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Fall Is the Perfect Time for Caribbean Cruises

If you are like some people who wonder when they should cruise, you need to hear this: fall is the best time for Caribbean cruises.

If you are like many people who would love to experience one of the biggest passenger ships at sea, but you were turned off by the summer rates, here this: fall is the best time for Caribbean cruises.

If you are like some people who carefully watch how much money they spend on vacation, this is for you: fall is the best time for Caribbean cruises.

If you are like many people who have always wanted to experience a cruise ship vacation, but thought it was too expensive, here this: fall is the best time for Caribbean cruises.

What is so great about cruising to the Caribbean during the fall months?  Money.  You save on your vacation and can do more.

It is a fact that you will always pay less for an inclusive family cruise to the Caribbean from September through November (excluding Thanksgiving), than you would at any other time.  The truth is that most people take a vacation during the summer months.

Consequently, as demand for cruise ship cabins fall the prices fall.  It is simple economics.  

Another factor which contribute to lower cruise rates is the fact that the Atlantic Hurricane Season runs until November 30th.  Many people stay away from the Caribbean during this time of the year, but not everyone.

You should plan to be among the reduced number of people sailing on Caribbean cruises this year or next, because fall is the perfect time for Caribbean cruises.

With more money in your pocket, you can do more things with your cruise vacation. 



Let us help you plan your fall cruise getaway. Click now to visit us and send a cruise quote request.

Happy sailing!

Petes Travel Center
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Home-Schoolers Cruise In The Fall


It is no secret that thousands more families than ever before are home-schooling their children.

Homes-schooling offers great flexibility with schedules and therefore I contend that home-schoolers should cruise in the fall.

If your children are home-schooled, do not spend more money than you need to in order to cruise during the summer. Simply wait until most children are back in school and then take your family's inclusive cruise vacation.

Why do I recommend this? It is quite simple:

1. There are fewer people and children cruising in the fall;
2. The prices on fall cruises are much better than on summer sailings; and,
3. You have a better chance of getting on the cruise ship and with the cruise line you desire.

Use your flexibility in scheduling as your biggest advantage and plan your next family getaway. 


Who knows?  You may make your home-schooler cruise in the fall an annual family vacation.

Happy sailing!

Petes Travel Center
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Summer 2016 Vacation Plans - What Are Yours?



Our children have been on summer break now for almost two weeks.  Incredible!  


It seemed like just yesterday that they were so jubilant that summer was here and now two weeks have flown by.

For those of you in the northeast or elsewhere, school is still in.  But before long, your kids will also be out.

What are your summer 2016 vacation plans?

Yes, summer has arrived for us the South.  How about you?  How much longer to summer break do you have?  And, what plans do you have for your kids?

We normally take a week to get away during summer.  This year, that week will be at the end of June.  We will be flying to Montego Bay, Jamaica for an all-inclusive resort family getaway.

I must admit that I would prefer to be going on a cruise, but this year we will do something different.  If fact, we have already been on a cruise this year (sailed from New Orleans to Cozumel and Progreso in Mexico in February).

The trip to Jamaica promises to be great fun.  We will be staying at the Holiday Inn Resort, which is quite family-friendly and which recently underwent millions of dollars in renovations.  Twelve of us are making this trip and we hope to spend quite a bit of time on the beach, much time enjoying the Jamaican cuisine and we will take a day to check out one or two attractions in Montego Bay or Ocho Rios.

How are the plans going at your house?  What are some of the things you normally do?  If you have never tried a getaway – a cruise – for example, you should think about it.  



You can sometimes find last minute cruises at decent rates.

If not a cruise, I hope that you are planning something else.  Have you considered a beach trip?  How about an all-inclusive resort?  You may even do a hike somewhere or visit an amusement park.

With summer upon us, it is time to get some plans for the kids.  If you need help, I’ll be happy to assist.  You may reach me at peter@petestravel.com.

Whatever you do, I hope that you will make your summer 2016 vacation plans super.  



Go have fun!


Peter Grant
Petes Travel Center
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Exciting Group Cruise Opportunities for 2016



Before you know it, the New Year will begin.  


What family vacation plans have you already made? If you said, "None", then I have some exciting group cruise opportunities for 2016 to share with you.


These cruises are with three different cruise lines: Carnival Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.  The cruises are during different months of 2016.  One cruise with Carnival is actually a "mission" sailing, giving you a great opportunity to help needy orphans in Cozumel, Mexico.  Also, the cruise with Royal Caribbean is aboard the biggest cruise ship at sea, Allure of the Seas.


Sounds like fun to me!


Click on the link for each cruise, check it out, discuss it with your family and return to the link to reserve your cabin.


Here are the cruises:


1. Cruise Pack Mission Cozumel - Please join us as we bring backpacks with supplies to an orphanage in Cozumel, February 15-20, 2016.  You may click here to view the information and reserve your cabin.  You have until December 10th to pay only $200 per person to hold a cabin. Final payments must be made by December 15th.

2. End of Winter Princess Cruise - Celebrate the end of winter and ring in spring aboard an exciting cruise ship to the Caribbean.  Plan to escape on the beautiful Emerald Princess.  This cruise sails from Ft. Lauderdale.  To see more information and reserve your cabin, click here.

3. Caribbean Cruise Springathon - How about springtime in the Caribbean?  Do so with friends and relatives for sheer fun.  Sail with Carnival Paradise to Grand Cayman and Cozumel at really great prices.  Click now to view the information and reserve your cabin.

4. Cruisers Only - This one is for cruisers only.  If that's you, plan to get away in the middle of spring to the Caribbean.  Set sail from Miami to the Turks & Caicos Islands aboard the highly popular Carnival Breeze.  Bring some girlfriends along for the ride.  Click here to see the information and reserve your cabin.  

5. Biggest Ship Getaway - The biggest cruise ship on the high seas is Royal Caribbean's, Allure of the Seas.  This ship offers just about everything.  Think Central Park, carousel, zipline, aqua-theater and so much more.  Now you can plan to sail away on this huge and fun ship in October 2016.  Grab some pals and go.  Click here to view the information and reserve your cabin now.



I hope that one of these exciting group cruise opportunities for 2016 works for you and your family.


Remember to go have fun!

Peter Grant
Petes Travel Center
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We Toured Sedona, Arizona On Vacation

 
One of the highlights of our Arizona vacation was a tour of Sedona.  This is actually a well-known city located in hilly terrain not far from Flagstaff.

Before leaving home for Arizona, we checked Groupon for activity deals and found a tour deal costing $57 for four people (local taxes added at the site).  The tour was with a company called the Red Rock Magic Trolley. 

Our tour started out with a cookie and a bottle of water being given to each rider.  



There was a driver and guide.  They took turns sharing interesting information about Sedona and pointing out points of interests, including amazing rock formations.  There was a lizard having lunch from one angle and then lunch was all gone from another angle.  Cool!

Some interesting things we learned about Sedona included:

1. The city was named after a lady, who married a man of whom her family did not approve.

2. The city’s population is comprised mainly of people over 50 years old.

3. Sedona goes from fall to spring temperatures, with winter temperatures reaching about 55 degrees.

4. Sedona was once home to a Western town, in which several Westerns were filmed featuring popular stars like John Wayne.

5. Several Hollywood celebrities are said to have homes in Sedona, which is about a day’s drive from Los Angeles.

6. Sedona is home to the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a unique chapel nestled in the hillside and a place where people may stop to pray.

7. Real estate in Sedona is quite expensive.

The city is known for its red rocks and soil.  Many people rent jeeps and take rides into the rugged terrain.  From observation, it is a well-kept city, quite clean, with authentic foods and other things to enjoy.

Plan to visit, next time you are in Arizona.

Peter Grant
PetesTravel.com



 
 


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Amazing Grand Canyon Vacation

 
Whenever I think of the Grand Canyon, I can only think of terms such as “amazing”, “impressive”, “incredible!"

My family recently vacationed in Arizona.  The main reason for our trip was to visit the Grand Canyon.  We had heard all the stories, had seen pictures, but wanted to see the “thing” in person.

We stayed at the Wyndham Flagstaff Resort, which put us about 80 miles from the south rim of the canyon.  



You might have heard that there is a south and a north rim.  The distance from Flagstaff to the north rim was over 200 miles.  At first we had planned to visit Utah and then enter the Grand Canyon from the north rim, on our way home.  But we changed our plans.

From Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon we headed north on SR89 and then went west on SR64.  The trip took us about an hour and half to get to the eastern entrance.  The fee to enter is $25, but you can use the pass for seven days at the Grand Canyon or any other national park.

Our first stop inside the canyon was at Desert Point.  This turned out to be the only place we noticed with some kind of rail.  There was also a tower overlooking the canyon.  As you can imagine, we climbed the stairs of the tower (quite exhausting), to get a better view.  Amazing!

From the Desert Point, we continued to the “Grand View” and then onto the Marketplace.  After grabbing lunch, we boarded a shuttle bus (this service is complimentary) to a transfer point where we were able to ride another bus along the rim.  We got out at different points to get photos and waited for the next bus to continue the journey.

The experience was simply fabulous!  I could not fathom the vastness and interesting formations of the Grand Canyon.  It is said that this was all caused by erosion – maybe some – but I give glory to God for the natural beauty I got a chance to see.

I also learned some interesting facts about the Grand Canyon:

1. It is 277 miles in length, 10 miles across and 1 mile deep.

2. It is bigger than the state of Delaware.

3. The north rim is about 1,000 feet higher than the south rim.

4. The lone river running through the canyon is the Colorado River, which is about 300 feet across. 

5. The Grand Canyon Park houses over 1,700 species of plants, 90 species of mammals and 362 species of birds.



I can help your family to experience this kind of unforgettable vacation.  Contact me below.


Petes Travel Center
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peter@petestravel.com


 
 


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All-Inclusive Resorts: Club Riu Ocho Rios – Jamaica


The next best vacation to a cruise getaway is an all-inclusive resort getaway.  



If you are considering a family vacation this fall or next summer, consider the Club Riu Ocho Rios Resort in Jamaica.

This resort is all-inclusive, which means you pay one price and get all your meals, accommodations, amenities and some entertainment included.

The Riu Ocho Rios is a 40-minute drive from the nearest airport (Montego Bay International Airport), but it is worth your time.  Most of the past guests of this resort recommend it as a place to be and give it an “Excellent” or “Very Good” rating. 

TripAdvisor ranks it 12th out of 39 hotels in the Ocho Rios area.

I strongly believe that your family will enjoy its stay at this all-inclusive property.  Go have fun and share your experience.

You may check for amazing resort rates at: FunJet Vacations.

Peter Grant
PetesTravel.com



 
 


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All-Inclusive Caribbean Cruises from Florida

 
If you are looking for a Caribbean cruise from Florida, you are in lots of luck. 

Florida is the state for the origin of most Caribbean cruises.  



Unlike any other state in the Union, there are more all-inclusive Caribbean cruises from Florida all year-round, with all of the top cruise lines, and several cruise ports.

Florida offers five ports with cruises to the Caribbean: Jacksonville, Port Canaveral (near Orlando), Port Everglades (Ft. Lauderdale), Miami and Tampa Cruise Port.  From these five cruise ports, you can find long and short cruises – 3-days, 6-days, 14-days and longer.

Inclusive cruises from Florida will get you to the eastern, western and southern Caribbean.  You will also find many sailings to the Bahamas.  (There are also sailings to the Panama Canal and South America.)

Wondering which cruise lines sail from Florida?  All the big names do – Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Line, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America, MSC, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises and Royal Caribbean International.

While all the big names in cruising sail from Florida, all of them do not sail from all the ports.  Currently, I believe that Carnival is the only cruise line sailing from all five Florida cruise ports.

How do you get to the ports?  You can choose to travel by train, bus, car – if not coming from far – or fly.  The cruise ports that are closest to their cities’ respective airports are Port Everglades and Miami.  Port Canaveral is the farthest from the main airport in Orlando, but you can fly into the Melbourne International Airport.

All the cruise ports have parking space, the most expensive of which will be at the Port of Miami.

Are you ready to enjoy an all-inclusive Caribbean cruise from Florida?  There is nothing to stop you.

Go have fun!

Peter Grant
PetesTravel.com



 
 


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Do Not Book Your Flight and Hotel Separately

Can you feel the cool air slowly flowing in?  Can you see the hours of daylight getting shorter?  



Yes, summer time is slowly fading away making room for fall and the dreaded cold of winter.

To minimize the dread you feel, begin now to plan your next summer vacation.  That is really great!  After all the work you will do to get through that brutal winter, you will need to get away.

Now, there is one thing you must know if you are planning to fly to a hotel somewhere – do not book your flight and hotel separately.

Some families are used to buying airfare from one travel vendor and their hotel from another.  There are instances where a particular travel supplier only sells one or the other.  

The truth is that you will generally save some money when you book flight and hotel/resort together.  Here’s an example: my wife is traveling this fall with a group to Jamaica.  When I checked my travel partners, I found that if I booked the resort and flight separately for her, she will pay more than $1,400.  However, if I booked them together, she will pay $1,200.  Now, which one would you choose?


I know you may be tempted to buy where you have always bought your individual travel products.  But, you can do yourself some good and at least compare the prices elsewhere before you book.  How about that?

Travel is fun and can be expensive.  But, you can save, if you know how to search.  By the way, consider using a Travel Agent to get you the best deals.

Happy travels and stay warm this winter, thinking about your next summer escape.

Peter Grant
PetesTravel.com

 
 


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Nearest Airport to New York Cruise Terminal

The New York Cruise Terminal has become quite popular over the years.  It offers many inclusive cruises to families in the northeast, as well as to families who can fly into one of three area airports to board a cruise ship. 

Today, many popular cruise lines such as Carnival, Holland America, Crystal, Norwegian and Princess Cruises offer cruises from the Big Apple.

For people flying into New York to board a cruise ship, there are three airports from which to choose: John F. Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark International Airport.  The nearest airport to the New York Cruise Terminal is actually La Guardia.

Flying into La Guardia gives one the opportunity to catch a cab and be whisked to the cruise terminal in a shorter time frame than from the other two airports.  The terminal is located on 12th Avenue between 46th and 54th Streets.

If you have to fly into New York, choose any of the airports, but La Guardia is your best bet for getting to the New York Cruise Terminal the fastest.

Happy sailing!

Peter Grant
PetesTravel.com

McDonough, GA

 

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