Onsite & Onboard Reviews

Onsite & Onboard Reviews

Gearing up for its inaugural sailing from PortMiami, that fun, youthful vibe welcoming both adults and children was palpable throughout every deck of the ship, from the video arcade and 24-hour pub to the Aqua Park and Mandara Spa.
One of the greatest thrills of my life was meeting former South African President Nelson Mandela in 2003 when he was checking into the Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg.
It was smooth sailing as Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 plied the South China Sea from Hong Kong to Singapore this past spring.
The Grand Hyatt Baha Mar property—part of Nassau’s Baha Mar resort complex, also home to the SLS and Rosewood properties—“is a reflection of something or somewhere in The Bahamas,” says Yvette Edwards, director of sales and marketing at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar.
Embarking onto the Ovation for the first time felt like I was entering a refined and exceedingly beautiful luxury yacht.
While attending the recent grand opening of the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach, I saw that the iconic hotel brand is reminding travelers of the city’s musical history and bringing the sound of music back to its shores. 
With the wave of a hand, my guest bracelet turned room key allowed me access to the sanctuary of relaxation that I had personally designed for my guestroom at Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico.
The luxury experience begins at check-in at the new 454-room, adults-only TRS Yucatan, which opened in November 2017 following a $21 million investment in renovations to TRS Hotels and Grand Palladium Hotels and Resorts in the past year.
During our trip to Nottinghamshire, we explored, among other things, the life of literary icon Lord Byron during a visit to Newstead Abbey, which was led by none other than the poet himself.
Tren Crucero is also becoming a must-do with international travelers who are discovering that, in Ecuador, travel by train is not just transportation.
Apple Vacations now partners with 13 hotels in this area, including these four all-inclusives. Rates quoted are for a couple staying one week, excluding air.
These six experiences will have your literary fans, history buffs, and culture enthusiasts enthralled at every turn.
Two cities captured our hearts: One was vibrant and lively, the other charming and picturesque.
The Grill by Thomas Keller.

Seabourn Odyssey

Seabourn offers unforgettable experiences, which this writer learned about first-hand on a recent 12-day Seabourn Odyssey cruise through the Caribbean.
Although I attended Secrets Cap Cana Resort & Spa’s grand opening in 2017,  I wanted to take a closer look, so I recently checked back in.
Passengers can go ziplining while sailing the Caribbean on board MSC Seaside.

MSC Seaside

Cruising opportunities to the Caribbean have increased with the introduction of the MSC Seaside—a 4,132 passenger ultra-modern, high-tech ship sailing out of Miami on a year-round basis.
Sailing up the Rhine River on a Christmas Markets cruise tucked into an elegantly cozy cabin aboard the 156-guest AmaKristina.
For clients looking to have an all-inclusive vacation that consists of an eat, sleep, relax and repeat schedule with plenty of options to add dashes of adventure, entertainment, and cultural experiences, The Sian Ka’an at Grand Tulum is the place to be.
As someone who loves country music, cowboys, and basically anything having to do with the Western culture, I felt right at home in Calgary, a cosmopolitan city in Alberta, Canada.
The crowning jewel of sought-after locales, The Henderson beach resort, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort, pays homage to bygone days while offering the modern amenities relaxation seekers desire.
I gulped. I was face-to-face with the Wreck Tangle, a Ninja Obstacle Course at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya’s brand-new Camp Woodward facilities.
Does the reinvented RIU Palace Paradise Island offer the best all-inclusive value in Nassau-Paradise Island? Although the answer to that depends upon who your clients are, what they want, and what they can pay, there are compelling reasons to answer “yes.”
The United Nations World Tourism Organization has ranked Nicaragua among the top 10 World’s Fastest Growing Tourist Destinations, up 28.4 percent in 2016, and indeed, Central America’s largest country has become a go-to pick among savvy travelers looking for new vacation horizons.
Seeing the Pitons for the first time while sailing along Saint Lucia’s coastline is to be face-to-face with paradise.
What’s in a name? When that prestigious appellation is Luxury Bahia Principe Runaway Bay, Don Pablo Collection, you know you’re in for a treat.
Recommend's Latin America contributing writer, Carla Hunt, joined Journese’s top-producing travel advisors on what proved to be a pure adventure in Panama.
As we concluded our cruise from Dublin to Lisbon sailing on the 10-day Cuisines and Cultures of Spain, France and Portugal aboard the 106 all-suite Star Legend, our thoughts focused on all of the amazing, authentic and educational onboard and onshore experiences we’d had.
I recently ran into three beauties while visiting Cancun. Let me introduce you to them: Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun, and Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun.
A jewel-box in the heart of Cancun’s hotel zone, the 213-room Sandos Cancun Lifestyle Resort offers an all-inclusive experience tailored for those who want a luxurious getaway with plenty of action.
“Serenity is a place where there is no ‘no,’” says CEO Mark Adams Good, because this boutique property is likely to be hosting a lot of honeymooners.
Adams & Butler, a luxury destination management specialist with itineraries in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England (as well as Africa), shines the spotlight on those unique experiences travelers are seeking out.
Sipping coconut water straight from the source while wading around an infinity pool overlooking the azure waters of the Caribbean Sea, I thought to myself, “this is the life.”
Although hurricanes Irma and Maria did enormous damage in several Leeward Islands, including St. Croix, The Buccaneer came through in unusually good shape.
With its own Viking Heritage Museum and decor that intertwines ancient Viking lore with sleek Scandinavian design, Viking Sky felt like the perfect ship for exploring the Baltic and Scandinavia.
Introduced this spring, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s newest Super Ship is as French as the Seine River it sails, from the Pierre Frey Braquenie fabrics and plush velvet dining room ceiling to the local wines the sommelier selects to complement regional culinary choices featured at each meal.
Like virtually all species before us, we are carried to the Galapagos Islands by the wind and the sea.
No, the Luxury Bahia Principe Fantasia Don Pablo Collection is not your everyday all-inclusive.
Within minutes of stepping onto the Disney Fantasy for a 3-night Bahamian cruise from Port Canaveral, Florida, my 5-year-old daughter insisted that we check out the swimming pools on deck 11.
“Now is where the journey really starts,” announced our guide, Bruce Nobela, as we switched from his van into a 4x4.
Key West’s latest property opening, The Perry Hotel Key West, brings a chic vibe to Stock Island, an area known for its fishing and artist community.
From rainforests and wildlife-rich national parks to beautiful beaches, Costa Rica’s cup runneth over with natural wonders.
I barely recognized the expanded, re-branded, and re-imagined all-inclusive resort with a bigger beachfront and an island vibe.
For the start of summer 2017, two of Central Florida’s theme parks—Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Universal Orlando Resort—enticed crowds with new fun-filled offerings: Disney opened the enchanting Pandora—The World of Avatar, and at Universal, the high-adrenaline Volcano Bay water theme park made its debut.
Minutes within arriving at UNICO 20˚87˚ Hotel Riviera Maya, I sent a text to family and friends saying, “I might not return home; I found heaven.”
Last year, those in our industry selling travel to South America celebrated the 40th anniversary of Inkaterra, whose award-winning luxury lodgings set new standards for Peru’s travel industry, and whose founder, Jose Koechlin, is honored industry-wide as a pioneer in ecotourism and a major force in hotel development focused on conserving the environment and enriching local communities—all financed by sustainable tourism revenues.
For Hammock Beach Resort—a Salamander Resorts property and member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts hugging the Atlantic shoreline in Palm Coast, Florida—damage caused by Hurricane Matthew last October presented the opportunity for the team to “redefine the Hammock Beach experience,” says Jason Kern, the resort’s director of sales and marketing.
It’s our first full day in Amsterdam after embarking on Avalon Visionary and we are standing at easels in Westerdok, the very same neighborhood where Van Gogh created his only two paintings during his 8-year stint in the city.
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Once Sleepy, Santiago’s Now Wide Awake
The reaction to my Facebook photo of a waiter at Grand Case Beach Club’s Sunset Cafe surprised me—all those “likes” by people I’d never even heard of. But I shouldn’t have been surprised. The likers were regulars at this St. Martin resort, a small hotel with an outsize repeat rate.
Last November, the Washington metropolitan area stood on the precipice of a monumental new beginning…and I’m not talking about the election.
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