Caribbean & Bermuda

Caribbean & Bermuda

Trinidad and Tobago are working on a new initiative to establish or improve both islands' trails.

Happy Trails to You

As if it weren't already one of the top eco-travel destinations in the Caribbean and beyond, Trinidad and Tobago are working on a new Eco-Adventure Trails Project.
Agents can receive up to 2 percent bonus commission on Travel Impressions' 2016 land itineraries.

Travel Impressions Offers Bonus Commission

Travel Impressions is offering agents up to 2 percent bonus commission on 2016 land itineraries booked between now and Oct. 31, 2015 for travel in 2016.
Couples receive a free wedding when they book three or more nights at a Sandals or Beaches Resorts hotel.

Caribbean Resorts Take the Stress Out of “I Dos”

These Caribbean resorts are taking the stress out of couples’ upcoming nuptials, vow renewals and honeymoons with specially curated destination wedding and honeymoon packages.
Fit in Paradise is a new exercise initiative developed by The Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts and Sarah Fit.

Get Fit with Marriott’s Exercise Initiative

Marriott Caribbean & Latin America Resorts has partnered with YouTube personality, Sarah Fit (Sarah Dussault), to launch Fit in Paradise, a new year-round exercise initiative.
Abercrombie & Kent’s new Cuba- Across the Island- People to People itinerarybrings guests face to face with Cuban locals.

Tour Around Cuba With Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie & Kent’s new 13-day Cuba: Across the Island: People-to-People itinerary, with departures throughout 2016, takes guests across the island from Holguin, the city where Christopher Columbus landed in 1942, to Santiago de Cuba, the country’s second largest city located at its southern tip.
Perillo’s Learning Journeys’ Yoga Journeys deepens guests’ spiritual and cultural awareness.

Traditional Vacations Give Way to Voluntourism

As more vacationers catch on to the idea of volunteering for a part of or for their entire vacation, an increasing number of travel companies are creating unique ways for travelers to lend a helping hand, and good news for agents, they're all agent commissionable.
The Waldorf Astoria's Unforgettable Experience in Louisiana includes an evening of food and music at Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro.

The Waldorf Astoria’s Unforgettable Packages

Waldorf Astoria hotels are offering guests incredible vacation packages in 25 destinations around the world as part of the new Waldorf Astoria Unforgettable Experiences.

Royal Caribbean Kicks It Up A Notch

Royal Caribbean International kicks things up a notch with more ways for guests to explore while onshore, a new luxury suite class, and an interactive aqua park just for kids.
Guests on Central Holidays and Celestyal Cruises' Cruise Around Cuba itinerary have the opportunity to dance with Havana’s Danza Chevere troop.

Cuba Cruises Flourish

Cuba is located just 90 miles south of the United States, but due to stringent travel restrictions the island has been out of reach for most Americans until now.

USTOA Offers Travel Together Month Incentives

USTOA’s Travel Together Month program offers agents bonus commissions, the option to earn free trips, special FAM rates and deals throughout the month of September.
Beachside at Grand Lucayan.

The Buzz in Caribbean Family Travel

Can somebody tell me what “family vacation” really means? Is it a getaway during which adults savor some downtime while the kids acquire new friends and skills in a childcare facility, or is it a week of nonstop togetherness?
Tom and his family at Beaches Turks & Caicos.

The 4-1-1 on Booking Family Travel Abroad

One-on-one with Tom Varghese, owner of Travel Tom.

Antigua and Barbuda’s New Terminal: 10 Things You Need to Know

People used to build things—tables, houses, the Pyramids—so they could survive anything man or nature threw at them. The new Chinese-built terminal at V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU), which I just toured, is designed that way, too, but with cutting-edge technology.
The Flavours restaurant at the Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma in Playa del Carmen.

Karisma Hotels & Resorts Offers Free WiFi

Karisma Hotels & Resorts is now offering complimentary WiFi at each of its Gourmet Inclusive properties in Mexico and the Caribbean.
The Gansevoort Dominican Republic's pool.

VIP Island Getaways

Avid adventurers, sports enthusiasts and VIP travelers are sure to flock to these islands for their pick of three fun-laced getaways.
School children in Cuba.

Cuba Bound with Journeys International

As relations between the United States and Cuba continue to normalize, an increasing number of travel companies are creating tours that allow Americans and other foreign travelers to visit the island.

LATAM is Born

LATAM Airlines is the new kid on the aviation block, a brand that joins LAN Airlines and TAM Airlines to form the largest airline group in Latin America.
Ceylon Tea Trails's Summerville Bungalow pool overlooking Castlereagh Lake, in Sri Lanka

UltraVilla: In the Lap of Luxury

UltraVilla.com is the newest guide for travel agents looking for exclusive villas, lodges, chalets, apartments, and holiday rentals for their clients.

Tools and Incentives Just for You

These goodies are sure to help your bottom line.
The Palazzo di Varignana Resort's spa pool.

Sumptuous Spa Packages

Upscale spas in Europe and Mexico offer some sumptuous spa delights.
Guests at the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

Solos Vacations’ New Offerings

Solos Vacations' new offerings for adult, individual travelers include escorted tours to Norway, Italy, Japan and Ecuador, plus a variety of cruises.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s New Destinations

Norwegian Cruise Line offers guests new destinations and ports in 2016 and 2017, including itineraries to Asia, the Arabian Gulf, and India.

Windstar Cruises’ New All-Inclusive Package

Windstar Cruises is offering an opportunity to book brand-new, all-inclusive cruise packages on select itineraries.
A lion from Big Cat area in the Serengeti. (Photo courtesy Zohar Safaris.)

Pack Your Bags—Four Agent FAMs

Agents, we have a load of FAM trips you can take advantage of—from safaris in Africa to sightseeing in Japan, to cruising in China and experiencing Cuba.
Central Holidays now offers five people-to-people tours to Cuba.

Central Holidays Expands to Offer Cuba Itineraries

Central Holidays has expanded its destination offers beyond Europe and the Mediterranean with the launch of five people-to-people itineraries in Cuba—Afro Cubanismo, L'Chaim Cuba, A Taste of Havana, The City & The Sea, and Hola Cuba.
Cuba Tour Planner’s 6-night program includes a visit to Cienfuegos.

Cuba Calling

Tour operators keep upping the ante when it comes to their Cuba offerings.

The Girls—& Guys—Just Wanna Have Fun

Think women-only packages are yesterday's trend? Think again. Eleven resorts on Grenada alone are offering them. As for guys, the golf getaway is no longer the only game in town.

Sint Maarten’s Three All-Inclusive Sonestas: Yes, They Really Are Different

Does a 16-sq.-mile entity really need three all-inclusives bearing the same brand name?

Onsite Review: Puerto Rico

There are certain destinations in this world where from the moment you arrive you feel as if you’re home. Puerto Rico made me feel that way when I visited this past February.
Haimark Line offers 9-night itineraries to Cuba.

Haimark Set to Sail to Cuba

Haimark Line will begin sailing to Cuba aboard the MS Saint Laurent; it will be the first small ship operated by a U.S. cruise line to sail to Cuba in over 40 years.

Special Rates at St. Lucia Hotels During “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Symposium

From Sept. 23-27, 2015, Saint Lucia will host a roster of wedding experts during the third annual “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Symposium. Island resorts and hotels are providing a variety of savings such as discounts of up to 50 percent off and rates starting at $75 per night for attendees. Special offers include complimentary breakfast and all-inclusive options.

Crystal Cruises Reveals Major Brand Expansions

Crystal Cruises unveils some significant expansions to its luxury brand.
Poolside at Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa.

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa’s New Rewards Program

Agents booking Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in Saint Lucia can earn $50 prepaid e-vouchers, free nights, and more by joining CBAYREWARD$—a new rewards program replacing the resort's current Sterling Agent Program.
Norwegian Airlines adds service to Martinique.

New Flights to Martinique Aboard Norwegian Airlines

New non-stop flights to Martinique will be available from three major gateways—New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C.—aboard Norwegian Airlines.
Beachside views of Necker Island

British Virgin Islands Updates

The British Virgin Islands have updates to share such as increased airlift and property upgrades, plus the culinary event—BVI Food Fete.
A wedding setup at the Wedding Sky Deck.

Wedding Day Preview at Hyatt Ziva & Hyatt Zilara

Couples thinking of getting married at a Hyatt Ziva or Hyatt Zilara property can now preview their preferred destination, plus receive a $500 credit toward the wedding of their choice.
United Airlines launches new flight to Saint Lucia.

United Airlines Service to Saint Lucia

United Airlines will launch new nonstop service from Chicago to Saint Lucia starting Dec. 19, 2015.
Visit Cuba with TA Fams. (Photo courtesy of TA Fams.)

Cuba FAM

TA Fams is now offering a 4-day FAM to Cuba for travel agents.

Pleasant Holidays Suspends Sales of Trump Hotels

Pleasant Holidays suspends all sales of all Trump International Hotels in its portfolio.
The Bitter End Yacht Club.

Get Off That Beach Chair!

The fat cats are history. Today’s upmarket travelers stay in fightin’ trim on vacation: exercising, improving that swing, and pushing their limits. They sleep well at night because they’ve played hard, not because they’re soused. Two of the three resorts recommended here are the 800-pound gorillas of Caribbean sport, but the third may surprise you.

Travel to Cuba

Since the U.S. changed travel regulations to Cuba this past January, tour operators, cruise lines, and the travel industry as a whole have been buzzing with excitement about newer and better travel opportunities to the island.

Apple Will Offer Cuba with Packages Unlike Any Other

Recommend just got off a conference call with Apple Vacations' president Tim Mullen, and his claim that Apple is offering a rarity in the "Brave New World of Cuba" travel rings true.

Eye on the World: Trinidad

The sight of this picturesque island as the plane landed got my heart pumping with excitement and anticipation. Trinidad and Tobago has more to offer travelers than Carnival. Trinidad is an island you will fall in love with, from the mountains and unspoiled beaches to the music and humble food stalls—the fun never stops!
Sunset views at CeBlue Villas & Beach Resort.

CeBlue Villas & Beach Resort Summer Promotion

CeBlue Villas & Beach Resort, located in Crocus Bay, Anguilla, is offering a Save Blue, Save Green summer promotion.
Kishti Villa opened June 1st.

Caribbean Week 2015

On June 3, Recommend shared some of the buzz from Caribbean Week NYC 2015 in the feature, Antigua and Barbuda Doubling Hotel Rooms, and now, here's some more news from a region that enjoyed a 6 percent rise in arrivals for the first quarter of 2015.

Pleasant Holidays CEO Jack Richards on Baha Mar

Originally scheduled to open December 2014, this Bahamian mega resort has pushed its debut back several times, most recently to September 2015. This hasn't just lead to changes in some people's vacation plans; it also sparked talk that the resort was in big trouble. While visiting Sandals Royal Bahamian, Pleasant Holidays CEO Jack Richards decided to see Baha Mar for himself, and when he got back to the office, he talked with Recommend's Caribbean Editor Ed Wetschler.
Travelers participate in social impact activities.

Carnival Corporation Launches Fathom

Carnival Corporation launched a new brand, fathom, defining a new travel category it is calling "social impact travel," that will offer consumers authentic, meaningful impact travel experiences to work alongside locals as they tackle community needs.

Camp Woodward Fun Comes to the Caribbean & Mexico

All Inclusive Collection and Camp Woodward have partnered to launch a completely new concept in experiential travel with Woodward Riviera Maya and Woodward Punta Cana.

Antigua and Barbuda Doubling Hotel Rooms

Actor Robert De Niro is building a luxury resort on Barbuda.
Avila Hotel in Curaçao.

5 Fine Places to Get Hitched

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Hot Honeymoons Happen Here

From Puerto Rico to Guadeloupe, we've got a handful of top honeymoon spots.

LOVE Elevated in Saint Lucia

LOVE Elevated in Saint Lucia (Sept. 23-27, 2015) showcases experts from the weddings and honeymoon industry and provides agents with the opportunity to connect with local suppliers and international companies that understand the market.

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