Why use a travel agent?

Another reason we love dealing with Apple Vacations. They have been around for more than 42 years, and have sent more leisure travelers to Mexico and the Dominican Republic than any other vacation company worldwide.


Legoland Florida to add a waterpark by summer 2012


Florida’s newest theme park is opening a water park in time for summer 2012.  Legoland Florida in Winter Haven is renovating and reopening a waterpark adjacent to the attraction that goes back its days as Cypress Gardens.

The water park will include a wave pool, Lego-themed raft ride, tube slides, body slides, and an interactive water-play structure for younger children.  Legoland Florida opened in October on the site of the old Cypress Gardens, which was one of Florida’s first theme parks.  It’s geared toward children 2 to 12.

Source/credit:  Associated Press via Yahoo! News

Here’s a link to some nearby hotels.

Top 10 Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the World

Two Iberostar Grand resorts have been rated in the Top 10 all-inclusive resorts in the world, according to Tripadvisor.  Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso in the Riviera Maya area was ranked #1, and the Iberostar Grand Bavaro in Punta Cana was ranked #9.  Also represented in the Top 10 is another one of our favorite resort brands here at Island Time Travel—Secrets Maroma Beach Riviera Cancun was ranked #7.   Secrets Maroma Beach was also ranked the #4 in the Top 10 Hotels for Romance in the World. 

All three are all luxurious, adults only resorts.

Here is a link to the page on Trip Advisor: Travelers’ Choice 2011 Best Hotels in the World

To book a trip, contact us here at Island Time Travel or click here to book directly online.

The New Secrets Marquis Los Cabos adults only resort

Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

Photo Credit Secrets Resorts

A new Secrets resort has opened in Los Cabos, Mexico.  The new Secrets Marquis Los Cabos welcomed their first guests on November 1. 

Guests of Secrets Marquis Los Cabos will enjoy the benefits of Secrets Resorts & Spas’ signature Unlimited-Luxury® vacation concept which offers limitless access to gourmet a la carte dining and premium beverage brands, 24-hour room and concierge services, countless daytime activities, live evening entertainment, fitness facilities and more.

Located just 25 minutes from the Los Cabos International Airport, the adults-only resort provides one of the best views of the coast’s golden sand and the awe-inspiring Sea of Cortes.  All 235 rooms, ranging from luxurious private poolside casitas to ocean front suites, are designed with contemporary Mexican furnishings and distinctive oil paintings, and dressed in rich imported linens.  Guests also have close access to golf at Cabo del Sol the popular San Jose del Cabo area, and Cabo landmarks like El Arco, Land’s End and Lover’s Beach.

The resort will feature six distinctive restaurants including the soon-to-open Coco Café, Barefoot Grill and Spice,and three bars offering a variety of experiences.  Additionally, guests have access to a range of activities including land and water sports, daily special events such as movies on the beach, dance classes, nightly shows, evening entertainment and more.

The resort’s 15,000 square-feet spa offers the perfect atmosphere for those seeking relaxation with a fully-equipped fitness center, steam room and hot tubs overlooking the breaking waves of the Sea of Cortes. Certified as a Leading Spa, the facility features a variety of hydrotherapy rooms and soothing signature treatments. The spa also features a full service beauty salon offering hair treatments, waxing, and manicure and pedicure services. The resort’s variety of meeting spaces, including the 6,500 square foot Mar de Cortés Ballroom, is perfect for group meetings and incentive travelers.

For a fact sheet on the resort, click here

Contact us to book!

Source/Credit:  Secrets Resorts

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The All New Tropicana Las Vegas

Tropicana Las Vegas
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a training webinar on the all new Tropicana in Las Vegas.   This resort recently underwent $180 million in renovations, reviving one of the crown jewels of the Strip.  This legendary landmark is located on the famed “Four Corners” of the Las Vegas Strip and Tropicana, offering guests stunning views of the strip.  This is a great location, across the street from MGM Grand, New York New York, and the Excalibur. 

It may be best known for its legendary entertainment, but the Tropicana Resort and Casino also deserves a nod for its stunning and affordable accommodations.  The property features 1,658 well-appointed, best-in-class guest rooms and suites in its two towers and exterior garden rooms, including theme, Jacuzzi and super suites.  Resort amenities include an extravagant five acres of lush, tropical landscaping with pools, waterfalls, lagoons and even swim-up blackjack tables, a buzzy casino floor, and of course, amazing entertainment.

The historic property is currently transforming itself into a vibrant, South Beach, Miami themed escape.  The revitalized Tropicana Las Vegas will feature a fresh resort atmosphere, bright tropical colors, and a sizzling nightlife scene.  Renovations have included the redesign of every hotel room and suite, the casino, the world-famous pool area, several new restaurants, bars, a new poker room, a new race and sports book, and nightclub.

Here is a link to an E-Brochure

What’s new?

  • New top-of-the-line and ultra-plush Euro-Top Serta mattresses
  • New 42″ plasma flat panel HD TV
  • New 300 thread count linens
  • New iHome clock radio with universal docking station
  • New custom designed furnishings
  • New white plantation shutters
  • New electronic in-room safes
  • New sleek chaise lounges that will hold 17″ laptop
  • Full size iron and board
  • Individual climate controls
  • High speed wireless Internet
  • Newly designed pool area, Nikki Beach, with 4-acres of lush landscape, sleek loungers, luxurious cabanas, bottle service, swim-up blackjack, and sand volleyball

Update: December 2011 (source Travel Agent Central)

The Tropicana’s new $5 million Glow spa, a Mandara Spa, opened the first week of November.  It features two couples’ villas, treatment rooms, hair and nail salon, relaxation lounge, men’s and women’s lockers, fitness center, and a spa menu with over 50 treatments.

Also new is their club, the RPM Nightclub, which will open New Year’s Eve Weekend and from then on will be open Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 10:30 p.m.  The nightclub will feature hot stars and top recording artists as well as a variety of DJs, dancers and specialty acts.   In addition to bottle service and three bars, the 16,500 square foot venue offers table games and roulette.

Love to cruise but hate to fly?

American QueenLove to cruise, but hate to fly?  Avoid the hassles of sky-high airfares, full flights, missed connections, and lost baggage.  If you love to cruise, and live within driving distance of these cities, below are some options for you.

Did you know that 50% of the USA is within a 5-hour drive to a Carnival Cruise Line departure port?

Baltimore:  American Cruise Line, Carnival, Royal Caribbean
Boston:  Carnival, Holland America, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean
Charleston SC:  American Cruise Line, Carnival
Chattanooga:  Great American Steamboat Company
Chicago: Travel Dynamics (Yorktown)
Cincinnati:  American Cruise Line, Great American Steamboat Company
Clarkston, Washington: American Cruise Line
Detroit: Travel Dynamics (Yorktown)
Duluth: Travel Dynamics (Yorktown)
Fort Lauderdale:  Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America, Princess, Royal Caribbean
Galveston:  Carnival, Disney, Princess, Royal Caribbean
Jacksonville: American Cruise Line, Carnival
Juneau: American Cruise Line
Long Beach: Carnival
Los Angeles:  Carnival, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess
Louisville:  Great American Steamboat Company
Memphis:  American Cruise Line, Great American Steamboat Company
Miami:  Celebrity, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean
Nashville: American Cruise Line
New Orleans:  American Cruise Line, Carnival, Great American Steamboat Company, Royal Caribbean, Blount, Norwegian, Travel Dynamics
New York City:  American Cruise Line, Celebrity, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess, Royal Caribbean
Norfolk:  Carnival
Philadelphia: American Cruise Line
Pittsburgh:  American Cruise Line, Great American Steamboat Company
Port Canaveral/Orlando:  Carnival, Disney, Norwegian, Royal Caribbean
Portland, Maine:  American Cruise Line
Portland, Oregon:  American Cruise Line, American Queen Steamboat Co.
Providence, Rhode Island: American Cruise Line
San Diego:  Carnival, Celebrity, Holland America
San Francisco:  Holland America, Princess
Seattle:  Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Holland America, Norwegian, Princess, Royal Caribbean
Seward:  Celebrity, Holland America, Royal Caribbean
St. Louis:  American Cruise Line, Great American Steamboat Company
St. Paul:  American Cruise Line, Great American Steamboat Company
Tampa: Carnival
Celebrity, Disney, Princess
  Great American Steamboat Company
Washington, DC: American Cruise Line

Contact us to book!

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Related: Carnival Cruise Lines New Fun Ship 2.0 Initiative
Related: NCL’s Newest Ship: Norwegian Breakaway
Also see: Riverboats make a comeback, especially on the Mississippi

Some new all-inclusive resorts are opening in Riviera Maya and Punta Cana

Riu Palace Bavaro

Punta Cana:  Riu Palace Bavaro opens on December 2, 2001.

Riviera Maya, Mexico: Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Esmerelda (for families, opens on November 30, 2011) and Paradisus Playa Del Carmen La Perla (for adults only, opens November 15, 2011)



Also see: Cruises Are Wonderful, but All-Inclusive Resorts Provide Stress Free Vacations