Quantum of the Seas: Cruising’s First “SmartShip”

Yesterday morning, Royal Caribbean International announced that their newest ship, Quantum of the Seas, will be the first “Smartship” at sea, offering fast connectivity and new technological advancements never before found on a cruise ship. Check out the details:

Personally, I use a week at sea to escape from the outside world, only checking in on occasion to make sure everyone is alright and posting to my Instagram once or twice. (Guilty!).

What do you guys think about this? How do you feel about being connected throughout your entire vacation?

 

Jamaica FAM Trip: Sandals Royal Plantation

I’m back: Picking up where I left off on my comprehensive review of my Jamaica FAM trip , with only 2 resorts left to go! (You can do it, Carla!)

When I last left you all, we had just finished touring the VERY large Sandals Grande Riviera Beach and Villa Golf Resort, and were headed to our last tour of the day, Sandals Royal Plantation. Fortunately this resort was all of 10 minutes from Grande Riviera, so we arrived before we even had a chance to get comfortable.

Sandals Royal Plantation is steeped in European influence and is the ONLY All-Butler/All-Suite resort in the Sandals/Beaches family of properties. It’s located cliffside with gorgeous views of the Caribbean Sea available from EVERY suite on property. In other words, if you are looking to be pampered in an upscale setting, this would be the Sandals property for you.

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Jamaica FAM Trip: Sandals Royal Caribbean

Please excuse my unintended hiatus; some out-of-town trainings got in the way of my blogging and now I feel completely behind!!!

So when I left off, we had just settled in at Sandals Montego Bay and were preparing for 4 more resort tours to close out the week. Sandals Royal Caribbean & Private Island was the only remaining resort to tour in Montego Bay before we headed east to Ocho Rios.

Sandals Royal Caribbean is only located a stone’s throw away from Sandals MoBay, which further enhances the convenience of the “Stay at One, Play at Three” program through Sandals. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a great deal of time to explore the resort due to our late arrival for the tour. Which is a shame, as this resort was my favorite one of the entire FAM trip.Private island wm

Why did this one stand out from the others? Two words: Private Island. But more on that later.

 


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Royal Caribbean’s 3 Day WOW sale

 

From now until Wednesday, Royal Caribbean is running their always-wonderful WOW sale. This is the only opportunity to book a cruise on one of their fabulous ships (Quantum of the Seas, anyone?) for half of the initial cost. I’m trying to resist the temptation to book a cabin myself, so let me book one for YOU so I can live vicariously through your travels! (hehehe). If you want more information, click the pic below to shoot me a message!

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Weekly Deals: May 4-13, 2013

Thanks to my travels last week, I didn’t have an opportunity to write my weekly deals post. And that is unfortunate, because there were some GOOD ones. On the bright side, I’ll have a brief review of Key West, Florida coming up soon!

Kids Sail Free on NCL – Last Day!!

Last Day!!

Last Day!!

This is one of those rare promotions that made me call my friends with children! Norwegian is waiving all cruise fares for kids ages 0-17 on certain fall Caribbean, Alaska, Europe and Hawai’i sailings. Unfortunately, today is the final day of this sale, so call me ASAP to get this booked!

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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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Hard Rock Punta Cana

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!

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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Weekly Deals: February 18, 2013

Hello all!

When I began Bon Voyage by Barbour, part of my plan was to update people about weekly deals and specials.  I admit, I’ve pretty much sucked at this goal. So I’ve decided to make an attempt at posting once per week with some GREAT deals! Let’s hope I can stick to this….

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Extends their sale event!

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