THE DESTINATION GAZETTE-SUMMER 2018

 

I hope everyone is having a terrific summer.  Family vacations are at their peak as kids have a few more weeks left until the new school year begins.  We hold onto our outdoor patio furniture and BBQ as long as we can before the weather begins to get a little cooler and fall arrives.  The more time we spend with our family and friends, the more valuable it become to us.  Why not take some time during your last lazy days of summer and plan your next getaway with your family or friends.  Our summer newsletter contains information on the new “Weekender Collection” from CIE Tours, new cruise ships for 2019, the new Reflect Resorts & Spas, scenic driving trips for autumn and travel specials.  Enjoy these last weeks of extended sunlight, outdoor dining, swimming & relaxing at the beach and ice cream with the family, because “..and all at once, summer collapsed into fall”. Oscar Wilde

 

CIE Tours International New for the Fall 2018/Winter 2019 season, CIE Tours International will offer five-day, value-focused getaways to Ireland and the U.K.  These getaways include a choice of three city breaks in Dublin, London and Edinburgh, a guided tour of the best of Ireland’s Southwest, and two New Year’s Eve celebrations. 

London-The package includes accommodations and daily breakfast at Hilton London Paddington.  Guests receive tickets to The Original (London’s most popular hop-on, hop-off tour bus with a choice of routes visiting the city’s top attractions), plus tickets for three walking tours.  Also included is a river cruise down the Thames to see the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, London Globe Theatre, Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

Edinburgh-The package includes accommodations and daily breakfast at the Mercure Edinburgh Haymarket and three day passes on the hop-on, hop-off Edinburgh Bus Tours (choice of three routes). 

Dublin-The package includes accommodations and daily breakfast at the Ashling Hotel, a guided tour of the Guinness Storehouse and three days of access to the city’s hop-on, hop-off tour bus.  Also, you will receive a voucher to visit the choice of the modern Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland or GPO Witness History.

Killarney-The package (more like a classic guided experience) includes three nights of accommodation at the Killarney Avenue Hotel & one night of accommodations at the historic Bunratty Castle Hotel. Day 1 takes guests to the Cliffs of Moher on the way from Shannon Airport to Killarney.  On the days that follow, guests will explore: The Dingle Peninsula Drive with free time in Dingle town to enjoy the fishing village’s pubs and music scene; Kenmare and the Ring of Kerry; and Blarney Castle and Bunratty with time for shopping at Blarney Wollen Mills, quaint Bunratty town and a farewell drink at the landmark Durty Nelly’s.

New Cruise Ship Guide 2019

Royal Caribbean International Spectrum of the Seas will launch in June 2019.  The 4,246 passenger Spectrum of the Seas will start sailing from Shanghai.  It is Royal Caribbean’s first Quantum Ultra-Class ship which will debut a new private enclave for Golden and Silver Suite guests, including keycard access, a private elevator, dedicated restaurant and lounge, exclusive amenities and access to The Balcony for sunbathing and The Boutique, a shopping area where guests can book private shopping experiences. 

Norwegian Cruise Line The new 4,000 passenger Norwegian Encore, is the cruise lines fourth and final Breakaway Plus class vessel.  It will launch in November 2019 and will home port at the new PortMiami terminal and cruise out of Miami every Sunday on seven-day voyages to the eastern Caribbean, between November and April 12, 2020.

Princess Cruise Line  The 3,660 passenger Sky Princess will debut in late 2019 and sail a three day inaugural cruise from Port Everglades, FL., with a visit to Princess Cays.  She will then begin a series of seven-day eastern and western Caribbean cruises, roundtrip from Port Everglades through April 2020.  Voyages will offer late-night stays in St. Thomas and Cozumel.  The Sky Princess also introduces the line’s new Sky Suites, the ship’s largest staterooms and the first to accommodate five guests and offer the fleet’s largest balconies with luxury furnishings.  Sky Suites will have 270 degree views from the top of the ship and exclusive views of the Movies Under the Stars screen.  Guests can expect new suite amenities.

Carnival Cruise Line The 3,954 passenger Carnival Panorama, a Vista class ship, will sail its first cruise for Carnival Cruise Line in December 2019.  The Carnival Panorama will sail from Long Beach, CA leaving on Saturdays to the Mexican Riviera and make ports of call at Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta.  The vessel top activities are the SkyRide, Water Works Aqua Park, SportSquare open-air recreation area and Cloud 9 Spa.  A vibrant Havana section will feature tropics-inspired staterooms and its own Cuban-themed bar and pool.  Family Harbor will offer extra-roomy accommodations.

Viking Ocean Cruises The 930 passenger Viking Jupiter will be christened in Oslo, Norway in June 2019.  The Viking Jupiter will feature 465 staterooms with verandas.  Public spaces will feature serene Scandinavian design, a focus on cultural enrichment and al fresco dining opportunities.  The itineraries will feature Local Lie, Working World and Privileged Access experiences.

REFLECT RESORTS & SPAS-New for AMResorts in Mexico are the Reflect Resorts & Spas.  The new all-inclusive brand for AMResorts offers three new options for the spirited traveler; Reflect Krystal Grand Cancun, Reflect Krystal Grand Los Cabos and Reflect Krystal Grand Nuevo Vallarta.  These resorts are perfectly designed for all spirited travelers offering experiences and features that adapt to every traveler’s style.  Spend every moment as a family or enjoy some alone time at adults-only sanctuaries while the kids play and create their own memories at the Explorer’s Club for Kids.  These great beachfront vacations offer a variety of locally inspired cuisine, inviting amenities, friendly service and an array of culturally infused experiences.

FALL ROAD TRIPS-Take a relaxing fall getaway to visit’s a bit of Americana.  At one time covered bridges numbered as many as 14,000 throughout the U.S., but, now there are fewer than 800 historic covered bridges in the United States.  Several regions have created specialized driving routes, dedicated maps and annual festivals to share their treasure heritage.  Below are some suggestions.

Vermont

https://www.visit-vermont.com/state/covered-bridges/

Pennsylvania

http://www.discoverlancaster.com/activities/pa-covered-bridges.asp

Indiana

http://www.coveredbridges.com/

Ohio

https://visitashtabulacounty.com/explore-play/covered-bridges

Oregon

https://www.eugenecascadescoast.org/covered-bridges/bridges/

Georgia

http://www.exploregeorgia.org/blog/guide-georgias-covered-bridges

Iowa

http://www.madisoncounty.com/

New Hampshire

https://www.visit-newhampshire.com/state/covered-bridges/

TRAVEL SPECIALS-All specials are subject to change, based on availability and restrictions apply.

Delta Vacations Early Booking Sale.  Save up to 65% off rooms plus extra savings on your 2019 getaway.  Book early with Delta Vacations to get the best selection of flights, hotels, car rentals and more.  Save $50 per booking on a vacation of $2,500 or more to over 300 destinations worldwide.  Plus, travelers heading to Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii or Florida can also take advantage of up to 65% off rooms.  Travel: 01/01/19-04/30/19.  Book by 09/30/18.

Southwest Vacations.  Save up to $200.00 off instantly plus additional hotel savings when you book a flight & hotel vacation to any destination Southwest Vacations has to offer.  Travel now to 03/05/19.  Book by 08/27/18.

Royal Caribbean International.  Receive 50% off the second guest and kids sail for less (3rd and 4th guests.  Plus, save up to $50 on select fall and winter sailings.  Book by 08/01/18.

Princess Cruises.  Sun Drenched Deals.  Save up to 40% off on select sailings to the Caribbean, Mexico, Panama Canal, Hawaii, Asia and Australia & New Zealand.  Book by 09/24/18.

Insight Vacations.  Make this Christmas season more magical with a vacation to experience Europe’s Christmas Markets.  The markets of Germany, Austria, Poland and the Czech Republic are rich in festive cheer, offer hand-crafted gifts and offer plenty of seasonal food to delight your taste buds.  Book by 08/30/18 and save up to 10% on select journeys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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