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Cruising

Port Miami is touted to be the Cruise capital of the world, being the departure destination of choice for cruises to the Bahamas, Caribbean and Mexico. Happy to bask in the sun, on the waters, I boarded the Bayside Blaster Cruise, which cruises along the Biscayne Bay. In 90 minutes, we got a view of the downtown skyline, Port of Miami, Miami Beach, and Millionaire’s Row. The mansions here get successively bigger, as does the list of celebrities who own them. We even got a glimpse of Fisher Island, where the likes of Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey and Sofia Loren have lived. There, under the toasty sun, accompanied by the occasional light splash, the entertaining bilingual guide also fueled my penchant for celebrity gossip. islandqueencruises.com

FROM ABOVE: An outdoor seating area in the art deco district of Miami; mixed media a sculptures titled ‘Mango Tourist’ by Jamaican artist Narrrii Ward at Perez Art Museum; a general view of atmosphere e at the Art Miami after-party at the Bakehouse Art Complex.

Art Deco Tour

A city’s architecture always tells a story, and the Miami Design Preservation League, a nonprofit group that works for the preservation of over 800 historic buildings, tells many in its 90-minute tour. Low-rise buildings, now boutique hotels, come with both historical and pop culture references. The tour was right up my alley—walking past pastel-colored buildings with portholes, reflecting Miami for the beach destination that it is, all with room for the glorious sun to shine through. I spotted The Cardozo from There’s Something About Mary, and even the Carlyle hotel, where the 90’s hit The Birdcage was shot. I asked for more stories on Hollywood sets, and was even pointed out locations from Miami Vice. We were also acquainted with two other

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Travel leisure india & south asia – February 2016  
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