Category Archives: Tourism

St. Croix: Fantastic Flight Promotion


For an affordable getaway on a beautiful island…St. Croix is a deal! No passports required for U.S. Citizens!

Promotion Includes:

  • $500 Instant Credit Per Booking
  • $50 Dining Certificate
  • $50 Retail Certificate
  • $50 Activity Certifcate
  • 6th Night Free

Package must include airfare. Book by October 31, 2011 for travel August 22 to December 15, 2011 {as with all promotions, restrictions apply).

Anguilla’s: CuisinArt Resort offers “Cuisine Complete” Packages


CuisinArt Resort & Spa located in Anguilla is featuring a “Cuisine Complete” package featuring five nights in luxury beachfront accommodations, three daily meals at CuisinArt’s signature restaurants, including the AAA Four-Diamond al fresco eatery, Santorini; airport transfers; unlimited Internet access; unlimited fitness classes (including yoga, Pilates, body sculpting); use of the resort’s tennis and bocce courts and non-motorized watersports. Packages are valid for travel through Nov. 22, 2011.
CuisinArt Resort features what is described as the world’s first resort-based hydroponic farm, which sources 90 percent of the fresh vegetables and herbs utilized in its culinary program. CuisinArt Resort & Spa also offers specialized cooking lessons, pastry classes, beginner and advanced wine-tastings, and intimate “chef’s table” dining experiences. Package rates start at $3,700, double occupancy, and apply to new bookings only.

How Cruise Ships Avoid Hurricanes | CaribbeanTravelMag.com


Cruising during hurricane season? Here’s what you need to know prior to your cruise vacation.

by Alyx Kaczuwka
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A common concern when booking a cruise during hurricane season (officially June 1st through November 30th, with peak storm activity from August through October) is the weather, and how it might affect your travel plans. In an average year, there are eight to ten named storms, about two thirds of which will develop into hurricanes. Unless you’re planning a cruise outside the hurricane belt, it’s possible there might be an active storm during your trip – but it should be reassuring to know there is a significant amount of planning on the part of the cruise lines to ensure it has little to no impact on the enjoyment of your vacation.

The primary tool the cruise lines have when it comes to dealing with storms is information. In addition to all the precautions that will be taken to ensure your ship won’t cross the path of a storm before you even leave your home port, they will monitor radar changes on the fly with modern satellite equipment, and make changes to an itinerary whenever necessary.

In most cases, the ships will simply change their itinerary to avoid a storm. These diversions may be focused on avoiding the path of the storm – thus keeping you and your fellow passengers out of harm’s way – or avoiding the aftermath of the storm, for example, if a location has been left without electricity. It is not uncommon that the ship will divert and skip a particular port of call for these reasons. The ship may dock in another location. You’re probably familiar with the expression “any port in a storm” – so you may find yourself checking out another city where their port had availability! Alternately, the ship may stay at sea, anchored in calm waters.

There are also times when ships may choose to cruise in a reversed itinerary, if this option will allow them to avoid the storm’s path. And, some will change the itinerary entirely, for example, embarking to Western Caribbean destinations like Cozumel and Riviera Maya instead of Eastern Caribbean destinations like the Bahamas (or vice versa) if the storm is expected to traverse a large path during the cruise’s schedule.

It’s also worth knowing that even if the storm makes a sudden change, modern boats can easily get out of its way. A typical hurricane will putter along at a speed of about ten knots, but cruise ships can easily move at twice this pace.

Overall, if you are flexible, booking a cruise during hurricane season may work out to your advantage. Travel deals often abound during peak season, and while you may end up visiting different ports, or a slightly different order of ports, than you originally planned, it should have little to no impact on your enjoyment. And if you’re still concerned, there’s always the option of purchasing travel insurance, so that you’re covered – just look for a policy that covers weather-related events.

Source: CaribbeanTravelMag.com

A New Ritz Carlton Coming to Puerto Rico | CaribbeanTravelNews


The Ritz Carlton Hotel Company will open Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in December 2012 in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico. The 114-room property will be located on a secluded, three-mile outcrop along Puerto Rico’s Caribbean coastline and encompass 1,400 acres.Accommodations will include 100 guest rooms and 14 one-bedroom suites, all located directly on the beach, and Su Casa, an original plantation hacienda renovated to its original 1920s style as a five-bedroom beachfront VIP villa available for weddings and private parties. The resort will be the company’s first Reserve property in the Americas.

Mark your calendar for a future vacation to Puerto Rico & the new Ritz Carlton Reserve. I’m sure they will be offering amazing introductory rates that can be paired with the already cheap ticket prices to the island. Puerto Rico is a hub for American Airlines Caribbean locations so American is always a good source for some of the best airfare rates. (Laura)

Enjoy Hotel & Airfare Discounts in Top Beach Locales with Vacations by Marriott’s Summer Packages


Vacations by Marriott is making it easy to have a memorable beach vacation. The Summer Beach Vacation packages feature discounts on hotels & airfare in nearly three dozen popular beach destinations.

This summer the beach beckons, and Vacations by Marriott is answering the call. Making it easier than ever to get away on a great beach vacation, Vacations by Marriott is featuring new Summer Beach Vacation packages that feature special discount offers, free nights and other value-laden amenities like breakfast for two during the stay.

Don’t let these incredible specials slip away. Visit GoMarriottVacations.com, make a reservation by August 3, 2011, and take advantage of this epic Summer Vacation Package offer. Here is a sampling of the beach vacation deals being offered:

    •     Hotel savings of up to 60% when flights and hotel are booked together on GoMarriottVacations.com
  •     Four-night vacations with round-trip airfare starting at just $525 per person (sample pricing is at Miami’s South Beach Marriott, with airfare from Washington DC-Dulles)

Choose from one of Marriott’s many beautiful hotels and beach resorts in nearly three dozen different destinations like Hawaii, the Caribbean, Mexico, Florida, Costa Rica, California and Panama, including the following:

Hawaii 

  •     Wailea Beach Marriott, Maui
  •     Waikiki Beach Marriott, Oahu
  •     Kauai Marriott Resort, Kauai
  •     Waikoloa Beach Marriott, Big Island of Hawaii
  •     Courtyard Waikiki Beach, Oahu
  •     Courtyard Kauai, Kauai
  •     JW Marriott Ihilani, Oahu

Caribbean 

  •     Frenchman’s Reef Marriott, St. Thomas
  •     Curacao Marriott, Curacao
  •     St. Kitts Marriott, St. Kitts
  •     Courtyard Isla Verde, Puerto Rico
  •     Marriott Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  •     Aruba Marriott, Aruba
  •     Renaissance Curacao, Curacao
  •     La Concha Renaissance, Puerto Rico
  •     San Juan Marriott, Puerto Rico

Mexico 

  •     JW Marriott Cancun, Cancun
  •     Marriott CasaMagna Cancun, Cancun
  •     Marriott CasaMagna Puerto Vallarta, Puerto Vallarta

Costa Rica 

  •     JW Marriott Guanacaste, Guanacaste
  •     Los Suenos Marriott, Herradura

Panama 

  •     Panama City Marriott, Panama City

Florida 

  •     Eden Roc Renaissance, Miami Beach
  •     South Beach Marriott, Miami Beach
  •     Sanibel Harbour Marriott, Fort Myers
  •     Harbor Beach Marriott, Fort Lauderdale
  •     Courtyard Miami Beach, Miami Beach
  •     Clearwater Beach Marriott, Clearwater Beach

To book one of Marriott’s summer beach vacation packages, or for more vacation ideas, visit Vacations by Marriott at www.gomarriottvacations.com.

Source: PRWEb.com