Category Archives: All Inclusive Vacations

Azamara Quest Exquisite Itineraries

Azamara Quest

We’ve set sail on the Azamara Quest for a 12 night voyage to the Eastern Caribbean.  The fun started all in the title of our voyage – the Virgins and Frenchmen Voyage.  Azamara Cruise Lines is the elite part of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line that also owns the upscale line Celebrity.  There are two sister ships – the Quest and the Journey.  Both are small and a good entrance into luxury cruising.  Azamara is known for it’s destinations and longer stays.

Voyage Map Azamara Quest West Indies

The itinerary for this trip is exquisite.  We spend two glorious days at sea getting to know the 694 passenger ship, and first anchor in St. John, US Virgin Islands for the day. Most ships have to dock in St. Thomas – a short ferry ride away, so we avoid the masses and have plenty of time to explore the white sand beach wonders of this gorgeous island.  St. John is home to Trunk Bay – one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.  We then sail overnight and spend the afternoon and evening in Ilse Des Saints, Guadeloupe from 1 to 10 pm. 

Itinerary 2013

Then it’s off to Roseau, Dominica for the day – another new destination for us.  We then make our way back to Charlestown Nevis for an extra long day.  We had the opportunity to explore this island in the French West Indies on a privately chartered Cruise ship before, but ships rarely dock on this natural quiet beauty.  Some elite lines have been docking in St. Kitts – just across the way, recently which is a short ferry ride away.   We’re excited to really have a chance to relax on this island and take in the evening as well.  That’s part of the charm of this cruise line – extended stays and night touring, something that you do not have the opportunity to experience with regular cruise lines. 

Next up, our most anticipated 22 hours in St. Barts, I’ve never seen that before on an itinerary.  We were quite excited about this stop.  It will be our second time here to this luxurious island and we can’t wait to explore the gorgeous beaches and dine on the island without feeling we have to rush back to the ship.

Next stop – St. Maarten – for the day and evening.  Although we’ve been here several times before – so many we just rent a car and head on up to Orient Beach for the day, then we head over to Marigot on the French side for a champagne lunch overlooking the yachts in the harbor.  We are most excited about staying here until 10 pm.  Now we will have the opportunity to experience the island once all the masses have left by 4 or 5 pm.  This island has become such a huge destination, that up to 8 cruise ships will dock here, bringing with them close to 20,000 passengers.  So sailing on Azamara really has it’s advantages in destinations such as this one.

We’ll finish up our island touring at Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Isles.  This is another new destination for us, so be sure to look for posts on all our new places that we’ll be exploring.  Then, another luxury – two days at sea.  These are my personal favorite days – a chance to relax, unwind and continue enjoying all this great ship has to offer. 

Until next time – enjoy a few photos of the ship!

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  St. John, US Virgin Islands

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Your Travel Planner Michael hard at work still at sea for his travel clients

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all photos taken by Ingrid Blackburn

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Announcing our new Name – Elite Travel Planners

We are excited to announce that we have changed our company name to Elite Travel Planners! We are a full service travel agency that can help you with all your travel needs. We will plan every aspect of your vacation from flights, transportation, hotel, resorts, cruise lines, to excursions and special desires such as golf tee times, private guides and drivers to help make your vacation a dream travel experience.

Our clients use our services for all possible types of vacations and destinations from an African Safari in the Serengeti National Park to a quick weekend getaway at the Auberge luxury spa resort in the Napa Valley Wine Country. Whether it is a 40th Birthday getaway with the girls in Las Vegas or sipping Margaritas poolside at an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico, a Family Reunion Cruise or a dream Destination Wedding on the white sands of Seven Mile Beach in Negril, Jamaica; one thing is for sure – we love to plan Travel and ensure that the little details are always taken care of.

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Vacation with Value

If we played a word association game, and I said Mexico – what would you say?  Margaritas, fun atmosphere, or teal blue beaches and white sand? Sure, Cancun has all these things and more, but have you ever thought – value?

What I love about vacationing in Cancun most is that there is a great value for every person and their budget.  The two main areas of Cancun – the hotel zone and the Riviera Maya, offer hundreds of resorts for everyone; many of them all-inclusive resorts.  Over the next few weeks, I will highlight a few of the resorts to give you a glimpse of all the fun.

When you go on vacation, what is it that appeals to you – resort atmosphere, beach, food, activities, the room, or is it the overall picture?  If you love any of these, and especially the overall picture, then you might want to try one of the hundreds of all-inclusive resorts.  Cancun offers something to wet every appetite.

You will enjoy a great room, usually with an amazing view, tropical pool and beach, day and nightly entertainment, kids programs at family resorts, several restaurants to choose from, various bars and lounges, and incredibly beautifully landscaped resorts.  As if that wasn’t enough, if you wanted to splurge a bit more, every resort offers great spas and activities galore – both land and sea.

But there is nothing that makes you relax more than knowing you can order anything from the menus.  You can order lobster (or even a second entre), 24 hour room service, and enjoy as many drinks as you want.  The best part, you know that at the end of the vacation you won’t have to figure out how to pay for going over your budget with food and beverage expenses!  It’s nice to just actually relax while on vacation without worrying about what you ordered, gratuities, or extra costs.

It’s easy to rule out an all inclusive vacation at first when you see the cost up front, but really think of your vacation as a whole.  When you look at your vacation from the end, you usually will have spent more for a traditional EP resort vacation (European plan – everything is an additional cost) rather than an all inclusive resort.  Plus, you were thinking about the costs all throughout your vacation – not always relaxing.

So when it comes to interest in an all inclusive resort, no where has more options that Cancun, Mexico.  And the best part is – the area is absolutely lush, tropical, gorgeous and most of all – fun for everyone!

Ceiba del Mar Spa Resort Le Blanc Spa Resort: View from 3rd Floor terrace pool, lobby pool, and ocean....can't tell which water is more blue?