Friday, August 26, 2016

A Time to Think Cool

Beginning in November 2017 both Silver Explorer and Silver Cloud  will be winding through the glacial waters of the the White Continent.  The Silver Cloud Antarctica launch in November of 2017, will be the most luxurious ship in expedition cruising.

After an extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud will boast more dining options (five) than any other ice-class ship, the highest service and space ratios, and 18 new state-of-the-art Zodiacs - the perfect platform for viewing the amazing icescapes and wildlife of the White Continent.  She is designed to capture the magnificent scenery with panoramic public rooms, broad decks and ocean-view suites with butler service.  

The Silver Cloud can carry up to 260 guests, but when in Antarctica she will only carry a maximum of 200 guests.  That's important to note since the number of landings permitted in this fragile environment are limited.  Onboard activities include lectures, briefings, recaps, and discussion groups.

To set foot on the continent of Antarctica is the journey of a lifetime.  Revel in the awe-inspiring beauty and overwhelming power of nature as you admire the profusion of wildlife and meet the personal challenge of reaching the Earth's last great wilderness frontier. 

To guarantee you stay warm...Silversea  provides you with a complimentary down-filled parka and backpack. 

Eager to make plans for December, 2016, the Silver Explorer has limited space available.  The Captain promises to provide spectacular views.  

Friday, June 17, 2016

Happy Father's Day!

"F" aithful.
"A" always there.
"T" rustworthy.
"H" onoring.
"E" ver-loving.
"R" ighteous.
"S" upportive.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Happy Memorial Day!

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day,

is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.  Every Memorial Day the U.S. flag is quickly raised the tops of flagpoles, slowly lowered to half-mast, and then raised again to full height at noon.  The time at half-mast is meant to honor the million-plus fallen U.S. soldiers who have died for their country over the years.  Re-raising the flag is meant to symbolize the resolve of the living to carry on the fight for freedom so that the nation's heroes will not have died in vain. 

Observed on the last Monday of May, it was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States.  Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season. 

To ensure the sacrifices of America's fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed, and the president signed into law, "the National Moment of Remembrance Act".  The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3:00 P.M. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.  

Many families go on vacation on Memorial Day weekend, and many others stay home and enjoy family picnics and get-togethers.  There is much patriotic significance attached to Memorial Day, and there are many events, both public and private, going on.  If you travel by car for the weekend, drive safely since roads will be very busy at this time of year.  Thanks to the media, we know about long lines at airports, so allow plenty of time to catch your flights. 

Enjoy your holiday and this might be the perfect time to plan for your July 4th and Labor Day week-ends with family and friends!  Click here to get some holiday weekend getaway ideas. 

Monday, May 23, 2016

A South Florida Getaway

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, a historic landmark in South Florida, celebrated it's 90th anniversary in January of this year.  Some things to honor in this celebration:  golf, five dining options, spa and let's not forget the hotel itself, of course. 

The historic Donald Ross 18-hole, 71-par championship golf course was built in 1925 and has hosted a unique variety of athletes and celebrities throughout the years.  The Biltmore also hosts many tournaments including the annual Jr. Orange Bowl International Championship which celebrated its 52nd anniversary in 2015.

The five amazing dining options are a fabulous reason to frequent the hotel even if just for an occasion.  The Palme D'Or is a 5 Diamond restaurant for wine and cheese pairings and to savor the aromas and enticing flavors of their Chariot de Fromages Affines, along with the award winning wine list.  The Italian cuisine restaurant on the grounds is Fontana.  The Chef uses local and farm fresh organic ingredients throughout the menu.  Cascade and 19th Hole, the casual dining options, are a great break from the greens or the pool.  And do not miss the Sunday Brunch--voted #1 in South Florida--which has anything you could dream of indulging in. 

If you are looking for a getaway for relaxation and rejuvenation, the Biltmore Spa has many packages to choose from and specials throughout the summer months.

Added to this list of fabulous things are classes you can take during your stay, a culinary academy, kid's activities, golf, fitness and much, much more. 

How could one wish for more in a great staycation spot here in sunny South Florida?  Maybe I'll see you there!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the MOMS we love…

May your day be filled with sunshine and smiles,
Laughter, love and happiness.
In the years to come,
we shall look forward to
sharing our love of travel with you!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa

Walt Disney Imagineers worked hand in hand with local artisans, designers builders, and historians to create a one-of-a-kind resort on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.  Inspired by the natural wonders and rich traditions of Hawaii, Aulani is the ultimate family getaway - celebrating the beauty, history and welcoming spirit of the island.  Located on 21 oceanfront acres in Oahu's Ko Olina Resort and Marina, Aulani is just 17 miles, but worlds away, from bustling Honolulu.  Nestled against a crystal blue lagoon and white-sand  beach, the family friendly (of course!) resort features water play areas and two pools; spas - for guests ages 14-17 and adults; a kids' club; family and kid activities and programs; Disney character experiences, and two signature restaurants.

Aulani's twin towers are comprised of 351 guest rooms and 481 villas (a mix of studios, 1 and 2 bedrooms).  It is situated around a signature seven-acre water play area called Waikolohe Valley, which mimics the local landscape with a lava-formed mountain with trails leading to the blue waters waters below.  Sprinkled through Waikolohe Valley, as well as all around the resort, are the legendary Menehune, Hawaiian "little people," which showcases the local folklore with plenty of whimsy to excite little ones.  Aloha Aulani! 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Summer At The Riviera…Not In France

Springtime at Reid Travel is a time for planning.  As flowers blossom in April, so do our thoughts about family travel ideas.  Summer is not far away so this week we share with you a place that will appeal to almost any family as it has something for everyone and it’s really close to home—Grand Velas Riviera Maya, a Mexico beach resort in Playa Del Carmen.

Imagine 85 magnificent acres surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and lush jungle.  The resort features elegant suites with luxurious amenities, many categories of room/suite styles, fine dining in a variety of restaurants, 24-hour in-suite dining, the famous Kid’s Club and many more amenities which are included in the all-inclusive program.  It boasts a family-friendly section as well as an area exclusively for adults and guests over 12 years old.  

For Teens: the perfect place for kids to chill out in a relaxed environment.  Created for ages 13-18, it’s ultra-cool!  They can dance the night away (‘till 12:00 PM, that is), or become the next rock star with the karaoke system.  Non-alcoholic beverages are the drink de jour and pool tables, ping pong and board games keep the camaraderie going.  From 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, you’ll know where your teens are while they create memories through fun activities in a supervised environment.  

For Youngsters: 5 – 12-year old kids can enjoy movies, storytelling, arts and crafts, board
games and Bingo.  They have an opportunity to learn how to make piƱatas, kites, masks, jewelry and find amusement in the video area with a theater, X-Box and Wii gaming systems.  Daily activities are flexible to fit your children’s age and desires.  The Kid’s Club is open every day from 9:00 AM -- 11:00 PM.  After that, babysitting is available.

For Babies: traveling with babies is much simpler at Grand Velas.  A dedicated Baby Concierge will make arrangements to keep the little ones happy allowing parents to relax in this paradise.  A sunrise massage for 1 to 3-year olds is on the agenda enabling the child to recognize the differences between textures and sounds.  

While your kids are being well-taken care of, you can surrender to blissful rejuvenation at the Grand Velas Spa.  The Life Fitness Center is outfitted with state-of-the-art cardio stations with climbers, cross trainers, treadmills and bikes, as well as weight training stations.  This tranquil escape features 40 spa suites and a myriad of healing rituals, including massage, body wraps and facials.  If that’s not enough, energize your routine with Zumba, Pilates, tai chi and yoga classes and a personal trainer to help you keep focused.

Wait, there’s more: outdoor activities, including kayaks, snorkeling, bicycle tours, water polo, flag football, arts and crafts, sand castle building, scuba diving lessons and fishing trips.  You may not want to leave the premises, but the culture of the area beckons with tours to the Mayan jungle and ruins; trips to Xel-Ha, a natural aquarium located on an inlet along the Riviera Maya; Xcaret where you will see turtle nesting sites, manatees, a butterfly pavilion, bat cave, island of jaguars, and orchid greenhouses among the many sites that make up this diverse eco-park; and Xplor a park in the heart of the forest where you can enjoy activities of adventure with the most modern and safest equipment.
Travel is an opportunity to be enlightened and as your travel specialist, we can make sure this is true for each member of your group during a family vacation.  Give us a call to learn about the exclusive privileges we can provide for you!