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Are you looking for a romantic getaway?

Then today we offer the perfect romantic vacation for you at an all-inclusive Jamaica Couples resort!

Enjoy your honeymoon, anniversary celebration, or just a romantic escape at one of four all-inclusive Couples Resorts—where world-class amenities, such as their wonderful spas, blend with beautiful beach settings and local charm. Enjoy the finest island-infused cuisine. Dive into a paradise of sports and activities. Or indulge in total privacy.  It’s all included!

  • Tower Isle in Ocho Rios – This was the playground to Hollywood celebrities in the 1950s!  This resort offers breathtaking sea views, a wide sandy beach, and century-old palm trees.  You can snorkel among the reefs, go windsurfing, or sail into the sunset, complete with your rum punch in hand!  Their spa has been recognized as “Best in the Caribbean” by Travel + Leisure.
  • Sans Souci, nestled on the cliffs of Jamaica’s emerald coast – This resort offers secluded stone pathways, healing natural mineral springs, and private cabanas at the cliff’s edge for your signature spa treatments!  You’ll dine on authentic Jamaican fare, as well as five-star international cuisine.  All included, of course!
  • Couples Negril – Couples Negril sits on a secluded stretch of pure white sand and beautiful turquoise Caribbean waters.  They offer a central cluster of restaurants, grills, and bars for you to enjoy tropical drinks and freshly prepared local specialties. You can immerse yourself in an endless array of activities such as snorkeling, sailing, scuba, tennis, and yoga.  Their spa offers massage treatments on the beach, as well as late-night bonfires under the stars!
  • Swept Away in Negril – This resort is truly a paradise!  It encompasses seven miles of white sand beach, complete with tropical gardens, open-air cafes, small pool enclaves, and fresh fruit oases.  You’ll love the tranquility and seclusion.  They offer a 10-acre sports complex, as well as a superb spa to serve as a haven of relaxation.

Here is an example of a romantic getaway for 2 people:

February 14-18 (4 nights)
Couples Tower Isle in a Deluxe Garden room
Round trip air from Chicago to Montego Bay, Jamaica
All ground transfers in Jamaica
$2,852.94* including all taxes

If you are interested in this romantic couples’ vacation, please email me at or submit a request here and we’ll be happy to provide a customized quote for you!

* Prices and availability are not guaranteed until booked.  Other departure cities available, prices may vary.

Cruise Sales Continue

As I mentioned last week, we are celebrating our one year anniversary now through the end of June.  We have a few special cruise sales continuing now and more to come!  There are also a lot of cruise promotions coming next week too!  Here’s what we’ve got going:

  • Princess Cruise Lines – deposits as low as $100 per person plus a coupon book for use onboard – NOW through June 20, 2011.
  • Celebrity Cruise Line – half off deposits and reduced prices on ocean view or balcony cabins – NOW through June 20, 2011.
  • Cunard – waived deposit for 2nd guest in a cabin plus onboard credits up to $300 – NOW through June 20, 2011.
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – Up to $100 extra onboard credit on select sailings – June 20 through June 27, 2011.
  • Holland America Line – reduced deposits and a coupon book for use onboard – June 24 through July 1, 2011.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line – Reduced deposit for first two bookings on qualified sailings – no end date.

We also have a number of promotions now and coming soon from select travel providers.

  • Norwegian Cruise Line – All Epic Summer Europe departures are on sale with extra onboard credits – NOW through July 31, 2011.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line – Family Comfort promotion on July 24 Western Mediterranean sailing of Norwegian Epic – NOW through June 25, 2011.
  • Celebrity Cruise Line – Summer Solstice 1-DAy Event, up to $150 onboard credit and 50% off deposit on almost every cruise sailing October 1, 2011 to April 30, 2013!  June 21, 2011 ONLY.
  • Norwegian Cruise Line – Freestyle DASH with 50% reduced deposits and up to $250 onboard credit per stateroom on select summer and fall 2011 sailings – June 21 to 24, 2011.
  • Royal Caribbean Cruise Line – 2-Day Western Caribbean Sale, up to $100 onboard credit  in a balcony or suite, including the Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas!  June 22 through June 23, 2011.
  • Silversea – Suite Summer Deals, low cruise-only fares with rates from $2,999 on select 7-day Mediterranean and 9-Day Caribbean voyages on the Silver Spirit – NOW through July 15, 2011.
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises – Savings up to $10,000 on select cruises, pricing to increase July 1.  Great rates on these all-inclusive cruise vacations – NOW through June 30, 2011.

These are just a few of the promotions available and coming up.  Contact us for your best cruise deal today!

True Costs of A Cruise Vacation

Many travelers select a cruise vacation with the impression that they are all inclusive vacations.  While a cruise vacation is fairly inclusive and there are some cruise lines that do offer all inclusive packages, there are some things that you will have to pay for and should take into account when planning a cruise vacation.

In general, all cruise fares will include your room, meals, entertainment, port fees and government taxes, but what does this mean?

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What’s Hot? All-Inclusives

Did you think we were all about cruising?  While cruising is a big portion of what I do, our agency also does offer a wide variety of travel destinations, including hotels and all-inclusive packages.

Whether you are looking to go to Antigua for your honeymoon or a trip to the Mexican Riviera just to get away, there are many offers and promotions available right now for your all-inclusive vacation.

All-inclusive resorts are not created equal however.  You will want to let your travel planner know what you are looking for in a resort and area.  Also, all-inclusive doesn’t mean that everything the resort offers is included.

While I was working on a honeymoon for my niece, the base prices were for the most basic room at the resort and sometimes did not include the all inclusive options. The resorts did offer all inclusive stays, but they defaulted to showing you the non-all inclusive ones to make them look lower cost and more attractive. I have found that many people will look at the first option and decide if it is something they would like. If so, they then customize it and select the flights and room type they are looking for. By doing it this way, they may be overlooking a different all inclusive option which has more to offer or is a lower cost. It’s best to always compare apples to apples from the start.

I use a number of booking engines for all inclusive resorts and I always make sure when comparing them, I am selecting every option the same. It’s amazing how a different sites can be with the same search criteria.

The next important thing to do is to compare the all inclusive packages. Some will include non-motorized water sports while others will not. Some will restrict which places at the resort you dine or what you are allowed to drink. Some will give you credit towards an upgraded meal or beverage, while others will not. Finally, check what the package is offering. Some search engines will automatically include travel insurance and transfers, while others may not. Again, compare the exact packages before making a decision.

Once you have an idea of where you want to go or what you want to do, be sure to check review sites for independent reviews of the resort. The booking engines are trying to sell you specific resorts and may not have accurate photos or reviews of them. You will want to try sites like Trip Advisor, but keep in mind that people have more of a tendency to report bad experiences than good. Also, we have heard stories of people making false bad reports to discredit a hotel or resort. Finally, feel free to contact the resort directly to clarify information on their web page. Recently we were looking at an airfare/hotel package in Hawaii. The different booking engines were saying different room descriptions with some sites indicating a breakfast buffet was include and others not mentioning this. Upon review at Trip Advisor, we found some recent guests who reported there wasn’t a breakfast buffet. The hotel’s website referred to this buffet as well. However, upon calling the resort, we found out the breakfast was not much more than cereal.

There are so many places to check for the best deal and the right package for you that this is where using a qualified travel agent really helps. In many cases, there is no fee to use the travel agent, but they can do the leg work and fall back on their experience with other clients to limit the work you have to do to be able to get down to planning the details of your all inclusive vacation.

Regent Seven Seas Even More Inclusive

In additional to its all-suite accommodations, open bars, excursions, airfare, gratuities and all taxes being included in its fares, starting in 2011 Regent Seven Seas will also include a pre-night luxury hotel package to include breakfast, all transfers and porterage at no additional cost.

“To be the best of the best, we believe that exclusivity means inclusivity,” said Mark Conroy, Regent Seven Seas’ president. “As travel to a destination can often be tiring, we decided to up the luxury ante by including a deluxe hotel stay so our guests can relax and explore a world-class city before beginning their Regent Seven Seas cruise.”

Contact us today to book this ultimate cruise experience!

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