Sunday, April 14, 2013

Namale- The FIJI Islands Resort-All Inclusive


Vanua Levu
Namale is located on Fiji's second main Island - Vanua Levu. Once you have disembarked your international flight at Nadi Airport you will board a domestic flight for an hours' flight to Savusavu. Once at Savusavu a Namale airconditioned van will take you on a short ride to the Resort.
General Info:
The jewel that is Namale sits majestically on the edge of the Koro Sea. The magic of Namale lies in the combination of it lush & colorful landscape, luxurious accommodations, and the unparalleled hospitality of resort staff. Encompassing 525 acres, with only 19 combined villas and bures, Namale - The Fiji Islands Resort & Spa is the epitome of seclusion and privacy


Complimentary Night and air from LAX: $5,507, Seven nights Ocean tropical bure, complimentary night, all meals and beverages, fully stocked minibar, nightly turndown service, golf, most activities at the resort, roundtrip air from LAX on Air Pacific, airport welcome in Nadi with shell lei, VIP Airport Lounge access in Nadi and charter flight from Nadi to Yasawa Island, Travel Dates: April 1 - December 14, 2013

Complimentary Nights + Meals + Activities: $3,473, Seven nights Ocean tropical bure, two complimentary nights, all meals and most beverages, roundtri transfers to/from Savusavu airport, mini-bar, golfing and select activities, airport welcome with shell lei and roundtrip intra-island air on Pacific Sun , Travel Dates: November 1 - December 13, 2013

All Inclusive:
Rates includes luxurious bure accommodations, all meals and all beverages, round-trip transfers to/from Savusavu Airport, daily laundry service, 1 tank dive per person per day, non-certified divers receive FREE dive course for certification and all activities.
Guest Services:
Wasawasa Conference Center, internet access, movie theater, wedding coordinator, the traditional Meke, Kava ceremony and a village market where you can buy shells, tapa cloths, kava bowls or locally woven items.
Namale offers an overall 5 star dining experience on the Bure Levu deck, on the beach, at the waterfalls or in the forest, their amazing staff will go over and beyond to make sure that your dining options mirror their 5 star service.
Beautiful silky white sands
Kids General Info:
The Resort only allows children 13 years of age or older.
Swimming pool, scuba, snorkel, tennis courts, volleyball, kneeboarding, reef and tidepool exploring, badminton, table tennis, basketball, frisbee golf, bowling at Kava Bowl, horseback riding, waterfall tour, mountain bike tour, hiking & excursions.
Nearby Attractions:
Sport fishing, dolphin excursions, or trips can be arranged to Savusavu or Labasa.
Golf Courses:
Putting green and nearby 9-hole Koro Sun Golf Course.
Honeymoon Info:
Honeymoon amenity.
King bed or two singles.
Namale Spa & Sanctuary offers world-class treatments, ancient aromas, soothing rhythms and skilled therapists to guide guests on unforgettable journeys of rediscovery.
The Fitness Center is fully air-conditioned 1,200 square foot gym with state-of-the-art equipment. Available 24 hours a day with surround sound music and lounge area with drop down screen and TV.
Namale Resort and Spa offers a number of choices of accommodation, all 19 bures and villas have quality, luxury appointments. All bures and villas feature: fully stocked minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, pure Fiji shower amenities, make-up mirror, CD player, snacks, modern bathrooms, hairdryers, robes.
Other Info:
Promotions Include: Stay 5/Pay 4, Stay 7/Pay 6 w/$500 air credit, and Stay 7/Pay 5. Ask for details!
Rates quoted are per person, based on double occupancy, subject to availability and change without notice. Certain restrictions may apply. Taxes, gratuities, transfers, airfare and excursions are additional unless otherwise indicated. Rates include a round-trip fuel surcharge on Air Tahiti Nui, and do not include International Departure & Immigrations Taxes up to $91, Passenger Facility Charges of $3-$18 or September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 per enplanement (up to a maximum $5.00 per one-way or $10 per round-trip). Additional airline restrictions, including but not limited to baggage limitations, standby policies and fees, non-refundable tickets and change fees with pre-flight notification deadlines may apply. Fees and policies vary among airlines and are subject to change without notice. Please contact airline directly for details and answers to specific questions you may have. Not responsible for errors or omissions

LUXURY TRAVEL- Pleasant Holidays


Creating a truly refined vacation is an art form. That’s why our Destination Specialists are exceptionally trained and experienced in customizing world-class vacations. As the luxury brand of Pleasant Holidays, we have been serving clients since 1977, consistently surpassing expectations and providing unforgettable journeys.

Viking River Cruises

Viking FreyaViking OdinDriving demand

Unlike some of his competitors, Viking aggressively pursues direct marketing to consumers.

"It's no secret," Hagen said. "We do direct mail, and we take direct bookings. We really don't care where people book. The main thing is that they do book. But when they book with us, travel agents get commissions on everything. For an average Viking booking, an agent gets $1,500. We pay on anything [associated with the product] that's prebooked. We pay 5% commission on air; who the hell does that these days?"

Apple Leisure Group to acquire Travel Impressions from Amex

By Michelle Baran
American Express Travel Related Services Company Inc. and Apple Leisure Group have entered into an agreement under which Apple will acquire Amex’s global tour operator business, including Travel Impressions.

Apple will also acquire American Express Vacations International, Amex’s international tour operator businesses in Europe and Mexico, which is managed by Travel Impressions.

The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter. Additional terms were not disclosed.

Under the agreement, Travel Impressions will be a preferred supplier of American Express Travel, Amex’s travel agency network. It will license the American Express Vacations brand and will remain the exclusive supplier of packaged vacation products and services sold through the brand to American Express Travel's customers.

Travel Impressions will continue to operate its business under the existing brand name, and will continue to selling its products beyond those provided to American Express.

"We are very pleased with the acquisition of Travel Impressions and the international tour operator business, which have an outstanding reputation for providing successful customer-centric programs and processes," Jeff Mullen, co-president of Apple Vacations (the tour operator division of Apple Leisure Group), said in a statement.

Tim Mullen, co-president of Apple Vacations, stated, "This strategic transaction provides a tremendous opportunity to enhance the Apple Leisure Group portfolio and drive greater value and service to our customers by taking advantage of the strong executive and employee teams of both companies to promote sustained industry leadership."

Private investment firm Bain Capital Partners invested in Apple Leisure Group in December 2012, and served as a close strategic partner with Apple’s management team in driving this next phase of growth.

Travel Impressions CEO Steve Gorga said, "This is the right next step for our company.”

Travel Impressions and Apple Vacations have long been competitors in the industry, both having built their business on selling packages to fun-and-sun destinations and beyond.

Travel Impressions was founded in 1974 and offers packages to more than 200 destinations.

Apple Leisure Group is a holding company comprised of Apple Vacations; AMResorts, a hotel management company; Amstar, a destination-management company; and Unlimited Vacation Club, a members-only travel club.

Tuscany NYC offers 'Lofty Pleasures Romance' plan through December

TUSCANY NYCThe Tuscany NYC, a St. Giles Luxury Collection Hotel is offering the Lofty Pleasures Romance package for guests looking to add a little romance to their stays. With nightly rates starting at $239 per night, double, the Lofty Pleasures package can be added for $400 additional and is available for stays from Feb. 8 through Dec. 30. Included in the package is access to an in-room "romance treasure chest" to help set the mood; a welcome bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries; a Manhattan helicopter tour; and a departure gift of Molton Brown toiletries.

St. Maarten's Sonesta properties promote 'Fun in the Sun' getaway

Sonesta's two St. Maarten properties, the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino and Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino, are offering the Fun in the Sun package on bookings made through April 30 for travel through Aug. 31. All-inclusive rates, which reflect a 35% discount, start at $139 per person, per night, double, include all meals and beverages, land and water activities, taxes and tips. There is a three-night minimum-stay required. In addition, guests booking five nights or more will receive a $200 resort credit.

Sonesta Resorts St. Maarten

Insight Cuba promotes 'Fly Free' deal on select itineraries through Sept.

cuba musicoInsight Cuba launched a Fly Free promotion on select departures from Miami to Havana on a choice of four itineraries through September. The free air represents a saving of up to $700 per person. The tours are: Undiscovered Cuba, 12 days, from $4,195, departing June 10 and Sept. 16; Cuban Music & Art, nine days from $4,295, departing May 10 and Sept. 20; Classic Cuba, eight days, from $3,695, departing March 19, April 23, May 7 and Sept. 10; and Scenic Cuba, eight days, from $3,095, departing April 27 and Sept. 14.

New York 's Apple Core Hotels features 'Shop & Stay' package

Apple Core Hotels has partnered with Woodbury Common Premium Outlets to offer the Shop & Stay plan, valid through Dec. 31. The deal, valid at Apple Core's five Manhattan properties -- NYMA, the New York Manhattan Hotel; the Broadway @ Times Square; the Hotel @ Times Square; the La Quinta Manhattan; and the Ramada Eastside -- offers a voucher for a VIP Coupon Book (valued at $10 at Woodbury), one bottle of water per person, directions to the outlets and a brochure with a listing of all retailers. The package is available at the prevailing rate at each property and is based on availability.

Sagamore on South Beach designs 'Spring Back That Lovin' Feeling' deal

Sagamore SuiteThe Sagamore in Miami Beach is offering the Spring Back That Lovin' Feeling plan for travel through May 31. The overnight plan, priced from $345 per night, double, includes suite accommodations, a couples spa treatment, daily breakfast for two, use of beach chairs and a beach picnic package with a towel, sparkling wine and fruits and cheeses. Based on a two-night minimum stay, the price reflects an overall savings of 45% with the value-added amenities and room rate discount combined.

Travelport merchandising platform enables ancillary shopping

By Kate Rice
Travelport has unveiled a new merchandising platform that enables comparison-shopping across all participating airline products — including ancillaries.

Travel agents can use the platform to shop and book traditional carriers who connect with Travelport via ATPCO (the traditional source of information about fares and availability) as well as airlines with which Travelport has an API connection.

Agencies can shop both types of carriers in a single display. This means agents don't have to go to airline websites to book ancillaries.

Products in this new platform include Air Canada’s ancillaries and fare groups, KLM Economy Comfort seating and pre-paid seating on British Airways. Agents can also book ancillary products for Alitalia, Air New Zealand and Aegean.

Earlier this month, Travelport launched Aggregated Shopping with EasyJet, which means Travelport agencies can now sell all EasyJet fares and ancillaries, including those that previously were available only on EasyJet's website.

Derek Sharp, Travelport's managing director of global distribution and sales, said the merchandising platform enables airlines to “go to market with all of their products in the right place, at the right time, in every channel.”

The ability to shop ancillaries as well as fares has been the holy grail for travel agencies and GDSs.

Sabre offers the ability to shop some airline ancillaries in its Sabre Red desktop, and Amadeus' Ancillary Services Solutions enables airlines to offer ancillaries to travel agents.

Special Needs Group launches cruise portal

By Kate Rice
The Special Needs Group (SNG) has upgraded its web portal to provide information about cruise ship accessibility.

Norwegian Cruise Line is its launch partner, but throughout the year SNG said it will add cruise lines until all ships with accessible features in the North American market have been included.

"Part of our corporate responsibility includes educating travel professionals, as well as the traveling public, about how the freedom of travel is more readily available now than ever before," said Andrew Garnett, CEO of the Special Needs Group.

Garnett said that making non-commercial information about accessible travel can help spread the word about it.

The new information follows other information SNG has introduced for travel agents so far this year, including the Ship Accessibility Checklist, Mobility Scooter/Power Chair Etiquette and Scooter/Power Chair Dos and Don’ts.

These can be found on the agent section of Special Needs Group website,

Full service Lobbies onboard

With Uniworld, you will swept away the moment you step onto the ship. From the unique, stylish design of the lobby to the cheerful, helpful front staff with concierge service, you'll feel  like you have been welcomed onboard by family.

Each Stateroom with a Stunning Sanctuary

Your respite, your quiet space to reflect and recharge. Luxury has a feeling all its own, embodied in lovely surroundings and fine furnishings.

Staterooms with a Thousand Views

When you find yourself wanting to retreat to your luxurious stateroom to watch the sun set over a Medieval castle, you will know you are in the right place.

Inside the River Queen-- Ultra Luxury

There's a visual feast at every turn, prepared with a masterful eye for detail and harmony. A cozy lounge offers conversational and unique setting -- such as the art deco styled River Queen having the only working fireplace on the rivers.

Elegant Flair- Each Ship has it's own distinct and memorable voyage!

Each Uniworld ship carries its own cachet, and each has a unique story to tell. Beatrice Tollman, the founder, president and guiding designing light of Red Carnation properties, has personally placed her stylish stamp on each meticulously crafted Uniworld ship.


Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is proud to announce ten of our luxury boutique river cruise ships were listed in Condé Nast Traveler‘s Readers’ Choice Survey for the “Best River Cruise Ships in the World” with the River Queen and River Beatrice landing the top two spots respectively.

The Red Carnation Partnership- Uniworld ALL Inclusive River Cruise Package 2013

Uniworld's partnership with Red Carnation Hotels guarantees an unparalleled luxury experience, where five-star expectations are always met, and often exceeded. Rich in character, uncommon in design, and unyielding in attention to every detail, your ship is more than just a way to get from one destination to the next: it's a place of discovery.


What makes Uniworld very different from other river cruise lines is the unique partnership we have with our sister company, the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Our shared passion for excellence and caring sincerely about each and every guest is embodied by our philosophy

S.S. Antoinette- Uniworld- Luxury Boutique River Cruise

S.S. Antoinette"There is no doubt in my mind that S.S. Antoinette is most spectacular river cruise ship in Europe. We are very fortunate to have owners who are so invested, personally and financially, in making Uniworld the very best river cruise company."  -Guy Young, President & CEO of Uniworld
 Let us paint a picture for you. As you board our uniquely designed, five-star luxury boutique cruise ship, you enter a world in which every detail has been taken care of just for you.

Luxury Boutique River Cruise Ships- UNIWORLD 2013

S.S. Catherine

The world’s only authentic boutique cruise line™

What makes Uniworld very different from ALL other river cruise companies is the unique relationship and bond we have with our sister company, the Red Carnation Hotel Collection. Our shared passion for excellence and caring sincerely about each and every guest is embodied by our philosophy "no request too large, no detail too small."
Red Carnation’s award-winning collection of family-run, world-class hotels is renowned for its expertise in operating luxury boutique hotels. Their loyal, dedicated professional team offers warm and discreetly attentive personalized service. They take immense pride in making every possible effort to fulfill and exceed guests’ expectations, making guests feel truly “at home.”
Combining this same professional expertise with decades of outstanding nautical experience sets Uniworld apart from all of its competitors.

European Jewels-- Budapest to Amsterdam 15 days All Inclusive April 2013 through November 2013

European Jewels HighlightsYour Cruise Package INCLUDES:


  • 14-night cruise in a riverview stateroom on the regal River Queen (voted #1 cruise ship in the world) the chic River Empress
  • All transfers on arrival and departure days

  • All meals onboard, prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients
  • 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Captain’s Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners
  • Complimentary fine wine, beer, and soft drinks during lunch and dinner onboard; bottled water replenished daily in your stateroom; and 24-hour specialty coffee and tea station

  • 4 countries
  • 18 excursions, including 5 “Choice Is Yours” options, fully hosted by English-speaking local experts
  • Exclusive "Go Active" Program and "Gentle Walking" Program
  • 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • State-of-the-art Quietvox portable audio headset system on all shore excursions
  • Use of bicycles and Nordic walking sticks

  • Experience
  • Captivating onboard local entertainment
  • Signature Lecture: “European Jewels of Art and Architecture”
  • Exclusive Epicurean Adventurer Program™