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The 10 Hottest Hotels in Miami

Miami’s temperatures may be rising, but this city’s hot reputation is thanks to its scene as much as its sunny weather. From the beaches to the bars, from the restaurants to the clubs, Miami is home to a slew of hot spots — and many of the most desirable party destinations are in the area’s gorgeous hotels. Here are the top ten picks for the hottest hot spot hotels in the “Magic City”.

  1. Delano Hotel
  2. The James Royal Palm
  3. The W South Beach
  4. Fontainebleau Resort Miami Beach
  5. Clevelander Hotel
  6. The Shore Club
  7. SLS Hotel South Beach
  8. The Standard Miami
  9. The Tides South Beach
  10. Mondrian South Beach

Want to make Miami your next “hot spot” vacation? Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land vacation request form and let us make this special getaway a reality!!

The 10 Best Cruise Lines for Family Reunions

A key to a happy family reunion is a combination of fun activities, togetherness and down time. Cruise ships provide a perfect venue for multigenerational groups because everyone is free to do their own thing — play or lounge by day, dine together at night.

Here are the 10 best cruise lines for family reunion cruises:

  1. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (RCCL)
  2. Disney Cruise Line
  3. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL)
  4. Holland America Line
  5. Celebrity Cruises
  6. Carnival Cruise Lines
  7. Crystal Cruises
  8. Cunard Line
  9. Princess Cruises
  10. Oceania Cruises

Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send a cruise vacation request form and let us plan your next memorable family reunion cruise today!!!

The Top 25 US Travel Destination Cities

Here are the top 25 US travel destination cities as voted by Travelers’ Choice.

  1. New York
  2. Chicago
  3. San Francisco
  4. Las Vegas
  5. New Orleans
  6. Los Angeles
  7. San Diego
  8. Seattle
  9. Washington, D.C.
  10. Orlando
  11. Honolulu
  12. Houston
  13. Charleston, SC
  14. Boston
  15. Portland, OR
  16. San Antonio
  17. Palm Springs, CA
  18. Austin, TX
  19. Branson, MO
  20. Atlanta
  21. Phoenix
  22. Myrtle Beach, SC
  23. Saint Louis
  24. Nashville
  25. Miami Beach

Let us plan your next vacation to one (or more) of these awesome cities!! Call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land vacation request quote and we will take care of the rest!

The 10 Most Affordable Caribbean Hot Spots

TripAdvisor has priced 10 beautiful Caribbean island destinations, comparing the cost of a one-week trip for a group of four people for this early spring season. Included, in the price analysis is the average cost of round-trip airfare from the continental US, a seven-night hotel stay, six dinners and a half-day snorkeling excursion. Here are the top 10 value destinations, with the cost of a weeklong trip for four people.

  1. Puerto Rico – $4,609.00
  2. Jamaica – $4,631.00
  3. Trinidad & Tobago – $4,771.00
  4. Dominican Republic – $5,315.00
  5. St. Maarten / St. Martin – $5,566.00
  6. Bahamas – $5,815.00
  7. Curacao – $5,833.00
  8. Bermuda – $6,064.00
  9. Aruba – $6,260.00
  10. Grenada – $6,622.00

Why not plan a trip to one of these affordable destinations for this early spring season? Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land vacation request quote and let us book your next affordable getaway today!!

11 Things To Do On Board The New Norwegian Getaway

The new 4000 passenger Norwegian Getaway debuted in Miami earlier this year, the biggest ship to ever cruise year-round from the city. Onboard the Miami-centric ship, cruise passengers will find an action-packed environment that aims to bring the excitement of the Magic City to sea. Here are 11 favorite activities to do onboard the Norwegian Getaway.

  1. Watching “It’s Magic“: The one-of-a-kind Illusionarium dinner show.
  2. Sipping Mojitos: Head to the Sugarcane Mojito Bar to taste six varieties of mojitos.
  3. Whirling Down Slides: Try one of the five colorful waterslides above Deck 16 at Getaway’s Aqua Park.
  4. Walking The Plank: Put on a harness and fulfill your pirate fantasies! Step onto a plank the protrudes 8 feet off the ship, with nothing but sea 180 feet below!
  5. Playing Mini Golf: A round of mini golf on the ship’s 9-hole, pirate-themed course is a nice diversion, especially for families.
  6. Hanging With SpongeBob: As part of Norwegian’s deal with Nickelodeon TV, characters including SpongeBob appear in a bunch of places shipboard, including the décor at the Kids’ Aqua Park and Splash Academy playrooms.
  7. Eating Cuban: Fulfill your appetite with classic dishes like black beans and rice, pulled pork, fried yucca and empanadas  at the open-air Flamingo Bar & Grill.
  8. Participating in a Game Show: Crowds gather in the three-deck atrium — with its giant video screen — to play “Deal Or No Deal”, compete in trivia contests and hear what comes out of the mouths of fellow passengers during “The Perfect Couple Game Show”.
  9. Going Dancing: Dancing the night away onboard the Getaway doesn’t mean just busting a move in the disco. Theme nights include an 80’s party, complete with fireworks, at the outdoor club Spice H2O. In the Tropicana Room, a dramatic dining space designed to look like a 1940’s supper club, you can dance to tunes by an excellent Latin trio.
  10. Listening To Music: The GRAMMY Experience is a new club featuring Grammy award-winning musicians. The décor includes cases filled with funky Grammy memorabilia such as bright yellow Jackson Five jumpsuits, circa 1977.
  11. Seeing A Show: Head to the theater for the cutesy “Legally Blonde: The Musical” and a sizzling Latin version of the Broadway dance show “Burn The Floor”. For laughs, catch a performance by topflight comics. Or sample “Wine Lovers the Musical”, where lunch and a wine tasting get the comedic treatment.

Make your next cruise vacation aboard the Norwegian Getaway a reality. Call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a cruise vacation quote request and let us plan your next “Getaway” on board this incredible new ship!

2014 Cruisers’ Choice Awards Winners

Here are the most notable winners of the 2014 Cruisers’ Choice Awards:

  • Disney Fantasy (Disney Cruise Lines): Best Large Ship
  • Disney Wonder (Disney Cruise Lines): Best Midsize Ship
  • Seabourn Quest (Seabourn Cruise Line): Best Small Ship, Best Small Ship for Public Rooms & Best Small Ship for Value-for-Money
  • Carnival Liberty (Carnival Cruise Lines): Best Large Ship for Value-for-Money
  • Oasis Of The Seas (Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines): Best Large Ship for Fitness
  • Oceania Riviera (Oceania Cruise Lines): Best Midsized Ship for Cabins
  • Norwegian Sun (Norwegian Cruise Lines): Best Midsized Ship for Value-for-Money
  • Regent Seven Seas Navigator (Regent Seven Seas Cruises): Best Small Ship for Cabins
  • Crystal Serenity (Crystal Cruise Lines): Best Small Ship for Dining
  • Celebrity Silhouette (Celebrity Cruises): Best Cruises to the Mediterranean

Why not make your next cruise vacation on board one of these beautiful ships? Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a cruise request quote form so we can begin planning your next incredible cruise getaway!!

The 10 Best World Wine Destinations

“It takes more than great wine to make a great wine destination”, says Susan Kostrzewa, executive editor of Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Travelers also want good food and enjoyable interactions with winemakers and locals. “It’s really about the tone and vibe of the place.” The magazine has identified the following ten most promising vintage wine destinations for 2014.

  1. Umbria, Italy
  2. Aegean Islands, Greece
  3. Valle de Guadalupe, Baja California
  4. Hill Country, Texas
  5. Mendoza, Argentina
  6. Sonoma, California
  7. Baden, Germany
  8. Barossa Valley, Australia
  9. Walla Walla, Washington
  10. Languedoc, France

Why not make your next vacation to one of these great wine destinations? Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land vacation request quote and let us make this unique and wonderful trip a reality!!

The 10 Best Chinatowns Across The USA

Chinatowns are cities within cities; adventurous, bustling, full of distinctive signage, street vendors selling unusual items, specialty shops, a noted lack of big chains, a variety of dialects being spoken, and multitudes of unique and exciting food choices. From the country’s oldest Chinatown in hilly San Francisco to the smaller but just-as-bustling Chinatown in Philadelphia, visitors have the opportunity for instant cultural immersion, and below are identified as the ten best Chinatowns in America.

  1. San Francisco
  2. New York
  3. Chicago
  4. Seattle
  5. Philadelphia
  6. Honolulu
  7. Boston
  8. Los Angeles
  9. Houston
  10. Washington, DC

Let us make this unique & cultural vacation a reality! Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land vacation request quote, and begin packing your bags to one of these great destinations and enjoy their awesome Chinatown experience!!

Party Time: Best Caribbean Spring Break Islands

While the history of Spring Break dates back at least to the 1934 visit of the Colgate University swim team to Fort Lauderdale, it was the 1958 novel and 1960 film “Where The Boys Are” that enhanced it in American pop culture. For some college students, the tenuous coming-of-age angst of that movie has morphed into a week of no-holds-barred bacchanalia. These days, breakers know no boundaries, and popular Caribbean destinations including Nassau, Cancun, Puerto Rico and Jamaica compete for college students craving for a respite from snow and studies. A much milder experience awaits many families, who use the spring closure of K-12 schools to warm up and recharge in a tropical setting. Still other travelers seek only to relax in an isolated locale or to give back via volunteer activities. Here are options for all:

  • Jamaica (Montego Bay & Negril)
  • Cancun
  • Nassau & Paradise Island, Bahamas
  • Trinidad
  • Dominican Republic (Punta Cana)
  • Turks & Caicos
  • Puerto Rico
  • Saint Lucia

Spring Break season 2014 is around the corner. Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a land vacation request quote so we can begin planning your next well-deserved Spring Break getaway!!

10 Cruise Ships To Sure Please kids

Cruise lines cater to more than 1.5 million kid vacationers a year. It’s no wonder cruise ships are such a draw for families — there’s lots of stuff for the younger set to do. While the kids are occupied in organized activities programs, adults get to enjoy some downtime. When the whole family is ready for some togetherness, waterslides and other fun play areas provide places for creating memories. These 10 cruise ships have the most kid appeal.

  1. Oasis Of The Seas (Royal Caribbean Cruise Line)
  2. Allure Of The Seas (Royal Caribbean Cruise Line)
  3. Norwegian Breakaway (Norwegian Cruise Line)
  4. Norwegian Getaway (Norwegian Cruise Line)
  5. Disney Dream (Disney Cruise Line)
  6. Disney Fantasy (Disney Cruise Line)
  7. MSC Divina (MSC Cruises)
  8. Carnival Breeze (Carnival Cruise Line)
  9. Carnival Sunshine (Carnival Cruise Line)
  10. Royal Princess (Princess Cruises)

Let us make this cruise getaway a reality!! Please call Bargain Travel at 1-800-820-4567 or send us a cruise vacation quote request so we can begin planning your next memorable family cruise vacation!!