Monday, November 22, 2010

Allure of the Seas: A Sneak Peek

Last weekend Tracee and I had the privilege to sail on a Pre-Inaugural Cruise to Nowhere on Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Allure of the Seas. {You may be asking, what’s a cruise to nowhere? Well, it’s a 2 day quick sail out to sea and back, stopping nowhere.} She is brand new and let me tell you, she is the definition of fabulous. She will take her first passenger sailing in December, but we got a sneak peek at all she has to offer.

Sarah and Tracee at On-Air
With endorsements from Oprah, The Today Show with Hoda and Kathie Lee, as well as the filming of Jack and Jill, Allure of the Seas is all the talk. Allure of the Seas made Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things 2010 list. On her show Friday, Oprah named Allure of the Seas as her favorite cruise and gave everyone in the audience a free cruise. Friday morning, The Today Show with Hoda and Kathie Lee was filmed live onboard Allure of the Seas. Tracee was lucky enough to get a photo with Hoda. Tracee reported that Hoda was a lovely and gracious woman. The film, Jack and Jill is currently being filmed on the Allure as well. Katie Holmes and Adam Sandler co-star in this holiday movie that will hit theaters next Fall. Suri was onboard with her mom, and we spotted them on the Boardwalk one afternoon.

Tracee with Hoda from The Today Show

Katie Holmes and Suri on the Boardwalk
So just what does the Allure of the Seas have to offer? Everything! It is the largest cruise ship in the world offering you the most at sea. During our 48 hour whirlwind experience on Allure of the Seas we were wowed by everything. Our Superior Ocean View Stateroom was well appointed and our balcony offered breathtaking views! We saw a beautiful sunset on the last night.

Our Stateroom

Our Balcony

iPod docking station to charge and play

Sunset from our balcony. Miami in the background.
We strolled through Central Park and heard birds chirping during the day. With gorgeous live plants, it was tranquil and inviting. At night we listened to crickets and heard live musicians singing in the park while we shopped and enjoyed the crisp evening air. We watched a DreamWorks parade, had gourmet cupcakes, and shopped till we dropped on the Royal Promenade. On the Boardwalk we enjoyed hot dogs from the Boardwalk Dog House (featuring Coney Island, German, Sicilian dogs, and more), a cool treat from the Ice Cream Parlor, great shopping in the Star Pier, delicious Mexican fare at Rita’s Cantina, and a sneak peek of Oceanaria at the AquaTheater. In the Amber Theater we were entertained by CHICAGO: The Musical. We laughed at the Comedy Club. And finally, we enjoyed a little down time in the Solarium, a haven for rest and relaxtion.

Starbucks on the Royal Promenade
The Cupcake Cupboard on the Royal Promenade
Chops Grill in Central Park
The Solarium

Allure of the Seas offers hit Broadway shows complimentary with your cruise. They also have unique productions with awesome sets, songs, and dancing to entertain you. In addition they have a Comedy Club, Live Jazz Club, Ice Skating Show and AquaTheater for your nightly entertainment.

We got to see the premier of Chicago, the musical. It was amazing, and the actors were fabulous. Such talent. Blue Planet is also another cool show onboard Allure of the Seas. It is an aerial acrobatic show from Royal Caribbean Productions. Oceanaria, an AquaTheater show, is simply stunning. We got to see a sneak peek of this water show combining gymnastics and diving. There are some US Olympic divers and swimmers that perform in Oceanaria.

The AquaTheater

Oceanaria in the AquaTheater
The DreamWorks Experience

Find your favorite characters onboard Allure of the Seas. DreamWorks Animation has partnered with Royal Caribbean to bring characters from Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda and more, onboard Allure of the Seas. With live shows, 3D movies and parades through the Royal Promenade your kids will love seeing their favorite characters. There is an Ice Show to “How to Train Your Dragon”.

DreamWorks Animation - Shrek

There is no shortage of delicious dining options. With over 20 dining choices you can experience it all. Pizzerias, Cafes, Italian Cuisine, Specialty Steak House, Wine and Tapas, Burgers and Shakes, Hot Dogs, Mexican Fare, Donuts, Ice Cream, Cupcakes, Brazilian Steakhouse, Asian, Buffet, Healthy Snacks, Room Service and more can all be found onboard Allure of the Seas.


In Central Park you will find Romero Britto’s signature artwork displayed and on sale in the Britto Art Gallery. Also, there is a Coach store. On the Royal Promenade there is a Guess Accessories Boutique, Prince + Green (apparel and accessories by Betsey Johnson, Calypso, Kenneth Cole, Ed Hardy and Marc Jacobs), Regalia (fine jewelry), Solera (beauty and perfume), Willow (unique apparel and gifts), and The Shop (featuring Royal Caribbean memorabilia). On the Boardwalk, Star Pier has trendy teen clothing and accessories by Roxy, Quicksilver, and Lucky Brand. Also, they have a cute shop for little ones called Pinwheels that is connected to Candy Beach, the ultimate sweets shop.

Allure of the Seas has Destinations' stamp of approval! We can't wait to send you on this amazing ship so you can experience it for yourself! Hurry, we still have limited space on the Spring Break Sailing March 20th. Call us this week! 479-582-1900.
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Friday, November 12, 2010

Sandals: The Luxury Included Vacation

If you haven't been to Sandals lately, you haven't been to Sandals.

Gone are the bright Caribbean colors. The resorts have been updated with soft, neutral colors and dark hardwoods that exude luxury. Sandals caters to couples looking for romance. With award winning Red Lane Spas, a comprehensive watersports experience, and Luxury Included dining, Sandals Resorts will wow you. With 14 resorts to choose from in Jamaica, Antigua, St. Lucia, and the Bahamas, we are sure to match you up with the perfect resort for your personality.

In honor of Sandals' 30th anniversary earlier this year, Sandals Resorts International has confirmed it will reinvigorate its product with multi-million dollar development projects at several resorts. Starting in December 2010, guests will get to enjoy the $25 million development project that is taking place featuring a myriad of new amenities throughout Sandals Grande Ocho Rios including 14 culinary options. 

$10 Million Upgrade for Sandals Whitehouse

Sandals Whitehouse is located on the picturesque Southern coast of Jamaica offering all beachfront rooms and suites on a private beach. Following recent recognition by the World Travel Awards as Jamaica's Leading Resort, Sandals is marking the fifth anniversary of the opening of Sandals Whitehouse European Village & Spa by unveiling a $10 million upgrade to the resort.

All Butler Suites at Sandals Emerald Bay

Sandals Emerald Bay is the newest resort in the Sandals lineup. Located in Great Exuma, Bahamas, all 183 villas and suites, which are oceanview or beachfront, are well appointed in true luxury style. With every amenity imaginable at your fingertips and your own private butler, you'll want for nothing and have the vacation you have only dreamed about.

We are Northwest Arkansas' Preferred Sandals Agency and would love to help you plan your next Sandals vacation. Did you know that if you have been before, you are eligible for a discount the next time you go to any Sandals? We know the ins and outs of each resort and can help you determine which resort is best for you, plus tell you about it firsthand. Call us 479-582-1900.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Destinations: Where Luxury Meets Vacation

What do you think of our latest advertising piece? Think of us when you want to pair luxury + vacation. Some synonyms for the word luxury... Treat. Extra. Extravagance. Indulgence. Bonus. Amenity. Frill. Not only do we sell luxury vacations, we offer luxury service to you throughout the process.     

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