Dear Joyce,

Today on the news there was a story about a lady who booked her air online through Cheap Tickets, and she booked the wrong dates. Of course she couldn't accept responsibility and wanted a full refund!!! Then there are the travelers who have booked International air on their own using different carriers and when the flight times changed they weren't able to make the connection, and YES it was their fault not the airlines. We have all heard the horror stories of travelers booking hotel reservations on the internet and when arriving in Rome, Paris or even Hawaii the front desk had no copy of their reservation. What about the tour guides and books that tell you where to go, who to book with, where to eat, where to stay and then you the consumer rely on this often times incorrect information.

So what is a traveler to do? Use a TRAVEL AGENT - go back to the old fashion way of traveling, get the service you deserve, pay less money (90% of the time) and have a hassle free vacation - knowing that if any problem occurs you will have the backing of your travel agent, the travel agency and tour operator.

Or, be your own travel planner and hope for the best!

In this Issue
  • Fakarava - Unspoiled Paradise
  • Cruising the Caribbean under Sail
  • Now's the Time to...
  • Antarctica Testimonial
  • Ask Endora
  • Featured Property - Maui Prince
  • Cruise News
  • 2007 Alaskan Explorer

  • Cruising the Caribbean under Sail

    As a long time cruiser, I've always dreamt of traveling the seas under sail on a small ship. After many years, my dream was finally fulfilled when this month I took my daughter, Debi, on a 7-day cruise in the Caribbean (round trip Barbados) on the Wind Surf, Wind Star Cruise Lines largest ship, capacity 312. I was completely astounded with the incredible vacation I had on the Wind Surf. I'm here to tell you THIS is the way to cruise if you're seeking a unique, relaxing or romantic cruise, combined with first class service food and accommodations.

    Now's the Time to...

    • Call about specials to Hawaii to witness the majestic humpback whales
    • Make reservations for spring break before all the best space is gone
    • Reserve your home for the summer in Hawaii and Mexico
    • Inquire about our amazing cruise specials below on Regent Seven Seas!!!
    • Check out our group cruise to Alaska (almost sold out)
    • Inquire about Christmas space -- this typically sells out by the end of February
    • Be sure to view our new unique adventure to Tahiti
    • Make sure you ask about our low rates on International airfare
    • Be sure to book your 2007 vacations and take advantage of our return clients savings!!!

    Antarctica Testimonial

    Elaine and Ed traveled on the mv Discovery from Discovery World Cruises on a 15 day land/sea package. They departed 02/01/07 and their package included two nights pre-cruise and one night post-cruise hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Their itinerary included a charter flight to/from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, cruising the Drake Passage; Deception Island, Antarctica; South Shetland Icebergs, Antarctica; Admiralty Bay, Antarctica; Point Wild, Elephant Island, Antarctica; Antarctic Sound , Antarctica; Hopoe Bay, Antarctica; Gerlache Strait, Antarctica; Paradise Harbor, Antarctica; Lemaire Channel, Antarctica; Half Moon Island, Antarctica; and Cruising around Cape Horn. Lead in price was $4250 per person (cruise only).

    Ask Endora

    Dear Endora,

    I have heard that in Hawaii there are beaches with white sand, black sand, gray sand, green sand and red sand. Can I see all these types of beaches on one island and if so which one?

    Sandy - beach aficionado

    Featured Property - Maui Prince

    Secluded at Makena Resort on a perfect golden beach at the foot of Haleakala, The Maui Prince Hotel is a sanctuary. The serenity can be felt from the first moment a lei of seashells is draped over your shoulders and you are welcomed with the genuine smiles and warm attention of the staff.

    The resort, which is located on 1800 acres of Makena Resort, has no immediate neighbors and is built around an Asian meditation garden with stone paths, quiet corners for contemplation, waterfalls, and streams swarming with brilliant red and gold carp. The roof is the sky. The door of every room opens to this atrium, while the windows and lanai (balcony) look out upon the ocean.

    Cruise News

    • Carnival Cruise Lines recently completed the implementation of cell phone service aboard all 21 of its ships.
    • Crystal Cruises. St. Andrews and the Championship Courses of the Emerald Isles Highlight Crystal's 2007 Golf Cruise. Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Jim Huber and legendary golf pro Billy Casper headlines a full roster of lectures, clinics and events. A true once-in-a-lifetime experience for the golf connoisseur, Crystal Cruises' 2007 golf-themed cruise aboard the luxury line's Crystal Symphony offers guests the chance to play at Scotland's fabled St. Andrews Golf Club and some of the most challenging and scenic courses throughout Ireland. Exclusive golf adventures will be enhanced by onboard lectures, golf clinics and parties featuring Emmy Award-winning CNN/Sports Illustrated journalist Jim Huber, two-time U.S. Open champion Billy Casper, and veteran PGA golf pro John Clark. The only British Isles cruise on Crystal's 2007 schedule, the 11-day voyage departs August 20, 2007, round-trip from London and offers guests optional play at St. Andrews' Jubilee Course (Edinburgh) - considered by many the toughest course at St. Andrews, as well as a number of the oldest and finest courses in Ireland including The K Club (Dublin), The Harbour Point Golf Club (Cork) and Royal Belfast Golf Club (Belfast). Each excursion features the chance to play 18-holes of championship golf.

    2007 Alaskan Explorer

    Here's your chance to witness the natural beauty of Alaska - the wilderness destination - on a fabulous 7 day cruise round trip from Seattle aboard the ms Noordam, Holland America's newest ship, with staterooms 25% larger than other premium cruise lines.

    Fakarava - Unspoiled Paradise

    On my recent visit to French Polynesia I finally got the chance to journey to Fakarava, the second largest atoll in all of Polynesia which is part of the Tuamotus - the largest chain of atolls in the world. I had been reading about Fakarava for quite some time and knew that I would love this undiscovered gem of an island, and couldn't wait to experience the pristine environment first hand.

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