Blog Search

7 New Cruise Ships You Missed in 2020 - And Why to Sail Them Soon

Can we hit the reset button on 2020? Usually, at the beginning of each year, we look forward to new ships guests will be among the first in the world to experience in their inaugural seasons. But in 2020, more than a dozen new cruise ships sailed out of their shipyards only to sit empty, waiting for cruising...

Read More »

Mexico & the Caribbean: It’s Go Time!

Hey jet-setter! We know you’ve had a lot on your mind lately, but if you’re anything like us, we also know that you’ve been dreaming bigger than ever about your next vacation. In fact, that’s the thing about a great travel experience, it continues to inspire long after it’s over. And now it’s time to turn...

Read More »

Look Ma, No Hands! Unmanned Air Taxis to Launch in Singapore

It looks like something out of a science fiction film, but it could be the way you get your very next aerial tour of Singapore. In a world first, after two years of tests and collaboration with the island city-state and a decade of development of its technology, ‘Volocopter’ is set to make no-pilot air taxi...

Read More »

Snuggle Up In the World's Largest Log Cabin

It’s made of an astonishing 10,000 western red cedar logs, and ‘logs in’ at a whopping 4-million cubic feet of volume.Fairmont Le Château Montebello lays claim to being the biggest log building on the planet. A massive lobby and rotunda anchor four wings extending out in a star formation that’s painted dramatic black on the outside,...

Read More »

Endless Wave of Blue

When it comes to making travel memories to last a lifetime, the pristine natural wonders and unique local cultures of Mexico and the Caribbean always deliver. And while our relationship with travel may look different today, you can relax knowing that the resorts, hotels, and airlines are going above and beyond with the latest health protocols...

Read More »

Top Five Places in Mexico and the Caribbean

5. Isla Mujeres, Mexico Surrounded by the blue waters of the Caribbean Sea and conveniently located just eight miles from Cancún, Isla Mujeres offers a quieter refuge for serenity seekers of all kinds. This trendy Mexican hotspot has everything from luxury resorts and scenic beaches to great scuba diving and snorkeling. 4. Jamaica Known fondly as...

Read More »

Christmas In The Bahamas

Christmas in BahamasIt’s the carnival time for the people of Bahamas. For Christmas and carnival are quite synonymous for the Bahamas. And this mood of carnival is often streaked with secular colours and tinges. However the spirit of Christmas would remain incomplete without exchanging gifts and cards amongst each other. Further it can be rightly said...

Read More »

Barbados Christmas Traditions

Barbados Christmas TraditionsChristmas is one of our favourite times of the year in Barbados… here are some of the most popular local Christmas traditions:Great Cake, Jug Jug and Ham!Food is an important part of any celebration in Barbados and Christmas is no different. Three must have dishes on any Christmas table are: great cake, jug jug...

Read More »

5 Grenadian Christmas Traditions

1.Baking Traditional Black Christmas Cake (contains lots of rum and wine)During Childhood this consisted mainly of assisting our mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers. By assisting we mean primarily licking the batter after the bowl was scraped and being slightly disappointed (well…actually…quite disgruntled) at how thoroughly it was scraped. Some things are simply international..and licking the batter...

Read More »

Christmas Traditions in St Lucia

Christmas Traditions in St. LuciaAs Christmas nears, red flaming poinsettias plants bloom in profusion all over our picturesque island, Christmas lights sparkle, soft melodious sounds of Christmas carols, parang (Christmas music from Trinidad), steel band music and the never ending Christmas parties are everywhere. As this festive and joyous season approaches the Barefoot Holidays St. Lucia...

Read More »

The History of Christmas Celebrations in Antigua & Barbuda

Steeped in traditions which are centuries old, Antigua and Barbuda's festive activities for the Christmas holidays stem from the island's European and African heritage. They include carol trees, highlanders, stilt-walkers, 'John Bull', long ghosts, 'Jumpa-Ben' and of course, lots of seasonal foods and drinks.Carol trees were carried by Christmas carol singers as they went from door-to-door...

Read More »

6 Christmas Traditions Of Jamaica

Every activity is made more significant with the sharing of gifts, the traditional Christmas pudding or cake, ham, sorrel, rum punch and eggnog, among other treats. Many Jamaicans cannot celebrate the season without adding Christmas lights to brighten freshly painted houses, whitewashed fences and trimmed hedges.HERE ARE THE 6 MOST COMMON TRADITIONS OF JAMAICAChristmas Cleaning Jamaicans...

Read More »

This Luxury Resort Chain Has Expanded Their Footprint In The Caribbean...

Sandals in Curacao - 2021

Read More »

SANDALS & BEACHES RESORTS WIN SCUBA

Sandals and Beaches Resorts Win Nine Awards From Scuba Diving’s 2021 Readers Choice AwardsSandals® and Beaches® Resorts, home to some of the best all-inclusive dive resorts in the Caribbean, has taken the plunge into October with the early announcement of nine accolades from Scuba Diving Magazine’s 2021 Readers Choice Awards for the Caribbean. Each year, Scuba...

Read More »

7 Reason To Book With A Travel Consultant

Why to use a travel consultant

Read More »

Cruise Close to Home with Princess

Who says taking a vacation can’t be made simple? With cruises close to home, sailing with Princess has never been easier. Even better, a Princess MedallionClass(TM) vacation streamlines your experience with everything from faster, contactless boarding to food, drinks and more delivered wherever you are – personalized service that makes your time away effortless.   Whether...

Read More »

Island Routes - Jamaican Zipline or Bobsled Adventure

JAMAICA SKY EXPLORER, OBSTACLE COURSE, BOBSLED OR GRAVITY CHAIR OR ZIPLINEGet ready for a fun filled adventure 700 ft. above sea level in the heart of Ocho Rios. The experience begins on the sky explorer, a state-of-the-art chairlift that sends you soaring above the treetops providing sensational views of the sparkling sea and tropical rainforest below....

Read More »

The Places to Travel to in 2021

Written by https://www.travelmarketreport.com/ It’s not a matter of if people will travel, but when. And with news of a vaccine, the travel industry is as optimistic as ever. So where will be the top destinations to visit, as clients and advisors get back on the road? We talked to the experts – travel advisors – who have...

Read More »

A New 'Species' of Extreme Thrill Ride: the 'VelociCoaster' Takes 'Flight' in Orlando

Florida’s fastest and tallest coaster – along with a pack of fierce Velociraptors – will be unleashed at Universal Orlando Resort in 2021.   If you – or the kids in your life – have seen all the movies and fantasize about visiting Jurassic Park and its fierce dinosaurs, the Jurassic World VelociCoaster will bring the...

Read More »

There's a New Moon on the Horizon - a Silver Moon

October was an extraordinary month for stargazers and amateur astronomers. One single month saw two full moons: a Harvest moon and a rare, second full moon – a blue moon.   But one other moon appeared in October too – Silversea’s Silver Moon.   Sister ship to the ultra-luxury cruise line’s Silver Muse, it’s the 9th vessel...

Read More »

The Latest Cruise Line To Go 'All-Inclusive'

Nothing is more luxurious than when things are extra simple and extra special. Now you can have that wonderful feeling that ‘everything is taken care of’ on your next big-ship cruise.   Celebrity Cruises has unveiled a new ‘Always Included’ program. Instead of differing promotions and packages, the cruise line is including unlimited drinks, unlimited wi-fi and even...

Read More »

30 Years Later: Celebrating One of the Great Monuments to Democracy

This fall, Germany celebrates the 30th anniversary of its reunification.    It’s hard to believe it was three decades ago that the Cold War came to an end. That from the end of WW2 until 1990, Germany was a divided country, with families and fellow citizens split between democracy in the West and the Soviet Eastern...

Read More »

In Flanders Fields

IN FLANDERS FIELDS, where poppies grow...."In Flanders Fields" is a war poem in the form of a rondeau, written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who died in...

Read More »

Sandals - Farm To Table

Farm to Table | Jamaica | Where Is The Food At Sandals Resorts Coming From?90% of the produce Sandals Resorts use across our Jamaican resorts are harvested and purchased from local farmers. Meet Jamaican farmers and suppliers on a journey around the most beautiful rural landscapes of Jamaica and see how the freshest produce is brought...

Read More »

Celebrating Life With A Post-Quaratine Vacation

While this hasn’t been the kind of year we expected either, things are looking up as life seems to be moving in the right direction now. And with much of the world starting to open back up to travelers, we’ve decided it’s time to finally burst the “travel bubble” and celebrate post-quarantine life by planning a...

Read More »

Avani Resorts

Stylish spaces. Great food. Endless relaxation. From Thailand to Portugal, from Australia to the United Arab Emirates, we deliver effortless stays in the world’s most exciting destinations. Your next adventure starts here - reach out to one of our Travel Consultants!

Read More »

Perfect Day at CocoCay

Vacations are ready for a comeback. So why not go big on new memories and plan a Royal Caribbean® cruise to the most incredible private island in The Bahamas — Perfect Day at CocoCay. It’s a place that takes paradise to the next level, with incredible thrills and awesome ways to chill at every turn.  ...

Read More »

Why I Loved Avalon Waterways Excursions

By: Keith Jenkins On any given day during the Active & Discovery cruise, there were so many excursions to choose from, and the best part is, on Avalon, almost all the excursions are included! There was literally something for everyone – whether you’re interested in nature, culture, history or food – which often made it difficult...

Read More »

WHOA - Women Helping Others Achieve

WHOA - Women Helping Others AchieveBENEFITING: SANDALS FOUNDATION INC's WHOA Initiative EVENT: Help Cedella Marley empower women in the CarribeanTHE STORY: The Sandals Foundation, the non-profit arm of Sandals Resorts International, has partnered with Cedella Marley and The Bob Marley Foundation to support WHOA – a women’s empowerment program that supports females in under-served communities in...

Read More »

Full Steam Ahead: CDC Gives the Go Ahead to Start Sailing

After months of uncertainty, it appears that cruise lines will be able to again take to the water before the end of 2020. On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an updated conditional sailing order for cruise ships that will allow cruise ships to start sailing in North America starting on Nov. 1....

Read More »

KLM has revealed the future of flight. Hint: You'll be sitting IN the wings.

If you’re one of those travelers who always picks a seat over the wing, you’re in luck. In this new-concept aircraft, you – and every other passenger on board – will be flying IN the wings. They call it the Flying –V. And it’s a whole new vision of passenger flight.“Tube-and-wing” design has defined planes since the...

Read More »

Top 4 Places In The World To Go Hot Air Ballooning

Imagine yourself silently drifting along under colourful silk, cradled in a giant basket. You’re part of the breeze and Nature as you tranquilly float on the air over undisturbed scenery below. Your pilot lets the heat in the balloon drop to silently lower you closer to your birds’ eye view… then lifts you to majestic heights...

Read More »

Why This Mexican Mountain Town Keeps Getting Voted 'Best Small City In The World'

When you think of Mexico, famous beach towns may come first to mind. But Mexico is more than its coasts. And one place, the ‘Heart of Mexico’, half a day’s drive northwest of Mexico City in the Colonial Highlands, has again been named ‘Best Small City in the World’*. It’s just the latest recognition of the charms of...

Read More »

3 Hallowe'en Traditions With Roots in Ancient Celtic Ireland

Frightful Hallowe’en is many people’s top holiday of the year – but did you know that we can thank ancient Ireland for our favorite Hallowe’en traditions? Travel to Ireland these days, and you’ll still be able to connect with the origins of Celtic culture that still swirl in the mists of time in Ireland’s Ancient East.Today’s Hallowe’en...

Read More »

Five Caribbean Hotels Reopening in Time for Holiday Getaways

by Jessica Montevago The Caribbean remains one of the largely accessible travel destinations for North Americans, and has been popular choice for those looking to safely enjoy a vacation. As more islands have opened their borders once again to international travellers, resorts across the region have announced reopening plans. Belmond Cap Juluca, Anguilla, reopening Nov. 1...

Read More »

Our Well-Being During A Pandemic

Our well-being during a pandemic. If 2020 has taught us anything, it's the necessity of self-care. The world has slowed down enough to pay attention to our minds, bodies, and spirits. This is more than diet fads we're used to seeing as New Year's resolutions. It's about creating a sense of balance within. What you need...

Read More »

5 Reasons To Visit JAMAICA

If you have not had the opportunity to visit the island of Jamaica you are missing out. Here are 5 reasons this destination should be on your travel/bucket list. Did you know commercial flight to Montego Bay began as early as 1954! 1. Jamaicans are warm, friendly, and welcoming people. No surprises here, for decades the...

Read More »

SANDALS has you covered - Covid 19 Update

"GREAT NEWS"Sandals has you covered! Check out the latest information about your safety and health while travelling to a Sandals resort. "This latest news will go a long way in comforting our customers concerns during Covid-19". Book your Sandals vacation before December 31, 2020 for travel from NOW until May 31, 2021. - Kathy Kennedy -...

Read More »

Sandals Grenada - NOW Open - Visit The Spice Island

PURE GRENADA Welcome to Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean, a hidden gem with unspoiled beauty offering a lifestyle so pure and authentic that you will feel instantly renewed. Famed for its aromatic spices and organic chocolate, the tri-island destination of Grenada, Carriacou, and Petite Martinique is located in the eastern Caribbean just south of...

Read More »

Santa's Not Just Making Toys in His Village Above the Arctic Circle in Lapland

It’s exactly 3 months until Christmas, and we know Santa and his elves are working full throttle. But not just putting in overtime in the workshop and training the team for their big flight Christmas Eve. Santa's got a new summer gig. Finnish Lapland, with its Arctic landscapes, Northern Lights, ancient winter customs and herds of wild...

Read More »

Cruising Again by November? Industry Association Lays Out Formula to Start Sailing

You might be on a cruise in the Caribbean before the holidays. Cruising in the Americas – that’s the cruise region for the Caribbean, Mexico and Central America - could begin again in about a month’s time, if significant industry developments this week bear fruit. Testing the Waters in EuropeAny regular reader of our newsletters will...

Read More »

3 New, Impossibly Picturesque Boutique Hotels That Make it Easy to Dream About Your Next Trip to Europe

France. Italy. Spain. If you’re imagining traveling again to Europe, you’ll have no problem picturing yourself in any of three independent boutique hotels that have just opened in spectacular historic properties. All three belong to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group of over 500 independent and unique hotels in 90 countries. They all have special...

Read More »

Roundup of the NEW, COVID Insurance Options for Canadian Travellers

In less than a month, the landscape for Canadian travellers has been transformed.Back in March, the COVID-19 virus was determined to be a ‘known factor’ and so it was no longer covered by regular travel medical insurance policies. Since then, Canadians who have wanted to travel have not had coverage for expenses incurred if they contracted...

Read More »

More Sandals Resorts Reopen in October

Sandals Resorts International will reopen four more resorts throughout October. Beginning this week, Sandals Grenada and Sandals South Coast will welcome visitors on Oct. 1, 2020. Sandals Royal Plantation will officially open to guests on Oct. 8, followed by Beaches Turks & Caicos on Oct. 14. The lineup will join presently opened: Sandals Grande Antigua, Sandals...

Read More »

Costa Rica Welcomes More Countries Oct 1

Costa Rica is again adding states, and other countries, to its tourism list as the country continues to slowly open its doors to travel. Starting on Oct. 1, citizens and residents of Mexico and Jamaica, along with California and Ohio, will be able to visit the nation, according to an announcement by Costa Rica Tourism Minister...

Read More »

AMResorts®: Dreams® Natura Resort & Spa Celebrates Reopening

Dreams Natura Resort & Spa will now offer the Dreams brand signature Unlimited-Luxury® offerings, including: Gourmet dining options with no reservations required Unlimited international and domestic top shelf spirits 24-hour room and concierge services Pool and beach wait service Refreshed mini bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water and beer Daily maid service Endless daytime activities...

Read More »

Bahamas' Covid timeline: Where we are now for travellers

Here's a brief recap of the past six months as it relates to Covid's impact on travel to the Bahamas. March 24: The borders of the Bahamas closed to incoming air and sea travel. A 24-hour curfew took effect. Hotels and resorts closed their shutters and latched their doors. Reopening dates were not even hinted at or predicted....

Read More »

Complimentary Covid19 Insurance for Canadian Travellers

Air Canada has announced it will begin offering complimentary COVID-19 insurance to Canadian customers who book international roundtrip flights to eligible destinations. The plan covers emergency quarantine and medical expenses for Canadian residents related to COVID-19, and will be available for new bookings made in Canada through October 31, 2020. Air Canada is the second Canadian airline to offer...

Read More »

We Found Your Paradise

Hi jet-setter! Helping travelers just like you experience once-in-a-lifetime vacations every time is what we do best. But what we also pride ourselves on is bringing you unparalleled value with our exclusive travel offers that you won’t find anywhere else. And lucky you! We’ve just landed some very hot getaway specials to two of our favorite...

Read More »

Cruise into the history and beauty of Canada & New England with Princess

From classic cities to sweeping maritime shores, Princess is renowned as the “Best Canada & New England Itineraries by Porthole Magazine The best way to embrace a new experience is to use all five senses. But did you know that Princess has discovered a sixth? It’s that jaw-dropping, heart stopping feeling you get when you gaze...

Read More »