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

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Andrea

 

 

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That Spectacular Vacation- Ready, Set, GO

Your bags are packed, the taxi’s waiting, but are you ready to go?

I’m a believer in checking and re-checking, so here are a few last minute preparation tips.

Day Before Travel

1)If you are flying, print out or download your boarding pass

2) If someone is taking you to the airport, cruiseport or train station verify what time they will arrive to pick you up.

3) Have you let the post office you know you’ll be away? If not, do it now or make sure someone is picking up your mail and newspapers. An overflowing mailbox and a stack of papers  advertise that no one is around.

4) If you are boarding pets, today is a good day to drop them off instead of stressing about it tomorrow when you are ready to leave.

5) Re-check your luggage, make sure everything is in there. Tip: Luggage tags should be on each piece but don’t put your home address or phone, use a business address instead. One less way to invite the ‘wrong’ kind of guest.

6) Let a neighbor you trust know that you will be away for a while.

Here is a link to some advice from the TSA.

Day of Travel

1) Make sure your passport/identification and boarding pass are readily available at the airport, cruiseport, etc.

2) Bring the minimum number of credit cards. Tip: Let your credit card companies know that you are traveling to avoid the ‘frozen account due to security measures’.

3) Check your carry-on for the essentials, medications, electronics, toiletries and one change of clothes. Tip: Carry an empty water bottle that you can fill up after you get through security at the airport.

4) If you are driving to the airport, check the traffic reports. Arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight. Tip: If your boarding pass shows ‘pre-check’ you can save time at the shorter lines where you don’t need to take off shoes and such. TSAPre-check link

5) If you are sailing, have your cruise line luggage tags on the luggage. For most cruise lines your cabin should be available around 1pm. If you arrive early treat yourself to lunch onboard the ship at the buffet.

6) Make sure the appliances in your home are off. Leave a light on somewhere in the house.

7) If you are traveling outside the USA and haven’t gotten any foreign currency, get about $50 worth at the airport.

Now, go and have a great time.

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Andrea

 

Tantalizing Tuesday is Christmas in the Caribbean

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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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Tantalizing Tuesday on the Summit

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7 Night S Caribbean – Holiday Cruise on Celebrity Summit

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Sailing Date: Dec 22, 2012
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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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Sailing Date: Dec 22, 2012
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Book By: Oct 23 2012 10:59PM
# of Nights: 7
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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 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 $799.00 Category Inside stateroom View Details
Dec 22, 2012 – Dec 29, 2012 $899.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details

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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.
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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
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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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Tantalizing Tuesday Goes to Jerusalem

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14 Night Holy Land Cruise on Celebrity Silhouette

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Sailing Date: Nov 03, 2012
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Day Port Arrive Depart
1 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 5:00 PM
2 At Sea
3 At Sea
4 Alexandria, Egypt 7:00 AM
5 Alexandria, Egypt 7:00 PM
6 Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel 12:00 PM
7 Jerusalem (Ashdod), Israel 10:00 PM
8 Haifa, Israel 7:00 AM 10:00 PM
9 At Sea
10 Ephesus (Kusadasi), Turkey 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
11 Athens (Piraeus), Greece 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
12 At Sea
13 Catania,sicily,italy 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
14 Naples/Capri, Italy 7:00 AM 6:30 PM
15 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy 4:30 AM
 Number of Nights: 14

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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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Tantalizing Tuesday Lei Away

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11 Night Hawaii Cruise on Celebrity Millennium

Ensenada, Mexico to Honolulu, Oahu, HawaiiSee More Dates
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Sailing Date: Oct 22, 2012
Through: Nov 02, 2012
Book By: Aug 21 2012 10:59PM
# of Nights: 11
Ship: Celebrity Millennium
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ID: 2961712
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Day Port Arrive Depart
1 Ensenada, Mexico 11:59 PM
2 At Sea
3 At Sea
4 At Sea
5 At Sea
6 At Sea
7 Hilo, Hawaii 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
7 Mount Kilauea, Evening Sail 11:59 PM
8 Kailua Kona, Hawaii 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
9 Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 8:00 AM
10 Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 6:00 PM
11 Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii 8:00 AM
12 Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
 Number of Nights: 11

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A favorite of many vacationers, Celebrity Millennium will continue to cruise to Alaska, the Caribbean and the Panama Canal throughout 2011. Then, in April and May of 2012, she’ll undergo a revitalization and emerge much more luxurious. By the time she sails to Asia, she’ll be renewed with spa-inspired AquaClass® staterooms, the AquaClass signature restaurant, Blu, and the addition of verandas to her chic Celebrity Suites. We can’t think of a better way to experience the exotic beauty of Asia and the South Pacific.

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Tantalizing Tuesday Wine & Dine

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8 Night Wine Cruise Cruise on Celebrity Millennium

Vancouver, British Columbia to San Diego, CaliforniaSee More Dates
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Sailing Date: Sep 14, 2012
Through: Sep 22, 2012
Book By: Aug 14 2012 10:59PM
# of Nights: 8
Ship: Celebrity Millennium
Line: Celebrity Cruises
Terms: Terms & Disclaimers
ID: 2951038
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Overview Ship Info Deck Plans Cruise Line
Day Port Arrive Depart
1 Vancouver, British Columbia 4:30 PM
2 Nanaimo, British Columbia 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
3 Victoria, British Columbia 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
4 At Sea
5 San Francisco, California 11:00 AM
6 San Francisco, California 9:00 PM
7 Monterey, California 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
8 At Sea
9 San Diego, California 7:00 AM
 Number of Nights: 8

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What do you call a place that offers world-class restaurants, Broadway-style shows, a luxurious spa and amenities that rival the grandest hotel on land? We call her Celebrity Millennium; you’ll call her magnificent. To sail on Celebrity Millennium, the first of our Millennium-class of ships, is an experience that cannot be expressed in words. Stride her decks and see for yourself what those who have experienced her already know: Celebrity Millennium is more than a ship; she is a special memory waiting to be had.

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