Monthly Archives: May 2011

Theme Cruising – Cruise with your interests in mind

Celebrity Cruises - Theme Cruise

Looking for a vacation to meet people from all over the world that share  your common interests? Perhaps a floating resort with unlimited food, fun activities and live shows or presentations all day and night where you can learn about History and World Affairs or Food and Wine. There are Singles cruises, Cruises for Harley riders, Chocoholics’ and even Star Trek fans. Perhaps you might want to cruise with The Who’s Roger Daltrey, the band Kiss, Bret Michaels, ZZ Top, or a Malt Shop Memories Cruise.

The Malt Shop Memories Cruise sails out of Tampa, Florida to Freeport, Grand Bahamas October 27-31st.  This is their second annual Malt Shop Cruise. You will get to mingle with the stars and attend special events like sock hops, dance contests and lessons. Enjoy live performances from your favorite 50s and 60s artists such as The Beach Boys, Little Anthony & The Imperials, Shirley Alston Reeves, Jay Black, Kenny Vance & The Planotones, The Skyliners, and Lou Christie.

Sail the Adriatic and Agean and share in a rare experience with some of the world’s leading and most admired winemakers. Windstar Cruises will set sail on June 9th, 2012 on a seven day Mediterranean itinerary. You can experience rare tastings and informative discussions with the likes of Randy Dunn, Ambrogio & Giovanni Folonari, John Duval, Agustin Huneeus, Sr., Gilles Nicault, Michel Rolland, Armin Deil and Philippe Melka.

Join the History Channel on a seven day Western Caribbean Itinerary onboard Holland America Line, December 4th – 11th, 2011. Attend over 20 seminars and learn about Civil War & Civil War Times, Caribbean History, Political History, Vietnam, The History of the Automobile, and World War II.

Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas is featuring “Hairspray” The Musical from June 2011 through September 2012 on a seven night itinerary.

Norwegian Cruise Lines’ Epic features the Blue Man Group on a 7 night itinerary from November 2011 through April 2013. You can choose an itinerary to the Caribbean, Mediterranean or Transatlantic.

To book your theme cruise today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
415.384.3880

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Last remaining Rat Pack casino-hotel, Sahara closes its doors

Fifty-nine years ago the Sahara “The Jewel of the Desert” casino-hotel opened its doors on the Las Vegas strip. 

The original film, Ocean’s 11 was filmed at the Sahara in 1960. In August it would have been the 51st Anniversary.

The Sahara sponsored The Beatles’ first Vegas visit.  

The Sahara had many entertainers grace their stage – such as:
Abbott and Costello, Johnny Carson, Sonny & Cher, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland to name a few.  

Today the Sahara will close its doors for good. All existing reservations are being transferred to the Circus Circus Hotel.

To book your Vegas trip:

All About Travel
5814 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
www.allabout-travel.com
415.384.3880

Man, I really like Vegas. ~Elvis Presley

I started a big part of my career in Vegas. ~Louie Anderson

I like Vegas for its spontaneity. ~Tony Curtis

 

10 Tips for All Travelers

couple under the eiffel tower

couple under the eiffel tower

1.   Make sure you have a signed, valid passport (and visas, if required).  Also, before you go, fill in the emergency information page of your passport!

2.   Read the Consular Information Sheets (and Public Announcements or Travel Warnings, if applicable) for the countries you plan to visit. (See “Consular Information Program” section for more details.)

3.   Familiarize yourself with local laws and customs of the countries to which you are traveling. Remember, the U.S. Constitution does not follow you!  While in a foreign country, you are subject to laws of that country.

4.   Make 2 copies of your passport identification page.  This will facilitate replacement if your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives.  Carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport.

5.   Leave a copy of your itinerary with family or friends at home so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.

Carnival Cruise Lines Waterworks

CCL Waterworks

6.   Do not leave your luggage unattended in public areas.  Do not accept packages from strangers.

7.   If you plan to stay abroad for more than two weeks, upon arrival you should notify by phone or register in person with the U.S. embassy in the country you are visiting.  This will facilitate communication in case someone contacts the embassy looking for you.

8.   To avoid being a target of crime, try not to wear conspicuous clothing and expensive jewelry and do not carry excessive amounts of money or unnecessary credit cards.

9.   In order to avoid violating local laws, deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money or purchase art or antiques.

10.  If you get into trouble, contact the nearest U.S. embassy.

Buda Pest

view from the Pest side of the Danube River

Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad

If an American citizen becomes seriously ill or injured abroad, a U. S. consular officer can assist in locating appropriate medical services and informing family or friends.  If necessary, a consular officer can also assist in the transfer of funds from the United States.  However, payment of hospital and other expenses is the responsibility of the traveler.

Before going abroad, learn what medical services your health insurance will cover overseas.  If your health insurance policy provides coverage outside the United States, REMEMBER to carry both your insurance policy identity card as proof of such insurance and a claim form.  Although, many health insurance companies will pay “customary and reasonable” hospital costs abroad, very few will pay for your medical evacuation back to the United States.  Medical evacuation can easily cost $10,000 and up, depending on your location and medical condition.

THE SOCIAL SECURITY MEDICARE PROGRAM DOES NOT PROVIDE COVERAGE FOR HOSPITAL OR MEDICAL COSTS OUTSIDE THE U.S.A.

Travelers should always inquire about travel insurance.

Travel Tips for Newlyweds

1.      Book the honeymoon using the bride’s maiden name (or the name on drivers’ license and passport).  If the honeymoon is taken shortly after the wedding, there will not be enough time to obtain new identification documents with the bride’s new travel tips for newlywedsmarried name.

2.      If the couple is staying at a hotel offering some special amenities or upgrades for honeymooners, they may ask to see proof of the wedding such as a marriage license, take a copy.

3.      If the couple had decided on a cruise for their honeymoon, and either or both are under 25 years of age, they should take a copy of the marriage license.  Most cruise lines require that at least one person in the cabin be over the age of 25 unless they are married.

NEW INFO – Thanks Maryann

Maryann V. Huff You may want to add that if they just purchased a new passport for their honeymoon, they can get the brides name changed on hers for free, when they return. If they get it done in the allowed time frame.

Berkeley Hills Spa off of Highway 13

Swiss therapy showers @ The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

Swiss therapy showers @ The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in the Berkeley Hills

Nestled up to the Berkeley Hills is an oasis off of highway 13, The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa. Scenic views of the San Francisco Bay are wondrous.

The Spa Claremont is a treat in itself. It’s probably a great idea to show up at least one hour before your bodywork treatment. The facility has some really spectacular amenities you can enjoy before and after your massage. It is a great way to revitalize.

Some amenities include: Spa Hydrotherapy Circuit (Spa Ritual); Deluge shower, Swiss therapy showers, Eucalyptus steam room and Jacuzzi.

The Spa Ritual is included with all Spa services. Monday through Thursday The Spa Ritual services are available to Salon guests. The services are available 2 hours before getting your hair or nails done. It’s a free service available to you that you won’t want to miss.

Deluge shower – “on a closed water system, a waterfall shower that provides 30 gallons per minute of water pressure for a neck & shoulder water massage”. This is a great way to loosen up those tight muscles before your bodywork treatment. It feels so amazing; you may want to do it more than once.

Swiss therapy showers – “all of the bathing showers have multiple shower heads for a blissful showering experience”.

Eucalyptus steam room – “steam room with uplifting eucalyptus to open breathing passages”.

Jacuzzi – A beautiful space to soak away your stress with an incredible view of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Packages also include Club access, which include the indoor/outdoor Jacuzzis, steam and sauna, swimming pools, & fitness.

The spas Tibetan Sound Massage is one of their most unique treatments available. “During this massage, Tibetan singing bowls are placed on or around the body’s chakras and then rung to instill a deep sense of calm and well-being.”

Tibetan singing bowls (meditation bowls, Himalayan singing bowls) have been around since about the 18th Century. Although there is some controversy about this time frame due to lack of history on the bowls. They were used for a number of things such as Tibetan ceremonies, Buddhist meditations, sound therapy, and as a tool for holistic healing.

Traditionally the bowls are made of seven metals, one metal for each of the planets. Gold representing the Sun, Silver representing the Moon, Mercury for Mercury, Copper as Venus, Tin as Jupiter, Iron would be Mars, and Lead for the planet Saturn.

The Tibetan singing bowls have three sets of double tones producing a binaural beat. “Binaural beats are auditory brainstem responses which originate in the superior olivary nucleus of each brain hemisphere”.

The spa also offers Lomi Lomi, Thai, Prenatal and Shiatsu massages to name only a few from their upscale menu of treatments.

Packages also offer access to The Club where you can get a full workout using their weight room, cardio equipment, or attend Pilates classes, one-on-one yoga sessions or sign up with a Personal Trainer.

Jacuzzi - Overlooking the San Francisco Bay & Claremont Resort and Spa

Jacuzzi - Overlooking the San Francisco Bay & Claremont Resort and Spa in the Berkeley Hills

For more info:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132

415.384.3880