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Elegant Chicago Independence Day Odyssey Dinner Cruise

If you live in the Chicago area or plan to vacation there this July, there will be celebrations, festivals, concerts, and a host of activities you can plan to attend. One of the unmissable events is the Odyssey dinner cruise on the 4th of July.

Departing from the south side of Navy Pier, the Odyssey is considered to be the most elegant of all sea-going vessels in Chicago. With a world class chef and restaurant staff, it is sure to be the most exciting and fun-filled night of your life.

The Odyssey offers musical entertainment such as classic jazz to contemporary favorites from a live band, as well as soft solo piano music. Each of its two decks offers a special entertainment feature. The Topaz deck offers Latin and jazz as well as R&B and lounge music. The Amethyst deck has piano and vocals, show tunes, jazz, classical and pop music.

Priced at $149.90 per person, the ship leaves from the Navy Pier at 8:30 PM and returns at 11:30 PM. Boarding begins at 7:30 PM. The cost of this dinner cruise includes a private table, a three-course menu, and a premium bar package.

Here is a sample of their menu. The appetizer may include such fare as an antipasto plate, Boston Bibb salad, lobster bisque, and Argentinean scallops. The main course may include Tuscan chicken, Syrah braised center cut beef, seafood ravioli gratinee, boneless pork chop, North American salmon, and Mediterranean vegetable purse. For dessert, you may choose from a chocolate truffle torte, bread pudding, New York Style cheesecake, or peach and blueberry cobbler.

Perhaps the most exciting amenity is the ability to view Chicago’s Skyline from their observation deck and the spectacular fireworks display as its backdrop.

Needless to say, everyone who has taken this dinner cruise has raved about its service, staff, entertainment, and cuisine.

So if you plan to be in Chicago for the 4th of July, book this elegant dinner cruise early and treat yourself to what is sure to be an experience of a lifetime.


Motion Sickness

If any of your children are not used to traveling long distances by car, they may have a bout of motion sickness. This is not just relegated to driving, but can affect children and adults who travel by air, train, and ship as well.

While it is a good idea to bring a “barf bag” just in case, this condition can be avoided using the following preventative measures:

  • Ensure the family has a good breakfast before leaving.
  • Bring along a mini-six-pack of ginger ale. A few sips will help settle the stomach.
  • Make a stop and have the affected child sit in the front seat.
  • Open the window of the car to allow the fresh air in.
  • If necessary, stop at a rest stop and have the children walk around a while.

We are most familiar with motion sickness on ships. The constant “motion” of the ship allows for nausea that eventually may lead to vomiting.

The medical description of motion sickness is that the inner ear is affected because the motion is sending different messages to the brain. Even though the vehicle is moving, the body is not, and so the conflict begins.

If the motion sickness becomes severe and the person begins to vomit, stop and give the person affected plenty of water to drink afterward to avoid dehydration. The individual needs to get their balance and bearings. This is why a little walk will help alleviate future symptoms.

Another good idea is to tell the individual to keep their head up and focus on an object outside the car, such as the sky. Engaging in games or other activities can only worsen the situation.

Motion sickness can feel awful, especially for a child. With a calm voice and a gentle hand, assure the child that he or she will be fine. Use all measures mentioned, and give the child enough time to weather this storm. Eventually, they will recover.

Here’s another tip: If a child or adult feels sick in the car, turn off the radio and AC and just let them breathe in the fresh air. Getting sick can make them more anxious and they may feel bad about getting sick as well. Reassurance and comforting words is all they need.


Disney Cruise to Bahamas

For an affordable vacation that includes dining with the characters from Disney, along with a trip to Nassau and Castaway Cay, a Disney Cruise could be the affordable vacation you and your family may wish to book this spring.

Disney Cruise Lines offers two packages: a 3-night or 4-night cruise on either the Disney Magic or Disney Wonder.

The itinerary for a 3-night cruise is as follows:

  • Board the Disney Wonder on Thursday from Port Canaveral at 4PM.
  • You arrive in Nassau at 9:30AM the next morning and leave at 7PM.
  • On Saturday, you arrive at Castaway Cay at 8:30AM and depart at 5PM.
  • You arrive back at Port Canaveral on Sunday at 7:35AM.

In addition, kids ages 12 and under sail for free on most 3-night cruises from April 23 to May 28, provided a stateroom is booked. The stateroom rates start at $529.00 per adult and depending upon whether you choose an inside or outside cabin, the price will vary.

Air fare may or may not be included, depending upon the type of package you book. It is best to check with your travel agent or with Disney Cruise Line directly.

The highlights of this particular cruise include the Buena Vista Theatre where first-run movies are shown on their giant screen and in digital 3-D.

A special dining treat is available on both ships. On the Disney Wonder, you will enjoy the Triton restaurant where such fare as seafood, steaks, and pastas are served. You will note the Little Mermaid statue as you enter the restaurant.

On the Disney Magic, Lumiere’s restaurant offers continental cuisine and their “Beauty and the Beast” mural serves to enhance your dining experience.

The kids will love meeting the Disney characters at breakfast, parties, and at the shows you attend. You can check all character appearances on the lobby message board.

The main advantage in cruising is that once you board the ocean liner, it is your hotel for the next three or four days. Your entire family will enjoy the many on-board activities, as well as the leisure time available to you. In addition, there is Disney personnel to keep your kids occupied and engaged in a variety of activities.

For a fun-filled, affordable vacation, check out Disney Cruises for availability and rates. It is recommended that you book early to obtain the lowest airfare and stateroom accommodations.

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