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Thursday, 25 July 2013 23:59

Carnival Cruise Line Alcohol Policies

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There are few issues of substance that get cruisers buzzing like alcohol policies. The daily number of message board questions on drinking ages and other booze-related regulations is mind-boggling. My 18-year-old son is served in London, so can he have a beer on a U.S. ship? Can I bring a cooler filled with cold ones or my beer helmet? How about bringing our own bottle of wine to dinner? If bringing booze onboard is prohbited, what's the best way to sneak it onboard, and what humiliation will I face if caught?

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Although the Harris County Sports and Convention Corp. received 19 proposals for what to do with the iconic Astrodome, officials say they will recommend converting the stadium into a massive convention and exhibition space.

Under the plan, the roof would be lowered, seating removed and the existing below-ground portion of the dome would be filled in to create a street-level exhibit space, resulting in 355,000 square feet of exhibit space, according to a Reliant Park release.

In addition, the plan promises to transform the exterior into a plaza with green space, restaurants and retail.

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After years of sitting empty, the Port of Houston Authority’s Bayport Cruise Terminal has secured two agreements with Princess Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Built in 2008, the controversial Bayport Cruise terminal in Pasadena cost $108.4 million to construct, and the Houston Business Journal reported it cost $513,000 for the Port Authority to maintain the terminal in 2010, although much of this cost was offset by temporary ship docking fees. In an effort to attract cruise lines to the port in 2011, no cruise lines responded to a formal request for proposals.

Now, with its first cruise agreements, the Port Said Thursday that in the next four years it expects to see a $200 million economic impact. Also, the new cruise lines are expected to lead to the creation of more than 100 jobs.

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Lottery fever is sweeping across the Garden State — and across the rest of the nation — today as the hours tick closer to Saturday night's huge Powerball drawing.

What's all the fuss about?

For seven weeks in a row, no lottery players in any of the 43 states taking part in this game has matched all six winning numbers. If ticket sales keep up their rapid pace, the jackpot could skyrocket past $550 million, securing its spot as the second biggest Powerball jackpot in the history of the multistate game and the third largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history.

To put this all in perspective, here's a look at the top jackpots ever won in America, and where Saturday's projected jackpot fits in:

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 18:58

Houston Economy is Booming

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This article appears in the July 16 issue of Forbes magazine.

Direct Energy Chief Executive Chris Weston needed a new home for his company, which provides electricity, natural gas and home energy services to 6 million residential and business customers across North America. The Toronto firm considered as many as 15 cities for its new headquarters, but only one ever really had a chance. “Houston was the obvious answer in the end for us,” says Weston.

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Long-time cruisers often have an embarkation day routine. Some make a beeline for the atrium or poolside bar, while others head to the buffet. Some like to explore the ship, posting photos online to make Facebook and Twitter friends jealous. Others meticulously spray down their cabins with Lysol, start popping seasickness medicines and unpack all their belongings into their proper places.

If you're a first-timer or haven't settled into a familiar cruise routine, here's a list of embarkation day do's and don't's, culled from our many years cruising, as well as input from
TransGates Limousine Facebook
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Tuesday, 07 May 2013 19:16

Houston OTC 2013

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Founded in 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. OTC is held annually at Reliant Center in Houston.

Each year, OTC attracts more than 80,000 attendees from 110+ countries and 2,500 exhibiting companies. About 90,000 visitors are expected at this year's conference.

OTC is sponsored by 13 industry organizations and societies, who work cooperatively to develop the technical program. OTC also has endorsing and supporting organizations.

For decades, OTC has been a popular event for those in the offshore drilling business and among the largest trade shows in the world.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013 20:02

Galveston Say Hello to the Navigator 2

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Come November of this year, the Navigator of the Seas will sail into Galveston and call it home, for the winter months at least. It will be replacing Royal Caribbean's Mariner of the Seas. But don't lose sleep over the change, since the Navigator is cut from the same cloth, so to 'speak. This means that when you sail on board the Navigator, all your favorites will still be there. You will still be able to have a pint at the Wig & Gavel on the Promenade; and you will still be wowed by the Olympic quality ice show. Schooners Bar will still be hopping' every night with a mean piano player cranking' it out on the ivories and taking the audience along for a
fun ride. And, of course, the Viking Crown Lounge at the pinnacle of the vessel, laden with commanding views from every seat, will still reign supreme over the entire ship.

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You've got lots of decisions to make and arrangements to coordinate for your wedding day. There are some helpful tips to consider when reserving transportation to cover all aspects of your wedding celebration.

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Executive Administrators ask a lot of questions when they contact a potential limousine service. Rightfully so because they are typically booking trips for their boss, clients, or staff and the trips must go perfectly.  Below we have compiled the Top 7 Questions Executive Admin's Ask when booking ground transportation. 

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