New At Atlantis

Atlantis is undergoing a vibrant and exciting evolution beginning with this new positioning and unveiling of new and improved facilities across our resort destination during the course of 2017.  

COMING JULY 2017

Newly remodeled rooms at Atlantis - ask info@enjoyvacationing.com for more info!

Following a $20 million renovation, Atlantis will unveil an entirely new Coral Towers and a fully transformed Marina Village.

The new Lobby Lounge will be casually contemporary with a Soda Fountain serving milkshakes, espresso and coffee drinks, cocktails, patisserie and gelato.

The new poolscape will provide family-friendly water activities and a swim-up bar featuring locally-made frozen treats.

The redesigned contemporary rooms and suites feature light grey tile flooring, chic bedding and soothing tropical colors.

COMPLIMENTARY KIDS

When parents purchase one of our 3 dining plans, kids 11 and younger receive complimentary breakfast, dinner and beverages at meal times (when they select from the kids menu).

Our Dining Plans provide incredible value with tax and gratuity now included in all plans. Don’t forget, kids 11 and younger always stay free.  

Boutique Hotel - Rome, Italy

Check out this boutique hotel in Rome - when you book through Enjoy Vacationing you enjoy extra perks!

Corso 281, Rome is a family owned, all-suites, boutique hotel. It is located on the fashionable Via Condotti, just a breath away from all city landmarks like Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna, the Coliseum and the luxury city shopping district.

Corso 281's 12 suites and studios boasts the best of Made in Italy furniture and comes with an equipped kitchenette with tea and coffee-making facilities and the highest technology for absolute comfort. A dedicated Lifestyle Manager takes care of every guest whim, unveiling the secrets of the city and providing unique local experience to enjoy the stay at most.

When you book this hotel through Enjoy Vacationing, you enjoy the following:

  • Complimentary European Breakfast buffet daily
  • Complimentary upgrade, early check-in and late check-out upon availability
  • Complimentary bottle of Prosecco
  • Complimentary one-way sedan transfer from/to Rome Airport

Bowery 50 Opens in NYC

New Hotel opening in NYC - learn more!!

There’s a new kid on the block in Manhattan. 50 Bowery, Joie de Vivre’s first NYC hotel, opens May 2017!

Joie de Vivre celebrates 30 years with the newest addition to the sparkling New York City skyline. Located on the oldest street in Manhattan and once the home of historic taverns, a gambling den, and vaudeville and motion picture theaters, 50 Bowery is inspired by the cultural crossroads of the downtown location.

Celebrating the unique history while blending thoughtful modern touches and serving as a platform for discovery within the local community and NYC’s most vibrant neighborhoods – Little Italy, SoHo, and the Lower East Side – 50 Bowery is curated to acquaint New York with the fun-loving Joie de Vivre lifestyle.
 

When you book through Enjoy Vacationing you enjoy the following added benefits!

  • Special GM Welcome Amenity of fruit and wine, upon arrival
  • Complimentary American Breakfast for two, daily
  • Complimentary upgrade, early check-in and late check-out upon availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi, local calls and 800 access

Defined Delights

New Resort in Panama offers new All Inclusive Plan - Contact info@enjoyvacationing.com to learn more!

Beginning May 1, 2017, AM Resorts will introduce a new all-inclusive concept at some of their resorts. The concept of Unlimited-Luxury® will continue at most resorts but for some locations this is an exciting update to help keep YOUR costs down! Here's the information from their press release:

In order to adapt to the growing demands and customer’s needs, our all-new Defined Delights™ concept caters to couples and couples with children, specifically in destinations where guests spend a lot of their vacation time enjoying off-site experiences from excursions and authentic cuisine, to local culture and historical traditions.

As a result, the Defined Delights™ vacation concept will allow guests to customize their vacation experience with inclusions that vary based on room category with options to upgrade their experience as desired.

 Defined Delights™ inclusions for Delight Room Categories are as follows:

  • Welcoming check-in experience with sparkling wine, fresh towels and cookies
  • Bath amenities provided in all rooms including shampoo, body gel and soap
  • Mini-bar with bottled water, soft drinks and local beer restocked every two days
  • Limitless access to three gourmet à la carte dining options without reservations required
  • 24-hour access to late night bites at the signature CoCo Café
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi available in public areas and guest rooms
  • No wristbands required

For guests looking to upgrade their experience, additional services and amenities are included in our Preferred Room Categories including:

  • All of the above inclusions, PLUS:
  • Upgraded in-room bath amenities plus bath robe and slippers
  • Turndown service and welcome amenity in room on arrival
  • Daily refreshed mini-bar with soft drinks, juice, bottled water & beer
  • Inclusion of a fourth à la carte restaurant, Bordeaux, serving French cuisine
  • Upgraded premium liquor brands included in designated Preferred lounges & bars
  • Access to Preferred pool offering wait service serving premium brand spirits
  • Complimentary, daily room service available from 6:00am until 11pm

Guests choosing to stay in our Delight Room Categories will have the option to add on the following additional experiences for a surcharge ($):

  • Dining in the exclusive Bordeaux French Restaurant ($)
  • Room service from 6:00am until 11pm ($)
  • Upgrade to Premium Brand Liquor package ($)

The first resort this applies to is  Dreams® Delight Playa Bonita Panama which opens November 1, 2016. 

Visit the unique destination of Panama, where you can experience beaches, rainforest, mountains and city—all from Dreams Delight Playa Bonita Panama. Located on Playa Bonita, the closest beach to Panama City and literally meaning "beautiful beach," Dreams Delight Playa Bonita is perfect for special romantic getaways and memorable family vacations.

Explore the Panama Canal or Panama City's colonial district, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Or go shopping at the largest mall in the Americas with our complimentary daily shuttle service. There's no shortage of pleasures here with an infinity pool, the Dreams Spa by Pevonia®, supervised kid's club and so much more. Everyone has their own idea of a Dream vacation, and it can all be found at Dreams Delight Playa Bonita Panama.

Contact Enjoy Vacationing to learn more!

ATK on Holland America

Holland America Line introduces culinary education offerings in a new relationship with the long-running public television show America's Test Kitchen (ATK).

Debuting in October on the Westerdam, and later rolling out fleet-wide, the Culinary Arts Center on Holland America Line ships is being redone as a replica of the TV show's set. Shipboard chefs are also being trained by America's Test Kitchen culinary experts to host new in-depth cooking demonstrations in the theater, as well as hands-on classes for passengers.

"They really pride themselves as food scientists. The analogy I like to use is theConsumer Reports for food," Holland America Line president Orlando Ashford told USA TODAY. "Our guests will benefit as foodies from the research."

  • Join your America’s Test Kitchen host for any of eight 45-minute cooking shows and four 90-minute hands-on workshops created especially for our guests.
  • Learn new culinary skills and advanced techniques for creating perfect pies and handmade pasta, decorating cakes and whipping up delicious egg dishes.
  • Enhance your culinary knowledge with a cooking demonstration, engaging videos and recipes on everything from chocolate desserts to Asian dumplings.

"It's not just learning a recipe," Ashford said. "The experts have researched what's the best way to make x and done the testing and determined what's the best equipment and put the rigor into it so that the guest can learn to make the best beef stroganoff or whatever the dish is."

Holland America Line passengers will also have 24-hour access to America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country on their stateroom TVs.

For more than 20 years, America's Test Kitchen has inspired home cooks with their science-based approach to creating delicious, foolproof recipes.

NYC Airport Update

As you may or may not know. New York's LaGuardia airport (LGA) has begun a four-year, $4-billion-dollar redevelopment program to completely reshape the airport. The existing LGA terminal services almost 15 million travelers annually.

As LaGuardia has little public transportation, traveling to the airport has already become a trying experience for many. Last week, there were several days where it was taking two to four hours to reach the terminals, causing some travelers to ditch rental cars and walk several miles to the airport. Many carriers have been advising travelers to give themselves four hours to travel from Manhattan to the airport. Even Uber was refusing rides to or from the airport.

Also, because many travelers are arriving late for their flights, time-balanced security checkpoints are backing up, causing more angst for travelers.

If you are (or are considering) flying into or out of New York's LaGuardia, please visit http://laguardiaairport.com/traveladvisories/ to stay on top of any last-minute changes to roads, parking, pick up and drop off areas and cell phone lots. From there, you can also sign up to receive emailed alerts. If you, or someone you know, travel to LGA often, I suggest you sign up for these alerts.

Additionally, the New York Port Authority has begun construction on the main roadway into New York's JFK Airport as well. For JFK, they are suggesting people drop off at an JFK AirTrain station versus attempting to drive into the airport.

Remember, Newark (EWR) is a viable alternative. 

Staying Safe During Travel

Enjoy Vacationing wants every client to travel smart and safe. While we hope you never need these tips, it's worth knowing they are available. We strongly recommend all clients traveling internationally to sign up for the STEP program and register each country you are visiting. Here are 6 travel safety tips you may not be aware of: 

1. The STEP program
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Travelers then receive important information about safety conditions in the destination country, and helps the U.S. Embassy, as well as their family and friends, contact them in an emergency.

TIP: First-time users should create a bio online. After that, travelers simply only need to load their travel information, or their travel agent can enroll them.

2. Travel alerts and travel warnings
Most people are generally aware that the U.S. government issues alerts and warnings, but it’s helpful to know the difference. Travel Warnings are issued when the U.S. government wants travelers to strongly consider whether they should be traveling to a country at all. They are issued for reasons like an unstable government, civil war, ongoing intense crime or violence, or frequent terrorist attacks.

Travel Alerts are issued when there are short-term events individuals should know about when planning travel to a country, including strikes, demonstrations, or disturbances; a health alert like an outbreak of zika; or evidence of an elevated risk of terrorist attacks.

3. Security and emergency messages
U.S. embassies frequently issue messages via the State Department’s blog regarding events like demonstrations that might impact travel to a given city. TIP: Save the URL on your smartphone.

4. Aid in case of arrest or detention
The state department will contact family, friends and/or employers of a detained U.S. citizen with their written permission. It will visit the detained citizen regularly and provide reading materials and vitamin supplements, where appropriate; ensure prison officials are providing appropriate medical care; and provide a general overview of the local criminal justice process.

The Dept. of State also can establish an “OCS Trust” so friends and family can transfer funds to imprisoned U.S. citizens, when permissible under prison regulations

5. Aid to victims of crime
Consular officers, agents and staff can help crime victims deal with local police and medical systems, as well as stay in touch with family members.

6. Country-specific information
The State Department website offers a profile of every country in the world, including information about safety and security, local health issues, vaccination requirements, currency restrictions and aviation safety. It includes any current travel alerts or warnings issued about that country.

Celebrity Escapes

CELEBRITY CRUISES BRINGS BACK QUICK, MODERN LUXURY ESCAPES TO THE CARIBBEAN

 

Time-pressed world travelers can now explore the most idyllic islands of the Caribbean during a weekend getaway


Back by popular demand, Celebrity Cruises is reintroducing quick escapes to the Caribbean, giving time-crunched vacationers the opportunity to visit tropical ports-of-call in modern luxury style and experience the Celebrity Distinction.

"Our discerning guests have told us they want Celebrity's modern luxury vacations in the Caribbean and expressed an incredible level of excitement for the shorter itineraries we've offered in the past," explained Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. "We listened and decided to reintroduce these coveted sailings where ease, convenience, relaxation and modern luxury coexist, while sailing to some of the most celebrated ports in the Caribbean onboard the beautiful Celebrity Summit."

Vacationers can choose from four and five night sailings from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., onboard Celebrity Summit to highly sought-after ports of call, including Key West, Fla.; Nassau, Bahamas; and Cozumel, Mexico:

Four-Night Getaways:
The four-night sailings make for the perfect extended-weekend getaway. Guests will bask in the island breeze of Nassau, Bahamas, enjoy the modern luxury amenities Celebrity Summit has to offer during a day at sea, and unwind in the island paradise, Key West, Fla. — and still be back in time for work on Monday morning.

Five-Night Mini-Escapes:
The five-night sailings afford guests more opportunities to experience the distinct culinary delights and world-class offerings onboard Celebrity Summit, with two days at sea, before experiencing the rich heritage of Cozumel, Mexico, and the laid back vibe of Key West, Fla. Guests return home on Thursday with a three-day weekend still ahead of them.

Extended Caribbean Vacations:
For vacationers yearning for a slightly longer getaway, Celebrity Summit will also offer two seven-night repositioning sailings from San Juan to Ft. Lauderdale, and a return sailing from Ft. Lauderdale to San Juan, with stops in some of the most exotic sought-after ports of call, such as the sun-soaked islands of Aruba, Curacao and St. Maarten.

Celebrity's new mini escapes are available for booking now for travel beginning in early 2018 and during spring break and Easter.

Following the Ft. Lauderdale season, Celebrity Summit will return to its original homeport of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Celebrity Summit is captained by charismatic duo Alex Papadopoulos and Kate McCue, the first American female cruise ship captain in the industry, who alternate every three months

Disney Attractions Update

Frozen Ever After Attraction & Royal Sommerhus Opening

Today we’re sharing some very exciting news from Epcot® at Walt Disney World® Resort. Two new “Frozen” experiences – the Frozen Ever After attraction and the adjacent Royal Sommerhus – will officially open their doors June 21, 2016.

Frozen Ever After!

Located in the Norway pavilion at Epcot, Frozen Ever After allows visitors to set off on an adventurous boat tour through the kingdom of Arendelle. First, you’ll be transported to the
“Winter in Summer” Celebration where Queen Elsa embraces her magical powers to create a beautiful “winter-in-summer” day for the entire kingdom. Next, you will pass Troll Valley on your way up to the icy North Mountain to Queen Elsa’s Ice Palace before their return trip to the Bay of Arendelle.

You can begin booking FastPass+ for Frozen Ever on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

And, over at the nearby Royal Summerhus, Anna and Elsa’s summer home, the royal sisters will be available for will for greeting opportunities.

The Norway Pavilion will open at 9 a.m., along with the Future World area of Epcot.

Don’t forget, you can also spot Anna and Elsa over at Magic Kingdom® Park in the
“Festival of Fantasy Parade” and the new “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” show coming to Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage. Check the My Disney Experience app for the latest locations and times for any Disney Character.

Cruise News

What's New in the Cruise Industry you ask? Here are some of the latest trends:

  • European cruises are being discounted to encourage travel. Always wanted to see Europe by boat? Now's a great time!
  • Alaska cruises are up 22%! Cruise lines are already predicting more vacations to Alaska next year and planning for more ships and more excitement for these routes. Get your reservations in early!
  • New Ships - There are new ships being announced by almost every cruise line from Disney to Royal Caribbean and from Princess to Silver Seas. So many new boats offer great features from slides and waterslides to zip lines and rope courses as well as enhanced experiences!
  • Luxury is more affordable than ever! Luxury cruise lines are offering deals that we may not see again? Always wanted to experience a luxury liner? Let us know, we have got deals for you!
  • Promotions focus on added-value and choices, rather than simply a price drop. Cruise lines are including drink, dining, internet and shore excursions more than ever before and dropping prices less than before. Enjoy Vacationing can help you find the right offer for you!

Cruises are more popular than ever before and going to more destinations than ever before. Let Enjoy Vacationing help you plan your perfect cruise vacation!

New Ships on Order

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has signed an agreement to build three new ships. One will be a fifth Oasis class ship for Royal Caribbean and two will be third and fourth Edge class ships for Celebrity.

The news follows the launch of Royal Caribbean’s new Harmony of the Seas, the biggest cruise ship in the world at 227,000 tons and a capacity of 5,479 guests. A fourth Oasis-class ship was planned and is currently under construction at the shipyard in Saint Nazaire, France. Already the third is slightly larger than the first Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas, and by the time the fifth comes along, it could very well be larger still. The fourth is planned for delivery in spring 2018, and the fifth is pending for spring 2021.

"The response to the arrival of Harmony of the Seas is staggering, eliciting excitement from eager cruisers from markets on both sides of the Atlantic," said Richard D. Fain, Chairman and CEO, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International added, “The Oasis-class ships have delivered beyond expectations each time. Harmony of the Seas' warm reception is evidence that growing this class of ship will continue to drive exceptional performance for the brand.”

Additionally, Celebrity Cruises now has a total of four Edge-class new-builds on its horizon – two for sure planned for fall 2018 and early 2020 and now another two potentially for fall 2021 and fall 2022. Few details have been released about these new ships beyond that they will be sized between the line’s existing Millennium-class and Solstice-class, at 117,000 tons and 2,900 guests each.

New Princess Ships

Princess Cruises is expecting delivery of two new cruise ships in 2019 and 2020. These ships will be the fourth and fifth Royal class ships to be introduced along with sister ships Royal Princess, Regal Princess and Majestic Princess, scheduled to launch summer 2017 in Asia. 

The yet to be named 3,560 passenger ships will include princess stapes such as Movies under the stars and balconies in 80% of the staterooms. Princess will also reveal new to the line features and the home bases for the ships. 

The line's parent company, Carnival Corp., and Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri S.p.A. has 16 ships scheduled for delivery between 2016 and 2020.

"We are incredibly proud and excited to add two new ships to our already formidable fleet," said Jan Swartz, president of Princess Cruises. "With this new ship commitment Princess Cruises will continue to grow and expand globally as the world's destination leader in premium cruising."

 

Dreaming of Genie?

Royal Caribbean is launching their new "Royal Genie" amenity for guests booking the Royal Suite Class in the Star Class-Loft Suites or higher starting this May. 

Royal Suite Class and Royal Genie from EnjoyVacationing.com

The Royal Genie will help create guest Experiences such as family celebrations, date nights, special shore excursions. It will also help with in-room dining, on-board show and restaurant reservations, laundry, luggage handling and more. 

Additional amenities for Royal Suite Class guests include complimentary high-speed internet, specialty dining, ultimate beverage package, gratuities, preferred seating and upgraded room amenities. 

The Royal Suite Class will be available for sailings beginning May 2016 aboard Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, Oasis of the Seas, Anthem of the Seas, as well as Harmony of the Seas and Ovation of the Seas (Sydney departures only) when they debut in spring 2016. 

With Luxury that's Anything But Boring, It's time to Enjoy Vacationing!