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Aloha Friday Photo: Rugged Maui Coastline

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In need of a refreshing spa day surrounded by a lush rainforest? Hilton Seychell…

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In need of a refreshing spa day surrounded by a lush rainforest? Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa has you covered at their award-winning spa overlooking the Indian Ocean. ?IG:hoffjanine__

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Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship Receiving New Features

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A Royal Caribbean cruise ship is set to receive new features during a $97 million overhaul to the vessel. Royal Caribbean announced that Voyager of the Seas will be the cruise line’s latest ship to be transformed this fall.

From The Perfect Storm duo of racer waterslides to the reinvigorated Vitality Spa and redesigned kids and teens spaces, Voyager of the Seas will tout a thrilling combination of experiences that make for an unforgettable family vacation to far-flung destinations on the other side of the world.

Beginning October 21, the newly transformed cruise ship will set sail on a series of 3- to 5-night Southeast Asia itineraries from Singapore, followed by a season down under with 9- to 12-night South Pacific cruises from Sydney, Australia, starting on November 30.

Deck-Defying Thrills

On Voyager of the Seas, vacationers can dial up the adventure with newly added Royal Caribbean hits never before seen in the South Pacific.

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The Perfect Storm waterslides duo – Typhoon and Cyclone – will raise the stakes with three stories of heart-pumping twists and turns. This is the ultimate ride where guests can challenge their limits and each other in a highspeed race for bragging rights. The can’t-miss attraction joins returning favorites, including the FlowRider surf simulator, rock-climbing wall and mini-golf, to round out the ship’s action-packed aft.

Family Time Maximized

The cruise line’s amped-up getaways also introduce new and reimagined experiences for the whole family to spend time together and on their own while on board.

Making its out-of-this-world debut on Voyager of the Seas, Battle for Planet Z laser tag has quickly become a staple on Royal Caribbean ships. The glow-in-the-dark adventure in Studio B takes place in a universe of the distant future as two groups of thrill seekers – aliens and robots – go head to head to claim the last planet of a far-flung galaxy.

Younger guests, ranging from babies to teens, will enjoy a top-to-bottom redesign of their dedicated spaces. A fresh take on the award-winning Adventure Ocean, for kids of 3 to 12 years old, brings a modern, free-play approach to a new, open layout with whimsical activities at every corner.

A first on Voyager of the Seas, a nursery for babies and tots will open its doors, while 3- to 5-year-olds can dive into the excitement in an area created just for them. Teens are in for an exclusive, updated hangout like no other on board, along with the addition of a laidback outdoor deck.

Relaxation Renewed

Vacationers looking to relax and recharge are in for a treat at the Vitality Spa and Fitness Center. Enhanced and relocated to the aft of the ship, the spa and gym will offer its extensive, signature menu of services, including massages, acupuncture, manicures, fitness classes and personal training. Guests who opt to cool down poolside can look forward to a refreshed Solarium for all-day, adults-only tranquil vibes.

More highlights to make their way to Voyager include 72 new inside and balcony staterooms, a Suite Lounge and outdoor area – exclusively for guests in Grand Suites and above; and the Diamond Lounge for members of Royal Caribbean’s Crown & Anchor Society loyalty program.

The reimagined cruise ship will also feature the new Royal Caribbean International mobile app. Travelers can soon check in for their cruise vacation from their phone, and once on board, the app will deliver an array of capabilities. From exploring and planning activities for each day of the itinerary, and viewing onboard expenses, to booking and managing dining, shore excursion and show reservations, guests will be able to seamlessly transition into vacation mode.

Voyager of the Seas will be the fourth cruise ship reimagined as part of the Royal Amplified fleet modernization effort built on research and guest feedback. The cruise line’s investment of more than $1 billion spans 10 ships in four years and touches every facet of the guest experience.

Introducing a robust variety of bold adventures meant to appeal to every generation, the program is a representation of Royal Caribbean’s passion for innovation, relentless attention to detail and commitment to delivering unforgettable vacations.

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Barbados Has its Sights Set on New Hotels, Better Accessibility

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At Caribbean Week New York, Travel Agent sat down with Hon. Kerrie D. Symmonds, Barbados’ minister of tourism and international transport, to get the latest on the island.

New Hotels: You can expect a handful of new properties catering to a variety of travelers to open in the coming years. Symmonds says he has identified three or four greenfield sites in the southeast of the island near the Hilton Barbados, which are being put to the market. He adds, the island hosted a “successful” investment conference at the end of April to bring awareness to these sites.

“New government has to meet new thinking and it makes no sense having car parks on one of the most beautiful beaches to be found in the Caribbean,” he tells Travel Agent.

And on those sites, you can expect some new types of property. Currently, Symmonds tells us, the zoning laws in Barbados have a building cap at seven stories; new permits, however, would let buildings reach as high as 15 stories. This would give investors an opportunity to get a better ROI—but it would also allow for sizable expansion in terms of room numbers without occupying large plots.

What’s also interesting is that, in these newbuilds, gaming tables will be allowed—a first for Barbados. While the process to bring in casino-type properties only got rolling in April, there’s already one signed agreement; Symmonds expects the project to take up to two years before it opens. Unfortunately, there is no word on what brand may be opening shop—although Symmonds said Barbados reached out to numerous international brands during the investment conference, as the island mostly has locally operated hotels. In addition to the gaming hotels, Symmonds says Barbados has its sights set on bringing romantic hotels to the island.

On the immediate horizon, The Sands is opening on Worthing Beach (near the Ocean Two Resort & Residences on the Saint Lawrence Gap). It will have 175 rooms and should be open this summer.

It’s also important to note that the occurrence of sargassum seaweed has increased as of late; however, it’s not as bad as last year and only the east (Atlantic) coast is affected, Symmonds says. He adds that they are trying to capture as much seaweed before it reaches land to save the beaches but to also use agriculturally—as it has many benefits for farmers.

Access: Barbados recently expanded its partnership with JetBlue, launching year-round flights from Newark Liberty International Airport to Grantley Adams International Airport. Symmonds says he wants to expand this relationship even further and had plans to meet with the JetBlue team while he was in New York. “I think the Mint service is working exceptionally well out of New York, and I am very keen on seeing that expanding,” he tells Travel Agent. “I think there’s a wealth of opportunity now, and JetBlue has been a major developmental partner.”

From Europe, Barbados has just signed the first deal to bring Lufthansa Group to the Eastern Caribbean. The flights will be operated by Eurowings and start in October. Symmonds adds that Lufthansa Group chose Barbados and Mauritius as the first two destinations for this expansion.

Barbados set a record for arrivals in 2018, topping 200,000 visitors from the United States for the first time. With those numbers, American visitors now make up roughly 30 percent of the total visitors to the island, which trails the U.K. (at 33 percent) but leads Canada and the rest of Europe, which make up a combined 27 percent. “So, we are becoming more global and that keeps me happy,” Symmonds says.

Symmonds says a major focus of his is accessibility—but not to the island. Rather, he’s concerned about how people get around the island, and how people with disabilities can get around. “The infrastructure is not the best,” he tells us.

So, with the new hotels, travelers can also expect more accessible rooms. The same goes for restaurants and other attractions on the island: These, in time, will cater better to those with disabilities better than they do now. Symmonds adds, “It works not only for us as a tourism destination, but it also helps us develop as a country—our people have disabilities, too.”

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Beach Hammock in Hawaii

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American Airlines to Add Seasonal Flight to St. Lucia

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A new seasonal flight from Miami is available to head down to Saint Lucia and hotels are offering discounted rates.

On June 6, American Airlines resumed a second daily nonstop flight from Miami International Airport (MIA) to Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) at 8:45 a.m. Flight AA1335 arrives in Saint Lucia at 11:21 a.m. The flight joins the year-round daily flight departing MIA at 11:13 a.m., ideal for morning connections from American Airlines feeder cities. Roundtrip airfare starts at $423, the lowest airfare ever for this route. American Airlines Vacations is also offering several air/hotel packages.

Hotels and resorts have created summer offers with up to 50 percent off room rates, resort credits, spa deals and more. Hotels include Anse Chastanet, Calabash Cove, Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, Jade Mountain Resort, Mango Beach Inn, Stonefield Villa Resort, Serenity at Coconut Bay, Têt Rouge, Ti Kaye Resort and Spa and others.

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11 Painstakingly Honest Things No One Tells You About a Destination Wedding

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Are you in that nebulous time between getting engaged and figuring out if a destination wedding is right for you?  We’re sure you have a ton of questions! While destination weddings are amazing, you will find that not all of the answers to your questions will be exactly what you wanted to hear. Before you make the decision to have a destination wedding, we’re here to be straightforward with you and give you some hard truths that you will need to consider. If you can accept these, then you’re ready to have an awesome destination wedding!

  1. Your wedding package isn’t free.

Yep, that is right. The days of having a free wedding no longer exist. Do some resorts advertise for a free wedding package? Sure! But it is important to keep in mind that there are restrictions to these packages as well as add on costs, so the chances that you and your group actually fit into the qualifications of a free wedding are slim. It’s safe to say that nowadays, nothing is free. Be prepared to pay for your wedding, just as you would for any other services, but find peace in knowing that your wedding will still cost a fraction of what it would in the continental US.

  1. Not all of your guests are going to make it.

This one is tough to swallow for some couples. Of course, when couples first begin telling friends and family that they plan to get hitched on the beach somewhere a million times as beautiful as what could maybe be found at home, everyone, and I mean everyone, will say they are joining. However, reality will quickly set in and things like time off of work, a couple extra thousand dollars, and sacrificing the opportunity for another vacation causes a lot of people to RSVP regretfully with a no. The best advice we can give couples is to go into a destination wedding with the mindset that not everyone will come, and this includes some of your nearest and dearest friends and family. While it is really tough to not take it personally, remember that this day is about you and the beginning of your chapter as newlyweds. As a rule of thumb, plan on about 50% of guests you invite being able to join. Of course, if you pick a more affordable time of year that doesn’t interfere with major holidays or vacation season, you may find that more guests are able (and more willing) to commit to joining the celebration.

  1. Plan on staying at least 4 nights in destination.

Once in a blue moon we get couples who are truly looking for a quick in and out experience with their destination wedding. They want to fly in the day before the wedding, and fly out a day or two after. Whether the reasoning be for costs, saving time for a separate honeymoon, or simply to keep it simple, there are a few important thing to remember. Ultimately, couples must always arrive at the very least, 2 business days before their ceremony date. If you are considering a legal ceremony, resorts will require at least 3 business days of arrival in advance. The reason for this is simple, time is everything. You need time to meet with your onsite team to review the details. In addition, it is always best to budget extra time for flight delays or cancellations. For the legal ceremonies, you need time to complete your papers and participate in any national requirements for your wedding.

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  1. It is easier to take care of your legal paperwork in the USA.

This has never been more true. The type of ceremony for destination weddings is always one of the most confusing topics at the beginning. Many couples ask, well, why wouldn’t I just take care of the legal paperwork in destination? Some may say, We really want our wedding date to be our ‘actual’ wedding date. While that all absolutely makes sense, we’re here to say think twice! As mentioned above, hosting a legal ceremony in destination requires an advance arrival which means more time and money out of your pocket. In addition, legal ceremonies require mailing of confidential and fragile documents such as birth certificates to be sent to another county. Keep in mind, you may also need your legal paperwork translated to English (more time and money). For all destinations, you can expect an additional fee for a legal minister, and if you want to get married in Mexico, don’t forget about the mandatory blood testing that is required for legal ceremonies. Last of all, a legal ceremony is required to be performed in the national language, and it offers no opportunity to use your own officiant or personalize your wedding day. Basically, I suggest setting a date day to visit your local county clerk to arrange for your legal marriage to be documented and taken care of here at home. Trust me when I say, you’ll thank us later!

  1. The weather will never be ‘perfect’.

You read that right, and it’s okay to take a few seconds to have a mini-meltdown. Of course, no matter when or where, every bride wants ideal, picture perfect, make-your-skin-glow weather. The truth is that even in the Caribbean, this likely won’t happen. You are against mother nature in one way or another, but this all boils down to your perspective on things. Will the sun be too bright for photos? Maybe, but just be sure to schedule your wedding ceremony for 4pm or later depending on the time of year and sunset. Will the wind be obtrusive and blow your hair every which way? For sure, but if you style your hair up, and keep this in mind for your reception décor details, you won’t notice a thing. Will it rain? Nothing is impossible, but remember you are in a tropical climate and rain might take place more in one time of year than another. Will you sweat? Probably, but you didn’t pick to get married in a destination for the cold weather, right?

  1. There is no such thing as a private beach ceremony.

Few and far between will you truly find a private beach ceremony. I’ll keep this one simple: be prepared for onlookers. Your onlookers may be hanging out on their patio, or in a beach chair 20 yards away, and they will all be thinking the same thing, “Wow, how beautiful.” While I know that every bride would much rather prefer that strangers aren’t joining as guests, just remember that this is simply a part of the destination wedding experience. 99% of the time, these on lookers are respectful and you likely won’t even notice because you will be completely and utterly fixated on the fact you are about to marry your person. If you have nerves regarding the thought of strangers watching, or walking near your ceremony for photography purposes, I would encourage you to firmly express this while you are at your onsite meeting with your hotel coordinator. Ask if it is possible to have someone available to re-direct beach walkers to go around the ceremony rather than behind it. Just remember, the later in the day your ceremony takes place, the less amount of people on the beach.

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  1. You should still tip the staff, even if you are at an all-inclusive resort.

Many times you will hear that gratuity is included in an all inclusive resort, which is semi-correct. I am here to tell you that when you realize what your ‘included gratuity’ boils down to as take home pay for the staff (practically nothing), you will quick realize that tipping extra, makes a world’s difference. The rule of thumb is, if you would tip the vendor in the United States wedding, you should ideally tip your vendor in destination. The Weddings by Funjet Team has an entire blog regarding who to tip and what to tip which can be found here.

  1. The wedding couple doesn’t stay for free.

Sad, I know, but it is ultimately wishful thinking that your travel costs would be free because you are getting married. It seems to be a common myth that couples travel for free if they bring other guests to the resort for their wedding. While you can potentially earn cash back, let’s remember that the hotels will not be footing the bill for you just because you are bringing them some business. At the end of the day, the 40+/- guests that join your celebration are not the reason the hotels can keep their doors open. Instead of offering a complimentary trip to a wedding couple, the hotels offer extremely competitive pricing on wedding packages, the potential to earn credits towards your wedding package, and also the option to earn cash back for reaching a certain number of rooms or guests in your group. I tend to find that couples are pleasantly surprised at the amount of cash and incentives they earn back, which makes for a sweet surprise right before the wedding. If you would like more information on what type of cash back and perks you can earn for hosting a destination wedding, feel free to ask us.

  1. Having a destination wedding does not eliminate family opinions.

This is one of the myths that is often the first to be debunked by couples once they begin telling their loved ones that they are planning a destination wedding. Many times couples hope that by hosting a destination wedding, opinions, concerns, and whacky ideas from nosey relatives are eliminated. Unfortunately, this is false. Sharing the news of beachy vows can quickly stir up concern, unwanted opinions, and much more. My best advice is to keep your pre-planning ideas private and don’t survey your guests prior to booking your date and venue. Remember that this is your day. Pick a destination and date that means a lot to you and your soon-to-be spouse, because you just cannot make everyone happy. It is important to be mindful of details such as cost and time of year however. While you will always be encouraged to do what makes you happy, I also don’t suggest picking a destination that will drain the savings of your guests or choosing a date that lands over a major holiday.

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  1. All of your guests are entitled to a plus one, to all events, even if you don’t know them.

The etiquette of plus ones for destination weddings is much different than what would follow tradition for a stateside wedding. You simply cannot, and should not, neglect allowing a guest a plus one to your destination wedding. Let’s have a moment of honesty here, would you want to travel by alone, take time off of work, and invest well over a grand to attend a wedding and not have someone to enjoy it with all while surrounded by romantic scenery? The answer is probably ‘no’. Let’s not ask your guests to do that either. Yes, your wedding costs will increase a bit by having a few single guests bring an additional person, but this isn’t going to break the bank on the wedding budget. At the end of the day the general rule of thumb is that any adult traveling for your wedding should be allowed to bring a date if they’d like. And last of all, it pains me to even have to say this, but you should never, ever, consider asking your guests to pay for the cost of their plus one.

  1. It’s the best opportunity to spend a lot of time with a lot of people.

To wrap up this painstakingly honest gathering of thoughts, I wanted to end with one that will bring you a lot of relief. A destination wedding is truly the very best way to make the most of your wedding time. No traditional stateside wedding will compare when it comes to the amount of quality relaxing time you will get to spend with guests. From flying together, to drinks at the swim up bar under the sun, and reminiscing on the crazy after reception party two days later, you won’t regret a thing about all of the memories you make. Many times couples debate whether a destination wedding is right for them. My best advice is this: If you value time spent with guests above details such as décor and the dinner menu, then a destination wedding is right for you.

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Ashley loves to combine her passion for planning dream weddings with her love of travel and adventure to give couples the experience of a lifetime. She quickly makes strong relationships with her couples, so much so, she frequently travels with her couples to destination to see the event through to execution. Ashley contributes to the blog with her first-hand travel experiences and best wedding planning tips and tricks of the trade.

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Oceania Cruises Regatta – Ship Tour

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Our acclaimed Regatta has undergone a multimillion-dollar transformation to create a virtually new ship. Sleek and elegantly charming, Regatta is the flagship of the Oceania Cruises fleet. Her decks are resplendent in the finest teak, custom stone and tile work, and her lounges, suites and staterooms boast luxurious, neo-classical furnishings. Regatta offers every luxury you may expect on board one of our stylish ships. She features four unique, open-seating restaurants, a world-class fitness center and spa, eight lounges and bars, a casino and 342 lavish suites and luxurious staterooms, nearly 70% of which feature private verandas. With just 684 guests to pamper, our 400 professionally trained European staff ensure you will wait for nothing.


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