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This week, Ticket To Travel named Francisco Montoya, Business Development Manager with Blue Sky Tours, Funjet Vacations, Southwest Vacations and United Vacations (The Mark Travel Corporation) as our 2013 Business Development Manager of the Year!

Francisco was acknowledged for his continued support, outstanding partnership and commitment to our agency’s growth and falling under the Ticket To Travel credo “Relationships Matter”.

Francisco with the plaque

So this week I was privileged to have lunch with John Delaney, Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales, at One Market Restaurant in San Francisco to celebrate Seabourn’s 25th Anniversary.  This is a great luxury cruiseline that plans on adding new ships to their fleet over the next 2 years.

What I really like about Seabourn for my clients is their service, attention detail and overall a great vacation experience that cannot be offered elsewhere.  There is so much included in cruising with Seabourn that you don’t have with the other mass market cruiselines.  All of the dining venues are included – so no surcharge for a specialty restaurant!  Complimentary wine, spirits, sodas & bottled water, even in your own mini-bar in your stateroom!!!  Not to mention, ALL of the staterooms are suites!

What I think really makes them magical are the dream touches they provide – such as Caviar in the Surf!

Also, what makes them stand out are special COMPLIMENTARY excursions such as An Evening at Ephesus:

So, now that you are ready for that perfect vacation – give me a call and let’s discuss planning it!

HOT OFF THE PRESSES!!!

Oscar the Grouch was such a great hit at Beaches Ocho Rios, that he is now going to be joining all of his Sesame Street friends at Beaches Turks & Caicos and Beaches Negril!

Oscar the Grouch

From Trash To Treasure gives children a special peek into Oscar’s “trashland,” and offers them the opportunity to turn trash into treasures through playing and creating. Children will reuse everyday materials to build castles, cars, mazes, puppets, or anything else that might come into their imaginations. Guests are also invited to join in the Grouch Sing-A-Long as the opening act for the Beaches Resorts Caribbean Adventures with Sesame Street® Stage Show and take photos with the King of Trash himself.

As a proud sponsor of Sesame Street®, Beaches Resorts is the only Caribbean resort company to offer engaging activities with a colorful cast of walk-around characters including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Zoe, Bert and Ernie, Abby Cadabby, The Count, Big Bird, and now Oscar the Grouch. With so many hands-on activities available, from Baking with Cookie Monster to Story Time with Elmo, there is an ideal activity for every child.

Sesame Street Beach Gang

So give me a call or send me an e-mail to discuss planning the best family vacation you will ever have!

Lauren

Looking for something different for your visit to the Caribbean?  Tired of the usual…St. Thomas, Jamaica, St. Maarten?  Or…just want to brag to your friends about your next travel adventure?  Well, I am here to report that Sandals Resorts is bringing to you one of the most beautiful resorts on the exotic island of Grenada!

Sandals Grenada

Now, I can see a few of you scratching your heads and wondering…”where the heck is Grenada?”  For the rest of you, I know you are doing a Google map search.  In my efforts to keep you on this blog, here’s a map of where it is located:

Map of Grenada

To fly to the island, there are currently flights departing from Atlanta & Miami.  For those clients not located in those 2 cities, your flights will connect through either of those airports.

For those looking for the ultimate romantic getaway, Grenada is for you!  This property has only 225 rooms, separated into 3 villages – Pink Gin, South Seas & the Italian Village.  3 pools, plus 2 river pools.  Also, a first for a Sandals property – Sky Pool Suites:

Sky Pool

This property is scheduled to open in December 2013.  I am currently taking bookings for this property, so give me a call to discuss taking advantage of the early booking rates and air credit offers.

Love Grenada

GREAT NEWS!!!

BIG BIRD & THE REST OF THE SESAME STREET GANG HAVE FOUND EMPLOYMENT…in Jamaica and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Poor Big Bird got notice on the evening of October 3rd that he and all of his friends “might” be out of a job in a month.  However, they do have a back-up plan and they want to celebrate it with all of those great families out there!

You can find them over on the islands of Jamaica and even the Turks & Caicos!

Your kids can go bird watching with Big Bird, bake cookies with Cookie Monster, go on treasure hunts with Abby Cadabby, check out Oscar the Grouches “Trashland” and learn how to make creative items with scraps, and even do science experiments with Super Grover.

If that’s not enough…there are parades and stage shows!

To make this all happen for your family, I have a special for up to 65% off, PLUS 1 night FREE!  So come on and take the time to get to know your favorite friends.

Contact me today and I will match you up with the right property for your families budget and needs.

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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

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:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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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.

Where did they come from?

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.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Contact Me July 2009
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Princess Cruises-Sea Princess Ship Inspection, Port of San Francisco July 2009

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Mariner of the Seas July 2009

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Athens, Mykonos & Santorini July 2009

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Current or Former Criminal? Canada may not be for you… March 2010
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Now here’s a combo I never thought I would mention in the same blog!  Martha Stewart & Big Bird?

But it is true!!! 

Thanks once again, to the geniuses over at Beaches Resorts, they have partnered with Martha Stewart to exclusively offer five unique Martha Stewart Crafts Studio classes using Martha Stewarts Crafts tools to glitter, stencil, paint and more, in which Beaches Resorts guests will come away with a handcrafted, personal souvenir of their stay. 

Postcard, punch and stencil fashion and glitter classes are recommended for family members ages six and up with scrapbooking and stencil fashion classes recommended for ages nine and up, but younger kids are welcome if accompanied by an adult.  All classes cost $10 each with the exception of the Postcard Class, which is $8.

In regards to the arrival of Big Bird – well it’s about time!   He joins his friends down in the Caribbean – Elmo, Zoe, Grover, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, The Count and Bert & Ernie for the Aventures with Sesame Street.

There is no better time than now to book that dream family summer vacation to the Turks & Caicos or Jamaica. 

Contact me TODAY!

(650) 906-6000

Beaches is rolling out the red carpet for you and your girlfriends to go on a 4-night vacation in paradise at a very special rates. So, grab your girlfriends, kick back, relax and enjoy Caribbean-style fun at the Beaches Friends Forever (B.F.F.) Girls Getaway. 

Whether single, married, or simply looking to get away with the girls, the B.F.F Girls Getaway Weekend will be sure to deliver fun, sun and the ultimate girls bonding experience!

 

Available Dates:

April 29-May 3, 2010

October 14-18, 2010

May 12-16, 2011

October 13-17, 2011

Exclusive B.F.F. Activities:

Welcome cocktail reception

Island Dance Lessons

Skin-timate Skin Care Sessions

Beach Bonfire Pajama Party

Meditation Classes

Beach Yoga and Seaside Pilates Classes

Chartered Snorkeling

Farewell Dinner

$200 SPA GIFT CERTIFICATE
Receive a $200 Red Lane® Spa gift certificate for the ultimate in pampering. Plus, receive welcome gifts, a 10% discount at the retail shops and a free 5×7 photograph.

 SUNSET SAIL AWAY CATAMARAN CRUISE
Sail away on a catamaran cruise for the ultimate party on the water! (An $85 value)

Based on double occupancy. Single supplement fee applicable.

Price excludes airfare and is subject to availability. Offer is not combinable with any other promotion, and activities are subject to change. Space is limited and additional nights available at published rates. Extended stays available at normal rack rate. Suite & Concierge rooms available at an additional cost.  ONLY AVAILABLE ON APPLICABLE DATES.

Hi Everybody!   I’m back from fishing!!!   Okay, so I really didn’t really go fishing, but I did swim with them. 

It will take a few days to catch up with things here, so I will do a full post later on in the week on my trip to the…Bahamas!!!

In the meantine, here’s a pic to tide you over:

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No we were not snorkeling in a tank!