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Carnival Cruise Line Takes Delivery Of 26th Ship, Carnival Horizon

March 28, 2018

Line’s Newest Ship to Sail on Inaugural Voyage from Barcelona April 2

MIAMI (March 28, 2018) –  In a traditional maritime handover ceremony held earlier today at the Fincantieri shipyard in Italy, Carnival Cruise Line officially took delivery of the new 133,500-ton Carnival Horizon, the 26th ship in its fleet.

The 3,954-passenger ship will reposition to Barcelona, Spain, where it will depart April 2 on an inaugural 13-day voyage – the first of four sailings from the European port.  The ship will then operate a trans-Atlantic crossing before arriving in New York May 23, 2018, for a pierside overnight gala and naming ceremony featuring the ship’s godmother, Grammy award-winning musical artist and acclaimed actress Queen Latifah.

Following a summer schedule of four-day Bermuda and eight-day Caribbean sailings from New York, Carnival Horizon will shift to Miami for a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning Sept. 22, 2018.

Carnival Horizon offers several unique and exciting features, including a new Dr. Seuss-themed WaterWorks aqua park, part of the line’s exclusive partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, Bonsai Teppanyaki, the line’s first teppanyaki venue, and Guy’s Pig & Anchor Smokehouse|Brewhouse serving up “real deal” barbecue favorites created by Food Network star Guy Fieri, as well as four new craft beers brewed on board.

The four new beers on Carnival Horizon will include:

• ParchedPig Smoked Porter – brewed with in-house smoked malt, this robust, full-bodied beer offers big and bold flavors and notes of molasses and hickory smoke, providing the perfect complement to Smokehouse|Brewhouse’s BBQ favorites

• ParchedPig Farmhouse Ale – this lightly hopped beer is distinguished by its blond color, fruity and complex character with mild spice notes that balance the brew’s dry finish

• ParchedPig Toasted Amber Ale – highlighted by its rich amber color and notes of toasted caramel and biscuit, this beer is well balanced, smooth and highly drinkable

• ParchedPig West Coast IPA – the embodiment of a traditional West Coast India Pale Ale, this hoppy, intense beer is loaded with bitterness with a bright flavor profile and distinctive aroma of citrus and pine

The second in the line’s highly successful Vista-class, Carnival Horizon also offers fun innovations like the bike-ride-in-the-sky aerial attraction SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre, the Havana section with tropics-inspired staterooms and its own pool, and Family Harbor featuring extra-roomy accommodations and the Family Harbor Lounge.    Like its name implies, Carnival Horizon also includes food and beverage outlets offering amazing views with both indoor and al fresco seating options at venues such as Bonsai Sushi, Fahrenheit 555 steakhouse and Library Bar.

“Carnival Horizon is an absolutely stunning ship offering so many ways to ‘Choose Fun’ both inside and out,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line.  “In addition to the many exciting innovations previously introduced on Carnival Vista, Carnival Horizon offers some new one-of-a-kind features and attractions that make this ship truly special allowing our guests to create a lifetime of wonderful vacation memories,” she added.

Story compliments of Carnival , contact me to Book your Cabin on Horizon or any Carnival ship.

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Why Travel?

Many people have never travelled. If that is you, “Why travel?” you asked. To quote my tagline… “It’s all about the journey”. Start small, and venture out of your comfort zone. Take a road trip to a nearby attraction and along the way take in your surroundings. What makes the location different? Are the houses the same? Do people have a different accent? What makes the area unique? What makes it similar?

Often, leaving makes you appreciate your home more. Sometimes however you will get the bug to travel. It starts out small. Before I started as a travel planner, I never had left the country. I have travelled all over the U. S. and Canada and actually flying is not my favourite thing. That doesn’t hold me back any longer sinse I got the cruising bug. I will fly anywhere, anytime to get to a ship. If you follow any news stories you will see there is no lack of entertainment on flights. I am not referring to the movie or snacks. That is exactly what I mean about the journey.

I cannot begin to explain, on many days when I’m learning about a new destination the combination of butterflies in my stomach and a restless leg and mind syndrome I encounter. I want to leap out of my chair and go, go, go.

There is a big world out there and truly understanding it takes work. We are all different and we are all the same.

 

Coba

Coba (Spanish: Cobá) is an ancient Mayan city on the Yucatán Peninsula, located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The site Coba (Spanish: Cobá) is an ancient Mayan city on the Yucatán Peninsula, located in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The site is the nexus of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world, and it contains many engraved and sculpted stelae that document ceremonial life and important events of the Late Classic Period (AD 600–900) of Mesoamerican civilization.[1] The adjacent modern village bearing the same name, reported a population of 1,278 inhabitants in the 2010 Mexican federal census.[2]is the nexus of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world, and it contains many engraved and sculpted stelae that document ceremonial life and important events of the Late Classic Period (AD 600–900) of Mesoamerican civilization.[1] The adjacent modern village bearing the same name, reported a population of 1,278 inhabitants in the 2010 Mexican federal census.[2]. credit for information Wikipedia.

Our tour begins with a short bike ride to the entrance where the ball game called Pok-Ta-Pok is located. It is believed that the two rock structures are used to bounce a large heavy rubber ball weighing as much as 9 lbs between the sculls representing the way to gain points.

La Iglesia believed to be a ceremonial location for prayers and offerings .

Stelae 1 has a carving representing the Mayan time cycle ( part of the area called the Macanox Group named for Macanox Lake.

Temple of the paintings relating to agriculture and rain cycles. Xaibe has different levels of construction.

The roads leading through the site are original mayan roads called Sacbe, which resemble a dense concrete. All of the construction will leave you speechless.

Now saving the best for last, Nohoch Mul built to commemorate the power of Coba’s rulers and the last resting place for some of the reigning overlords. The highest pyramid in the Yucatán Peninsula at 138 ft. Climb to the top if you dare , the steps are very close together . I found the easiest way to get to the top was not look down , or up . The view is amazing and scary , since the next part of the adventure is getting back down.

I can’t believe people actually took children up there. The roped off area is only the entrance to a structure at the top, Not a security rope. There are no barriers to keep one from falling off the edge and no phones or cell service for emergencies.

Make adventure part of your life, travel . www.atouristlifetravel.com

Niagara Falls 

It’s that time again, our yearly trip to the falls. Today’s forcast is rain. Being at the falls you can’t tell the difference between rain and the spray from the falls anyway.

  • Funny story now that it’s over, the prior day we were going to the Casino on the NY side but thanks to google and their so called improvements it took us to The Peace Brige not Rainbow and I did a U turn since only half of us had passports on us. Bad part is we still have to clear US customs even though we didn’t leave the US. Did I mention one of us had no ID at all, we were sure it was not going to turn out well. So here we sit in a line waiting for doom. Just as it’s our turn at the booth we discover online passports saved from previous cruises. The agent asked how we were I think my face told more than I knew. I replied terrible and he said I can see that. We explained our dilemma and gave him the IDs we had, a few minutes later we were on our way.

“It’s all about the Journey”

This has been my #Tagline since the beginning of my Blogging. Where ever we go it seems either something crazy happens or we share our travels with special people. Over the years we had a flight that was nearly cancelled due to serious mechanical issues. The flight with the mechanical issues was taking us to Seattle for a Cruise where our ship also was having mechanical issues. To continue the saga our return flight home we nearly missed because the bus driver got lost. We have been on several honor flights and flew with a famous Hockey Team. Since many of our trips take us to popular destinations of the rich and famous , the opportunity to see a celebrity always exists. Occasionally what starts out as a problem turns into a great adventure to never forget. That is the fuel that feeds the thirst for travel and need to seek out the unknown. Does all of this sounds good to you , it’s time to plan you adventure. If International travel is not for you, there are plenty of spectacular things to see and do in the United States.

We are not extinct 

5 Times Travel Agents Saved the DayPublished February 9, 2017 by Emily Peters under MTravel Blog

By Emily Peters Contributing Writer

Montrose Travel ( my wonderful host company)

These days, more people are becoming aware of the value of the modern travel professional. Once thought to be relics of the past, travel agents have proven again and again that their skills extend beyond travel planning.
As part of the travel tribe, it’s always good to be reminded of why your services as a travel consultant are worth their weight in gold. Here are 5 times travel agents came to the rescue for their clients.
1. SoCal Gas Leak

In October 2015, a massive, months-long gas leak in Porter Ranch (an LA neighborhood) displaced thousands of people from their homes. Rather than being left to fend for themselves, it was the work of several dedicated travel professionals that secured hotel housing for the 8,000 families in need of temporary shelter. Montrose Travel played a significant role in the relocation efforts, and was recognized with ASTA’s (American Society of Travel Agents) Extra Mile Award in 2016.
2. Blizzard woes

Inclement weather in the US has left thousands stranded in airports and train stations. Travelers who book through online travel agencies or even direct with the airlines frequently find themselves at the mercy of bare-minimum customer service. However, those who booked with travel professionals during January 2014 fared much better. After snow storms downed or delayed over 12,000 flights, their travel agents were available 24/7 to rebook flights and secure hotels so their clients could sleep in a comfy hotel bed instead of an airport chair.
3. Costa Concordia disaster

When Costa Concordia-survivor Albert Beach escaped the tragic cruising accident in January 2012, he found himself stranded in Italy, unsure of how to get back to the US. Rather than working with the airlines, he contacted his travel agent Jackie for help. “She had two to four hours from the time she was notified that we would like to get out of Rome, and she had us out,” said Beach, who had been a loyal client for 20 years. He was safely home in New Mexico within 48 hours.
4. Client loyalty

Booking through a travel professional means built-in support, but sometimes travelers choose to buy elsewhere. For Terry Regan of Berkeley’s Northside Travel, his loyalty remained with his client when a longtime customer recently grew ill during a tour she didn’t book with Regan. Instead of declining to help, Regan cancelled the tour, booked her an immediate flight home, and worked directly with the tour operator to make sure her insurance would cover the ordeal.
5. Hurricane harbor

Hurricane Irene was no match for agent Rick Ardis of Ardis Travel’s foresight. When he booked two clients on a trip to Punta Cana, he urged them to purchase travel insurance. Sure enough, Irene bombarded the island twice, prompting Ardis to secure his clients an upgraded room to wait out the storm, re-route their flight out of the hurricane’s path and book a car so they could drive the rest of the way home. “Because they listened to my advice and bought insurance, they were reimbursed for everything, even the cost of the gas to drive home,” said Ardis. “They were very grateful, and they are still my clients.” 
From illness to accidents to inclement weather, travel professionals are always there to save the day. Be proud of your involvement in this great industry and never hesitate to go the extra mile for your client in their time of need!

Remember if the deal is to good to be true, it is.

You get what you pay for.


 

#Airtravel

The best part of Air Travel is never knowing whom or what you may see. As we arrived at our tiny Airport at 4:00am a bus pulled up. Assuming they would all be unloading we hurried to get ahead of the line. The passengers on the bus turned out to be a Hockey Team #SouthCarolinaStingrays. These guys don’t look anything like southern boys. 

Dominican Republic 🇩🇴

I love to visit new places and people and learn first hand about other cultures. Traveling by cruise ship is a simple way to do this. Many may choose the candy coated version but I like to venture out and see things for what they are.

If you like jewelry Amber and Larimar are both very prevalent here. There are museums dedicated to them.


With that in mind it surprises me how many people choose here to visit for long vacations. I found the majority of people we interacted with unfriendly and not wanting to bother with tourists.

We still enjoyed our time, the first day at a resort being pampered on the beach. If you never left this little bit of paradise your golden.

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The following day we visited La Romana this area exists because of shell oil and Paramount Pictures. Several movies have been filmed here along the river , Rambo , Predator , Anaconda and more.

 

Also overlooking the Charon River is the Village of Altos de Chavon with many cobblestone pathways leading to the Archeological Museum , and The Famous School of Design. The Church of St. Stanislaus Consecrated in 1979 Pope John Paul II sent the ashes of Poland’s patron saint, St. Stanislaus , and a hand carved statue to commemorate the church’s inauguration .

Many famous movie stars have been married here as well as held there receptions in the courtyard.

The Amphitheater, inaugurated in 1982 by Frank Sinatra has since hosted dozens of famous performers such as Sting, Elton John, Marc Anthony , Andrea Bocelli, Julio Iglesias and many more. Today this theatre is still a very important part December 30th, 2016 Enrique Iglesias performs.

Next we continue on to Bonaire and the salt flats. This was a very beautiful view from the ship with clear blue waters and colorful surroundings. During our journey, especially when we find a location we may want to return to , we asked about the crime among other things. We were told the crime is relatively low (relative to what I wonder as all of the businesses had bars on their windows.)

BONAIRE

Bermuda

What is it about Bermuda that draws people in ? Personally I have been fascinated with Bermuda since I was a kid and heard stories about the Bermuda Triangle. Before we headed out, my Mother asked me if I was aware of the stories.  I laughed and said ” Of course that is why I am going there.”

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We arrived in the area called Dockyard Marina which is the location of Kings Wharf and

Heritage Wharf. From this area you can take the Ferry to either Hamilton or St George’s.

You can also get a Taxi or Public Bus ( that’s a scary ride and takes longer than the Ferry) or rent a scooter. We opted to purchase a pass that allows you the choice of Ferry or Bus unlimited trips. Only Bermudians as they call themselves are allowed to drive a car and they may only have one per household.

In this area of the Dockyard is The Royal Naval Dockyard and The National Museum of Bermuda. wpid-wp-1446575332170.jpegwpid-wp-1446575320753.jpeg

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The Museum is a self guided tour so you can spend as much time as you would like. During our trip the weather was beautiful until the last day. As you can see from this photo, a storm blew in. wpid-imag0190.jpg I was glad we saved the Museum for this day we felt a little better since this place use to keep our soldiers safe and stayed a little dryer than when we tried to venture out earlier that morning .

wpid-wp-1446575418639.jpeg  This is a cave that leads to an underground bunker now used for exhibits showing the History of the people imprisoned on the Island.

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The photo above on the left is the Commissioner’s home , center is one of the bunker, and the view out of the bunker looking onto the Harbor.  Up on the ridge are the numerous cannons and a road leading to the Casemate.

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The above areas are off-limits, they are in very rough shape. Casemate Barracks was built-in the late 1830’s to house troops manning the Dockyard, it later closed in 1951. From 1963-94 it was Bermuda’s maximum security prison and currently it is under restoration by Museum volunteers.

wpid-wp-1446575465793.jpeg This building we were able to walk around in. I stayed to the first floor and that was creepy enough. It did not appear as though the upstairs was off-limits but it did not look safe and there was no way to know who may be up there since anyone can get in there.

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This next photo is of stairways that are located in each corner of the building and look similar to a spiral staircase. The first photo is clear. The second photo should be a mirror image of the first but something happened. I saw a clear view but that is not what I ended up with. You decide what we are seeing.

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The original clock works from the clock tower are here and operational.  wpid-imag0169.jpg

The face of the clock is down stairs and the inner workings start on the lower floor and go up through to the second floor.

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Lets take the ferry to Hamilton which is the capital. When you get off the ferry there is a visitor center to the left, this is a great place to start they are very helpful. You can pick up brochures here and get a snack or use the restroom located to the outside rear of the building. We will visit the Crystal Caves which is only one of many caves here on the island. Walk across the street to Queen St and up a few blocks to Church St. to the right past City Hall is where we catch a bus to the caves. Route one will take you out-of-town and route seven brings you back to Hamilton.
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There are guided tours every fifteen minutes. You can grab a snack at the Cafe before you head down the 83 steps to the floating bridge. I hope you’re not afraid of the dark. This is a great place to visit if the heat of summer since it’s a constant cool temperature.

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If you have children you may want to visit the Aquarium Museum & Zoo in Flatts. Here you will find a collection of Saltwater

fish, a Museum of assorted exhibits from early settlers. There are several types of animal exhibits, a gift shop and a snack shop.

A Government operated facility founded in 1926, it’s supported by The Bermuda Zoological Society and Atlantic Conservation Partnership.

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The weather in Bermuda is generally comfortable in the seventies. There are several Beaches that are public. The water is a beautiful color and fairly warm. Most of the Beaches we saw had changing facilities, restrooms and some type of food available.

P1020159                 So what are you waiting for, visit Bermuda. A cruise ship is the way to go since your room is always waiting. www.atouristlifetravel.com   

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