Day: November 14, 2016

Smile for me Jamaica (2/3)

By M and M Travel and Tours in Travel


After all my prejudices, stories and imaginations about Jamaica which I gathered from people I know, documentaries I watched and festivals I’ve been, I made it finally for four weeks on the island. I stayed for a while in Kingston and travelled then almost around the whole island. From the coast to the Blue Mountains to the jungle, driving on the roads you’d expect will not have a village or a city at the end, but I always arrived.

This is my experience

Let’s start right from the beginning, in Kingston. The capital of Jamaica is often known to be very violent and very dangerous. That is, I guess, a main reason why so many travellers stay in Negril, Ocho Rios or any other place on the island, but don’t come to Kingston. Who could imagine staying for a month of travelling in Germany and not visiting Berlin – it’s capital.

I’ve been walking downtown Kingston, went to buy groceries in supermarkets and open street markets and never got annoyed by people, yes, sure I got asked to buy weed or even harder stuff, but to be honest, crossing Rua Augusta in Lisbon, Portugal, I got asked this questions day in day out.

And yes, you should not walk around Trench Town without anyone who knows the area, and may keep out in the night, but you should also know that Jamaica lives from tourism and that most of the violence is among Jamaicans. Having said this, I haven’t been in that area, unfortunately, and can’t tell you to go or not. But if you have travelled a lot, you get a feeling if you want to go to a certain district. However, would you move in a random district in Paris, Amsterdam or Bangkok? Probably not.

I can’t tell you a single situation in Kingston where I felt uncomfortable and that’s a fact. So give the capital a chance.

Moving on, I stayed a couple of nights in the Blue Mountains, in Portland, near Ocho Rios, around Negril and in Montego Bay. I have to say I never stayed directly in tourist spots.

When staying in Section, or around Hagley Gap in the Blue Mountains, latest then, I realised that Jamaica is not just sunshine and beach and it can get kinda chillin there as well. It is a different Jamaica, like in, every mountain region in the world. People are different, they are calmer, more relaxed. But the beauty of the nature stays, or let’s say, it changes but is equally beautiful. You also feel the difference about the air quality when breathing in, after a good sleep up the mountains. You learn to be more patient.

Every evening the different places offered a different view and experience. Sometimes the fog sneaked on the balcony and besides the mobile phone light, I had nothing, sometimes I sat around a table laughing my ass off, as I had just joyful people with the most hilarious stories and sense of humour around me.

When travelling around Portland I experienced the wide variety of guesthouses and people. Some had their business for 20 years and escaped Europe back then. There was more organisation and love for details, but at the same time the little Homestay in Portland opened its doors very warmly and with a big smile (Even though it was raining like shit).

This is just a slight inside in my travels in Jamaica and the love and joy was always with me. To say in general, I was always welcomed with a smile and a helpful hand. If you are open towards Jamaicans and people of the island, with your good sense of travelling and certain kind of situations you will have the time of your life.

I guess, what I loved the most about Jamaica is the joy of living that people spread. I can’t remember another travel experience, where I had to smile, grin, laugh and smirk so much as while my four weeks in Jamaica. So yeah, smile for me Jamaica, because I will always smile back.

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Maui's Newest Resort Now Confirming Reservations

By M and M Travel and Tours in Uncategorized




November 11, 2016


By: Newswire







A rendering of The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas

The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, which will become Maui‘s newest resort when it opens in summer 2017, has begun confirming reservations.

The 390-villa resort is situated on 16 oceanfront acres of North Kaanapali Beach.

Comprised of one-, two- and three-bedroom villas, The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas’ amenities will include an expansive lagoon-style swimming pool, children’s beach pool and play area, oceanfront cabanas and a WestinWORKOUT Fitness Studio. 

Mauka Makai, the resort’s full-service restaurant, will pay tribute to the farming and fishing cultures of ancient Hawaii. With an emphasis on farm-to-table cuisine, Mauka Makai will utilize indigenous plants and vegetables grown on-site and from local farms to complement popular local dishes. 

It will also feature the Westin brand’s signature SuperFoodsRXTM menu with nutrient-rich and delicious options. Additionally, the Inu Pool Bar will provide a setting to enjoy oceanfront views, cocktails and lighter fare. Guests will also enjoy access to resort amenities at The Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas located next door, including Spa Helani, a Heavenly Spa by Westin.

Each of the villas at The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas will offer many of the key amenities of home, combined with signature Westin touches. The master bedrooms will include king-size signature “Westin Heavenly Beds” and “Westin Heavenly Baths” with showers, bathtubs and vanities. The living areas will offer armoires, queen-size sofa sleepers and private furnished lanais. Villas will also come with fully equipped kitchens and washers and dryers.

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Carnival Liberty Cruises Modified Through November

By M and M Travel and Tours in Travel




November 11, 2016


By: Newswire





carnival libertyCarnival Cruise Line has announced that Carnival Liberty’s remaining cruises through the month of November will have modified itineraries due to a technical issue which is affecting the ship’s maximum cruising speed. 

Carnival Liberty, which homeports in Galveston, Texas, had to cancel two cruises, departing November 5 and October 31, due to the issue. 

The issue is only affecting the ship’s speed and all other systems are operating normally, Carnival said. The ship is capable of operating cruises at reduced maximum speeds while Carnival’s technical team, together with outside experts, continues to work to fully resolve the problem. Following the modified November itineraries, the ship will go into a previously scheduled drydock and then reposition to Port Canaveral, Florida, to operate cruises from that port beginning December 15.

This change is being made since Carnival Valor is better suited to operate at the higher speeds required for the four- and five-day Mexico itineraries from Galveston while Carnival Liberty is well equipped to handle shorter duration cruises from Central Florida, Carnival said.

Built one year apart, Carnival Valor and Carnival Liberty are sibling ships with similar accommodations, public venues and Fun Ship 2.0 features including Guy’s Burger Joint, BlueIguana Cantina, the RedFrog Rum Bar and BlueIguana Tequila Bar, Carnival said. 

Carnival Liberty’s modified cruises from Galveston for the balance of November are as follows:

NOVEMBER 14 CRUISE: The November 14 five-day departure will include an overnight call in Cozumel (the call at Progreso has been cancelled). The ship’s arrival back into Galveston on November 19 will be delayed until later in the day. Guests sailing on this voyage will receive a $50 per person credit to their shipboard accounts and a 25 percent discount on a future Carnival cruise. Guests also have the option of canceling and receiving a full refund.  

NOVEMBER 19 CRUISE: The November 19 seven-day cruise will include stops in Cozumel and Costa Maya (the calls in Falmouth, Jamaica and Grand Cayman have been cancelled). The ship’s departure time will be 10:00pm for this cruise. Guests sailing on this voyage will receive a $50 per person credit to their shipboard accounts and a 25 percent discount on a future Carnival cruise. Guests also have the option of canceling and receiving a full refund. 

NOVEMBER 26 CRUISE: The November 26 five-day departure will include an overnight call in Cozumel (the call at Progreso has been cancelled). The ship’s arrival back into Galveston on December 1 will be delayed until later in the day. Guests sailing on this voyage will receive a $50 per person credit to their shipboard accounts and a 25 percent discount on a future Carnival cruise. Guests also have the option of cancelling and receiving a full refund. 

In addition, one Carnival Valor voyage, the four-day cruise from Port Canaveral departing December 11, will need to be shortened to allow sufficient time for the ship to transit to Galveston:

The scheduled December 11 four-day cruise from Port Canaveral on Carnival Valor will be shortened to a three-day cruise departing on December 11. The cruise will visit Freeport and Nassau, which were the scheduled ports on the four-day cruise. Guests sailing on this voyage will receive a one day pro-rated refund of cruise fare and a $25 per person credit to their shipboard account. Guests also have the option of canceling and receiving a full refund.

For guests on Carnival Liberty being transferred to Carnival Valor and vice versa, the cruise line will automatically transfer the reservations. Affected sailings are now temporarily closed in the system as the reservations team prepares to make the necessary changes, Carnival said. This work is expected to be completed by the end of November at which point new confirmations will be sent to all guests and they will again be able to access their reservations. Fly2Fun flights, transfers and other vacation components such as dining choices, pre-paid gratuities, shore excursions, Fun Shop items and Spa reservations will be maintained as originally booked.

We sincerely apologize to our guests for this disruption to their vacation plans, Carnival said. 

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