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I am proud to be certified by CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) as an Elite Cruise Counselor. The Cruise Counselor Certification Program is CLIA's most comprehensive training which requires agents to successfully complete a number of compulsory training courses and exams, attend cruise conferences, and conduct ship inspections. Anita Thompson, Attheta Travel

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Bahamas Are Waiting for You

Hurricane Dorian brought heartbreaking destruction to the Bahamas in late August and many travelers have wondered how they can help support recovery efforts. Tourism is a huge driver of the Bahamian economy and officials there say one of the best things you can do to help is to travel there. And, what better way to go than on a cruise ship?

Grand Bahama Island and its neighboring islands to the north experienced the worst of the record-breaking hurricane, but the vast majority of the Bahamas had no meaningful damage. For example, the port of Nassau on New Providence Island and its neighbor Paradise Island reopened quickly after the storm.

Now, all of the Bahamian cruise ports affected by the storm – including Freeport on Grand Bahama Island – have reopened and are eager to welcome you. Major cruise lines have resumed their regular schedule of Bahamas cruises, too. Because almost half the Bahamian workforce is employed by the tourism sector, your cruise vacation will help shore up the economy of the islands.

Several private islands owned by cruise lines are located in the Bahamas and they are also back in operation, including Disney’s Castaway Cay, Holland America’s Half Moon Cay and Princess Cruise Line’s Princess Cays. Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at CocoCay and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Great Stirrup Cay – needed some structural repairs but were able to reopen in September.

Nearly all of the popular, premium and luxury cruise lines sail to the Bahamas from a variety of East Coast homeports. You can sail from Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Port Canaveral, Charleston, Baltimore, New York City or Cape Liberty in New Jersey. And, you can choose from a wonderful variety of cruise lengths and itineraries. Enjoy a quick, two-day getaway from Miami to Nassau and back; take four or five days for a leisurely sail to more than one island; or take a longer voyage that may also visit the U.S. or British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or other Eastern Caribbean islands.

It’s good to know that many cruise lines contributed millions of dollars to humanitarian aid after Hurricane Dorian. Some used their ships to deliver food, water, generators, cleaning materials and other relief supplies. Now, the ships are back to serving their main purpose: providing memorable cruises to the beautiful Bahamas. To choose one, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

Cruising Europe

There’s a challenge that comes with planning a European cruise, but it’s a fun one. With such a big variety of itineraries, it can take some time to figure out which one is your top choice.
To begin, consider which region you would most like to explore:

Eastern Mediterranean cruises often focus on the timeless beauty of the Greek Isles and ports along the Adriatic Sea, such as Kotor, Montenegro; Dubrovnik, Croatia; and Venice, Italy. The Eastern Med is rich in ancient archaeological sites; delicious, rustic cuisine; and stunningly beautiful beaches.

Western Mediterranean cruises focus on the coastal cities of Spain, France, and Western Italy – think Barcelona, Marseilles, Nice, and Rome. Here, you’ll find historic architecture, modern sophistication, fine art and some of the very best food and wine on the planet.

Western European cruises often include the British Isles and ports on the North Sea, such as Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Bruges. You can explore cobblestoned city centers, centuries of history, and sample the region’s delicious beer and chocolate. Some of these cruises include the gorgeous fjords of Norway’s western coast.
Northern European cruises take you to Baltic Sea capitals like Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg and Tallinn. The weather here is often warmer and sunnier than you may think, and you can enjoy the region’s cafĂ© culture, historic sites and wonderful museums.

All these regions are very popular destinations for cruisers and other travelers, and in summer months the ports can be quite busy. If you’re looking for a quieter onshore experience, look for itineraries that include emerging and less-frequented ports. Examples include:

·         Valetta – The capital of the Mediterranean island of Malta has spectacular medieval architecture and ancient megalithic temples.
·         Cephalonia – the largest of the Greek Isles in the Ionian Sea has an irregular coastline of secluded coves and white sand beaches; find one to make your own.
·         Olden – Norway’s Oldeelva river carved out the Oldedalen, a river valley surrounded by snow-capped mountains with the town of Olden at its mouth. The scenery is absolutely stunning, and you can hike on a glacier.
·         Cobh – The port for the city of Cork, Ireland and the famous Blarney Castle, Cobh has its own charms, including colorful houses and a graceful cathedral. It’s also steeped in history. This was the last port of call for the Titanic and the port of emigration for millions of Irish people.

For help deciding which part of Europe you’ll cruise to, talk with Anita, your professional travel advisor.

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