JetBlue’s cruise news ensues

Some of you may or may not be aware that JetBlue Airlines also have vacations.  (They’re affiliate friends of ours, by the way.) Well, being the ambitious company that they are, they also sell cruises.  But, the new news is that JetBlue Vacations’ Flight + Cruise packages, making JetBlue the first domestic U.S. airline to offer customers the ability to…

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Dominican-do!

Like other locales hard-hit by the events of the past 18 months, the Dominican Republic is focusing on rebuilding and recovering. But that doesn’t mean travel has to slow down. In fact, destinations in the Caribbean are very attractive all year round due to their warm weather and turquoise blue beaches. Click here to learn more about why now is…

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Havana microwaves

If you can’t fix the problem, fix the blame . . .  Doctors, scientists, intelligence agents and government officials have all been trying to find out what causes “Havana syndrome” – a mysterious illness that has struck American diplomats and spies. Some call it an act of war, others wonder if it is some new and secret form of surveillance…

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Scuba duba doo

We see you . .  If you want to do more than float on the water with your scuba gear, you may want to take it to the next level,  no pun intended. Many serious divers get certified, and there are a lot of good reasons to do so, least of all you knowing the best ways to dive and…

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NO PRESSURE: the coolest streets in the world

Havana, and all of Cuba (in our opinion) are at the wrong end of the stick when it comes to US sanctions.  The people have suffered enough under decades of embargos and bans.  Cuba is a jewel to behold. Deep in the lanes of southern Old Havana, where trailing plants and drying clothes drape from wrought-iron balconies, and wooden jalousies…

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I’m Antman and I will be your server tonight

Disney Cruise Line is upping the “ant-e” on immersive family dining with the debut of “Avengers: Quantum Encounter” at Worlds of Marvel restaurant aboard the Disney Wish. Premiering in summer 2022, this all-new cinematic dining adventure will assemble some of Earth’s mightiest and tiniest— Super Heroes in a larger-than-life showcase of revolutionary quantum technology and cuisine. Learn more courtesy of…

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Muster, we must

The Covid pandemic is pushing for an evolution of the muster (safety) drill procedures on cruise ships. To avoid gatherings of large passenger groups in confined spaces and maintain social distancing, the cruise lines are now reinventing the traditional process, using technology and other innovations. Get ready for:  Royal Caribbean’s Muster 2.0 Read more courtesy of CruiseIndustryNews.com  Cruisenation have what…

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Right, said Fred

We’re happy to announce that Matouring is now an affiliate of Fred Olsen cruises. One of the things we like about Fred Olsen is the playful approach they have to cruises and touring.  They’re a not the biggest name in the cruise industry, but being family-run, they can do things the way they want, and that include bringing a laid-back,…

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Things could get Messi

Can you believe this?  On June 14, 2021, the Hard Rock venues turned 50 and that doesn’t happen every day. To mark this day, they want to share with you their new campaign. It is built on the principles that have guided Hard Rock since the beginning – providing a fresh approach and a call to their fans. Hard Rock…

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(Not the Republic of) Dominica

Have you heard of Dominica?  Officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island country in the Caribbean. The capital, Roseau, is located on the western side of the island. It is geographically situated as part of the Windward Islands chain in the Lesser Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The island is located near Guadeloupe to the northwest and Martinique…

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Sea crews

This article is simply a big “thanks” and a pat on the back for those selfless crew members who make your cruise experiences so nice and easy. They are often far, far away from home, sometimes for long periods of time.  Every day, they encounter customers from all corners of the globe, often with unusual requests – or demands –…

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Do I have clearance to ask you out on a date?

WARNING – look away now if you are allergic to bad naughty humour. “After being deprived of two of my favorite activities — travel and sex — over the past year, one thing I’m looking forward to as both become more feasible is that inexplicable wave of horniness that reliably overcomes me when I’m on a plane.” Apparently this is…

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Rumba rumbles

Emerging from the poor districts of Havana and Matanzas in the 19th century, today rumba is one of Cuba’s most popular art forms. Influenced by African and Spanish traditions of music and dance, its distinctive, syncopated sound requires masterful musicianship and fierce passion from its performers. But, despite being born of marginalisation and oppression, modern Cuban rumba culture is, in…

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Some people claim . . .

Hey, Parrotheads!  Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau, the Bahamas’ newest luxury island escape, is making its debut July 2021 on the eastern end of Junkanoo Beach. When you close your eyes and dream of the perfect island getaway, what do you see? Palm trees, softy lapping sapphire waves, white-sand beaches, and sunshine? Fantastic accommodations with a laid-back, tropical vibe? Spectacular food,…

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Fond Doux Eco Coco

As if you need any encouragement to visit the glorious island of St Lucia, we have further tasty reasons might you might want to stay at a certain place –  Fond Doux Eco Resort.  The reason?  Chocolate. Located within the UNESCO World Heritage site of Soufriere Saint Lucia on a historic 19th-century working cocoa estate, Fond Doux Eco Resort offers…

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Payback’s a beach

Sandals Resorts have a tradition each spring.  It’s called the “Maycation Giveaway”  and that’s exactly what it is.  Here are the details. We’re honoring teachers, nurses, moms, members of the military and frankly anyone that rocks! And after a year of unforeseen challenges, Sandals Resorts is bringing the sunshine back with 31 complimentary vacations to some of the sunniest places…

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OMG! LNG

Now, here is a good start to environmentally sound travel options – liquefied natural gas (LNG).  This technology promises a cleaner and more environmentally sustainable fuel for cruise ships – and perhaps other modes of transportation. The introduction of LNG to power cruise ships is a major development that supports Carnival Corporation’s decarbonization pathway. In the cruise industry, we have…

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Viking. More than just Norse ships and pillaging

If you’re a traveler, you’ve likely taken at least one cruise in your life.  And, chances are good that you may have boarded a Viking Cruise ship:  they are some of the best and most forward-thinking cruise lines in the world. But, Viking goes beyond by also informing and entertaining us with their ongoing Viking.tv online events. As well as…

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Safe travels? You can Belize in it

The Belize Tourism Board (BTB) is pleased to announce that Belize has achieved the Safe Travels Stamp, granted by the World Travel &Tourism Council (WTTC). The Safe Travels Stamp, the first global safety and hygiene stamp, was awarded to Belize in late December 2020 in recognition of the country’s enhanced health and safety protocols. The stamp was developed in order…

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Whose cruise?

Travel is slowly peeping its head outside the door – and what do we see?  Cruises are on the horizon!  And Royal Caribbean has a pretty nice online brochure to whet your appetite. The brochure will make it easy to view all of their cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska or Europe. Featuring videos and ship details, this is your first…

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