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From: Valarie Contrino
Date: 11-13-2014 14:48:00 pm

Subject: What's new to cruising, all-inclusives and more! Lots of new adventure available.


What's New in Travel?

By Valarie Contrino

In keeping with our mantra to educate, we'd like to end the year and help bring in the New Year with What's New in the travel world. For starters did you know that the Four Seasons is currently under construction as a new property in DisneyWorld?

While still on the subject of Disney, Disneyland will have its own Harry Potter(world). And, Disney's new property on Oahu, the Aulani is now open to guests. We had the privilege of doing a site inspection during our most recent trip--check out our Facebook page, Contrino Travel.

NCL's Breakaway is coming to New York in 2013! And it's not too early to book as these cabins are going to be snatched up fast.

Escorted tours are not just for Grandma and Gramps anymore! More multi-generational families are making it a priority to vacation together to create everlasting memories. And, instead of quibbling where to have Christmas Dinner, more and more families are opting to travel for the holidays. Not only does it make for more pleasantries (everyone gets to do what they want and meet for meals), it creates memories that can't be bought (well technically).

While not new to the travel industry, Club Med has undergone major renovations @ their Sandpiper property. This is an all-inclusive property located right here in the States (Florida).

The Great American Steamboat offers a more inclusive product (than your typical cruise line). The cruise fare includes shore excursions in each town and where specialty dining is complimentary!

The Riviera Maya has a new adult-only all-inclusive, the Paradisus Riviera Maya. It is a luxury resort that offers many amenities. If familiar with this destination, you will note that adult only properties are on the rise. That is due to the many beautiful beaches it has to offer, not to mention the food is far superior to other destinations that have a concentration of all-inclusives. Service is second to none too!

River cruises are seeing their fair share of new vessels as well. How does a river cruise differ from that of your mainstream cruiselines (i.e. Norwegian, Royal Caribbean)--these sleek ships are designed for easy passage on the calmer waters of the rivers they traverse. Instead of docking in ports that aren't really close to the actual cities (ex. dock in Civitavecchia which is a good 40-50 minutes from Rome), the river ships dock right in the heart of town. More the norm is a guided city tour with entry fees included in some ports. In addition, wine is included with dinners and the entertainment and meals are more indigenous of the ports you dock in. Another blaring difference is that there are no casinos or the broadway-like entertainment you receive on the mainstream carriers. If you're looking to gamble, forgedaboudit (spoken like a true Brooklynite), as the river cruises do not offer casinos.

So, now you have it. Some new options for your upcoming travel plans!

Valarie Contrino, CTA of Contrino Travel, Inc. - 718-761-4846

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Cruise Travel -    03-03-2007 13:07:49 pm
      What's new to cruising, all-inclusives and more! Lots of new adventure available. - Valarie Contrino   11-13-2014 14:48:00 pm


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