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“At times like these, the value of booking with a travel advisor becomes increasingly apparent," "We are here to help our travelers in providing information, as well as rebooking. We don’t want travelers to give up their hard-earned vacations so if they are hesitant, we are suggesting alternatives in other parts of the world." While 64 percent of advisors said they had zero cancellations of cruise bookings due to coronavirus worldwide, the survey found that 13 percent of advisors said they saw a high number of cruise booking cancellations for itineraries that include China and other parts of Asia. Travel Leaders Network adds that cruise lines have the health and safety of passengers as their highest priority and are taking extra precautionary measures, such as enhanced screening and sanitizing protocols and denying boarding to passengers from China and Hong Kong. Once the situation is addressed, 96 percent of advisors said they are confident their clients will rebook their canceled trips.

[01/29/20]   The World’s Only 5‐Star Luxury Included Honeymoon
A Sandals honeymoon gives you more ways to spend time together, with unlimited gourmet dining at up to 16 specialty restaurants per resort, endless land and water sports, and the most romantic suites on the island. No other resorts in the world are so completely dedicated to couples in love. Voted "Top All-Inclusive Resorts for Honeymoons" by BRIDES magazine, the number one bridal publication in the country, it's easy to see why our resorts have garnered a reputation for being the perfect romantic getaway for newlyweds.

Perfect Day at CocoCay:
Perfect Day at CocoCay is Royal Caribbean's private island in The Bahamas, and it has become an instant hit with so many guests who visit the island. Royal Caribbean has added so many great activities and things to do, and I wanted to share some of the lesser-known tricks, secrets and need to know tips about this private destination.

Wave pool is the secret thrill. Perfect Day at CocoCay features the largest wave pool in the Caribbean, and if you venture to the deepest part of the pool, you will find some significant waves waiting for you. Kids splash area is awesome. Families will consider a variety of fun things to do while at Perfect Day at CocoCay, but they should not overlook the two kids splash areas.

The Bahamas are kicking off the new year with increased airlift and exciting events. Additional airlift options from Boston, Denver and Houston will bring visitors to the Bahamas during peak travel season this spring, just in time for Baha Mar’s inaugural Culinary & Arts Festival.

Major Airlift Growth in The Bahamas – A number of top airlines are increasing airlift to the Bahamas in 2020. JetBlue is adding a second daily flight from Boston to Nassau in the peak spring break travel months of March and April. United Airlines is introducing a new non-stop Saturday-only flight from Denver to Nassau in March 2020. Southwest is also adding a seasonal Saturday-only route from Houston to Nassau in June 2020.

The Bahamas Launches First Digital Currency – The Central Bank launched the Bahamas’ first digital currency, called the Sand Dollar, in Exuma last month. The new currency allows all residents of the Bahamas to have access to the same level of convenience and financial services. This is a major step forward in the long-term goal of launching a fully-fledged Central Bank digital currency.

About Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort and Spa - All Inclusive
Fronting the pristine waters of the Caribbean, the all-suite Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa offers the ideal setting for family vacations and active tropical getaways. With convenient access to the services and amenities offered at the adjoining Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa, guests enjoy spacious guest suites, freshwater swimming pools, mini-golf, daily activities, boutique shops, children’s entertainment, sensational restaurants and bars and a pampering spa throughout their stay.

Southern Stars Vacations

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Southern Stars Vacations do not charge any service fee for their service to clients. If planned in advance we do offer monthly payments.

All you are required to do is get in touch with one of our agents for all your travel needs and they will do all the planning in the shortest time possible.

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A horse and carriage ride through Central Park is one of New York’s most magical experiences, with a history dating back over 150 years. Whether you’re on honeymoon or a family vacation, don’t leave this precious ritual to chance. Book ahead to guarantee your perfect time slot without the wait. Your 2-mile (3-kilometer) ride covers sights including the Lake, Strawberry Fields, Tavern on the Green, Rumsey Playfield, and Conservatory Water.
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Headed to New York City for New Year’s? NYC & Company has released a roundup of the top events and attractions in all five of the city’s boroughs to help ring in 2020.

Times Square
While the iconic Ball Drop is certainly the center of the festivities, visitors can celebrate the holiday days in advance of the event viewed around the world.

Seven-foot tall numbers “2” and “0” will be displayed in mid-December and available for a pre-NYE photoshoot in various Times Square Plazas until they are hoisted atop One Times Square as celebratory décor the week leading up to the big event.

On December 28, from 12-1 p.m., locals and travelers are invited to enjoy Good Riddance Day at the Broadway Plaza in Times Square, where bad memories are eliminated via a giant shredder.

From December 1-29, visit the Wishing Wall in Times Square Plaza to share your hopes and dreams for 2020, which will be dropped as confetti when the clock strikes midnight. Electronic wishes can be submitted here or on social media using #ConfettiWish.

The nearly six-ton ball, covered with 2,688 Waterford Crystal triangles, is capable of lighting up the night from One Times Square, with more than 16 million different colors.

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve will broadcast the Times Square festivities globally with the help of performances by superstar performers (to be announced) and host Ryan Seacrest.

Can’t-Miss Hotel Bashes
The Times Square Edition is celebrating its first New Year’s Eve in five-star fashion with a three-party extravaganza including ticketed events at 701 West, The Paradise Club and The Terrace Outdoor Rooftop and Gardens. Each celebration includes dinner, open bar, and a world-class DJ or live music. At 701 West and The Terrace, guests will have access to the hotel’s outdoor porch with views of the Time Square ball drop.

The New York Marriott Marquis will celebrate by hosting a party with 360-degree views of the ball drop that includes a red-carpet entry, luxury dinner buffet and dessert bar, specialty cocktails, open bar and VIP access to the patio overlooking Times Square.

The Moxy Times Square is ringing in the modern-day Roaring 20’s with a unique brand of fun with an event at the Magic Hour Rooftop. The “urban amusement park” is the largest indoor/outdoor all-season hotel rooftop bar in NYC, and it has five distinct areas including a lounge, outdoor garden, gallery entrance and outdoor putt-putt course with an adult carnival vibe.

The Peninsula New York’s Salon de Ning will be transformed into a chic, dome-covered penthouse where guests will enjoy a cocktail party with open bar, live music and plenty of dancing, as well as temporary popup Chalet de Ning.

The Pierre, A Taj Hotel, is ringing in 2020 with dual celebrations including two dinner parties with prix-fixe menus, live jazz music and midnight champagne toast at its signature restaurant, Perrine, and a more casual celebration featuring dancing, open bar, raw bar, DJ and more at the Two E Lounge.

At Party on Park Avenue at the Loews Regency Hotel, guests will enjoy a night of glitz and glamor in a stylish suite on Manhattan’s Upper East Side complete with a three-hour open-bar cocktail reception, hors d'oeuvres and champagne toast at midnight.

The Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island, situated in the heart of protected woodlands, is hosting its annual New Year’s Eve Gala with a “Roarin’ 20’s” theme this year in the picturesque Nicotra’s Ballroom, complete with 10-piece band.

Festive Events
The only casino in New York City’s five boroughs, Resorts World Casino, will celebrate at Bar360 with a night of concerts that includes a performance by Bronx native Judy Torres and a Black and White Ball hosted by Chef Garfield and Deejay Roy. Guests are also encouraged to explore the casino’s 4,200 slot machines and 1,300 electronic table games.

Visitors are invited to ring in the New Year with Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams at the 40th edition of The New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration at the historic Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Park. The family-friendly event is a free, authentic way to celebrate with locals and travelers.

For a beautiful, unobstructed view of the NYC skyline coupled with an extravagant fireworks display over the Hudson River, take a ride on Circle Lines New Year’s Eve Cruise along the New York Harbor from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. A DJ and midnight toast complete the event that is 21+ to drink, 18+ to enter.

2020 TCS NYC Marathon hopefuls and running enthusiasts are invited to participate in the NYRR Midnight Run. Registered runners and plus ones will gather at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park for a four-mile race that starts at the stroke of midnight with a beautiful fireworks display.

In The Bronx, families can enjoy a visit to the Bronx Zoo, where the Holiday Lights festivities will take place from 5-9 p.m., or explore the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden, where model trains zip through a display of more than 175 NYC landmarks made out of plant parts, including One World Trade Center, Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty.

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club New Year’s Day Plunge is free with prior-registration and kicks off at 1 p.m. at the Stillwell Avenue boardwalk entrance. Participants are invited to enter the New York Aquarium complimentarily after the plunge to warm up. Have a happy & safe holiday!

Cruises & Destinations
Discover spectacular destinations, magical experiences and breathtaking ports of call. Enchanting locations include majestic Alaska, the tropical Caribbean, the blissful Bahamas, and more than 15 European countries. Itineraries may fill up quickly, so don't wait too long to book your cruise!
Featured Ports and Itineraries for Early 2021
In early 2021, Disney Cruise Line will return to New Orleans for a limited-time engagement with sailings to the Bahamas and Caribbean, including visits to Disney’s private island paradise, Castaway Cay. A lineup of popular itineraries will continue across the Disney fleet with cruises to tropical destinations from Texas, California and Florida.


Book New Zealand as Your Next Vacation.

As one of the first countries to see the sun, New Zealand’s friendly local guides have plenty of time to welcome you and help you experience the relaxation and romance of New Zealand. New Zealand’s secluded retreats and remote luxury lodges allow you to truly disconnect from the world and reconnect with nature and each other.

And, we’ve developed a host of planning tools, sharable content and inspiring itineraries to help you plan an unforgettable New Zealand experience for romantics.

Frightfully fun Caribbean destinations, Continues:

Jamaican spirits (and we’re not only talking about rum)

Jamaican folklore is filled with tales of restless spirits called duppies. Deceased family or friends may appear in a dream as a benevolent duppy offering advice or information. But malevolent duppies like Rolling Calf and Old Higue are another story altogether. The Rolling Calf is a huge, cow-like creature who chases nighttime travelers with blazing eyes of red fire, while the witchy Old Hige sheds her skin to transform into an owl, occasionally stopping to suck out the breath of her sleeping victims.

Take heart, travelers, as it is easy to scare away a duppy by heading to a crossroads, wearing your clothes inside out, or distracting them by dropping a handful of things for them to count (as many West Indian spirits tend toward OCD). They despise salt, as well as white overproof rum. Jamaicans often sprinkle white overproof rum on the foundation of a new house or a baby’s forehead to protect from evil spirits. But be careful; at 65% alcohol, you’ll be seeing spirits of a different kind after a shot or two.

Frightfully fun Caribbean destinations, Continues

Barbados boasts the terrifying story of the Chase family vault. First built by the Honorable James Elliot, this majestic crypt in Christ Church had walls two-foot thick and a slab of blue marble sealing the entrance. Elliot’s wife became the tomb’s first resident in 1792. But when the vault was opened to inter another body, her coffin was gone. In 1808 and in 1812, the two young daughters of Thomas Chase—the now-owner of the vault—were laid to rest inside. By all accounts, Chase was a cruel man, so it’s likely there were very few tears when his death came (possibly by his own hand) only a month after his second daughter’s. The marble was pried away only to reveal the children’s lead coffins apparently thrown around in disarray. The grisly scene was repeated twice more before the family finally emptied the crypt in 1820.

Frightfully fun Caribbean destinations
If you’re visiting the Caribbean this fall, you’re not likely to run across any jack-o-lanterns and trick or treating kids, since Halloween isn’t celebrated here. But ghosts, evil spirits and monsters? That’s another (ghost) story.
Unhappily ever after

Many a Caribbean isle is home to restless spirits like that haunting the Eden Brown Estate on the eastern side of Nevis. Don’t bother looking for a tour guide, or even a sign welcoming you to the quiet ruins of the estate, slowly being reclaimed by creeping rainforest vines. Stories tell of a tragic 1822 wedding day when both the groom and his best man were mortally injured—dueling with each other. Some say the best man was having an affair with the bride; others say he was a brother, challenging his sister’s cheating groom. Either way, the bride-to-be, a one Miss Julia Huggins, never recovered from the shock. She became a recluse, haunting the halls of the estate both while she lived and after her death. Is that the wind, or the sound of the forlorn Miss Huggins wailing with grief?

Introducing the newest Royal Caribbean® gamechanger, Odyssey of the Seas. From bow to stern and St. Thomas to Santorini, it's bold in every direction on the latest Quantum Ultra Class feat — debuting fall 2020 in Fort Lauderdale and sailing from Rome summer 2021.
RipCord by iFLY--You can feel the freedom of freefall without even leaving the deck.
Sky Pad---Whether bouncing around a sugarcoated world, or a planet lightyears in the future, it's gravity-defying fun in this bungee trampoline experience.
FlowRider — The surf's always up as 30,000 gallons of rushing awesome heads your way.

Take a tour of The Walking Dead filming locations in Atlanta with a guide who has starred as an extra on AMC’s hit television series. Along the way, get an insider’s peek at the hospital where the whole storyline of the show began, as well as the Goat Farm from the “Vatos” episode. You can also test your TWD knowledge against other fans during a trivia game session.
Guided tour of filming locations for The Walking Dead and Zombieland in Atlanta
Visit locations such as the hospital where the story began in season one of The Walking Dead
Go inside the Goat Farm to see where the Vatos held camp
Play a fun TWD-themed trivia game
Get your own selfie from the Jackson Street Bridge

Walking Dead Big Zombie Tour Part One from $69.00

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It is often said “To learn of the person is to know the person”…so let me begin my story… I have been a part of the travel industry for more than 7 years; working as an independent agent. I’ve also worked many years with U.S. Airways Express and Peidmont Airlines.

I have a true passion for travel. I found my passion to be the Caribbean islands. I have been fortunate enough to travel all over the Caribbean many times (Jamaica, Turks and Caicos, Punta Cana, Aruba, Puerto Rico, and plus the Bahamas). I have been to Mexico countless times, as well as Florida (Orlando, St. Pete’s, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, and Key West) and Las Vegas. I have sailed on most of the major cruise lines ( Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Celebrity).

Today’s travel consultant is more savvy, more knowledgeable, more specialized, and needed more than ever before. With the wealth of information available on the internet the choices are overwhelming and the reviews are daunting. How do you know you are making the right vacation choices for your much needed and well earned time to relax? More than ever before the guidance of an experienced professional travel consultant is needed and travel arranged by your professional travel consultant also guarantees that you never travel alone. Clients benefit from my years of experience and my relationship with suppliers in the travel industry. Believe it or not I don’t charge high fees. In fact Southern Stars Vacations clients still get the best deal since I am able to match or beat most internet deals apples to apples. My loyal clients speak with praise and satisfaction for the memories they cherish on the vacation trips we planned together. It would be my pleasure to offer my services and help with your special vacation planning and events.

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