Archive for March, 2009

New York City

March 18, 2009

New York City, NY Information by Rough Guides
The most beguiling city in the world, New York is an adrenaline-charged, history-laden place that holds immense romantic appeal for visitors. Wandering the streets here, you’ll cut between buildings that are icons to the modern age – and whether gazing at the flickering lights of the midtown skyscrapers as you speed across the Queensboro bridge, experiencing the 4am half-life downtown, or just wasting the morning on the Staten Island ferry, you really would have to be made of stone not to be moved by it all. There’s no place quite like it.

While the events of September 11, 2001, which demolished the World Trade Center, shook New York to its core, the populace responded resiliently under the composed aegis of then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Until the attacks, many New Yorkers loved to hate Giuliani, partly because they saw him as committed to making their city too much like everyone else’s. To some extent he succeeded, and during the late Nineties New York seemed cleaner, safer, and more liveable, as the city took on a truly international allure and shook off the more notorious aspects to its reputation. However, the maverick quality of New York and its people still shines as brightly as it ever did. Even in the aftermath of the World Trade Center’s collapse, New York remains a unique and fascinating city – and one you’ll want to return to again and again.

You could spend weeks in New York and still barely scratch the surface, but there are some key attractions – and some pleasures – that you won’t want to miss. There are the different ethnic neighborhoods, like lower Manhattan’s Chinatown and the traditionally Jewish Lower East Side (not so much anymore); and the more artsy concentrations of SoHo, TriBeCa, and the East and West Villages. Of course, there is the celebrated architecture of corporate Manhattan, with the skyscrapers in downtown and midtown forming the most indelible images. There are the museums, not just the Metropolitan and MoMA, but countless other smaller collections that afford weeks of happy wandering. In between sights, you can eat just about anything, at any time, cooked in any style; you can drink in any kind of company; and sit through any number of obscure movies. The more established arts – dance, theater, music – are superbly catered for; and New York’s clubs are as varied and exciting as you might expect. And for the avid consumer, the choice of shops is vast, almost numbingly exhaustive in this heartland of the great capitalist dream.

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March 12, 2009

The nation’s 19 largest airlines reported an average on-time arrival rate of 77% in January, up from 72.4% reported in January 2008 or the 65.3% mark they showed in December 2008, according to the Air Travel Consumer Report released this month by the U.S. Department of Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

Hawaiian ranked first for January 2009 with an on-time arrival rate of 90.8%, followed by Southwest at 83.3% and ExpressJet at 79.8%, the DOT reported.

Brining up the rear was Comair with an on-time arrival percentage of 56.7%. Atlantic Southeast’s 68.3% placed it 18th and Alaska ranked 17th with 71.5%.

The airlines also reported 86 tarmac delays of three hours or more for January 2009, about 53% fewer than the December 2008 delays, but still significantly more than the eight reported for November.

The report card said Delta had the greatest number of tarmac delays of over three hours, with more than 300. The group rated Southwest as the best airline for developing and implementing a plan to move customers off planes stuck on the tarmac and for providing food, water, trash removal, toilet cleaning and temperature controls.

The longest delay, 10-plus hours on the tarmac, was on Delta Airlines Flight 1201 from Atlanta to Orlando, on January 16, 2008, the report card said.
Published by Travel Weekly (informational only)

March Madness

March 10, 2009

Happy March and St. Patrick’s Day. Hopefully the weather will warm soon with the time change and we can all see some much needed sunshine!

I came back from a cruise on MSC line. I do have to say that the cruise ship was very pretty and well designed. But I felt that the cabin was quite small and the food was very
repetative and lack luster. The ports we stopped at were quite nice and very pretty. Great to get out of the cold here in February. Comparing it to Carnival and Royal Caribbean I would say that my customers would not be happy with this product.

I am currently working on clients traveling to Italy and have found some great deals on villas and apartments. The airfare has not been awful either. I’m having fun helping them to plan their tours and itinerary.

Here are some deals that are being offered as of now to some exciting European destinations and other locales around the world. We have some great tours of the USA as well. You don’t necessarily have to leave the country to have an exciting and fun vacation. The USA offers many options and beautiful countryside, as well as historic value.

Check out the following for your summer travel:

Europe Promotions
Save up to $400 or more per couple Europe vacations booked between January 2 and March 31, 2009.

North America Promotions
Save $200 per couple on any North America Platinum Collection vacation booked between March 4 and June 2, 2009.

Save $200 per couple on select Hawaii vacations booked between March 4 and April 30, 2009.

Save $100 per person on any North America Family Vacation booked between March 4 and June 2, 2009.

Save $100 per person on select North America vacations booked between March 4 and June 2, 2009.

Save $100 per person on the air-inclusive price of select North America vacations with 3 or more cities booked between March 4 and May 5, 2009.

South America Promotion
Save up to $400 per couple on South America vacations booked between March 4 and May 5, 2009.

I have also put together a custom group tour with Divine Word Parish throughout Italy that will be departing in September. We are taking reservations for that now. Please call if you are interested in this opportunity. They will be visiting many wonderful locations. This tour was designed by myself especially for this group and anyone is welcome to participate.

The following are specials to the Caribbean and Mexico. Follow the guidelines for when the sale is available. There are great prices here to take advantage of! 50% off WOW!

Riu Tequila
All-Inclusive
50% off!
Playa Del Carmen – Firstly, it was created with attention to décor, beautiful gardens, wonderful pool areas, in the same vein as every other Riu Resort…
Travel Select April – August Departures
4 nights from $799.99* was $1599.99

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Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa
All-Inclusive Unlimited-Luxury®
50% off!
Dreams Resorts & Spas provide a high level of luxury and ambiance for couples and couples with children, in unparalleled tropical settings. Surround yourself with Unlimited-Luxury…
Travel Select June – August Departures
3 nights from $799.99* was $1599.99

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Iberostar Paraiso del Mar

All-Inclusive
50% off!
Puerto Aventuras – The Barcelo Maya Beach & Caribe is without question on the most spectacular beach in Riviera Maya. White sand…
Travel Select August 18 – October 15 Departures
7 nights from $999.99* was $1999.99

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Grand Palladium Colonial & Kantenah Resort & Spa
All-Inclusive
50% off!
Riviera Maya- The demand for the Palladium skyrocketed and three years later, still holds its place as one of the most popular Resorts, quick to sell out too!
Travel Select April – August Departures
7 nights from $999.99* was $1999.99

Punta Cana
Barcelo Dominican Beach
All-Inclusive
50% off!
The Barcelo Dominican Beach is set on the most beautiful beach with vibrant turquoise sea, and gentle breezes rustling through soaring coconut trees…
LAST MINUTE SPECIAL!
Travel Most May – June 12 & September – October 23 Departures
3 nights from $629.99* was $1529.99

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Riu Naiboa
All-Inclusive
50% off!
This Naiboa Resort offers a laid back atmosphere, and an affordable vacation for those on a more restricted budget. When you stay at Naiboa you still…
Travel Most April 17- June 12 Departures
3 nights from $599.99* was $1199.99

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Barcelo Punta Cana
All-Inclusive
50% off!
An amazing Resort on a dazzling beach, with 795 rooms in a winding S formation of white buildings, with red Spanish-styled roof tops…
Travel Most March Departures
7 nights from $849.99* was $1699.99

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Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa
All-Inclusive Unlimited-Luxury®
First child 12 yrs. & under stays, plays and eats FREE (valid May – June & August 15 – October)
50% off!
Secluded in a lush tropical paradise that faces a pristine beach with blue waters stretching to the horizon, Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa…
Travel Most May – June 8 Departures
4 nights from $899.99* was $1799.99

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Iberostar Punta Cana
All-Inclusive
Two kids 12 yrs & under stay, play & eat FREE! (valid April 10-August 17)
50% off!
Beautifully situated on the famed Bavaro Beach, the Resort has a great selection of bars and restaurants plus offers the facilities of the Iberostar Dominicana to all guests…
Travel Most April 17 – June 12 Departures
7 nights from $949.99* was $1899.99
*add from $130 for July – August departures

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Dreams Palm Beach Punta Cana
All-Inclusive
Two kids 12 yrs & under stay, play & eat FREE (Valid May-June)
$200 resort credit (per room, per stay. Restrictions apply.)
50% off!
Dreams Resorts & Spas provide a high level of luxury and ambiance for couples and couples with children, in unparalleled tropical settings…
Travel Most May – June 12 Departures
7 nights from $1099.99* was $2199.99

Talk again soon, as always great working with all of you..Jo