Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New Cruise Ship on the Horizon for 2016!

Regent Seven Seas Explorer luxury suite
Wow, here's the new cruise ship on the horizon for 2016 that I want to set sail on! Take a look at this one-of-a-kind luxury suite to be offered on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer ship by Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Another wow.

Almost unbelievably, this suite by itself is the size of 3 average homes! At 3,875 square feet (360 square meters), this 2-bedroom suite for up to 4 people, includes a grand piano, 270° views, and it's very own spa treatment area with a sauna and steam room. 

Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Set to launch in July 2016, the Regent Seven Seas Explorer will sail a European itinerary with it's initial Mediterranean cruise from Monte Carlo, Monaco, to Venice, Italy.

So, what's the luxury suite on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer gonna cost ya? You're looking at a measly $5,000 per night. Per person. WOW.

For more information or to make your reservation, visit Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

     
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

It's Hot in BC This Winter!

Halcyon Hot Spring - photo by Dave Heath
It's hot in BC this winter! Wait. What?!

Yep, we've got cold weather and fresh powder on our majestic mountains - but we've also got many natural hot springs throughout our beautiful province of British Columbia.

The southern interior region of BC, known as the Kootenay/Rockies, is one of the best areas to visit in the province, in my humble opinion. Visitors here can enjoy wildlife viewing, world-class skiing, hiking, cross country and even adventurous heli-skiing! 

The Kootenay/Rockies are full of natural hot springs - so much so that there's an established Hot Springs Circle Route which encompasses Radium Hot Springs, Fairmont and Invermere, at the Rocky Mountains near Alberta, and then looping west to Ainsworth Hot Springs and Halcyon Hot Springs at Nakusp, which is near the funky town of Nelson, BC.

For more information on British Columbia, visit HelloBC.


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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Discover: Antigua

Dickenson Bay
Home to the largest annual sailing celebration in the Caribbean, Antigua has long attracted those with a love for the sea. But you don't have to be a sailor to enjoy everything Antigua has to offer, so let's take a look and Discover Antigua.

Antigua is famous for it's 365 beaches ranging from pink to sun-kissed golden sands. Some of the most popular beaches to soak up the rays include Half Moon Bay, Hawksbill and Dickenson Bay, although this beach is usually busy as it's also home to Sandals Grande Resort & Spa. Snorkeling, scuba diving and sunset cruising are activities all visitors should try at least once.

Antigua also has a wild side: think rainforests, safari tours, zip-lining and hiking past sugar cane ruins, while neighboring Barbuda has caves with fresh water pools. You can visit a donkey sanctuary, see the blow holes at Devil's Bridge, or take a kayak tour.

Nelson's Dockyard
History buffs will love visiting Nelson's Dockyard National Park, which dates back to the Georgian-era, and other interesting attractions like Fort James, Government House, St. John's Catherdral and the Greencastle Hill megaliths.

Shopaholics will enjoy visiting the arts & crafts market at the West Bus Terminal, public market in St. Johns and duty-free shopping at Heritage Quay. Foodies can enjoy Seafood Friday at the Copper & Lumber Store, plus there's a great selection of bars, clubs and casinos around the island.

Shirley Heights
A trip to Antigua wouldn't be complete without visiting Shirley Heights. Once an 18th-century guard post, Shirley Heights is now the place to party and view the spectacular Antiguan sunsets - especially during the Sunday night barbecues when the steel band rhythms endlessly flow along with the rum punch.


Antigua Facts:
Population: 80,000
Capital: St. John's
Area: 442 square kms
Language: English
Currency: East Caribbean dollar
Average Year-round Temperature: between 25-30°C

Antigua Annual Events Not to be Missed:
March: Wadadli Day
April: Antigua Sailing Week
July: turtle nesting season
August: Carnival
November: Cricket Festival

For more information, visit Visit Antigua & Barbuda.


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Monday, December 29, 2014

Reuters: Indonesia says Missing AirAsia Plane Could Be at Bottom of the Sea

This is a horrible, potentially disastrous tragedy for the passengers and crew of AirAsia flight QZ8501 (en route from Surabaya to Singapore) and their families, who are in my thoughts and prayers. 

Read the latest news and information on the dedicated AirAsia website for flight QZ8501 and at Reuters.

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