Onsite & Onboard Reviews

Onsite & Onboard Reviews

Seems these days that almost every Caribbean wedding has to be black tie-barefoot, and at least one dinner for the newlyweds (ditto for anniversary couples) must feature a torch-lit table for two on the beach.

Viking Aegir

Stepping on board the 190-passenger “longship” Viking Aegir in Amsterdam for a 2-day sampler cruise, we found ourselves immersed in a bright and airy environment about as far from stodgy old river boats as contemporary pop music is to the waltz.
Truth be told, we don’t do enough U.S. city-focused onsites at Recommend. So in 2013, we decided to change that up a bit and offer a few first-hand accounts of some of our own backyard’s most magnetic cities.
Lauded for its natural beauty and boundless recreation, the island of Kauai has long attracted travelers preferring a mellow pace.
The beauty of Alaska is best experienced on the 49th state’s fabled Inside Passage, the narrow southeastern gulf that stretches for more than 500 miles roughly from north to south in one of the most astounding natural settings in the world.
Stretch limos, box seat concert tickets, and a never-ending parade of live music at clubs and bars ‘til 4 a.m.—far more than just another touristy destination, Chicago offers much for the rock star at heart.
Planning a girlfriends’ getaway starts with deciding on a location, and the answer is sometimes very simply predicated on gateways.
Anyone who wants to see a little paradise and enjoy our "onzen" and other purely Japanese treats will delight in Kyushu.
Five properties in one. Yes, you read right. In Punta Cana, RIU does not play around.
Specialty restaurants, Cirque du Soleil-style shows, Bulgari and Michael Kors retail shops, a sea-view shower suspended over the ocean—no, this isn’t a luxe hotel in Asia or Europe, it’s Celebrity Cruises’ newest Solstice class vessel, the Celebrity Reflection.
The hotels that make up the Villa del Palmar Resort Collection offer all the customary amenities and delights associated with a luxury hotel brand, but in order to up the ante and stand head and shoulders above the rest, they’ve launched a new branding campaign, “Your story starts here,” that aims to provide all guests with vacations that are unique and personal and where lifetime memories will be forged.
This past fall, Recommend was invited to the 5th Annual Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant (GIVC) Awards in the Riviera Maya for a stay at one of the many all-inclusive properties that dot the Riviera Maya shoreline: El Dorado Casitas Royale and its neighbor, El Dorado Royale, a Spa Resort.
This is a luxurious, top-quality boutique beach resort that will raise the standard of service currently offered in the country.
Fiji is best experienced on one of its small offshore islands during one of those lazy, tropical afternoons when the sea is calm and a warm breeze ripples the water, rustling the palms growing at its edge.
Travel agents and their clients who have sampled and swear by the considerable charms of the Gansevoort Hotel Group’s up-tempo, uber-hip Manhattan properties—the flagship Gansevoort Meatpacking NYC and newer Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC—have had reason to wonder how well the brand would translate to Gansevoort Turks & Caicos when it opened on the island of Providenciales in April 2009. Well...beautifully, as it turns out.
Just to offset all questions from the beginning, the Angler—of The Angler’s Boutique Resort—refers to the original owner of the property.

A-ROSA Silva

How romantic can a river ship get? Picture the new 172-passenger A-ROSA Silva and her predecessors in the stylish fleet of A-ROSA Cruises.
It’s not often we get to take our best friend on a hotel visit, even in open-minded Southern California.
Every serious travel agent has a specialty—Europe, Africa, the Caribbean. Many delve even deeper, specializing in specific countries (Aruba, Saint Lucia), or even especially sellable regions of specific countries, like the all-inclusive paradise of Punta Cana and Bavaro in the Dominican Republic, or the north coast of Jamaica.
River cruising’s on a roll, as cruise lines continue to register double-digit growth rates, while expanding their fleets of new-build ships to accommodate the surge in European river travel.