Sunday, November 10, 2013

March 16 2013 Disney Wonder New to Cruise Port Miami

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

2 night cruise Fall season specials

Every Fall we drop our prices just for you.
This fall will cost you more money to stay at home watching your HDTV, then it will to take a two day cruises with us. we asked people from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and even Orlando, how much they spend on a typical weekend. The answers we got were from couples and here are the figures;
Miami couple staying home and enjoying the weekend their way
Friday Diner Lowest couple came in at $38, highest couple came in at $87
Friday out on the town dancing from $24 to $108
Saturday That HDTV is on all day, (we did not ask this question because it cost so little to run, but enough of the couple mentioned it so it made it to this field report). Lunch out $16 to $42.
Most ate the leftover lunches for diner, those that did not spent $24 to $60.
“Tripping the light fantastic” Saturday night $24 to $140.

Fort Lauderdale couples spent the same amount on food and less on the night clubbing
The Fort lauderdale couples total stay home cost them 11% less that the Miami Couple.

Palm Beach couples spent more on food than Miami and about the same night time. about 7% less total.

Orlando couples beat everyone, (out of whack, because we added in the cost of the park tickets)
Their cost to stay home for the weekend, was a whopping 40% more than the Miami Couples.

So lets break it down to dollars and cents.
Miami Averages food Friday and Saturday combined:  $128
Miami Averages night out Friday and Saturday combined:  $148
Total spent staying home $276.

Fort Lauderdale Averages food Friday and Saturday combined:  $114
Fort Lauderdale Averages night out Friday and Saturday combined:  $131
Total spent staying home $245.

Palm Beach Averages food Friday and Saturday combined:  $119
Palm Beach Averages night out Friday and Saturday combined:  $137
Total spent staying home $256.

Total spent staying home $386.

OK, going on a cruise with us;
Price of the cruise $99 x 2 persons = $198
drinks about $74
Food $0000000000 (Wow, thats so many zeros)
cost of Fun $000000
Amount of Fun you will have, “Truck loads”
How many times your wife asked you to take out the trash, Zero, 0.
How many times your husband asked you for a beer from the fridge, 11% more then you asked him to take out the trash.

The ship will also do extra things in the Fall season that it does not do in the other seasons, like;
Officers dinners and cocktails on Mondays.
Honeymooners specials. So if you haven't taken your wife on her Honeymoon, now is your chance..
If your birthday is between, September and December, we have things going on all the time for you guys.
Seniors get to trip the light fantastic, with the DJ on the second night of the cruise.
The ship if full of fun and specials in the Spa, the bars,  the pool areas and all over the ship.
So, get off the couch and call us, toll free, 888-969-0069, so you can save some money and have some fun.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

It will cost you more to stay home, than to cruise with us

People take advantage of the Fall cruising season because of the
  a) Lower prices. (We try prices between $99 and $129 per person ofr the 2 nights)
  b) Fewer cruisers on board and
  c) Warm balmy tropical weather
probably in that order.

In the Caribbean, don't forget the Hurricane season. The season officially started on
June 1, 2013 and will end on November 30, 2013.
The cruise ships will change coarse and ports just to avoid the storms. If you are in the Bahamas during one of the storms
be prepared to stay the night or nights at your cost. The hotels rarely if ever lend a hand in these cases.

Why are there less cruisers, you ask. School aged children are back to school during this season, so the parents of these students are land locked.
Another reason is the Hurricane season. The fear of being caught in a storm is not the adventure some of them want, (I, on the other hand, do like the sense of adventure).

Some of our 2 night cruises can help with the, "Land locked family syndrome", because at certain times of the month, The ship sets sail on a Friday and gets home by Sunday.
This is perfect to be able to get your entire family back to school and work on Monday morning.

Also, the 2 night cruise lines may run specials for Senior citizens and Honeymooners, (those segments not effected by the, "Land locked family syndrome").
Our agents will keep watchful eyes out for thses special and let you know.

“It will cost you more to stay home, than to cruise with us.”
Shut your house down and leave the cooking up to the ships cooks and kitchens.
Call 954-969-0069 or 888-969-0069

“it will cost you more to stay home, than to cruise with us.” copyright 2009-2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

I always enjoy Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas

2 Day Cruise to Stay in Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas

Hello, I'm Jay Taylor and these are hotels
I enjoy when I go to Freeport Grand Bahama Island.

Flamingo Bay Hotel and Marina share the Property with Taino Beach Resort, combined this is one of my Favorite places to stay and play. Taino Beach has a nice quaint restaurant that has seating on the Ocean and the scenery seems surreal .

The pool at Flamingo Bay Hotel and Marina is super large, shapeless and has a cove - cave bar inside it. The cave, swim up bar is a great way to get out from under the sun and enjoy a cool tropical drink.

Another great spot for me is, Our Lucaya Oceanfront Resort and Casino. This resort has great pools and one even has a swim up bar, ( i guess I like swim up bars).

For the romantic lover out there we have Pelican Bay Resort. Love the style of the rooms. Besides being warm and romantic, these rooms are what I would build for myself at home. It’s not oceanfront, but it is on the bay and just across the street from the ocean.

Grand Bahamas Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach ResortViva Wyndham Fortuna Beach Resort, is Oceanfront and is All Inclusive. This property is a good choice for water sports tennis and other active stuff. The property itself is just OK by me. It is hard to beat a good old fashioned All Inclusive place and this is it. Yes, there are other hotels on the Island, but for me, they are just not close enough to all the fun that is the area of Lucaya. A tropical island near Florida's south coast, called Grand Bahama Island, that has this all inclusice property includes meals, alcoholic, soft drinks and loads of water sport fun! called Viva Wyndham Fortuna Beach and includes:

  • Water activities including snorkeling and windsurfing.
  • The Beach Bar offers cocktails to guests by the outdoor pool or on the beach.
  • Food at 3 restaurants
  • Oceanfront wimming Pool

Billy Joes on the beach grand bahama island At one end of the Our Lucaya property is a small shack that serves up freshly caught sea food and old fashioned hamburgers and hotdogs called, Billy Joe's On the Beach. The owner at “Billy Joe's On the Beach”, used to walk around barefoot, I never asked why he started to put his sandals on. From time to time, they will have a live band, right there oceanfront and center. So, enjoy your super fresh conch salad, sip that icy tropical drink, listen to that island music and never want to go home.

No swim with dolfins one can leave the island without taking a dolphin on a swim date. Swim with the dolphins is one of the most popular things to do on the Island.

More info on the Hotels, Resorts and activities:

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cruise till the snow melts

If you can't beat them join them.
If you can't beat the Snow, join us on a cruise.
It seems like the people in the snow belt are calling for cruises more this year than they have in the past.
The snow has a way of tiring people. They need to take a break away from the snow, so they head south to the 80 plus degree weather South Florida has been having latley. Seems that cruising is on thier minds more than years gone by. I am sure word of mouth has a lot to do with that. Thier friends go on a cruise, can't stop raving and plants the seed of cruising. Next thing you know, they are on the phone calling us up to get a way from the cold, so they have a few stories of their own to tell.

We still have some room left on the 2, 3 and 4 night cruises and we are getting tight for space on the 7 night cruises, so hurry and call today 954-969-0069 or toll free 888-969-0069.
I will see you down here, where you can take your winter coat off and enjoy the warm Sun.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cruise and Travel Insurance

What does cruise and travel insurance cover

  • Personal illness
  • Cancellation of plans by a travel partner
  • Airline delays
  • Lost baggage
  • Cruise line going out of business

A common feeling is, "This will never happen to me" attitude or you might even say, "Nothing that exciting ever happens to me"
Just cover yourself, be safe this time, at least on my watch.

In addition to comprehensive packages, insurance companies offer stand alone add-on's.
They could include:
"Cancel for any reason" these policies are very expensive and may only make sense in certain circumstances
Airline accident coverage
Car rental collision coverage
Upgraded medical coverage.
Emergency evacuation

Cruise-Line or Third-Party Insurance? 

When purchasing trip insurance, you have lots of options. Almost every cruise line offers their own travel insurance program. Here is the bad news about cruise lines insurance, it is, "secondary coverage" (secondary coverage means, you will need to try to get recovery from your regular home owners, auto or health insurance company first, then the cruise lines insurance will help with the rest), It is more limited than coverage you can purcace on your own. Ask your travel agent for third party insurance. The Travel Agency always shops for the best coverage for it's clients.
Purcase your Cruise - travel insurance with your first deposit. Waiting too long to buy the insurance can cost you some important benifits.

Call Wally at 954-969-4907 or toll free at 877-429-6714 he knows the plans that are right for you. and uses Travel Guard and here is what a typical policy of theirs may cover, (THIS IS JUST AN EXAMPLE), ask Wally Siegel for the real deal.

Let us say a $95,  Travel Guard's Gold plan offers extensive primary coverage including, but not limited to, the following:

Trip cancellation = 100 percent of insured trip cost
Trip interruption = 150% of insured trip cost
Trip delay (maximum of $150/day) = $750
Missed connection = $250
Baggage and personal effects loss = $1,000
Baggage delay = $300
Medical expense = $25,000
Dental = $500
Emergency evacuation/repatriation = $500,000
Accidental death & dismemberment = $10,000

Passengers between 35 and 59 years old and plan to insure a cruise fare of $1,200 to $1,600. per person, the cost of Travel Guard's Gold plan would be arround $95 per person.
The per-person cost for
*travelers of ages 60 to 69 is $125
*travelers of ages 70 to 74 is$175
(Cancel for Any Reason coverage is available as an add-on for 1.4 times the base plan cost.)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

4 day Carnival out of Miami

Just a quick note from +Rachel Horton

If you are trying to decide if you want to fly into Miami or Ft. Lauderdale Airport. Here is the cost of transfers to the Port of Miami through Carnival.

Cost of Transfers:
Applicable to Cruise Only guests
Between Miami Airport and the Port of Miami: One Way: $16.00 Round Trip: $32.00
Between Ft. Lauderdale Airport and the Port of Miami: One Way: $30.00 Round Trip: $60.00

see earlier blog click here

Friday, February 1, 2013

European cruises and 2 night European cruises

Barcelona and it's city and night life, Dubrovnik, Florence and the Renaissance treasures, Istanbul and it's mystical people, Portofino you got to be there, Rome and their ruins and Venice and it's enchantment.
All wonderful places to visit, but is it still safe?

My direct answer to you is, YES.

It is a good bet, that if the cruises lines are sailing to a particular area, then it is safe. In some cases about as safe as it is here in my home town of America.

So the only thing you should concern yourself with, is how much time will your boss or your schedual wil allow you to take for this European cruise thing.

I found some cruises that Our Agents can help you with.
Call Wally for the experience or Amy for her patience.
Wally, toll free 877-429-6714

Amy 954-773-2791

Norwegian Spirit 2 Night Mediterranean - Western Cruise Norwegian Cruise Line Destination: Mediterranean - Western Departing from: Malaga, Spain Ports of Call: Malaga, Spain | Barcelona, Spain

Independence of the Seas 2 Night Europe Cruise Royal Caribbean International Destination: Europe Departing from: Southampton, England Ports of Call: Southampton, England | Paris, France

Queen Victoria 2 Night Europe Cruise Cunard Line Ltd. Destination: Europe Departing from: Southampton, England Ports of Call: Southampton, England | Hamburg, Germany

Adventure Of The Seas 2 Night Europe Cruise Royal Caribbean International Destination: Europe Departing from: Southampton, England Ports of Call: Southampton, England

Norwegian Breakaway 1 Night Mediterranean - Western Cruise Norwegian Cruise Line Destination: Mediterranean - Western Departing from: Rotterdam, The Netherlands Ports of Call: Rotterdam, The Netherlands | Southampton, England

Liberty Of The Seas 2 Night Mediterranean - Western Cruise Royal Caribbean International Destination: Mediterranean - Western Departing from: Naples, Italy Ports of Call: Naples, Italy | Barcelona, Spain

Greek Isles Cruises ( one of my places to be )
I keep hearing and reading on what a lovely and beautiful place it is to be, the Greek Isles has those, stand out and lone white buildings on some awesome cliff overlooking a super blue body of water. the volcano sculptured cliffs of Santorini. Mykonos has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Corfu has it's treasures from the Medieval era.
Olympia and the Gods, legendary Athens This is the cruise I am going to put on my bucket list

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Awesome views from Port Everglades cruise port

Up close and WOW. Seeing the ships leave from the North side of the inlet at Fort Lauderdale Cruise Port, was an awesome experience. The ships seem larger that life. I have been inside many a ship, but for some reason the viewpoint I had on Sunday January 27, 2013, took my breath away, dropped my jaw. All the people in the condos behind me get to see that every weekend and they seem to be as enthused as I was.

The condo dwellers would blow their fog horns, yell, clap and hang their country's flag out onto their balconies, as the big cruise ships would leave for their tropical Islands in the sun.
Wow, that was a long sentence.
...Anyway, I will be going back to Port Everglades inlet and getting better at this video taking thing.
I am also going to get all the information on each of the ships and pass that along to you right here.
don't forget to visit

Monday, January 21, 2013

Video of Bahamas cruises

I put this together with Picasa web. I hope you like it enough to come on a cruise with me.

A 2 night or 3 night cruise is the fastest growing cruise segment in the United States.
Call 1-888-969-0069 for your next getaway with your family and me.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday, January 11, 2013

Port Canaveral Cruise Port Florida

I will put some quick and helpful information about Port Canaveral for you right here, right now.

  1. Directions to Port Canaveral
    If You're Driving From the Airport...
    Port Canaveral Google Map click here

    From Orlando International Airport (MCO)
    This airport is approximately 45 minutes west of Port Canaveral. Take the North Exit from the Airport, staying to the right, to S.R. 528 (Beachline Expressway) East. Take S.R. 528 directly to Port Canaveral.

    From Melbourne International Airport (MLB)
    Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is located approximately 25 miles (40 minutes) south of Port Canaveral. Exit east (left) out of the airport onto NASA Blvd. and follow to U.S. Highway 1. Turn left (north) onto U.S Highway 1. Travel approximately 20 minutes on U.S. Highway 1 past the intersection of S.R. 520 in Cocoa about one mile to the S.R. 528 exit. Exit and travel east on S.R. 528 (BeachLine Expressway) for approximately 10 miles, crossing the Indian River, Merritt Island and the Banana River to reach Port Canaveral.

    From Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB)
    The airport is approximately 1 hour northwest of Port Canaveral. Exit the airport south to the Central Florida Greenway (Toll Road 417). Go south 23 miles to S.R. 528's (the Beachline Expressway) eastbound exit. Go east (37 miles) to the Port.

    From Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX)
    This airport is located about 20 minutes from the Port in Titusville FL. Exit and drive east for three blocks; turn south onto U.S. Highway 1 to the Beachline Expressway (S.R. 528) and follow this east to the Port.

    From Daytona Beach International Airport (DAB)
    Daytona Beach International Airport is about 75 miles north of Port Canaveral. Take I-95 south to S.R. 528 East (Beachline Expressway) and follow to the Port.

    From the area of Fort Lauderdale or Miami
    Take I-95 south to S.R. 528 East (Beachline Expressway) and follow to the Port.
  2. The Port Canaveral Cruise lines are,
    a) Carnival Cruise Line, with, Carnival Dream, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation.
    b) Disney Cruise Line, with, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, Disney Magic.
    c) Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Freedom of the Seas, Monarch of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas.
    d) Victory Casino cruise
  3. Terminals
    A Side (North) Cruise Terminals
    Cruise Terminals 5, 6, 8 and 10 are located on the A (North) side of the Port, off of State Road 401.
    B Side (South) Cruise Terminals.
    Terminals 2, 3 & 4 are dome-shaped structures located on the B (south) side of the Port at the east end of George King Boulevard.
  4. Parking
    *Rates are subject to change without notice.
    DISABLED PARKING spaces are available and the fee is waived for vehicles that have special equipment, such as ramps, lifts, foot or hand controls; or display the Florida Toll Exemption permit. Call 800-983-2435, extension 2 to apply for an exemption form. Contact the Canaveral Port Authority at 321-783-7831 for the latest information.

    Whether you park in one of our terminal lots or parking garages, the rate* for the following cruises are:
    *3-day, $60
    *4-day, $75
    *5-day, $90
    *7-day, $120
    for vehicles up to 20 feet in length.
    For vehicles longer than 20 feet, the rates are
    *$104, $130, $156 and $208 respectively.
  5. Contact Port Canaveral
    For Cruise information and pricing call toll free 1-888-969-0069
    for all other information call
    Canaveral Port Authority
    445 Challenger Road, Suite 301
    Cape Canaveral, FL 32920
    Phone: (321) 783.7831
    Fax: (321) 83.4651
I hope this Helps. If you need an experienced Agent call Wally at 954-969-4907

Cruise season is in full swing. Full Steam Ahead.

Here in Florida, the cruises ships are leaving from every port, all 5 Florida cruise ports, (click here, to see the cruise ports of the world blog I wrote last year), in record numbers. I know why, first of all, it is getting cold up north in the good old USA and in Europe too. The South and Central Americans are coming simply to see all the action and shop, shop, shop, buy, buy, buy.

Not all visitors start their Florida vacations as cruisers, but while here, in South Florida, they might use a, 2 night cruise fill in, as a small part of their vacation. Even though most of the vacationers have their non cruise vacations planed by the time they get to Florida, they get caught up in the cruise frenzy and find a great fill in 2 night Bahamas cruise. (I hope, by now, you know we offer those cruises, so call any of our agents for your 2 night cruise. 954-969-0069).

So, do your part for the economy and, spend some of your hard earned money on the relaxation you need by shopping in the malls, and cruising the Caribbean. Bon Voyage, I will see you on the ship.

By the way, there are still a few steam ships cruising.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Ok, now that we got that out of the way.

What I mean is, now we can move on to bigger and brighter things. Get all that we need out of the lessons we learned and the travels we made and the hearts we healed.

Find new travels, New hearts to heal, and lessons to learn.

Look at me, I am learning about blogging and video posting and so much SEO stuff just to get  on Google and other search engines so our Partner Agents can give you the best service available in the business for 2 day cruises around the world..

My goal for 2013 is to go on 5, 2 day cruises and take about 30 of my readers with me. Remember though, I will need at least one other person to help me with that.

Another goal of mine is, to get training classes on sales and customer service, so when one of our clients calls  us for a mini getaway vacation, they feel like they are on vacation while speaking to one of our partner agents. I like that idea, a phone call, feeling like the start of a vacation.

Well, I'm out, see you at sea in 2013.