Sandals’ new Grenada resort!

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On December 12, 2013, Sandals Resorts will open their newest (and pretty freakin’ awesome) all-inclusive resort on the island of Grenada: Sandals LaSource Grenada. Featuring 3 distinct villages (Pink Gin Village, Tahiti Village, and Italian Village), 9 restaurants including Sandals’ first prime Steakhouse, 5 pools including 2 river pools, and countless other luxurious all-inclusive amenities, Sandals LaSource is “The Most Alluring Destination in the Caribbean”. Known as the “Island of Spice”, Grenada offers an unspoiled paradise as your own lover’s playground. (source: Sandals.com)

The resort will offer 75 butler suites (a lovely amenity already present in sister resorts) and will introduce three new levels of suites: the Millionaire Suite (I’m already interested..), Rondoval and Skypool Suites. Plus, all of the rooms in the Tahiti and Italian Villages will have en-suite soaking tubs.

Sandals LaSource is already open for booking and they are offering Grand Opening specials, with steep room discounts and airfare credits. Why not be one of the first to check out this amazing and luxurious new spot?

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Weekly Deals: April 21-28, 2013

Still looking for that perfect getaway? Here are a few of the travel deals available for the upcoming week:

Cruise Norwegian to Alaska

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Book an Alaskan Cruise aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines and you could be eligible for the following offers:

*Up to $500 in Air Credits

* 50% off of kids’ fares

* Reduced prices for solo travelers

** Add a pre- or post-cruise tour for an all-encompassing Alaskan adventure!

Explore New York and Bermuda with Celebrity

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Celebrity Cruise Lines just introduced their “Book and Go” packages to Bermuda, which offers travelers a two-night pre-cruise stay in New York City before sailing 7 days roundtrip to Bermuda. Prices start at $1549 per person (if booked with Celebrity’s ChoiceAir Program).

Free Upgrades with Funjet Vacations

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For a limited time, you will receive a free room upgrade when booking a resort stay at one of the following properties (based on room reserved) via Funjet Vacations:

* Hard Rock Hotels: Dominican Republic and Mexico

* El Dorado Spa Resorts and Azul Hotels, by Karisma: Mexico

* Palladium Hotels and Resorts: Dominican Republic and Mexico

Specialty Dining Promo on Royal Caribbean

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Book a balcony or above category stateroom by May 19th, 2013 on select sailings, and receive a specialty dinner for two! Book by April 30th, 2013 and receive an onboard credit of up to $100 in addition to the specialty dinner for two!

Save up to 65% Off at Sandals/Beaches Resorts

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For a limited time, receive up to 65% off at select Sandals and Beaches resorts in Jamaica, St. Lucia, Grenada or Antigua, along with $555 in Air Credits and free nights! This deal is too good to pass up!

Carnival Plans for Improvement

Courtesy of Carnival.com

Courtesy of Carnival.com

 

Earlier today, amid the multiple ship malfunctions and subsequent negative press, Carnival Cruise Lines issued a press release detailing their plans to improve safety aboard their ships. While the company maintains that their ships ARE safe, they are planning to invest $300 Million into  their ships to “enhance operating reliability and guest comfort”.

According to Gerry Cahill, president and CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, “All of Carnival Cruise Lines’ ships operate safely today. Each vessel already has effective systems in place to prevent, detect and respond to emergency situations, and we meet or exceed all regulatory requirements. However, by applying lessons learned through our fleet-wide operational review after the Carnival Triumph fire and by taking advantage of new technologies, we have identified areas for enhancement across our operations. These initiatives reflect our commitment to safe and reliable operations and an enjoyable cruising experience for the nearly 4.5 million guests who sail with Carnival Cruise Lines each year.”

These areas include: Increased Emergency Generator Power,  Increased Fire Prevention, Detection and Suppression Systems, A Safety and Reliability Review Board, Fleet Enhancements, and Increased Availability of Hotels in the event that the ship loses power.

See the full press release HERE.

So what do you think? Did the events of the past few months prevent you from planning a cruise? Does this information increase your confidence about Carnival?\

Reveal Day: Quantum of the Seas

This morning at 10 am EST, Royal Caribbean International stopped travel experts, bloggers, agents and aficionados in their tracks with the Quantum of the Seas live reveal event. It had all of the buildup of an Apple Reveal for the newest iPhone and iPad….we just LOVE new, shiny ships. And Royal Caribbean certainly did not disappoint today.

Unfortunately I was unable to tune into the live stream, so I was VERY thankful for the folks on Twitter who chose to live-tweet the event and provide real-time updates. I almost felt like I was there!

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A Weekend in Puerto Rico: Things to Do

Hello again!

In my last post, I began reviewing my 4 day, 3 night weekend trip to Puerto Rico with my best friend by discussing airfare and hotel accommodations. I hope to continue today by talking about some of the activities available in PR.

Puerto Rico isn’t a huge island, but there is enough to do to keep you busy for a few weeks (trust me, I know). If it is your first time visiting, there are two destinations that I consider to be “MUSTS“: El Yunque National Rainforest and Old San Juan.

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A Weekend in Puerto Rico, Part 1

Last month, my BFF and I decided to do something relatively spontaneous and find a cool place to go for a Besties’ weekend. She had been yearning to visit Puerto Rico, so we decided to bite the bullet and book a quick 4 day trip. I’m a bit of a PR veteran, having been there many times in the past to visit family. However this was my first time going as a “tourist” and I was excited about experiencing the island from a different perspective.

Granted, four days is not enough time to complete a comprehensive trip to La Isla Boricua, but we made the most of it. There are a few “must sees” for any first timer to PR; I’ve decided to point out a few of those, as well as highlights and pointers that made our trip so much fun!

Beautiful Puerto Rico

Beautiful Puerto Rico

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