Mediterranean style in 1923, this Avenue O house has been operated as a B&B by Connie and Jim Porter since 2002. With the popularity of cruising (Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruise lines depart bi-weekly from Galveston), local B&Bs like Avenue O have become very popular as a stay before or after taking a cruise. Free parking is also provided to make it convenient for guests taking a cruise, and to avoid the hassles of securing parking downtown.

Read our new feature and video on the Avenue O B&B from our recent stay. More features on Galveston coming soon, including more B&Bs, the Star Drug Store, and interesting places to see while on the island.

With the holidays and a recent computer glitch we have been delayed somewhat with new ones. We hope to get up to speed soon (at least that's our New Year's resolution...).

Posted by Carl Burnham at 2:10 PM
Edited on: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 2:42 PM
Categories: Accommodations

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

NCL introduces innovative new cruise ship, the "It Girl"

With much fanfare, Norwegian Cruise Lines has introduced a new cruise ship the Norwegian Gem, nicknamed as the "It Girl." Imagine going on a cruise where you can go bowling, gambling, with a wide range of other entertainment, including a WII two-story game in the main atrium. Guests have a selection from 10 restaurants on board. Luxury suites are available with offerings that equal that of the finest hotels.

Through our industry partnerships, we provide cruise reservations for NCL and many other lines.
For the inaugural voyage of the "It Girl" from New York, two cruises are available:
10 Night Exotic Southern Caribbean
starting from only $949
11 Night Exotic Southern Caribbean
a few cabins still available from $2,599

Watch for more cruising news coming soon.

Posted by Carl Burnham at 4:22 PM
Categories: Cruises

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Galveston videos - area B&Bs

Happy New Year! We hope that you will make 2008 a memorable one for your travel adventures. We here at Southpoint are working on new venues and technologies to bring you the best from our travels.

There were many great places to bring in the new year. If at Billy Bob's in Fort Worth, you could have caught the Texas favorite Kevin Fowler. If you are a Southerner as I am, you are probably making plans for some cabbage, black-eyed peas, and cornbread for your dinner to make sure the new year is a good one (well, the cabbage may be a stretch, especially if you brought in the new year into the wee hours).

There are so many fascinating places out there to visit. As many people only get a 1-2 weeks a year for a vacation or a few weekend getaways, we feel it is important to emphasize the more unique destinations that we visit for our travel guides.
One such place is Galveston Island, where we will be highlighting new segments soon along with features on more bed & breakfasts.

Here is a sneak peak of our new YouTube player for Galveston which includes our newly created videos for Avenue O, Coppersmith Inn, Lost Bayou Guesthouse, and the Villa B&Bs in Galveston. We will also be creating more videos for other video services, along with new feature segments to be added soon.
Posted by Carl Burnham at 10:32 AM
Edited on: Tuesday, January 01, 2008 12:41 PM
Categories: Destinations, Videos
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