Recently I had a 7 hour layover in Heathrow…..ugh…..what to do? With the dollar still relatively weak against the pound, shopping for hours on end, even duty-free, was out of the question. So, I decided to get out of the airport and into the English countryside, for a visit to the town of Windsor and Windsor […]
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The award-winning Crystal Cruise line is expanding into the hot river cruise market! The Crystal Mozart, the first of 5 cutting-edge brand new builds, will debut in July 2016 with a 10 day itinerary on the Danube. The other ships, all names after classical music composers, will arrive in 2017. This can be a game […]
Congratulations to April and Wade, who got engaged in truly romantic style on a sunny Curacao getaway last week. We are thrilled for you and looking forward to planning your destination wedding!
The 4,248 passenger Escape, the newest ship of Norwegian Cruise Lines, entered service last week and I was on the 3 night ship inaugural sailing. Here’s my impression of this new mega-ship. It’s a party ship with a lot to offer; no wonder Pitbull is the godfather of this rockin’ ship! Escape will sail year-round from Miami […]
Today, my colleague Holly and I took a little road trip out to Middleburg, VA to check out The Salamander Resort & Spa. The Salamander opened 2 years ago, and it was a brand new build by owner Sheila Johnson, who ordered custom made materials and artwork to realize her vision. And what a vision […]
SPECIAL TIME-SENSITIVE TRAVEL OFFERS! October 2015–Special Offers & Travel News Hi all:October has brought around some great last-minute offers for those of you with flexibility! And the dollar is still strong against the euro: as of this writing 1E = $1.14. And Africa is still a tremendous value, particularly South Africa! 1 $USD = 13 […]
I’m settling back into a routine after several weeks of travel, including our annual Virtuoso global conference. I had almost 400 meetings with hotels, tour operators and suppliers from all over the world! So in this newsletter I will provide my takeaway of trends in travel, as well as the best offers out there right […]
How is this for a close-up? We went swimming with whale sharks off the coast of Isla Mujeres this past July, and it was an amazing experience. Two days before I had swam with a dolphin at Xel-Ha, and it was a totally different experience. Swimming with the 17-yr old male dolphin was great […]
Swimming with dolphins is on everyone’s bucket list, isn’t it? We had the opportunity to swim with a 17 year old male rescue dolphin named Kaleche at Xel-Ha, and it lived up to all our expectations, and more. We were a small group–only 6 people total–with a trainer and the dolphin. At first, the trainer had […]