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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
Line: Celebrity Cruises
Terms: Terms & Disclaimers
ID: 2961712
from  $649.00  (USD)
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Category Inside stateroom
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Overview Ship Info Deck Plans Cruise Line
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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Oct 22, 2012 – Nov 02, 2012 $649.00 Category Inside stateroom View Details
Oct 22, 2012 – Nov 02, 2012 $799.00 Interior – Cat. 12 View Details
Prices are per-person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted.

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
from  $1,299.00  (USD)
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Category Balcony stateroom
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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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Sep 14, 2012 – Sep 22, 2012 $599.00 Inside Stateroom Gua… View Details
Sep 14, 2012 – Sep 22, 2012 $1,299.00 Category Balcony sta… View Details
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From Sea to Shining Sea

Imagine sipping champagne as the sails flap in the warm breeze and dolphins cavort putting on a show that seems planned just for you.
You are not in the Caribbean, you are in Key West Florida.
We often think that romance and adventure lies in lands where the language is not our own. While exploring those wonderful far away places should be on everyone’s bucket list, the USA has so much to offer. Many of us never go more than 20 miles from home and 25 miles from your house could be a wonder you never knew existed.

The United States of America is a melting pot of culture, food, entertainment and deep in history like no where else in the world.

Take a trip to Plymouth MA, yes you can see Plymouth rock, but you can also experience the life of the pilgrims at Plimouth Plantation or head north and get the real story of the Salem Witch Trials, maybe even do some whale watching. Don’t forget to stop in Boston for some chowder and stop by Paul Revere’s house.

You can ski in Vermont and visit Mystic Seaport in Connecticut.

Street in Mystic Seaport, masts of Charles W. ...

Mystic Seaport

Are you a foodie? Try a stop at the CIA in New York, one of the training grounds of today’s great chefs. It’s only a few hours from there to city that never sleeps, New York. Whether you want an over the top dining experience like Thomas Keller’s Per Se or an affordable but still gourmet meal at Bark Hot Dogs you will find something to make your mouth water. Don’t forget to find the museum of your choice and take in a broadway show or just hang out in Times Square.

Downtown New York

The Lights of New York

The romance of the old west still lives, consider a trip to Dodge City Kansas, or ride in a covered wagon in Wyoming and get the feel of the brave pioneers of yesterday. Keep your hankering for the west alive with a trip to Colorado from rodeos to silver mines to some of the best skiing you can imagine.

Are you a music fan? Head towards Branson, MO the live music capitol and then drive to St. Joseph and hit the Pony Express Museum.

You can visit wineries all over this great country but visit Napa Valley in the spring and spend a day tasting some of the best.

There are many resources to figure out where to go and what to do. Books like Fodor’s and Frommer’s are great for planning. There are a lot of fun off the beaten path stops that will make you laugh or fill you with wonder.

Planning it yourself builds excitement, but can take time and often seem overwhelming. Travel agents can make the planning easier or even set you up with the perfect tour.

Spontaneous trips can be lots of fun or trouble. Plan ahead if you can, if you just want to get in the car and go, keep in mind a few things, weather, major holidays, events and where you will sleep.

We can all be pioneers exploring places we’ve never been, it may be just across the county line or across country, but it will enrich and enhance you in ways most of us never imagine.

Unique Travel Events is a full service travel agency with the firm belief that travel is medicine for the heart, mind and soul.

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Travel Tips

Thanksgiving is over and everyone is getting ready for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and celebrations of the New Year.

While the day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year, Dec. 19-Dec. 25 is the busiest week.  Also take into account that the last week of the year most children in the USA are off from school and this is the time often used for family vacations.

If you are traveling in the last two weeks of the year be prepared for crowds and plan for delays, as in addition to lots of people, weather is a big factor at this time of year. Keep snacks handy, especially for children. If you are flying remember you can’t take that bottle of water through security so put in your budget costs for water and maybe meals at the airport.

Buying travel insurance is an inexpensive way to have peace of mind and if needed save often thousands of dollars. Consider the flight delay that means paying more for the kennel for your dog or meals or hotel rooms, insurance covers that and more.

Exchanging gifts is a focus at this time of year. If you are flying anywhere think about what you will be carrying with you, onboard the plane as well as what you have to check. For many airlines checking even one bag will cost $25 or more. With that in mind, consider gift cards, small gifts or just buying online and let the companies ship for you. Many companies are offering free shipping which can save you money and headaches.

If someone is coming to visit you, think about what they have to carry back with them. Good things come in small packages.

Hitting the road will have its share of bumps as well. If you are traveling to a metropolitan area, get a feel for the traffic flow before you get in the car. Plan your trip to avoid rush hours and the ‘are we there yet’ question. Sites like Traffic.com and local radio stations online can give you a good heads up on the road conditions. Also, Weather.com gives you the ability to plan for what to wear based on temperatures and road conditions.

Are you looking for a last minute deal? Don’t keep your hopes up around the holiday season. During the holiday season, any city or beach that attracts tourists will often have lodging at costs of 10%-200% higher than normal. The deals are in places where most people don’t go at this time of year. In addition, the best places book early, sometimes as much as 6 months in advance, so even if you are willing to pay the price, there may not be a choice of where to stay.

If you like peace and quiet, no crowds, change your plans to travel in January or September through early December. Even if you are taking the children on a trip, if they are young enough missing a few days of school can be offset by the learning experience of being in a new country and meeting new people. Also, your costs will be lower and you will have less stress.

We hope you will have a wonderful holiday season whether hitting the road, riding the rails, sailing the waves or flying high or enjoying the comforts of home.

 

 

 

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Bottle of Red, Bottle of White

For Billy Joel fans, you can complete the thought, it all depends on your appetite.

For baby boomers, wine was just that, red or white. But today, your grocery store offers a global collection of wines, including choices from the USA, France, Italy, Chile, South Africa, even Australia.

I’m sure we can thank classic tv chefs like Julia Child and Jacques Pepin who taught us that dinner can be more than steak and potatoes. It is only a natural extension from fine food to fine wine.

Believe it or not the USA is the 4th top wine producing country in the world. There are 4700 wineries in the USA. Most are in California, but every state has at least one. Virginia is the 5th top wine producer in the USA, with wineries throughout the state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wine tasting and winery tours have become popular excursions. There are even limo companies, like Virginia Wine Tours, offering tours so you can imbibe as you please and not worry about who’s behind the wheel.

Words like Sommelier and Oenophile have crept into our vocabulary, and who hasn’t heard of Merlot. But most of us are novices, myself included. When traveling its great to try new foods and new wines.  In fact if you travel then you have the incredible opportunity of trying new cuisines and local flavors that can be the icing on the cake of a great trip.

We often hear about wine pairings. This is when expert advice is really an advantage. Let the chef and sommelier at a restaurant work their magic. There is even an organization Food and Wine Pairing which helps to educate us. Why is it important? In the scheme of things this is not life altering but when we can get the most out of an experience we should. Pairings allow us to get the best flavor from both the food and the wine.

There is a ton of information available online and in the book stores. If you want a fun and educated view of wine try Drinkthistv.com. The Wine Bible is pretty highly rated for consumers who want to learn about wine.

Enjoy your travels and treat your tastebuds to all the delicacies the world has to offer.

If God forbade drinking, would He have made wine so good?
Cardinal Richeleu

Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse – and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness –
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
The Rubiyaiyat of Omar Khayyam
translated by Edward Fitzgerald

Do you have a great wine story, a wine that you just can’t live without or a bit of education on wine? Let us know, we’ll share the knowledge and give you credit (with your permission of course) Photos and videos are welcome.

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Whales, Witches and Wedges

 

Orlando has it all.

Imagine a city that is one big playground, for just about everybody.  During our recent trip we hit the highlights and know that a summer trip would offer an even greater wonderland.

There be whales at Sea World, and that is just the start. Seaworld offers a full day of fun, from being splashed by Shamu to dining amidst the sharks. Yes you can feed some of the sea creatures but also dine in the middle of an amazing aquarium. This park is more than entertainment, Seaworld is taking true steps to make the planet a better place for our deep sea friends and ultimately us.

On to wedges. Lush greens under a blue sky and warm sun, a place of relaxation, fun and friendship. Golfing can be your passion, your pastime or an exciting new sport. Orlando offers dozens of courses for all levels of players. The kids can spend the day at Disneyworld and you can be at Disney golf course, there are at least three.  Orlando Golf is a great source for any golfer. The website gives you a list of the notable courses and which one is right for you. To make it really easy, visit Orlando Tee Times and set up your tee time.

Witches. Take your choice, the evil Disney witches that have delighted us for decades or the new kid on the block, Harry Potter. We had to see it all. Though I’m not much on roller coasters the newest ride at Harry Potter’s Wizarding World, The Forbidden Journey was great. Walking around the Wizarding World truly felt like you were in Hogwarts and Diagon Alley.  A note about Universal Orlando, if you like rides then the Islands of Adventure is for you, but if you are movie fans and looking for something less heart pounding but great fun Universal Studios is the ticket. The City Walk has lots of restaurants and a huge cineplex.

 

 

 

Disneyworld is an enchanting visit for everyone, but the younger members of the family definitely appreciate the Disney flair the most. Although our day at the Animal Kingdom melted my heart. The terrific environment provided for the wild beasts who would otherwise suffer is heartwarming. The family of gorillas is truly a site to behold.

 

Whatever your interests, take time to enjoy. If you don’t have time to figure out where to go or what to do call us at 703-350-2999 or email uniquetravelevents@gmail.com  and we will create your unique ‘Getaway’. Visit our website for more info.

Ask yourself this question the next time you are ready to make travel plans whether for work or pleasure, ‘what am I worth’, or perhaps what is my time worth? Would I rather spend it searching the internet for hotels and flights and figuring out how to entertain myself and my family or would I rather let someone else do that for me so I can make money or enjoy time with my loved ones?

Don’t let money stop you. We can help you plan not just the vacation but how to save for it. Call 703-986-0934.

Travel agents save you time, and their fees are paid by the hotels, cruise lines and vacation companies. So why waste your time, leave the ‘surfing’ to us.

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Leis, Surf, Volcanoes and Snow

Hawaii brings visions of a hula dancers, warm sands, luaus and magnificent sunsets.

And all of that is true. But did you know that Hawaii consists of 132 islands, 6 of which are visited by tourists.

Before it was our state it was ruled by kings, the most famous, Kamehameha united the people and brought peace.

Waikiki is the beach we mainlanders usually think of and it is on Oahu, the heart of Hawaii.

The islands of Hawaii are just about the youngest on earth, which explains the volcanoes that are part of a national park on the Big Island.

Whether you are surfing the waves, climbing the mountains, taking in the sweet scent of an orchid or sipping the rich Kona coffee Hawaii is bound to give you the vacation of a lifetime.

Visit Hawaii anytime of year. You can cruise or fly but keep in mind it is 2500 miles from any land mass so leave time for traveling and then soak in the sun.

Fun Fact: It snows every year on Hawaii’s tallest peaks which are up to 13,000 feet high.

Want to sound like an ‘islander’? Ask for Shave Ice, the Hawaiin version of a snow cone.

Whatever your interests, take time to enjoy. If you don’t have time to figure out where to go or what to do call us at 703-350-2999 or email andrea@uniquetravelevents.com  and we will create your unique ‘Getaway’. Visit our website for more info.

Ask yourself this question the next time you are ready to make travel plans whether for work or pleasure, ‘what am I worth’, or perhaps what is my time worth? Would I rather spend it searching the internet for hotels and flights and figuring out how to entertain myself and my family or would I rather let someone else do that for me so I can make money or enjoy time with my loved ones?

Travel agents save you time, and their fees are paid by the hotels, cruise lines and vacation companies. So why waste your time, leave the ‘surfing’ to us.

Peaches, Kangaroos & Coca Cola

If kangaroos threw you off in guessing this weeks highlight state, don’t worry, who knew Georgia had kangaroos.

The Kangaroo Conservation Center one hour north of Atlanta is the largest outside of Australia. Take some time to get up close and personal to marsupials found on the other side of the world.

Yes there is a Peach County in Georgia with the Peach Festival that took place for the 24th time this June.

In 1886 when the Statue of Liberty was being constructed John Pemberton planted the seeds of a modern dynasty, Coca Cola.

Georgia has a deep history and interesting cities and towns. Our visit to Savannah was brief but interesting and fun. We got a quick view of the Mercer house made famous by John Berendt, author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. (I was lucky enough to meet him on my transatlantic cruise on the QM2 this summer. He is a gentle and truly nice man.) The best fried chicken I ever had was at the The Pirates House and your waiter will probably show you where the ghosts hang out.

Nature lovers have a great opportunity in both mountains and shore. Take a trip through the Magnolia Midland for a peek into Georgia’s woodland offerings.

Georgia is a diverse state that has given us presidents, music and more.

Whatever your interests, take time to enjoy. If you don’t have time to figure out where to go or what to do call us at 703-350-2999 or email andrea@uniquetravelevents.com  and we will create your unique ‘Getaway’. Visit our website for more info.

Ask yourself this question the next time you are ready to make travel plans whether for work or pleasure, ‘what am I worth’, or perhaps what is my time worth? Would I rather spend it searching the internet for hotels and flights and figuring out how to entertain myself and my family or would I rather let someone else do that for me so I can make money or enjoy time with my loved ones?

Travel agents save you time, and their fees are paid by the hotels, cruise lines and vacation companies. So why waste your time, leave the ‘surfing’ to us.

The Fountain of Youth

No its not free botox but it is an early claim for keeping young, the fountain of youth. Hundreds of years ago explorer Ponce De Leon ”discovered’ the Fountain of Youth in Florida. While proof of its powers are dubious, the park around it has great history and is even open for weddings.

Florida is known for its great beaches, from Miami to Cocoa Beach and more. Of course everyone knows about Orlando, Disneyworld and Universal Studios.

 

If you want to see alligators, try an Alligator Safari or visit Everglades National Park for gators and more.

Check out Tampa for golf, zoos and more theme parks.

Staycations

This is a great time of year to visit wineries check Virginia Wine for info on fairs and festivals.

For a kid, pet and grown-up friendly afternoon try the 17th Street Corridor Festival on Saturday.

Whatever your interests, take time to enjoy. If you don’t have time to figure out where to go or what to do call us at 703-350-2999 or email andrea@uniquetravelevents.com  and we will create your unique ‘Getaway’. Visit our website for more info.

Ask yourself this question the next time you are ready to make travel plans whether for work or pleasure, ‘what am I worth’, or perhaps what is my time worth? Would I rather spend it searching the internet for hotels and flights and figuring out how to entertain myself and my family or would I rather let someone else do that for me so I can make money or enjoy time with my loved ones?

Travel agents save you time, and their fees are paid by the hotels, cruise lines and vacation companies. So why waste your time, leave the ‘surfing’ to us.

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Amazing Americans, from Nathan Hale to P.T. Barnum

Connecticut was home to both and many more people that built our great nation.

My experience in Connecticut reminded me that good things come in small packages. Learning about the people we have quoted, or think we quoted, read about and are part of our history truly comes to life here.

But there is more than history. Connecticut has golf courses, hiking, whitewater rafting and great bicycle paths.

For the art lover try the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, the oldest continually operated museum in the USA.

Getting back to quotes visit Mark Twain’s home for a in-depth insight of this American literary icon.

If the sea is what calls to you, then Mystic Seaport is a must.

Perhaps one of the most misunderstood men in entertainment, P.T. Barnum is delightfully and accurately represented in the Barnum Museum. Although the historic structure is under repair the museum is open and free to the public. Believe it or not, P.T. Barnum did not say ‘there is a sucker born every minute’.

PT Barnum Museum

Connecticut is about a 5 or 6 hour drive from the Washington DC area and you can pass through New York, stop to see a show and spend a great weekend in Connecticut.

We stayed at the Merrywood Inn Bed & Breakfast in Simsbury CT. They are not open all year but if you can catch them, its one of the best b&b’s I’ve stayed at.

On the local scene:

Wine Tasting Almost Any Time- Try Winestyles in Montclair then go next door to Giorgio’s for a sumptuous meal

September 25 on the National Mall is the National Book Festival. This a golden opportunity to meet your favorite author and for you bookworms out there, this is a feast.

Whatever your interests, take time to enjoy. If you don’t have time to figure out where to go or what to do call us at 703-350-2999 or email andrea@uniquetravelevents.com  and we will create your unique ‘Getaway’. Visit our website for more info.

Ask yourself this question the next time you are ready to make travel plans whether for work or pleasure, ‘what am I worth’, or perhaps what is my time worth? Would I rather spend it searching the internet for hotels and flights and figuring out how to entertain myself and my family or would I rather let someone else do that for me so I can make money or enjoy time with my loved ones?

Travel agents save you time, and their fees are paid by the hotels, cruise lines and vacation companies. So why waste your time, leave the ‘surfing’ to us.