Photo by Oscar Nord on Unsplash

Overtourism in Italy has brought on a new set of rules in Rome & Venice.  Recently (last month) in Italy, Rome has banned sitting on the Spanish Steps.  It’s such a beautiful attraction, I usually recommend a hotel nearby that’s a short walk for my travelers.  There’s so much to see in that one area. The Trevi Fountain is another landmark that has new ordinances, no eating near it but you can still throw coins into it.  You can read more about both of these at Skift.

Last week the Italian government announced it’ll be rerouting cruise ships weighing 1000 tons or more away from Venice’s canals.  In this article from Cruise Trade News, “…these large cruise ships will dock at Fusina and Lombardia terminals away from the centre of Venice, but still inside the city’s lagoon. By next year, a third of cruise ships will be rerouted.”

Last year the city of Venice decided to implement a ‘day-tripper fee’ which varies between 2.50 euros and 10 euros.  There are exemptions for students and locals.  Overnight visitors are also exempt, they’re charged a small nightly tax by the hotel.  More about this at Skift.

Are you interested in visiting Italy off the beaten path?  Call me to talk about what you have in mind…food and wine?  Exploring the coastlines, an island hop to Sicily?  There’s soooo much to see in this beautiful country and while ancient Roman architecture is probably the biggest attraction, there’s a whole ‘Old World’ that exists too. –Jodi

 

Photo Credits by Oscar Nord & La So on Unsplash

The Atlantic looks clear for the time being and we hope it stays that way.  If your kids are at summer camp and you need/want something fun to do for yourself, Celebrity Cruises has limited space available on two cruises.  There’s a 7- Day Eastern Caribbean on July 28 and a 7-Day Western Caribbean on August 4, 2018.

WESTERN CARIBBEAN

Sailing Date: Jul 28, 2018
Through: Aug 04, 2018
Book By: Jul 23 2018 11:00PM
# of Nights: 7
Ship: Celebrity Equinox
Line: Celebrity Cruises
from  $749.00  (USD) Per Person
                Category Balcony stateroom
Other Categories Starting At:
Inside Outside Balcony Suite
N/A N/A $749.00
Cat: X
N/A
Day Port Arrive Depart
1 Miami, Florida 3:30 PM
2 Key West, Florida 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
3 At Sea
4 George Town, Grand Cayman 7:00 AM 3:30 PM
5 Cozumel, Mexico 9:30 AM 7:00 PM
6 Puerto Costa Maya, Mexico 7:00 AM 5:00 PM
7 At Sea
8 Miami, Florida 7:00 AM

 



EASTERN CARIBBEAN

Sailing Date: Aug 04, 2018
Through: Aug 11, 2018
Book By: Jul 23 2018 11:00PM
# of Nights: 7
Ship: Celebrity Equinox
Line: Celebrity Cruises
from  $749.00  (USD) Per Person
Category Balcony stateroom
Other Categories Starting At:
Inside Outside Balcony Suite
N/A N/A $749.00
Cat: X
N/A
Day Port Arrive Depart
1 Miami, Florida 3:30 PM
2 At Sea
3 San Juan, Puerto Rico 3:30 PM 11:00 PM
4 Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 8:00 AM 6:00 PM
5 Philipsburg, St. Maarten 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
6 At Sea
7 At Sea
8 Miami, Florida 7:00 AM

To book or for more information, call or use the ‘Request a Trip‘ form.  Offers expire July 23, 2018.

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There are very few all-inclusive options in the United States, even fewer on a coastline.  My family and I love Florida, we visit often (probably more me than them) for various reasons.  Like most visitors to Miami, Florida, we go for clear blue waters and warm (hot, humid) weather but also for incredible food.

Not everyone likes to get out and be adventurous in their foodie finds like us though.  The amount of traffic in Miami is enough to make you not want to leave the resort you’re staying in too.  Several prayers have been answered…Now you can experience the gourmet food trends of South Florida at Eden Roc Miami Beach with their new all-inclusive plan.  Yes, at a beach front resort surrounded by coconut palms and a chic vibe 🙂

Here are some of highlights of Eden Roc’s all-inclusive plan:

St. James Morgan Bay, St. Lucia

St. James Morgan Bay in St. Lucia is offering an incredibly generous promotion to First Responders.  This all-inclusive invitation is available to active and retired firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) traveling with friends and family age 12+.

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The “First Responders Stay Free” invitation is based on a three-night minimum stay, with first responders staying on a complimentary basis when traveling with a guest. This invitation includes accommodations, all meals, snacks, beverages by the glass, activities, non-motorized water sports, taxes and fees. All-Inclusive rates for accompanying guests start at $200 per night. Children ages 2-11 are at an All-Inclusive rate of $72 per night, while children under age 2 stay free. There is a limit of one free first responder per room.

Offer ends December 20, 2018

Call us at 843-361-5877 or use the ‘Request a Trip‘ form for more information or to book.  –Jodi

Photos: Elite Island Resorts

We only post the most exciting cruise specials when we get them.  Just in…Celebrity Cruise’s newest November promotion, Island Time All the Time.  We believe in that lifestyle.

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Highlights of this promo include:

Book an ocean view stateroom or higher, the first two guests each choose one free perk:*
Classic Beverage Package • Unlimited High-Speed Internet • Prepaid Tips • $150 to spend on board

Upgrade to a suite, and the first two guests each save $400 on their cruise fare and get four free perks.*

Family and friends get perks, too. Each guest beyond the first two in a stateroom gets a Classic Non-alcoholic Beverage Package and a 40-minute High-Speed Internet Package.*


Booking Window is November 1 — 30, 2016
*Sailing Range is December 2016 — April 2018


Plus, when you book a summer sailing by November 14 with this offer, you’ll get an additional free perk. So there’s no better time to plan your summer getaway.*

Booking Window is November 2 — 14, 2016
*Sailing Range is June – August 2017

Download the full promotional flyer here.  Call for more information.  843.361.5877


BIVB_0198You cannot miss the Hawai’i Food & Wine Festival in October!  The festival offers everything a true Foodie loves to experience – culture, locally grown produce, products made locally, authentic Hawaiian food from local chefs.

Three islands, Maui, Oahu, and Hawai’i will have culinary events October 14-30.  Six whole days of epicurean heaven!  Check out the extensive list of chefs and mixologists (local and international) under the ‘Talent’ section of their website, www.hawaiifoodandwinefestival.com.  There are three (3) Master Sommeliers…sometimes I wish I had their job!

East coasters, if you can fit some extra time in your travel schedule, we suggest planning a 7-10 day trip due to the time that it takes to fly.  Check out the daily events on each island & we’ll help you island hop in style so that we can live vicariously through you!

 

Contact us to help you customize your travel plans and experiences.

Sharing some exciting updates from Disney…

2017 Walt Disney World Resort Packages Coming Soon!
2017 Walt Disney Travel Company vacation packages for the Walt Disney World Resort will be available to book beginning June 21, 2016. These packages will be available for arrivals beginning Jan. 1, 2017. Please note the last date of your vacation can not be booked more than 499 days in the future (most airlines can not be booked more than 331 days in the future).

Reservations Now Open for New Dining Package at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park
Reservations are now available for the new Main Street Electrical Dining Package at Tony’s Town Square Restaurant, which includes reserved viewing for the popular nighttime parade.  The cost is $45 for adults, $17 for children plus tax and gratuity. It is one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.

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Info via Disney Destination Travel News

Resort & Ocean Views from the Village at Wild Dunes

I’ve waited a long time to visit Wild Dunes Resort.  I ‘live’ here part time with family and really have no excuse for not taking a site tour of this property.

The recent 3 day span of non-stop rain caused quite a bit of flooding on the island and golf course so my visit today was mainly of the accommodations and nearby grounds.  There’s so much offered by this resort, I have no complaints on coming back another time (or two) to check out the golf course and event space.  Oh, and the spa!

My favorite way to be greeted upon arrival to a hotel/resort…VALET!  Thank you Richard for being such a kind gentleman in opening the car door.  And thank you, Michael at the front desk for storing my raincoat that I thankfully didn’t need.

The Boardwalk Inn is the host to a variety of deluxe suites and a very frequently booked Presidential suite that I hope is available when I return.  The Village at Wild Dunes has more spacious accommodations with kitchens and gorgeous balcony views.  Private vacation homes for multi-families can also be rented weekly during peak season (summertime) and for fewer nights in the off season.

There isn’t a bad view from any suite, villa, or anywhere really all over the resort.  The grounds are beautifully landscaped and how can you beat a panoramic view of the ocean from the 5th floor?  I love how the homes have been painted to resemble Rainbow Row in downtown Charleston.

If you’re going to spend more than a few days here, go with the Village at Wild Dunes.  They have one, two, and three bedroom villas with kitchens that will make any epicurean drool, living space, incredible balconies, and luxurious baths.

There are small shops, bicycle rentals, plenty of bars and restaurants, an ice cream shop (of course I spotted that) and ladies…the spa boutique has everything you could possibly need if you forgot anything.  Jewelry, Jane Iredale cosmetics, locally made candles, bath products, shoes and wait for it…Escapada clothing!  Escapada is known nationally and founded locally in Charleston.

I saved the best for last…adults only pool and private cabanas.

You’re welcome!

 

–Jodi