Antarctic Voyage

Antarctic Voyage – Journey to the Bottom of the World

It was mid-December and I had traveled to the coldest, driest, and windiest continent where there”s no permanent human residents or any evidence of any pre-historic indigenous population. It lies in darkness at the bottom of the world. It”s a vast unknown, like an afterthought of creation. Antarctica would prove to be the type of adventure that makes life worth living. At 63 years of age I wanted a “different” kind of experience. I got it.

It”s about a ten to fifteen hour flight depending on where you leave from North America to Buenos Aires, Argentina. After overnighting Argentina”s capital city it was another three hour flight to Tierra del Fuego and its capital Ushuaia where I embarked on a ten day trip aboard the mv Discovery to the South Shetland Islands and Antarctica Peninsula. People who knew the television series, “Love Boat” will recognize the mv Discovery. It was built during a time when vessels had graceful lines and not manufactured in mass quantities. After a superb refit in 2003 it has back its original charm. It”s a classic ocean liner with a passenger capacity of 800, but never carries more than 650 (500 for Antarctica). On this cruise there were 425 passengers and almost an equal crew. When we were welcomed aboard, we were all given a red winter jacket. From that moment we all became a sea of red on and off the ship.
I knew I was not going hungry. The exquisite welcome aboard buffet set the tone for the cuisine on the cruise. There are several places to eat aboard ship. The Seven Continents Restaurant has menu service for breakfast, lunch and dinner or the top-side Lido Café and Yacht Club Restaurant are two other alternatives. Amazingly, I managed to remain the same weight coming on board that I did when I disembarked.
On warm days (remember, it”s summer in the Antarctic in December) I swam in the top side pool then soaked in one of the aft side hot tubs. There”s something surreal about relaxing in a hot tub in the middle of the Southern Ocean at the end of the world. During the day I attended excellent lectures, arriving at the ship”s Carousel Lounge early for a seat to learn more about topics like, “A Beginners Guide to Penguin Appreciation” or the “Geography and Geology of Antarctica.” This was one of the highlights of the journey. If you get bored watching icebergs (if that”s possible) you can catch a movie in the Discovery Theatre. In the nearby lounge you can listen to a band and dance.
Getting to the Antarctica is no mean feat. This is the body of water between the southern tip of South America at Cape Horn and Antarctica. It”s called the Southern Ocean and is the ocean that circumvents the Antarctic. It”s the fourth largest ocean in the world (after the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Ocean, but larger than the Arctic Ocean). This passage held up to its reputation as the roughest stretch in the world. I was mesmerized from the first moment I set eyes on the continent. It was a place that expanded my senses of time. It was deliciously peaceful. I listened to the silence outside my porthole. The skies were flawless blue with marshmallow clouds. The sun was shining for 22 hours a day and the temperature about +3C (+39 F). It was truly another world.
When weather permitted, as it did for most of this cruise, I took shore excursions (zodiac cruising) among icebergs to the continent itself. And it was Saturday, December 22 at 1 pm that I first stepped foot on Half Moon Island part of the 7th continent of the world, Antarctica. I became one of the approximate 35,000 people to do so each year. There was a sizable rookery of Chinstrap and Adelie penguins and an abundant bird population of terns, petrels, comorants, wandering albatross and whales. I saw stunning views of surrounding volcanic mountains. Later, we cruised just off ice-covered Elephant Island , named for its sizeable colony of elephant seals. Next day we visited King George Island home to the Arctowski Polish Research Antarctic Station. Managed by the Polish Academy of Science it is manned year-round and undertakes researches in biology, glaciology and oceanography.

Would I Return? In a heartbeat. The vastness of this white continent made me feel like I was the only person on earth. I now have a persuasive calm and sense of balance. Much like the white continent itself.

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Sandals Montego Bay

Sandals Montego Bay 

A popular vacation spot, Montego Bay is Jamaica’s welcome mat with Sangster International Airport (MBJ) as its front door. Famous for its great beaches, local shops, clubs, restaurants and bars, Montego Bay is hot, hot, hot for travelers looking for authentic island adventure.

Upon exiting the Customs hall, you’ll proceed to the Sandals Lounge, which is conveniently located at Sangster International Airport. Your complimentary transfer to and from the resort will be arranged by Sandals. Climb aboard your bus and enjoy your included roundtrip airport transfer from Sangster International Airport to Sandals Montego Bay. The ride takes less than 10 minutes.

ISLAND INFORMATION

There’s a magic to Jamaica that is as soul-stirring as a sunset and as innocent as a child’s smile. Wherever you go in this enchanted paradise, you will find natural beauty so stunning, it will take your breath away. And people so genuinely friendly and hospitable, it will warm your heart. Jamaica is home to a breathtaking landscape of rolling mountains lined by endless white sand beaches, carpeted by lush foliage and crisscrossed by rolling rivers and cascading waterfalls. Take a lazy raft ride on Montego Bay’s Martha Brae River. Climb world-famous Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios or watch the cliff divers at Rick’s Café in Negril. And in uncharted Whitehouse, you will discover pristine nature as wild and unspoiled as first love. In Jamaica, once you go, you know!

Jamaica Map

MONTEGO BAY

Stroll Montego Bay’s Gloucester Road and get a sense of Jamaica’s vibrant present as well as a picture of her colonial past. With quaint gingerbread architecture merging seamlessly with more modern structures, Montego Bay, Jamaica’s second-largest city, allows visitors to dive into the heart of a bustling, Caribbean town. Pause to marvel at the Georgian buildings or linger the afternoon away in a crafts market. Vivid colors, activity and laughter abound everywhere you turn in Montego Bay inviting you to soak in the warmth and join in the fun.

Resort Information

Welcomed by the cool sea breeze, the moment you walk into the open-air lobby you know that you have arrived at the perfect vacation paradise. Set along Jamaica’s longest private white-sand beach, Sandals Montego Bay offers guests an authentic laid-back Caribbean experience and the lively vibe of the islands. Here, the blues are as far as the eye can see and the fun never ends. With eight world-class restaurants, chic oceanfront pools, tropical gardens, and Bay Roc Villas – with butler service – just steps from the sea, Sandals Montego Bay is the most vibrant resort in Jamaica.

Why Choose This Resort?

If you’re looking for a lively, fun-filled vacation on Jamaica’s largest private white-sand beach, where the party never stops until you do, Sandals Montego Bay is for you. Sandals Montego Bay also features glamorous sophistication at a secluded on-the-beach enclave known as Bay Roc Estate Beachfront Villa Suites.

Key Points

·       Boasts the largest private white sand beach on the North Coast of Jamaica.

  • Full exchange privileges, with complimentary transfers to Sandals Royal Caribbean and Sandals Carlyle, our sister resorts. Enjoy all the luxuries included in our “stay at one, play at three” concept offering 18 dining options within ten minutes (8 at Sandals Montego Bay, 7 at Sandals Royal Caribbean and 3 at Sandals Carlyle).
  • 250 Rooms and Suites in 19 categories spread over 26 acres.
  • Bay Roc Beachfront Villas –Rooms and Suites delivering a new level of luxury to the resort & more importantly, a feel for the glamour and glitz of the bygone 50’s.
  • Great proximity to Sangster International Airport (MBJ)

·         Exclusive to Sandals Montego Bay is a beautiful, non-denominational Chapel located on the resort.

  • Air-conditioned Departure Lounge for late departures

Stay at 1, Play at 3 in Montego Bay

Sandals’ exclusive exchange program lets you stay at one and play at all other Sandals Resorts in Jamaica. Since 3 of our resorts are in the Montego Bay area within minutes of each other, free roundtrip transfers are provided throughout the day, giving you the freedom to choose from as many as 18 different restaurants, plus expand other amenity choices as well from pools to bars. It’s like having multiple vacations in one!

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The Luxury Included® experience begins and ends at Club Sandals, a place overflowing with extraordinary privileges, unique experiences, and exceptional service for concierge guests of Sandals Resorts in Jamaica. Extravagance is blended with remarkable amenities that completely redefine genuine hospitality and allow guests to enjoy one-on-one service and complete relaxation in the comfort of a stylish lounge. Club Sandals concierge offers unique insider’s opportunities exclusive to concierge guests and the best recommendations for discovering all that Sandals has to offer…and beyond.

All suites include:

Air Conditioning, Ceiling fan, Iron/Ironing Board, I-Home docking stations for I-pods, 32 inch Flat Screen Color Television, Cable TV with movie channels, Hair Dryer; Plush Robes, Coffee Maker, In-Suite Bar; Red Lane amenities, Daily New York Times Fax, Electronic in room safe,

Custom-crafted mahogany beds, Electronic Door Lock, Illuminated Magnifying Mirror, 24-hour Room

Service, Full Bath, Roman Tub Baths (some suites), Telephones in Bed Rooms; Special equipment for the Physical Challenged available.

Our Exclusive Butler Service:

Your wish is our command. With the uncompromising attention of a personal butler trained to the highest standards by the elite Guild of Professional English Butlers, you will be pampered throughout your stay in extraordinary ways; From unpacking and packing your luggage, attending to your wardrobe, serving a glorious repast on your terrace, just to name a few, a Sandals Suite, complete with your own personal butler, is the ultimate indulgence.

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MORE QUALITY INCLUSIONS THAN ANY OTHER RESORT ON THE PLANET

What’s Included?

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Restaurants and Bars

Luxurious Accommodations

Private Offshore Islands

Free Weddings and Fully Customizable Wedding Options

Unlimited Scuba for certified divers

Motorized Watersports

Top Golf Courses

Fitness Centers

Land Sports

Stay at 1, Play at All Sandals

Top-Shelf Drinks

Entertainment

Beringer Wines

Airport Transfers

Tips, Gratuities

For More Information Call Ken or Carol 888-581-3105

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Celebrity Cruise Sale

COMING SOON.PICK YOUR PERK. CHOOSE 1 OF 4 OFFERS.NEW BOOKING WINDOW:  AUGUST 30 – OCTOBER 6, 2013

 

Type of Promotion: For Balcony and Above Categories.  Pick your perk – Choose 1 of 4 offers: Beverage Classic package, or OBC, or Free gratuities or Cruise Savings for Celebrity’s ChoiceAir bookings.
Applicable on 4 night plus Caribbean, Europe, Bermuda, Alaska & Pacific Coastal cruises and cruisetours from Nov 2013 to Dec 2014
Booking Window:   August 30 – October 6, 2013
Choose 1 of the 4 offers:

  1. Classic Beverage Package for 2 people – with beverage gratuities included – Value of up $1200 per stateroom ($88 per day, per stateroom plus gratuities)
  2. Free Gratuities – for 2 guests – Value of up to $360 per stateroom (up to $30 per day, per stateroom)
  3. Onboard Credit based on sail nights up to $300 per stateroom
  4. Cruise savings when you book Celebrity’s ChoiceAir up to $600 per stateroom values based on 12 night sailings

Call Ken or Carol at 888-581-3105 fro more information.

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Christmas 2014 Vacation

We know how hard it is for teachers to find a good vacation value.  That’s why we excited to tell you that  Sandals is offering a great deal for Christmas 2014 at their Grande Riviera Resort in Jamaica.  For 12/21-28. 2014, their one bedroom butler villa poolside suites are only $2859.50 per couple.   This is a luxury all inclusive vacation.   Moreover, if you help form a group of just 6 other couples, your trip will be free.  So if you need an extremely well deserved relaxing,  pampering, adults only experience, plan ahead and deposit today.  Deposits are $400 per room and that is fully refundable up to 60 days before departure.  Call Ken or Carol, 888-581-3105, for more information but don’t wait too long because this deal won’t last. 

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Introduction To Hawaii

Kenneth Reid
Cruise Innovations
845-586-3105
cruise@catskill.net
http://www.cruiseinnovationsplus.com
 Hawaii – An Island Overview
  By TRO

If you are like most who have never been to Hawaii, the state’s islands blend into a mass of unpronounceable vowels and indistinct images of a tropical paradise. The geography of the islands is not difficult, however, and all it takes is one trip to make visitors long to become experts. So if you have never been, or if you have only been to one island, this introduction should whet your appetite and familiarize you with the islands and their most important characteristics. Perhaps the most amazing fact you’ll find is how close and reasonably priced Hawaii really is. Long thought of as a distant playground for the wealthy, Hawaii is less than 6 hours from the west coast and terrifically, wonderfully affordable.

Most do not realize that Hawaii’s islands span more than 1,500 miles, creating the longest chain of islands in the world. In total, Hawaii is actually 130 separate islands if you include the atolls and coral reefs above sea level. However, the eight of these islands that cover 99% of the land area receive all of the attention, and of those, only six offer tourism opportunities (Niihau is privately owned and Kahoolawe was once a test range for the US Navy). The six major islands are Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii’s Big Island. Each island has its own identity, ambiance, climate and geological features that make it unique.

The Hawaiian Islands are volcanic, the products of millions of years of undersea eruptions; today, however, the only active volcano is on Hawaii’s Big Island. Hawaii’s climate is an amazing phenomenon, as well. Climatologists will tell you that the earth has 13 types of climatic conditions, and of those, 11 are represented on Hawaii – the only missing conditions are Arctic and Saharan. At sea level, summer temperatures average 80 degrees Fahrenheit and in winter, a balmy 75 degrees. Year round, the average water temperature is 74 degrees.

Getting around on the islands is a cinch. A ferry runs between Maui and Lanai and Maui and Molokai, and inter-island flights offer multi-island passes at a discount. Another small commercial carrier, Island Air, flies between the smaller airports on the islands. Most visitors relish self-drive adventures, touring the winding roads along the beaches or into the interior of the islands at their own pace. Rental options range from scooters to Ferraris, but for a classic experience, try renting a Jeep.

What’s truly unique about Hawaii, though, is the sheer number of activities available in such an amazingly beautiful setting – the scenery is unmatched and unlike anything in the world. Mountains and beaches, tropical rainforests and snow. Pineapple plantations and volcanoes. Sit and do nothing, or try just a few of the built-in diversions that nature has given a home here: water sports like surfing, windsurfing, boating, sailing, snorkeling, diving, fishing and kayaking; or try golf, tennis, world-class bicycling, hiking and camping. The islands are also home to an entire health industry, with internationally recognized spas, yoga and holistic centers throughout the state. And Hawaii takes the precious gifts that nature has bestowed very seriously, so ecotourism is practiced with a particular zeal here, and many tour and local guide companies offer programs designed around the islands’ flora and fauna.

Geologists say that Kauai is the oldest island of the six tourist islands. The rugged coast boasts more miles of beach and hiking trails than all the other islands. This is the island serving as a backdrop to many films, including Jurassic Park. Its primitive, tropical beauty evokes the Garden of Eden – it is an island of mountains and valleys, waterfalls and beautiful beaches. On the Northwest side of the island, 3,000 foot cliffs line the Na Pali Coast, much of it inaccessible except by boat or hikes on foot. The island is circular in shape, offering five areas developed for tourism. This well-rounded destination appeals to commercial shoppers, fine diners, and eco-tourists alike.

Oahu is the most commercial of the islands, and home to Waikiki and Honolulu. But do not let that fool you: Oahu mesmerizes visitors with rainforests, mountains, valleys, and spectacular ocean waves. A great suggestion for any island newcomer is to rent a car (an open top is ideal) and drive the perimeter of the island – you may well be awed by how undeveloped and quaint much of the island remains. Honolulu, on the southern tip of Oahu and bordered by both mountains and ocean, is actually one of the largest cities in the United States and home to near 80% of the Hawaiian population. Waikiki is famous the world over, where urban culture and the distinct Polynesian flavor of Hawaii co-exist in perfect harmony. Diamond Head, a mountainous volcanic crater, is a famous and easily recognizable landmark.

Words most often associated with the island of Molokai are peace and tranquility. Molokai is home to many of the ecological and adventure-oriented activities found in Hawaii. The eastern side of the island is very green and tropical, and the western side, in contrast, offers dry grasslands and beaches. To the north, tall sea cliffs rising more than 3,500 feet above sea level look out over the ocean and create Hawaii’s tallest waterfall. The Kalaupapa Peninsula is considered one of the state’s most beautiful areas and is ironically the former home of the island’s famous leper colony, bordered by high, sheltering cliffs on one side. The main “urban” area is Kaunakakai, a town with no traffic lights.

Lanai is a largely rural island, sheltered from the leeward winds by Maui, some nine miles away. There are only 32 miles of pavement on the island, and much of it is given over to luxury resorts, golfing, and activities for adventurous personalities, and it is oft-considered the Hawaii’s best snorkeling and scuba diving spot. Lanai was at one time a giant pineapple plantation and is home to some of Hawaii’s most famous beaches, such as Hulopoe Bay. The only town on the island is Lanai City, a quaint town filled with small shops and artist studios. Lanai entertains many visitors with large luxury resorts and their attendant championship golf properties.

The island of Maui has something for everyone. The dormant Haleakala volcano (though officially classified as “active”) and Kahalawai volcano watch over Hawaii’s second largest island and shape the island’s mountains, valleys and waterfalls. Visitors to Maui are surprised by how undeveloped most of the island feels, and yet how much it offers in terms of dining, resorts and nightlife. Maui is also the whale watching center for the islands (the humpback whale is the state animal). Driving to the top of Haleakala to watch the sunrise is a Maui visitor ritual (many opt to bike back down from the top), as is a drive around the island’s perimeter on the 50 mile Hana Highway. Another attraction is the small village of Lahaina, full of great shops and restaurants.

The Big Island is the home to the Kilauea volcano: the still active, currently erupting volcano is the most active volcano in the world, with a continual lava flow pouring into the ocean since 1983, creating approximately 40 new acres of island every year. The Big Island is as large as all of the other islands combined, with more than 260 miles of coast. During the winter, it can actually snow on the island’s tallest mountain, Mauna Kea, and you can snow ski on its 13,796 foot altitudes, weather permitting. The Kona-Kohala Coast on the Big Island hosts several luxury resorts and golf facilities along with its white-sand beaches. Here, too, is the town of Hilo, displaying its tropical, quintessential Hawaiian culture.

Again, this overview is just a start at describing the amazing destination of Hawaii. Its cultural and environmental significance can only be fully understood through a visit in person – to see is to believe. Once you are there, consider leaving the beaten path to explore the lush outdoors of America’s 50th state.

Getting There:

Your best bet for finding real values to Hawaii is through Cruise Innovations Plus  at 888-581-3105 who has access to a full range of Hawaii accommodations, transportation, activities, and packages. A vacation arranged through Cruise InnovationsPlus  is often air-inclusive and better priced than individual components booked separately. You can also rely on the expertise of a professional familiar with Hawaii who will make sure you can relax and enjoy every aspect of your vacation.

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Accessible Travel

 

Kenneth Reid

cruise@catskill.net www.cruiseinnovationsplus.com

Accessible Travel
Travel is about access to new and different possibilities. To those individuals with physical or medical disabilities, however, the word “access” takes on an a multi-dimensional meaning. Accessible travel is a goal, an adventure, a state of mind. Increasingly, accessible travel is a concern for the tens of thousands of senior adults that are now seeking new experiences in all corners of the globe. As used here, “accessible travel” means travel that takes into consideration both the physical and cost hurdles that often face those with physical or mental impairment.

There is a growing awareness on the part of destinations and tour operators of the economic impact of failing to adequately compensate for accessible travel. As a result, more travel than ever falls into the general category of “accessible”. Nevertheless, a bit of planning is always in order when deciding on a vacation, where you must condsider issues such as wheelchair or scooter acces or if restaurants allow service animals.

A good travel consultant is an invaluable ally when making accessible travel choices. Travel agents have professional research tools that provide inside information on the efforts that destinations have undertaken to accommodate travelers who need special access or assistance. Your travel consultant will contact tour operators that specialize in providing accessible travel. These tour operators have relationships with tourism offices, dining facilities, hotels and attractions and are the best possible resource in researching a trip. However, it is important to use a tour operator that has a reputation for solid customer service. Your travel agent’s research tools will quickly determine the top tour operators to use for any destination.

In planning, be sure to give your tour operator details about special needs you have as early in the planning process as possible. Just as importantly, however, let your agent know what you are willing to take on as a challenge. For example, many articles indicate that cobblestone streets or buildings without elevators are not suitable for wheelchair users. However, such decisions are best left to the traveler. You are the best judge of what is or is not appropriate for your own physical abilities. A frank discussion with your travel consultant will make sure that you receive the greatest possible value and that your expectations are met.

Travel can be physically taxing on any traveler. Speak with your physician about the best practices for visiting your selected destination as well as the particulars of your own condition. Doctors who are familiar with travel medicine can work with you to make sure all of the appropriate immunizations and special considerations of your destination (i.e., altitude) are taken into account.

If your condition requires special equipment such as wheelchairs, scooters or oxygen, your travel consultant can assist you with determining the best way to either ship your own equipment or obtain similar equipment at your destination. Most airlines and cruise ships are acquainted with the need to accommodate wheelchairs and scooters, but vary on whether they must be checked or may enter the main cabin. Some airlines also require that batteries on motorized scooters be gel-batteries rather than wet cell, so ask your travel agent to find these requirements in advance. Knowing the airline and cruise ship policies in advance makes it much easier to cope with any requirements when necessary. Remember, too, that it may be difficult to get your wheelchair or scooter serviced in a far-off locale, so if possible, have your equipment serviced before traveling. Again, your tour operator will provide good indications of the availability of repair and supply services at your destination.

Likewise, undertake proper planning with regard to any medications you might need. It is best to travel with an adequate supply as well as with a prescription to acquire more medicines should the need arise. Always travel with your medical supplies, especially medicines, on your person, when possible to prevent problems arising from lost baggage.

Traveling with service animals can be difficult when crossing borders. Many countries have very stringent quarantine requirements regarding the importation of animals to prevent rabies and other canine diseases. Special vaccination requirements and paperwork may be in order. Likewise, make sure that any hotels, B&Bs or other accommodations permit service animals in advance. If possible, acquire letters from your accommodations in advance acknowledging their acceptance of your animal companions. Finally, do a bit of research on local veterinarian offices in case your dog requires any attention while traveling.

If you are traveling with a tour operator specializing in accessible travel, it is highly likely that your itinerary will take into account special considerations your condition might require. However, if you are not traveling with a specialist tour company, make sure that the rigors of the daily itineraries are suitable for your needs. In some instances, you may find yourself confronted with inaccessible buildings, museums, walkways or distances. Days may be long without adequate facilities for your comfort. Again, these aspects of a trip are yours to determine and choose, but to the extent that you can properly anticipate any obstacles early in the planning process, the better equipped you will be to handle situations as they arise.

The world is a big place, make it your own.

 

  

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Cancun and the Riviera Maya

Cruise Innovations cruise@catskill.net 100 Mountain Ave Margaretville, NY 12455
 

For many vacationers from North America, a trip to Cancún is a first trip internationally. Small wonder. Cancún is a very convenient and accessible international vacation destination from either the United States or Canada. It is close to the rest of North America, really only a short trip, and conveniently located in the Central time zone – that means no jet lag. Cancun enjoys excellent air lift from most major US and Canadian cities, and airfares are among the most reasonable when compared to other Caribbean and south-of-the-border destinations.

The inhabitants are very service oriented and friendly. English is spoken everywhere, but it has the exotic culture of the Mayan civilization close to the surface. Visitors will find some of the finest resorts in the world, but at prices significantly less than one might expect based on global standards. Indeed, value here is the destination’s strong suit – more for less – in all categories – budget to ultra luxury. All-inclusive, adults only, honeymooners, family-friendly, gay-friendly, chic and modern, old-world and traditional – Cancún and the Riviera Maya offer it all.

Cancún is a vibrant vacation destination with so much to do including high-energy nightlife, excellent dining options, a shopping mecca with upscale shops, boutiques and art galleries. Excellent recreational options include golf, water sports of all kinds, “party cruises” and archaeological tour options. Spectacular all-inclusive resorts in every price range offer unparalleled onsite amenities for all market segments – adults, families with children, and groups looking for the perfect destination for combining business with pleasure. Resorts include outstanding accommodations and world-class facilities including top-rated golf courses, full-service spas, expansive supervised children’s programs, top-notch meeting space and fine restaurants.

The Riviera Maya is a more laid-back beach destination experience with excursions to important archaeological sites close by. The region is famous for white-sand beaches and crystal clear water. However, the area also offers ancient Mayan ruins and pristine ecological wonders to explore, as well as impressive nature parks.

Visitors are pleased to find that the weather in this part of Mexico is predictable and pleasant year-round. There are diverse travel activities – world-class deep sea fishing, diving, golf, water sports, and archaeological excursions. Anyone who loves the outdoors will love Cancún. Its year-round warm tropical weather is ideal for all types of activities.

Child- and family-friendly resorts and activities are plentiful, many with special family accommodations, supervised kids clubs and family-friendly entertainment options. Many hotels feature facilities for physically challenged guests

Destination weddings are also extremely popular in Cancun. Both symbolic and civil ceremonies are offered at most hotels (civil ceremonies are accepted as legal in US), and many resorts offer complimentary wedding and honeymoon packages for qualifying couples. Onsite wedding coordinators assist with planning and paperwork. The larger hotels offer outstanding facilities for groups and meetings, with Group Coordinators available onsite to assist with every detail.

Your travel agent will know how to find the best possible accomodations and airlines for Cancún and the Riviera Maya. Any time of the year, even for no more than a long weekend, Cancún and the Riviera Maya offer a truly perfect, high-value getaway.

 
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