Take Your Best Shot: Upper Midwest

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Disney Fantasy
Disney Fantasy

Disney Fantasy

The fourth ship in the Disney fleet, the Disney Fantasy has 14 decks and can accommodate 4,000 passengers. Visit one of the 3 different pools on deck 11, or splash around in the AquaLab, a 1,800 square foot water play area. When you’ve had enough fun in the sun, catch a Disney musical show or a first-run movie in 3D. 960 1280

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Carnival Magic

Carnival Magic

Test your climbing ability at Carnival Magic’s SportSquare, the world’s first ropes course at sea! If you’d rather keep your feet firmly planted on the deck, catch a movie or sports game on the ship’s huge outdoor screen at the Seaside Theatre. 960 1280

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MSC Divina

MSC Divina

Stare out to sea from MSC Divina’s infinity pool. For a more exclusive and luxurious experience, upgrade to the MSC Yacht Club and enjoy a private pool deck with a private restaurant featuring panoramic views. 960 1280

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Norwegian Epic

Norwegian Epic

The Norwegian Epic certainly lives up to its name. With performances by the Blue Man Group and the Second City, an Aqua Park complete with 3 waterslides, Nickelodeon characters and 20 different dining options, the ship has something for everyone. Have a drink in the Svedka ice bar and then head to Spice H20—an adults-only Ibiza-inspired beach club (pictured here). 960 1280

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MSC Fantasia

MSC Fantasia

The new flagship of MSC cruises, the Fantasia has staircases made of Swarovski crystals and a transparent ceiling for stargazing. If that’s not enough to make you sign up, the Fantasia also has an Aqua Park, a Formula 1 simulator and an interactive 4D theatre. 960 1280

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Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas has everything you could ever dream of…including a zipline that’s 9 decks in the air. Climb a rock wall, test your skills in a surf simulator, go ice skating on the rink, play a round of mini golf or see a performance of Hairspray. There’s even a Starbucks on board! 960 1280

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Carnival Breeze

Carnival Breeze

Think all cruise food is boring? Think again. Hop aboard the Carnival Breeze and sample signature burgers by celebrity Food Network chef Guy Fieri. Then, take in a “5D” movie—a 3D movie with special effects and moving seats. 960 1280

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Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess

Christened in 2008 by Trista and Ryan Sutter of The Bachelorette, the Ruby Princess is a perfect ship for couples. Relax in a cabana in the adults-only sundeck called The Sanctuary, or cozy up for a first-run movie in the outdoor theatre. 960 1280

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Celebrity Silhouette

Celebrity Silhouette

On the Celebrity Silhouette, order food and wine from an iPad menu in one restaurant and sample 50 international craft beers in another. Take a painting class, grill your own food in the “Lawn Club,” or rent one of the cabana-style “Alcoves” for a relaxing day at sea. 960 1280

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Disney Dream

Disney Dream

As the only cruise line to feature fireworks at sea, Disney's Dream lights up the sky to dazzle guests with the largest fireworks extravaganza presented aboard a cruise ship. The skies above the Disney Dream explode with brilliant colors during "Buccaneer Blast!" -- a pyrotechnic spectacular choreographed to a dramatic score featuring songs from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies, "Peter Pan" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" attraction at the Disney theme parks. 960 1280

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Mickey's Pool, a favorite feature of the Disney Cruise Line fleet, continues on the Disney Dream. This play area for children features a Mickey Mouse-shaped pool and an oversized version of Mickey's hand supporting a yellow winding slide that splashes down into the pool area. 960 1280

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Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas' AquaTheater located in the ships Boardwalk neighborhood, hosts spectacular shows during its voyage. 960 1280

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Fireworks cast a colorful light on the Queen Mary 2. 960 1280

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Passengers aboard the Queen Mary 2 can enjoy planetarium shows in Illuminations. 960 1280

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Norwegian Pearl

Norwegian Pearl

The Norwegian Pearl's pool area can easily be mistaken for a full-blown water park. 960 1280

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The Emerald Princess Piazza dazzles passengers with its opulence. 960 1280

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Brighton Beach Surf Shop

Brighton Beach Surf Shop

The Brighton Beach Surf Shop has been a mainstay of the Jersey Shore since 1962. Swing by the shop for surf lessons, ding repairs, classic boards and more. 960 1280

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Randy Townsend

Randy Townsend

Surfer Randy Townsend gives the shaka sign of greeting, as New Jersey writer Jon Coen holds his surfboard on Long Beach Island. 960 1280

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Wildwood

Wildwood

Wildwood (or Wildwoods, as it's also called, if you count its 4 communities) is a city in Cape May County, NJ. It's also a popular summer resort destination, with a nearly 2-mile boardwalk, amusement complex and waterparks. 960 1280

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Atlantic City Boardwalk

Atlantic City Boardwalk

The Atlantic City Boardwalk dates back to 1870, making it one of the oldest boards of its kind in the US. Through the years, it's also been home to several piers. 960 1280

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Seaside Heights Boardwalk

Seaside Heights Boardwalk

On the Seaside Heights Boardwalk, sample a salt water taffy treat. The sweet sticky candy is made with sugar, cornstarch, corn syrup, glycerine, water, salt, butter, flavor, food color -- but contrary to its name -- no salt water. 960 1280

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James Candy Company

James Candy Company

At the James Candy Company, all salt water taffy, boardwalk fudge, cream mints and coconut macaroons are made in the company's original factory, pictured here. 960 1280

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Cool Scoops

Cool Scoops

It's not called Cool Scoops for nothing. This ice cream parolor in Wildwood, NJ, takes you back in time, with memorabilia including this Elvis statue. 960 1280

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Cool Scoops Car Booth

Cool Scoops Car Booth

The Cool Scoops ice cream parlor includes a Car Booth Room, with vintage vehicles. 960 1280

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Seaside Heights Dusk

Seaside Heights Dusk

Seaside Heights is best known as the setting for MTV's reality TV series Jersey Shore. Here, a gentle orange glow casts a tinge on the beach at dusk. 960 1280

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Karma

Karma

There's a lot of action going on inside. An exterior shot of Karma, a popular night club that inspired no shortage of drama for MTV's Jersey Shore crew. 960 1280

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Lifeguards

Lifeguards

You're in good hands with these dudes. Here, 4 lifeguards stand before a patrol vehicle on the beach. 960 1280

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Boardwalk

Boardwalk

It's an amusement park nirvana on Jersey Shore's boardwalks. 960 1280

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Wild Ocean Surf Shop

Wild Ocean Surf Shop

And when the sun sets on Jersey Shore, get ready for a vibrant nightlife filled with bars, clubs and more. Here, a view of the Wild Ocean Surf Shop in Wildwood, NJ. 960 1280

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Chris Grundy with the Polaroid InstantShot

Chris Grundy with the Polaroid InstantShot

Chris tries out the new Polaroid InstantShot -- smile! 960 1280

  

uwater MP3 player

uwater MP3 player

If listening to music while swimming or diving is your wish, check out the Uwater Waterproof MP3 player. 960 1280

  

LG 55-inch OLED TV

LG 55-inch OLED TV

LG unveiled a 55-inch 3D OLED TV that is the thinnest and lightest OLED TV on the market. It features voice and gesture recognition. 960 1280

  

SimpliciKey Deadbolts

SimpliciKey Deadbolts

There's no need to worry about where your keys are with SimpliciKey. The electronic deadbolt can be opened using a remote control or by simply entering a code into the keypad. 960 1280

  

Zipbuds

Zipbuds

These earphones won't get tangled because of their unique Zipper-integrated cabling. They provide superior sound with comfortable eartips. Zipbuds can be used with iPads, iPods, iPhones, Andriods and other media devices. 960 1280

  

Mercedes Benz's DICE

Mercedes Benz's DICE

Chris had the opportunity to try out Mercedes-Benz's Dynamic and Intuitive Control Experience (DICE). DICE is an augmented reality-based dashboard that allows users to control features of their car with simple hand movements. Users can also see weather, social media, messages, GPS and more. 960 1280

  

Mobileye Driver Assistance

Mobileye Driver Assistance

The Mobileye 5 Driver Assistance product helps identify situations that could become dangerous, such as lane departures, pedestrian presence and headway monitoring. It can also help control the car by doing things like switching high beams on and off. This model has Bluetooth, so critical real-time warnings can be delivered to a smartphone. 960 1280

  

Casio 3D Cat Painting Creation

Casio 3D Cat Painting Creation

The Casio 3-D Digital Painting tool will transform 2-D images into 3-D masterpieces by either adding subtle texture or making them truly 3-D like the cat in this picture. They hope to have the product on the market soon. 960 1280

  

Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard

Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard

The Celluon Prodigy Laser Projected Keyboard lets you add a full-sized keyboard to any smartphone. Just attach your device and project the keyboard on a surface so you can type away. 960 1280

  

Schick Hydro Power Select Razor

Schick Hydro Power Select Razor

A task as simple as shaving is now enhanced with the Schick Hydro Power Select Razor. Users can select from 3 settings to find the vibration that is best for them. It also has a hydrating gel reservoir that when activated with water releases a gel to soothe skin. 960 1280

  

GorillaMobile kit

GorillaMobile kit

The GorillaMobile is a one-of-a-kind mobile entertainment kit that lets you attach devices such as your smartphone or digital camera to unusual places. It includes adhesive cups, suction cups, rubber foot grips and a camera adapter screw. 960 1280

  

House of Marley Bag of Rhythm

House of Marley Bag of Rhythm

The House of Marley Bag of Rhythm lets you turn your iPod, iPhone or any other portable music device into an audio system. The bag includes twin tweeters and woofers to amplify the sound. 960 1280

  

Casio G-Shock Smart Watch

Casio G-Shock Smart Watch

Casio's G-Shock Smart Watch is Bluetooth-LE enabled so the watch can connect to your phone and alert you to e-mails, calls and texts, and help you locate your phone if you can't remember where you put it. 960 1280

  

IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security Application

IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security Application

The IC Realtime ICRSS Home Security App lets you control up to 9 cameras set up in your home. With the app you can move, tilt or zoom them and power them on or off. 960 1280

  

iBallz tablet protection

iBallz tablet protection

The iBallz are a great way to protect your tablet. They slip onto the corners of your device and prevent damage when it is dropped. You can also use them to position your tablet in a tilt position for typing or watching movies. 960 1280

  

Case-Mate Tank

Case-Mate Tank

These Case-Mate Tank cases are military-grade strength and can stand up to any abuse you put your iPhone through. The retractable screen shield slides into place to prevent cracking and condensation. 960 1280

  

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive

Victorinox Swiss Army Flash Drive

Victorinox, the makers of Swiss Army Knives, are now entering the flash drive market. In the new product, the flash drive can either take the place of the knife or be added onto one. They range in size from 4GB and higher, and some offer a layer of protection that only allows access via fingerprint recognition. 960 1280

  

Bone Collection Horn Stand

Bone Collection Horn Stand

The Bone Collection Horn Stand adds 13 decibels of sound pressure to your iPhone, and can also be used to prop the phone in the vertical or horizontal positions. 960 1280

  

Optrix HD Sport Case for Smart Phones

Optrix HD Sport Case for Smart Phones

Optrix HD is a sports case that transforms your iPhone 4S/4/iPod into an HD action sports camera. It is waterproof so it can withstand all types of weather. The case includes an anti-vibration sled to help limit vibrations. 960 1280

  

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls, Oregon
After an ice storm, freezing cold water continues to plummet an impressive 620 feet into the Columbia River. Visitors can take in the spectacular view from the Benson Bridge, built in 1914 for scenes like this one.
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Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Snow coats the ground around the Belgian Pool, a hot spring in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. You can look, but don't get too close! Originally named Oyster Spring, the natural wonder was renamed after a Belgian visitor who fell into it in 1929 and suffered fatal thermal burns.
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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
A snowy shot of Bryce Canyon's hoodoos, tall rock structures that form from water, wind and ice erosion.
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St. Joseph Lighthouse

St. Joseph Lighthouse

St. Joseph Lighthouses, Michigan
The St. Joseph Lighthouses attempt to withstand the elements on frozen Lake Michigan. The 2 lighthouses were built in the early 1900s, and the outer light is one of the oldest on the lake.
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Yosemite

Yosemite

Yosemite National Park, California
The setting sun illuminates El Capitan monolith in frozen Yosemite National Park. A favorite for advanced rock climbers, "The Chief" is the world's largest solid granite block, rising an awe-inspiring 3,500 feet above the ground.
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Coyote Butts

Coyote Butts

Coyote Buttes, Arizona
Jack Frost puts an icy touch on "The Wave," an incredible sandstone rock formation in Coyote Buttes North, a section of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness. In order to preserve the spectacular sight, only 20 hikers (with permits) per day are allowed to visit.
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Rennett Stowe through Flickr Creative Commons

Rennett Stowe through Flickr Creative Commons

Joshua Tree National Park, California
The sun rises over snow-clad Joshua trees in California's Mojave Desert.
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