Amy Kirby

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Is it Safe to Travel to the Caribbean?

You may have seen reports about suspicious illness and death in the Dominican Republic right now and wondered if that country is safe.  Or you may remember reports from a few years ago about deaths in Mexico, or violence in Jamaica last year.  All of these reports may have you concerned about traveling to any Caribbean country right now, and that's ok.  But make sure that you are making an informed decision, not just based on the media reports.  Some of those reports are using scare tactics to get more exposure, and not necessarily sticking to the facts. ​​There have been reports of violence, [...]

What’s Included in Your Cruise Fare?

You’ve decided to take an ocean cruise.  Great!  What’s the next step?  You’ll need to decide where you want to go and the cruise line and ship to take you there.  Cruises start at 3-day sailings to the Bahamas, to 7-day sailings to the Caribbean, to 180-day sailings around the world!  And don’t forget sailings to Alaska, through the Panama Canal, to the Mediterranean and more.  The possibilities are endless! Now that you’ve decided on your cruise, you have to pay for it.  But what exactly is included in your cruise fare, and what will you have to pay for [...]

By | 2019-06-01T03:40:37+00:00 June 1st, 2019|Caribbean vacations, Cruises, family vacations|

Top 5 Reasons to Use a Travel Consultant

Not everyone needs to use a travel consultant to plan their vacations. There are some people that really enjoy the planning process, and love researching their next destination online. And that's perfectly fine! But if you're one of the many parents that are working and trying to raise a family, or running kids to sports practices, and piano lessons, and dance lessons, etc. you may not have the time to plan a vacation. We all know that we need to take advantage of the short time we have with our children, but you just don't have time to plan a [...]

By | 2019-05-10T10:08:13+00:00 May 11th, 2019|family vacations, Travel Consultant|

New Disney Cruise Line Itineraries for 2020

Disney has just released new itineraries for the Disney Cruise Line for the summer of 2020. There are some amazing destinations included in these itineraries, including a long-awaited return to Greece! Disney is also adding five first-time ports of call in Europe, in addition to the sailings to Alaska, the Bahamas and the Caribbean. The Disney Magic will return to Greece in the summer of 2020 after a five-year hiatus. These 9 or 12-night sailings include visits to Piraeus, the gateway to Athens to enjoy beautiful scenery and archeological wonders, Katakolon, near ancient Olympia, and the islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Crete. Two of [...]

By | 2019-05-17T18:44:14+00:00 March 4th, 2019|Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacations, family vacations|

Top 5 Tips for Your Next Disney Cruise

If you've never been on a Disney cruise ship, you're really missing out! This is a cruise experience truly like no other. Of course the kids will love all of the activities especially for them, but there is also plenty to do for the adults! The food is simply gourmet. I've never had a bad meal on a Disney cruise ship! And the shows!! The shows are absolutely my favorite part of a Disney cruise. It's like going to a Broadway show every single night! The sets and costumes are just beautiful! You can make the most of your next [...]

By | 2019-05-17T18:38:30+00:00 February 25th, 2019|Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacations, family vacations|

Plan Your Next Adventure with Island Routes

During our recent trip to St. Lucia, we also took some time to explore the island with an all-day excursion with Island Routes. If you're not familiar with Island Routes, this is the company that is paired with Sandals and Beaches resorts for excursions. You will see an Island Routes desk at every Sandals and Beaches resort, and we can also book your excursions before you travel to lock in availability. Some tours do book up, so it's best to book early. We chose the Soufriere Adventure Cruise. This is a seven hour tour which included a lot of highlights [...]

By | 2019-05-17T18:39:33+00:00 January 29th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Sandals Grande St. Lucian

If you haven't visited St. Lucia before, I highly recommend that you put it on your travel list. This is one of the most beautiful islands that I have visited. The greenery seemed greener, the water was so blue, and the Pitons were a sight to see! The Pitons are two distinct mountains that St. Lucia is known for. We were able to see them on our excursion with Island Routes. I will give you all of the details about our fun day next week! Sandals Grande St. Lucian is one of three Sandals resorts in St. Lucia. The other [...]

By | 2019-05-17T18:41:31+00:00 January 13th, 2019|All-inclusive Vacations, Caribbean vacations, Sandals, St. Lucia|

Toy Story Land is Now Open!

Disney has done it again! If you haven't heard yet, Toy Story Land opened in Disney's Hollywood Studios on June 30. This amazing new land will transport you into Andy's backyard, and make you feel as if you are one of the toys hanging out with Woody and Buzz Lightyear. There are two new attractions in Toy Story Land, in addition to Toy Story Mania which has always been a fan favorite. The new attractions are: Slinky Dog Dash is a family friendly coaster that takes you on a ride as Slinky Dog's coils twist and turn. You must be [...]

Dining Options at Beaches Turks & Caicos

One of my favorite parts of an all-inclusive vacation is the amazing dining that the resorts offer. I have been in a beautiful resort, but if the dining was just so-so, or if there weren't many options to choose from, it affects the vacation experience. With Beaches Turks & Caicos, you definitely don't have to worry about that! This resort offers many different dining options, so you will be sure to find something that you love! Here is a list of all of the restaurants that you can enjoy on your next visit to Beaches Turks & Caicos: Courtyard Bistro [...]

Water Sports at the Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort

Last week I gave you an overview of this amazing resort, but there is so much more to tell you!! One of the things that sets Beaches resorts apart from other resorts is their water sports program. First of all, almost ALL of the water sports are included in the price of your Sandals and Beaches vacation! That is definitely different than other all-inclusive resorts, and can save you a lot of money, especially if you are interested in scuba diving! Beaches Turks & Caicos offers so many water sports that you won't be able to try them all! We [...]