Horseshoe Beach, Bermuda

Horseshoe Beach, Bermuda

Welcome to my travel blog!

I hope you will find my posts interesting and informative and have a little fun while you are here too. I love travel and experiencing different cultures and I hope to share my passion with you all. Some of my favorite places to visit are in the Caribbean, I love a great beach with amazing palm trees swaying in the breeze. Join me as I write and I hope to inspire others to travel as well.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Norwegian Breakaway Review

Wow, I am so fortunate, last week I was a guest of Norwegian Cruise Line onboard the Breakaway. It was so exciting to have Cardinal Dolan bless the ship and the Rockettes christen the ship. I want to share everything with you so here is my review of the Norwegian Breakaway.
This is New York Cities ship.... themed with the beautiful hull art by Peter Max, the Rockettes as the Godmothers, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian's Ocean Blue and 3 Broadway Shows onboard, Rock of Ages, Cirque Dreams-Jungle Fantasy and Burn the Floor. Keeping with the NYC theme you will find Sabrett Hot Dog carts on the boardwalk, Carlo's Bakery and Gelato as well.
Dining: One of the greatest concepts onboard Norwegian ships is the "Freestyle Dining" and with 27 dining options onboard this is the way to go! The food in the main dining rooms was amazing our first night out I had "surf and turf" and the fliet was amazing and the lobster so delicious. Meals at O'Sheehan's and Ocean Blue were great as well. O'Sheehan's is open 24 hrs so it is great to stop here after a night out gambling and dancing!
Kids Clubs: Great safe play areas with supervised activities all day long, kids are split up into age appropriate programs and you will hear them say "I don't want to leave." The teen club Entourage is amazing and accommodates 13-17 year olds. Splash Academy is for ages 3-12 and here you will find interactive fun the kids will enjoy. There is even an area within Splash Academy open for kids ages 6 months-2yrs old with an adult accompanying them.
Sports Complex: This is an exciting area of the ship for all to enjoy there is the ropes course, "walk the plank" from 16 decks up and a zipline. The pool area has 5 waterslides, some are the largest at sea and you can shoot from the top to the bottom in 6 seconds....thrilling!
The Boardwalk: Such an exciting area(one of my favs), I can't believe this has not been done before. There is 1/4 mile of boardwalk lined with restaurants(inside and outside seating) a bakery, gelato and the famous NYC hot dog cart. There are great seating areas and bars on the boardwalk as well. At night this area is hopping!
Spiegel Tent: Jungle Fantasy themed with animal prints and animal themed art throughout. Quite a breathtaking show, be sure to arrive 30 mins before the show for best seating. The Premium seats here are worth the money.
Spice H20 hosts the weekly 80's themed party(dress up like Madonna and Don Johnson).They host a fireworks show right off the ship at this party-be sure to check it out! There are some cool wall murals in this area of the ship, maps of LI, Welcome to Fire Island and Rockaway Beach too! Keep your eye out for the NY theme all around the ship.
Main Theatre presents Rock of Ages and Burn the Floor, reservations suggested and arrive 45 minutes early for the best seats.
Carlos' Bake Shop: check out the goodies and coffee here from the "Cake Boss",  they have 2 locations Deck 6 in the Atrium and another smaller spot on the Boardwalk.
The Haven: This is a ship within a ship. Boutique style hotel with concierge and butler services, exclusive access to private restaurant and pool, preferred seating at all shows and access to VIBE Beach Club a private outdoor area with bar, cabanas and great seating areas.
678 Ocean Place: such an exciting area of restaurants, bars, casino, shops and great entertainment. Here you will find the dueling pianos at Howl at the Moon  and Slam Allen at Fat Cats Jazz and Blues Club.

Overall I found this ship to be a perfect spot for couples to travel together and for multi-generational families, there is so much for everyone to do while onboard or if you choose to do nothing at all there are great quiet spots for that too. If you have questions about the ship please feel free to contact me as I am a "Norwegian Breakaway Specialist."

Next up is the Norwegian Getaway, she will begin sailing Jan 2014 year round from Miami, this ship will have all the great attributes of the Breakaway with a Miami theme. Broadway show is Legally Blonde and each week they will have Grammy award winners or nominees onboard as well as Illusionarium(replacing the Spiegel Tent) with a magical, immersive experience that will blow you away!

Bon voyage.....
Jessica Dempsey
Cruise Planners

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Brides Dress Rehersal 2013

Brides Dress Rehearsal


Spend 3 Nights and 4 Days - This is a fantastic way to view the resorts, and yes there are 8 of them, check out the wedding locations, taste the food and experience the warm welcome from the people of the Mexican Riviera.

Contact Jessica Dempsey, a Karisma Resorts specialist to book this amazing offer! Call today 631-780-6195

For only $399 per couple, brides and grooms who have not yet booked their destination wedding can stay for 3 nights at their hotel of choice and have the opportunity to taste different cake options, sample menu items and even view the various locations and setups for their ceremony and private events.

This promotion is good for any El Dorado Spa Resort or Azul Hotel by Karisma, and is offered once a month for the rest of 2013.

Azul Beach Resort
Here are the dates for 2013  
March 7
April 11
May 16
June 27
July 18
August 15

September 19

October 10

November 7

December 5

And here are the highlights of this promotion:

Upgrade to best available room upon arrival
Sample gourmet delicacies and wedding cakes from the private event banquet menu

$500 food & beverage credit after 10 rooms or more are booked*

Meet photographers and other vendors and view wedding set-ups

Meet wedding coordinators
Romantically decorated suite

And more!

Terms & Conditions
This promotion is not combinable with the Bride & Groom stay free promotion. No coupons may be used on these bookings. Transfers included between resorts only, airfare and airport transfers are not included. GIVC points cannot be used to pay for this package. GIVC will not receive points for this booking. Not valid if wedding date is held or deposited. Travel agents are not permitted to attend. $500 credit will not apply to groups with less than 10 rooms. *$500 food and beverage credit available when wedding date is confirmed within 30 days of Brides Dress Rehersal. All couples will be required to sign a disclaimer at check-in stating that they will attend a site inspection of the host hotel as well as a presentation at El Dorado Royale on Saturday. *Clients who want to travel outside of selected dates will be required to pay the current hotel rate at the time and will not receive the $500 towards the food & beverage portion of any private event they book. Booking must be made 30 days in advance; space is limited.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Celebrity Summit Review

The Celebrity Summit was recently "Solsticized" in 2012. What does that mean? Glad you asked. It all began when many features from the Millennium Class ships inspired Celebrity to create the Solstice Class ships. Now the Millenium Class ships have undergone a $140M investment to be revitalized.

On the Celebrity Summit, you'll now be able to indulge in the spa-inspired AquaClass staterooms with exclusive dining in the Blu restaurant, enjoy access to Persian Garden spa where you can decompress on the heated tile loungers, enjoy fresh tea and water service daily and have access to your Aqua Class Spa Concierge.  Go on a culinary journey in Qsine where food and art merge into dishes guaranteed to surprise and delight where you will  make your dining and wine choices from the iPad menu. After dinner head on over to the ultra-hip Crush Martini Bar, where you will find an ice-topped bar and the bartenders entertaining you while they mix up your martini from a full menu of classic and contemporary martinis.  Stay connected at the hip Celebrity iLounge, the first Authorized Apple Reseller at sea. You can take classes here to master photography, video or audio skills or shop to purchase the latest gadgets duty-free.

The Celebrity Summit is sure to appeal to  many with the newest upgrades and easy accessibility from Cape Liberty, NJ.

Contact me to start planning your next cruise onboard the Celebrity Summit.

Until next time.....
Jessica Dempsey

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dolphinarium at Moon Palace Resort - Mexico

Palace Resorts has announced the addition of a dolphinarium at the brand’s signature property, Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, in Cancun. Part of the resort’s multi-million dollar enhancement project, the attraction is managed by a team of trainers from Dolphin Discovery, members of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, with facilities in Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Puerto Aventuras and throughout the Caribbean. This latest addition to Palace Resorts’ offerings will allow guests the opportunity to safely swim and interact with eight friendly dolphins, in a state-of-the-art, saltwater aquarium that is more than 37,000 square feet in size. Guests can also use the Palace Resorts $1,500 Resort Credit offer to book this new activity, although the $1,500 Resort Credit can only be used toward Dolphin Discovery activities when booking the Ultimate Swim Experience.
Starting at $129 per person, visitors to Dolphin Discovery will participate in a 15-minute orientation followed by a 40 minute dolphin experience for guests where they learn about these highly intelligent mammals before suiting up with a life jacket, goggles and snorkel to engage in activities with the dolphins that range from belly rides to feedings. Children under the age of eight years old must be accompanied by an adult.
The interactive experience is available up to five times a day for 10 to 15 guests at a time. The attraction will offer three types of experiences for guests: Dolphin Encounter, Royal Swim and Ultimate Dolphin Swim.
The Dolphin Encounter is ideal for families, with the opportunity to swim with the dolphins and receive warm handshakes, hugs and kisses.
The Royal Swim is a program which includes the famous foot push, where the dolphins swim underneath the guests and gently push them to the surface by their feet. The interactive program also features the dorsal tow, where two dolphins pull the guest with their dorsal fins.
The Ultimate Dolphin Swim offers free time with the dolphins, a belly ride and a peek at the friendly mammals through submarine views.

I recently stayed at Moon Palace and have  first hand information on Palace Resorts. My personal contacts at these resorts will ensure my guests have the greatest time. Call me today for information 631-780-6195

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Discover the River Cruise Difference


Peaceful and scenic, river cruising offers a smooth, gentle ride along the
world’s most remarkable waterways. Supreme comfort and convenience
make it the premier way to experience magnificent cities, historic villages
and little-seen enclaves. From your stateroom balcony, endless natural beauty
combines with evolving views of the colorful local scenery. Castles and
fortresses tower on both sides, as if you could reach out and touch them.
When your ship docks in the heart of town, stroll ashore for included excursions
 or set off to explore on a complimentary bicycle. Unpack just once then settle
 in as each destination comes to you. With no need to navigate from place to
 place, you’ll find a sense of adventure and a sense of home all in one vacation
Unpack Once
Unpack Once and Get Comfortable Visit different cities and countries while your hotel travels with you. A river cruise offers the amenities of a first-class hotel from which you’ll never feel uprooted. Discover local delights on shore then return to your large, stylish stateroom. Relaxation comes easy. Watch the scenery slip by from your balcony as you leisurely sail to your next destination.
Dock in the Heart of City
Dock Right in the Heart of Historic Cities Enjoy the excitement of waking up in a new town, docked just steps from markets, museums and landmarks. Ships rest close to the town center so you can easily sample local culture and favorite past times. Simply walk off the ship and into the heart of the city. Take a guided excursion or instantly blend in with daily life.
Scenic Waterways
Discover the World’s Most Scenic Waterways Cruise through some of Europe’s oldest cities or on the world’s most scenic waterways. These were the original highways between great cities built along the water’s edge. Over the course of your journey, you’ll find yourself surrounded by rolling vineyards, hilltop castles and time-honored cities. Vibrant locales not accessible by sea or that can take hours to reach by motor coach are up close and personal on a river cruise.
Intimate Environment
Intimate Environment, Inclusive Value With river vessels accommodating a mere 150 passengers, you will never wait in a long line to board or disembark. Smaller tours and intimate meal settings with open seating create a warm, personal atmosphere accentuated by five-star service. Your inclusive vacation provides incredible, value from the champagne breakfast and free-flowing hand-selected European wines with dinner to a fleet of bicycles, free Internet access, included sightseeing excursions and live cultural entertainment onboard. On a river cruise, your vacation’s price tag doesn’t keep adding up.
Relaxing Way to Cruise
A Smooth, Relaxing Way to Cruise Constant, soft-flowing river waters are always peaceful and smooth, so leave any fears of motion sickness behind. Take a dip in the pool or sink into the bubbling whirlpool, get pampered with decadent spa services or enjoy live music in the lounge. The deck invites at any time with a fresh river breeze and unforgettable changing scenery.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Is Mexico safe for traveling?

Mexico has been getting a bad rap lately. The media seems to be scaring the American public rather than educating them with their coverage of recent events in Mexico. I traveled alone to Cancun, Mexico last year and felt completely safe. I strongly suggest you always take precautions no matter where you travel, whether its New York City, Paris-France or Cancun- Mexico.  Many people have traveled to Mexico and have enjoyed their vacations without encountering any problems. Just be careful and have a wonderful time.
The Mexican Government makes great efforts to protect visitors to the major tourist areas such as Cancun, Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel and Los Cabos. These areas have not seen the drug related violence and crime reported in the Northern border regions. The distance from the Cancun area to these areas of violence is approximately the distance from New York City to Chicago.
The people of Mexico are so lovely and the cultural sights and beauty of over 6000 miles of coastline should not be missed. Be informed but do not miss this destination! Next blog I will offer some basic tips for safe travel.

Until next time....

Jessica Dempsey
JD Travel Planning

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Riu Palace Paradise Island Review

I wanted to share a  Riu Palace Paradise Island Review, this was submitted by a client of mine. This is a beautiful newly renovated all-inclusive resort just 2 1/2 hrs from New York City. The Riu Palace Paradise Island is right next door to the Atlantis Resort, you can visit the Atlantis and use their facilities(additional fee).

Riu Palace Paradise Island Review

I Soooooo want to go again and that's when it occurred to me that I never sent you a review.

Rooms in pristine condition- brand new, no signs of wear, spacious (we had a two room suite).

We had one bigger bedroom- with a fairly large common space in between- connecting to the smaller bedroom. Both rooms had a very large closet, and a huge dresser with more than enough space to fit all our clothes.

The hotel was small enough so that you could walk out of the elevator, cross the lobby and step right into the pool area- if you forgot something in your room it was very quick to run in and get it (which I loved!) without it feeling overly crowded.

The food was fine- although after about 18 meals you do start to get tired of all that eating LOL! We were in and out the buffet all day- for cookies, fries, jello or just to cool off for a few minutes. The only complaint about the place would be the one night we went to sit down dinner and the food was just horrible and cold and took FOREVER to come out. but no big deal, we just went to the other restaurant and had buffet :) AGAIN.

They would stock the fridge with water and soda whenever requested. And room service too!

They had a fairly big sports bar- with a nice bar, pool table, and this is where they had three or four computers that I never waited on to get access to. In this area they also had a fridge with sandwiches, salads and fruit. Oh, and a neat little nacho and cheese station- which was all available 24/7.

The entertainment at their club was fantastic every night- we saw all the shows. All but one was kid friendly.

The beach was beautiful and we did the banana boat ride only. Well, me and my sister did sneak down for an early morning massage on the beach one day too!

The pool was clean and every day there were activities run by the hotel- bingo, dance lessons. The staff there was great- one young guy was ALWAYS around and mingling with the guests- he was a doll and a gentleman. He would jump in the pool and play with the kids if you asked him to (which we did).

BTW!!!!! The weather was absolutely perfect!!!!!!! Thank you again for all your help and patience, especially while we were in the Bahamas!

Thanks to my client for sharing this amazing Riu Palace Paradise Island Review.

Until next time....
Jessica Dempsey
JD Travel Planning