Do you like to run?  Do you know someone who pretends to like to run?  Even better – do you know a fitness trainer or facility?  This is a fantastic opportunity to combine your love of fitness with a much deserved vacation!  Royal Caribbean cruise line is holding a Royal 5K run in St. Maarten on December 1, 2012. 

In additional to the 5K race, the entire week will be full of activities such as:

  • Private meet-and-greet sessions with high-profile racing athletes
  • Seminars & lectures with high profile athletes
  • Personal training tips from experts
  • Speed tests onboard the track on the ship

So pack before you pack your running shoes, give me a call or send me an e-mail to get your $250 deposit applied – Deadline is August 3, 2012!!!

Stateroom Pricing is as follows: 

  • Inside Stateroom – $744.00 per person
  • Central Park View Stateroom with Balcony – $774.00 per person
  • Boardwalk View Stateroom with Balcony – $814.00 per person
  • Superior Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony – $1014.00 per person
  • Crown Loft Suite (Beautiful 2-story Suite.  Choose from suite 1726 or 1730) – $2874.00 per person
  • Port Charges & taxes are additional

It’s true!  Mickey Mouse & pals know a good thing when they taste it!  A new wine bar at the Italy Pavilion at Epcot Center coming in early May.  I am so glad Disney has not left us adults out when visiting their properties… 😉

 Tutto Gusto seats approximately 100 people and will feature décor inspired by an Italian wine cellar with stone walls and floors, and vaulted ceilings and a fireplace in the dining room – not to mention a selection of more than 200 Italian wines and more than a dozen small-plate menu items!   The downside is that it is only open from 11:30 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., so no late night sipping in the park…

But wait!  They will not just limit it to serving wine, but Italian Beer too!  They didn’t leave out the Moretti fans out there.

Best of all, Tutto Gusto is part of the Disney Dining Plan.  WOO HOO!!!

The first of 2 ships will debut in the Fall 2014 and will hold 4100 guests. However, Royal Caribbean is keeping all other details very sshhhh, sshhhh.

What are they going to do now?  Can they top Oasis & Allure of the Seas?  Do they want to?  No matter what they do, they will clearly continue to teach NCL a lesson on how to build ships!  ;-0

So here are the current rumors:

  • A split superstructure with neighborhoods that were big hits on Oasis and Allure of the Seas
  • Different cabin layout
  • Ship capable of being used worldwide, especially in the Mediterranean
  • Central Park area with retractable glass roof
  • Use of green tech onboard, such as solar panels
  • Perhaps similar to Celebrity Solstice class of ships in design?

Here’s a possible view of the up & coming ships:

Video of Possible New Look

So stay tuned!  As more information is released, I will alert my readers, ASAP!

I know, I know… 6 more weeks of winter.

Now don’t get me wrong…I too am enjoying this wonderful mild winter!  Now that the famous groundhog has “officially” declared another 6 weeks of winter, aka 60-70 degree of weather.   I know all of those ski bunnies are wondering what about us?

No need to worry!  Whistler is calling your name!!!

Don’t miss out on the true winter!  Call me today to discuss your ski options for Winter Season 2012!

My boss, Anita Pagliasso writes a monthly column for Agent@Home Magazine.  This month she chose to include an exchange I had with a client who was interested in taking a Thanksgiving cruise with her family, but had some…let’s say… “concerns.”

Without a doubt, I will go that extra mile to make sure you have the vacation of your dreams!

Here’s the link for the article, it is a great & entertaining read (TRUST ME!) http://www.agentathome.com/Article.aspx?n=2654

Contact me today for all of your vacations needs or concerns!!!  😉

Disney Cruise Line recently released details regarding its new 4,000-passenger Disney Fantasy ship, which is scheduled to debut in March 2012. Among the unique features is the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.

At the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique on the Disney Fantasy, passengers ages 3 on up, can get makeovers to resemble their favorite Disney princesses and pirates.  Captain Mickey Mouse, Princess Minnie Mouse and First Mate Minnie Mouse and Under the Sea packages will also be offered.   After making their royal entrance, young princesses-to-be are greeted by their very own Fairy Godmother-in-training, who will transform them with the most magical makeovers you can imagine.

On pirate party nights aboard the Disney Fantasy, the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique will transform into the Pirate’s League, where boys, girls and grownups can get ready for the pirate life.   You will be prepared for a swashbuckling evening with beards and bandanas, swords and scars, earrings and eye patches and more.

The Fantasy will sail weeklong Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, Florida, with its maiden voyage scheduled for March 31, 2012.  The itineraries feature a mixture of stops at St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya, Cozumel, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Disney’s private Bahamas island, Castaway Cay.

Your child’s “Fantasy” awaits!  Contact me today at (650) 906-6000 or lauren@aticket2travel.com

Well, Disney Cruiseline just announced their itinerary line-up for 2012 and (drum roll, please) it includes three new homeports – New York, Seattle and Galveston!  Now, a Disney cruise is even more convenient for you, as you can depart for your dream vacation from your backyard.

From New York…
Beginning May 25, 2012, the Disney Magic will sail 20 cruises from New York – with three unique and varied itineraries.

  • Eight-night Bahamas cruises that include a day at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay; Nassau, Bahamas; and a stop at Port Canaveral, Florida, giving guests an opportunity to visit the nearby Walt Disney World Resort.  As part of this itinerary, you’ll receive a one-day Walt Disney World Park Hopper ticket and roundtrip transportation between the port and resort.
  • Five-night cruises up the New England coast that will call at Halifax, Nova Scotia, and Saint John, New Brunswick. In these popular Canadian ports, you can soak in splendid natural vistas, explore historic sites, visit quaint cafés and charming shops and browse Canada’s oldest farmer’s market.
  • Three two-night cruises (June 15, July 13 and August 10) that are perfect for families looking for a quick getaway and a sampling of the Disney Cruise Line experience with a day at sea over a weekend.

From Seattle…
Beginning May 28, 2012, the Disney Wonder will sail another season of Alaskan cruises including seven-night voyages from the Port of Seattle to Tracy Arm, Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan, Alaska, as well as Victoria, British Columbia.

These cruises will combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled, family-friendly experience found on a Disney Cruise Line ship. Disney works closely with Alaskan tour operators to create exclusive Port Adventures that allow you to enjoy Alaska’s natural beauty, rich history and abundant wildlife.

From Galveston…
Beginning September 22, 2012, the Disney Magic will sail seven-night cruises from Galveston to the Western Caribbean. Ports of call include Grand Cayman and Mexico’s Costa Maya and Cozumel.

On this cruise, your family can enjoy a tropical getaway with world-class entertainment and impeccable guest service found only on a Disney Cruise Line vacation. You’ll have three magical days at sea to explore all of the fun aboard the Disney Magic and three days in port to lounge on warm, golden beaches, to swim and snorkel in azure waters or to shop to your heart’s content in exotic marketplaces.

If you want to secure your spot on one of these exciting new itineraries, bookings for 2012 open April 8, 2011, by contacting me at (650) 906-6000 or lauren@aticket2travel.com

Which itinerary are you most excited for?

ARRIVAL IN JAMAICA

Upon arrival, you’ll proceed to the Sandals lounge, which is conveniently located at Sangster International Airport (MBJ), in Montego Bay. Your complimentary transfer to and from the resort will be arranged by Sandals.  Climb aboard your bus and enjoy your included roundtrip airport transfer from Montego Bay International Airport to Sandals Whitehouse. The journey takes a little over one hour, so sit back and enjoy the magnificent scenery along the way.

ISLAND INFORMATION

From the moment you arrive, you’ll find yourself immersed in the untouched beauty and warm hospitality of Jamaica’s stunning south coast.  Nestled within an uninhabited 500-acre nature reserve, Sandals Whitehouse is a tranquil haven located within reach of some of the island’s most spectacular sights. This is the real Jamaica — with endless sugar cane fields and cascading waterfalls.

HOTEL INFORMATION

Discover the undiscovered. Journey to a forgotten Jamaica where the natural beauty is simply unforgettable. Within a 500-acre wilderness preserve, blue mountains, lush palm groves, pristine coastlines and shimmering turquoise waters create an unbelievable backdrop for a monumental resort. Sandals Whitehouse Europe Village & Spa perfectly blends the exotic allure of the Caribbean with the refined elegance of Europe.

Charming Italian piazzas and fountains are surrounded by gardens resplendent with fragrant foliage, while three European-inspired villages – Italian, French and Dutch – are home to luxuriously-appointed, all oceanfront rooms and suites. Each one offers magnificent views overlooking the two-mile long beach, and top tier suites come with Sandals’ legendary Butler Service. Seven restaurants serve mouthwatering gourmet cuisine from around the world, and entertainment ranges from a sophisticated piano bar to bonfire beach parties and a chic nightclub. This resort is truly a world unto itself, where time is all but forgotten and the only moment is now.

  • The resort is spread over 50 acres. A tranquil tropical paradise, which sits along side a two mile beach.
  • All of the rooms and suites are oceanfront
  • Three distinctive architectural features. Including authentic Italian, Dutch and French villages
  • 360 Oceanview rooms and suites in 15 categories.
  • 7 Restaurants and 6 Bars ore on this property.
  • Full Room Service to 32 One Bedroom Butler-Serviced Suites
  • A beautiful Red Lane ® Signature Spa is located at this resort (spa services are at an additional cost)
  •  Over 14,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, including a 3- level Theatre.

MORE QUALITY INCLUSIONS THAN ANY OTHER RESORT ON THE PLANET 

Restaurants and Bars

 Luxurious Accommodations

Private Offshore Islands

Free Martha Stewart Wedding

Unlimited Scuba

Motorized Watersports

Top Golf Courses

Fitness Centers

Land Sports

Stay at 1, Play at All Sandals

Top-Shelf Drinks

Entertainment

Beringer Wines

Airport Transfers

Tips, Gratuities, Hotels Taxes

Caribbean’s Best Beaches

Super Bowl XLV to Star on Princess Cruises “Ultimate Big Screen”
Poolside Parties Offer Top-Deck Tailgating Combined with Dramatic Viewing Experience on Giant “Movies Under the Stars” Screens

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (February 3, 2011) — Football fans aboard all Princess Cruises ships around the world will have the opportunity to enjoy a super tailgate party at sea this Sunday February 6, with prime viewing of the match-up between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV. The “Big Game” will be broadcast fleetwide to passengers, including viewing on the ships’ 300-square-foot super-size “Movies Under the Stars” screens.

Passengers will be able to follow the action between the AFC and NFC Champions, plus see the halftime show with a performance by the Black Eyed Peas. Fans can enjoy the game with an array of tailgate treats including specially prepared chicken wings, pizza, pigs-in-a-blanket and other game day “munchies,” plus beer specials.

“The Super Bowl has become one of the favorite special events we show on our Movies Under the Stars screens each year,” said Jan Swartz, Princess’ executive vice president. “Passengers can also enjoy the exciting halftime show, so we expect a festive party around our poolside big screens.”

Super Bowl broadcasts are planned for all ships in the Princess fleet, subject to satellite availability.

The Super Bowl is one of several special events shown on the Movies Under the Stars screens, which will also broadcast the Academy Awards on February 27. The giant LED screens are more than 300 square feet in size with a 69,000-watt sound system and have sufficient lighting power to be seen clearly at mid-day and heard even while the ship is moving at full speed — offering cruise passengers a movie experience comparable to the best shoreside movie theater. In addition to regular movie showings, other special programs presented on the giant screens include sporting events such as the college football Bowl Championship Series, video game contests, a variety of event concerts, and even midnight showings of cult films such as “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

So contact me today, to book your next Superbowl Party!

Happy New Year!  So I received this information from WordPress and thought it was rather interesting perspective on how well my blog did in 2010 and what was of most interest.  Thanks to all of my readers out there for making 2010 a success!!

So here’s to 2011!   Stay tuned for more destination and sales information…

Lauren

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 6,500 times in 2010. That’s about 16 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 19 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 55 posts. There were 70 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 21mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 7th with 97 views. The most popular post that day was Contact Me.

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The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, WordPress Dashboard, content.onlineagency.com, search.aol.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for greece, mariner of the seas, bibbidi bobbidi boutique hairstyles, oasis of the seas, and sea princess.

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