Friday, May 3, 2013

Summer Safari Availbilty 2013


Summer Safari Availbilty
We have limited availability on selected dates on our most popular shared safaris
 in Kenya and Tanzania between June and September 2013.
Kenya Safari
Kenya Safari
Kenya Safari
4R Thorn Tree Safari,
4 nights, full board, all game drives

This short safari includes the famous game viewing lodge, Treetops.
Aberdares, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara.

Depart: 11, 18 & 25 June; 09, 16 & 30 July; 13 and 27 August, 03, 17 & 24 September 2013

From $910 per person
4R Kili Safari,
5 nights, full board, all game drives

A great safari for families - no age restrictions for children at the lodges.
Amboseli, Lake Naivasha, Masai Mara.

Depart: 07, 14 & 21 July; 11, 18 August; 01, 08, 22 & 29 September 2013

From $1345 per person
5R Cheetah Safari,
7 nights, full board, all game drives

A classic safari circuit which includes Samburu and the Rift Valley Lakes.

Samburu, Aberdares, Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha, Masai Mara.

Depart: 24 June; 06, 08, 15 & 22 July; 23 September 2013

From $1460 per person
Kenya safari
Tanzania Safari
Tanzania Safari
5R Masai Safari,
7 nights, full board, all game drives

Travel through some of the richest game areas in the world!
Samburu, Aberdares, Lakes Nakuru, Masai Mara.

Depart: 10 June; 05, 19 & 26 August; 02, 16, 23 & 30 September 2013

From $1690 per person
5R Sopa Serengeti Safari,
6 nights, full board, all game drives

Quality safari lodges in truly breathtaking locations.
Tarangire, Serengeti, Ngorongoro.

Depart: 06 & 27 August; 10 Sep 2013

From $2255 per person
5R Serena Serengeti Safari,
6 nights, full board, all game drives

Exemplary Serena service in some of the finest locations in the parks.
Arusha, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro.

Depart: 19 & 26 August; 02, 09, 16 & 23 September 2013

From $2520 per person
Optional beach extensions in Mombasa & Zanzibar - ideal for relaxing after the excitement and action of a safari.

Call us for custom-made safaris throughout East and Southern Africa.
Important note: Prices do not include international flights, gratuities, visas and expenses of a personal nature.

Reservations Hotline: 1-855-822-TRIP

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Destination Cruising Focus: Mexico & Caribbean

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There are many great water sports that will enhance your vacation to Mexico. Here are some tips on how to prepare for our favourites.

Cruising Feature

Caribbean Beaches

Imagine enjoying a different spectacular beach in every port of call - you can do this while on a Caribbean cruise. The Caribbean is the number one cruising destination in the world and whether you are on a southern, eastern or western itinerary, there are fabulous beaches to enjoy along the route!

Beaches on Your Caribbean Cruise

Megan's Bay, St. Thomas.
Dock in Grand Cayman within sight of Seven Mile Beach; in St. Thomas it's a short drive from the cruise piers to spectacular Magen's Bay; don't miss the black sand beaches of St. Lucia on a port day in Castries. Cruising the Caribbean gives you some wonderful beach experiences and you can find great beaches everywhere you go in the Caribbean.

Tours can take you out for a day at the beach or you can make your own arrangements. It's easy to take a taxi to the beach from your ship. Many resorts in the Caribbean offer a day pass to use their private beach and its facilities for a splendid beach day in style!

The selection of itineraries and ports is quite mesmerizing with so many cruise lines and ships in the Caribbean. We can help you narrow down the choices to find the right ship to give you the experience you want in the Caribbean and to visit some great beach locations.

Cruise Line Private Islands & Beaches

Some of the most magical beach locales in the Caribbean have been created by cruise lines on their private islands. Here you can enjoy a private beach day, just for you and your ship mates, with all the relaxation, activities, water sports, food and fun you could wish for. No wonder cruise line private islands and beaches are rated as the favorite port of call by many guests!
  • Tenders whisk you from your ship to your private, tropical paradise where you can find a quiet corner or hammock to relax in, or enjoy a wide range of water sports, activities and excursions.
  • Lunch is provided usually as a beach barbecue with lots of extras and live Caribbean music. Try a tropical cocktail at one of the beach bars.
  • Support the local economy by shopping for handicrafts, gifts and souvenirs.
  • Kids and teens can enjoy fun activities in their own supervised area. There's something for everyone!
Sounds great, doesn't it? This is what you will enjoy on a private beach day during your Caribbean cruise.

Private Islands and Coastlines

Our preferred cruise lines are leaders in this area. Take a look at what they offer in the way of "a day at the beach" cruise line style.

Great Stirrup Cay beach.
Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line

Great Stirrip Cay, Berry Island Chain, The Bahamas
Norwegian Cruise Line

This paradise is waiting just for you! NCL has owned this island since 1977 when it became the first cruise line to offer an uninhabited tropical island experience exclusively for its guests.

Here you'll spend a day enjoying a range of facilities and activities. There's a welcome area, beachfront for swimming and snorkeling, dining and bar facilities, kids area, floats, hippo slide, a straw market and an area with private cabanas. Enjoy parasailing, kayaking, a WaveRunner® Tour, beach volleyball, water sports and a stingray encounter.

Half Moon Cay, Little San Salvador Island, The Bahamas
Holland America Line

While Holland America Line is committed to keeping 98 percent of its pristine private island wild, Half Moon Cay offers everything you need for a day of play on your Caribbean cruise. Part of the Bahamas, Half Moon Cay lies Southeast of Nassau and is visited on nearly every Caribbean itinerary. Facilities and activities include a two mile crescent shaped white sand beach, nature trails and birding walks, windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, bicycle tours, horseback riding, stingray adventure, Aqua Park, Club HAL children's playground and supervised swimming area, private beachside cabanas, beachside massage, Bahamian Chapel for destination weddings, three water sports centers, bar and dining facilities plus additional shore excursions.

Princess Cays, Eleuthera Island, The Bahamas
Princess Cruises, Regent Seven Seas

You're invited to a private beach party at this idyllic location. It's a great retreat for snorkeling with its beautiful coral reef and schools of fish. Also enjoy seaboards, aqua bikes, Hobie Cat sailboats, Sunfish sailboats, paddle wheelers, banana boats or transparent hull kayaks at the water sports pier. Climb the Crow's Nest Tower for panoramic views, or shop for local handicrafts. Enjoy an authentic Bahamian barbecue for lunch. Supervised youth and teen programs have their own area with a replica of a pirate's galleon.

Labadee, north shore, Hispaniola
Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises

Not an island but a secluded coastline, separated from the rest of the island by a ridge of mountains, Labadee has the most breathtaking setting with the spectacular mountain backdrop, exotic foliage and a series of beaches and coral reefs. In addition to swimming and snorkeling, enjoy kayaking, parasailing, floating beach mats, WaveRunners®, an aqua park, hiking trails, guided excursions, shops, outdoor dining and beach bars. Become a pirate for a day at Luc's Splash Bash where you battle other buccaneers with water cannons aboard a pirate ship and explore the treasure map trail.

Coco Cay, Bahamas
Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises

This spectacular setting with its white-sand beaches fits the bill for an exceptional day at the beach. Activities include parasailing, riding a WaveRunner®, enjoying the aqua park, relaxing in a hammock and enjoying a beach barbecue. Of course there's swimming and snorkeling to see coral reefs and colorful tropical fish.
Beach days arranged by your cruise line are certainly one of the best ways to experience the magnificent beaches of the region.

Why not consider a Caribbean cruise for your next revitalizing, beach focused vacation? To explore all your options and be matched to the perfect dream cruise or vacation, contact a Vacation Side Travel Consultant at (855) 822-8747. If you mention this article, we'll throw in a VIP perk, maybe two and a $50 discount per person for packages over $1,000. Some restrictions may apply.

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