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Travel to dozens of U.S. cities and Caribbean destinations this summer with JetBlue’s two-day summer sale. With fares* as low as $46, you can unwind on the beach with direct flights to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Aruba and Bermuda, Montego Bay and St. Croix. Or, visit major domestic cities like New York, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and so many more. These low fares can only be booked directly through JetBlue, and are not available on other sites. Read more
Timing, as they say, is everything. It’s true of romance, successfully poaching eggs and, of course, booking travel. That’s why it’s important to know that it’s currently shoulder season in the Caribbean. The interim period between peak winter and low summer travel months, shoulder season is the perfect time to visit the region without counting dollars or dodging crowds.
Better still, a number of major carriers are celebrating new routes to hot Caribbean locales with killer fares. From unstoppable rates to Colombia’s sexy seaside city, to the first-ever direct flights to Martinique, here are the season’s best new ways to save. Read more
Don’t let the Carnival Cruise Line’s recent newsworthy items deter you from hitting the high seas. There are millions of cruises that sail each year without making the news. They have great customer service, activities for families, couples, and seniors, onboard entertainment, and unique ports around the world. Today we’ve rounded up the best of the best, from exotic international cruises to the always-popular beach destinations. Read more
Just two hours from New York City, Bermuda is the perfect weekend getaway. Leave the city chaos behind and escape to the soft pink sands and crystal clear waters of the British territory. Located on Bermuda’s stunning South Shore, the Fairmont Southampton offers luxury accommodations in paradise. This property, voted one of the top resorts in the Atlantic by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, offers guests 30 percent savings off bookings of three nights or more. Rooms start at $193 per night through the end of the year.
Your guestroom will feature one king or two queen beds, a spacious bathroom with a his-and-hers granite vanity, and a private balcony. The property contains eight onsite dining options including fresh local seafood at the beachfront Ocean Club and The Cellar, a local favorite cocktail and entertainment lounge. Relax on the serene private beach, where the Cabana Bar & Grill will bring you island-inspired cocktails and snacks. The resort’s full-service spa features a state-of-the-art ocean view fitness center as well as treatments including aromatherapy and reflexology, cleansing facials, and custom massages. From tennis courts to an eighteen-hole golf course, the Fairmont Southampton really has it all.
This special is available for 3-night stays booked through December 31. To book, visit the Fairmont Southampton website. For more information, call 800-257-7544.
With temperatures soaring across most of the country, it’s hard for some of us to think about baking in the Caribbean sun. However, cold weather will be here before you know it, and with it a slew of new flights from the East Coast and Midwest to take advantage of tropical destinations.
Booking now for new JetBlue service from D.C. to San Juan (daily) and JFK to Samana, Dominican Republic (twice weekly) will score you big savings. Launching August 23, one-way fares on the San Juan route will be as low as $129 for travel through November 14 if you book by July 13; this will be the only non-stop flight between the U.S. capital and the Puerto Rican capital. Similarly, book by this Friday to secure one-way fares to Samana starting at $169 for flights from the November 14 launch date through February 9.
On this season of ABC’s reality series The Bachelorette, single mom Emily Maynard and her bachelor suitors have jetted off to four amazing and romantic destinations over the past several weeks: Bermuda, London, Dubrovnik, and Prague (shown at left). I have been to each place several times – and loved them all – so I decided to create a quiz to help you figure out which of the four destinations is best for your next romantic getaway. Answer the 10 questions that follow (write down the letters you choose on a piece of paper) and then read on to find out where you should consider heading to next. (They’re all great . . . just completely different!)
Let’s say you find yourself in Bermuda, but you’re not really a knee-socks-and-shorts kind of guy. Let’s say you prefer thongs and slings, or maybe nothing at all. And let’s say your lady friend has forgotten her swimsuit at home, and she’s not taken with the British colony’s selections because she’s more a fan of dental floss.
Bermuda loves its pink, but the island’s approach has always been poplins and pastels. Fortunately, Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa can get you out of your pickle. Set on 30 acres on Bermuda’s western end, secluded by four private beaches, the resort is the island’s sole adults-only property. For starters, that means a clothing-optional deck, which circumvents Bermuda’s ban on nudity on the beach by keeping its sands irreproachably pristine.
Family-friendly cruising is nothing new to Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL), which was the first line to introduce a kids program in 1999. What is new are NCL’s “Splash Academy” youth program and “Entourage” teen zone, which have been introduced on the Norwegian Gem and eventually will be offered fleet-wide.
What’s newer still is that when she sets sail from New York City to Bermuda during her inaugural summer season next year, the Norwegian Breakaway (a 4,000-passenger ship that will also sail from NYC to ports of call in Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean) will be equipped with the largest dedicated kid zones in the fleet.
How decked out are we talking about? Well, Splash Academy will span two decks (12 and 13, if you want to start mastering the ship’s layout) that will be adjacent to the Breakaway’s “family-friendly staterooms.”
Escape the rat race with a cruise to the sunny, pink-sand beaches of Bermuda via Norwegian Cruise Line. This 7-night cruise aboard the Norwegian Star departs from New York City on May 6 and sails across the Atlantic to Bermuda. Rates start at $499 (just $71 per night) for an inside cabin, saving you 33% compared to the same itinerary in 2013.
You’re also eligible for a cabin upgrade, from an inside cabin to an ocean-view cabin, or an ocean-view cabin to a balcony cabin. When you’re not soaking in the sun on deck or on the beach, indulge in 14 different dining options and catch a performance by the Second City comedy improv troupe. Or just enjoy the sunset at the open-air Bier Garten.
I really get around (travel-wise, that is) and when I talk to other well-traveled writers and friends I am always amazed how many of them have overlooked one of the world’s prettiest places: delightful, 21-square-mile Bermuda. Not only is it among the easiest-access islands for Americans (it’s in the Atlantic, 650 miles off Cape Hatteras and under two hours by air from the East Coast), but its teal blue water, botanical bounty, and pastel-hued charm make you feel as if you’ve been transported to an entirely different continent. I place it in the realm of Capri, Madeira, or Mallorca – sunny, manicured islands rich in natural beauty and full of surprises around every corner.
I didn’t discover Bermuda myself until four years ago, and a recent visit reaffirmed that the world’s oldest British colony, where the U.S. dollar is readily accepted, is a terrific destination for couples looking for a subtropical getaway involving golf, tennis, biking, spas, fine dining, or even historic touring. Here are my picks for 10 ways to enjoy Bermuda, plus three top resort options (if you can swing a last-minute getaway, hotel rates throughout March are a great value).
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