Sandal’s Paradise in Jamaica

I think all of us at some point wants to be spoiled and relax in paradise. I am sure that even guys would loved to be pampered and I am sure they secretly wants to be in a romantic place with the one they love. I think that most of us would like to have piece of mind when we go to another country to enjoy the most wanted vacation. Once we get to that airplane we don’t want to worry about anything else, not even to unpack all the extra stuff that we brought.

What are you really looking for, when you are traveling with your love one? What’s in your mind when you think of a romantic get away?

Do you think about a massage by the beach? Or crystal, sparkly blue waters? Do you think about water sports, snorkeling?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you want to worry about how much money you need to carry with you for your meals and drinks expenses? What about all inclusive? Is that an option for a peace of mind vacation? Can you imagine that once you are in your paradise dream, you can leave your wallet with the extra dressy clothing that you brought that probably won’t use either?

 

 

I really think that most of us would love a worry free vacation that could include everything in one price. So, I have great news for you! With Sandals Resort once you paid your dues back home, you won’t have to get your wallet for anything else,on less you want to buy souvenirs.

I had the privileged to experience all this during the last week of October 2015. I went to visit Sandals Ochi Rios in Jamaica and I can give testimony that I only got my wallet to get souvenirs. We had the choices of eating at 17 dining options including Room Service for Butler Serviced and Club Sandals accommodation.

 

I want to share with you some of the fun we had. But keep in mind that there is so much to offer for couples honeymoons, wedding options and also so many other resorts through the Caribbean with many others amenities. If you want to know more about what Sandals have to offer or any other weeding destination contact me and I will be more than happy to give you more insight.

The pictures below are my own experience with Sandals.

 

 

The Rabbit Hole
The Rabbit Hole
The Rabbit Hole
The Rabbit Hole
The Rabbit Hole
White Chocolate Night
White Chocolate Night
White Chocolate Night
White Chocolate Night
White Chocolate Night
White Chocolate Night
White Chocolate Night
White Chocolate Night
Bride Transportation
Bride Transportation
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Possible for Wedding Celebration
Possible for Wedding Celebration
Mediterranean Restaurant
Mediterranean Restaurant
Pool Bar
Pool Bar
For Wedding Celebration
For Wedding Celebration
For Wedding Celebration
For Wedding Celebration
For Wedding Celebration
French Restaurant
French Restaurant

 

Until then…

Xamlinnette 🙂

 

Thing to do at Discovery Cove

One day, so much money and so much to do. When you pay a lot of money for a ticket to a park or for an attraction you want to take advantage as much as you can of that attraction to recover the value of what you pay. At the end of the day you want to feel that it was all worth it.

Three years ago we went to Discovery Cove and for a misunderstand information we were not able to enjoy the buffet lunch that was included with the price. When we went to eat after swimming with the Dolphins, at that time the buffet was closed. Even though the park closed at 5 pm but you have until 3:00 to eat, but that was our time to swim with the Dolphins. Anyway we were really disappointed, but I can not deny that we had a great time with the Dolphin experience. After that, my husband always wanted to go back, he wanted for us to enjoy the whole experience.

So we did! This time we want en to enjoy it all. We had a great time, Jorge and I know have to have fun together. We started with breakfast which is just a regular buffet, nothing of the ordinary, but it was ok. And we went for a swim at the lazy river. The water was so soothing and warm, specially that day because it was windy and cool so feeling the warm water was very nice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along the way while we were going down the “paradise jungle” we encounter some friendly locals…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then they playful otters! They are adorable! Later we swam with sting rays and fishes at freezing temperatures (at least for me. Here check out a little bit of what we did.

 

 

 

 

 

Then we saw these two… Don’t ask me what kind of game they are playing.

This year we didn’t swim with the Dolphins but we enjoyed seen other people having fun with the gentle creatures.

 

 

 

To end our full Discovery Cove experience we went to have lunch much earlier than the last time. It is so sad for me to share this, but I hated the food… 😦

We were looking forward to enjoy a great lunch, all that we could eat. Well unfortunately I tried almost all the options and didn’t like any of them. The selection that they have look like frozen food cooked in the microwave. I eat that every day at work for lunch, I didn’t need one more day of it, specially after the amount of money that you pay to go here. That lunch event almost ruin my day, I was so disappointed, I guess I didn’t miss much last time.

 

Discovery Cove is a one time nice experience. If you are with your loved ones you can make the best of it. But please don’t have high expectations with the food. But that is just my opinion.

Until then…

xamlinnette 🙂

 

Cruises for Everyone Part II

Carnival! That sound like celebration and fun, right? Well the definition I found said that carnival is a traveling amusement show, other said festival. I think Carnival’s name live somehow it’s definition. Last time I was sharing with you my experience visiting different ships during ship inspection. In this post I am going to talk about Carnival Valor and Sunshine. Each Carnival ship have their own uniqueness but over all each ship offers fun, great food, relax time and great destination at great value. Other great thing about Carnival is that all members of the family can enjoy it from little kids, to teenagers, parents and grand parents.

I previously wrote about Carnival Valor in another ship inspection that I did on August. You can check out my previous post here. Still on this inspection I took other interesting pictures.

One of my favorite places.

 

Some decoration

 

Piano Bar

 

Piano Bar

 

Comedy Club

 

Salmon for lunch

The Carnival Sunshine

Carnival Sunshine was formerly Carnival Destiny built on 1995. It went to dry dock on 2013 for a renovation of $155 million dollars. Now Carnival Sunshine have the major renovation that features all the Fun Ship 2.0 upgrades.

I personally think that it’s amazing the look and all the fun amenities that Sunshine can offer for the whole family. Let me show you what I saw…

 

From the top

 

 

 

I want one these

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s have some fun!

 

Red Frog

 

Alchemy Bar

 

You can get married with Carnival!

 

Main Dinning Room

 

Piano Bar

 

Library, board games, wine!

Can you see yourself enjoying these great amenities? Are you ready to relax and have fun at the same time with a beautiful balance vacation?

Sunshine is in Port Canaveral and she will be there offering 3 to 8 day cruises. But later on she will be moving to other ports in 2016. During the summer 2016 she will be on Virginia, South Carolina and finishing in New York around October. She will be back to Cape Canaveral. If you want more information about Sunshine let me know I and I can help you with your travel story. 😉

 

Until then…

xamlinnette 🙂

 

 

Cruises For Everyone!

Two weeks ago I was able to experience different types of cruises during four different cruise inspections. We visited Regent Seven Seas, from Royal Caribbean,Enchantment of the Sea, and from Carnival we visited The Valor and The Sunshine. Three of the inspections, started at looking at different staterooms, their commodities and more. Then we walk around the ship looking the different entertainment areas ending with a delicious lunch. Regent Seven Seas experience was a little different, they didn’t have any room available to show us because they were all full with clients belongings. They gave us a tour around the ship, later they gave us a presentation while they served us fancy snacks with wine and mimosa. During the presentation they show us the different kinds of rooms and the comparison prices with other cruise lines. Later they spoil us with the most wonderful lunch.

All the experiences were very nice, definitely there is market for everybody, for every budget and preferences.

Let me show you what I saw…

ROYAL CARIBBEAN ENCHANTMENT OF THE SEA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The experience was nice but I wasn’t impressed. I know that other Royal ships are much impressive that’s the enchantment.

REGENT SEVEN SEAS

Well this was another experience, in another level. The setting is more intimate, all the rooms have balconies. The ship have a combination of simplicity and luxury at the same time. The food was unbelievable delicious. They brought us different plates, small portions that leave your mouth drooling for more but then came another treat as delicious as the previous one.

 

 

You won’t burn when you sit on these ones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another thing about Regent Seven Seas is that upfront the price is higher than other cruise lines but take a look at this…Look at everything that the price includes.

The service is outstanding, the presentation formal and informative. I like the elegance of the staff. Of course you can tell I was more impress with Regent Seven Seas but that doesn’t mean that other cruise lines are not good. Is just matter of preference. If you want to know more about any of these ships let me know. I will talk about the Carnival Ships inspection on my next post.

Until then,

Xamlinnette 🙂

 

The Possible Week At TPI Extravaganza

 

Last week it was TPI Extravaganza, a week full of training and motivation for travel agents. What that means is that our host agency Travel Planner International put together the best activities, conference and classes for us. Any person working on its own business needs to find motivation for the everyday life “impossibilities” that running a business can bring.The subject of the week was Mission Possible! So I am sure you know, that if you are new in the business the “impossibilities” that we mention earlier are even bigger. I am not only new in the business but also I have a full-time job that deprive me of time to work on my travel agent dream job.

 

 

 

Thanks God for this past week Mission Possible theme! It took me out of my routine, of my obstacles, of my stress and put me back on track. I know, it not only help me, that I am a rookie but it refocus those that are veterans in the matter too.

It was so good to relate with other people who are as passionate as me and with a lot more experience. I was like a sponge with a filter, absorbing all the good stuff. I met on the last night  a super nice lady , Lourie Gibbons she has been on the industry for 17 years. We talked, sat together, ate, rode the Everest together and while the night passed I stored in by bag some tips of her experiences and knowledge. I also met Mary Scanlin from Texas. She was energetic, retired and full of life. She gave great tips for marketing, branding and more. Another young lady that I met was Destiny Young, she was there with her mom and dad. There are all travel agents working as sub agents of her mom, including her. It is awesome that the whole family is involved in the business but at the same time there are all independents. I could keep mention some great people that during the week at some point or another interacted with me leaving a mark of their experiences imprinted in me. 

 

Beside the training and classes they also treat us like royalty! We ate so much good food like if we were in a luxury cruise! We got, food for our body and for our brain with all the talented speakers and suppliers.

We ended the week with our farewell party at Animal Kingdom, and if we were not yet spoil enough, then that night it did it. They had an exclusive Lion King show for us after the park closed and we were able to ride The Everest ride all night long! How cool is that?

 

 

 

What an awesome week! Now time to work and make everything possible!

Thank you TPI!

Until then,

xamlinnette 🙂