River cruising is still the fastest growing sector of the cruise industry. In addition to the new ships being launched each year, there are new itineraries, more and new theme cruises. Wine cruises are especially popular, and here, AMA Waterways has gone all in, with more than 50 wine-themed offerings this year. With ports, tours and tastings at some of the world’s most famous wine producing areas, as well as onboard tastings and lectures, these itineraries provide wine lovers with a richness of experience that could not be duplicated during an ocean cruise.
The last set of the 20th Joy of Jazz concert had begun. It was nearly 1 a.m. and the indoor passageway from the Sandton Convention Center to my hotel was closed.
Flight cancellations in New York and Toronto delayed my scheduled arrival at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, South Korea. Weary, I boarded the hotel bus bound for the Lotte Hotel Seoul, a member of WorldHotels deluxe collection. With plenty of activities and sights to see in the city, the Lotte Seoul is an elegant, comfortable five-star retreat. www.lottehotelseoul.com
8 tips and news to help your clients tie the knot in the Caribbean
Looking to help your clients plan a wedding in the Caribbean? What are some of the benefits of a destination wedding? Should couples visit the island before the big day? How many days should they plan to stay? We reached out to experts in the Caribbean to gather useful tips and insider news to share. Here is what they have to say-
Flying into San Juan, Puerto Rico the average observer would be challenged to find any evidence of the hurricanes that ravaged this island and many others last fall. That is, except for the plethora of roofs covered by blue tarps. These are colorful reminders of the residual affect the storms had on life here.
What is “Sabrosura?” It’s a local word used in the magical country of Colombia to express a feeling of positivity and joy. And it’s this word, this feeling, that the Colombian government has embraced to launch their new ad campaign aimed at attracting visitors from around the globe.
Ruler 18-Rabbit fashioned Copan’s enchanting Forest of Tree-Stones after gods. He envisioned them during his drug-induced trances. One of the “tree-stones” resembles the multi-armed, Hindu god, Vishnu. Emerging from another is an ancient bearded Chinese man. The Mayan people did not have beards. Considering the distance from Copan to Asia, these two stelae are amazing. It makes you wonder how, even with the drugs, 18-Rabbit could have conceived such visions.
Honduras’ Maya ruins at Copan approach amazing. Couple that with the Bay Islands’ landscape of mountains, rivers, jungle and aquamarine translucent waters, it is an archeology junkie’s dream and a diver’s paradise.
Let’s take a quick culinary trip around the world to see the most popular national restaurant on all six continents - and there’s no better month for this tour than March. (Keep reading and you’ll see why.)
Although everyone thinks of the legendary fall foliage in New England, there are plenty of good reasons for your clients travel to there at any time of year. This is where much of America’s early history played out - think Pilgrims, Paul Revere and the Boston Tea Party - so historic sites are everywhere. The arts have flourished for generations and its cities are known for art museums, galleries, orchestras and performance venues.
New England’s coastline draws visitors to long sandy beaches and rugged surf-splashed cliffs; the seafood is superb. Romantic country inns lure couples, exciting fun-parks keep kids happy, and outdoor enthusiasts find Nirvana in its mountains, lakes and rivers. New England is small enough that there’s no need for clients to limit a trip to just one of its enticing regions.