Monday, November 16, 2015

Changes to Florida Theme Parks

There will be some exciting changes coming over the next couple of years to Florida’s theme parks.  With over 62 million people visiting Orlando’s parks each year the pressure is on for to keep coming up with new ideas to keep visitors coming back year after year.

Universal Orlando
In the summer of 2016 Universal Orlando will open its fifth onsite hotel, the 1000 room Loews Sapphire Falls Resort.  The hotel is built around a lush tropical lagoon and waterfall, the Caribbean style hotel has 83 suites and will feature Universal Orlando’s largest onsite, zero entry pool, with a white sand beach and water slide.  Guests will receive early entry to the park, complimentary water taxi and shuttle bus transportation to theme parks and Universal CityWalk, resort-wide charging privileges with their room key as well as other perks.  Value season rat3es start at just $119 per night for a seven night stay.

As for rides, Universal Orlando will be debuting Skull Island: Reign of Kong at Universal’s Island of Adventure next summer, where guests will be taken into the mysterious island filled with prehistoric predators and none other than King Kong himself.

In 2017 the Fast & Furious: Supercharged ride will open, a thrill ride that immerses guests in the underground racing world made famous in the Fast & Furious movies.  The park will also be opening up a third park, Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando Resort.  The water park will feature a towering volcano , water slides, lazy river and a rapids ride.

Walt Disney World Resort
Last year saw a huge expansion for the Magic Kingdom but in 2016 there is even  more to
come.  At Disney’s Animal Kingdom big changes are under way.  IN the spring, Rivers of Light will Debut.  A night time spectacular in the Discovery River Lagoon that transforms the park with live performances, floating lanterns, projection mapping, water screens and swirling animal imagery.

Kilimanjaro Safaris will also stay open later starting in the spring offering nocturnal safari rides.  In 2017, Pandora – The World of Avatar will open in the Animal Kingdom.  This new Avatar themed land will take visitors on an adventure through floating mountains, bioluminescent forests and the winged creatures known as Banshees.

There will also be changes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Stars Wars Launch Bay will be opening later this year with exhibits, merchandise and the opportunity to meet Star Wars characters.  A new Star Tours- The Adventures Continue, featuring locations and characters from the upcoming file Star Wars: The Awakens and a re-imagined Jedi Training Academy, with new characters from the Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels. 

All this leads up to the opening of a new 14 acre Star Wars Land at Disney Hollywood Studios.  The new Frozen ride will be opening next year at Epcot and Soarin Around the World will also debut at Epcot next year. 

Legoland Florida Resort
Legoland has opened a new themed land, Lego Friends Heartlake City which is based on the popular Lego Friends line featuring five girl characters.  The expansion features Mia’s Riding Adventure, a platform ride with horse shaped seats that spin while traveling forwards and backwards, an interactive musical show, heart shaped fountain filled with Lego brick instruments that play music and several stores.  Nest year there will be a new 4D movie with characters from The Lego Movie.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Deal Alert: Warming Up in Hawaii

What better place to warm up this winter then in Hawaii and with prices like these you can't go wrong.

Airline: Alaska Air

Travel Dates: Nov 9 – Dec 16

(One way prices)

Oakland – Maui    $199

Oakland – Kauai   $256

Portland – Kauai   $275

Sacramento – Maui  $239

San Diego – Kona  $189

San Jose – Kona  $219

Seattle – Maui   $209

Seattle – Kauai   $219

Spokane – Maui  $ 239

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Pre-Order In Flight Meal on British Airways

Economy ClassBefore you fly you can pre-order and purchase an in-flight meal from a selection of new meals between 30 days and British Airways24 hours before your flights departure.  The menu is available exclusively at and gives you a good alternative to the complimentary meals.  Meals include poached king prawn, salmon, braised beef, vegetarian meals, British breakfast as well as other items.  (Prices range from 15-18 British Pounds)

Available Routes:      (Economy Class)
This service is available on flights leaving from London, Heathrow and flying to:

Abu Dhabi, Accra, Amman*, Atlanta, Austin, Bahrain, Baku*, Baltimore, Bangkok, Beijing, Beirut*, Bengaluru, Boston, Buenos Aries, Cairo*, Calgary, Cape Town, Chengdu, Chennai, Chicago, Dallas Ft Worth, Denver, Dubai, Entebbe, Haneda, Hong Kong, Houston, Hyderabad, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, Mumbai, Nairobi, Narita, New Delhi, New York - John F. Kennedy, New York - Newark, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Rio De Janeiro, Riyadh, San Diego, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Seoul (Incheon), Shanghai (Pu Dong), Singapore, Tel Aviv*, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington DC.
* Gourmet, Healthy and Vegetarian Kitchen options only.

First, Club World and World Traveller PlusIn the premium cabins you will be able to pre-order your meal between 30 days and 24 hours prior to your flight departure for free however your meal choices will be the same as on board.  By using this service though you will be able to guarantee you get the meal of your choice.

Available Routes: (First, Club World and World Traveller Plus)
Abu Dhabi, Accra, Atlanta, Austin, Bahrain, Baltimore, Bangkok, Beijing, Bengaluru, Boston, Buenos Aries, Calgary, Cape Town, Chengdu, Chennai, Chicago, Dallas Ft Worth, Denver, Dubai, Dulles International (DC), Entebbe, Haneda, Hong Kong, Houston, Hyderabad, Jeddah, Johannesburg, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Lagos, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Montreal, Mumbai, Nairobi, Narita, New Delhi, New York - John F. Kennedy, New York - Newark, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Rio de Janeiro, Riyadh, San Diego, San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Shanghai (Pu Dong), Singapore, Toronto, Vancouver.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

New Pricing for Cruise Lines

The face of cruising is changing.  It used to be you booked a cruise and pretty much everything on Cruisesboard was included except shore excursions, gratuities, liquor and sodas.  But it’s a little more complicated than that these days.

Now some cruise lines offer different cruise levels to choose from while others are including free liquor or shore excursions, all in an attempt to lure in passengers.  Cruise lines have found that giving passengers extra amenities can make a huge difference when it comes to them deciding which cruise to choose.

Celebrity Cruises started the 1-2-3Go! And Pick Your Perk programs, which lets passengers choose which extra amenities they want.  They can choose from things such as beverage packages, prepaid gratuities, onboard credit or other items.  Their Go Big, Go Better, Go Best program allows passengers booking an ocean view cabin or better to choose from four extra amenities  - prepaid gratuities, $150 onboard credit, the classic beverage package or unlimited internet.  Passengers pay a lower fee (Go Big) and get to choose one Amenity, or pay a medium fee (Go Better) and get to choose two of the amenities, or pay the highest fee (Go Best) and get all four amenities plus up graded to the premium beverage package.

MSC Cruises introduced a four level pricing system ranging from basic cruise only fare to all inclusive.  Passengers can decide what they want to bundle into their fare – drinks, massages, priority boarding, half price fitness classes or access to exclusive, adult only areas.

Norwegian Cruise Line occasionally offers their “Freestyle Choice” promotion which allows passengers to choose one of four extras – unlimited beverages, free specialty dining, free WiFi, or free shore excursions.  Guests who book a suite or accommodations in the Haven get all four, plus an extra $25 onboard credit.   Starting in 2016 all voyages on the Norwegian Sky will include free spirits, cocktails, bottled and draft beer and wines by the glass priced up to $11 and unlimited fountain drinks and juices at all bars and lounges, restaurants and in Great Stirrup Cay.

The results are in and passengers want these all inclusive and bundle fares and extra amenities so you should expect to see more cruise lines and ships to fall in line and start offering the same type of pricing.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Deal Alert: JFK to Johannesburg

South African Airways has some great prices right now for JFK (JFK, New York) to Johannesburg, South AfricaSouth Africa.  We found prices in November 19 - 27 for only $594.  For other departure airports and dates go to

South African Airways

Friday, October 2, 2015

Tahiti / Bora Bora Deal from Costco

If you are a Costco member they have a great deal for Tahiti right now. Checkout all the extra's Costco is giving away with is deal.  Just the meals are a great deal itself as the price of food can add up quickly  so any chance to to book a package that includes a free meal plan is a win.  Starting at $3999 per person they have a package deal that includes:
  • Two nights in a Lagoon view room at the Inter-Continental ResortBora Bora
  • Five nights in a Sapphire overwater junior suite villa at the Inter-Continental Bora Bora Resort
  • Airfare from LAX
  • Daily breakfast
  • One romantic dinner for two on each island
  • Nightly dinner for two on Bora Bora
  • $200 food and Beverage credit per room, per stay
  • $60 spa credit per room, per stay
There are a lot of extras that make this a great deal.  Book by 10/26/15 at (click on travel)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Top Ten: Best Live Travel Webcams

Checkout these top ten live travel webcams. Get live look at locations all over the world and see what is going on rightGlobe Webcams now in other countries and states.  It's the next best thing to being there.

1. Africam
Six camera locations to choose from where you can view animals in the African bush.

Numerous camera locations throughout Italy including the popular tourist site.

Two camera locations, one in Liberation Square and one at the Cathedral of the Christ the Savior at Ub.

The camera offers a street view of Times Square in New York City.

View of a watering hole that offers great views of wildlife.

The camera offers amazing views of Iceland and the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights.

Views of Miami Beach.  Six other camera views are also available.

This site lets you choose from numerous cruise ships and camera views.  You can watch what is happening on board the ships live.

Over twenty camera views throughout Japan.

Keep an eye on downtown Juneau, Alaska.