Caribbean cruises

There are a multitude of cruises available that cover the Eastern, Western and Southern islands inch by inch. The various liners offer everything in comfort and luxury. They provide for every mood and every desire that one may wish for on board and at the various ports of call, ensure that the visitors get to cover every aspect in great detail. The administration leaves nothing to chance and the traveler gets full value for the money spent.

While working out details for a vacation, most people take into consideration a few key points such as “when” “where” “how” “for how long” and most importantly, the finances involved. December to April is considered peak tourist season for the Caribbean. It plunges to an all time low around fall and spring. September and October come under hurricane season and you do not want to be caught in one! So, early November and early December are most likely the cheapest for tourists with budget constraints.

The “where” aspect of your holiday depends on what you would like to see… be it historical sites or water sports.

The “how” aspect would most likely be decided by your budget and the type of liner you would prefer. First time sailors might enjoy shorter cruises and they might be able to squeeze in more places in the same amount of time. Find out details about life on board like meal times and whether you have the freedom to adjust your schedules. Some liners have set patterns. Find out the ship’s sailing program if site seeing is your main agenda. Some offer so much on board it takes on a life of its own. Read your guide carefully and book your trips so you do not lose out on what really interests you. Most trips are conducted by local agencies so advance booking might be a good idea.

Your budget must cater to tipping, mini site seeing tours conducted by local agencies, overheads, extra fees if you have children, and a small budget for emergencies. Fares can swing from $150 to upward of $1000 depending on what type of accommodation you are looking for.

So go ahead enjoy all that nature has to offer in the shape of the Caribbean and come away with an experience never to be forgotten.

Travel to Machu Picchu, Peru

One of the most visited sites in the world today by travelers is Machu Picchu. It is located in Cuzco, Peru in the high Andes Mountains. It is approximately 724 miles away from Lima, the Peruvian capital. A typical trip by land on a bus takes about 20 hours. One could also take a flight and arrive there in a heartbeat of one hour. The starting point usually begins in Lima.

The ruins sit surrounded by the Andes Mountains at about 11,024 feet above sea level. The name Machu Picchu literally means “old peak”, translated from the Quechua language. It was discovered by Hiram Bingham on July 24, 1911 while he was in charge of a Yale University expedition. It was in this landscape that the Incas built Machu Picchu at the end of the fourteenth century.

The climate is mild, warm and damp. It has a year round average temperature of 55F during the day. There are typically two seasons, a rainy season which lasts from November to March and dry season, which lasts from April to October. Most travelers prefer to travel to the site during the dry season.

Personal Travel Experience

I had the pleasure of visiting Machu Picchu 22 years ago around this time when I was a small child. I was accompanied by my mother. The scenery was beautiful and breathtaking. We took a train from the city of Cuzco and it took us just a few hours to get to Machu Picchu. Then we had to take a small bus up the trail all the way to the top. Nowadays, there are two ways to connect from Cuzco. One is a Tourist Train, which only operates in the high season. The trip takes four hours and returns in the evening. Then there is also the Autovagon, a tourist service that takes three hours to get to the site with an evening return trip as well. Both leave in the early morning hours.

We highly recommend you to put Machu Picchu, Peru as one of your top travel destinations to visit in the near future. The experience will be unforgettable.

Dubai Marina

Providing Dubai with an adequate amount of living and working space has always remained to be one of the prime concerns for its planners. But, with very little possibility being left out for growing horizontally, the developers have had no other choice but to go looking forward to achieving some vertical enhancements. This means building up more and more number of towers in the areas already being dug up and under construction. Providing more accommodation in the form of Dubai Marina was the next move they could have thought of, and what a brilliant idea it has proved to be until now. There is no better way than to start building houses on the seabed anyway, to meet up with the man’s growing desire for accommodation.

The marina, called initially Westside, looks set to become one of the main tourism attractions for the travellers in the years to follow. Dubai hotels have also started moving in with their assets having got the wind of its rising value. Notwithstanding the current record for being the biggest man-made marina in the name of Marina Del Rey in Los Angeles, Dubai’s Marina promises to become a more exciting prospect for the trade and commerce and the travellers on its completion.

Having started taking shape since the year 1998, the plans remain no more a secret for the outside world by today. It will be providing with an extra amount of 53 million square feet for Dubai’s needs by the time it fully gets running. The project involves carving out of 2 miles of Dubai’s shoreline for making various constructions, including featuring canals just like in Venice. With the aims like building up high-end villas and apartments for about 120,000 people, the Dubai Marina development looks set to become one of the best in man’s history until today.

The first phase of the Dubai Marina development, comprising of 25 acres, lasted from the year 1999 to 2003 and cost $200 million in amounts. Six freehold waterfront apartment towers and 64 villas, all having rooftop gardens were constructed during this initial development. Since the foreign nationals were allowed to own these villas and apartments, it was a great opportunity for all those who had a desire for owning houses in Dubai. The very thought of marina living is such an exciting prospect, specially for those with a high-end purchasing power, that these properties have been selling like hot cakes. The development of phase one also included the construction of parking space for 2000 cars, sports facilities, 6 swimming pools, themed restaurants, a prayer hall, and a space for retail outlets. All of this was planned and constructed just to see through the initial phase.

The entire zone of Dubai Marina is also called as the Heart of New Dubai because of its strategic location within the fast growing areas of the city. The intention behind its development was to create a small-scale city within Dubai with an enviable infrastructure. It is precisely situated on Interchange 5, between Jebel Ali Port and Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City, and the American University, thus providing the perfect location for getting on with Dubai’s life.

This man-made marina is being developed by the real estate giant of UAE, Emaar Properties, and will have 200 buildings, including skyscrapers, Marina Torch, Dubai Marina Towers, Number One Dubai, Princess Tower, Infinity Tower, Marina Terrace, Horizon Tower, and Le Reve, besides providing a strategic access to many hotel owners.

An ambitious project within Dubai Marina will be Marina 101, which is expected to measure up to 412 meters in height on its completion. It will provide 1.5 million square feet of living and working space to the occupiers of its 101 planned floors. This building is part of Sheffield Real Estate, a global real estate giant, widely known for their freehold property developments. The amount of space to be generated by this building will be unparalleled anywhere in or outside Dubai. Additionally, the very outlook of Marina 101 is going to be fabulous, with the outer layer being constructed of glass and the summit to be made to look like as a glowing crown. The tower is expected to be available by the year 2010.

There is no argument about the excitement Dubai Marina holds and the commerce it might generate. What remains to be seen however, is how long will it remain the prime location of UAE, since Dubai is well known for dishing out similar landmarks on a regular interval.

Többszörösére nőtt az erdélyi Erzsébet programban nyaraló gyerekek száma

Idén a tavalyinál nyolcszor több szórványban élő, szociálisan rászoruló Kárpát-medencei magyar gyermek nyaralhat az ivói Erzsébet-táborban, Erdélyben – mondta Rétvári Bence, az Emberi Erőforrások Minisztériumának parlamenti államtitkára pénteken az MTI-nek. A parlamenti államtitkár – aki Tusnádfürdőn, a 26. Bálványosi
Nyári Szabadegyetem és Diáktáborban nyilatkozott – felidézte: a Hargita hegység lábánál elterülő Erzsébet-tábort egy évvel ezelőtt nyitották meg, és a nyári táborokon kívül őszi, tavaszi és téli kirándulásokat is tartanak.

Rétvári Bence hozzátette: ez a lehetőség a szórványban élő, szociálisan nehéz helyzetű, Kárpát-medencei magyar gyermekek számára meghívásos pályázati úton áll rendelkezésre. Közlése szerint az átadás évében közel ezer gyermek fordult meg a táborban, idén eddig több mint 4700 külhoni magyar diák üdült ott, és ez a szám az év végére eléri a közel nyolcezer főt.

Kitért arra is, hogy az Erzsébet-program keretében Határtalan Túrán a Balaton parti Zánkán és Fonyódligeten 1200 felvidéki, erdélyi, vajdasági, horvátországi, szlovéniai magyar gyermek tölt el egy hetet. A programnak fontos része, hogy a csoportok bemutatják egymásnak saját magyarlakta lakóhelyüket, mindennapi életüket,
kultúrájukat és neves szülötteiket.

A 8-15 éves gyerekek nemcsak az anyaországot ismerhetik meg így jobban, hanem a többi Kárpát-medencei magyar közösség múltját és jelenét is. Idén a kritikus ukrajnai helyzetre tekintettel külön program indult a kárpátaljai magyar gyermekekért az Erzsébet-program részeként. Háromezer gyermek tíz héten át hét éjszakás turnusokban,
magyarországi fiatalokkal együtt üdül Zánkán – ismertette.

Úgy fogalmazott, hogy ez a fajta segítségnyújtás a háborús helyzet okozta nehézségekre tekintettel most még fontosabb. Rétvári Bence emlékeztetett arra, hogy a Határtalanul! tanulmányi kirándulási program keretében 2010 óta 80 ezer magyar diák vehetett részt határon túli osztálykirándulásokon. Idén a költségvetés 1,2 milliárdos keretet biztosít erre, melynek nagyobb részét hetedikes osztályok vehetik igénybe, de jelentős forrás jut középiskolások határon átívelő együttműködésére.

A szakképző iskolák számára a pályázati felhívásokat – a szakképzési rendszer átalakítása miatt – idén ősszel hirdetik meg, a korábbinál nagyobb, 150 milliós keretösszeggel. Utalt arra is, hogy idén a kormány tematikus programként meghirdette a külhoni magyar szakképzés évét.

The Fabulous Sites To Consider Puerto Rico All Inclusive Family Holiday resorts

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All Inclusive Vacation Packages to Barbados

Island of Barbados is one of the best-rated holiday destinations for all inclusive vacations in Caribbean. Located in the Lesser Antilles, in the eastern part of Caribbean Sea, Barbados benefits on a wonderful tropical climate that has a great characteristic – the temperatures are not too high, but mild due to the constant trade winds. Therefore, foreign voyagers booking vacation packages to Barbados are not exhausted by heat after 10 o’clock in the morning, like on many other tropical islands, but can lounge the whole day on awesome beaches or practice plenty of vacation activities, both in water and on land. In these circumstances, hotel deals to Barbados are much more rewarding and allow tourists to get more of what a Caribbean country has generally to offer. Go to this site for more information!

Barbados is a gentle country where the criminality rate is very low and most people make their living from tourist industry and services. There are only several larger cities like Bridgetown (the capital city), Holetown, Oistins, and Speightstown. Most vacation resorts and luxury hotels in Barbados are settled out of the major towns or in residential areas with beautiful tropical vegetation, and as result vacationers have perfect conditions to relax and feel like in visit in Paradise. Being located in the tropical region, the climate in Barbados has a wet season (from June to November) and a dry season (between December and May). Many travelers know that in the Caribbean region the tropical storms and hurricanes are pretty frequent, but few of them are informed on the fact that because of the eastern position of the island, Barbados is located outside of the most dangerous hurricane area, so a tropical cyclone strikes it only once in about 26 years!

The Many Advantages Of Staying At Us Virgin Islands All-Inclusive Resorts

Have you ever thought about visiting the US Virgin Islands? Maybe not because going abroad sounds like a lot of planning and stress. How about staying at an all-inclusive resort that could take care of all the headaches for you? You will not find many real all-inclusive resorts within the US Virgin Islands. Only the Bolongo Bay Beach Resort and the Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort offer these packages. The Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort received four and a half stars and is one of the 6,500 facilities owned by the Wyndham Hotels and Resorts company. The Bolongo Bay Beach Resort is a privately-owned four stars facility located on a beautiful 1,00 feet wide private beach.

The Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort is located on St. Thomas island and presents itself as the only all-inclusive resort of the island. Some US Virgin Islands resorts claim to be all-inclusive but actually charge guests for additional things such as activities or drinks. The Wyndham resort offers the only all-inclusive packages on St.Thomas. It includes 294 guest rooms on a 31 acre resort. Guests can choose to have a balcony on the ocean, the bay or the resort. A standard guest room has a surface of 475 square feet. The one bedroom suites have a surface of 800 square feet. These suites include a king-size bed in a nice bedroom, a full bathroom and a large living room. Activities offered include tennis, basketball, miniature golfing, snorkeling, sunfish sailing, kayaking and sailing. You will also get access to free movie rentals, fitness centers and three swimming pools. Green coffee wraps and other treats are available at the Day Spa for an additional fee.

The Bolongo Bay Resort started offered all-inclusive packages in 1989. It is a rather small resort where you will get the opportunity to relax on a gorgeous private beach. The fine white sand of the beach really adds a touch of luxury to the place. The views on the Bolongo Bay will make for the best vacation pictures you ever took. The resorts offers meals a la carte. You can decide to try local dishes or choose more traditional dining options. The menu includes delicious dishes such as steak, fresh seafood or lobster every night. The Bolongo Bay Resort includes 65 guest room on the oceanfront, some larger accommodations down the beach in the ocean front studios and some two bedroom condos.

You will find plenty of activities at the Bolongo Resort. You could try parasailing, wave runners, catamarans, kayaks, windsurfing, sunfish sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving or aqua tricycles. The resort also has two swimming pools with some swim up bars. If you want to practice sports, two tennis courts as well as fitness facilities are available. Entertainment is not left out. You can enjoy a fun show every night at the Iggies Beach Bar and Grill as well as a Carnival Night every Wednesday from January through August. The Carnival Night includes a steel band, performers who can eat fire and walk on glass as well as mocko jumbi acts.

An all-inclusive US Virgin Islands resort is a sure way to plan an unforgettable vacation. There are many choices available to you, which is why it is important to do some research before planning your trip. Seeing the sun-splashed islands of the Caribbeans while enjoying quality service and fun activities is the best way to relax with the people you love.

Cruise vacations

Reflecting a genuine Italian flair, the Costa cruises are Europe’s most novel liners with the new state-of-art amenities such as advanced Golf Simulator, 4D cinema, and Grand Prix Simulator. A big choice of more than 250 destinations as well as 100 different journeys – Costa cruises are truly the mind-blowing offerers! For those on the budget travel, the line offers several cheap Costa cruises so that all can explore the opportunity of experiencing the fervor of the Italian ships 2011. Not only this, several times, there are free cruises for kids below 18 leaving only port charges up to you.

The fact that the crew, staff, and the ships intend to fulfill only one goal of offering the best as well as safest cruise holiday is evident right from you step into the ship. No matter which of the cheap Costa cruises 2011 you choose, all of them are comfy, modern, and stylish along with the complementing amenities. Given below are a few of the several discounted 2011 itineraries for which today might be the right time to book for your next budget cruise holiday.
Mediterranean Cruise (Fly Cruise)

You need to book Costa Concordia for the journey from Spain’s Barcelona to Mallorca’s Palma, Italy’s Palermo, Tunis’ Hammamet, and Italy’s Civitavecchia as well as Savona. This one will depart on 31 May for a 7-night tour for £919 that includes the air rates too.

Fjords Cruise

This one will be on Costa Atlantica that will depart on 12 June from Copenhagen to take the tour of the fjords and Norway’s Flam, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Stavanger, and Oslo. And yes, also include a tour to the Germany’s capital Berlin! The discounted rates start from £849.
Great Capitals of Europe tour

This will be the enticing tour of Costa Magica for 10 nights from 28 June for £1119. As the name says, it will be a fascinating journey to some of the best European cities from UK’s Dover: Amsterdam, Hamburg, Oslo, Copenhagen, Le Havre (France), and Edinburgh.

Mediterranean Cruise (Cruise only)

This one will be on Costa Serena that will depart from Barcelona on 15th July for a great 7-night tour to Marseille (France), Naples, Catania, as well as Savona (Italy), and Hammamet (Tunis). The special rate for this one currently is £849.
Greenland and Iceland Adventure

This is a fly cruise offer for the new Costa Deliziosa that from Amsterdam in Netherlands on 30th July will take you on a tour of Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Norway, and Scotland. For £3019, you get 20 nights in hand to explore Bergen in Norway; Nuuk, Prins Christians Sund, and Ilulissat in Greenland; Akureyri and Reykjavik in Iceland; Invergordon in UK; and Thorshavn on the Faroe Islands.

Spain, Morocco, Canaries

This itinerary is via the Costa Ship Deliziosa that takes you to Spain, Morocco, and Canaries for 11 nights. This one will depart from the port of Savona on October 27. The discounted rate for this sojourn starts from $1,329 (for the Inside cabins) excluding tax, fees, or fuel supplements. On the ship, you can choose from different accommodations such as ocean view cabin for $1,669, suite for $2,859, Samsara for $2,429, and Veranda for $1,949.

Now, if you tend to miss this one, the same journey is also scheduled on November 7 for same nights and port of departure. However, this one will be more affordable: Inside cabin for $1,189, Ocean view cabin for $1,529, Veranda one for $1,809, Samsara for $2,289, and Suite for $2,719.
Jewels of the Emirates Pre-Christmas cruise

Departing from Dubai, this fly cruise offer is for the new Costa Favolosa that will depart from 16 December for 7 nights. For flat £749, you will be taken to Muscat, Abu Dhabi, Fujayrah, and Bahrain.

I hope you get through this one of the cheap Costa cruises.

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Silverseas cruises

Silverseas cruises are made of four luxury yachts, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Whisper and Silver Shadow; they are the true form of what is known as luxurious cruising on the high seas. All the Silverseas yachts are large enough not to make the passengers feel crowded but, are small enough to make it to some of the most exquisite ports of call where large cruise liners cannot fit to dock.

Attention to details is what makes Silverseas cruises one of the world’s best luxury liners such as daily written menus, fresh food that is delivered to the ship on daily basis and is inspected for quality by the Executive Chef in order to by brought on board; fresh fruit and vegetables as well as catering to every taste and needs of every single passenger in part, all you have to do is let them know before you even get on board what your likes and dislikes are and they will all be waiting for you as requested.

Silverseas cruises boasts to carry abroad some of the world best wines and champagnes, which are for the most part offered complimentary only with a few exceptions. A cigar and cognac bar awaits those who have a taste for the same every evening and here too most of the beverages and spirits are offered complimentary with the exceptions of a few.

Entertainment On Silverseas Cruises

Fine dining and duty-free shopping, a casino and a world class Broadway show are only some of the daily entertainment that awaits you on Silverseas cruises. Dancing, games, golf and lectures will keep you busy on board while tours that can be booked in advance onboard in the places of interest ashore will assure you have covered the port of call efficiently in the time provided.

Every guest is special on Silverseas cruises and you will feel so from the minute you step aboard; smiling faces who address you by your name welcome and cater to your every need and whim. If you are looking to experience a true luxurious cruise where the sky is the limit when it comes to pleasing and attending to the guest’s comfort then Silverseas cruises is the cruise liner for you.

Alaska cruises

Inspiring scenery, glistening glaciers, plentifull wildlife, and Native American culture are only some of the marvelous attractions that attract cruise vacationers to Alaska. With so much to see and do in Alaska, it’s no wonder the state’s official flower is the alpine forget-me-not!

Cruise Lines that sail to Alaska on a seven-day itinerary usually cruise along the Inside Passage and visit Glacier Bay National Park or Hubbard Glacier, stopping at four ports along the way. Most cruise lines also offer a arrange of extended cruise-tour package options which take passengers deeper into Alaska via train and include land stays at lodges and sightseeing in Denali National Park – making their trip to Alaska even more exciting.

For weather and sunlight purposes, cruises to Alaska cruise strictly during the summer months, from early May to mid-September. June, July and August can be known as peak season when average daily high temperatures can reach 75 degrees Fahrenheit, so those looking for the best rates should check sailing dates in May and September when temperatures settle around 50 degrees.

A variety of ships & cruise lines sail to Alaska, including luxury vessels and midsize ships – most of which offer expanded kids activity for family vacationers. While the majority of cruise ships sail from Vancouver, BC, Seattle is increasingly becoming a favorite summer homeport for many lines. Both embarkation/disembarkation points allow cruise ships to visit the most popular ports on an Alaska cruise, including Juneau, Ketchikan and Skagway.

Choose to cruise for YOU. You can have the vacation of a lifetime, see the world, completely unwind, take a walk on the wild side, dance the night away, feast on fabulous cuisine, learn something new, make friends, bond with your family, steal quiet moments with your spouse. Whatever your heart desires, is yours, when you choose to cruise.