Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa – Spa treatment giveaway WINNER!

Thanks to everyone that entered in our giveaway. Please be sure to follow us and look for future giveaways. The winner of our 50 minute massage giveaway at The Claremont Spa is Oakland resident Chef Patricia. Follow Chef Patricia on Twitter @lemontreeorg

Courtesy: The Claremont Hotel Club & Spa

The Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa is a Four Diamond property located at 41 Tunnel Road in Berkeley, CA. Just 12 miles from downtown San Francisco, it’s situated in the Berkeley Hills with gorgeous views overlooking the San Francisco Bay.

The 97 year old property is home to the Berkeley Wine Festival among many other events and offers 279 uniquely designed rooms, 30,000 sq feet of flexible meeting or conference space for your business, and a great place to plan your wedding.

Read More: The Claremont Hotel, Club & Spa – Spa treatment giveaway

 

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Year of the Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is 75 years old in May 2012 Photo: Alamy

The ultimate (travel destination) for me would be one perfect day in San Francisco.  It’s a perfect 72 degrees, clear, the sky bright blue.  I’d start down at Fisherman’s Wharf with someone I really like and end with a romantic dinner and a ride over the Golden Gate Bridge.  There’s no city like it anywhere.  And, if I could be there with the girl of my dreams, that would be the ultimate.  ~Larry King

 

In May 2012 San Franciscans will be celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. On May 27, 1937 is when this iconic International Orange landmark opened to the public.

In addition to The Golden Gate Festival, the year-long 75th anniversary features:

  • 75 Tributes to the Bridge, a series of public programs being presented throughout the year by Bay Area museums, cultural centers, universities, arts organizations, children’s groups, and others.
  • Construction of a new 3,500-square-foot Bridge Pavilion to serve as a welcome and interpretive center and to provide a museum store featuring a wide range of commemorative and interpretive Bridge merchandise;
  • Renovation of the historic Round House into a program staging and visitor education center;
  • Upgrades to the Bridge Café, including a new menu with locally sourced and sustainable items;
  • A “green screen” photo area where visitors can picture themselves in dramatic and publically inaccessible Bridge locations, such as the top of the tower;
  • New personally guided Bridge tours, including the first-ever night tours, utilizing the latest in audio technology; and
  • Enhancements to the Bridge Plaza and the adjacent national parklands, trails and overlooks within Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA).

Read More about The Golden Gate Festival, the year-long 75th anniversary from the press release about the celebration.

Image by: Anje Vela

Golden Gate Bridge Turns 75
Seventy-five years later, the bridge still sports that signature burnt-sienna hue. What is changing is the visitor experience. In coming weeks, major enhancements will be unveiled in celebration of this landmark anniversary. A sprawling waterfront festival is set for May 27, and commemorative events will continue throughout 2012….USA Today Travel

Image by: Anje Vela

San Francisco: peace and love and the bridge they said could not be built
Joseph Strauss, the chief engineer, spent years battling for his vision of the bridge they said could not be built. It required a feat of engineering to cross the two-mile strait of fierce tides and currents, strong winds and regular blinding fog. What was then the world’s longest suspension bridge…Telegraph UK

Image by: Anje Vela

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

The story behind Disney Cruise Line’s new shows

Kevin Eld is one busy man. As vice president for Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment, he oversees all forms of Disney entertainment, from parades, theatrical shows, fireworks, water shows and other spectaculars you see at its worldwide theme parks and resorts to the Broadway-style shows aboard Disney Cruise Line ships.

On the recent media preview cruise for Disney Fantasy, Eld attended all the shows in Walt Disney Theatre before heading over to the adults-only Cove Café to confer with colleagues, like Jim Urry, vice president of Entertainment and Port Adventures.

This cruise was all work for Eld. On Disney Fantasy, the five theatrical shows he leads in terms of creation, development and production include the Broadway-quality “Disney’s Aladdin — A Musical Spectacular,” “Disney Wishes” and “Disney’s Believe.” They are performed in the magnificent 1,340-seat Walt Disney Theatre.

He’s also responsible for the wild and frolicking “Pirates In the Caribbean” and “Buccaneer Blast” fireworks display on Deck Stage.

And, yes, so much more. Fortunately, he slowed down long enough to answer some questions.

Read Q&A: The story behind Disney Cruise Line’s new shows

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Mount Lavinia Hotel

Vacationland: Rural Maine Chronicled in the Photography of Steven Rubin

A Passion for Travel

Marina Chetner

Recently I was asked to write down why I am interested in travel photography…

Well, I love the way I feel when I travel.

I remember wishing to be a travel agent when I grew-up, and I fulfilled that ‘dream’ at STA Travel, only to realise that I’d rather be the one doing the traveling. I got into the media industry to fund my addiction; ultimately, it propelled me to embark on a working stint overseas.

What interests me most about travel is anthropology; there’s nothing more inspiring than immersing yourself in another culture and being able to “walk in another person’s shoes,” to quote Anthony Bourdain.

To me, documenting travel means that writing and photography go hand-in-hand; placing images alongside words better tells the story. I’m interested in showing the reality of a place or space – using words and images to stimulate a response, a feeling. Whether…

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Cruise ship review: Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Spirit

What’s it like to sail on a Carnival ship? USA TODAY’s new cruise review site, VacationCruisesInfo.com, offers a glimpse this week in a new in-depth review of one of the line’s vessels, the Carnival Spirit.

Courtesy Carnival Cruise Lines

At 65 pages, it’s the most extensive appraisal of the 10-year-old Carnival Spirit ever to be posted online, and it includes more than 1,000 photos showing nearly every interior and exterior space of the ship.

Click HERE to go directly to the review, which was written by one of the site’s in-house, anonymous reviewers. As with all VacationCruisesInfo.com reviews, the reviewer traveled on the vessel incognito and at USA TODAY’s expense.

Overall, the reviewer gives the recently refurbished Carnival Spirit high marks, noting it “largely delivers good value for money,” though not everything about the ship drew praise. One complaint: There’s too much of a hard sell.

Read More by Gene Sloan: Cruise ship review: Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Spirit

 

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Republic of Colombia

The population of the Republic of Colombia/Columbia is approximately: 45,659,709

Capital is: Bogota

Weather: No seasons
Rainy: April – Sept (less in Jun/July)  Dry: Oct – Feb

  • No Visas are required for U.S. or Canadian citizens

The #1 destination for tourist in Colombia is Cartagena

They have a phenomenal art scene as well.

 

Introduction to Colombia

Colombia is a country of startling contrasts, from dense Amazonian jungle, spectacular tropical beaches and snow-capped Andean mountain ranges to Bogotá’s fast-growing metropolis and the immaculate colonial architecture of Mompós. The nation’s issues have been well documented, but the 21st century has seen vastly improved security and a seriously reduced crime rate. The hospitable Colombians are justifiably optimistic, extremely proud of their country and happy to show visitors a good time.

To plan your trip today:

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Carnival unveils first George Lopez comedy club on ship

By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY

Carnival Cruise Lines’ new partnership with comedian George Lopez kicks off today with the opening of a Lopez-branded comedy club on the Carnival Miracle.

By Bill Kostroun, Carnival Cruise Lines
Carnival Cruise Lines' new partnership with comedian George Lopez kicks off today with the opening of a Lopez-branded comedy club on the Carnival Miracle.

The Punchliner Comedy Club presented by George Lopez, as it’s being called, is a concept that eventually will go fleet-wide as part of the line’s massive “Fun Ship 2.0” overhaul announced late last year.

Carnival announced in October that it had tapped Lopez as its new “curator of comedy” in a partnership that will see the comedian involved in vetting and hiring comedic talent for Carnival ships.

The new Carnival comedy club will offer five 35-minute shows on multiple nights during each voyage, with at least two comedians performing each night. Two early-evening shows will be aimed at families with later performances featuring saltier, adults-only comedy. The shows are accessible to cruisers at no extra charge.

READ MORE: Carnival unveils first George Lopez comedy club on ship

 

To plan your trip today:

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Travel Tidbits – Civil War visitation, Doobie Brothers, ‘Soul Train’ cruises and more

100 pounder Parrott rifles at Fort Sumter (National Park Service)

Visitation hits record level where Civil War began
One of America’s most famous historic sites has again made history as a record 328,000 visitors took the tour boat last year to Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor to see where the Civil War began… Fox Travel News

 

 

New paddlewheeler to offer Civil War-themed cruises (June 2011)
Beginning next summer, Civil War enthusiasts will be able to take a cruise that not only visits historic battle sites, but brings the Civil War era onboard… USA Today

 

 

 

 

By Mark Humphrey, AP

Doobie Brothers join Southern rock cruise
Doobie Brothers to play as Norwegian ramps up entertainment… USA Today

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas-Based Hotel Group Receives Two Awards from Conde Nast Traveler
Readers from Conde Nast Traveler have named Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE in Houston and Hotel Valencia Riverwalk in San Antonio among the best in the United States… San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

 

Presidents Day: 50 presidential must-sees
Presidents Day is a good time to mull what presidential places in America are worth a look-see… LA Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first-ever Soul Train Cruise embarks Feb. 17, 2013, from Fort Lauderdale on Holland America Line's Westerdam.

‘Soul Train’ cruise to set sail in 2013
Soul Train creator Don Cornelius was memorialized in Los Angeles this month , but the cruise commemorating his landmark show will sail on… USA Today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.