Breaking News. Return of the Titanic. Sailing 2016. More details to follow. Wow it will be quite an unusual experience. A memory for a lifetime. It will sail the same route and you will have the same menus, you can dress with the same clothes they wore back then. The ship will be the same but with tons of more lifeboats and all the current electronic navigational and safety gear. Watch for more details at http://www.honeymooncrusieshopper.com/. Mitch at Island Cruises & Travel.
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Return of the Titanic!
Return of the Titanic!
Carnival’s New Alcohol package puts 15-drink daily cap
January 22, 2013 Carnival Cruise Lines announced a daily limit of 15 drinks into its single-price drinks package.
Right now on 13 Carnival ships, lets passengers pay for all beverages on a cruise in a single payment.
A Carnival said the it recently “formalized” the limit on how many alcoholic drinks guests will be served within a 24-hour period running from 6 a.m. to 6 a.m. the following day.
The program is still in a trial period.
Sodas and most other non-alcoholic beverages remain unlimited and are not counted toward the 15 drink ceiling.
It is now official. Royal Caribbean announced two new beverage programs to 13 of its ships immediately that will allow guests to pay one price at the beginning of their cruise and then enjoy a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at no additional cost for the duration of their voyage. The two new beverage program options come in two sizes; Classic and Premium. The Classic Beverage Package costs $45 per guest per day and the Premium Beverage Package costs $55 per guest per day. Both packages include service charges. The Classic package features beer, house wines by the glass, all non-alcoholic cocktails, fountain soda and juices. The all-inclusive Premium package features the same as the Classic package and adds frozen drinks (like Pina Coladas) and all cocktails including those made with premium brands like Jack Daniels. A caveat: If one passenger in a cabin buys one of the packages, each additional passenger age 21 years and over in the same cabin also must buy the package — a rule presumably enacted to prevent cabin mates from sharing a package. Beverage packages are available for purchase on all seven-night or longer sailings and must be purchased on the first day. Packages are currently available on 13 Royal Caribbean ships and will be available on the remaining ships with seven-night or longer itineraries by early 2013. Call Mitch at Island Cruises & Travel for additional information. 847-885-7540 http:www.honeymooncruiseshopper.com
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has relaxed airport security screening procedures for children and the elderly following widespread criticism.
The new policies allow children, aged 12 or younger, to go through airport security without taking off their shoes.
To minimize the need for pat-downs, children are now allowed to go through metal detectors and body scanners several times to clear any alarms.
Screening changes for passengers who are 75 years or older are similar to the screening process for children.
Elderly people will also be able to go through airport security without removing their shoes. They can also go through a security checkpoint without removing a light jacket.
To minimize pat-downs, the elderly will be able to go through the metal detector and body scanners several times to clear any alarms.
The TSA has also debuted a new program to help frequent travelers move through security checkpoints faster.
The program is called “TSA Pre” and is available in more than 30 US airports to frequent passengers of a limited number of airlines, including Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines.
Travelers who enroll in the program:
Do not need to take off their shoes and belts while going through security
Can keep their computers inside their bags
Can go through security without taking off a light jacket
To enroll in the “TSA Pre” program, visit GlobalEntry.gov. The TSA has a hotline to answer questions about the security process for passengers with disabilities and medical issues. The toll-free number is 1 (855) 787-2227. The agency suggests calling 72 hours before traveling to allow enough time to make any changes before going through security.
The top destinations and other key trends for 2013, based on a survey of its luxury travel advisors. Among the findings: Myanmar, Bhutan and Chile debuted on the “most popular emerging destinations” list, and Cuba and Vietnam maintained their respective places among the top five emerging locations in the world.
As baby boomers continue to drive travel sales, and the desire to spend time with loved ones prominently factoring into decisions, the top and recurring trend for the upcoming year is multigenerational family travel. In addition, ocean cruising is predicted to have renewed strength in 2013, with the Baltic Region making debuting on the list, along with perennial favorites like Alaska, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. River cruising continues to grow, especially in Europe; and the addition of new routes throughout Asia will bolster its popularity in the coming year
Italy continues to top the list as a favorite international destination 2013, followed by South Africa, France and Australia. This year, Latin America emerges, with Argentina making the list for the first time. The biggest change from 2012 to 2013 is within the U.S. travel market. Napa Valley/Sonoma claim the top spot as the most sought after U.S. destination, bumping Maui and New York from these positions. While Las Vegas remains on the list, the city now shares fourth place with Alaska.
For families traveling in 2013, Italy remains at the top of the destination list, with Costa Rica moving up in popularity to join England. New to the list of top family destinations is Mexico, in fourth place. France, the Galapagos Islands and Turks & Caicos tie for fifth place. The most popular destinations for romantic travel continue to be Italy, French Polynesia, France, and Bali. This year, Fiji joins the list of exotic locations.
As in previous reports, the motivations behind high-end travel continue to be seeking authentic experiences in new destinations, rest and relaxation, personal enrichment, seeking adventure, and spending time or reconnecting with loved ones.
The 2013 Report also predicts that there will be a rise in longer trips (eight days and longer) to international destinations and suggests that, when necessary, travelers are willing to book lower room categories in order to stay in nicer hotels. Travel agents cont
Sandals Whitehouse Jamaica
by Julie & Erik Jablonski -Grand Rapids, Mi
Our Honeymoon November 4, 2012
Thank You Mitch at Island Cruises & Travel for arranging a perfect honeymoon at one of the most beautiful resorts Sandals Whitehouse in Jamaica ( Here is our room with a view of the beautiful Caribbean and the most spectacular sunsets I have ever seen. Room # 2405 in the Dutch building.) The view took our breath away.
My husband and I just returned from our honeymoon at Sandals Whitehouse and we absolutely loved every minute of being there! What a breathtaking resort- from the beautifully manicured landscaping, to the pristine 2-mile beach and amazing pools, this is by far the most beautiful resort we have ever stayed at. The international flavor really added to the experience with the Italian, Dutch and French villages. The room you helped us get was amazing right on the beach.
Everything you told us in advance really helped especially all your recommendations and even the smallest details of what to expect. From recommending the YS Falls Zip Line Excursion where you zip line right through the waterfalls to recommending one of the best drinks – a BBC ( Bailey’s Bananas and Cream ) We kept the Swim Up Bars busy mixing those and all the liquor was top shelf brands never watered down. Another great drink – A dirty banana.
The food was amazing. We really enjoyed the eating the buffet breakfasts at Bayside outside with the beautiful Peacocks running around. Cafe De Paris was delicious with all their French pastries and gourmet coffee. The beach party at night was fun fun fun and all their pool games during the day in their beautiful pools were a laugh a minute. We can’t say enough about the beauty of the entire resort with every room having an ocean view, the gorgeous 2 mile protected beach and the mountains as a backdrop. It is a very secure and safe resort. We watched several weddings and they couldn’t be any more romantic especially the sunset weddings. WOW!
The price was amazing for such a clean 5+ Star newer resort and we would highly recommend this to anyone looking for one of the most romantic resorts in the world. As you told us the price is the same no matter where we would book because Sandals does not allow any discounting so having your free expertise 24/7 until we departed was worth its weight in gold. You made it worry and stress free.
We can’t wait to go back and we will recommend you to everyone we know. You are the best. Thanks Again, Julie & Erik.
ABC’s smash hit “Dancing with the Stars” sizzles on board Holland America Line A special message from Rob Coleman Holland America
We are pleased to announce that our guests can experience the excitement of ABC’s hit show “Dancing with the Stars” on board Holland America Line. “Dancing with the Stars” is one of the biggest television shows on earth, and soon your clients will be able to learn the steps, meet the stars, and join in the fun. Six theme cruises in 2013 and early 2014 will feature “Dancing with the Stars” events including dance lessons; a chance to meet the dancers, ask questions and take photos; and a dazzling production starring celebrities and the famed dance pros, complete with glamorous costumes and routines from the TV show. Currently scheduled to appear on select sailings are two-time champion pro dancers Mark Ballas and Kym Johnson; pros Tristan MacManus and Lacey Schwimmer; and some of your favorite celebrity competitors.* More dance pros and celebrities to be announced. In addition to the theme cruises, every sailing on all 15 ships in the Holland America Line fleet will feature an exclusive “Dancing with the Stars”program including dance lessons and an opportunity for some lucky guests to dance center stage in an exciting dance-off performance. These activities will feature the ships’ professional dancers and will be developed in collaboration with the show’s dancers and choreographers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmRvcF7PYF8&feature=player_embedded
Carnival Sunshine to feature water park with racing water slides side by side including a scoreboard. A one of a kind exciting feature. Fun for all ages.
The future Carnival Sunshine, formerly the Carnival Destiny, will have a racing-themed water park.
The WaterWorks park will feature a 300-gallon drenching bucket in a kids’ play area and the Speedway Splash: side-by-side, 235-foot-long slides with lighting effects and racers’ times displayed on a scoreboard.The enclosed, 334-foot-long Twister slide will feature a clear tube that extends over the edge of the ship.
Carnival said the Sunshine will have an Asian restaurant with an open kitchen.
The Shake Spot will serve classic milkshakes as well as shakes with liqueurs. The Havana Bar will be a casual establishment serving Cuban coffee and finger foods during the day. At night, Havana Bar will feature live music, dancing and Cuban cocktails.
Located adjacent to Shake Spot on the Promenade Deck will be JavaBlue Cafe, a place to buy a specialty coffee and a pastry.
Pizzeria del Capitano will be an expansion of Carnival’s Cucina del Capitano family-style Italian restaurant. Chefs will prepare five kinds of thin-crust pies in a traditional pizza oven. It will be complimentary and open 24 hours.
The Carnival Sunshine will also have features of the line’s Fun Ship 2.0 enhancement, including Guy’s Burger Joint, the RedFrog Rum Bar, the Blue Iguana Cantina and the EA Sports Bar.
Call Mitch at Island Cruises & Travel for pricing and details. 847-885-7540 www.honeymooncruiseshopper.com