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I am very sad about today’s news in Paris. This is why I always suggest my clients to register with the State Department when traveling outside of the United States.

Given today’s very sad news about the lives lost in Paris and those American travelers stuck for the moment in the city, I urge you to register your trip with the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

http://step.state.gov/step/

PURPOSE: To notify U.S. citizens/nationals in the event of a disaster, emergency or other crisis, and for evacuation coordination, the information solicited on this form may be made available as a routine use to appropriate agencies whether federal, state, local, or foreign, to assist the Department in the evacuation or provision of emergency service to U.S. citizens, or for law enforcement purposes. The information is also made available to private U.S. citizens, known as wardens, designated by U.S. Embassies to assist in communicating with the U.S. Citizen community in an emergency.

For those of you out there that are my clients or follow me on Facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/Lauren.Ticket2Travel, know that I provide my clients with gift baskets, along with their travel documents.   E-Documents or plain ole paper documents are so boring!

These Mickey Mouse Baskets are looking for new homes!  (Since I took this picture yesterday, the Mickeys have multiplied – haha)

Mickey Mouses are looking for new homes!

Mickey Mouses are looking for new homes!

So if you want one of the AWESOME Mickey Mouse Baskets stuffed with goodies personalized for your trip, book any Disney Deluxe Resort Package at Walt Disney World or a 7-Day Disney Cruise in a Deluxe Oceanview Stateroom with a Verandah with me and one of these Mickeys will be yours!  (While supplies last)

So give me a call or contact me at lauren@aticket2travel.com or visit my website at www.laurenliebert.com

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Now everyone, sing along...

 

It’s a Small World 50th Anniversary

 

Now that you will have this stuck in your head for the rest of the day…let me just say you are Welcome!

A fun fact – “It’s a Small World” is played on a continuous loop for at least 16 hours a day at 5 different theme parks around the world!  (Truly, you have to admit that having this iconic song running in your head is just a little less time…)

If it has been awhile since you have visited the Original at Disneyland, it is time to give me a call to discuss your next visit.  Disneyland made a few upgrades a couple of years ago to add in some of your favorite Disney Characters, such as Mulan, Pinocchio, et al.  Do agree or not with this change?

It’s time to get your Mickey fix and sing along with everyone else in your tour boat.

 

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So in following up from my past post about the Quantum of the Seas (https://travel-rrific.com/2013/02/06/royal-caribbeans-sunshine-project-quantum-class/), let me introduce to you my exclusive web page that gives you the entire Quantum Experience.

Royal Caribbean’s dedication to innovation continues!  From new experience of  a 360-degree view from a glass capsule at 300 feet in air, North Star cannot be found on any other cruiseline.  Experience RipCord by iFly (the first sky diving simulator at sea), to the SeaPlex where you can roller skate or smash into your family and friends with Bumber cards.

So take a few minutes to experience what your next vacation will be like at – http://laurenliebert.com/quantumoftheseas.html

 

Enjoy!

 

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Beginning in July of this year, you can step aboard select Celebrity Cruiseships and discover new ways to thrill your palate, master culinary skills, and take your vacation to the next tantalizing level!

For dedicated foodies, there are four Top Chef Signature Sailings, where you’ll be joined by some of the show’s most popular and talented chef’testants.  Rub shoulders with the chefs and sample some of their creations at special Meet & Eat gatherings (featuring hors d’oeuvres prepared from the chefs’ recipes) on vacations in Bermuda, Alaska, Europe, and the Caribbean.  With as many as four chefs per sailing, you’ll have the opportunity to get the low-down on what it was like to be on the show and find out what they have in store next.

http://www.creative.rccl.com/e-lite/CEL/14037258_Top_Chef_at_Sea/Top_Chef_Video.html

Four theme cruises:

• Celebrity Summit – July 27, 2014 – 7N Bermuda cruise

• Celebrity Solstice – August 15, 2014 – 7N Alaska cruise

• Celebrity Infinity – September 19, 2014 – 12N France & Iberian Discovery cruise

• Celebrity Reflection – November 15, 2014 – 7N Eastern Caribbean cruise

Programming on the cruises:

• Cooking demonstrations — at least two per sailing per chef — complimentary

• The show’s famous Quickfire challenges – at least two per sailing – complimentary

• Top Chef-inspired menu in the main restaurant once per cruise

• Private cooking classes – at least one per sailing per chef – for a fee (Price- COMING SOON)

• Chef-hosted specialty dining dinners – at least one per sailing per chef – for a fee (Price- COMING SOON)

• Other exclusive complimentary events

Contact me for further details at my website http://www.laurenliebert.com to book your next YUMMY vacation!

Top Chef Flyer for Celebrity

 

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

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100% Off! Sale” on select 3- and 4-day roundtrip Los Angeles, Princess Getaway cruises.  Book with me a qualifying voyage by October 31 and get 100% of your cruise fare back as a credit on a future 7-Day Princess cruise departing in 2013 or 2014.  

Qualifying voyages on Golden Princess: 

  1. 3-day, Monday, October 21, 2013 departure with Ensenada
  2. 4-day, Thursday, October 24, 2013 departure with Santa Barbara and Ensenada
  3. 4-day, Monday, October 28, 2013 departure with San Diego and Ensenada
  4. 3-day, Friday, November 1, 2013 departure with Ensenada
  5. 3-day, Monday, November 4, 2013 departure with Ensenada

So pull out that credit card, call me, gather your family & friends and get sailing!!!

Call me at (650) 906-6000 or e-mail me at lauren@aticket2travel.com, to get you booked TODAY!

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