Thursday, December 19, 2013

Mount Dora Travel Agent Now Certified Special NeedsTravel Advocate

This past week, I received certification from Special Needs Group, Inc., a global provider of wheelchair rentals, scooter rentals, oxygen rentals and other special needs equipment rentals for the travel industry. Recommended by the world's major cruise lines for superior service and value, Special Needs Group also services guests visiting hotels, resorts, theme parks and convention centers. To earn the distinction, I participated in Special Needs Group’s in-depth online 3 module certification program.

Through the program, I gained an understanding of the special needs/accessible travel market. I also learned about the best equipment to rent for special needs travel. From mini refrigerators for insulin and patches of sod or mulch for a service animal, to organic baby food and pack-n-plays, I will make every effort to accommodate needs.

One of the things I learned was that nationwide, one in seven persons has some form of disability, and one in five families are touched. Whether someone has cystic fibrosis, asthma, sleep apnea or other respiratory disease, travel is still accessible. By specializing in special needs/accessible travel, I have the ability to help this large percentage of the population travel in an enjoyable, safe and efficient manner.  

Through these courses, I not only learned how to assist individuals with special needs to enjoy travel, but I found some valuable new ways to serve the needs of all of my clients. The population, as well as the travel industry itself, has undergone major changes in the past few years. By completing this program, I have the ability to stay on the cutting edge of these changes and create incredible opportunities for my clients.

To book a vacation or inquire about equipment that might be needed while away from home, please contact me. 

Create memories, not regrets!


Thursday, December 12, 2013

5 Things You Didn't Know About Exuma, Sandals Emerald Bay


While the temperature cools down to 56 degrees here in Florida, I'm at my desk with a long sleeve shirt, a zipper sweater, flannel pants, and slippers.  But my mind drifts back to November when I personally witnessed the white sand beaches and beautiful blue water at Sandals Emerald Bay.

Here are 5 things you didn't know about the sophisticated, secluded Sandals Emerald Bay, in Exuma.

1) Greg Norman (aka The Great White Shark), designed Sandals Emerald Reef Gold Course. The 18-hole, par 72 championship course weaves through dunes, scenic mangroves, and the peninsula of Emerald Bay. Sandals' guests green fess are $175 per round. Sandals currently has an offer where guests staying in the exquisite butler service suite for at least 4 nights receive the ultimate golf package free. This offer ends December 31, 2013.  Check with your travel agent for more details.

2) You can get a direct flight to Exuma (GGT) from Nassau, Miami, Atlanta, Ft Lauderdale or Toronto. Or you can fly your private plane, but be aware, it has one 7000 x 150 foot runway. The airport is small and quaint and welcomes its visitors with a warm, tropical hello. After an approximate 10 minute drive, you arrive at the ultimate, all-inclusive resort, where 1 1/2 miles of blissful beach await.

3) With a world of flavors offered at their 7 dining options, my clients often inquire about the attire for the restaurants. There are two types of attire: resort casual and resort evening.  Resort casual means you can wear shorts or jeans, t-shirts or polo shirts. Swimwear must be covered, and shirts and footwear are required.  Resort evening requires dress pants or jeans for men, long or short sleeved dress shirts (with or without collar) dress shoes or elegant sandals. No shorts, t-shirts, sleeveless shirts or tennis shoes/sneakers.  For dinner, at this resort, evening attire and reservations are required at II Cielo (the sky) and La Parisienne. The nightly themed buffets also require evening attire. Casual attire is appropriate for the other dining options.

4) Emerald Bay offers weekly themes and events. These are perfect team building and corporate functions.
Monday: Manager's Cocktail Party
Tuesday: White Night and Chocolate Late Night Buffet
Wednesday: Casino Charity
Thursday: Reggae Night
Friday: Junkanoo Beach Party
Saturday: Cabaret
Sunday: Love Is All You Need Lover's Game Show

5) World Travel voted Sandals Emerald Bay "Caribbean's Leading Luxury All-inclusive Resort" 3 years in a row. My favorite accommodation was the Prime Minister Honeymoon Beachfront Walkout Butler Villa Suite.  Where else can you step out from your patio into the white sand beach? Along with your very own butler, elegance leads down the hall into a large living room which opens into the private patio. The view was absolutely beautiful. This is the extraordinary place to be to celebrate a honeymoon or anniversary.

6) I know I said 5, but did you know Emerald Bay was also voted the "Caribbean's Leading Conference Hotel?" Get in touch with me for more information on their conference center.

7) And one more thing...Did you know that in Exuma, Fowl Key, you can swim with...pigs?

Create memories, not regrets!






Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What to do in Mount Dora



Charming! Adorable! Historical! There is something special about Mount Dora, Florida.

USA Today writes, "Dora exudes a comfortable Southern charm and hospitality."

Visit Florida boasts, "Mount Dora offers you the pleasure of Old Florida country living."

My travel agency is located in downtown Mount Dora. Everyday I get to experience the peace and serenity of the town itself. But what's even better is making connections with the local business owners, the residents, and even the visitors.

Food! Gifts! Snacks! Antiques! Entertainment! Recreation! Nature! Events! Festivals! Shows! The list goes on and on.

If you're looking for something different, Mount Dora is a place you need to experience first hand. For additional information on Mount Dora visit the Mount Dora Chamber and www.whattodoinmtdora.com. If you need a place for a family reunion, a girl's getaway, a wedding or special event, please contact me. I'll be happy to arrange the details. That's what I do. I'm the travel secretary that you don't have to pay.

What are your thoughts about Mount Dora?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

3 Resorts, 3 Islands, 3 Days

I just returned from a trip where I toured 3 resorts, on 3 different islands, in 3 days. Whew! It was 3 days of non-stop walking, touring, and eating, but my clients are worth it. I'll go around the world for them.

One hundred and twenty-five travel agents were invited by Sandals to tour 3 of their all-inclusive resorts. We boarded a private jet, in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday and didn't stop until we returned Tuesday evening.

Sandals Emerald Bay, Exuma
Our first resort was Emerald Bay, in Exuma, Bahamas. Emerald Bay is the ultimate golf and spa getaway. The 18 hole, 7,001 yard, and par-72 course was desinged by Greg Norman. The scenery from the golf course overlooking the blue water was absolutely incredible.

Tennis anyone? This property has 6 Har-Tru tennis courts, including a sunken stadium court.

Runners? A 2.6 mile jogging trails takes you around the breathtaking greenery and wildlife along the golf course. I didn't bring my running shoes with me this time, but next time, I will.

My favorite accommodation was the Prime Minister Honeymoon, One Bedroom, Beachfront, Walkout Butler Villa Suite.
This suite allows you to step out from your patio onto the white sand beach. This is the place you want to celebrate a honeymoon or anniversary.

Emerald Bay is an all-inclusive, adult-only resort where you can get away from it all, relax and enjoy the beautiful, white sandy beaches.

Beaches Turks and Caicos
After spending the day in Exuma, we flew to Turks and Caicos. I didn't want to leave the beautiful beaches of Exuma, and I wasn't sure if Beaches Turks and Caicos was going to WOW me. It did. This all-inclusive resort has 19 speciality restaurants with dining options from Caribbean to Japanese, from Italian to French, from Seafood to Sushi. It was impossible to dine at all the restaurants in my short visit, but foodies will love all the different choices here.

I frequented Cafe' de Paris, an excellent coffee shop. I didn't even have to pay for my latte or cappiccuno because this is an all-inclusive resort.

As a former educator, children's programs on resorts and cruises are very important to me. Beaches Turks and Caicos has an excellent program for kids of all ages. I even saw some dads in the X-Box Play Lounge. They were enjoying the plasma screens and latest games on the market just as much as their children.


Want a great view? One of my favorite accommodations was in the Key West Village (Beachfront, 4-room, Butler Villa Residence with Private pool). This is perfect for a couple families who want to be together. These villas are your beachfront choice. 

Beaches is an all-inclusive resort for everyone of all ages, which makes this the perfect resort for family reunions, weddings, corporate events, girl friend getaways, etc.

Sandals Royal Bahamian, Bahamas
Our last leg of the trip was to Royal Bahamian. Once again, I wasn't sure how this all-inclusive resort was going to compare with the last two. How could it get any better? Royal Bahamian is full of charm and elegance.
One highlight of this property was the offshore island. Talk about Paradise! We took a 5 minute ferry ride over to the island. On this island was a fresh water pool with a swim up bar, a restaurant, the famous Zen Garden, which offers spa service. What a great feature!

Want to be pampered? The one bedroom butler royal suites of the Windsor Beachfront is the room for you. These suites are centerally located and have an incredible view of the ocean. Butler service, 24-hour room service, VIP Rolls Royce or Mercedes airport transfers and exclusive dining at Gordon's on the Pier are part of this ultimate indulgence.

Our tour of 3 resorts, on 3 islands came to a close as we flew from Nassau back to Orlando. Three days of intense property hopping. I'm doing the leg work to be the best resource I can for my clients.

Perks of the Sandals and Beaches Resorts: They are all-inclusive resorts.  There are no charges for drinks, sodas, snacks, ice cream, speciality coffees or speciality dining. No tipping (except for Butler and Spa Services). No fee to use the water sports. Sandals and Beaches all-inclusive resorts truly are all inclusive.

I've personally visited these resorts along with other Sandals and Beaches properties. I am a Sandals Certified Specialist. Get in touch with me today to find out about the perfect resort for your wedding, family reunion, or corporate event.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving, one of the most traveled times of the year, is just around the corner. With the high cost of airfares and long lines at security in the airports, more people are driving to their destinations.

Here are some helpful travel tips to keep you safe and comfortable on the road.

Maintenance: Have your vehicle checked by a mechanic prior to the trip. A visit to your friendly, neighborhood, certified mechanic could save you a lot of time and money. Also, check the pressure in the spare tire.


Flashlight: A big, long (at least 12-inch) flashlight is a must when I travel by car. I don't leave home without my Maglite. Should something happen at night or during a rainstorm, a flashlight comes in handy for several reasons. Did you know it could also be used in self defense? Check the batteries prior to departure.

Pepper spray: Travel with pepper spray or some other type of device to keep you safe. This is especially important when traveling alone or for a girls' get-away.


Emergency road side service: If you are traveling long distances, consider an emergency road side service, even a new car can leave you stranded on the side of the road. Be sure to keep the emergency road side service phone number in a convenient spot so it can be easily retrieved.


Navigation: Don't rely only on GPS. GPS is a wonderful tool; however, it is not always correct and can be unreliable. Having a second set of directions on paper or a good old fashion, up-to-date map is a great way to have a pack up plan.


Car cell phone charger: With the age of cell phones and batteries that don't stay charged long, it is important to have your car phone adapter and cord to keep your phone charged.


Snacks: Be sure to take a healthy snack. There are many healthy bars on the market today like granola, protein and snack bars. Pick up a box or two at the store to keep with you in the car. In the event that your travels are delayed, food is readily available.


Drinks: Along with snacks be sure to have drinks, especially water. Water can be used for many different things besides hydration.


Closed toe shoes: Deck shoes, tennis shoes or any other closed toe shoe is good to wear while driving on a road trip. Leave the pumps, stilettos and flip flops for your destination.


Fun: Don't forget the fun! Traveling by car is a great way to make lasting memories. I bet you probably remember taking a road trip with your family.

Stay safe no matter where your travels take you this Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!


Thursday, July 18, 2013

In Celebration of Wine

What could be more enjoyable than the wind blowing through your hair has you coast downhill on a bicycle through wine country? And what if the vineyards and wineries were along the Danube, Douro, Mosel, Rhine, Rhone, and Seine Rivers?

Wine cruises are quickly becoming a growing passion among the novice and sommeliers. Starting this November, AmaWaterways showcases acclaimed vineyards and wineries on their Wine Cruises. Hosts include:

Bob and Jodi Dickinson, Camillus House, Miami, FL
Michael and Stephanie Honig, Honig Vineyard and Winery, Rutherford, CA
Barry Wiss, Trichero Family Estates, St Helena, CA
Eric Glomski, Page Spring Cellars, Corneville, AZ
Sam Pillsubry, Pillsbury Wine Company, Cottonwood, AZ
Christopher Silva, St Francis Winery and Vineyards, Santa Rosa, CA
Holly Howell, Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, Corning, NY
Mark Johnson, Chateau Chantal Winery, Traverse City, MI
Carissa Chappellet, Chappellet Winery, Napa Valley, CA
Archie McLaren, Central Coast Wine Classic
Len and Marisa Crispino, Foreign Affairs Winery, Vineland Station, ON
Brian Heath, Grape Creek Vineyards, Frericksburg, TX
Jean Marc Epinasse, Domanie Rouge-Blueu, France
Lee Fuqua, Fuqua Winery, Dallas, TX

Hosts will present insightful wine-themed lectures. They may also cover other topics including the history of brewing beer, the uniqueness of Calvados, or the production of sparkling wine.

What else can you expect?
-Wine tasting
-Excursions to historic vineyards and cellars
-Learn about the regions' centuries-old wine traditions
-Sample award-winning vintages

What other features are included?
-Fine dining
-Guided tours
-Bicycles to ride in port
-Internet and Infotainment
-Wine, beer and soft drinks for lunch and dinner
-Wi-Fi and in-room Hollywood movies
Onboard entertainment
-Shore excursions with personal headsets

Wine cruises are in a class of their own and are an epicurean, unforgettable experience. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about wine from expert onboard hosts, visit historic vineyards and private wine cellars, meet local growers and savor some delicious regional vintages!

Click here to learn more about your perfect river cruise.

Get in touch with me today so I can connect you with the best wine cruise of your life. Ask about the wine cruise specials for November 2013, including savings per stateroom, onboard credit and complimentary stateroom upgrade.




Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Carnival Sunshine and Liberty Coming to Port Canaveral

Look out Space Coast! More cruises are coming your way in 2014.

Carnival Sunshine, which recently completed a massive $155 million
transformation, will be repositioned from New Orleans to Port Canaveral beginning in April 2014. This move will allow Carnival to continue to offer attractive new options from Port Canaveral and marks the first time the line will have a ship in Central Florida featuring all of the fantastic Fun Ship 2.0 bar, dining and entertainment innovations.

Carnival will also increase capacity in Port Canaveral by 30 percent when Carnival Liberty launches year-round five- to eight-day Caribbean cruises in May 2014, adding a second Fun Ship 2.0-equipped vessel to the Space Coast. The ship’s many popular features include Guy’s Burger Joint, developed in tandem with Food Network Star Guy Fieri, along with BlueIguana Cantina, RedFrog Rum Bar, EA Sports Bar, BlueIguana Tequila Bar and the award-winning Alchemy Bar.

Guests will now have the widest variety of cruise vacations available from Port Canaveral including five cruise durations -- from three to eight days -- offering seven different itinerary options and the chance to visit 14 exciting destinations throughout The Bahamas and Caribbean. Carnival will be the only cruise line to offer three year-round ships from Port Canaveral, providing fun and memorable cruise vacations to over 600,000 guests annually.

“These deployment changes will enable us to offer our guests even more exciting Carnival cruise vacation choices from Central Florida and the Gulf region and significantly enhance our leadership positions in the Port Canaveral and New Orleans markets,” said Gerry Cahill, Carnival president and CEO.

Contact me today to plan your next Caribbean cruise!



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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cruising the Southern Caribbean

With Guest Karla Lafferty

Although we have been on over 30 cruises, we have never made it to the southern Caribbean… until last week.  There were nine of us traveling, ranging in age from 14 years old to 78 years old…Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas made sure we all had a great time.  

Our first stop was in St. Croix.  There is such a mixture of people there.  The island is basically divided into three sections; east, midland, and west.  We docked in the west section.  “Franklin’s on the Waterfront” is one beautiful store not to be missed.  The owners are American and moved to the island five years ago to live out their dream on a Caribbean island.  “Polly’s” cafĂ© served everything from beer for breakfast to local fare.  Definitely worth a stroll into their air-conditioned restaurant to just have a cool drink and a snack.  Further inland, we came across Holy Cross church, which is a Catholic church, and is beautiful.  The craftsmanship inside the church is absolutely breathtaking.  The locals are very friendly, although the taxi drivers could be a bit pushy at times.

Our next stop was St. Maarten.  We docked on the Dutch side and there is no shortage of jewelry shops here!  The people were not aggressive or pushy at all!  This was a laid back island!  We shopped the Dutch side and hopped a taxi ride for $25 to the French side.  Although the island is divided, the people are not.  The French shops were much more upscale, as if you were shopping in Monaco on the Med!  The afternoon found us chartering a private catamaran for 4 hours.  Mirabella Catamaran Company took care of us first class! Open bar and lunch and snorkeling?!  Who could ask for a more relaxing time?  



St. Lucia was another favorite stop.  We opted for a 45 minute boat ride to Soufriere (Smell of Sulfur is how it is translated – but don’t be frightened, it was a beautiful seaside town!  We got off the boat and had a 10 minute bus ride to the mud baths – so worth it!  Then another 10 minute bus ride (air-conditioned!) to the waterfalls.  The falls were a bit crowded, but who wouldn’t want to stand under the falls and be showered by nature?  We then got back on the boat and headed back to our cruise ship, but not before stopping at a beachside restaurant.  The “water taxis” a.k.a. men in kayaks took those ashore who did not want to get in the water.  The 45 minute boat ride back to the dock was memorable as we indulged in free rum punch!


Antigua was not a favorite stop for us.  There were loads of shops, but the taxi drivers were all over and were determined to book a tour!  We did not tour the island, just did a lot of shopping, and there is plenty of shopping to be done!

Our last stop was Barbados.  We have never been to a more friendly island!  These people were amazing.  Our taxi driver, Michael, took us to “Harrison Caves”.  Once there, it was a 45 minute tram ride into natural caves, 170 feet underground!  We then toured the island and ended up at a small seaside restaurant where we feasted on “flying fish”, a local favorite.  The island is home to Rihanna and many celebrities have visited, opting to stay at some very upscale hotels.  This island was a favorite!

Our group of nine had such an amazing southern Caribbean cruise, we can’t wait to go back!  Everyone from the 14 year old to the 78 year old felt this cruise was top notch!


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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Carnival Triumph Returns---Would you cruise on the Carnival Triumph?

Early in February 2013, the Carnival Triumph caught fire. After undergoing extensive enhancements and upgrades she re-entered service, on June 13, resuming her year-round schedule of four and five day cruises to Mexico out of Galveston.


“Carnival Triumph is returning to service looking like a new ship, with a variety of technical, food and beverage and entertainment upgrades,” says CEO Gerry Cahill. “This is a proud day for Carnival and the culmination of a huge effort by our employees.”


While in dry dock, Triumph received many of the Fun Ship 2.0 amenities. 

Passengers will now enjoy:

-Guy’s Burger Joint, a free poolside venue created by Food Network personality Guy Fieri

-BlueIguana Cantina, a free-of-charge taco and burrito buffet

-RedFrog Rum Bar, a poolside Caribbean-themed watering hole
 
-BlueIguana Tequila Bar, a lively Mexican-themed poolside bar

-Alchemy Bar, a cocktail “pharmacy” serving specialty drinks

-EA Sports bar, a sports-themed lounge with live televised sporting events and video games


Carnival Triumph Repair overview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQfcDyWpZFY

Carnival Triumph Returns: http://youtu.be/WlvNYgx689k

Carnival Triumph Sail Away Party: http://youtu.be/mN-4M96Ybfg  

Would you cruise on the Carnival Triumph?

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Gotta Take It With Me

Everyone has their favorite things they "have" to travel with to make their journey easier. For some it is a plastic bag, or duct tape, or clothes pins, or pill boxes, etc. Following are 5 things that make my travels more comfortable.


1) Portable charger for iPads/tables, smart phones, and other devices. My portable charger is awesome! I don't have to look for an outlet to charge my phone now. I can charge my phone as I am walking down the street of a town I am touring. I can charge my phone anywhere without having to be close to an outlet. It charges my phone and iPad. It's compact and light weight enough to fit in my purse or even pocket (depending if the pocket is deep and wide).

See what others have to say about the Lenmar power charger. http://www.amazon.com/Lenmar-PPW66-PowerPort-Wave-6600/dp/B005DTJI7Y

2) Umbrella: Come rain or shine a mini umbrella always has me covered.

3) Flashlight: My small, lightweight, glow-in-the-dark flashlight always accompanies me. I've used it in my staterooms to get up in the middle of the night. I've also used it to investigate an unexpected noise. Should the electricity go out whether I'm on land or sea, I'll be able to see.

4) Walking shoes: I wear closed-toe flats when I am flying. In my recent travels, I've worn my running shoes on travel days. This way the bulky shoes do not take up extra space in my suitcase, and I'm quite comfortable while moving through terminals and different places.

5) Sweater or lightweight jacket: I never know what the temperature might be on a plane, in a conference room, in a theatre or a restaurant/dining room.  By dressing in layers and having a small jacket or sweater, I can be comfortable no matter how the temperature rises or falls.

What is something that you "have" to take with you when you travel?

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Cruising Vietnam & Cambodia on the Mekong River

Are you looking for someplace different? Maybe you've cruised or toured Alaska, the Caribbean, New England/Canada...you may have even encountered the Panama Canal. What's next? How about an experience with ancient temples, lush landscapes and tranquil villages?

The best way to experience Mekong is by river cruise. Your journey begins in Vietnam's charming city, Haoi, followed by an excursion to Ha Long Bay for a night aboard a traditional Junk. A short flight to Siem Reap, Cambodia, brings you to the ancient Khmer empire. After 3 days of touring, you'll embark on a 7-night Mekong cruise. Your adventure ends by spending 2 nights on board in Phnom Phen, capital of Cambodia. Finish your last 2 nights in Ho Chi Minh City. 

What are the cruise and land highlights?
Authentic rickshaw ride
Buddhist monastery
Silk weaving village
Local markets
Rural villages
Historic pagodas
Floating markets




What can you expect onboard?
Impeccable service with 5 star hospitality
Enriching entertainment with local musicians and Apsara dancers
Spa Services
Sun deck and pool
Spacious staterooms and suites
Meet other well-traveled, like-minded adventurers
English speaking guides

AMAWaterways Exclusives:
-Complimentary Infotainment System in every stateroom
-Complimentary bottled water
-Complimentary bicycles and helmets on all European ships
-Complimentary multiple shore excursion choices: gentle walking group, active walking group, late risers group, culinary tours and guided bike tours
-Complimentary wine, beer, soda at lunch and dinner. Champagne at breakfast!
-21 wine cruises
-4 Jewish Heritage Cruises
-Other themed cruises: jazz, gourmet and chocolate

Do you like supporting others?  AMAWaterways sponsors the ODA (Orphans and Disabled Arts) Free Village English School in the province of Siem Reap, Cambodia.  AMAWaterways' guests tour the Angkor Archaeological Park as part of the Mekong River cruise/land itinerary and have the opportunity to visit the school first hand. Guests derive enjoyment from visiting this incredible part of the world and are touched by the Cambodian people. Many guests bring supplies from home to donate to the school including: toothpaste, soap, shampoo, pencils, erasers, pens, chalk, small notebooks, post-it notes, dry erase markers, and highlighters. What a simple way to give while experiencing another culture!

Voyaging through Vietnam and Cambodia awakens the senses through color, exotic scenes and tranquil troves. A journey through this remarkable part of the world will be an experience you will never forget. Discover for yourself the countless wonders along the Mekong shores. Get in touch with me today and request your free Mekong River brochure.

Ask about other destinations such as Portugal, Africa, and holiday cruises.


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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas

3-night Bahamas sailing out of Port Canaveral



Twelve, eleven, ten, nine!  Teachers, students, and parents are chanting the countdown until school is out for the summer!  That's right. For most schools, there are just twelve days left until summer.  What are your summer vacation plans?  If you still haven't decided what your summer get-away will be, you should think about a cruise on Royal Caribbean's Enchantment of the Seas.

In March, Enchantment of the Seas starting sailing out of Port Canaveral. Last week I had the opportunity to board Enchantment of the Seas and was very excited that we have such a beautiful ship sailing to the Bahamas with a stop at Coco Cay.

Staterooms:
Staterooms aboard the Enchantment are very spacious. Pictured to the left is an ocean view stateroom on Deck 8. What a great view from the sit-in-window.  Be aware that the ocean view staterooms on Deck 7 do not have the sit-in-window.

If you are celebrating an extra special occasion on your 3-day escape, you have to stay in the Royal Suite (8514). I assure you, you will not be disappointed. This suite has a separate bedroom with a king size bed, private balcony, whirlpool bathtub, living room, a full size sofa and a baby grand piano. This stateroom definitely has the WOW factor and will make you feel like royalty.

Dining:
My Fair Lady is the main dining room. One of my favorite features of the dining room is the statue of Eliza Doolittle, from the musical My Fair Lady.

Chops Grille steakhouse is the speciality dining option. For a low cover charge you can enjoy an eloquent dinner.

Windjammer Cafe and Solarium Cafe are also available for other dining options. When we were on the ship, we noticed a room off to the side in the Windjammer that had speciality dining with Indian cuisine. Keep in mind that cruise ships do cater to different diets. If you have a special diet, be sure to let the cruise line know prior to sailing so accommodations can be made.

What's Your Pleasure?
-Relaxing in the Vitality Spa or the Solarium (the adult only pool)
-Climbing the rock wall
-Kickboxing in the Fitness Center
-Gaming in the video arcade
-Visiting the Casino Royale
-Shopping at the duty-free Boutiques of Centrum
-Or how about enjoying the the Broadway-style entertainment in the Main Theatre

Your summer get-away is calling you.  School is almost out and Enchantment is ready for you!

Get in touch with me today for additional information on your 2013 summer escape.






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