Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Why Get Travel Insurance

Whether or not a person chooses to get travel insurance is up to them, however, I always strongly recommend getting it. There are so many things that can go wrong, that are out of your control, that if you have travel insurance it will at least help give you some piece of mind.

I was once on a cruise and a group had someone pass away. They said he was perfectly fine and then didn't get up the next day. Not something they would have known ahead of time. Good thing they had travel insurance and were able to get off at port and fly back home to deal with the funeral arrangements.

I had a cousin who planned and saved up for her cruise a year ahead. She chose not to get travel insurance. Well, mother nature decided to step in. A hurricane passed through the city that she lives, but not the port where the cruise was going to leave from. What happened? The cruise did not give her any of her money back, because the ship was able to sail as scheduled. They said they weren't at fault for her not being able to meet the ship.

I can't tell you how many insurance claims I saw when I worked in medical insurance for cruise passengers over seas. You would assume that your home insurance would cover things like being air lifted from the cruise, a medical emergency procedure, but they're not. Most insurances do not cover out of the country claims. It doesn't matter how critical the accident or medical condition was.

When you purchase your cruise you are typically offered insurance. If you are workings with a travel agent, ask them to give you an additional quote with their insurance of choice. Compare the coverage of both and choose the best option for you and your family. Don't assume that pre-existing conditions are covered, if you have one of these conditions make sure to ask ahead of time if it will be covered.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Day Trip at an All Inclusive Resort

Some port destinations don't have a lot of historic or touristy things for you to do. This is especially true for the smaller islands of the Southern Caribbean. They are very small islands with just a little shopping, a restaurant or two and the beach. 

Some tourists prefer to have a place by the beach where they can relax and enjoy their surroundings for the day. A good option is to get a day pass for one of the resorts that are close to port. Resort for a Day is a good way to find an all inclusive resort and your port of call and book it ahead of time. These resorts often include drinks and food and the use of their facilities. Personal expenses are not included. Search by destination to find all the resorts available. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Scooting for Charity

During my visit to Cruise World this year, I had the opportunity to participate in Scooting for Charity. It's a fundraising event sponsored by Special Needs Group. You make a donation to the charity and then you can race a friend with a scooter. I had so much fun and it was for a good cause.

Special needs should not limit a person from traveling and living their life. Contact us at Sweet Travel Group for help planning your next vacation.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Newest of the Oasis Class Ships: Harmony of the Seas

The Harmony of the Seas is the biggest and newest of the Oasis Class Fleet. I was privileged to have been a part of the naming ceremony in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on November 10, 2016. During my visit, I only had a sneak peak of the ship as it was getting ready to set sail on its maiden voyage to Nassau, Bahamas.

As a teacher myself, I was happy to see that the Godmother of the Harmony of the Seas, was not a famous TV celebrity, but instead a teacher. Teachers are almost always unsung heroes. People that dedicate their lives and go above and beyond to inspire and motivate children.

What does the Harmony of the Seas have that makes it special?

  • A robotic bar
  • An open elevator bar
  • Two 10 story water slides
  • Two wave runners
  • Inside and outside balconies
  • Central Park Area
  • An ice-rink. Not only can you watch ice shows there, but you can also borrow a pair of ice skates and skate on the ice. 
  • The most eco-friendly ship in the Royal Caribbean Fleet. 20% more than any other of their ships.
Be one of the first people to travel on Harmony of the Seas. 
Visit www.sweettravelgroup.com or give us a call to organize your trip. 1-800-214-8162

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Cruise Weddings a Money Saving Solution

Celebrating your wedding on a cruise is a good way to save money, have fun, and not have to spend energy worrying about every little detail. You can choose from getting married on board the ship while at sea, while docked at port, or on land at one of the ship's destinations. Your wedding becomes not just a special event for you, but also a great holiday or vacation for your wedding party. 

How you save money on the big day:

  • The average on land traditional wedding costs $30,000. The average cruise wedding costs $7,000. 
  • Multiple places on board to host your wedding events: cocktail party, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, after party, etc. 
  • One stop shop. Everything handled in one place: flowers, ceremony, wedding licenses, events, food, photographer, spa appointments, etc.
  • A designated on board wedding coordinator to help you plan the big day.
  • Lots of wedding photo opportunities both on board and on shore.
  • You know you have a quality location, venue, food, and entertainment. 
  • The wedding turns seamlessly from wedding to honeymoon while only having to unpack once.
  • Some ships have on board honeymoon registries. Instead of carrying heavy gifts on board, guests can buy shore excursions, spa treatments, and specialty dining experiences. 
Once you have decided on the date, and destination, book the cruise first and then add on a wedding package.

Some sample wedding itineraries:

Santa Cruz, California