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Why pay to freeze in a Super Bowl seat?

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Super Bowl XLVIII in New Jersey will be the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold-weather destination.

Travel agents, why not suggest that football fans head south to sea, sun and sand instead of spending thousands of dollars to shiver on a cold stadium seat?

Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa in St. Lucia is offering its fourth annual "Big Game Weekend" package, enabling fans to watch the game poolside on super-sized screens in the company of NFL alumni, such as former Giants running back Billy Taylor.

The package includes an "Ask the Pro" session, autographs, a football game on the beach, kayaking, archery and beach volleyball.

Prices for the football weekend start at $755 per person, double, for a four-night package Jan. 30-Feb. 3, not including air. Bookings must be made by Jan. 25; specify "Big Game" when booking.

-- Gay Nagle Myers

Marriott encourages couples to reconnect

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Traveling as a couple amps up the sparks in a relationship, according to a recent survey by Marriott Caribbean & Mexico Resorts.

In fact, 92% of those surveyed agreed that amorous getaways do wonders for romance, but 51% lamented that they don’t plan these escapes often enough.

As a remedy, Marriott's eight resorts in seven destinations across the Caribbean and Mexico came up with “Cupid on Call,” a new emergency romance program designed as an antidote for time-starved romantics trying to reconnect.

The fixes range from flowers, dinner on the beach and chocolate and champagne upon arrival to couples-themed spa treatments, private island picnics, walks at sunset, love poems, love-inspired music and romantic movies to set the mood.

“Essentially we are giving even the least romantic and most forgetful partner the chance to make up for it while they are staying with us. Whether they need to say ‘I love you’ or even ‘I’m sorry,’ we’re here to help,” said Michelle Bozoki, director of marketing and eCommerce.

Cupid is on call throughout 2014. Guests can alert hotel staff upon arrival who can help set up special activities or amenities.

-- Gay Nagle Myers

Virgin America safety video set to song and dance

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Virgin America has introduced an in-flight safety video with singing and dancing. The airline calls it the "VX Safety Dance " video.

The video was directed by Hollywood film director (and Virgin America frequent flyer) Jon M. Chu ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "Step Up 2") and includes some of the dancers, singers and choreographers from "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance," with production by Virgin Group's entertainment arm, Virgin Produced.



Virgin America released the video just two days before the FAA announced a new policy allowing airlines to use personal electronic devices throughout the flight.

The airline said that it can easily edit the video once Virgin America gets FAA approval to allow passengers to use their devices gate to gate. Safety videos often have to be updated, according to the airline.


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