Incredible Journey Newsletter Issue 22
October 2006

Dear Joyce,

Planning on visiting Hawaii soon? If so, I highly encourage you to stay a few nights in Waikiki if you want to add some exciting nightlife to your vacation. The Ticky Tacky Waikiki that has been around for decades has been transformed into a vibrant dining, shopping and entertainment district. The Waikiki Beach Walk is the largest development project in Waikiki’s history; the price tag is a whopping $460 million with phase one set to be completed by December 2006. The revitalization encompasses nearly eight acres along centrally located Lewers Street which is being completely rebuilt and will emerge as a pulsating outdoor entertainment gathering place in a new Waikiki.

With the majority of nearly all Waikiki hotels completely remodeled and the new Waikiki Beach Walk just steps away, Waikiki Beach has finally emerged as an energetic and inviting, eclectic and exciting, leisure and business destination to play and to stay.

The design theme of Waikiki Beach Walk celebrates Hawaii's seafaring and ocean heritage and takes advantage of the island's cooling trade winds and year-round excellent weather. When completed, it will be the consummate expression of Hawaii today -- a place where people come to be enlivened with warm hospitality, a rich confluence of cultures, and nature's precious gifts from land and sea. In short, Waikiki Beach Walk will restore the magic, romance and excitement of this fabled vacation destination spot, and offer visitors and residents alike a reason to come back to Waikiki.

Hope you get a chance to visit soon!

In this Issue
  • Responsible Travel
  • Ten Tips Before You Cruise
  • Now's the Time to.....
  • Romance – Hawaiian Style
  • Ask Endora
  • Featured Property - Ritz-Carlton
  • 2006 Holiday Cruise
  • 2007 Exotic Mexican Riviera Cruise
  • 2007 Alaskan Explorer

  • Ten Tips Before You Cruise

    Thinking about booking a cruise for your next vacation? Below are some tips to help you through the process.

    1. You can go cheap or expensive. Cruises suit many budgets and no longer cater only to the rich and famous or people with a lot of time. You can sail for $400, $4,000 or $40,000.

    2. All ships are not equal. Some are large, some are small, some are new and some are old. Most promote themselves as luxurious but only a few lines truly make the grade. Check out the details of a ship before booking.

    Now's the Time to.....

    • Get your passports before December 2006, you will need them to leave the country starting 2007
    • If you still haven't booked your Christmas/New Year's getaway - what are you waiting for?
    • Make reservations for spring break 2007
    • If you want to stay in a private beach front home in Hawaii or Mexico for the summer of 2007 now is the time to reserve
    • Join our group Mexican Riviera Cruise for a relaxing 8 day getaway - see attached flyer
    • Cruise to Alaska on a ship line that has received top honors for its whale conservation program
    • Tahiti rates come available in September; make sure you contact Joyce with your plans to take advantage of early bird savings!

    Romance – Hawaiian Style

    Now is the perfect time to plan that special romantic getaway for Valentine’s Day. Anyone who has visited Hawai’i knows that it is a very special and romantic place like nowhere else in the world. The spirit and magic of the islands can be found in the lush mountains, on the beaches, in the gentle smile of everyone that you meet, and in the spectacular waterfalls and across the majestic rainbows that fill the sky.

    Ask Endora

    Dear Endora,

    We are going to visit the Big Island of Hawaii in 2007 and want to be guaranteed a view of the volcanic activity. I had friends tell me they hiked all the way to the lava flows and only saw a small speck of lava. Needless to say they were quite disappointed. I wanted to provide my family with the best way to see the volcano, what do you suggest?

    Featured Property - Ritz-Carlton

    Located 10 miles north of Lahaina, The Ritz-Carlton is nestled into the sloping hills of a historic pineapple plantation. Surrounded by 54 championship holes, two designed by Arnold Palmer, the Ritz-Carlton is recognized as Hawaii's premier golf resort. This five diamond hotel is part of the 1,500 acre Kapalua resort, a secluded enclave famous for its preservation and nurturing of the island's beauty. Surrounded by century-old Cook Pines and Ironwood trees, the property slopes down to a beautiful secluded white sand beach and overlooks the island of Molokai.

    2006 Holiday Cruise

    Here's your chance to witness the natural tropical beauty of the Hawaiian Islands on a fabulous 15 day holiday cruise round trip from Los Angeles aboard Princess Cruise Lines luxurious Island Princess.

    2007 Exotic Mexican Riviera Cruise

    Here’s your chance to witness the natural beauty of the Exotic Mexican Riviera on a fabulous 8 day cruise round trip from San Diego aboard Carnival Cruise Lines “Fun Ship” the Carnival Spirit.

    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.

    Responsible Travel

    This article is part two of three on global warming which will inform readers that all is not lost and that many individuals as well as those in the travel industry have embraced “eco-tourism,” in both a socially and environmentally way in which to enhance the local community and environment.

    The new buzz word in the travel industry is eco-tourism. There are eco-tourism resorts all over the world but conscientious travelers need to beware that just because a resort states it is environmentally friendly doesn’t mean it is. With adventure travel being one of the hottest travel trends in the industry it seems like everyone is jumping on the band wagon and billing themselves as eco-friendly adventure properties. If you want to stay at a “green” resort make sure you ask questions to determine if your resort of choice truly is an eco-friendly resort.

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