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Quick Island Getaways

After another round of snowmaggedon, it seems like the warm weather might never arrive. But you really need to get out of the house and stop freezing, maybe even see solid ground. Fortunately, with these island getaways just a few hours’ nonstop flight from the major airports on the East Coast, you can get yourself to the warmth without too much trouble.

Bermuda

Leave in the morning and by afternoon find yourself stretched out a long pink or white beach. Hit the links at one of the island’s many top-flight golf courses. Try your hand at sailing in the waters that were to last year’s America’s Cup races. Fish for all manner of species in the clear waters off the beach, over the reefs or out in the deep sea. Or just get an eyeful of the colorful aquatic life by diving or snorkeling around the more than 350 shipwrecks offshore.

 

Bahamas

Jump on a  flight to Nassau and you’ll be soaking up the sun in no time. There you’ll find a treasure trove of nautical and colonial history best explored on a tour of the defensive forts that ring New Providence island and in the Pirates of Nassau museum. Kids of all ages will enjoy the wonders of Aquaventure, Dolphin Cay and marine habitat at Atlantis on Paradise Island. Those of legal age will equally enjoy the gaming at casinos and sportsbooks, as gambling is legal throughout the islands for nonresidents ages 18 and older.

Jamaica

Fly into Montego Bay in the north of the island, and you’re right in the middle of an array of great resorts. The northern coast of the island, especially the 120-mile stretch from Oracabessa in the east to Negril on the western tip, is a playground of white-sand beaches, lush forests and rushing rivers. Rafting on the White River or the Martha Brae is a must. Reggae music and the smell of jerk chicken and pork fill the air, while smooth Blue Mountain coffee gets you energized for another day of adventure.

Turks & Caicos

Having avoided major damages when Hurricanes Irma and Maria came through last fall, Providenciales and the Grace Bay area are still a top destination for beautiful beaches and turquoise waters. The Columbus National Marine Park off Grand Turk, Salt Cay, and the coral reef right there in Grace Bay are a few of the great dive spots home to all kinds of marine life. If you prefer to keep your head above water, Provo Ponies has morning and afternoon horseback rides along trails and across Long Bay Beach.

 

Dominican Republic

Jet into Punta Cana and you’ll find yourself just a few hours removed from home but in an oasis of all-inclusive resorts straddling the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea. While the beaches are great for lounging, activities abound, from ATV rides to horseback riding to day trips to nearby Isla Saona. Work with us to pick the resort that’s right for you and you’ll find a haven of relaxation, entertainment and dining all within easy reach.

Chase away the winter blues. Maybe it’ll warm up by the time you get home.

Take your Villa or Apartment Renting To The Next Level With Virtuoso

Taking the whole family on a beach vacation this summer? Want an apartment in the big city for a long weekend? Why, you’ll need to book an Airbnb rental for that, right? Sure, if you want to run the risk of being secretly filmed by your host, as one couple recently discovered was happening to them at a Longboat Key, Fla., rental. Or if you’re OK with the possibility that your host might cancel your booking at the last minute for no reason or because of your race, as occurred in February with a Big Bear, Calif., rental. Or if you don’t mind that the place you’re renting might not have the proper insurance, safety measures or even be legally available for short-term rentals.

Or, you could utilize the vast resources of the Virtuoso network and stay at a place that has been properly vetted, offers services such as housekeeping and lets you enjoy your experience instead of worrying about what’s actually waiting for you when you arrive and potentially dealing with issues that turn your vacation into a big hassle.

Virtuoso-preferred partners offer a vast array of accommodations around the world. In addition to many Virtuoso-preferred hotels having private villas and apartments, there are several companies who specialize in just this sort of thing. 

Villas of Distinction features properties all throughout the Caribbean, in several European countries, Hawaii, Colorado, Florida and so much more. You can filter the number of bedrooms you need, the type of experience and level of service you’re looking for, and special features such as beachfront or fully staffed until you’ve found the villa that is perfect for you and your crew.

Abercrombie & Kent doesn’t just do great tours, from magnificently crafted group and family journeys to completely customized private itineraries, the company also has alpine chalets and luxury villas from Andalucia to Umbria at the best addresses in Europe. So after you return from a day of breathtaking touring with your driver and guide, you can sit down to a gourmet meal prepared by a private chef. Sure beats rummaging through the fridge at an Airbnb.

Say you’re off to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, New York, Paris, London or Rome for a long weekend, a week or a longer stay. Instead of booking a hotel, you’d rather live like a local and have a larger living space with all the comforts of home. Onefinestay has a whole roster of apartments, condos and lofts in those cities, plus an ever-expanding list of global destinations. Onefinestay visits each home before renting it and has a guest services team ready 24/7 to assist guests. Good luck getting a hold of your Airbnb host at 3 a.m.

Ski season is upon us, and you might need help finding a place that checks off all the items on your wish list. Ski-in/ski-out, hot tub, whatever the request, Alpine Adventures has the rental for you, from Vail to Verbier, Crested Butte to Courchevel and just about anywhere else skis and snowboards tear lines.

There are so many more choices, from the villa collections of Virtuoso-preferred wholesalers Travel Impressions and Classic Vacations to the beautiful villas along Lake Como available through the all-everything Italy specialists at IC Bellagio. Now aren’t you glad you don’t have to worry about an Airbnb host dropping by without notice during your romantic dinner?

Punta Cana

Just back from a whirlwind visit to beautiful Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Here I visited hotels large and small all along the coast of this very popular resort getaway. In Punta Cana, there is definitely something for everyone, from luxury boutique hotels in gated communities to enormous all-inclusive resorts offering every imaginable amenity, activity and entertainment.

Whether you are planning a quick romantic getaway for two, a destination wedding, a honeymoon in paradise, a family vacation or a holiday with a group of your favorite party animals, there is the perfect resort for you in Punta Cana ….. contact me for all the details

Now Any American Can Go to Cuba...

If traveling to this fascinating country which has been off limits to Americans for over 50 years has intrigued you,

there are now legal ways visit Cuba with one of these sanctioned programs. Contact us for more details.

Now Any American Can Go to Cuba…
With Special Savings on these 10 Departures!
 
From Old Havana and Colonial Trinidad to the tranquil countryside and the artistic vibrancy of Santiago de Cuba, these 4 programs offer you the widest choice available in the market…
And every journey is enriched by authentic and engaging connections with island residents!
Save on 4 journeys to Cuba
Now SAVE $600 per couple when you pay-in-full
at time of booking for select departures through September!

 


Scenic Cuba – 8 days for $3,195 Now $2,895
Jun 8 to 15; Jul 6 to 13; Sep 14 to 21

Discover bustling Havana and the beautiful countryside on this memorable trip enriched by authentic encounters with island residents from all backgrounds.

 


Classic Cuba – 8 days for $3,595 Now $3,295
Jul 2 to 9; Aug 6 to 13; Aug 20 to 27; Sep 23 to 30

Encounter the island’s warm spirit as the residents of Havana, Cienfuegos and Colonial Trinidad open their hearts and shed light on their fascinating lives.

 


Cuban Music & Art – 9 days for $4,295 Now $3,995
Sep 20 to 28

Cuba comes alive on this unique journey planned for music lovers and art enthusiasts. Meet island residents who live and breathe artistic expression.

 


New! Undiscovered Cuba – 12 days for $4,295 Now $3,995
Jul 15 to 26; Aug 19 to 30

This exclusive cross-island odyssey gets you behind the scenes and into the art and culture of smaller towns across Cuba usually missed by American travelers.

 

Tauck's 2012 Cuba!

Be one of the first to take advantage of the new rules allowing US Citizens to travel to Cuba! This is surely the best way to travel to this exciting new destination ….. off limits for over 50 years!

Tauck

Cuba: Connecting with People and Culture
 

You can now enjoy Tauck’s Cultural Exchange program to Cuba! 

Antique Car in Cuba

 

Cuba: Connecting with People and Culture
8 days / 7 nights from $4,990 Limited Availability, September to  December, 2012

Only 90 miles from the Florida Keys, Cuba has been “close to home but far away” for more than 50 years to Americans… who will now be able to meet face-to-face with local residents from different professions, share thoughts, gain knowledge, and connect with Cuba’s deep cultural heritage through Tauck’s 8-day trip featuring six days of people-to-people educational exchange and a 6-night stay in Havana at the Meli Habana.

Built around four key themes Cuban Culture Through Music & the ArtsThe Spiritual Side of Multicultural CubaEducation & the Entrepreneurial Spirit, and Cuba & the Land our People-to-People travels in Cuba include these and other opportunities to interact directly with the people of Cuba:

  • Meet students & teachers at Cuban schools
  • Learn about Ernest Hemingway’s Cuba at Finca Vigia, in Cojimar & Havana
  • Discuss art & entrepreneurship at the studios of independent community artists
  • Talk about tobacco and cigar production at facilities in Cuba
  • Meet with and hear local Cuban musicians across a variety of genres
  • Learn about Santera and Afro-Cuban religious traditions
  • Discuss Cuban private enterprise at a privately operated paladar

When it comes to worldwide cultural travel, Tauck’s 87 years of experience, and close relationships with worldwide partners, and deep commitment to the well-being of their guests enable them to bring travelers together with people and places like no other.

Cuban Street ArtTauck Includes…

  • All hotel accommodations one night at the Hilton Miami Airport, Miami, and six nights at the Meli Habana
  • Round-trip charter air transportation between Miami and Havana on U.S.-based carriers like Continental or American Eagle
  • All taxes, gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides, and drivers
  • Taucks “do-it-for-you” service, with all details taken care of for you
  • Escorted travel, accompanied by our bilingual Tauck Director and experienced local Cuban guides
  • Six days of People-to-People educational exchange in Havana, Hemingway’s Finca Vigia, Cojimar, Viñales, Pinar del Rio and more
  • Exclusive experiences fostering meaningful cultural connections with Cuban artists, musicians, students, educators, farmers, community leaders & more
  • All ground transportation and airport transfers upon arrival and departure
  • All meals in Cuba, including authentic Cuban cuisine at local restaurants and paladares
  • Admission fees and porterage

The 8-day People-to-People trip features weekly departures and small groups of 20 30 guests; contactIannazzi Enterprises for a complete itinerary and more details.

Jade Mountain

Fabulous resort – fantastic offer!!

Luxury Spotlight: Jade Mountain 

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Exclusive 4th Night Free with Spa Treatment

Hotel: Jade Mountain 

Destination: St. Lucia 

Exclusive Vacation Offer Includes: One 60-minute spa treatment per person (up to two), per stay; Complimentary night in luxurious accommodations; Complimentary cooking class + More…

Price: 4 nights in a Sky Suite from $3,363

Travel Date: July 15, 2012 through October 15, 2012  

ID Exclusive is valid on 4-night minimum bookings in Sky, Star, and Moon Sanctuaries. 

Book By: 09/30/12

Cayman Summer Splash!

Classic Vacations
 

Discover all that is CAYMANKIND!
Receive every 5th night free and a $100 resort credit when you stay 5 nights or more at a participating property! Plus, you’ll receive a Caymankind Discount Card at check-in, and kids will have a chance to become Protectors of the Sea by attending Cayman Islands Sea School.

Book now through 9/25/12 for travel 5/01/12 – 9/30/12


The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Garden View Guestroom
Every 5th night FREE
$100 resort credit at check-in
 
5 nights from $789 per person
Save up to $438 per couple!


Grand Cayman Beach Suites

1 Bedroom Ocean View Suite
Every 5th night FREE
$100 resort credit at check-in
Children under 12 eat free
5 nights from $859 per person
Save up to $427 per couple!


Grand Cayman Marriott
Beach Resort

Deluxe Room
Every 5th night FREE
$100 resort credit at check-in
 
 
5 nights from $589 per person
Save up to $1318 per couple!


The Westin Casuarina Resort &
Spa, Grand Cayman

Island View Room
Sunsational Savings
Every 5th night FREE
$100 resort credit at check-in
Discounts on island activities
5 nights from $519 per person
Save up to $1235 per couple!

CALL US TO BOOK YOUR CAYMAN SUMMER SPLASH TODAY!

Join us on Silver Whisper to Bermuda and the Lesser Antilles

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We are delighted to have been selected by Virtuoso to host this Voyager Club sailing on the exquisite 382-passenger Silver Whisper as she sails from New York to Bermuda and through the Caribbean to Barbados on October 22nd , 2012 – when the temperatures start to drop, extend your summer on this fabulous itinerary

We invite you to join us on this very special voyage. Let your thoughts drift to balmy breezes, swaying palms and brilliant blue skies. Sail off with us on Silversea to spell-binding Bermuda and on to some of the most captivating ports of call in the West Indies. Along with lazy days of sunning and swimming on powdery white sands, the islands of St. BarthsAntiguaDominicaBequia and Barbados all offer local cultural and historical interests to discover and enjoy. These are the islands that Silversea sails to in the less-visited Lesser Antilles where the big ships cannot go. 

Pricing for this voyage is now at the special 55% off Silver Savings Fares starting at just $4443.00 per person, ALL INCLUSIVE, including free coach class air from many US gateways and very favorable business class upgrades! AND $500.00 per person ship board credit. But this will not last – as suites sell, the rates increase and the free air and ship board credit will disappear.

In addition to all the regular activities on board Silversea, this voyage is a designated “Bridge Sailing” and“L’Ecole des Chefs Voyage.” Though guests are welcome to play Bridge on any Silversea cruise, a Bridge Sailing features a formal programme of Contract and Duplicate Bridge, which is supervised by instructors who are certified ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) Life Masters. Bridge Sailing activities are complimentary and guests can enjoy daily Bridge sessions (twice daily on sea days), Bridge lectures for both beginning and intermediate-level players, and even opportunities to earn ACBL Master Points. Silversea supplies all Bridge materials and hosts the programme in a dedicated Card Room on board. L’Ecole des Chefs is a cooking school at sea designed exclusively for Silversea by Relais & Châteaux and hosted by Silversea’s Culinary Trainer, Chef David Bilsland.

As our valued clients, you are automatically enrolled in Virtuoso Voyager Club and will be our special guests for an on board private cocktail party as well as the exclusive shore event. So we invite you to join us on this exciting journey on this very special ship.



DATE

DAY

PORT

ARRIVE

DEPART

Oct 22 2012 Mon New York, New York, USA 6:00 PM
Oct 23 2012 Tue Day at Sea
Oct 24 2012 Wed St. George’s, Bermuda 1:00 PM
Oct 25 2012 Thu St. George’s, Bermuda 4:00 PM
Oct 26 2012 Fri Day at Sea
Oct 27 2012 Sat Day at Sea
Oct 28 2012 Sun Gustavia, St. Barts
Virtuoso Voyager Club Event
8:00 AM 11:00 PM
Oct 29 2012 Mon St. John’s, Antigua 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Oct 30 2012 Tue Roseau, Dominica 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Oct 31 2012 Wed Bequia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
Nov 01 2012 Thu Bridgetown, Barbados 5:00 AM

 

Exclusive Virtouoso Voyager Club Shore Experience – Island Sights with lunch at the Sand BarSt. Barth is the Caribbean’s best-protected secret. The Rockefellers and the Rothschilds may think that they discovered this isle, but its lineage extends back more than 500 years. Christopher Columbus first laid eyes upon this paradise in 1493, and named it for his beloved brother, Bartholomew. Then Sweden claimed it. France claimed it. And, until 1878, they both managed to share its beauty. Today, the island’s flavor is decidedly French: sophisticated, elegant, and oh-so Continental.A brief transit of Gustavia, the capital “city,” precedes our exquisite Voyager Club luncheon. The port wraps around a scenic horseshoe bay of still turquoise waters. Although Sweden no longer rules St. Barth, their legacy remains, and is evident in Gustavia’s narrow streets, which are punctuated with quaint wooden and stone buildings (not to mention its name). Here street signs are still posted in both Swedish and French.

You’ll marvel at the lush mountainous terrain. St. Barth was formed from underwater volcanic eruptions eons ago. Its narrow winding roads can be a joy to navigate.  We’ll wind our way to lunch along the coastal roads to one if the islands finest venues, The Sand Bar at Eden Rock. The Sand Bar is a beach front restaurant located in the most fashionable hotel in an already fashionable island. In this magnificent setting, you will enjoy cuisine that is both gastronomic and light with its specialties of fish and seafood with Mediterranean flavors. The Sand Bar sits right on the beach, overlooking the beautiful Baie de St Jean.

After lunch guests can have some free time in town before returning to the pier in the afternoon.

 


 
 

 
 
  It’s a refined way to travel, exploring distant corners of the world from a haven of lavish comfort — surrounded with a staff devoted to your every wish, dining on the most sumptuous cuisine at sea, and enjoying the cosmopolitan camaraderie of never more than 382 international travellers.  
 
 

WHY SILVERSEA
INTIMATE SHIPS | PERSONALIZED SERVICE | ALL OCEAN-VIEW SUITES

ALL-INCLUSIVE FARES | GOURMET DINING | ENRICHMENT & ENTERTAINMENT
WELLNESS PROGRAMME | SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

 

 
 
 
 

INTIMATE SHIPS
Silver Whisper accommodates just 382 guests
Stylish European elegance and spacious public spaces
The highest space-to-guest ratio of any fleet
More worldwide destinations than any luxury cruise line
Visit less-travelled, more intriguing ports
Extended time in port
Voted World’s Best Small Ship Cruise Line

 

 
 
 

PERSONALIZED SERVICE


Crew to guest ratio of nearly
1 to 1 — the ultimate in
pampering attention
Dedicate Butler service in all suites

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

ALL OCEAN-VIEW SUITES WITH BUTLER SERVICE
over 85% with private teak veranda
Complimentary champagne, fresh fruit and flowers
Upgraded mattresses and fine bed linens
Marble bathrooms and European bath amenities
Complimentary movies
In-suite dining option
Wi-Fi service available

 

 
 
 

ALL- INCLUSIVE FARES
Complimentary fine wines, champagne and spirits — served throughout the ship
Complimentary in-suite beverages —
your preferred assortment
Complimentary 24-hour room service
All onboard gratuities included —
none are ever expected
Complimentary shore excursions — select sailings
Complimentary transportation into town — most ports

 

 

 
 
 
 

GOURMET DINING
Three intimate venues plus a casual, poolside grill
All open seating — you decide when, where and with whom you dine
Relais & Châteaux — Relais Gourmand menus
Perfectly paired fine wines — compliments of Silversea
Culinary Arts and Wine Series Voyages — select sailings

 

 
 
 

ENRICHMENT & ENTERTAINMENT
Guest hosts, cultural experts and destination lecturers
The Viking Cooking School Aboard Silversea
Two-storey theatre — spacious show lounge seating
The Casino — roulette, blackjack, poker, slot machines
The Humidor by Davidoff — fine cigars and cognacs
Silver Links® Golf Voyages hosted by PGA-classed instructors
Internet Café and WiFi Service available throughout the ship
Movies on deck under the night time sky

 

 

 
 
 
 

WELLNESS PROGRAMME
The Spa At Silversea — therapies and treatments
for mind, body and soul
The Fitness Centre — complimentary group classes, Pilates, yoga, jogging track
CruiseLite Dining — delicious, healthy options
available daily

 

 
 
     

 

 

Don’t hesitate to let me know if you would like any additional information. We hope to welcome you on board.


Sail the Caribbean with Two-For-One Cruise Fares


Part Sailing Yacht. Part Luxury Liner.
100% Unique Experience.
Relish the romantic and exhilarating thrill of island-hopping on our beautiful sailing yachts. With Windstar, you can enjoy one delightful week of feeling as if you are aboard your own private yacht as you escape the crowds and formality of larger cruise ships. Listen as the sea breeze bellows through the towering white sails. Savor the exquisite cuisine of world-class chefs. Indulge in the endless pampering that is the one-and-only order of the day.Exploring the Caribbean’s islands and secret coves in Windstar style opens a more authentic cultural experience rarely found in crowded places. From verdant, mountainous islands and sparkling beaches, to the glamour of St. Barts and the serene beauty of the Grenadines, Windstar will transport you far beyond expectations.

Two-For-One
Cruise Fares
Starting at $1,399
per person.
Book by February 24, 2012
Call your travel professional

YACHTSMAN’S
CARIBBEAN
ST. MAARTEN TO ST. MAARTEN 
7 DAYS
Two-For-One Starting at $1,399
Discover a yachtman’s paradise while visiting exclusive ports like glamorous St. Barts and the enchanting British Virgin Islands.

FLAVORS OF
THE CARIBBEAN
ST. MAARTEN TO ST. MAARTEN 
7 DAYS
Two-For-One Starting at $1,399
Experience the eclectic Caribbean as you sail from Dutch St. Maarten to French-influenced Martinique.

JEWELS OF THE
WINDWARD ISLANDS
BARBADOS TO BARBADOS 
7 DAYS
Two-For-One Starting at $1,399
Sail to the unspoiled Grenadines and discover the rugged natural beauty of St. Lucia and beyond.

British Virgin Islands | Save up to $797 per couple!

Time to plan your winter escape to paradise where the sun always shines and the warm waters soothe your body and soul……call us for more details on these or many other tropical getaways.

The British Virgin Islands is the ultimate destination for couples, families and friends seeking to escape. With picturesque views, British Virgin Islands offers pristine white-sand beaches, luxurious accommodations with tailored amenities. Book today and receive special rates!

Peter Island Resort and Spa
Caribbean, Peter Island 

Full American Meal Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea)
Complimentary non-alcohol beverages during the entire stay (in-room)
Roundtrip airport transfer from Tortola to Peter lsland per person
Ocean View Room
5 nights from $1869 per person
Book now through 12/16/12
Travel from 1/4/12 through 1/3/13

Scrub Island
Caribbean, Scrub Island 

Complimentary meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Ocean View Guest Room
5 nights from $2919 per person
Book now through 12/31/12
Travel from 1/4/12 through 1/3/13

 

Rosewood Little Dix Bay
Caribbean, Virgin Gorda 

Daily breakfast buffet for two at The Pavilion Restaurant
Roundtrip air transfers from St. Thomas Airport (minimum of 2 passengers)
Garden View Room
5 nights from $1679 per person
Book now through 12/13/12
Travel from 1/4/12 through 12/18/12

Bitter End Yacht Club
Caribbean, Virgin Gorda 

All Inclusive
Reduced room rate
Garden Villa
5 nights from $1159 per person
Save up to $797 per couple
Book now through 1/6/12
Travel from 4/9/12 through 12/21/12