I was talking to my friend and rep from UnCruise this past week. What a wonderful way to see the world with really small ship cruising. UnCruise has ships ranging in size from 22 – 90 passengers. With their headquarters located in Seattle, Washington, the Northwest is their home and it shows in how they want us to experience the world and in their Northwest range of itineraries from Canada, Alaska, the San Juan Islands and even the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The idea of sailing the San Juan's has always intrigued me. I’ve definitely got this one on my spreadsheet of places to go. (yup, I’ve got a spreadsheet, no mere list for me.)
UnCruise also sails to Alaska, Hawaii, the Sea of Cortez, Costa Rica and Panama, and the Galapagos. It's a great itinerary for trips with friends, multi-generational families or even clients or employees traveling together. It would be fun to charter a whole ship, don't you think?!
Where would you like to UnCruise?
If you have questions about Vacations Inspired or are interested in a trip for yourself or with a group, please get in touch.
Can you believe it's fall already?! Less than one full week and it will be the first official day of fall. Fall is definitely in the air. Warm sunny days, cool nights.. and even a bit of rain. Want to use those vacation days before year's end? Here's a couple of ideas to help you achieve that goal.
Short & Sweet - Why not enjoy a quick getaway to Victoria, BC. Take the train up to Seattle, hop onboard the Victoria Clipper and in a few short hours, you're there. You can experience the amazing city of Victoria for a long weekend. For a special stay, check into the Fairmont Empress. Or if you'd like a more moderate hotel, we have options for that.
While you're there you can enjoy the beautiful Butchart Gardens, a wine tasting tour up Vancouver Island, the British Museum and even some whale watching. And oh, so many wonderful restaurants to choose from.
Hawaii Calls - Fall is a great time to experience Hawaii. It's less crowded season for the islands, so pricing can be to your advantage. For luxury, check into the Fairmont Orchid on the magnificent Kohala Coast. Enjoy their scrumptious breakfast beachside or in the privacy of your own room. Then head out to explore Hawaii Island's microcosm of environments and activities. Shopping in Kona, historical and cultural tours, stargazing, and of course, beaches and golf. See the night glow at Kilauea Volcano National Park. Kīlauea Volcano continues to erupt at its summit flowing right into the ocean at Kamokuna. A rare sight to see.
Which one of these wonderful vacations sound enticing to you? For more information and to book, contact me and you'll be fulfilling your dreams before you know it!
1. Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta has all that you could want in a vacation destination; water, adventure, culture, ecotourism and gastronomy. And the weather is still enjoyable during the North American spring. Sitting on the Pacific coast of Mexico, Puerto Vallarta is a favorite getaway spot for many a traveler. Get a feel for the area by taking a city tour that will take you into the old town and then past the early Hollywood spots of Mismaloya and out into the countryside to a tequila factory. See how the agave plant is harvested to make the different types of tequila. Enjoy a tequila tasting and purchase a bottle to bring home to sip, enjoy and reminisce about your wonderful vacation in this romantic Mexican town.
For a little less than $2000 with air from PDX*, you can enjoy 5 nights for 2 at the newly refurbished and rebranded 4.5-star Hyatt Ziva. Located less than a 10 minute cab ride from Old Town Puerto Vallarta on a quiet cove. Enjoy all-inclusive amenities that include:
2. Cruise Like a Norwegian
Norwegian’s Freestyle Choice Spectacular gives you more choices than ever before! Choose sailings where your 3rd & 4th stateroom guests are free PLUS choose one of the following; Free Specialty Dining, Up to $300 Onboard Credit, Free Stateroom Gratuities or Reduced airfare when booking flights with NCL.
This is a great value for families wanting a spring getaway. Looking for a west coast cruise? You can choose from Mexican Riviera sailing out of Los Angeles, Pacific Coastal 3, 4 or 5 night itineraries, or Alaska. Book by April 6.
3. Don’t worry, be happy at the Happiest Place on Earth
Disneyland® Resort will kick-off the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration on May 22, 2015. Celebrate 60 years of magic at Disneyland®Resort with exciting new experiences, including the “Paint the Night” Parade, “DisneylandForever” Fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney.”
Visitors to Disneyland can choose from moderate accommodations at Good Neighbor Hotels to the Disney Resort Hotels including Disney's Paradise Pier, The Disneyland Hotel and Disney's Grand Californian Hotel & Spa . 3 Day (and up) Park Hoppers include admission into Disneyland and California Adventure Parks on each day of your ticket. Plus, you'll receive one Magic Morning at Disneyland Park.
What's your favorite spring getaway?