Key West 2013 photos

Pilot House, Key West

Pilot House, Key West

Now posted! Photos from our latest trip: Key West

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Congratulations to Funjet Vacations for 39 Years!

Funjet Vacations

This week marks an important anniversary for Funjet Vacations–for 39 years, they have worked with travel agents to provide unforgettable vacation experiences to millions of customers.

Since they opened their doors, a lot has changed in the travel industry.  Other competitors are now owned by an airline, online travel agency, competing retail travel agencies, and invested in by a venture capitalist firm. Funjet Vacations remains the only large scale tour operator that is still owned and operated by the family that founded the business. Click the logo to price and book a complete vacation online!

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Carnival Breeze to include elaborate ‘five dimension’ movie theater

Carnival Breeze 5D Theater
Copyright Carnival Cruise Lines

Link to good article from USA Today about Carnival’s newest ship, the Breeze: Carnival Breeze to include elaborate ‘five dimension’ movie theater – USATODAY.com.

Carnival Cruise Lines has also launched a Facebook contest related to this new theater.  The 5D Challenge: Trivial Pursuit Edition, a Facebook promotion designed to highlight the new Thrill 5D Theater, which is set to debut on the Carnival Breeze in June.  The contest can be found on Carnival’s Facebook page under the Carnival Breeze tab.

Contest participants answer movie-themed trivia questions from Hasbro’s Trivial Pursuit brand.  One prize will be given away daily through Jan. 13, with contestants required to correctly answer three daily trivia questions to enter into a prize drawing.  Prizes include a 50-inch, 3D Plasma HDTV, a 3D phone, HD camcorder, and a $250 movie theater gift card.  Also, Hasbro Video and Board Game Prize Packs, including an Xbox 360 gaming console, will be given away throughout the contest period.

The contest aims to draw attention to Carnival Breeze’s Thrill 5D Theater, a multi-dimensional experience designed to make passengers feel like they are actually in the movie.  The theater combines a high-definition, 3D projection system with 4D elements such as squirting water and bubbles and original special effects that will tickle guests’ legs, blow air on their necks and poke them in their seats. Seats within the theater will shift back and forth, move from side to side and vibrate, creating a fifth-dimensional element.

The theater is one of several Fun Ship 2.0 entertainment features being implemented on the Carnival Breeze.  Among the other features are Hasbro, The Game Show, a series of larger-than-life productions and entertainment activities based on the Family Game Night television series produced by Hasbro Studios and seen on The Hub, a network for children and their families, and Playlist Productions, which will combine live performances with high-tech LED staging and special effects and set the revues to music.

Sources: USA Today and Travel Pulse Travel News

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NCL’s Newest Ship: Norwegian Breakaway

Norwegian Breakaway
The Norwegian Breakaway will be the newest and largest ship to sail from New York beginning in 2013.   This new state-of-the-art 4,000 passenger ship will sail from her year-round homeport of New York City to the Bahamas, Florida, and the Caribbean during her inaugural winter season.  Following a summer inaugural season sailing seven-day cruises from New York to Bermuda, Norwegian Breakaway will embark on a series of 25 seven-day cruises to the Bahamas and Florida beginning on Sunday, October 13, 2013.  The ship will also sail two 12-day Southern Caribbean itineraries on January 5 and 19, 2014, along with two Weekend Escape cruises on January 17 and 31, 2014.

These cruises go on sale to Norwegian’s top travel partners and Latitudes Rewards members (past guests) January 4 and to the general public on Friday, January 6.

Norwegian Breakaway’s Bahamas and Florida cruises depart on Sundays and include stops in Nassau, Bahamas; Norwegian’s private island in the Bahamas, Great Stirrup Cay; and Orlando/Port Canaveral, Florida; along with three relaxing days at sea.  These sailings run through April 27, 2014.  The ship’s 12-day Southern Caribbean cruises include the following ports of call: San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; Castries, St. Lucia; Bridgetown, Barbados; and Basseterre, St. Kitts; along with five relaxing days at sea.

Currently under construction at Meyer Werft in Germany, Norwegian Breakaway will be 144,017 gross tons and is scheduled for delivery in April 2013.   For more information, contact Island Time Travel

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Legoland Florida to add a waterpark by summer 2012

 
Legoland

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

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