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A wisely chosen cigar to me, is like a weapon against certain of life’s torments, in some mysterious way, a little blue smoke chases them away.” -Zino Davidoff

Cigar smokers often struggle with travel. While we don’t need to light up, finding a comfortable relaxing spot to enjoy a good cigar can be a challenge.

As a travel agent and cigar smoker I have done my share of cruising and touring.

My top picks for cruise lines for cigar smokers are Cunard and Silversea.

Besides being a great ship, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 has a large, comfortable and well serviced cigar lounge. The ventilation/filtration system is so good, my husband, who does not smoke, barely noticed any odor. The QM2 is one of the best ways to do a transatlantic cruise.

Silversea is an elegant, family owned cruise line, offering a classy lounge and Davidoff cigars, among others. As the owner of the line is a cigar smoker, you know you will be treated well. Silversea has some unique expedition cruises that blend luxury and adventure.

Tip: When traveling bring your own stock of cigars. Buying at a hotel or on a ship may be convenient but the choices are often limited and the prices tend to be high.

Unique Travel Events is offering a unique trip to Cuba, that will include a trip to a tobacco farm. Click here for more info.

Contact Andrea- 703-986-0934

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Where to go on the Spectacular Vacation- Part I

Where to go on that spectacular vacation

So often I am asked, ‘where should I go on vacation?’

Unless we’ve been bff’s for years the standard answer is I don’t know, but let’s figure it out.

The world is a big place with thousands of opportunities exploring, learning, relaxing and just plain fun. But for each of us, fun has a different meaning.

So I will try over the next few months to help you explore your options, continent by continent, country by country, even cities.

Let’s start with something familiar, North America. You may think that North America is the USA and Canada, maybe Mexico in there as well, but try again. There are about 23 countries in North America besides some additional lands owned by European nations.

Most people love the idea of warm sands, cool waves and lots of sun, so let’s head to the Caribbean and a lot of those countries.

Below are most of the places you would want to visit. Many are easily accessible by cruise ship.

Until about 2 years ago Cuba was forbidden fruit, but today you may visit. There is a lot of history and great food in Cuba. If you choose this destination, work with a travel agent and reputable tour company. There are still lots of rules and you wouldn’t want to go it alone.

Jamaica is probably one of the most popular places to visit. It is warm year round, has nice beaches and a wide variety of all-inclusive resorts. It’s also a common port for cruise ships.

If you are a nature lover, Costa Rica may be the place for you. There are habitats, a mini version of the Amazon and lovely beaches as well.

Each country has its own unique culture and geography.

The Caribbean offers

  • Guatemala
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Nicaragua:
  • Costa Rica:
  • Panama:
  • Jamaica:
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Bahamas:
  • Belize:
  • Barbados:
  • Saint Lucia
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • Grenada:
  • Antigua & Barbuda:
  • Dominica:
  • Saint Kitts & Nevis:

 

When you are planning that spectacular Caribbean vacation consider these points:

  • Time of year- The Western Caribbean is warmer than the Eastern Caribbean, so if you are planning on a summer vacation, be prepared for 100º weather in the Western Caribbean.
  • Shopping-Expect to have many shops closed on Sunday so if you are cruising be aware and if you are flying in, consider which days you will be there.
  • Flights- Places like Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica are relatively easy to get to, although there is a good chance you won’t get a direct flight. The smaller island countries can be trickier for transportation. Check which days the airlines go to the islands or if you have to get a local flight from a larger neighboring island.
  • Money- US dollars are accepted most everywhere, but check ahead just to be sure.
  • PASSPORTS- Yes, you need a passport to visit any of the Caribbean nations. Tip: Although you may be able to use just an ID and birth certificate for the cruise, if something goes wrong and you have to fly back, it will cost time and additional fees to get your passport to board the plane.

As always, plan ahead. Most people are going on vacation during the summer and holiday weeks, so the cruises and resorts book up quickly. Today you are rewarded for that early booking.

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Lots more tips to come on the do’s and don’ts, advice from good sources and more

Remember, travel is medicine for the heart, mind and soul and your travel agent has the cure.

Email- asavitch@uniquetravelevents.com

Andrea

 

 

Packing for that spectacular trip

Packing for the spectacular vacation

Obviously if you are spending a week in Paris your suitcase won’t have the same clothes as if you were spending a week on the beach, but there are still some simple guidelines.

First, less is better. Just how many pairs of shoes do you really need? Beyond the fees that airlines are charging, the pain of ‘schlepping’ bags gets old really fast and makes the trip less enjoyable.

Hint: Leave some room in your suitcase for souvenirs.

Pack your medications, toiletries, cell phone and one day worth of clothes in your carry-on.

Critical Items

Medications– Keep them in their prescription bottles. Note: Many insurance companies limit how often you can purchase medication so make arrangements with your doctor and the insurance companies to make sure you have enough for your planned travel PLUS a few extra days.

Money- Keep it on you in your front pockets, money belt or small purse that closes and can stay close to you. Hint: Always have some small bills in American dollars and get some foreign currency from your bank before you leave. ATM’s are not on every corner overseas like they are here.

ID– Same as money

The Basics

Clothes- Underwear- bring enough to last through the trip plus one or two extras.

General clothing- Consider what you will be doing, how long you’ll be gone and if you will have access to free or inexpensive laundry facilities.

For casual trips- Plan on wearing outfits at least twice. People touring are far more interested in the sites than what you are wearing. For a week, 4-5 shirts, 3-4 pairs of pants or shorts.

Don’t bring that new dress or expensive suit unless there is a specific event that you know you’ll need to wear it. It takes up space and you’d hate to lose it to that great ‘black hole of lost luggage’.

Bring two pairs of comfortable shoes and one for the beach or an evening out if needed.

Toiletries- Bring your toothbrush and toothpaste. But, unless you really want to use your own soap and shampoo, save space and money by using what is provided by the hotels.

If you do use your own make sure to follow the 3-1-1 rule. Places like Target sell the bottles in a bag which can make your life a lot easier.

Electronics- Its always good to have a cell phone when you travel. Unless you are traveling for business leave the laptop home, its just one more thing to carry and risk losing. Don’t forget your chargers and if you are leaving the USA, make sure you have the proper adapter and or converter as needed.

Some good ideas are

Bring a small first aid/personal items kit- Band-aids, small toothbrush, aspirin,

Bring anti-diarrhea medication, cough drops, sunscreen, antibiotic ointment

Use old luggage

More tips- Packing tips every traveler should know

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Remember, travel is medicine for the heart, mind and soul and your travel agent has the cure.

Wild Wednesday for Celebrity Silhouette

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7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise on Celebrity Silhouette

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Sailing Date: Jan 06, 2013
Through: Jan 13, 2013
Book By: Dec 26 2012 10:59PM
# of Nights: 7
Ship: Celebrity Silhouette
Line: Celebrity Cruises
Terms: Terms & Disclaimers
ID: 3095233
from  $499.00  (USD)
Per Person
Category Inside stateroom
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Exciting Deal: Can only be booked Wednesday, Dec 26,
Overview Ship Info Deck Plans Cruise Line
Day Port Arrive Depart
1 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 4:30 PM
2 At Sea
3 San Juan, Puerto Rico 3:00 PM 10:00 PM
4 Philipsburg, St. Maarten 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
5 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
6 At Sea
7 At Sea
8 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 7:00 AM
 Number of Nights: 7

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Once Celebrity SilhouetteSM joins our fleet in 2011, you’ll have another outstanding option for cruising Europe and the Caribbean. She’ll have all the best-loved Solstice® Class features – and some new ones. Chic changes to Celebrity’s iconic Lawn Club give you more opportunities to relax, eat, drink and socialize in the fresh air. Celebrate the flavorful joys of outdoor grilling in the new Lawn Club Grill. Unwind in your own cabana-styled haven, The Alcoves. Inside, go on a culinary adventure in QsineSM where you order food and wine from an iPad® menu. Excitement brews with up to 50 international craft beers in the enhanced Michael’s Club. And enjoy sweeping veranda views in 85% of staterooms. We’ve created an extraordinary vacation experience. Again.

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Travel Date Range Price From Information
Jan 06, 2013 – Jan 13, 2013 $499.00 Category Inside stateroom View Details
Jan 06, 2013 – Jan 13, 2013 $549.00 I – Cat. Z View Details
Jan 20, 2013 – Jan 27, 2013 $699.00 Category Balcony sta… View Details
Jan 20, 2013 – Jan 27, 2013 $799.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details
Feb 03, 2013 – Feb 10, 2013 $799.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details
Feb 17, 2013 – Feb 24, 2013 $799.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details
Mar 03, 2013 – Mar 10, 2013 $749.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details
Mar 17, 2013 – Mar 24, 2013 $749.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details
Mar 31, 2013 – Apr 07, 2013 $799.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details
Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.

Tantalizing Tuesday is Christmas in the Caribbean

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7 Night S Caribbean – Holiday Cruise on Celebrity Summit

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Sailing Date: Dec 22, 2012
Through: Dec 29, 2012
Book By: Dec 4 2012 11:59PM
# of Nights: 7
Ship: Celebrity Summit
Line: Celebrity Cruises
Terms: Terms & Disclaimers
ID: 3073993
from  $699.00  (USD)
Per Person
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Exciting Deal: Can only be booked 9:00 am – 11:59 pm EST Tuesday, Dec 04
Overview Ship Info Deck Plans Cruise Line
Day Port Arrive Depart
1 San Juan, Puerto Rico 8:30 PM
2 St. Croix, U.S.V.I. 8:00 AM 5:30 PM
3 Basseterre, St. Kitts 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
4 Roseau, Dominica 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
5 St. George’s, Grenada 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
6 At Sea
7 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
8 San Juan, Puerto Rico 6:00 AM
 Number of Nights: 7

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Celebrity Summit® will soon sail with a new sense of style and excitement. The third member of Millennium Class to be “Solsticized,” she’ll undergo a dazzling revitalization in January. She’ll be upgraded with AquaClass® accommodations including the Mediterranean-themed Blu specialty restaurant. She’ll get the hip Celebrity iLoungeSM where you can participate in the iLearn enrichment series or pick up the latest high-tech gadget from the first Apple Reseller at Sea. And get ready to have a unique, memorable dinner at the cutting edge QsineSM restaurant, with a menu and wine list housed in an iPad®. Finish with a chilled Lychee Martini at the ultra-cool, ice-topped Martini Bar. Plus more staterooms, more verandas, an expanded art collection, and completely new décor throughout. There’s going to be a new way to make your next vacation truly different and better than any you’ve experienced before.

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Dec 22, 2012 – Dec 29, 2012 $699.00 Category Inside stateroom View Details
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Tantalizing Tuesday Sail the Seas for under $300

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5 Night Western Caribbean Cruise on Celebrity ConstellationSee More Dates
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Sailing Date: Dec 15, 2012
Through: Dec 20, 2012
Book By: Nov 20 2012 10:59PM
# of Nights: 5
Ship: Celebrity Constellation
Line: Celebrity Cruises
Terms: Terms & Disclaimers
ID: 3070495
from  $239.00  (USD)
Per Person
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Exciting Deal: Can only be booked Tuesday 11/20/2012
Caribbean 4/5-Night Special  (See details)
Overview Ship Info Deck Plans Cruise Line
Day Port Arrive Depart
1 Miami, Florida 5:30 PM
2 At Sea
3 Falmouth, Jamaica 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
4 George Town, Grand Cayman 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
5 At Sea
6 Miami, Florida 7:00 AM
 Number of Nights: 5

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Celebrity Constellation® has just been revamped-we call it “Solsticized” since it infuses her with cosmopolitan Solstice Class features.

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Dec 15, 2012 – Dec 20, 2012 $239.00 Category Inside stateroom View Details
Dec 15, 2012 – Dec 20, 2012 $329.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details
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Tantalizing Tuesday on the Summit

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7 Night S Caribbean – Holiday Cruise on Celebrity Summit

Roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto RicoSee More Dates
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Sailing Date: Dec 22, 2012
Through: Dec 29, 2012
Book By: Nov 6 2012 10:59PM
# of Nights: 7
Ship: Celebrity Summit
Line: Celebrity Cruises
Terms: Terms & Disclaimers
ID: 3045991
from  $949.00  (USD)
Per Person
Category Balcony stateroom
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Exciting Deal: Can only be booked Tuesday 11/06/2012
Overview Ship Info Deck Plans Cruise Line
Day Port Arrive Depart
1 San Juan, Puerto Rico 8:30 PM
2 St. Croix, U.S.V.I. 8:00 AM 5:30 PM
3 Basseterre, St. Kitts 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
4 Roseau, Dominica 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
5 St. Georges, Grenada 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
6 At Sea
7 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
8 San Juan, Puerto Rico 6:00 AM
 Number of Nights: 7

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Celebrity Summit® will soon sail with a new sense of style and excitement. The third member of MillenniumClass to be “Solsticized,” she’ll undergo a dazzling revitalization in January. She’ll be upgraded with AquaClass® accommodations including the Mediterranean-themed Blu specialty restaurant. She’ll get the hip Celebrity iLoungeSM where you can participate in the iLearn enrichment series or pick up the latest high-tech gadget from the first Apple Reseller at Sea. And get ready to have a unique, memorable dinner at the cutting edge QsineSM restaurant, with a menu and wine list housed in an iPad®. Finish with a chilled Lychee Martini at the ultra-cool, ice-topped Martini Bar. Plus more staterooms, more verandas, an expanded art collection, and completely new décor throughout. There’s going to be a new way to make your next vacation truly different and better than any you’ve experienced before.

 

Tantalizing Tuesday for the Holidays

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7 Night S Caribbean – Holiday Cruise on Celebrity Summit

Roundtrip from San Juan, Puerto RicoSee More Dates
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Sailing Date: Dec 22, 2012
Through: Dec 29, 2012
Book By: Oct 23 2012 10:59PM
# of Nights: 7
Ship: Celebrity Summit
Line: Celebrity Cruises
Terms: Terms & Disclaimers
ID: 3032622
from  $799.00  (USD)
Per Person
Category Inside stateroom
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Exciting Deal: Can only be booked Tuesday 10/23/2012
Overview Ship Info Deck Plans Cruise Line
Day Port Arrive Depart
1 San Juan, Puerto Rico 8:30 PM
2 St. Croix, U.S.V.I. 8:00 AM 5:30 PM
3 Basseterre, St. Kitts 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
4 Roseau, Dominica 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
5 St. Georges, Grenada 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
6 At Sea
7 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
8 San Juan, Puerto Rico 6:00 AM
 Number of Nights: 7

Itinerary Map

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More Information

Celebrity Summit® will soon sail with a new sense of style and excitement. The third member of Millennium Class to be “Solsticized,” she’ll undergo a dazzling revitalization in January. She’ll be upgraded with AquaClass® accommodations including the Mediterranean-themed Blu specialty restaurant. She’ll get the hip Celebrity iLoungeSM where you can participate in the iLearn enrichment series or pick up the latest high-tech gadget from the first Apple Reseller at Sea. And get ready to have a unique, memorable dinner at the cutting edge QsineSM restaurant, with a menu and wine list housed in an iPad®. Finish with a chilled Lychee Martini at the ultra-cool, ice-topped Martini Bar. Plus more staterooms, more verandas, an expanded art collection, and completely new décor throughout. There’s going to be a new way to make your next vacation truly different and better than any you’ve experienced before.

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Travel Date Range Price From Information
Dec 22, 2012 – Dec 29, 2012 $799.00 Category Inside stateroom View Details
Dec 22, 2012 – Dec 29, 2012 $899.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details

Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.

WOW Sale

Brought to you by:
Andrea Savitch
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3-Day WOW sale includes cuisetours and sailings on our entire fleet!
Sailing Date: Jan 01, 2013
Through: Dec 31, 2013
Book By: Oct 17 2012 10:59PM
Line: Royal Caribbean International
Terms: Terms & Disclaimers
ID: 3024939
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Up to $200 ONBOARD CREDIT and 50% REDUCED DEPOSIT!
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3-Day WOW sale includes cuisetours and sailings on our entire fleet!

Booking Window: 10/15/12 – 10/17/12

On October 15, 16, and 17, 2012  book your next cruise on any sailing departing on or after January 1, 2013 and receive up to $200 ONBOARD CREDIT and 50% REDUCED DEPOSIT!

  • 3 to 5-Night Cruise: $50 USD ONBOARD CREDIT per stateroom & $50 USD/CAD per person reduced deposit.
  • 6 to 9-Night Cruise: $100 USD ONBOARD CREDIT per stateroom & $125 USD/CAD per person reduced deposit.
  • 10+ Night Cruise: $200 USD ONBOARD CREDIT per stateroom & $225 USD/CAD per person reduced deposit.

Contact your travel agency.

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Tantalizing Tuesday goes to Panama

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15 Night Westbound Panama Canal Cruise on Celebrity Infinity

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Sailing Date: Nov 07, 2012
Through: Nov 22, 2012
Book By: Sep 11 2012 10:59PM
# of Nights: 15
Ship: Celebrity Infinity
Line: Celebrity Cruises
Terms: Terms & Disclaimers
ID: 2989975
from  $1,699.00  (USD)
Per Person
Category Concierge class
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Exciting Deal: Can only be booked Tuesday 09/11/2012
Overview Ship Info Deck Plans Cruise Line
Day Port Arrive Depart
1 Fort Lauderdale, Florida 4:30 PM
2 At Sea
3 At Sea
4 Cartagena, Colombia 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
5 Colon, Panama 9:00 AM 7:00 PM
6 Panama Canal (Cruising) 6:00 AM 7:00 PM
7 At Sea
8 Puntarenas, Costa Rica 7:00 AM 7:00 PM
9 At Sea
10 Puerto Quetzal,guatemala 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
11 At Sea
12 At Sea
13 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
14 Cabo San Lucas, Mexico 7:00 AM 3:00 PM
15 At Sea
16 San Diego, California 7:00 AM
 Number of Nights: 15

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Celebrity Infinity® will soon sail with a new sense of style and excitement. A popular member of our fleet, she’ll undergo a spectacular refurbishment in December. She’ll emerge with AquaClass® accommodations including the Mediterranean-themed Blu specialty restaurant. She’ll get the hip Celebrity iLoungeSM where you can participate in the iLearn enrichment series or pick up the latest high-tech wonder from the first Apple Reseller at Sea. And get ready to have a unique, memorable dinner at the innovative QsineSM restaurant, where you order from an iPad®. Finish with a chilled Peartini at the ice-topped Martini Bar. Plus more staterooms, more verandas, an expanded art collection, and completely new décor throughout. There’s going to be a new way to get away and make the most of your precious vacation days.

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Nov 07, 2012 – Nov 22, 2012 $1,299.00 Oceanview Stateroom … View Details
Nov 07, 2012 – Nov 22, 2012 $1,699.00 Category Concierge class View Details
Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.