Something to think about..
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
-S. Paige –
A New Year Wish
I wish you a year of new adventures, shared with loving family and friends.
A year with moments that will touch your heart and lift your spirit.
And when you travel…across town or across the globe…travel with an open mind and a loving heart, spreading peace and understanding…you have the power to make a difference.
Imagine the Possibilities…
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Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas
New England & Canada
October 6, 2013
Note: Passports not Required for US Citizens!
Join me on the Brilliance of the Seas, a beautiful Radiance-class ship that combines sleek swiftness, panoramic vistas, and wind-open spaces. With acres of glass enclosing the nine-story central atrium, elevators facing the sea and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, you will never be at a loss for an incredible view!
Rest and Relaxation – visit the Vitality Spa with extensive treatment menu and thermal suite, the Solarium an adults-only retreat with enclosed pool or sip a cappuccino and read a book.
Action & Adventure – try rock climbing wall, mini-golf course, jogging track and kayaking.
Entertainment and Shopping – Evenings are filled with choices, after a leisurely dinner we are off to see a Broadway-style show, try our luck at the 6,459 square foot Vegas-style Casino Royal and visit one of the 16 bars, clubs and lounges. The duty-free shops onboard feature name brand jewelry, perfumes and apparel.
This Women’s Getaway will be a maxim of 16 people, there will other travelers on the ship.
Date Port Arrive Depart
Oct 06 Boston, MA 5:00 pm
Oct 07 At Sea
Oct 08 Halifax, Nova Scotia 7:00 am 5:00 pm
Oct 09 At Sea
Oct 10 Saint John, NB 7:30 am 6:00 pm
Oct 11 Bar Harbor, ME 7:00 am 5:00 pm
Oct 12 Portland, ME 7:00 am 6:00 pm
Oct 13 Boston, MA 6:00 am
Rates: Start at $709.00 per person, based on double occupancy, government taxes/fees are an additional $100.18.
Deposit: $250.00 per person to hold your space, book early for best cabin choice.
Reservations – 1-508-460-1816 or 1-800-710-8041
Imagine the Possibilities…
I will be doing a trip to Italy and the Greek Isles in May 2014 – full details will be posted the beginning of next week.
My blog is a work in progress. I had started Tuesday Travel News and Wednesday Hawaii News to update you on new opportunities in the world of travel, to help you Imagine the Possibilities… Well I would put information aside until Tuesday and then it was Thursday and I had not gotten to it, so I’m going to do Travel News and Hawaii News and post when I have information that I think you will find interesting or funny.
I’m getting excited, I’m putting the final touches on, and will soon unveil…are you ready? The Travel by Tatten Face Book Page! I will be including what had in the past been on my Fun Friday mailings – including recipes and special drinks.
Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas – New England & Canada (passport NOT required for US Ciizens)Still space on my Travel by Tatten’s Women’s Getaway; departing from Boston on October 6, 2013. You do not need to be part of the Women’s Getaway to join this sailing.
Day Trips – I’m going to be doing a few day trips for those in the area, I will post the full details on Monday.
Newport RI Mansions and Lunch at Castle Hill Inn – December 14, 2013.
Have a Great Weekend!
Hawaiian News and Updates:
Koloa Zipline Tour, eight-lines, zip over Kauai’s Waita Reservoir, the largest body of water on the islands.
Kaua’i Museum will host a Hawaiian pa’ina (feast) with dishes by chef Mark Oyama and including live Hawaiian music. Taking place in the newly renovated courtyard from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm; the cost is $15 for adults and $8 for ages 5 to 10.
Merriman’s Downstairs Cafe is now Merriman’s Gourmet Pizzas and Burgers offering gluten-free crusts – standard organic wheat version. Unique combinations such as Brussels sprouts, bacon and manchego.
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort – just unveiled a $45 million renovation of its Rainbow Tower. The resort has a children’s program called Club Penguin – their are eight African black-footed penguins that live at the resort. The club has 1,200 square feet and a team of camp counselors. They also offer off-property excursions to local cultural attractions
Peter Merriman’s two-story Monkeypod Ko Olina is open, featuring 36 craft beers on tap, a wood-fired pizza oven and local ingredients.
Taste, expect the unexpected at this permanent pop-up in Kaka’ako. A group of innovative restaurateurs, including Mark Noguchi (formerly of He’eia Pier General Store and Deli) and Andrew Le of Pig & The Lady, and food trucks such as Zaratez Taqueria and Wow Wow Waffles offer breakfast, lunch and dinner – check the online calendar to know who is ‘serving what and when,
Four Seasons Manele Bay how has Nobu…your sushi is waiting!
Four Seasons Lodge at Koele has been focusing on fine wines with special dinners, tasting and festivals.
Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto will open his second restaurant in Hawaii when the Andaz Maui at Wailea (former Renaissance) opens this summer.
Gluten-free diners, at the end of the road to Hana – a four-course chefs tasting menu at Travaasa Hana ($65) with items such as grass fed beef with Kula asparagus and a chocolate decadence dessert.
Harvest Cafe at Lumeria, between Pa’ia and Makawao, offers organic, healthful fare. Master cleanse chef Craig King has a special menu for detoxifying guests.
Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay (The Big Island)– After nine-month and $20 million the renovation of the 22-acre resort is complete. In addition to replacing everything you touch in the rooms there are changes in the style to restore the resorts connection with Keauhou’s cultural heritage. A local artist, Sig Zane, supplied the Hawaiian design themes. The resort offers Hawaiian craft classes, hula lessons and cultural tours for guests
Rays on the Bay (Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa) has a new menu and ocean-view fire pits.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai (The Big Island) – was on TripAdvisor’s List of the Top 10 U.S. Hotel Spas. I stayed at this beautiful resort, a great place to watch the sun set!
Ho’oulu Community Farmers Market, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays; 40 vendors offering island-grown or locally sourced food including 100 percent Kona coffee, arts and crafts
Hilo’s Manono Marketplace features Kamuela’s Hawaiian Style Cafe, know for its enormous pancakes, also serves dinner.
From Travel Agent Central
A little of this and a little of that from the world of travel!
Ritz-Carlton, South Beach, FL…. Diamonds and more diamonds! For a very special getaway the Ritz-Carlton has a package called “To Di For” including the Precious Ceremony Diamond Facial – yes a diamond infused facial treatment. You will also receive a 18 k white gold and diamond “Love Knot” ring by Miami-based Duchap Jewelers. So if you want to sparkle, the starting cost is $4,954 a night! There are people living a different life style them I am.
Louvre-Lens – sister museum of the world famous Louvre – located in Lens France, just over an hour from Paris by train. this former coal-mining town of 36,000 has received UNESCO World Heritage status. Calling all art lovers!
Sandals La Source Grenada Resort & Spa – the former La Source Resort was bought in November by Sandals Resorts making it their first resort in Grenada. Imagine stunning beaches and waterfalls, lush rain forests and pristine mountain lakes. Opening November 20, 2013.
Cruise ship Internet provider MTN Satellite Communications – will introduce changes that will dramatically improve the speed of Internet service at sea in the second quarter of 2013. This is good news for all the cruisers that want to stay connected while away from home. The cost of Internet service has been high and with slow service it could be costly.
Walt Disney World’s – New Fantasyland, the biggest expansion in Magic Kingdom Park history, doubling it’s size. Be immersed in the story of Beauty and the Beast and dine in the middle of Beast’s Castle at the new Be Our Guest Restaurant – reservations are 6 months out. The second new castle Prince Eric’s Castle brings you into Ariel’s world…you get to board a giant clam shell. The Disney Imagineers have used the newest high tech to up date Fantasyland making it a special experience for all the family!
Did you Know…Puerto Rico
is listed as one of the Hottest Travel Destinations by Travel and Leisure Magazine
Puerto Rico’s East Course,Dorado Beach was one of 7 Golf Courses to Play in 2013 by Forbes Magazine. Originally designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr, just underwent an extensive 18-month renovation by Robert Trent Jones Jr. Renovation of the West Course is coming. After a round of golf relax at the Ritz-Carlton.
Passport – not needed by U.S. Citizens for direct travel to U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico and the US. Virgin Islands – just pack your bags.
Caribbean & Bermuda Wreck Diving –
Cayman Island – the U.S.S. Kittiwake, a 251-foot, 2,220-ton, five deck navel vessel was deliberately sunk off the northern end of Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach. In water 64-feet deep and only 15 feet from the surface. Off Cayman Brac’s West End divers will find the Russian frigate, MV Captain Keith Tibbetts.
Grenada – home to the largest drivable wreck in the Caribbean, the Bianca C – Titanic of the Caribbean. The 600-foot long Italian liner sits upright in 165 feet of water. Often called one of the top 10 wreck sites in the world. There are dozens of wrecks to explore.
Barbados-the five wrecks in Carlisle Bay are some of the most accessible wrecks, the shallowest only seven feet from the surface. Being so near the surface it has lots of growth and fish life.
Curacao – has the Superior Producer which is upright. There are two other areas to check out Airplane Wreck and Car Wrecks.
Bermuda – has more shipwrecks per square mile than anywhere else in the world. See wrecks dating from the 1600s.
Imagine the Possibilities…