Category Archives: Caribbean

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

Dancing with the Stars at Sea

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In an effort to channel Tom Bergeron – Holland America Line announced a partnership with the ABC international phenomenon hit show Dancing with the Stars – LIVE…we’re taking it to the seas!  Okay – if you’re a fan, you got that, if not – you’re the one person not watching this blockbuster of a show. 

In 2013 and early 2014, Holland America will feature six themed cruises with events that include dance lessons, a chance to meet the dancers, a photo opportunity and chance to ask the questions along with a glamorous dazzling production staring celebrities and the famous dance pros, the costumes and routines right from the show itself.

This is your chance to Cha Cha, Tango, Fox Trot and Jive your way to many destinations like Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands.  Learn it directly from the pros themselves, not just through your television set!

Already scheduled to appear on select sayings are two-time champion pro dancers Mark Ballas and Kym Johnson; pros Tristan MacManus and Lacey Schwimmer along with some your favorite celebrity competitors.  Of course the celbrities will change from time to time, and don’t worry – more dance pros and celebrities will still be announced.

In addition to the six themed cruises, the Holland America Line will be featuring an exclusive “Dancing with the Stars” program that includes lessons and an opportunity for some lucky guests to dance center stage in dance-off performances on board every sailing on the entire 15 ship fleet.  The activities in this program will feature the ships’ pro dancers and will be developed in collaboration with the show’s dancers and choreographers.

The six Dancing with the Stars theme cruises will be:

  • February 16, 2013 – msEurodam – 7 day Easter Caribbean
  • June 22, 2013 – msVeendam – 7 day Canada & New England
  • June 30 and July 7, 2013 – msOosterdam – 7 day Alaska
  • January 5, 2014 – msNieuw Amsterdam – 7 day Eastern Caribbean
  • January 12, 2014 – msNieuw Amsterdam – 7 day Western Caribbean

So if you are ready to hit the floor and experience a tiny piece of this fun, glitzy, award winning show, contact us for more information here.

A day in Labadee, Haiti

Labadee, Haiti is known by cruisers for one thing – an fun packed day at the beach.  Royal Caribbean stops by this port usually on it’s Western Caribbean itineraries, and it’s definitely worth getting off the ship for.  The sand is powder fine, the waters a crystal clear teal color and the adventure is non-stop in this port.

 

Whether you are snorkeling the reefs, paddle boarding, kayaking, or zip lining over the ocean, one thing is for certain – this beach day has something for everyone.

If you just want to hand out and soak up the sun, take it to the next level and rent a bungalow overlooking the water.  You get private bar service, a cooler, fan and separate entrance to the water.

The locals are friendly and Royal Caribbean’s barbeque lunch delicious.  The activities are just a short walk from the docked ship and everyone can find a spot.  Don’t worry about not getting a float (can be rented for $12 – ship charge) or beach chair – there are plenty to go around.  And if you are staying in one of the suites, even better – there is a private beach and area with facilities and food just for you!

 

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Are you interested in sailing aboard this amazing ship? Click here to see how we can help you plan your next sailing.

all photos taken by Ingrid Blackburn