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Cheap Cruises To The Most Exotic Destinations

Cheap Cruises To The Most Exotic Destinations

Everyday life can be mundane, stressful, and boring. That’s why it’s a good idea to get away from it all whenever possible to recharge, recoup energy, and relax. One of the best ways to enjoy a getaway and have fun on a vacation is to go on a cruise. Cruises are usually the most affordable way to vacation, especially because there are so many cheap cruises available.

A large cruise ship is an experience everyone should enjoy at least once in life. It is hard to describe the experience until it happens. When on a cruise, travelers get to enjoy many different aspects of vacationing that normally only happen separately. For example, vacationers enjoy the water and waves of cruising along the ocean, eat the delicious food of a wonderful hotel, and visit countless destinations along the way.

An exotic cruise vacation allows vacationers to enjoy every port of call and the unique experiences each destination has to offer. With everything handled by an experienced crew and staff of professionals, visitors simply have to sit back, relax, and have a lot of fun. A cruise is the most stress-free way to vacation.

It isn’t too difficult to find good cheap cruises. The major cruise lines tend to offer great deals at certain times of the year, and for those who know how to work the system, it’s even possible to find deals that provide a quality cruise for an affordable price. Searching for cruise deals and booking online is the surefire way to find something inexpensive.

Using an online search site that caters to people looking for cheap cruises is probably the best way to go. The Internet has made it possible to find the best deals available at any given moment without having to leave the comfort of home or office. This makes planning a vacation extremely easy, and simplifies the process from start to finish.

Online booking systems are convenient and reliable, and perfect for those who know the ropes of finding and booking a cruise vacation online. Cheap cruises allow people with a smaller vacation budget to enjoy an exotic vacation and create memories that will last a lifetime. As long as the booking site is trustworthy, anyone can find a great vacation for an affordable price.

The Cruise Vacation Center is the ultimate online destination for savvy travelers in search of the best cheap cruises available to the public. The website makes it easy to find and book a vacation, and do it all in a matter of minutes. The site is considered one of the most reliable in the industry so there is no need to worry about making vacation plans through the system. They offer superior customer service and care.…

Secluded Islands Make the Perfect Vacation Destinations

Secluded Islands Make the Perfect Vacation Destinations

Whether you want to choose a honeymoon destination, a place where you can have a truly romantic experience or one where you can let the stresses of life fade away for a short time, secluded islands will give you what you crave. These islands are in tropical locations giving you the warmth of the sun and sandy beaches where you can lie off and soak up the rays. The islands of French Polynesia are becoming more and more popular in this type of vacation because of the total seclusion they offer.

For a vacation of a lifetime on a secluded tropical island check out what the Tiare Beach Resort can offer you. This little known getaway is located on the island of Huahine and offers a staggering array of activities for your pleasure. Go scuba diving or snorkelling in the warm waters of the South Pacific. If you prefer to stay on land, you can still take in the sight of the wide varieties of colourful fish through the clear waters. There is a lagoon on the island where you will enjoy swimming and you can make arrangements to have a picnic on the beach. You can also indulge in an excursion or rent an outrigger canoe or kayak for your own day trips.

Huahine is a hotbed of historic sites that you can visit. See the lush valleys and ancient fish traps by renting a Land Rover, bicycle or scooter and go off on your own to see the sights. A trip in a glass bottomed boat will give you a glimpse of the underwater world around the island. If you are an avid fisherperson, then you will definitely want to engage in a deep sea fishing experience. Horseback riding is also available as a different way of seeing the sights.

Privacy is the name of the game at this secluded resort.  There are many small islands, called motu, where you can spend the day completely alone surrounded by sand, tropical fish and water. You can decide to rent a bungalow and cook your own meals or if you wish you can have your meals included for only a small extra fee.

Escape to Fiji and spend your vacation on Royal Davui Island. This exotic island paradise consists of 8 acres surrounded by a marine sanctuary inhabited by a wide variety of marine species, such as turtles, colourful fish and rays. Here you can stay in a lavishly decorated villa designed just for couples.

Dunk Island in Australia is another of the South Pacific destinations that will give you the privacy and relaxation you deserve. This island is home to one of Australia most spectacular rainforests. A wide range of activities await you as well as themed dinners and beachfront accommodations.

There are tropical island destinations all over the world. Hawaii, the Caribbean and the islands of Greece are but a few that you can choose from. Take in the sights and enjoy your time together to refresh you …

Top 10 All-Inclusive Vacation Destinations

Top 10 All-Inclusive Vacation Destinations

Any kind of “top 10” list is bound to be subjective. There’s no way around it. It is impossible to account for everyone’s tastes and address every possible variable of a vacation and a resort. However, the following “Top 10 All-Inclusive Vacation Destinations” turn up again and again in listings on the Internet and in travel magazines, too. To make sure you are making the right choice, you should talk to as many people as you can who have actually been to the resort you are considering.

The idea of all-inclusive vacations is not that old, but it has caught on like wildfire because it takes much of the worry out of trip planning. It is not likely you could put together a vacation package for less than the “all inclusives” charge, but not everyone goes this route to save money. The high-end resorts of the all-inclusive variety are pricey, but there are also some bargains to be bad if you do not expect five-star amenities at three- or four-star prices. The following are not in any particular order, but many are clustered in the Caribbean because of its longstanding popularity.

1. Goldeneye Resort, St. Mary, Jamaica: James Bond fans have made the Goldeneye a top pick in many resort listings. This Jamaican retreat was built by Bond novelist Ian Fleming in the 1950s and he is said to have written 14 of his “007” thrillers there. The “short report” on Goldeneye is that it is “a magical place” that provides simple luxury along with carefree, casual comfort. Many celebrities flock to this spot for the privacy, and Goldeneye’s main beach is clean, uncrowded and private with fluffy white sand and warm, crystalline waters. The 007 cachet, great privacy, good food and fabulous grounds combine to make Goldeneye a favorite all-inclusive resort.

2. Sandals Royal Bahamian, Bahamas: As a chain, the Sandals Resorts have been voted “World’s Best” for the past 10+ years by travel professionals worldwide. Many longtime travel agents, who should know, believe that Sandals does “all-inclusive” better than anyone, and they should – they invented it. Sandals does everything with an unsurpassed emphasis on quality, so it is by no means a “budget” destination. This particular Sandals resort – with its offshore island, eight restaurants, seven pools, valet service and Rolls-Royce airport shuttles – will meet the demands of the most discriminating travelers.

3. Sandals Antigua Resort & Spa, Antigua: Situated on Dickenson Bay, the island’s premier (and most famous) beach, this is the chain’s “romantic getaway.” It offers Caribbean village charm plus the refinement and luxury of a world-class, all-inclusive resort, and was voted the “World’s Leading Honeymoon Resort” for four straight years. Crystal clear air and winding paths welcome you to hidden hammocks for the happy twosome.

4. Secrets Excellence, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic: Situated far from city crowds on a remote portion of Caribbean shoreline – in its own palm tree forest, no less – Secrets Excellence has everything from live stage shows, hot …

Popular Tourist Destinations in L.a

Popular Tourist Destinations in L.a

Southern California, and specifically Los Angeles remains one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States today and continues to grow in popularity with each passing day. Los Angeles offers everything for everyone in the family. From Disney Land to sporting events, Los Angeles has it all. The Angels, Kings, Dodgers, Clippers and Lakers all call Los Angeles home. Los Angeles is referred to as ‘Cities within a city’ and it is where the world goes to party. Only miles from Loa Angeles are Hollywood, Orange County, Beverly Hills, Hermosa Beach, Long Beach, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica, Sunset Blvd., Venice and Marina del Rey, and plenty of tourist spots to go to in Los Angeles.

In the Los Angeles area tourists can visit plenty of sporting events for the basketball, hockey and baseball lover as well as attend concerts at a variety of venues throughout the area. Any family that wishes to vacation in the Los Angeles area might want to take more than a week when there to make sure that they hit everything that the area has to offer. For concert lovers there is the Disney Concert Hall, the Greek Theater in Hollywood, the Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa, the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine and the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City.

Other tourist spots to go to in Los Angeles while on vacation are Disney Land in Anaheim, the Getty Museum in Santa Monica, Griffith Park in Hollywood, Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, the Hollywood sign in Hollywood, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown, Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, the Santa Monica Pier, Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, Venice Beach and Universal Studios in Universal City.

For the sports enthusiasts in the family, there are plenty if stadiums and arenas to visit while in Los Angeles. Some tourist spots to go to in Los Angeles for sports enthusiasts are Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Dodger Stadium in Chavez Ravine, Edison Field in Anaheim, Hollywood Park in Inglewood, the Home Depot Center in Carson, the L.A. Coliseum in the Downtown district, the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia and the Staples Center in the Downtown district.

For the television show enthusiast in the family, don’t worry, there are plenty of tourist spots to go to in Los Angeles to view television show tapings. Tickets can be obtained from Audiences Unlimited, located in Universal City; from CBS, located on Beverly Blvd. and the tickets are for talk shows, game shows and sitcom tapings; Paramount Pictures, which is located on North Gower Street. The tickets for any of Paramount Pictures’ sitcoms and talk shows can be obtained as far in advance as five days prior to the taping of the show at their offices …

Top Ten Honeymoon Destinations to Choose From

Top Ten Honeymoon Destinations to Choose From

If you are about to get married and are having a hard time deciding where to go on your honeymoon then you are not alone. A wedding adds plenty of stress to your life and trying to plan your honeymoon around all the other things you have going on can be difficult. If you are currently unsure of where you and your future spouse would like to go here are the top ten honeymoon destinations for those living in the United States.

1. Hawaii – A Hawaiian honeymoon is one of the most desired and romantic destinations for those who are newly wed. Maui is normally the island of choice with its lush tropical hillsides, long white sand beaches, cloud covered mountains, and world class accommodations that cater to newlyweds. It is truly a honeymoon that will create a lifetime of memories.

2. Mexico – A Mexican honeymoon is a great choice as a destination. There are a number of world class resorts to choose from with a large majority of them being all inclusive. The people are warm and friendly and if you’re on a budget you can’t beat the prices. Plus it is easy to get there with many daily flights to choose from.

3. The Caribbean – A trip to a Caribbean island, or multiple islands if you choose a honeymoon cruise, is a truly romantic experience. The great thing about a Caribbean honeymoon is the sheer number of islands you can choose from, each with its own distinct cultural attractions.

4. Florida – The sunshine state has a little something for everyone. From long stretches of sandy beaches, to the night life of big cities and everything in between a Florida honeymoon is a truly memorable experience. Even Walt Disney World in Orlando has packages for the more adventurous honeymooners.

5. Key West – Technically this secluded little island is in the state of Florida but it deserves a mention all its own. With Anti-bellum homes that have been turned into cozy bed and breakfasts and its New Orleans atmosphere Key West is a well kept honeymoon destination secret.

6. Las Vegas – There is nothing quite like a honeymoon in Sin City. With many world class hotels to choose from your every want and whim will be catered to. And no matter the time of day or night there is always something to do, whether it’s eating at a five star restaurant, seeing a show on the strip, dancing the night away, or relaxing pool side.

7. California – The golden state offers many honeymoon choices. There are large cities such as San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles that have first rate hotels and restaurants. You can spend time at the beach or in rustic mountain towns. And for a truly romantic experience the Napa Valley with its vineyards and small town atmosphere.

8. The U.S. Virgin Islands – With beautiful white sand beaches and warm tropical waters these three islands are true romantic …

United States Honeymoon Destinations

United States Honeymoon Destinations

In today’s economy a lot of young couples are looking for honeymoons that don’t just fit their budget, but that are also romantic. If you are choosing to stay stateside, you may be wondering what kind of resorts or honeymoon locations are near you. Well here is a list of some great honeymoon destinations in the United States. You may be surprised how close some of them are to you!

  1. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. While the name may ring a bell, and perhaps you vacationed there with you family one summer, you may not have thought of it as a honeymoon destination until now! This gorgeous location offers 60 miles of sandy beaches, some of the best golf courses, and even several amusement and water parks. Myrtle Beach offers several great resorts, including the Prince Resort that hosts the famous 985 feet long Cherry Grove Pier.
  2. Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Nestled in the heart of the Smokey Mountains, Gatlinburg is a beautiful and historic town. You can spend your honeymoon in a cozy cabin or mountain lodge and spend your days hiking the mountain trails or meandering around the town and all it has to offer, or if your honeymooning in the winter, maybe a ski date would be the perfect outing.
  3. Branson, Missouri. This is the ideal honeymoon location for seasoned adults. It offers several great hotels, including the Chateau of the Lake, which is a romantic four-diamond resort, or what about spending your honeymoon in a cozy cabin nestled in the Ozark Mountains? Branson has lots of attractions including musical shows like the Andy William’s Show, Amazing Acrobats of China, The Haygood’s, and Legends. You can also visit their local water park and amusement park for added entertainment, as well as some of the areas best golf courses. No matter what you are into, there is something in Branson for everyone.
  4. Napa Valley, California. If you are looking for a honeymoon location that has class, look no further than Napa Valley. This is a beautiful, romantic destination with its gorgeous views and wineries.  You can spend your honeymoon at a quaint little bed and breakfast or one the areas many hotels or resorts. You can enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting, a morning mud bath at Calistoga, or even a night on the town at one of their fine restaurants. No matter what you decide to do while you visit, Napa Valley is definitely a taste of the finer things in life.
  5. Breckenridge, Colorado. If you and your fiancée love skiing and winter sports, why not honeymoon during the winter months in Breckenridge where the skiing and snowboarding is some of the best in the world. This beautiful and historic mining town offers gorgeous hotels and resorts to spend your evenings, and a ski resort where you can play all day whether you are a beginner or an expert. When you want to take a break for the slopes, you can visit one of their neat downtown shops, have dinner

Top Five Destinations, Value for Your Money!

Top Five Destinations, Value for Your Money!

As a travel writer for a web based travel portal company, I come across quite a few travel destinations and deals and decided to share my top five travel destinations that offer the best deals including value. My focus is always value, not the lowest price. As we all have different budgets, I like to choose from a range of budget accommodations to deluxe. I sifted through everything from little known destinations for a quiet romantic getaway to all-inclusive resorts for the whole family to cruising.

The destinations and properties or cruise make my list when I see true value in the “deal”. For example, if someone says the sale price is $100 per night at 50% off, and I do my homework and realize that the property is always $100 and not really worth it – there is no value. It is when I see they are truly offering a deal that is rare, either a great price that is actually less than you would expect for the level of service and accommodations or if I see tons of added value, I want to recommend it to everyone!

My top destinations and the best deals that go with them:

1) Mexico: All-inclusive resorts continue to be a great value – you just have to be careful that it offers everything it says it does. A one price for all drinks, food, water sports (at most resorts) and activities can save hundreds on your vacation.

The Riu Palace Riviera Maya in Mexico is my first top pick for price-friendly getaway. The Riviera Maya is about 20 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Cancun and a 100-mile long stretch located along the coastline of the Yucatan Peninsula. The center of this beautiful area is Playa del Carmen, just across the ocean from Cozumel Island, and half way between Cancun and Tulum (amazing Mayan Ruins). Playa del Carmen is the perfect home base for exploring Mexico’s Caribbean Coast. The Caribbean reef off shore is a big attraction for travelers as well.

The Riu Palace offers a wide variety of suites on miles of white sandy beachfront property. With restaurants, bars, and snacks available to you 24 hours a day, this four star rated resort marks high when you’re counting pennies. Their current deal: Air & 4 nights from $606. Please note most air inclusive packages give you a sample price from Florida, assume it will be a bit more from other states – the pricing is right on the web site.

I actually found a number of great deals in Cancun as well, and yes, I checked them out through a number of sources. Just go to this site and you will see 50% off (for real) all inclusives in Cancun. During College and University school breaks, it is the Mecca of partying for 18-25yr olds, but during other times of the year it is a good place for everyone. Cancun is a big hotel strip, with tons of bars and …

Romantic Beach Vacation Destinations Summer 2009

Romantic Beach Vacation Destinations Summer 2009

Summer is a short but splendid season, often spent with family and friends enjoying the endless array of festivals, food, and holidays. The Summer season is also a perfect time for a romantic walk on the beach at sunset during a hot summer vacations evening.   Put those long Summer days to good use exploring our list of beautiful beaches and vacation spots located across the United States.  This Summer, find your special beach destination, soak up the sun and play in the pristine sandy beaches while making Summer memories that last a lifetime.

Maine is one of the most popular romantic destinations of Summer vacationers for a variety of reasons. The beautiful, temperate weather and rocky coastlines with soaring, granite cliffs have provided unforgettable vistas to Summer travelers for over a hundred years.  A popular Maine Summer destination is Bar Harbor, located in the Acadia National Park area, providing beautiful white, sandy beaches and refreshing, cool waters to enjoy and help you unwind. Also located within this Summer vacation area along Route 1A in the Southern Coastline region of Maine, are the quaint coastal cities of Portland and Ogunquit.  Both offer smaller beaches, but are known for their quiet, romantic shorelines. Tired of the beach?  How about a trip to Maine’s Central Coastline to Southwest Harbor where vacationers will find wonderful boutiques, galleries, eateries, and bed and breakfast lodging unlike anywhere experienced before.  And of course, no Maine Summer vacation would be complete without sampling some of the local fair, including freshly caught lobster, hush puppies, fiddle head potatoes, and my personal favorite, New England clam chowder.

Another Summer vacation hot spot is New Jersey’s Southern Shore, with over 140 miles of pristine beaches, renowned restaurants, and celebrated Summer festivals and events.  This region contains 7 out of the top 10 beaches in New Jersey, including the #1 beach, located in Ocean City. Known as America’s Greatest Family Resort, it is a fantastic place for family reunions, group retreats, and of course, beach weddings. The 2.5 mile long boardwalk is complete with fine dining restaurants and downtown shopping area for adults, and two amusement parks, go-cart rentals, and a water park for the kids. Don’t forget about the many miniature golf courses, enjoyable for the entire family! There is truly entertainment for all ages in Ocean City, NJ. And no trip to New Jersey’s Southern Shore would be complete without visiting the historic, Victorian town of Cape May. Cape May offers a wide variety of Summertime activities including listening to the surf caress the shoreline, the thrill and excitement of walking the boardwalk, climbing to the top of one of the many famous Cape May lighthouses and enjoying the towering vistas, and finally, staying at a romantic Victorian bed and breakfast on the coastline. The New Jersey Southern Shore offers a wide variety of activities ensuring your Summer vacation will be a memorable one.

Known for it’s year round bountiful sunshine and crystal blue skies, the Florida Keys region including …

Popular RV Destinations in California

Popular RV Destinations in California

Travelers of all ages flock to the Golden State every year. The wealth of vastly different experiences that the state has to offer is incomparable. California boasts deserts, mountains, beaches, forests, cities, vineyards and a host of other places to discover and explore. Often, the only thing holding people back from visiting is the high price tag. Staying in hotels can really add up, so the best way to cut costs and make your trip memorable is to stay in a California RV resort. Some of the most popular destinations in California are also popular RV destinations, so you can find these resorts almost anywhere you want to be.

– KQ Ranch Resort – In beautiful Julian, California, this California RV resort is a fantastic resort in a very centralized location. The park is very close to San Diego, allowing for easy day trips into the city to explore. It also sits near the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the Pacific Coast Trail, allowing your inner “granola-girl/boy” to hike along the miles of trails available to stunning lookout points and through ecosystems teeming with life. Also, while most couples are crowding up and touring the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma, you can be indulging in the delightful, pristine vineyards right around Julian like the Menghini Winery or the oldest winery in southern California, Bernardo Winery.

– Emerald Cove RV Resort – On the California side of the winding Colorado River, Emerald Cove is a very family-oriented resort surrounded in amazing panoramic views. Drop the kids off at the River Rats Kids’ Club where the director will entertain them for hours. During the few quiet hours you have earned, spend your time relaxing on the white sandy beach. When you converge again, head out on the lake with the kids for some water sports, or drive over to Quartzsite, AZ, where there are gem and mineral shows, as well as a large flea market full of fossils, gems, and rocks. Your kids can learn a bit of geology and you can pick up a couple of gems for souvenirs, so everyone wins!

– Cherry Valley Lakes – Moments from Palm Springs and less than an hour away from Los Angeles sits Cherry Valley Lakes. Obviously well-situated, the campground offers gorgeous mountain vistas and vibrant night-life all within easy driving distance. This is a resort to truly relax at, fish in the well-stocked lake, and unwind around the campfire with your family and friends. Fabulously beautiful golf courses are within a quick drive as well, and the shops and restaurants of Palm Springs are just around the corner.…

Best Budget Vacation Destinations

Best Budget Vacation Destinations

Who doesn’t love a great vacation? Unfortunately, vacations are as expensive as they are relaxing and fun. Statistics show that with the current economic crunch, fewer and fewer people are spending the money for a vacation. However, vacations can help reduce stress, giving you a valued break from your typical work and home responsibilities. Vacations do not have to be over the top and pricey. Check out this list of the best budget vacation destinations:

Disney World

On the surface, a trip to Disney World seems rather pricey, but if you are close enough to drive or fly there affordably, this is actually a great option. Disney wants to attract families of all sizes, so they have a number of pulled-together vacation packages that include hotel, transportation, and access to the park. You can even find packages that include meal plans and memorabilia allowances! Log onto their website today – and keep an open mind about the prices you see. They seem expensive at first, but do not forget that this is an all-inclusive vacation package – you will not have to spend another dime if you do not want to!

The Appalachian Mountains

If you love vacationing in the mountains, skip an expensive ski trip to the Rockies and consider the Appalachian Mountains in the east. They aren’t nearly as tall and impressive, but the skiing and camping options are still great and you’ll be able to find lodging at a fraction of the cost. The Pocono Mountains, part of the mountain range, found in Pennsylvania, is especially inviting to tourists. Many ski resorts along the entire range convert to water parks in the summertime, so this mountain getaway is great no matter what time of year it may be.

Delaware and Oregon beaches

When you want to go to the beach, you probably immediately think California on the west coast and the Carolinas on the east coast. However, think outside of the box and travel to some of the lesser-known states instead. You’ll find much more affordable deals in states like Oregon and Delaware. For example, you can easily find a peak-season beach house on Delaware’s Dewey or Rehobeth beach for under $1700 a week. When you consider that 10+ people can stay in a large house like those available at these beaches, it is not a bad price at all! The trick is to head to smaller beaches that are fairly close to your home – many of the beaches without boardwalks do not charge a fee to get on the sand. If you are not close to either coast, you can also consider heading to a local lake or river and you will still get that “fun in the sun” feeling, without spending an arm and a leg on traveling.

The Great Lakes Region

People usually think that states like Michigan are cold and do not cater to tourists, but the Great Lake region of the United States is beautiful during the summer. Costs in this …