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 With WAVE season around the corner, cruise lines are gearing up to feature their best offers. To prepare for the wave of deals you’re about to see, here are some tips on benefits and features of cruising.

A cruise is a pleasurable way to travel as you sail to your destination or destinations. Taking a cruise is one of the most exciting ways to vacation, traveling around the world and having everything at your fingertips. Ask for it, and it will be there! Clubs, retail stores, beauty salon, spa, different restaurants, movie theaters, bars, pool, luxurious bedrooms and the best part is that it’s all inclusive (except alcoholic beverage). Some cruises do include alcoholic beverages for an additional fee but most of them do not and others, depending on the type of cruise, will charge you fee for an all you can drink package.

There are many cruise lines that offer a variety of different cruises, from one day cruising in the surrounding area up to months of traveling around the world. You can take a cruise from almost anywhere in the world. Each cruise line has different activities and amenities and all the cruises are different, but one thing that they have in common is their great customer service. Each employee makes a promise to give the best customer service in the world, making you feel like a superstar. Since there are so many cruise lines the best way to choose a cruise that will fulfill your dream vacation is by doing some research and working with a travel agent. They have a lot of activities and excursions to offer on and off of the cruise. If you like to explore they can take you hiking, snorkeling, swimming with the dolphins, etc. Otherwise you can just stay on the cruise ship and enjoy the various activities on board like contests, spa, gallery, shopping, shows, or just relax at the pool.

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One of the most important things that travelers should know is that they must have the proper travel documents. Most cruises require a passport, and depending on the places you are traveling to or your nationality you can travel with your birth certificate and state id. It’s important to talk to a travel agent before booking your cruise to be sure that you have the proper documentation to travel.

When preparing for a cruise you should pack carefully and bring appropriate outfits for each occasion, that’s the beauty of a cruise you can do everything while you are sailing. Bring a bathing suit for the beach and the pool; formal attire for dinner, sport clothes if you decide to go to the gym or play tennis or basketball. There is a bit of everything on a cruise for your enjoyment.

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At moments you’ll forget that you’re on a ship until you leave your room and see that you’re surrounded by water. Before cruising was a luxury that not everyone could afford just wealthy people, but nowadays it has become very affordable and convenient to almost everyone. Imagine being on a ship that has everything you need as if it was a mini city. You can go to different restaurants, engage in exciting activities, and lodge in a comfortable environment all in the same place.

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New Years Travel Destination

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All over the globe partygoers hunt for the best New Year’s Eve bash. Major cities have an excessive amount of bars, clubs, and restaurants however it can be exhausting to find a really original and exciting way to bring in the new year. For those searching for different ways to celebrate the occasion, consider these ten spectacular New Year’s Eve destinations across America.

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Emphasizing its stand as an eternal party city, Las Vegas are flocked by thousands of revelers to welcome the new year. Clubs, casinos and hotels take it to the next level with special shows, however several lock their doors round the midnight hours, thus you will have to come to a decision whether or not you would like to be in or out. we tend to suggest out, since the four-mile-long Strip becomes a vehicle-free promenade (starting at six p.m.) you’ll be able to you can drink, mingle and watch fireworks shot far from encompassing rooftops. For a rockin’ experience, hit up The Joint at the Hard Rock hotel where the theme this year is Empire Records — spinning recognizable 90s bands like Nirvana and no doubt, also as pop and R&B hits from Mariah, Britney and so much more. For one thing a bit mellower, enjoy the music of The Beatles with Cirque du Soleil’s New Year’s Eve performance of affection at The Mirage — what better way to celebrate the arduous day’s night that’s New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas?

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It may be obvious but there’s a reason such a large amount of folks opt to celebrate the New Year in the city that do not sleep. Renowned as the most iconic city celebrating the dawn of the new year, with all of it’s confetti that includes wishes written by visitors to Time Square, and the biggest media event: Time Square Event. Why not rent a slick, chiq hotel right in the middle of Times Square? Watch the ball drop from your space that overlooks the festivities. Have a cocktail and while you enjoy an aerial view of the chaotic lots as you stay cozy within your deluxe New York luxury room.

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Walt Disney World Resort is the top destination for families to greet the New Year if you ever are in Orlando. Enjoy dancing, the music, spectacular fireworks and the parade to make sure that it’s an evening that you will never forget. Animal Kingdom closes at 8pm but never miss the chance to celebrate at the many other attractions such as the Hollywood Studios, the Epcot Center, and The Magic Kingdom as they are open late. Adults may indulge at the Pleasure Island where an enormous street party is fired up by a generous buffet, live amusement, dancing, lots of party favors and a midnight fireworks show.

Parks reach limits through the day and additional admittance may not be allowed thus arrive early and spend the whole day.

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The fiery nightlife in Miami Beach-South Beach surely heat up when it’s time to celebrate the New Year, and many flocks to Miami with the yearly Hilton Miami event in mind. If you’re not the clubbing sort, the Hilton Miami celebration is not solely what you should be considering when its regarding the New Years Eve in Miami. There are many family-oriented events such as the concert at the Bayfront Park and party.

Miami New Years Eve events are available in different of shapes and sizes, therefore you may want to expand your horizons. The free concert party is something worth keeping in mind, although you may want to entertain the possibility of taking Miami New Years Eve cruises. Either way, doubtlessly, you’re gonna have a blast unveiling the New Year 2013 in this Magical and fiery city.

Welcome 2014 with a blast and book all-inclusive packages through THL Vacations (www.thlvacations.com) or give us a call! 855-674-0415

Destination Spotlight: Clearwater

Visit Clearwater, Florida

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Clearwater Beach has beautiful beaches, tropical environment and picturesque sunsets. It is agreat romantic getaway and an entertaining family vacation.

Clearwater’s best offer is its beaches.  It is voted the best beach on the Gulf Coast, with clear water, large sand areas and activities including parasailing, boating, fishing and swimming. The beaches in Clearwater are a great family vacation; during Spring Break the city is a large party scene. The beach has swimmers, suffers and sun bathers alike. Clearwater beach has great sunsets.

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Pier 60 on Clearwater beach offers rides, waterslide, games and entertainment for kids.The pier area has street performers and local vendors selling beach fare, woodcarvings, inexpensive jewelry, shells, etc. There are several sweet shops, hot dogs stands and restaurants within walking distance.

Visit Clearwater Municipal Marina and take daytime, dinner, family, sailing or snorkeling cruises. Cruises show history and wildlife including commonly seen dolphins. Try Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise a party cruise with bright lights,and loud karaoke music.The harbor also offers deep sea fishing outfitters and fresh seafood.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a non-profit working animal hospital for injured marine animals including sea turtles, coral reefs and stingrays.  Exhibits, presentations and animal encounters happen daily. CMA is home to the famous dolphin, “Winter”, who has no tail.

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Head to the South Beach of Clearwater and visit Bird Island. You will see large flocks of White Ibis, Blue Herons, Double Crested Cormorants, and Sandhill Cranes. Head to the north beach and visit wild Caladesi Island.  The island has 3 miles of beaches, nature trails and seashell hunting. Rent kayak and paddle to Island, go on kayak tour or go by boat.

Clearwater city has miniature golf courses, movie theatres and other entertainment.  Clearwater has plenty of beach shops along the water. For retail shopping try Westfield Countryside Mall or Northwood Plaza with chain retail and restaurants.

Dining in Clearwater consist mostly of beach grills and bars offering seafood, burgers and beers.  Try crowded Frenchy’s restaurant, Cooter’s, Rumba or The Bait House. For something fancier try Crabby Bill’s, Chore, Caretta’s or Clearwater Wine Bar & Bistro. There are a number of waterfront, burger and pizza restaurants.

Nightlife in Clearwater has several clubs and bars. Enjoy spots like Shipwreck, Shephard’sTiki Bar & Wave Nightclub, The Brown Boxer Pub and Crabby’sBeachwalk to name a few.

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Clearwater is packed full of lodging-ranging from small local motels to 5 star hotels and residential homes or condos. Good motels in the area are Coconut Grove, Frenchy’s Oasis and Chart House Suites. There are large chain hotels and luxury hotels ranging from Holiday Inn to the Wyndham Garden and the Redington Ambassador.Clearwater is 30 minutes from the Tampa International Airport.

Nearby cities Largo, Dunedin, Palm Harbor and larger Tampa have plenty for a day trips including Busch Gardens amusement park, water parks, The Florida Aquarium, Lowry Park Zoo, restaurants, live music and nightlife.

Tips in Travelling for the Thanksgiving Holiday

Undeniably, the Thanksgiving holiday is the busiest period of the year with ill-famed transportation wait, heavy traffic, and meeting travelers at each turn. However, with a little of foresight and some critical planning, you will ease some travel headaches whether or not you are heading home for the holidays or escaping for a drama-free journey. No matter your plans, you will be grateful for these travel tips.

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• Download Travel Apps

With the help of technology, you can easy yourself with worry when you are travelling. Apps like GateGuru and GrabaTaxi will be your key in cheating your way to the hassle and the bustle of travelling. You may also go online and surf the websites of your Airline to confirm you seats, or check the status of you flight.

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• Leave Unnecessary Items at Home

Since every airline and air carrier are charging for checked-in luggage, it will be a wonderful idea to travel light and bring things that could easily fit on a carry-on bag. If there will be things that are absolutely necessary, consider sending some of your belongings ahead of time to your destination. These things are the ones that you really won’t need for the journey.

• Make a Plan Ahead of Time

Holiday travel planning is never too early. You may want to grab the opportunity in looking for the lower rates when seats are still well available. You can plan as early as 6 months prior, and you would be delighted as how much it will save you, financially and mentally. Follow airline and cruise related Twitter accounts, or sign up for notifications via email with your preferred airline of choice, this way you will be given the chance to book them before they are even available to the general public.

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• Know the Best Day to Travel

If you really want to enjoy your holiday, its best to avoid the travel rush. No one wants to be stuck in a traffic jam for three hours when they could have been sipping their margaritas on their perfect travel getaway, right? Try travelling on Monday or on a Tuesday as the other days are when people often rush to where they want to go and eventually clogging up the highway, bus stations and airports.

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Hopefully, this helps you in travelling this coming Thanksgiving Holidays. If you wish to book a reservation for your dream travel, you will be glad to know that we, at THL Vacations, have the best deals for you. Get in touch with a travel specialist now! Learn more, visit www.thlvacations.com now!

Christine’s Corner – Finding the right cruise deal

Ever wish you knew the inside scoop on how to find the best cruise deal? Now you can! THL Vacations travel advocate Christine has reached out to her favorite travel agents for tips on how to get the most bang for your buck when searching for cruise offers. She will let you in on a few secrets that every traveler should know about.

Ready to learn?

One of the first tips on finding a great cruise deal is search during the time travel agents term as “Wave Season”. Wave season is promoted during the first quarter of the year. This is when all the cruise lines promote their best deals to potential customers to entice them to book right away.

During wave season you’ll find different cruise lines promoting travel deals such as: up to $400 in onboard credit, 2-for-1 sailings, free drink packages, free shore excursions or kids sail free on select sailings. How do you know which offer will save you the most money overall? Ask yourself these questions before you begin your cruise shopping.

  1. Who is going on vacation with you?
  2. Where do you want to go?
  3. What are your top 5 priorities while on vacationing?
  4. How much do you want to spend?
  5. How much vacation time do you have?

Asking yourself these important questions and listing them in order of priority will guide you to the perfect deal for your vacation! Don’t make impulsive decisions and let a number like $100 OFF your deposit sway you at first glance. Always read the fine print. Many times there are better deals out there that are not attached to a monetary figure.

For example: “Book before May 3rd and receive $100 OFF your deposit” may not be a better deal than “Book before Feb 28th and receive a free shore excursion” because many shore excursions are well over $100 per person. Here is another example: if you’re taking the entire family on a vacation and you have three kids a deal promoting a “Free Shore Excursion” wont save you as much as a deal promoting “Kids Sail Free”.

With so many cruise specials out there, how do you know which one is right for you? My advice is to call a travel agent.  A great travel agent will guide you to the best deal for your vacation at no additional cost to you.

Here is a great example of a cruise deal that offers a lot of bang for your buck!

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