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An Interview With Catherine Price
How many years have you been selling travel?
I have been selling travel for 25 years with Maritime Travel and have been escorting groups overseas the past 4 years.
What are your hobbies?
Traveling the globe, running
What type of resort activities do you favor? ie water sports, lounging by the pool, etc?
Swimming in the ocean, walking the beach and taking in the nightly entertainment. When I travel overseas my favorite thing to do is visit museums and take a local walking tour. I also like to try out the regions wines.
What are your favorite destinations?
Over the past 25 years I was fortunate to travel the globe. Last year I had the opportunity to travel to South Africa and visit Capetown, Johannesburg and a 5 day jungle safari. I truly enjoy Europe for its history. One of the most amazing trips I took was to Israel. I also liked India, Russia, the British Isles, Australia, Morrocco, rivercrusing
What languages do you speak?
I speak English and American Sign Language.
Boston, California, Colorado, Florida, Las Vegas, New York, San Francisco
AMAWaterways, Avalon Waterways, Bahamas Cruise, Carnival Cruise, Celebrity Cruise, Eastern Caribbean, Europe Cruise, European River Cruising, Florida, Mediterranean, MSC Cruises, River Cruising, Seabourn Cruise Line
Austria, Belgium, Coach Tours, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Montenegro, Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland
Coach Tours, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Weddings & Honeymoons
I love escorting groups. This May I had the pleasure of escorting a group of 20 clients on the Avalon Waterways Danube dreams tour. We left Canada May 1st and flew to Budapest where we stayed three nights at the Mariott which is located on the waterfront. We explored the city for three days taking in the Parliament buildings, the Turkish baths, the Palace and Fisherman's memorial. Some of my clients took a tour of the underground hospital located in the Palace. The market is a great place to get that personal gift for your loved one at a very reasonal price. We then sailed the Danube for 7 days taking in Bratislava, Vienna, The Durnstein-Wachau Valley with an excursion to Melk, Linz, Passau and Deggendorf. I did most of the active discovery tours hiking to castles and monasteries. The river was so calm and the weather was remarkable. We then travelled to Prague for two days which is an amazing city to explore. My group all gave Avalon and their staff a 5 star rating. Excellent tour and a great bunch to travel with
I was invited to join Seabourn on an amazing cruise to Croatia this June. The Seabourn fleet has 7 ships which offers the guest all-inclusive luxury cruising. The ships are intimate and have the highest space per guest ratios in the industry. The all ocean-front suites are luxuriously appointed with walk in closets, spacious stateroom with living and dining area and a private balcony on most. I was so impressed by the staff. They all knew my name by the second day. The food was excellent with plenty of choices. We dined at the Grill by Thomas Keller restaurant and it was so delicious. I was impressed the fish was fresh as I come from a fishing village in Nova Scotia. The ships accommodate roughly 450 guests and they are able to go into smaller and more intimate ports so you can experience the more subdued and laid back towns along the way.
Paradisus Punta Cana 4.5 Location: Approximately 30 minute drive from airport and located on a long stretch of beach in Punta Cana Check in: .We were greeted with a welcome drink and cold towels. Our bags were tagged and we proceeded to check in. As we arrived at 10:00 am our rooms were not ready until the standard 3 pm time but we did get checked in at 2 pm. Grounds: The most spectacular feature of the the Paradisus Punta Cana is the amazing grounds, trails and vegetation. The amazing lobby features a built in pond for ducks and Flamingos. Shuttle service: The property is very big so shuttle service is available which runs every 15-20 minutes from various locations on the property including the lobby, beach and Reserve section. Rooms: We stayed in the family section near the beach and pool where the rooms are not yet renovated. They need an upgrade and are not comparible to the Reserve section which is exclusive to Reserve guests with their own pool, restaurants and concierge. Restaurants: There are several restaurants throughout the property but we arrived a couple of days before Covid 19 so the hotel was shutting its doors and sending staff home. We were only able to experience the Japanese restaurant near the lobby which was very good and the kept open the Reserve restaurant for all guests. Entertainment: The entertainment is mainly at the lobby area and they host a show nightly. They have no Disco here and it is not recommended to go off the property to a local Disco located a few minutes away. Again little entertainment due to the circumstances. Beach, Pool and Gym area: The beach is beautiful but there are restrictive areas on the beach. If you want a Bally bed you have to pay but it includes 6 beer. The pool has a swimup bar, foam parties and exercise classes daily which was fun. The gym located in a building close to the lobby is very well equipped with weights, bikes, treadmills etc. Very clean and air conditioned. Shopping: There are a couple of shops on the property but we found local shops to the left of our property down the beach. Excursions: We went to Sanoa Island taking a catamaran over and a speed boat back. They have an entertainment staff onboard, open bar and snorkeling. The island has chairs to relax, they serve a meal and the beach is beautiful here. Overall if the property was fully operational I'm sure we would have enjoyed it but most people were just trying to get home when the Pandemic was announced.
I traveled to Punta Cana in March and stayed at the beautiful Grand Bahia Principe Esmeralda family resort for one week. This property is located right on the beach and I had a beautiful view of the pool and ocean. My room was 90214. The pool area has lots of palapas, lounge chairs, a swim up bar and towel exchange. The set up of this property is excellent for those who like everything in the same area. The lobby, coffee shop, all restaurants, pool and beach are within walking distance. The resort is located alongside 7 other Bahia's and many restaurants and entertainment are exchangeable except for some signature restaurants. If you are travelling with children under 18 you cannot visit the adults only resorts. The lobby entertainment in the evening is geared for families so if you prefer adult entertainment I would suggest going to the Grand Bahia Principe Punta Cana. Overall the food was good and I loved the Japanese restaurant. Great family hotel
The Majestic Mirage is located on Bavaro Beach Punta Cana and is part of the Majestic chain. I stayed at the family Club section and had a one bedroom suite fit for a king. Private checkin is very nice and there is a lounging area with champagne, wine, beer, water and soft drinks along with munchies. We were assigned a butler who took care of our needs as we needed. This suite was very large and had two bathrooms, two pull out murphy beds in the living room, a large king size bed with ensuite bathroom and walk in closet. We had a corner suite so one end had a jacuzzi and the other end had a sitting area. The hotel was beautiful and had beautiful pools with bali beds, showers on the beach and plenty of beds at the beach. The restaurants were A1 and the steakhouse was a hit. The entertainment in the evening was very good and we really enjoyed the coffee shop.
I was one of the top 80 agents from across the world who won top sales for Trafalgar this year. As a thank you from Trafalgar we won a trip to South Africa by coach tour The tour began in Cape Town staying at the Orange Hotel Autograph collection which is centrally located in the city. We ate at the famous Gold restaurant where we were immersed in African culture and cuisine. We Circumnavigated the Cape Peninsula from Campos BAy to Cape Point and visited the penguins of Boulders Beach and got pics at The Cape of Good Hope. Next we travelled to the Garden Route to Knysna and stayed at the seaside Moorings hotel. While here we visited Featherbed Nature Reserve for an exciting eco-experience with breathtaking views of the ocean and green hills. Then off to Port Elizabeth, a seaside town. While on route we went to the Tsitsikamma National Park and hiked the ancient Yellowwoods. Then off to Storms River Mouth to experience the depths of the gorge. Checked into the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth for a beautiful dinner. The next day we headed to the city of Gold -Johannesburg. This is a very busy city and you must be aware of your surroundings at all times. We had an insdiers tour of the city to view Mandela's house in Soweto and visited the Apartheid Museum. Next we drove along the Mpumalanga Panorama route to Blyde River Canyon and then to God's window and Bourkes Luck Potholes. Off to Kruger National Park which was the highlight of the trip. We stayed at Protea Hotel in Hazyview and took day trips into the park to catch a glimpse of the big 5. This was such an amazing time and I am so lucky to have done this trip twice. We flew back to Cape Town to spend one more magnificent night of entertainment and food. An amazing trip
This September I escorted a group of 21 clients to Greece with Trafalgar. It was a 5 star, 14 day escorted tour with an amazing itinerary. This is by far one of the most spectacular trips I have had the opportunity to take and I am pleased to be escorting a Rivercruise group next October. We had the most incredible tour guide Moraig MacGregor who is a Canadian. She has lived and worked in the toursm industry in Greece for over 25 years and is married to a Greek. We arrived in Athens and stayed at the Divani Palace in the Plaka area within walking distance to the Acropolis. We visited the Acropolis, shopped the Plaka and ate at some upscale restaurants. We took a tour of the Temple of Zeus, the Royal Palace, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Olympic Stadium. We travelled north to Thermopylae visited the monument dedicated to Leonidas and then off to Meteora to visit the remote monasteries which are 900 feet in the air built on limestone rock. Next of to Kalambaka to visit a local studio where painters work creating beautiful Byzantine icons. We visited the Sanctuary of Apollo, the Doric Temple and Delphi museum. The city of Olympia was beautiful. We visited a local farm in the countryside and enjoyed a tour of a local winery tasting wine, olive oils and homemade jams. Next we visited the ancient city of Mycenae for a guided visit of the Beehive Tombs and Lion Gate. Day 8 was a long day. Up at 3 am to catch the ferry to Mykonos. The long wait paid off. The island is breathtaking with whitewashed houses, blue roofs and beautiful seaside cafes. We stayed here for 2 days and it was so relaxing. Next off to Santorini situated high above the mountain top. The Mediterranian views are spectacular and the bay is filled with cruiseships. We visited the ancient city of Akrotiri which is known as minoan Pompeii. Many people believe it is the lost city of Atlantis. It was buried by a volcanic eruption around 1450 B.C. but was not discovered until the 1960's. Then we travelled to the famous picturesque town of Oia where the best views of the crater are found. Everyone wants their picture of the famous white houses and temples in the background. We shopped in Thira, visited the local museum and had great wine for dinner.We stayed here for three days. It was spectacular. Day 13 we flew to Athens to avoid a long ferry ride. We stayed one more day and flew home the next day. Great trip!
My son and I travelled to California this summer on a two week trip up the coast. The first part of our journey began in Anaheim where we stayed at the Paradise Pier Hotel at Disneyland for three days. This hotel is a basic 3 star located in the Disney complex. It is a 5 minute walk to downtown Disney. We visited both parks for 2 days and enjoyed the roller coaster rides and Splash Mountain. The restaurants can be very expensive at Disney so make sure to budget wisely. While in Los Angeles we took a tour of the downtown area, the Chinese Theatre, Hollywoods walk of fame and then drove to Santa Monica and Venice Beach which was the highlight. On day 4 we rented a car and began our journey of the California coastline. The 5 lanes of traffic were a little hectic but we managed and then headed towards Santa Barbara where we stayed at Hotel Milo across the street from the beach. This is a lovely, quaint hotel with a majestic atmosphere and includes breakfast. There is no restaurant at this property but there are many along the boulevard. We visited the Mission Santa Barbara, the pier and looked for Oprah and Ellen's home with no luck. The next day we headed to Avila Beach for two nights. The coastal drive is stunning with beautiful mountains, the crashing waves, sea lions and wildlife. We stopped at Cachuma Lake for a break and then headed to Solvang, a little dutch town. We had lunch and then headed to our next destination - Avilla Beach. We stayed at the Avilla Beach Lighthouse Suites which is directly on the beach. While in Avilla Beach we explored Morro Bay, did the Pesquero Lighthouse Trail which is free ( the views are spectacular) and went to Pismo Beach. This area is very quiet, much more than Pismo Beach and has nice restaurants, a pizza shop and very quaint. A note worth mentioning; this resort is very clean with a pool, whirlpool, underground parking and laundry facilities. We loved it here. The final three days were also amazing. We drove along the coast towards San Francisco. We stayed at the Mariott downtown which was a very good location. While in San Francisco we did the hop on hop off bus, the tour of Alcatraz, Lombard St and walked the Golden Gate Bridge. It is very expensive in San Francisco so pick your restaurants wisely. On our last day we travelled across the Bay Bridge towards Oakland and found the San Francisco Outlet Mall. Very busy here so plan ahead. We loved California and would go again in a heartbeat.
The Hilton Rose Hall is a fabulous property located 10 minutes from the airport. It caters to families, golfers and wedding groups. The hotel has two different sides with Standard Gardenview rooms, Partial oceanview and oceanfront suites. It is a hig rise with about 7 stories and has approximately 498 rooms. There are two pools, a lazy river with tubes which is a lot of fun and also a watr park with slides. You can get on the tube and go down the slide and keep going around the lazy river if you like. The hotel has 1 buffet restaurant and 5 a la carte restaurants. During the off season not all the restaurants are open daily so you have to see the concierge to to make reservations. The food was prepared fresh with a variety of stations at the buffet to accommodate everyone from fish lovers, Italian cuisine, Jamaican stations and American food. The best restaurant was located past the waterpark where they served jerk pork and chicken for lunch. The pizza was also very good at the restaurant next to it. The hotel is situated on a 18 hole golf course and still has the remnants of an old aquaduct. Very beautiful. We always had lots to do and also had free shuttle service to a mall about 5 minutes away. I would recommend this property to those who are not concerned about daily butler or concierge service and want the best of both worlds; laying out by the pool or beach or having a blast at the water park.
This Fall I had the good fortune to escort a group of 32 Capers to Italy. It all began with a passing conversation with one of my clients wanting to put a group together so I introduced her to Trafalgar Tours. We spent many hours trying to find the perfect itinerary and we chose the Italy Bellissimo 11 day tour. The tour took in all the highlights of Rome including a tour of Vatican City, the Sistine Chapel, St Peters Basilica and the the Colossium. We traveled to the Amalfi Coast stopping at Pompeii and staying two nights on the most incredible island I've seen............the Isle of Capri. We ventured to Naples, Cassino, Perugia and Assisi where we visited the Basilica of St Francis and then headed to the Queen of the Adriatic....... Venice.......where we stayed two nights. Off to Pisa, Montecatini, wining and dining our way to the top of the Tuscan Hills and then visiting Florence to visit the home of the great masters. We shopped the markets, visited the statue of David and that evening had dinner under the stars at a local farmhouse. Our last day we stayed in the beautiful town of Montecatini set in the Tuscn Hills where we sat and enjoyed a gelato at a sidewalk café. Back home to Canada where we are planning our next group to Ireland (2018) and Greece (2019.). Please call me if you would like to be part of our amazing travel group.
I traveled to Thaliand in October with a group of travel agents from Maritime Travel. We flew to Bangkok spending three days in the city, exploring many Budhist temples including the Grand Palace the Golden Buddha and visiting the home of Jim Thompson, a famous architect who mysteriously disappeared in 1967. We traveled to the former capital of Ayutthaya visiting the Summer Palace of he late King Rama V and also taking in the World Heritage Site with its impressive ruins. Then off to Kanchanaburi where we floated alongthe Damnoen Saduak Market shopping to our hearts content. We visited the bride at the River Kwai and learned about the Death Railway Museum WW2 Memorial We flew to Chiang Mai and the highlight was visiting the Doi Suthep and Meo Hill Tribe who still live above the old city walls in the mountainess areas. A trip to Thailand would not be complete if you haven't seen the country's national symbol,,,,the elephant. We visited an elephant training centre in the jungle north of the city where we say how elephants work in the logging community and also saw art demonstrations painted by the elephants themselves. We also visited a local orchid farm. The most memorable highlight was meeting the Long Neck hill-tribe women. who migrated from Myanmar (Burma) along with their families. We admired their colourful costumes, their way of life and how they kept up their cultural traditions by making handmade scarves, blankets and jewelry. The women wear brass rings around their necks to preserve their individual identity. Some women had upwards of 20 brass rings around their neck. We also visited the flower markets in Chiang Mai. Absolutely breathtaking. Off to Phang Nga Bay famous for the James Bond Island movie "The man with the Golden Glove:". These small islands are breathtaking. We took an open air longtailed boat to the National Park and then went to Panyi Island to enjoy a delicious lunch. The Muslin Fishing village is built on stilts in the sea connected by wooden bridges. Phuket was our last stop on this trip. We did a half day sight seeing tour of the city, visited many of the most famous beaches, visited the Chalong Temple and drove to Promthep Cape which is the most famous lookout point on the island. I enjoyed my stay in Phuket staying at a beautiful oceanfront resort. We walked the beaches, shopped along the promenade and took in a local gemstone and cashew nut factory. The remnants of the Tsunami are still evident after all these years. New hotels are being built but warning signs are everywhere to show you the nearest exit to safety. I enjoyed the people, culture and history of Thailand and I would recommend it to anyone who is seeking adventure.
I travelled out West this year and it was an amazing trip. I went to the Calgary Stampede for 3 days and enjoyed the barrel racing, eateries and the craft beer show. I travelled to Banff, Canmore and Jasper and the scenery was top notch., While out West I also visited the Parliament buildings in the capital city, the Botanical gardens and of course the West Edmonton Mall.
I travelled to Samana for the first time and I must say it was a pleasant surprise. The flight from Halifax is under 4 hours and the area is very lush. I stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa. This is a 4.5 star property perched on a hill overlooking the city and the ocean. The hotel is very clean, the food is excellent and the food was so good. I would not recommend this hotel for children for it has a small beach with access by elevator only, little activities for children and two small pools. The main hotel has Standard rooms with a King or two doubles, large bathroom and sitting area. There is another section of the hotel complex which has buildings which house the Jr. Suites. The shuttle will take you back and forth to the main hotel area and the service is very fast. There are 3 a la carte restaurants which are all quite good and they really don't need anymore for the hotel is smaller. I took an excursion to the Islands which have the caves and indigenous writings on the walls. This area is beautiful and worth the money to go. The rest of the day is spent on the Levantado beach is on an island not far from the hotel. Not much shopping here. I wouldn't waste too much time unless you like the Domincan paintings.
The Majestic Colonial located in Punta Cana is a 5 star property that caters to both families and adults. There are two sections to the hotel; a family section and the Club adult section. I took advantage of the Club Section which caters to adults. I stayed in a Jr Suite Jacuzzi room which is supplied with towels, 5 kinds of liquor and a nice bottle of champaigne. The Club section comes with a butler and concierge service. Ther are several restaurants including a Steak house and Japenese but I really enjoyed the buffet restaurant also. There was a different theme each evening. The family section has a small waterpark that caters to smaller children; no big slides but I found most people were at the pool or the beach. The service is impeccable at this hotel and I would highly recommend it.
This was one of the best tours I have taken in my travel career . The tour company caters to small groups so the personal service is superb to none and the tour guides are well educated and local. We travelled to Cape Town, took a calbe car to the top of Table Mountain where the views are incredible and also travelled to Robben Island where Nelson Mandella was imprisoned for 18 years. We travelled the Cape Peninsula to the Cape of Good Hope which has spectacular scenery. We then travelled to Johannesburg and visited the city along with the famous homes of Nelson Mandella along with the township of Soweto. Our final destination was the highlight of my trip going on a 5 day Safari in Kruger National Park and staying at a private reserve where we were fortunate to see giraffe, elephants, Lions, cheetahs, Hippos, birds, etc. One note to mention; the restaurants and wine in South Africa are 5 star. They were chosen the best place to eat and drink two years ago.
Casablanca, Essaouira, Marrakech Berber Villages I travelled to Morrocco last October with VM Travel, an independent company catering to smaill groups with a personal touch. The owner, a retired teacher from Canada has been travelling extensively for many years and has a wealth of travel information she wants to share with clients. We flew into Casablanca where we were picked up by a local guide who stayed with us the entire trip. We visited the Hassan 2 Mosque and that evening walked the beach. The following day we travelled to Essaouira which is a beautiful seaside town and visited a wood factory and the famous Argon company. The highlight of the trip was travelling to the remote Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains where the North African Indigenous peoples live. I also hiked to the top of the Atlas Mountains which was quite a feat and I took in the spectacular views. The Morroccon food is incredible. The cook many meals over an open flame in a Tangene which is pottery cookware. The food is very delicious and they use a lot of root vegetables as we do. The food is prepared much like a stew with meat, potatoes, turnip, a special spice and many times dates. I loved the food and the Islamic culture. This was a fantastic trip.
My son and I travelled to London this past year and did a Trafalgar Costsaver Bus Tour throughout England and Scotland. We used British Airport Transfers which was around $40 lbs and they took us to our hotel in Kennsington. The hotel was out of the way so I would not recommend this area unless you like walking about 20min to the subway. The tour itself was nice and we did Windsor, Gloucester, Chester, Liverpool, the Lake District and Edinburgh. The highlight of our trip was to go to a soccer game in London......the game opener Arsenal vs Liverpool. It was an amazing opportunity for my son. We stayed for three extra days staying at St Ermins Hotel which is located near Westminster Abbey. We visited Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London and saw a Broadway Musical. My son who is 17 loved London and said he would love to go back. London is a city for everyone; lots to do but a tad expensive and a must to see.
Toronto is such a great city to visit any time of year. I travelled with my sons hockey team in December and we stayed for 5 days. We stayed at the Hilton Garden which is a 5-7 minute walk from the CN Tower, the Aquarium and downtown district and it is much less expensive. We took in a Toronto Raptors Game, a Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh game and visited the Hockey Hall of Fame. We all had the opportunity to meet Sidney Crosby in person at the Hockey Hall of Fame where he presented a ring to them. The restaurants are so good and I would recommend Gretskys for steak. We also visited the CN Tower, the Aquarium and the Christmas markets. The Eatons Mall is also a must if you like to shop.
Top notch rivercruise which includes your meals, beer and wine with lunch and dinner, most excursions and great accommodations.
Just got back from Santa Maria and absolutely loved this property. The beach is amazing and you can walk for miles. The staff go out of their way to help you and the food was very good for Cuba. This is a Cuban run hotel so the manager goes out of his way to make sure there is lots of food and great entertainment. I would go back in a heartbeat. Cathy Price
The Majestic Elegance is a 5 star property located directly on the beach in Punta Cana. It is approximately 20 minutes from the airport by private transfer. The Majestic Elegance is adjacent to the Majestic Colonial and both properties offer a family and adults only section. I stayed in the adults only section anid it is by far my favorite property in Punta Cana. I loved the concierge and Butler service and the restaurants were fabulous. My room had a King canopy bed, separate bathroom from shower and a Jacuzzi in the room. I had access to both properties but I must say the beach at the Colonial was much longer and wider.
I had the opportunity to stay at the Moon Palace for one week. While there I also visited all the Palace resorts including the Isles Mejures, and Sun Palace (adult only). the only 5 star property in Cancun which is the Leblanc Spa Resort. I also visited the Beach Palace for famiies, the Cozumel Palace and my favorite which is the Playacar Palace. The service, staff and food were impeccable. I love the Palace Resorts. They also offer resort credits that you can use towards golf, excursions, spas, and exclusive dinners. Give me a call and I will help you choose which Palace resort is right for you.
New York New York is the perfect location while staying in Vegas. Located on the strip and adjacent to the MGM, the hotel offers great restaurants, a great casino and the rooms are very clean and spacious.
We went to the south rim which is the farthest out but it was spectacular. We also visited the Hoover Dam which is an amazing architectual feat.
This hotel is located on 44th/45th St and Broadway and it is a two minute walk from Times Square. The restaurant is being renovated along with the lobby bar. The check in was very easy and the sister property, the Premier hotel is a boutique hotel which is smaller and more quiet.
St Petersburg to Moscow
We visited Italy, Spain, Tunisia. Amazing. The cruiseships décor was very Italian with large columns, red carpets and a lot of colour. The clientele are mainly European so beware of the more than usual cigarette smoke. The pool was average but the entertainment and food was good. The rooms are spacious and comfortable and well kept.
This property was being renovated so a lot of changes are coming. The room was very dingy with outdated wicker furniture and the lobby fountain needs upgrading. The pool is very small but the beach is nice. The food was very good for Cuban cuisine and offered great pizza and burgers at the pool. The staff are very friendly. This property is located further to the end of the strip.
Collette Vacations Escorted Tour visiting Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Caesarea, Haifa, Tiberias Nazareth, Jericho, Dead Sea, Masada, Qumran, Jerusalem Old City of Bethlehem
I visited Cairnes, the Great Barrier Sea, Port Douglas and Sydney.
Beaches Ocho Rios is an excellent family resort for those who like to be farther away from the local hustle and bustle. The property is 2 hours from Montego Bay and 30 minutes from Ocho Rios. It offers a waterpark and the Xbox games room and has the Sesame Street characters. The beach is very small here but the large verandahs and the seaside restaurant make up for the loss of the beach. The Redlane Spa is very beautiful and offers manicures, pedicures, hair dos and massage. All the restaurants are top of the line and the entertainment is also very good.
This deluxe property is located in Epcot with water shuttle to Downtown Disney and Hollwood Studios. This is a very grand hotel with many great restaurant's inlcuding the Flying Fish Cafe and the ESPN sports bar. There is nightly entertainment on the boardwalk for families and guests including magicians, juggler's and clowns. I loved this property, the location and ease of access to all resorts. 5 star
Located in Haynes City, just 30 minutes from Disney, this property is geared for those who like to prepare their own meals, have a private residence and swim in their own backyard pool all day. There is a PGA golf course at Southern Dunes and it is a gated community. The Walmart located 2 minutes from Southern Dunes enables you to buy groceries, extra sunscreen and alcoholic beverages all under one roof. Great location but private.
This year I had the opportunity to travel down under to the beautiful continent of Australia. I traveled with Air Canada and Quantas airways to my first destination which was Cairns. This beautiful city has a large boardwalk, many shops and restaurants and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. I also traveled to Port Douglas and stayed at the Treetops Resort which is in a rainforest setting. We visited the rainforest, took a helicoptor ride over the Great Barrier Reef and snorkeled with the tropical fish. This was an amazing opportunity and I will definitely go back someday. I also traveled to Sydney staying at the Mariott and Radison. Both located near the waterfront, the hotels offer business and leisure travelers all the amenities while being a 5 minute walk to Opera House and the harbour. There is lots of history and culture in Sydney and plenty to do. The harbour cruise is amazing. The Aussie's are very friendly and accommodating and have no worries. Their favorite saying is "It's all good, no worries mate." They make you feel at home and always have a great joke. Seeing Koala bears and kangaroos' is a must and if you have time, take in the Daintree Rainforest located just outside Sydney.
We travelled to Las Vegas in October and saw some amazing shows like Donnie and Marie Osmond and le Reve. Ask me about the great hotels and deals in Las Vegas.
I had the opportunity in May to travel to Macau and Hong Kong. Macau is now the gaming capital of the world with extraordinary hotels and overwhelming casinos. We also stayed in Hong Kong for a week and visited many cultural sites and fishing villages.
We travelled to Quebec City and Montreal in August and saw many great historic sites and ate at some great restaurants. Be sure to ask me about the Fairmont Hotels.
In December I had the opportunity to cruise the Danube. We flew into Prague and visited the city for two days and then were transferred by car to Nuremburg where we joined the cruise. The ports of call were Nuremburg sailing through the main Danube Canal, crossing the continental divide, Regensburg. Passau, Salzburg and Linz, Melk and Vienna and then to Budapest. The Christmas markets were amazing.
Trafalgar Coach Tour visiting Rome, Florence, Venice and Pisa.
This is a great family resort with many restaurants, pools and a nice beach. It is a very big property which also includes the Bahia Principe Akumel and the Bahia Principe Tulum. I have travelled to this property twice in the past three years.
I visited Athens and then took a 5 day cruise to the Greek Islands including Kusadasi, Turkey.
This is a great 3 star property with some of the best food you'll ever taste in the Caribbean. It is a family resort and most activities during the day are based around the children. The beach is absolutely beautiful and great for swimming and snorkelling.
This is a great property for adults 14 years and over. It is about 50 minutes outside of Varadero and is very private and has a great staff with great food. I have been to this property three times.
This was once known as the SuperClubs Breezes Punta Cana and is located on a beach that is 21 km in length. This is a beautiful property with a large pool area, a great Japenese restaurant and also a Casino. Great for couples, families and singles.
This property would be for the budget minded traveller. It is a 3 star property located on a nice part of the beach in Varadero.
Holiday Inn Lake Buena Vista Family Suites - Great Suites close to downtown Disney.
This property has a great beach with a great snorkeling area. The Cuban people are very hospitable and love to hear you are from Canada.
This 4 star all inclusive property is located 30 minutes from Bridgetown and has lots of activities for families. There are 5 restaurants, 5 bars and 7 pools amd a Par 3, 9-hole golf course for the Dad's. There is alot of coral in this area, so it is recommended to wear water shoes.
Carnival Cruise to the Bahamas.
Trafalgar Tours is one of the best outfits for Coach travel in Europe. I travelled to England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland on a 15 day coach tour and it was one of the best experiences of my travelling years. I loved the Ring of Kerry and also Edinburgh Castle. Many of the museums and castles we visited were included in the tour. It would be very hard to organize such a detailed tour independently.
Croatia, Montenegro and Slovenia
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