Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados

Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados are adults only all inclusive resorts about 7 minutes from the airport. 

What's the difference between Sandals Barbados and Sandals Royal Barbados? The rooms. That's it. 

Currently, these two resorts have full exchange privileges. You likely won't know when you are crossing from one "resort" to the other. Foodies will love the 17 different restaurants. You have the choice of quiet pools, quiet pools with swim-up bars, active pools, or active pools with swim-up bars. What more could you want? Oh! A great beach and this resort has that, too. Plus one the first bowling alley at a Sandals resort. 

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana Family All Inclusive Resort Tour

Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana is a family all inclusive resort about 15 minutes from the Punta Cana Airport.  It opened in 2019. It's right next door to the adults only Hyatt Zilara. Adults can access the Hyatt Zilara. 

What sets this resort apart is: 
  • Fun Water park with lazy river and slides for all ages, 
  • Huge main pool, and 
  • Great dining. 
I recommend upgrading to the Club Level to gain access to a special pool, beach area, and a la carte breakfast.

A big thank you to Playa resorts for choosing me for a sponsored stay.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Norwegian Encore Cruise Ship Tour with the Haven plus Differences between Norwegian Encore and Norwegian Bliss

The Norwegian Encore debuted in 2019. I sailed in December 2019. I must say it was the best food overall I've ever had on a cruise ship. (If you've followed me for a while, you know the best singular meals I've ever had were on the Holland America Koningsdam.)

The Norwegian Encore made some changes from the Norwegian Bliss.
  • The Encore replaced Margaritaville with The American Diner. The American Diner menu is comfort food focused. I highly recommend the lobster sliders. The American Diner is not included in the cruise fare and charges by the item.
  • La Cocina has been the Italian restaurants on the Breakaway class ships including the Bliss. It's replaced by Onda by Scarpetta. A welcome change in my opinion. Onda by Scarpetta is not included in the cruise fare. It is included in the specialty dining package or you can pay by the item.
  • The Encore shows are Kinky Boots and Choir Men.
  • Galaxy Pavilion - a virtual reality arcade - debuted on the Norwegian Encore. It is not included in the cruise fare.
  • The laser tag is outdoors and themed on the City of Atlantis.
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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Tour of Royalton Antigua - Family All Inclusive Resort

Royalton Antigua is a family all inclusive resort about 10 minutes from St John's and 35 minutes from the airport. The resort within is set on a bay and white sand beach. Fort Barrington is walking distance. The resort hosts guided hikes twice a week. I recommend upgrading to Diamond Club for included access to the spa and special pool and beach areas. 

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Celebrity Summit Cruise Ship Tour

The Celebrity Summit is one of my favorite cruise ships. I like the size, the layout and the staff. It also helps that it sails one of my favorite itineraries: the Southern Caribbean from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Take a peek at ship tour:

If you are interested in sailing on the Celebrity Summit, please email me for current offers, pricing and availability.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Traveler Review: TRS Coral

Alisha and her husband contacted me to plan a trip to celebrate their anniversary. After chatting and reviewing the options I recommended, they chose TRS Coral - an adults only all inclusive resort north of the Cancun, Mexico airport. Here's the review:

We had a wonderful relaxing celebration for our 25th and will gladly recommend ‘Trips with Angie’.  You and Katy did a wonderful job from booking to follow up.  We hope for a similar opportunity in the future.  Tom & Alisha

 - Our Experience -

 CanadaTransfers.com was excellent.  We loved both drivers, Luis and Carlos Martinez, who were professional and pleasant; we would use them again.  Thanks again for providing transportation to and from hotel!

 TRS Coral Pros:

Staff: very attentive and friendly, all spoke English

Beach: Easy access with plenty of chairs and umbrellas; Bali beds are also available to rent as well in pool area.  Great for long walks; there are no resort buildings to the immediate north of the Palladium section; those to the south blended in well with the beach.


Food: I read a few reviews whom complained about the quality of the food but found it very good to great.  Portions were smaller but this is not a complaint.  This made it possible for us to restaurant-hop to multiple eateries in a single evening, enjoying a larger variety of choices.

TRS Pool:  Has a daily barbeque set up so you didn’t have to leave for lunch.  Offered lots of meat choices such as chorizo sausage, shredded chicken, hamburgers and various side dishes for taco and chip selections.

Activities:  There were daily events sponsored by the TRS hotel POP team (Jessica & Cloe specifically) with yoga on the beach, water aerobics, dance lessons, etc. along with evening activities, such as Casino night, making it easy to mingle with other guests

Swim-up Bar: never over crowded; plenty of servers for pool and beach area, refilling your beverage need.  Beach a little slower but who’s in a hurry.

Our final evening was topped off by our butler Juan Jose who filled the room with rose petals, balloons and a bottle of champagne on ice.


* Hotel check-in combined with the timeshare sales pitch.  We were aware of this ahead of time but we were exhausted from our long days travel. Once checked in, we were shuffled quickly to a side meeting, offered drinks then provided with what we thought was a simple overview of the hotel for our benefit, but unfolded as a cleverly disguised timeshare pitch as a special breakfast celebration for their 1 year anniversary, with hotel owners staying at resort. When they wanted us to sign committing to attending breakfast, we said no thank you.  Those not familiar with the process would be overwhelmed and commit with out thought.
* The included (ie: free) wine options are very limited; better quality was available for a price

* Beer choices are Heineken or Dos Equis; I'm not a beer snob

* Too many strollers/children on Palladium side, especially at night when heading for dinner which was only time we ventured over to other side.

* Xtra Time Sports bar was not quite what I expected.  I stopped in at 11:30pm one evening to find a large number of TVs with various sporting events.  However, it     was also filled with a large group of 10yr olds playing with the billards

Total Snorkel was awesome and we’d recommend!

Family All Inclusive Resort: Pueblo Bonito Rose Cabo San Lucas

Pueblo Bonito Rose is a small gem of a family all inclusive resort near the marina in Cabo San Lucas. The beach is one of the few swimmable beaches in Cabo. The resort has one main restaurant that serves breakfast and dinner with a pool menu available at your chair or at the restaurant for lunch. All the rooms have two beds with a small kitchenette. You can choose to pay or add an all inclusive plan. A four diamond Italian restaurant is available for a fancier dinner.

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