Mention a Caribbean vacation to your friends and they will surely be envision a beautiful beach and a chilled fruity rum drink in hand. Rum has played a major economic role in the development of Caribbean Islands and today, historic rum distilleries have opened their doors to visitors. Let us introduce you to the best rum distilleries in the Caribbean – well worth a tour.
There’s good news for passengers sailing this summer from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Gem. Passengers from RI, CT, MA, NH, VA, MD, DE, PA & NJ, will soon be able to book round-trip coach transportation from a number of convenient departure points to the cruise terminal in New York.
Turks and Caicos has a well deserved reputation for being the playground of the rich and famous with miles of sparkling beaches, serene aquamarine water, chic dining spots and uncrowded luxury resorts. Just ten years ago hardly anyone had heard of these gorgeous islands, but as A-listers and well-healed vacationers spread the word about their pristine beauty, the pace of building increased and new posh resorts now dot world famous Grace Bay beach. Today Providenciales, (Provo for short) is a wonderful destination for couples, families and everyone who searches for that quintessential beach-side paradise.
Celebrity Cruise Line is known for treating their passengers like, well… celebrities. This summer they’re upping their game by pampering New Yorkers with free “Black Car” door-to-door transfers to the cruise pier in Bayonne, New Jersey for passengers booking a suite on a 7-night Bermuda cruise. These lucky passengers will be pampered from door-to-door!
Perfect for my next Caribbean themed dinner party!
The vast majority of travel guides that crowd dusty shelves in books stores and personal libraries tell you where to find the best hotels, countless museums and endless architecturally significant churches, but they’re missing one of the most important reasons we travel – to discover where locals go to party!
Where To Party Around The World. The Matador Network, a community of young travel bloggers who tell it like it is, has just published the “ultimate guide to partying around the world”, with 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die.
The pace of construction for lavish new resorts has slowed in the Caribbean in recent years, making the introduction of grand new properties all the more exciting. 2014 will see some striking new additions to the Caribbean scene. Sandals Resorts in particular will open new properties on a number of Caribbean islands including Barbados and Granada. If you just love being the first of your friends to brag about staying in a hot new property, have a look at some of the Caribbeans most impressive new additions for 2014.
There’s a new focus on Foodie based shore excursions and chef prepared regional dishes aboard major cruise lines in 2014. While cruising has always had a reputation for offering an abundance of food, cruise lines haven’t often tapped into local ingredients or presented regional dishes of the ports they visit. For many of us, half the pleasure of traveling to new destinations is to experience the local fare and to bring home a recipe for a wonderful regional dish. Thankfully, this is all changing with cruise lines featuring celebrity chef experiences, cooking classes and on-shore culinary excursions.
It’s not often that the American cruise scene welcomes a new luxury cruise line to their shores, but that’s exactly what will happen in November when the MCS Divina sails into Miami. It’s time to say “Ciao Bella” (hello beautiful) to this chic European-styled cruise ship.
MSC Cruise Line has one of the newest fleets in the cruise industry with 12 ships, but has been largely unknown to the American market. For over 20 years, MSC had been offering cruises in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and South America with primarily European clientele. With the introduction of their newest ship, Divina, MSC will establish a dedicated American presence to bring the charms of European style cruising to the United States.
For many people, a chance to swim with sea turtles is a dream come true. There are seven species existing today that can be found swimming and diving to the depths below seas. Sea turtles have been around for over 110 million years – since the time of the dinosaurs. You can swim with turtles on any continent (except Antarctica). So get your swimming costume on, swap sandals for a pair of flippers and get ready to paddle around with one of Earth’s most ancient creatures.
Cook Island Marine Reserve is a small protected island located on the Gold Coast in the south east of Queensland. With plenty of soft and hard coral gardens it’s the perfect sanctuary for a rich marine life. Visitors can see a variety of tropical sea life the including clown fish, damsel fish, angel fish, the occasional manta rays and of course the resident green sea turtles. The turtles can be spotted all year round in these oceans so you’re guaranteed a chance to swim with some when you visit.