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The year of the sea grass…

DC Vekic blog August 14, 2018

This has been one of the toughest years with so much sea grass floating all over the Caribbean Sea. It devastated all our sugar white beaches from Barbados, Dominican Republic, Mexico …

This is definitely nowhere near as bad as it got, but as much as we had cleaning crews on sire there was not much to be done. The seagrass could be seen from the airplane all over. Over the water bungalows in Mexico and Jamaica look like they are standing in flood water.

It is just one of those years… We don’t have seagrass in Costa Rica, but Costa Rica is mostly covered in black sand. Cabo and Puerto Vallarta are on the Pacific Coast where we don’t have this issue, but everyone has already been there..

I think this article describes it the best, I did not want to go with such dramatic photos,  although everything they posted it quite true… Although the article is about Playa Del Carmen, it’s quite accurate about an entire Caribbean and we have a link to the current seagrass map… THE SUMMER OF SEAWEED is an accurate description

Expedia will never tell you about it, so always use your travel professional to plan your travel. We can even price-match…

 

 

Mama Mia Tribute Sailings by StarClippers

DC Vekic blog April 5, 2018

Clearly this is not a cruise ship in the ordinary sense. On Star Clippers, you will find that there are no rigid schedules. You are free to do as you wish with your days – and evenings. To entertain you, they bring local performers on board to give passengers an authentic taste of the local music and arts.

So rather than enduring another Broadway revue, you can enjoy the conviviality of fellow shipmates while a live band plays tropical tunes from a real paradise. The Captain and crew are superb improvisers of the kind of light-hearted fun you’ll only find on Star Clippers. The Captain’s daily briefing on deck is wonderfully informative and a chance to hear some great story-telling as well. And there are other events and activities, such as knot tying and navigation classes, that have evolved from Star Clippers’ sailing heritage. In fact, their passengers tell them that it’s the easy-going informality of Star Clippers that makes a cruise with them so enjoyable.

Beginning in May, 2019, Star Clippers will pay homage to the beloved romantic comedy Mamma Mia with their new “Mamma Mia Highlights” sailings through the Greek isles. This seven-night itinerary, sailing round trip out of Athens, will visit several of the islands where Mamma Mia—as well as the highly anticipated Mamma Mia 2—were filmed. Guests will visit the island of Skopelos, home to the most iconic Mamma Mia location—the tiny chapel of Agios Ioannis sto Kastri, where Sophie was married. Perched atop a rock cliff more than 300 feet above the Aegean Sea, this picturesque church features 100 steps carved into rock leading to its entrance as well as panoramic views from all sides. Also located on Skopelos is the sweeping view from “Villa Donna” (the actual house was a Hollywood set) and Kastani, the beach where Tanya sings “Does Your Mother Know.” This special itinerary will also call on the island of Skiathos, where the charming Old Port was the setting for the scene where the three fathers meet for the first time, and the area around the St. Nikolaos Bell Tower was the spot where Sophie mailed her letters.

It’s a beautiful sailing which starts in Athens, stops in Dikii, Turkey after a day at sea, continues to Myrina Limnos (Greece), and then visits those rare gems of Sporades Archipelago – Skiathos and Skopelos, which are very personally important to me, as I took my parents on our last trip before my daughter was born. It continues to the Island of Poros, that has the Temple of Poseidon, and then it return to Athens.

For people with more time on their hands, I suggest adding a Southern Cyclades sailing before the Mama Mia, because it visits Rhodes, Santorini and Hydra.

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DC’s Second Annual Big D Bash

DC Vekic blog June 21, 2017

A great event with a funny name! I was actually told people googled what Big D Bash meant, when I announced it last year, and couldn’t figure it out. Here is a few pics from our 1st DC’s Big D at the Breathless Cabo last year…

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It started as an idea for my own personal divorce trip, but then a friend said “Don’t use the word DIVORCE, it sounds negative.” Especially because I was inviting singles and couples alike. So I thought: “Ok, no DIVORCE.. let’s make it a Big D.”

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But apparently, I was the only one who had no clue what else big D meant, but since I already ordered T-shirts, we decided to run with it anyway, and by now we are all used to it.

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My personal divorce after 17 years made me think about that first trip without your significant other. I thought it was important to create a trip where a person who just recently got divorced, would feel comfortable, and would have a built in support from their friends and family. We had couples, singles, everyone was invited as long as they were over 21! It was a last minute plan, but we had a blast.

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In 2017, We are going to CANCUN!!! Woo-hoo! I picked Secrets the Vine, and we have double occupancy available from both Los Angeles and Chicago!  Secrets the Vine is in the middle of Cancun hotel zone and has a feeling of an upscale Vegas hotel.SEVCU_Aerial2A_1

Mark your calendars: SEPTEMBER 22 – SEPTEMBER 25, 2017!

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This group is excellent opportunity to include a bachelor/bachelorette party group, girls getaway, or any kind of adult leisure group.

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We have included EVERYTHING and are featuring accommodations in the Preferred Club Oceanview Jr. Suites category, for added luxury amenities.

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PREFERRED CLUB PRIVILEGES
Private Preferred Club Lounge
Preferred status and amenities
Concierge services
Daily continental breakfast service in Preferred Club Lounge
Afternoon hot and cold hors d’oeuvres
Exquisite desserts and fine liquors in Preferred Club Lounge
Private swimming pool (pictured above)
Pillow menu
Complimentary newspaper in suite every day (English or Spanish)
Complimentary computer access in Preferred Club Lounge
Upgraded mini-bar service
Upgraded bath amenities

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FROM LOS ANGELES:
Interjet flight LAX-CUN 10:30am -5:30pm **
CUN-LAX 6:40pm – 9:35pm **
preferred club ocean jr suite DOUBLE occupancy ONLY $1139 per person

FROM CHICAGO:
Frontier flight ORD-CUN 6:30am -10:09 am
CUN-ORD 10:10-2:06pm
preferred club ocean jr suite DOUBLE occupancy  ONLY $1129 per person

**FROM LAX free checked luggage, free food and drinks

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roundtrip non-stop transfers
$200 per person to reserve your spot

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One of the greatest reasons to pick Secrets the Vine was one of the biggest wine cellars in all of Yucatan. This resort has great food and service.

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Secrets the Vine food and drink experience starts with limitless access to eight gourmet restaurants and top-shelf spirits served at the six modern bars and lounges throughout the resort plus 24-hour dining options allow guests to devour late night bites at The Vine Café or stay in and order room service. Sommelier-led wine tastings with some of the world’s finest wine collections with wine pairings and wine education are available for all guests to partake in. The Vine Bazaar, a contemporary and unique centralized venue adorned with modern touches, offers guests a cozy café, relaxing terrace and more indulgent gourmet fare and beverages. All topped off by an array of exciting live entertainment and the added option to visit nearby participating resorts for a night out with the Sip, Savor & See Dining Experience.

EMAIL me, Call me or text me at 310-490-1893 for more information.

I am personally escorting this group.

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