Caribbean & Bermuda

Caribbean & Bermuda

Disney Cruise Line’s popular “Star Wars” Day at Sea will return with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings next year.

Star Wars Day at Sea 2018

In 2018, Disney Cruise Line’s popular “Star Wars” Day at Sea will return with 15 special Disney Fantasy sailings to the Caribbean from January through April.
St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino’s Savor St. Kitts package includes a rum tasting and cooking lesson.

Savor St. Kitts Package

Experience the best of Kittitian cuisine with the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino’s Savor St. Kitts package.
Saint Lucia will add more than 1,000 new rooms to the island’s inventory in the next few years. Pigeon Island (pictured).

Saint Lucia’s Latest Hotel Developments

“This hotel boom adds much-needed inventory to meet the demands of our key source markets,” said Saint Lucia Minister for Tourism Dominic Fedee in press materials announcing the island’s latest hotel developments.
Butterfield & Robinson's new Bermuda America’s Cup itinerary gives guests a front row seat to 35th America’s Cup.

Butterfield & Robinson Sets Sail for Bermuda’s 35th America’s Cup

Join Butterfield & Robinson in Bermuda for a week of exploring, cruising and cheering at the 35th America’s Cup.
Courtyard by Marriott Bonaire.

Bonaire Welcomes New Courtyard by Marriott

With non-stop flights out of Newark, Houston and Atlanta, there are plenty of ways to get your clients to the new Courtyard by Marriott Bonaire, which is also the first international hotel brand to have a presence on the island.
Old Havana Collette Travel

Cuba Dances Her Way to the Top

Can a destination be both the hottest destination and the number one emerging destination for 2017?
The new entrance to El San Juan Hotel, re-opening February 2017.

El San Juan Hotel Re-Opens

El San Juan Hotel in Puerto Rico is scheduled to re-open in February 2017 after undergoing a property-wide renovation.

Gansevoort Turks + Caicos Ups the Ante

Gansevort Turks + Caicos, a full-service luxury resort on Providenciales, is offering a few enhancements to up the ante on it's Penthouses or Suites stay experiences.
Sandals' Over-the-Water Suites at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay. (Photo courtesy of Sandals Resorts.)

Sandals Debuts Over-the-Water Bungalows

Sandals debuted it's first Over-the-Water Villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean in Montego Bay earlier this month. In addition, Sandals announced it's plans for the development of additional Over-the-Water Suites at new locations throughout the Caribbean.
While in Cuba, travelers can ride around in vintage cars. (Photo courtesy of Travel Impressions.)

Apple Leisure Group and Cuba

Apple Leisure Group is riding high, with new owners, new resorts, new packages, and new vacation concepts.

Small Luxury Hotels of the World Unveils Its 2017 Travel Trends

For the first time in the company’s history, Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) has unveiled its picks for the top travel trends for 2017.
The Reef by CuisinArt's lobby staircase.

The Reef by CuisinArt Opens in Anguilla

The Reef by CuisinArt, Anguilla’s newest luxury beachfront destination, is now open.
Crystal Esprit with submarine.

Crystal’s Ultra-Luxury Yacht to Return to the West Indies

Crystal Yacht Expedition Cruises has announced it will redeploy its ultra-luxury yacht, Crystal Esprit, to the islands of the West Indies beginning November 2017 through 2018.
Coral Reef Club in Barbados.

Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, and the D.R.

Why Are They So Popular Now?
Old Bahama Bay Resort And Yacht Marina in Grand Bahama Island. (Photo credit: Ed Wetschler)

Bahamas Update: Openings, Re-Openings and Events

During an exclusive interview in New York City with Recommend’s Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler, Jeannie Gibson, the communications manager for The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, and Valery Brown-Alice, senior director of global marketing, shared some of the news from the Bahamas.
Delta Vacations is now offering hotel and flight packages to Cuba.

Delta Vacations Now Offers Cuba Packages

Delta Vacations is now offering hotel and flight packages to Havana, Varadero, and Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba for travel beginning Jan. 5, 2017.

Excellence Punta Cana Set for Complete Renovation in 2017

Following a successful September opening of Excellence El Carmen in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, ‎Excellence Group Luxury Hotels & Resorts is announcing enhancements to its existing luxury properties portfolio.

Winter Savings at Warm-Weather Marriott Resorts

This fall and winter, Marriott Caribbean and Latin America Resorts is inviting guests to take advantage of travel deals at 15 beachfront resorts in warm-weather destinations across the Caribbean and Latin America.

New Winter Flights to Mexico and the Caribbean

As North American snowbirds prepare to flock to Mexico and the Caribbean this winter, major airlines are launching new and additional services to accommodate the warm weather seekers.

Last-Minute Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals

Because of the overwhelming amount of deals we've received, we decided to post one last roundup of holiday deals just in time for the annual Black Friday/Cyber Monday "salebration."

The Cayman Islands’ Newest Resort: Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa

The Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa on Grand Cayman Island has opened its doors.

12 (More) Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals

Last week, we whet your budget travel appetites with 10 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals to book before the end of the moth. This week, we’re squeezing in 12 more limited-time offers for you and your clients to consider.

Pawa Dominicana to Launch Santo Domingo-Miami Service

Come Nov. 16, 2016, Pawa Dominicana—the flagship airline of the Dominican Republic—will operate a new route between Miami from Santo Domingo, making it the first Dominican airline to offer regular flights to the U.S. in more than 20 years.

Island Destinations Debuts New Itineraries and Booking Engine

Island Destinations debuted its 2017 Travelers Collection brochure and launched a new online booking engine to an audience of more than 200 travel professionals during an annual gala at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City last month.

Waldorf Astoria Resorts Launches Puerto Rico All-Inclusive Package

El Conquistador Resort and Las Casitas Village, Waldorf Astoria Resorts in Puerto Rico, are now offering an all-inclusive package.

AlSol Hotels & Resorts Rolls Out New Agent Program

AlSol Hotels & Resorts is rolling out a new travel agent program, AlWays AlSol, that rewards agents who book directly on the portal with 15 percent commission.

Tim McGraw to Perform Onboard Carnival Breeze

Three-time Grammy award winning country music star Tim McGraw is scheduled to perform aboard two Carnival ships—the Carnival Breeze on March 2 and the Carnival Valor on March 3—while the ships are docked in Nassau, The Bahamas as part of Carnival Cruise Line’s 2017 Carnival LIVE line-up of concerts.

Holland America Line Launches Onboard Cooking Shows

Holland America Line is enhancing its culinary programming with the introduction of shipboard cooking shows produced in partnership with the long-running TV show “America’s Test Kitchen.”

Excellence Group Unveils Newest Caribbean Gem

Nestled along a stretch of golden-sand beach where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic, the all-inclusive, adults-only Excellence El Carmen resort opened its doors on Sept. 1, 2016 in Playas de Uvero Alto C Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, just 25 minutes from Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ).
Zoëtry Wellness & Spa Resorts offer unique wellness options.

Wellness: At All-Inclusives That Get It

Thomas Edison’s lightbulb heralded modern times in 1879, but it took another century for the first modern wellness resort to appear in the Caribbean.

Saint Lucia Tourist Board Gives ‘All Clear’ Following Tropical Storm Matthew

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has announced that Saint Lucia is fully operational following the passage of tropical storm Matthew.

The Luxury Travel Buzz at SOTIC

Here are a few post-conference takeaways Recommend’s Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler gathered from the Caribbean Tourism Organization's State of the Travel Industry Conference in Barbados.

A “Standing Ovation” for Celebrity’s New “Far Away” TV Spot

A travel agent executive gives Celebrity Cruises' new TV spot “Far Away” a standing ovation.

Experience Saint Lucia Firsthand

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has launched its annual travel agent incentive program Saint Lucia Agent Months (SLAM), designed to showcase the island to visiting agents.

Airlift, Weddings and Villas at SOTIC

Delegates here in Barbados are talking about the Caribbean in general, but at this huge annual Caribbean Tourism Organization event, the news from specific islands got my attention, too. Here's a peek...

Enjoy the 7th Night Free at Beach Enclave North Shore

Agents, if you book 6-nights at the luxurious Beach Enclave North Shore in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands by Oct. 31, your clients will receive the seventh night complimentary.

Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas Offers FAM Rates

Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas—a new adults-only all-inclusive in Nassau—is offering special FAM rates beginning Sept. 28, 2016, during the resort’s soft opening.

News from SOTIC 2016

At SOTIC 2016, the Caribbean Tourism Organization's annual State of the Travel Industry Conference in Barbados, Recommend’s Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler studied the numbers, which revealed a few eyebrow-raising surprises.

2016/2017 Cruise Deals

We’ve rounded up a few of the latest cruise deals through 2017, including European, South American and Far East sailings.
The Ocean Blue “cottage” at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay on Great Abaco Island.

Villas and Condos with Real Resort Facilities

Condos and villas in the Caribbean region are increasingly popular among multigenerational families because they have living rooms, patios, kitchen/dining areas, and often private pools that allow people to reconnect without intrusions.

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