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The family that together, thrills together!: Luciana M.

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The family that 🏎 together, thrills together!📸: Luciana M.

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A Local’s Guide to Your First Time Visit to Universal Orlando Resort | Discover Universal Blog

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Universal Orlando Resort is a place that allows you to explore the streets of Diagon Alley at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, visit a real-life Raptor Encounter to meet Blue the Raptor, float down the Kopiko Wai Winding River at Volcano Bay, and finish with a cold beverage high in the sky at Bar 17 Bistro on top of Universal’s Aventura Hotel all in one day.

With so much to see and do, how can you get the most out of it during your first-time visit? Here’s a few first timer tips to get the most out of your upcoming visit.

WHAT TO EXPERIENCE
AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS FLORIDA

Have you ever watched a movie and said “I wish I could experience that movie in real life.” Well, we have some good news for you. Check out these must-do experiences straight from the movies: 

  • Must-Do Attractions:
  • Experience: Follow in Harry Potter’s footsteps as you enter into Diagon Alley – watch out for the fire breathing dragon
  • Character Meet & Greet: Meet Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and Megatron
  • Show: Swing over to see Universal Orlando’s Cinematic Celebration with an incredible array of dazzling projections on colossal dancing fountains
  • Parade: See Universal’s Superstar Parade featuring with SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora and Diego, The Secret Life of Pets characters and more
  • Shopping: Find all things Universal and more at the Universal Studios Store
  • Bonus: Journey from King’s Cross Station in Universal Studios Florida to Hogsmeade Station in Islands of Adventure aboard the Hogwarts Express (only available with a Park-to-Park admission ticket)

Here are some resources to help plan your day:

 

LOCAL TIP | Start at the back of the park and work your way counter-clockwise to the front to stay ahead of fellow guests and take full advantage of ride lines.

 


WHAT TO EXPERIENCE
AT ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE

Get ready to encounter dinosaurs, fly high above city streets with a famous web slinger, visit a secret school of witchcraft and wizardry, come face-to-face with a colossal ape and more. Check out these must do experiences that give you a sense of adventure:

  • Must-Do Attractions:
  • Character Meet & Greet: Take photos with your favorite Marvel characters – Spider-Man, Captain America, Cyclops, Wolverine, Storm, and Rogue along with classic villains like Dr. Doom and The Green Goblin in Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
  • Show: Brighten your night with The Nighttime Lights at Hogwarts Castle where you can embrace your Hogwarts pride as the four houses are celebrated in stunning light and sound (only available during select seasons)
  • Shopping: Witness a wand choose its wizard or witch at Ollivanders in Hogsmeade

Here are some resources to help plan your day:

LOCAL TIP

  • Start your day off in Hogsmeade and work your way clockwise around the park to take advantage of wait times and attractions.

WHAT TO EXPERIENCE
AT UNIVERSAL’S VOLCANO BAY


Words can’t describe what it feels like the moment you take that first step inside Volcano Bay and immediately feel like you’re in a tropical paradise thousands of miles away in the Pacific Ocean. Check out these must-do experiences that are filled with relaxation and thrills:

Here are some resources to help plan your day:

LOCAL TIPS

  • First, plan to arrive early to Volcano Bay and secure that perfect beach chair with that incredible view. TapuTapu will also make your day easy. This wearable device that holds your place in lines, activates interactive surprises, makes cash-free payments and more.
  • Stay at a Universal hotel and enjoy early park admission to Universal’s Volcano Bay one hour before the park opens (valid theme park admission required).

WHAT TO EXPERIENCE
AT UNIVERSAL CITYWALK

Get ready to indulge in some of the most mouthwatering food with refreshing drinks, shop until you drop and dance the night away at Universal CityWalk. Check out these must-do experiences for a day or night out:

Here are some resources to help plan your visit:

LOCAL TIPS

  • Take advantage of the FREE self-parking after 6PM!(Not valid during Halloween Horror Nights. Additional restrictions may apply and are subject to change without notice)
  • Free parking available with a purchase of two (2) Universal CityWalk Matinee tickets.

WHERE TO STAY
AT UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT


There’s a Universal Orlando hotel for every family style and budget. Take a look at all the amazing places you can stay so close to the parks:

Premier Hotels – $$$$


Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

Relax in surroundings inspired by the beauty, romance and charm of the picturesque seaside village of Portofino, Italy.

  • Experience: Treat yourself to a day at the Mandara Spa
  • Feature: Spend an enchanted evening with live music and traditional opera as you sip wine and sample gourmet fare during Harbor Nights. Additionally, enjoy nightly festive melodies with Musica Della Notte, a unique blend of classic opera, festive melodies, and “popera” favorites
  • Dining: Feel like you’re part of the family at Mama Della’s Ristorante with authentic Italian cooking and strolling musicians
  • Benefits: Free Universal Express Unlimited, early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Universal’s Volcano Bay, free transportation, priority seating at restaurants and more

Learn more about Loews Portofino Bay Hotel


Hard Rock Hotel

Hard Rock Hotel Orlando

Live like a rock star and savor the perks of rock ‘n’ roll royalty with impeccable surroundings, laid-back style and show-stopping service.

  • Experience: Attend a monthly award-winning “Velvet Sessions” with an up-close and personal rock concert. Past performers include Bret Michaels, Eddie Money, Joan Jett, and more
  • Feature: Take a self-guided Music Memorabilia tour and discover Elvis’ pajamas, John Lennon’s suit, Paul McCartney’s guitar, Lady GaGa’s leather outfit, Rihanna’s bodysuit and more
  • Feature: Discover The Sound of Your Stay™ program with A-list perks. tracks.®, lets you stream a celebrity-curated playlists to amplify your stay. picks® allows you to choose from a menu of 20 different Fender® guitars that can be delivered to your room (down payment and loan agreement required)
  • Dining: Stop by The Kitchen and dig into their famous mac and cheese. But don’t forget the encore – they’ve got some of the most jaw-dropping desserts you’ve ever seen
  • Benefits: Free Universal Express Unlimited, early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Universal’s Volcano Bay, free transportation, priority seating at restaurants and more

Learn more about the Hard Rock Hotel


Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Get swept away in an exotic south seas paradise with tropical wonders, exotic foods, and carefree fun.

  • Experience: Have breakfast with your favorite characters from Illumination’s Despicable Me
  • Feature: Experience weekly Wantilan Luau firsthand with an evening of authentic Polynesian food and entertainment at this exciting dinner show
  • Dining: Visit Jake’s American Bar where you can try fabled South Seas explorer Jake McNally themed favorites including island cocktails, Jake’s American Red Lager and the B-1 Bomber Burger
  • Benefits: Free Universal Express Unlimited, early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Universal’s Volcano Bay, free transportation, priority seating at restaurants and more

Learn more about Loews Royal Pacific Resort

Preferred Hotel – $$$


Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

Escape to the feeling of being in paradise with the calming sounds of steel drums, swaying palm trees, scenic views, and blue cascading waterfalls.

  • Experience: Take in the incredible 16,000-square-foot pool with a sand beach, hot tub, water slide and more
  • Feature: Join a weekly dinner celebration filled with Caribbean flair at the Caribbean Carnaval Dinner Show
  • Dining: Try Caribbean-inspired cuisine at Amatista Cookhouse or stop by the Strong Water Tavern for rare vintage rums and tapas-style dining options
  • Benefits: Early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Volcano Bay, free transportation & Universal’s Volcano Bay, located steps away from Volcano Bay, and more


Learn more about Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

 

Prime Value Hotels – $$


Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Universal's Aventura Hotel

It’s your chill zone, your party place, your hangout, your refuge. And the best part, it’s perfectly priced.

  • Experience: Check out the hotel’s Virtual Reality game room for an experience unlike any other
  • Feature: Enjoy a drink with a view high in the sky at Bar 17 Bistro
  • Dining: Have a chef cook up a custom wok dish right in front of you at the Urban Pantry
  • Benefits: Early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Universal’s Volcano Bay, free transportation, steps away from Volcano Bay, and more

Learn more about Universal’s Aventura Hotel

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Enjoy vibrant, retro-style with rooms and suites brilliantly designed for fun and affordability.

  • Experience: Take on a friend at Galaxy Bowl and when you’re finished, head over to the Ace The Arcade for an overtime match of timeless arcade favorites
  • Feature: Have a relaxing day floating down Cabana Bay’s lazy river while you soak up that warm Florida sunshine
  • Dining: Try a wide variety of food stations including deli items, pizzas, burgers, salads and desserts at the Bayliner Diner
  • Benefits: Early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Universal’s Volcano Bay, free transportation, steps away from Volcano Bay, and more

Learn more about Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

  

Value Hotel – $


Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites

Universal's Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites

Step into the extra affordable surf lifestyle with beach-themed standard rooms, spacious two-bedroom suites, and more.

  • Experience: Kick back in the surfboard-shaped pool and soak in the sunshine
  • Feature: Check out the spacious, two-bedroom suites that sleep up to six
  • Dining: Stop by the food court for a wide variety of great food options or have a fresh-made pizza pie delivered directly to your room
  • Benefits: Early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Universal’s Volcano Bay, free transportation and more

Learn More about Surfside Inn and Suites

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites

Opening March 2020
Inspired by sand, sea and breathtaking sunsets, this extra affordable retreat features two-bedroom suites, two large pools and more.

  • Experience: Soak in the sunshine at one of the two large pools with a beautiful sandy beach – how cool
  • Feature: Check out the spacious, two-bedroom suites that sleep up to six
  • Dining: Stop by the food court for a wide variety of flavorful food for every palate. On the go? No problem. There are plenty of grab-and-go options available
  • Benefits: Early park admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter & Universal’s Volcano Bay, free transportation and more

Learn More about Dockside Inn and Suites


THINGS TO KNOW

The Incredible Hulk Coaster

You might know about all the amazing experiences you’d like to try at Universal Orlando, but now let’s take a look at few ways you can get the most out of your first time trip with a few local planning tips.

Express Pass – Get to the Fun Faster

Want to get the most out of your visit? Check out a few of the Express Pass options available so you can skip the regular lines at most of your favorite rides and attractions to get the most out of your day at the parks.

Did you know you the Express Pass is included FREE when you stay at a Universal Premier category hotel? Check out the details here.

Plan Your Entire Trip with Ease Using the Official Universal Mobile App

 The Universal Orlando Resort Mobile App

Imagine having your own travel guide to give you every bit of important information you need to get the most out of your first-time visit. That is what the official Universal Orlando Resort App provides!

What can the Universal Orlando Resort mobile app do?

  • The app can become your Virtual Wallet
  • You can find everything you need including ride wait times, showtimes, dining venue hours and more
  • Create your own personal “to-do” list of favorites
  • Always be in the know with the latest park updates
  • Order meals on the go with ease
  • What else can you do with the App? Find out here

WHAT TO BRING

Let’s dive into a few tips to help you decide what to bring during your first-time visit to the parks.

Backpacks and Shoulder Bags

Can you bring a bag or backpack to Universal Orlando Resort? Absolutely! A small, soft-sided bag is perfect for toting your essentials around while exploring the parks.

Potential Items To Add To Bag Include:

  • Sunscreen
  • Rain poncho or jacket
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sunglasses

Check out the What To Pack For A Day At Universal Orlando Resort for more great tips on what to bring to the parks.


TAKING PHOTOS AT THE PARKS

Dr. Doom Character Meet and Greet

Can you bring a camera to Universal Orlando Resort? Of course! You are about to have some of the best times of your life and what better way to remember those moments than incredible photos to take home with you.

Here are a few great photo opportunities at the parks to keep in mind:

LOCAL TIP | Since it’s your first time visiting the parks, check out the My Universal Photos options, so you can focus on the fun while they focus on capturing your best moments.


WHAT TO WEAR

Universal Studios Florida

Florida is a tricky place when it comes to weather. Most of the time it’s warm and sunny, but there are those occasional days that cause us to break out our coats. Regardless, it’s good to be prepared. 

  • Check the Weather: Take a moment to check the weather forecast before heading to the parks
  • Fashion or Comfort: Of course you want to look fashionable in all of the Instagram photos you are planning on taking, but keep in mind to be comfortable as your day may include lots of walking and standing in the heat
  • Which Shoes to Wear: Try to wear a shoe that is breathable and comfortable

Check out the full list of Frequently Asked Questions on what to bring to the parks.

Did we miss anything? Tell us about some of your theme park first-timer tips in the comments below! And make sure to share your tips on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with #ReadyForUniversal or ask for help with #AskUniversal.

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See Royal Caribbean’s Top 6 Cruise Ports to Visit in 2020

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Wondering where to take a cruise to in 2020?  Royal Caribbean recently sent out an email with their top six cruise ports to visit this year.

Roatan is one of Royal Caribbean’s top six cruise ports to visit this year

Here is a look at Royal Caribbean’s top six cruise ports to visit in 2020.

6. Cozumel – One of the most popular cruise ports in the Caribbean, nearly every cruise to the Western Caribbean makes a stop in Cozumel, Mexico. Over 3 million cruise passengers a year visit the port.

From the pristine coral reefs and endless beaches to the plentiful shopping in town, Cozumel has something for everyone.  Oh, and there is even something for the Indiana Jones in you if you want to explore some archaeological sites.  Read: 20 Best Things to Do in Cozumel

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5. Barcelona – You’d be hard pressed to find a better cruise port in the world to visit or cruise out of than Barcelona. It’s the perfect city for a pre or post cruise visit for cruises to Europe.

Cruise Fever has put together a video not only showing you the top 10 things to do in Barcelona, but also tips when visiting the city.

Video: Top 10 Things to Do in Barcelona

4. St. John’s Antigua – Candy-colored shops, sweeping harbor views and lush rainforest canopies make this pick picture-perfect. Lobster lunch and rum punch round out the full island experience.

3. Roatan – An island off the coast of Honduras, Roatan features one of the best coral reefs in the world.  The iconic Blue Channel is a must for snorkeling and Pigeon Cay is the perfect secluded retreat to relax and recharge.

2. Ketchikan, Alaska –  The Last Frontier is more than snow-capped peaks.  On a cruise to Ketchikan you can visit the Misty Fjords, take a trip on a Bering Sea crab fishing boat, hike a national rainforest, various wildlife tours, and view bears on Price of Wales Island.

1. Perfect Day at CocoCay – Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas, CocoCay is now the ultimate cruise line private island for fun in the sun.

From the tallest water slide in North America to the only over the water cabanas in the Bahamas, there’s something for everyone.  There’s pristine beaches, a waterpark, a huge freshwater swimming pool, and the island now has a pier for docking.

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Only Royal Caribbean cruise ships stop at CocoCay and it’s the cruise line’s number one cruise port to visit in 2020.

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Shores of the Mediterranean: Where History and Beauty Meet – Globus Blog

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By: Joseph DeLoach / Reposted from: www.travelresearchonline.com

There are magical places in the world, each with their own atmosphere and allure. But few of them compare to the shores of the eastern Mediterranean. From the aquamarine waters stretching out as far as the eye can see to the lively and accommodating locals, these shores have been memorialized in the minds of travelers for ages.

  • Stretching the length of the eastern Mediterranean, just east of Italy, is Croatia. Along its coast are a beautiful array of islands that will surely delight the senses. Throughout history, it has been on the outskirts of many empires. This is seen in the Roman, Napoleonic, Venetian, Viennese, and Slavic architectures in cities and towns. For those who love history, the UNESCO World Heritage sites contained within Croatia are many. The city of Dubrovnik’s 15th-century Gothic and renaissance style Rector’s Palace. In Split, the famous and well-preserved fortress of Diocletian’s Palace built in the 4th-century. Add in natural sites of splendor like lakes and waterfalls in Plitvice National Park, relaxing waters of the bluest blues, and the limestone cliffs of the Dalmatian Coast – and the traveler will get the best of what Croatia has to offer.
  • No trip to the Mediterranean is complete without a stopover on the coasts and islands of Greece. With the same view of sapphire seas as the rest of the coasts and islands around the eastern Mediterranean, yet the history and sites date back to ages long gone. Athens, once the center of a great, progressive empire, has some of the most important sites in the history of Western civilizations. The Acropolis of Athens is one of these. Located on a flat rock 490 ft above the city, is a collection of ancient structures that were vital to the formation of modern politics and architecture. Among these buildings is the Parthenon, which was once a great temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. Its columns stand to this day, while the sculptures contained within are representative of the pinnacle of Greek art.
  • Then there is the romantic visions of southern Italy. Particularly the “boot” of Italy. Lecce, sometimes called the “Florence of the South”, is home to Baroque monuments that showcase intricate and magnificent designs. These include the Church of the Holy Cross, built in 1353, and the Leece Cathedral, built in 1144 – and many more. Near Leece is Locorotondo. This town is known for wines and the historical center from which it gets its name, “The Round Place” – where the white buildings are formed into a circle that contains slim alleys to wander. There are also trulli houses, circular formed houses with rounded steeple-like roofs. Also within the “boot” is the town of Martina Franca. Once a completely walled off town, only a few walls and the intricately carved four gates still exist. The atmosphere here is one of a gorgeous town still rooted in the aesthetic of times passed. Northern Italy may be the most visited, but southern Italy shines with its own sites and peace of mind.

Of course, this one article couldn’t begin to cover all of the magnificent sites located around the eastern Mediterranean. But Globus is ready to take the traveler on adventures full of cultural and natural sites. From cruises along ancient coasts, to guided tours of standing history, to the unbelievable and simple tastes of the food – the Eastern Mediterranean is a paradise. This is why Globus is offering up multiple itineraries that will take the traveler to unforgettable lands and memorable sites.

Greek Island Adventure Discover the legends of Greece with an escorted tour of Athens, followed by an adventure by air and sea to explore its Aegean islands. Spend a night in Athens for guided sightseeing at the world-famous ACROPOLIS. From its rocky hilltop setting, see the fabled Parthenon, Erechtheum with its Porch of Maidens, and the Temple of Athena Nike…. The Croatian   Spectacular scenery, historical sights, and special experiences await you on this fantastic tour concentrating on Croatia. Along the way, overnight in Zagreb, Opatija, Zadar, Split, and Dubrovnik in Croatia, and in Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana… Southern Italy & Greece This guided vacation through Italy and Greece includes a fantastic 4-night cruise to the Greek Islands and the turquoise coast of Turkey. Begin with two nights in Palermo on the island of Sicily to explore the magnificent cathedrals, cuisine, and culture. Tour the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento on your way to Catania on the eastern coast of Sicily…

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How to Experience the Best Miami Has to Offer

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Miami Beach, Florida, USA on Ocean Drive.

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Miami, Florida is synonymous with white sand beaches and spellbinding luxury. With its sparkling blue waters, eternal sunshine and glamorous city life, it’s no wonder that it is the hotspot for celebrities across the globe, with its swanky 5-star hotels and high-end retail stores simply beckoning the A-List.

But fear not, Miami isn’t only reserved for the rich and famous; you too can enjoy all that the Magic City has to offer. Keep reading to learn exactly why you should make Miami your next vacation destination.

Live Like a Star

With celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Cameron Diaz, and Ricky Martin regularly visiting Miami (or even having a second home there), there’s no reason you can’t sample some of the glitz. Want to live like a star for the day? You can have fun with yacht rentals in Miami, which will give you a real taste of the celebrity lifestyle, as you soak up the sun and stunning scenery. As you sunbathe aboard your luxury yacht with your champagne on ice, don’t be too surprised if you get snapped by the paps. Your captain will then be able to guide you to some of the incredible waterfront bars and restaurants, so you can continue your day living the Hollywood dream. You might even end up seeing some of the amazing marine life, including dolphins and manatees.

Explore the Art Deco District

If you’re more interested in experiencing some culture, then Miami is home to some impressive historic architecture to behold. The Art Deco District will make you feel as though you have stepped back in time as you admire the diverse community within the pastel-colored buildings that line South Beach. Dating back to the 1920s, the now-infamous Art Deco architecture has become a must-see for tourists, with many hidden gems waiting to be discovered. Start your tour at the Art Deco Welcome Center when you can learn more about the history of the area. With more than 800 buildings to explore, you’ll have plenty to see.

Visit the Ancient Spanish Monastery

Both a famous tourist attraction and a piece of Spanish history, the Ancient Spanish Monastery now lives in North Miami Beach, having been dismantled, shipped from Spain, left in storage for years, and eventually rebuilt in Miami. The 12th Century monastery offers some insight into European medieval history, as it was previously occupied by monks for almost 700 years. Here, you will be able to appreciate the tranquillity of this serene historical monument.  And if you think that this location would be the perfect backdrop for some gorgeous photos, then you’d be correct, as the Gardens and Chapel of the Monastery happen to be a popular setting for weddings.

Enjoy a Day at the Zoo

You might not imagine Miami to be super kid-friendly, but if you’re traveling with your family, there are still plenty of attractions for the kids to enjoy. One of the most popular is Zoo Miami – also known as The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens.

Not only is it the largest and oldest zoo in Florida, but it is also renowned for being the only subtropical zoo in the US. Thanks to the tropical climate in South Florida, Zoo Miami is the ideal home for many animals from Asia, Africa and Australia, as its climate is similar to their natural habitats.

What’s more, if you’re not typically a fan of zoos, then you may be surprised to learn that the exhibits at Zoo Miami are all cage-free, allowing the animals to roam freely in their exhibits that are created to resemble their natural environments as closely as possible. With over 3,000 animals, many of which are endangered, Zoo Miami is definitely worth a visit.


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Feel Free to enjoy every moment.

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From our friends at Norwegian Cruise Line. Call us to get your reservations made today! 810 877 1814

Feel Free to enjoy every moment.📸: Andy H.

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Camargue Horses | Viking River Cruises

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Gallop toward the “Wild West of France” to experience the majestic beauty of the famous Camargue horses, one of the most ancient breeds in the world.

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Vacay the Inexpensive Way – CarryOn Blog

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Whether you’re considering a destination wedding to the popular hotel zone of Punta Cana or the beautiful beaches of Puerto Plata, the Dominican Republic is a beautiful getaway. When considering the reasons to host your wedding in the Dominican Republic, let’s reflect on one of the most important reasons: the Dominican Republic is one of the best places to visit if you are looking for the full Caribbean experience without breaking the bank! Let’s take a look at some inexpensive (and in many cases – free!) things to do throughout your wedding week.

Downtown Santo Domingo is a great place to visit in order to get the full Caribbean experience, and spend less to nothing! Downtown Santo Domingo has an active night life, as well as great day time shops. From street performers to window shopping, and even exploring Chinatown, you cannot visit here without a smile on your face. A day trip to Santo Domingo is the perfect group excursion with your wedding guests as well!

After your night out on the town, visit any of the Caribbean restaurants, where it is possible to get a full three-course meal for under $10 USD. Meals in the Dominican Republic are typically centered around rice, beans, veggies, and meats. This is not to say that aren’t more varieties in the more tourist focused towns though! Food can vary as far as Italian, French, American, Chinese and more depending on where you look.

Dive deep into the beauty of Las Terrenas in Samana with a relaxing horseback ride on the beach! Las Terrenas has so many beautiful views that cannot all be seen on foot. This budget-friendly excursion takes you through rivers and up hills, where you can see amazing landscaping, ending at the famous waterfalls.

Lastly, be sure to enjoy the whole Caribbean environment while relaxing on any of the beautiful Dominican beaches. Viewing the Dominican Republic’s beaches come at no cost, and is worth the cost the entire trip! The destination consists of various beaches including Punta Cana, Puerto Plata, Bayahibe, and Las Terrenas. The clear waters, white sands, and beautiful landscapes are truly priceless.

The Dominican Republic has a variety of wonderful things to see, do and visit, which makes it a perfect location for a destination wedding group. Whether you are looking for a relaxing week or planning excursions, the Dominican Republic is the way to go!

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The Best Luxury Expedition Cruises: A Mix of Thrills and Comfort

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You can call it an expedition with a side of luxury. 

Are you feeling like it’s time for an adventure but don’t want to necessarily give up the creature comforts that you have come to enjoy in your cruise travels 

Well, you can have it all by picking from a number of expedition cruises that come with plenty of premium amenities.  

Expedition cruising is a fast-growing segment, with dozens of new ships and itineraries in the past decade and even more yet to come. The best luxury expedition cruise lines give you all the thrills ashore and plenty of pampering back onboard. 

With these cruises, you can wake up in your soft bed to be treated to breakfast served by a butler before loading into Zodiacs for wildlife sighting or kayaks for paddling around ice formations in Antarctica. When you’re done with your hiking, snorkeling, paddling, nature walks – or whatever the day brings in your exotic locales – you’ll be welcomed back onboard gorgeous ships by attentive staff serving Champagne and gourmet cuisine. 

Seabourn Venture

Seabourn

The cruise line offers expeditions on Seabourn Quest that let you explore Antarctica in with comfort and style. Seabourn Venture is scheduled to debut in June 2021 as the next generation of luxury expedition cruise ships, carrying 264 passengers in all-balcony suites. 

The Exciting Adventures: Expedition leaders design a memorable voyage, with expert enrichment talks. They also lead daily adventures like kayak tours to explore pristine shorelines and hidden bays on the lookout for seabirds, marine mammals and other wildlife such as penguins. Daily Zodiac rides venture into picturesque fjords to view volcanoes and glaciers.  

The Special Touches: The ships feature ocean-front suites and open-bar service with premium wine, Champagne, booze and beer. Plus, you get a world-class dining experience with restaurants and meals created in partnership with celebrity chef Thomas Keller. Seabourn expedition ships also offer massage and spa services available after returning from your time in the wilderness. You can luxuriate on the spa terrace, spend time in a hydro-pool and rejuvenate in sauna and steam rooms. The ships also have fitness studios, hot tubs and casinos.

M/V Silver Explorer
The Silver Explorer enters the Lemaire Channel on the Antarctic Peninsula, 2012. 

Silversea Expeditions

Silversea Cruises has three expedition ships in the Silversea Expeditions fleet. heads to both polar regions, the South Pacific and Australia; Silver Galapagos (to be retired in 2020 for the new Silver Origin) explores the pristine archipelago; and Silver Cloud takes passengers to Antarctica.  

The Exciting Adventures: The ships are intimate, carrying between 100 and 254 passengers who enjoy activities ashore in the Galapagos to snap pictures of boobies and giant tortoises; Zodiac tours in the arctic regions to see fur seals and penguins; and deepwater snorkeling and scuba diving in Indonesia; or hiking and bear-, whale- and bird-spotting in Alaska.  

The Special Touches: These are all-inclusive voyages. Your fare includes excursions, dining at the two specialty restaurants, drinks and much more. Most suites have a balcony and feature bathrooms with rainfall showers. Additional amenities include a spa, beauty salon and fitness center. 

Crystal Cruises

Crystal Esprit, the line’s 62-passenger yacht, explores the Seychelle Islands, a spectacular archipelago with UNESCO World Heritage-protected wildlife reserves and dynamic coral reef formations teeming with exotic fish, as well as the Greek Isles and Croatia in the Mediterranean Sea and the islands of the Caribbean. The line’s highly anticipated 200-passenger Crystal Endeavor will be a true expedition ship, sailing all over the world, including the remote polar regions and exotic destinations in tropical and culturally diverse regions.

The Exciting Adventures: Drop into crystal-clear waters off the aft marine deck for snorkeling, diving and riding jet skis or Zodiacs ashore to tackle guided hikes through tropical nature reserves. You can also kayak in secluded coves, and the ship even carries its own three-person submarine that takes you almost 1,000 feet below surface to explore the vibrant sea life. Crystal Endeavor carries helicopters and a submarine on its voyages. 

The Special Touches: Onboard, you’ll enjoy an all-inclusive experience, with free-flowing spirits, Champagne, beer and wine, and the main dining room serves up gourmet meals from award-winning chefs featuring fresh dishes like lobster, octopus, Wagyu beef and lamb alongside an array of soups and salads. Crystal Endeavor will offer six restaurants serving gourmet meals. The ships also offer butler service, a spa, small pool, fitness center and casino.  

Celebrity Flora
Celebrity Flora

Celebrity’s Galapagos Fleet

Celebrity operates three ships in the Galapagos. The new 100-passenger mega-yacht Celebrity Flora, as well as the 100-passenger Celebrity Xpedition and 16-passenger catamaran Celebrity Xploration. 

These ships are purpose-built for comfort and adventure in the Galapagos. Celebrity sails the islands 365 days a year on seven- to 15-night itineraries. 

The Exciting Adventures: Naturalists lead a voyage of discovery in this secluded and biologically important archipelago. You go for walks among blue-footed boobies, iguanas and tortoises and swim with sea lions. Zodiac rides and snorkeling sessions will allow you further to navigate the clear waters and view schools of colorful reef fish.  

The Special Touches: Celebrity touts its all-inclusive “Modern Luxury” that passengers enjoy on cruises to the Galapagos. Recipes are crafted by a Michelin-starred chef using locally sourced ingredients including sustainable seafood. Clean, comfortable and stylish staterooms offer in-suite dining options.  

Le Commandant Charcot

Ponant

The French-owner luxury mega-yacht line features a range of expedition itineraries in places like the polar regions of the Arctic and Antarctica, the Amazon, Africa and New Zealand. You sail onboard intimate and compact ships filled with luxury amenities and attentive service.  

The Exciting Adventures: How does this grab you? On tours in Greenland and Iceland or off the coast of Russia, you’ll have the chance to explore fjords and capture memorable photos of polar bears and other wildlife in the Baffin Sea. When you head ashore, guides lead cultural interactions during visits to Inuit villages along the Northwest Passage. Southern expeditions allow you observe colonies of penguins or spy humpback whales. In the Amazon jungle, the adventures place you in mangroves and forests to get up close to howler monkeys, toucans and indigenous people. 

The Special Touches: Ponant’s expedition ships carry a maximum of 199 passengers who get 24-hour room service, iPod players, premium toiletries bath and fine French cuisine. These vessels also offer luxuriant spa services, as well as fitness centers and swimming pools. 

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