Carnival Cruise Line was named Best Cruise Line for Group Travel at the American Group Travel Awards (AGTA) which recognizes leading travel suppliers and organizations throughout North America. The award was presented at AGTA’s annual conference held earlier this month in New York City.
Carnival was recognized not only for its highly trained and professional reservations and sales staff and high quality on-board experience but also superior procedures and processes for making booking a group cruise easy and convenient.
Groups represent a significant portion of the 4.5 million guests carried by Carnival Cruise Line each year.
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Cunard is delighted to announce that Grammy® Award-winning singer and songwriter Gregory Porter will be headlining the third Blue Note jazz-themed Transatlantic Crossing on 25 October 2016. Porter delighted fans with his powerhouse performances in the Royal Court Theatre during the first, October 29 Jazz at Sea Crossing.
Described by The New York Times as “a jazz singer of thrilling presence, a booming baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring uplift,” Porter recently took home his second Jazz FM award for “International Jazz Artist of the Year.” Porter is widely known for his third studio album, Liquid Spirit, which won the 2014 Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album and reached top 10 on the UK album chart.
Blue Note Jazz at Sea on Queen Mary 2
Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing
7 nights – 25 Oct 2016 – M624N
To book a Cunard voyage, contact your Travel Consultant, call Cunard at (800) 728-6273 or visit Cunard.com.
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Pleasant Holidays’ Hawaii Winter Travel Vacation Sale makes it easy and affordable to escape the snow and cold with a warm getaway to the sun-filled Hawaiian Islands.
The perfect spot for family travel or a romantic couple’s getaway, Hawaii is the ideal blend of sun and sand, fine dining and adventure, nature and cultural experiences. Hike a volcano in the morning, take a midday snorkel outing and wrap it all up with a thrilling luau dinner show.
Pleasant Holidays’ Hawaii Winter Travel Vacation Sale is valid for new vacations booked by January 3, 2016 and includes a free five-day Hertz midsize car rental on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island for travel in January and February 2016, and a complimentary two-category rental car upgrade to a convertible, Jeep, luxury or SUV for travel March through June 2016.
Roundtrip airfare and minimum five nights’ accommodation at a participating hotel is required. Pleasant Holidays offers flights to Hawaii from cities nationwide on Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines and United.
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Often, many incorrectly consider the “off-season” in Europe to be a bad time to travel. Not true! In fact, Collette considers traveling November through April to be the IDEAL time of the year to explore a variety of destinations. Visiting Europe during these months allows travelers to enjoy a relaxed pace and spend more time interacting with locals without the massive crowds that come with iconic spots. That means less time waiting and more time actually experiencing the historic sites.
There’s so much to see, and with options like the Cathedral of Seville (a UNESCO World Heritage site), sailing along the enchanting Amalfi Coast, the exploring the impressive Rothschild Villa and Gardens, there’s plenty to see and do while enjoying the milder temperatures. Care to relax alongside a seaside palazzo overlooking the Mediterranean? Perhaps a beautiful cruise over to Murano to visit a glass-making factory and watch the world’s most spectacular blown glass being artfully crafted sounds delightful?
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Nestled within a magnificent coral bluff on Jamaica’s lush north coast in Ocho Rios, Sandals Royal Plantation offers an exclusive all-butler, all-suite resort featuring 74 oceanview suites, impeccable service and retro-chic sophistication.
Built in the 1950s, the historic gem was a favorite of English playwright, Noel Coward and renowned author, Ian Fleming and continues to attract modern lovers of luxury. In addition to towering Georgian architecture and captivating natural beauty, Sandals Royal Plantation offers a range of world-class amenities including the services of a personal butler for all guests.
Sandals’ discreet butlers are trained by the prestigious Guild of Professional English Butlers to skillfully anticipate guests’ every need. They take care of it all from offering to unpack guests’ luggage to drawing a scented-rose petal bubble bath and even delivering snacks and beverages anywhere in the resort. No request is too small or unattainable. In fact, personal butlers are available throughout the day via cell phone.
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Happy Thanksgiving! With this week’s feasts, we remember in gratitude, the harvest by the Pilgrims in 1621 at the onset of this great nation. In keeping with newer traditions, Costa celebrates Black Friday with rolled back pricing. New rates for Spring have just been released for the Med aboard the Costa Diadema, Costa Fascinosa, Costa Mediteranea and Costa Magica! Take a look and book today with best rates, plus a bonus, FREE Onboard Credit.** And, for a limited time, $100pp Fully Refundable Deposit*** is all it takes to reserve your cabin… Time to Celebrate! Hurry, this offer is limited!
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For reservations, more information on Costa’s other unique destinations and Terms and Conditions, contact your travel agent, visit costacruises.com or call us at 1-800-GO-COSTA (1-800-462-6782).
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Built to bring the outdoors inside and give our guests a closer connection to the sea, Carnival® Vista™ is destined to be the most revolutionary ship on the water.
From the thrilling SkyRide to our Cuban-inspired Havana Bar & Pool, you’ll find sweeping panoramic views at every turn as you sail the beautiful Mediterranean.
Take a virtual tour at carnival.com/carnivalvista
Book online, contact your Travel Professional or Call 866-869-2437.
Travel writer, blogger and author, Meghann Foye has logged time in more than 40 countries writing for Travel+Leisure, Business Traveler, TravelChannel.com and RedbookMag.com and shares the new way she loves to travel.
“Click” moments. As a travel journalist, I’ve come to discover that there is nothing better than that moment when you finally stop thinking about the stresses of daily life and begin to immerse yourself in the people, places and unique cultural experiences around you.
But getting “lost” can take a lot of planning. DIY ing it can quickly become a nightmare of information overload. I recently discovered a great guided vacation removes all the stressful aspects of travel, such as booking multiple hotels, and introduces you to places you’d never find on your own. You get to have real conversations with colorful locals who’ll give you an insider’s view of their city. At its heart, a great guided vacation is one that makes you feel welcomed as a guest, even like a VI P as you breeze past lines. And the one I’ve found that provides the most authentic experiences with the best value is Trafalgar, the guided vacation expert for almost 70 years.
On my trip to Britain with Trafalgar, their on-the-ground Local Specialists were the true insiders with close personal connections and a pride to share their country. In Liverpool, a local teacher treated us to a pint and plenty of stories at the famed Cavern Club, where John, Paul, George and Ringo got their start 50 years ago. And at Alnwick Garden, a sprawling and inspiring landscape set around a 900-year-old castle, the groundskeeper showed us around personally. In London, a local reporter shared her love of the emerging neighborhood behind King’s Cross and St. Pancras train stations, filled with hidden artists lofts, shops and trendy cafes. In each case, their passion could be felt.
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