Posts Tagged ‘Caribbean’

Aruba is famous for its miles of beaches, friendly and multi-lingual resorts for every taste and budget, shopping, moonscape wilderness areas, world-class diving and snorkeling sites.

The Aruba Sea Jazz Festival- In less than 10 years, this October event has wowed the world with jazz funk, hip-hop and pop stars like Chaka Khan, Fourplay, Richard Bona, and Lily Warfield as well as terrific Caribbean bands and tomorrow stars.

Best time to go: Year-round-Aruba lies south of the hurricane belt.


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Carnival Splendor

Carnival Splendor

Carnival Corporation has announced its new port, Amber Cove on the Dominican Republic’s northern coast, will open in October.

The $85-million dollar facility will be able to accommodate the largest cruise ships in operation and is expected to host more than 250,000 travelers in its first year. The project represents the largest cruise industry investment made to date in the Dominican Republic.

Amber Cove sits on the Bay of Maimon, just a few miles west of the historic town of Puerto Plata. The Amber Coast region was also one of the filming locations for the original Jurassic Park movie.

In addition to Carnival, five of the cruise company’s nine brands will make port here, including AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America Line and P&O Cruises.

A visit from Carnival Victory will kick off the port’s opening on October 6.

Cruises to the Amber Coast have not been regularly included on ship itineraries since the 1980s, so Carnival’s new port will see many first-time visitors to the area. Eventually, Carnival plans to incorporate Amber Cove into its Cuba itineraries.

A new port means different itineraries for all of us to enjoy.  Plan early for better rates and staterooms.

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Source : Travel Agent Central News

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Soon you will not have to fly across the world to experience an over-the-water suite.  I think these types of suites are perfect for honeymoon or  couples celebrating a special day or event in their lives.

According to Sandals Resorts, they are constructing five over-the-water suites on the private island at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island in Montego Bay. Set to debut sometime in the second half of 2015, each 1,400-square-foot villa will feature a glass floor, a soaking tub, a king-size bed, 65-inch flat-screen TVs in both the living and bedroom areas, indoor and outdoor showers, outdoor dining space and a built-in hammock over the water.

Jamaica has something for every couple but you can guarantee that everyone will have a good time if you choose Sandals.

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In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Places.”

My favorite place is on a beach in Jamaica watching as the ocean waves inch closer to me.  I love the time I spend relaxing on the deep soft cushions of a beach lounge chair.  It is a must that you spend one full day on the beach when you visit Jamaica. These are a few of the necessities I know you will need to make spending a day at the beach a reality.

The beach list includes: Sunscreen, beach towel, swim suit cover up, music, sunglasses, your favorite book and snack so you will not have to leave the beach until dinner.  If you have children with you, pack a big lunch, plus make sure they have all of the same items listed above.  Don’t forget to include some beach toys to keep them occupied.

Choose your favorite beach and try bringing the items on the list.

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I love to talk about travel.  My own travel memories are what I had in mind when I started this blog a few years ago.  However, my thoughts have changed. I am not only interested in sharing my memories, but to share my knowledge of the travel industry and a few of my random thoughts.  There’s a whole world out there to experience.  That’s what life is about making lasting memories.

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 Launched in 2007, Emerald Princess in one of the largest ships in the Princess fleet.  She offers nearly 900 balcony staterooms from which to take in the colorful sights.  Staterooms are simply and tastefully furnished and most have twin beds that can be easily converted into a queen size bed. 

If you want a change from the regular dining routine, try something different. One of my favorites was the Crown Grill Restaurant.  The restaurant specialty is juicy steaks and seafood including lobster.  It cost $25.00 per person to dine at the Crown Grill.  I must say, it is certainly worth the fee to dine there.  You will never be bored with so much to do and see on this ship.

I enjoyed relaxing at the Sanctuary, the top deck’s adult-only outdoor spa area.    Guest can relax on sofas or padded chaise lounges and enjoy massages (half a day for $15.00) in special outdoor cabanas.  The Sanctuary is a great getaway on the days at sea.  I would recommend this ship for couples and families.  The Emerald will sail a Southern Caribbean Medley –Round trip Fort Lauderdale – 10 day to Princess Cay Bahamas, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire and Aruba.



Carol Steele CTC, MCC

Cruise Specialist

Email:  carol@getupgoworldtravel.com

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