Incredible Journey Newsletter Issue 37
January 2008

Dear Joyce,

As we saunter our way into 2008, experts in the travel industry have already come up with their predictions for what will impact travelers this year.

First and foremost, 2008 will remain solid with many travelers adjusting their stays from luxury brand hotels to more moderate type brands - this move is to cover the increase in air tickets which will surely rise throughout the year as the high price of jet fuel becomes an obstacle in maintaining profitability for most airlines. Also, airlines may ground more planes, which will translate to less flights for consumers, a move the airlines is making in hopes to stay in the black by the end of the year.

High on everyone's list of ways to travel should be cruises. With the decreasing value of the dollar cruises are by far the most economical way to travel to Europe and other far off places. In 2007 it was a banner year for cruising in Europe and the prediction for 2008 is even brighter. With so many ships being redeployed to Europe the Caribbean will have fewer tourists than in years past - which might intice cruisers to revisit this normally over crowded region. Retiring baby boomers will find fabulous cruise itineraries to Asia this year as the emerging wealth of these nations have lured the cruise industry to these exotic ports of call. River cruises are also hot - with new destinations such as Egypt and China, plus the ever popular US waterways and Europe being top choices for this unique travel experience.

Packages are without a doubt one of the best ways to travel - no surprise here!

Ultimately Americans won't stop traveling overseas, but of course we expect the weakened dollar to have an affect on travel plans.

And, if I may personally interject, we at Incredible Journey know that our sales have grown over the years due to YOU the best clients, friends and family anyone could ever hope for. We appreciate your business and referrals. And know that you appreciate the service we provide to all our clients...

We can't wait to plan your next Incredible Journey!

In this Issue
  • Which Hawaiian Island Should You Visit?
  • Barging - A Different Style of Cruising
  • Now's the time to...
  • Dear Endora
  • Shrimp Wonton Appetizer
  • Featured Property

  • Barging - A Different Style of Cruising

    Love cruising but are looking for a different type of cruise for your next adventure? Well, I suggest you consider barging, which is a unique way to tour the European countryside.

    First, there are a few things to know to make sure barging is an experience you will treasure. Barges float along human-made canals in the European countryside; you'll see more farmland, vineyards and villages than major towns or cities. Many barges carry 4-12 guests, most not more than 20, making them an ideal choice for multi-generational family vacations as you would have the vessel exclusively for your family! Barges cover 30-60 miles a week; a few slow miles a day.

    Now's the time to...

    • Reserve your vacation for the Oktoberfest and Christmas Markets - space fills up fast...
    • Be sure to view our new unique adventure to Tahiti on our website, remember January - May is discount season -2008 reservations can still be made.
    • New group cruise to Alaska in 2008, check out our flyer.
    • Involved with fundraisers or want to raise money for your alma mater? Ask how we can supply a cruise to auction at your next event.
    • Book your summer air arrangements ASAP!
    • New group cruise to Europe in 2008, check out our flyer.
    • Want to visit Europe but afraid the weak dollar won't go far? We have guaranteed rates on our packages that are still a good value - inquire with Joyce (jc@incrediblejourney.net)
    • Submit Ask Endora travel questions!

    Dear Endora

    Dear Endora,

    I am so frustrated. I reside in Northern California and recently reserved a cruise departing from a foreign port. I elected to make my own domestic and international airfare arrangements and was scheduled to arrive in the departure port the day the ship was scheduled to sail. Unfortunately, we missed our connection in Atlanta and arrived in Athens after the ship departed for the cruise. I have been told by the cruise lines that because I declined travel protection, and I didn't reserve my air through the cruise lines, that I will not be reimbursed the costs I incurred to "catch" the ship. Is there any way I can recover my vacation funds?

    Frustrated in Northern California

    Shrimp Wonton Appetizer

    I thought with the chill of winter upon us it would be nice to share a recipe from sunny Maui. Pacific'O is one of my favorite restaurants on Maui, and for those who have enjoyed the laid back ambience of it's prime beach front location I am sure this recipe will bring back many happy memories. Bon appetit!

    Presented by Executive Chef James McDonald of Pacific 'O and I'O both located in Lahaina Maui

    Featured Property

    Luxury condo located within the 3,200 acre Mauna Lani Resort on the Kohala Sun Coast, and is surrounded by the incredible 18-hole Francis I'I Brown championship golf course. The Racquet Club features six hard and two grass courts, pro shop, weight room, steam room, whirlpool and 25-meter lap pool. There is also a private beach club with a beautiful white sand beach and restaurant. All suites have private lanais, incredibly-equipped kitchens and washer/dryer. An experience in luxury!

    Which Hawaiian Island Should You Visit?

    When thinking of the Hawaiian Islands, most first time visitor's first impression of what the islands look like is far from accurate. The Sandwich Islands, now commonly known as the Hawaiian Islands, form an archipelago of 19 islands and atolls which encompass 1500 miles. This enormous under sea mountain range is called the Hawaiian - Emperor seamount range and is still being formed by a volcanic hot spot in the earth's mantle as we speak. In fact, the newest island is named Loihi and is located southeast of the Big Island of Hawaii.

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    Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

    This landmark resort in the heart of Waikiki offers some of the best views of the Pacific Ocean and Diamond Head.

    • 4th night FREE
    • Daily breakfast for two
    4 nights from $765*

    JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina

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    Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

    The Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa is located on the sunny side of Maui within the world-renowned Wailea Resort. Guests enjoy 22 lush oceanfront acres, the Mandara Spa, 5 pools, golf, tennis and oceanfront dining.

    • Daily breakfast for two

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    Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club

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    4 nights from $1,095


    Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

    This gracious resort lies on 15 acres along the beautiful Kohala Coast, fronting a golden sand beach. Recently renovated, the hotel features the Mandara Spa, Hawaii Calls Restaurant and infinity pool.

    • 4th night FREE
    • Daily breakfast for two

    4 nights from $1,035



    6 nights package starting at $458 USD per person, based on double occupancy

    MOOREA: Authentic Polynesian Experience
    HUAHINE: Authentic Polynesian Culture
    MANIHI: Authentic Polynesian Adventure

    Choose from the following 3 Polynesian gateways (price are per person based on double occupancy)

    • 6 nights Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa: $458 USD
    • 3 nights Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa+ 3 nights Manihi Pearl Beach Resort: $465 USD
    • 3 nights Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa+ 3 nights Huahine Te Tiare Beach Resort: $486 USD

    What is included: Accommodation in a single or double occupancy in standard categories (other categories available with supplement, please contact us) Airport Transfers in Huahine & Manihi
    Added Values

    • Complimentary breakfast for 2 (two)
    • Welcome drink
    • Fresh flower lei
    • Free portage
    • Free gratuities
    • Complimentary snorkeling gear, kayak & outrigger

    Dates of stay:

    (Dates shown are check in and check out time at the hotels)
    Feb 19th (TUE) -25th (MON) 2008
    Feb 21st (THU) -27th (WED) 2008
    Feb 26th (TUE) - Mar 3rd (MON) 2008
    Mar 25th (TUE) - Mar 31st (MON) 2008
    Mar 27th (THU) - Apr 2nd (WED) 2008
    Apr 10th (THU) - Apr 16th (WED) 2008

    What's NOT included:
    International Air Tickets
    Interisland flights
    Airport transfers in Moorea
    Local tax of 2 usd/night/pers.
    Personal expenses