Elevating the Cruise Vacation

twoseventyday quantum-16 Basketball quantum-of-the-seas-seaplex quantum poolLaunching the biggest cruise ship ever built is no small feat. Yet Royal Caribbean International did just that in 2009 with Oasis of the Seas and sister ship Allure of the Seas, one year later. They still remain the biggest, and two of the most impressive, cruise ships in the world today. So how do they build on that and entice travelers around the world when their last achievement still looms so large?

By launching the most sophisticated amazing and technologically-advanced ship the world has ever seen, naturally. Enter Quantum Class: offering so many first at sea, even the most seasoned cruisers will find no end to unique experiences.

With the introduction of Quantum of the Seas in November and the launch of Anthem of the Seas this May, Royal Caribbean has yet again revolutionized the cruise vacation.

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Air Fare

AIR FARE

Because of the emphasis on price competition, consumers may choose from a wide variety of air fares. It is easy to compare fares and schedules on the Web, using airline web sites or third-party reservation services.  You can also contact a travel agent, another ticket outlet, or the airlines serving the places you want to travel to. (Some airlines and other outlets charge a fee for tickets purchased by means other than the Web.  On the other hand, a few airlines may charge a fee for tickets that are purchased via the Web.) You can also be alert to newspaper and radio ads, where airlines advertise many of the discounts available in your city. Finally, be alert to new companies serving the market. They may offer lower fares or different services than older established airlines. Here are some tips to help you decide among air fares:

* Be flexible in your travel plans in order to get the lowest fare. The best deals may be limited to travel on certain days of the week (particularly midweek or Saturday) or certain hours of the day, early-morning flights or overnight “red eyes”). When searching flights and fares on the Web you can usually specify whether your dates are flexible, and in the search results the fares are generally listed from lowest to highest. If you are shopping by phone or in person, after you get a fare quote ask the reservations agent if you could save even more by leaving a day earlier or later, or by taking a different flight on the same day.

* Plan as far ahead as you can. Some airlines set aside only a few seats on each flight at the lower rates. The real bargains often sell out very quickly. On the other hand, air carriers sometimes make more discount seats available later. If you had decided against a trip because the price you wanted was not available when you first inquired, try again, especially just before the advance-purchase deadline. Flights for holiday periods may sell out months ahead of time, although in many cases you can find a seat if you elect to travel on the holiday itself, e.g. Christmas Day or Thanksgiving Day.

* Some airlines may have discounts that others don’t offer. In a large metropolitan area, the fare could depend on which airport you use. Also, a connection (change of planes) or a one-stop flight is sometimes cheaper than a nonstop.

* Be aware that many airlines charge extra for checked baggage, advance seat assignments, meals, or other services.  Airlines include information on these fees on their web sites.

* If you have a connection involving two airlines, ask whether your bags will be transferred. Ask whether your ticket will be good on another carrier at no extra charge if your flight is canceled or experiences a lengthy delay, and whether the first airline will pay for meals or a hotel room during the wait.

* Most discount fares are non-refundable; if you buy one of these fares and you later cancel your trip, you will not get your money back. In many cases you can apply your ticket to another trip in the future, but there may be a steep fee.  Many fares also have a penalty for changing flights or dates even if you don’t want a refund. You may also have to pay any difference in air fares if your fare-type is not available on the new flight.

* After you buy your ticket, call the airline or travel agent once or twice before departure to check the fare. Fares change all the time, and if the fare you paid goes down before you fly, some airlines will refund the difference (or give you a transportation credit for that amount). But you have to ask.

Differences in air fares can be substantial. Careful comparison shopping among airlines does take time, but it can lead to real savings.

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The Virgin Islands

us-virgin-islands-beachBeach-minded brides flock to the USVI, and it’s no wonder why. It’s about as easy to fall in love with these sun-splashed American beauties as it is to marry there. Since the islands are a U.S. territory, there is no foreign currency to navigate, no passports or visas required. Beyond the unifying triumvirate of sea, sand and sun, the individual islands are uniquely enchanting. Whether it’s lush St. John, glitzy St. Thomas or free-spirited St. Croix, the real fun is deciding which one is the right place for your I do’s.

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Elevating the Cruise Vacation

twoseventyday quantum-16 Basketball quantum-of-the-seas-seaplex quantum poolLaunching the biggest cruise ship ever built is no small feat. Yet Royal Caribbean International did just that in 2009 with Oasis of the Seas and sister ship Allure of the Seas, one year later. They still remain the biggest, and two of the most impressive, cruise ships in the world today. So how do they build on that and entice travelers around the world when their last achievement still looms so large?

By launching the most sophisticated amazing and technologically-advanced ship the world has ever seen, naturally. Enter Quantum Class: offering so many first at sea, even the most seasoned cruisers will find no end to unique experiences.

With the introduction of Quantum of the Seas in November and the launch of Anthem of the Seas this May, Royal Caribbean has yet again revolutionized the cruise vacation.

http://www.cruise2caribbean.com

What The British Virgin Islands offer

Nothing ensures seclusion like a private island, and one of the loveliest — with five white-sand beaches — is this upscale meets laid-back enclave. The islands are located between Puerto Rico and St. Kitts.  If you are planning a Caribbean wedding in an unspoiled setting with a low-key atmosphere, a BVI wedding might be right for you.

 For an intimate ceremony, you could choose tiny Honeymoon Beach, but for something larger, slender, curving White Bay Beach makes a seriously striking venue.

Legal requirements for getting married in The British Virgin Islands

Getting married in the BVI is quite simple and the process can be initiated online at www.crisvi.gov.vg.

Couples can complete their paperwork at the Civil Registry where they provide proof of their identity (passport) and marital status (original certified copies of Decree(s) Absolute for divorced spouses or original Death Certificate(s) of deceased spouse(s)); apply for the license obtain, a marriage certificate and present two witnesses.

The residency requirement for a Special License is one day and the license fee is $220.  There may be additional fees, including:  $220 for the Registrar General or marriage officer to perform the ceremony; $120 for the ceremony to be held in the Civil Registry building; and $25 for a certified copy of the marriage license.

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Caribbean Weddings and Honeymoons

Planning a destination wedding or honeymoon in the Caribbean? Great idea! White sand beaches, clear blue water and some of the most amazing food you’ll ever taste await you. Cruise 2 Caribbean offers its comprehensive guide to the Caribbean.

Private Beaches

Private Beach, Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent & the Grenadines
Say goodbye to the modern world for on this 113-acre private-island resort ringed by two miles of perfect white sand. The water here is not a single blue but rather a shimmering mosaic of pale turquoise and deep sapphire. And since it’s a private-island resort, beaches are quiet and empty — ideal for an intimate ceremony for two or with close family and friends. You must be in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for a full day after your arrival before applying in person for a marriage license on St. Vincent, located 40 miles away. Then you can pick whatever section of warm, unspoiled sand that strikes your fancy, kick off your shoes and exchange low-key I do’s.

SVG is an enchanting Caribbean destination that is brimming with exciting adventures, captivating land and water activities, outstanding natural beauty and very friendly and welcoming people.  Nature lovers, scuba divers and hikers will all love SVG.

Recommended Resort Petit St. Vincent Resort, the island’s 22-cottage property, comes without modern distractions like TVs and phones. Guests hoist yellow flags above their stone cottages for room service and act as contented castaways.

St. Vincent & The Grenadines offer:

  • Carefree, simple lifestyle
  • Beautiful waterfalls ending in emerald green pools
  • Deep volcanic canyons amid lush rainforests
  • Mature botanical gardens

Destinations Weddings & Honeymoons

Nightlife in St. Lucia
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  • The hotels offer various choices from steel bands, jazz groups, folk dancing, crab racing, fire-eating performers and limbo dancers. The hotels welcome guests from outside. The restaurants also have live music.
  • May brings the annual jazz festival and with it comes late night parties and tons of nighttime concerts under the stars. Famous names in the jazz world are sure to make an appearance and hang out for a few days to enjoy the island’s festivities.
  • At Rodney Bay, The Lime and The A Pub are popular hangouts. The Indies Night Club, located next to the Bay Gardens Hotel and Julian’s Supermarket, and Le Chalet, near the Rodney Bay Marina are usually the hot spots. Back Door Indies is also good for a mix of Caribbean and international music. Ask about the daily drink specials – it’s definitely worth it.
  • Annex in Vieux Fort has live bands regularly, and JJ’s in Marigot is a casual atmosphere with a nice mixture of locals and visitors. Having said all that, the highlight of the week by far is Friday night’s ‘Jump-up’ at Gros Islet. The music promises to move your feet, two left ones and all.
  • For a more cultural night, evening tours visit the 150-year-old sugar mill. Afterwards, be entertained by a full-costume play. Also, there are shows at the National Cultural Centre, the Light House Theatre and the Great House Theatre.
  • Happy Day Bar has 2 for 1 happy hour specials, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on all drinks which will give party goers a nightly stop for fun.
  • The Wharf has weekly ladies’ night every Thursday from 9 pm with Soul Salsa music.
  • Sing to your heart’s content every Sunday at the Bois Coco Restaurant and Bar’s Karaoke night.

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