Eyewitness News at 6, 2-15-13

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research before you board.
     Judy Le helps you navigate the waters of ocean travel.
<I sat down with travel agent...Deborah Adler...for tips on choosing your next overseas vacation. She says before you do anything...you have to know what kind of traveler you are and what you want....a packed party ship or a more restful cruise

<travel agents doesn't only sell cruises, but qualifies you. Are you a first timer? Do you want to try out three or four nights before you go on to like a seven night or more>

For people researching on their own Adler suggests using the website...trip advisor...as a good place to start

< People are writing about their experiences so you have to take that into consideration. If a ship that you're looking at has maybe 1 out of 10 negative comments, that's ok. But if it's 50-50, then it's a cause to be concerned about >

When in doubt...choose a cruise line with a good reputation. Adler suggests Carnival or Caribbean.

Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news>
     Adler says the best times to buy tickets is off season. That means during the winter and around no holidays.
     On our 13WMAZ Web Poll... we asked, would you feel safe on a cruise ship?

     It's close to an even split... 47 percent of you say yes... 53 percent say no.   

   To vote now... Visit 13WMAZ.com.
   You'll find that question... on the right side of the homepage.

     If you've ever been sick... You may know how special it is to have someone to care for you.
     Well, we met someone who has cared for patients for 65 years.
     But today was all about her...     Hazel Colson, of Warner Robins, celebrated her 86th birthday with family and friends.
    Colson started her career as a nurse in the late forties...
    She has spent the last 25 years as a hospice nurse...
    Over the years she's earned the nickname "Hugging Hazel."
    Those who attended her birthday party enjoyed looking at pictures from over the years.
    Including one of Colson wearing the original uniform that she received after graduating from nursing school.
< Hazel Colson, Warner Robins: It still fits me but I knew if I wore my cap I would have too many hugs and I don't have but one cap now.>
     Colson says she works full time at Heart of Georgia Hospice.
     She says being able to help others is what keeps her going.

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