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Holy Ship fans, the party isn't over: Two cruises planned for 2016

Holy Ship electronic music cruises in January and February are barely over, and 2016 sailings have just been announced.

Holy Ship 2016 cruises are planned Jan. 3 to 6 and Feb. 10 to 13 on the MSC Divina for sailings from Miami to the Bahamas, according to a statement. No cabin prices have been released.

Cabins go on sale to the Shipfam crowd (a.k.a. Holy Ship veterans who receive passwords for presale) next Tuesday and Wednesday, then to the general public at 9 a.m. Pacific time on March 12. Both 2015 cruises sold out.

How could it be that Swarovski crystal staircases on the Divina mesh with acts like Skrillex, Fatboy slim and DJ Snake?

"No one's throwing furniture over the balcony, everyone's enjoying the music and looking out for each other -- we haven't had any major issues really," Hard Events founder and DJ known as Destructo Gary Richards told Billboard magazine last month.

The cruises' signature private on-shore beach parties will be held at Coco Cay in the Bahamas for the...

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Airfare: Round trip from LAX to Hong Kong for $683 on Cathay Pacific

Here’s a special fare from LAX to Hong Kong on Cathay Pacific, but it comes with some restrictions.

The $683 round trip, including all taxes and fees, is for Tuesday-Thursday departures through May 7 and is subject to availability. It does not, however, have an advance purchase requirement. The maximum stay is six months.

Info: Cathay Pacific, (800) 233-2742

Source: Airfarewatchdog

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Waiting for Carlsbad's Flower Fields to bloom? It's almost time

The Flower Fields in Carlsbad are open, but the giant ranunculuses are not -- or at least not all of them.

The red, pink, yellow and white ranunculuses (officially known as the Tecolote Giant Ranunculus) are the flowers that create the blazing stripes of color each year at the 50-plus acre site.

You can expect about 20 acres at the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch to be in bloom within the next 10 days, spokeswoman Angelica Banales said in an email. Visitors going this weekend will see about 7 acres showing good color and another 7 acres just starting to bloom.

The fields opened Sunday and will remain open until May 10.

Though the ranunculuses are the stars, there are other plants and flowers to see, such as the greenhouse filled with cymbidium orchids and the 300-by-170-foot American flag made from red, white and blue petunias.

Spring events include Kid's Day on March 29 and performances on April 4 from Jake Taylor Smith, April 5 for Zydeco Day, April 11 for Bluegrass Day and more...

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The 2015 Irish pub of the year ... is in Georgia?

The pub poobahs have spoken, and just in time for St. Patrick's Day. The Olde Blind Dog, with two Atlanta-area locations, recently won the Irish Pub of the Year award for being "the best in its class, from design to customer service."

An Irish pub worth its Guinness on this side of the pond? Apparently so. The award was bestowed Feb. 27 by the Irish Pubs Global Federation, an association of about 6,500 pub owners and managers based in Dublin, Ireland.

The Olde Blind Dog describes its pubs as having old-world charm where authenticity rules with "an entrepreneurial spirit that keeps it cutting edge," according to a statement about the award.

The first Olde Blind Dog pub opened in 2009 at 12650 Crabapple Road in Milton, Ga., about 30 miles north of Atlanta. It was followed by a second one at 705 Town Blvd. in the state capital. Almost all the decor is imported from Europe, and menu items such as shepherd's pie and Irish stew are homemade.

As a nod to modern ways, Olde Blind Dog relies on...

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Princess Cruises puts balcony rooms on sale until March 19

For a limited time, you can pay for an ocean-view cabin on some Princess Cruises sailings and receive a free upgrade to a balcony room.

It's all part of the cruise line's 50th-anniversary season, according to a statement from Princess.

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Mexico: Try bird-watching in Baja on a nature tour

Isla Raza, Mexico’s first bird sanctuary, is the centerpiece of a six-day, five-night adventure offered by Baja AirVentures. Participants will stay at the isolated Las Animas Eco-Lodge on the Gulf of California, accessible only by a one-hour boat ride from Bahía de los Ángeles.

Mornings are spent bird-watching at Isla Raza and other nearby islands; afternoons are spent on additional nature tours or exploring on your own, fishing, snorkeling, sailing or relaxing.

Dates: April 28-May 2, May 4-9

Price: $2,395 per person, double occupancy. Includes yurt accommodations, meals, round-trip airfare from San Diego, guided excursions, kayaking and whale watching.

Info: Baja AirVentures, (800) 221-9283

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