Where will you go next? Seize the Day Travel Volume 1, Issue 4
Towel Animals at Azul
Destination Report: Karisma Resorts inRiviera Maya, Mexico It is so hard to come back from paradise! I am back though and excited to share my experiences with you on my July 14 to July 22 business trip to Riviera Maya on the Yucatan Peninsula in Riviera Maya — a safe and beautiful destination for honeymooners, couples and families.
Mexico. First, you should know that this part of Mexico is easily accessible from eastern seaboard airports. I flew from Harrisburg with a connection in Charlotte, but there are reasonably priced direct flights available out of Dulles and the flight time from Dulles is a little over 3 hours! Isn’t that about the same amount of time you would spend driving to your favorite Maryland, New Jersey or Delaware shore point? From the Cancun Airport you will find the region of Riviera Maya starting from about 20 minutes south . One main highway services all the resorts along the Riviera Maya down to Tulum, an area known for its Mayan ruins. The region is therefore very accessible. On my visit I was hosted by Karisma Resorts that operate under the brand names El Do-
rado and Azul — adult only & family products respectively. I am a Gourmet Inclusive Certified Vacation Consultant with Karisma and will periodically visit the resorts to do site inspections and to receive extra training on this product. I do this for the benefit of my clients and to distinguish my agency from other area agencies and from internet providers of travel. Plus, I love going to the resorts so that I can adequately explain what they are like to prospective clients. On the first half of my trip I stayed at El Dorado Seaside, a beautiful, peaceful resort for adults only. On the second half of my trip I was able to experience Azul Sensatori with my husband and three children. It was great experiencing the re-
sort through my kids’ eyes. They really loved the kids club and child friendly features including Fisher Price toys in all the restaurants, spacious rooms that could easily accommodate a family of five like ours, great pools that meandered around the resort, swim up bars where they could order milk shakes, a splash park for smaller children and kid friendly meals at every restaurant. I can tell you that all 5 of the Karisma resorts showed beautifully. The properties were meticulous, the settings on the Caribbean Sea were gorgeous, the food was above and beyond what you would expect at a regular allinclusive resort, the amenities were top of the line….I happily put my stamp of approval on these resorts!
Seize The Day Travel and other Kid Link vendors are holding a Back to School Bash on 3pm to 8pm on 9/4/10 at the Playhouse Cafe. Bring the kids, get your car seats checked, come and listen to Steven Courtney & This Way Up percussionists band.
Inside this issue: DESTINATION WEDDINGS PART
WEDDINGS BY KARISMA
BUYING TRAVEL INSURANCE
KARISMA GIVE AWAY
Photo of El Dorado Royale Casitas Suites with Infinity Plunge Pools.
Where will you go next? Destination Weddings: A Natural Choice, Part 2 In the last newsletter I wrote about the popularity of destination weddings and I highlighted Weddings and Weddingmoons by Martha Stewart, offered exclusively at Sandals. After visiting the Karisma resorts and seeing their wedding locations , I wanted to share what I learned with all of you. I also received additional specialized Destination Wedding training by the director of the Destination Wedding Department for Karisma resorts while in Mexico, therefore I want to highlight the offerings of the Karisma destination wedding team in this issue. The one thing that is noticeably different from the Sandals offerings is that the Karisma Wedding team will tailor the themes to your color and flower preferences etc. So they let you control the theme more than at Sandals. Some of you may like that flexibility. From talking to the team at Karisma, they definitely are dream makers in that they want to customize your experience as much as possible.
An amazing average of 40,000 destination weddings occur each weekend!
Destination Weddings & Vow Renewals at El Dorado and Azul Resorts:
Contact Seize the Day Travel for a free consultation about how a Destination Wedding could work for you at 717.829.4750.
Sky Wedding Site at Azul Sensatori Seize The Day Travel invites you to I'm Engaged, Now What?! a wedding seminar featuring Seize The Day Travel and other vendors. October 24th, 2010 12:00pm - 3:00pm Antique Auto Museum, Hershey PA . Buy your tickets at http://www.http://fashionableaffair.com/ engaged.aspx
Tailor made weddings with exceptional optional amenities available to customize each event.
Dedicated onsite wedding team at every hotel and dedicated off site English speaking wedding coordinators providing full wedding coordination services.
Ability to perform religious ceremonies at the beachfront chapel on site at El Dorado Royale and at El Dorado Maroma. ♦
Various ceremony locations available including beach, beachfront gazebos, garden areas, beachfront wedding chapels & rooftop overlooking the sea.
Variety of private event areas available to groups for receptions.
Packages pricing (Call us for package inclusions):
Free Sweet Wedding Package
Vow Renewal — $750*
Pearl Wedding — $950*
Silver Wedding — $2500*
5. Gold Wedding — $3500* 6. Sky Wedding Package add on to Silver or Gold packages — $1700* Page 2
*pricing valid at date of publication 8/4/10. Some restrictions apply. Pricing not guaranteed until booked.
Volume 1, Issue 4 Seize the Day Travel’s Disney Corner by Fred Wagenmann The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is an autumn special event (Oct. 1 thru Nov. 14) that transforms EPCOT into a food and wine lover's paradise with specialty food items, culinary events, sophisticated parties and live musical entertainment. Try delicious regional foods, wines and beers from around the world at special marketplaces set up along World Showcase Promenade. Learn from renowned chefs and winemakers at special programs and demonstrations, and sample the finest cuisine from around the globe at spectacular culinary events. When you arrive at Epcot, visit the Festival Welcome Center to plan your day. Then you'll also find the Festival Wine Shop and the Wonders Bar—where you can purchase champagne and wine or attend official book signings with celebrity chefs and authors. The Stockpot shop offers marvelous merchandise, including the collectable marketplace cookbook. Plus, there is more to do than just enjoying great food and beverage. Enjoy the Eat to the Beat concert series and unwind with a stellar lineup of celebrated musical acts.
experiences. Guests will delight in tantalizing new additions — from the robust and exotic flavors of Belgium & South Korea to world-class performers like Taylor Dane, Billy Ocean and 38 Special... who will take the stage at the Festival for the very first time!
your credit card or cash any time you want to pay for food, merchandise and more. Get it throughout Epcot at ticket booths, Guest Relations, the Festival Welcome Center and a variety of locations in the theme park where food and merchandise are sold.
Epcot Theme Park admission is required. Some Epcot International Food & Wine Festival events require ticket fees in addition to admission to Epcot. Availability is limited for some events. Events may be rescheduled or cancelled at any time.
The thrills at the ultimate dining, drinking and music event don't stop. Discover the many taste adventures that await!
You can even pick up a Food & Wine themed mini Disney Gift Card — a fast, easy and secure way to carry your money on your wrist, and simply the best way to experience the Festival. Just load or reload the card with any amount you desire from $5 to $1,500, swipe — and you're spared the trouble of getting out
Resort is located on the island of Oahu.
Fall Dates for Free Dining Offer from Disney! Call us for dates and details.
Late Summer Room Offer at select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts at Walt Disney World for stays most nights August 15 to October 2, 2010.
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Brand New Resort in Hawaii, the Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa, is now taking bookings for its grand opening on August 29, 2011.
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♦ In 2010, the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, presented by Vanity Fair, makes its grand return, transforming the theme park into a destination filled with the world's tastiest regional foods and drinks, rockin' concerts, and unforgettable sensory
Combine a Disney Magic Your Way vacation package w/free dining (available select days) with your EPCOT International Food and Wine Festival visit! For Disney Cruise Line and other Disney deals please call Fred at Seize the Day Travel – 717.805.6113
Kids Sail Free on 10 Day Mexican Riviera Cruise on Disney Cruise Line sailing on April 17, 2011.
***All offers and pricing not guaranteed until booked. CALL US TODAY!!! 717.829.4750
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We invite you to “LIKE” us on Face Book!!! Seize The Day Travel has become one of a handful of Pennsylvania agencies with the exclusive & special designation as a Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant (GIVC) for Karisma Resorts in Riviera Maya. Seize The Day Travel clients get special pampering since I am a GIVC and I also have a limited amount of special incentive coupons for free services. Call today to get pricing! Visit my website for a link to my Karisma website. Excellent for honeymoons or destination weddings! Excellent for family travel! VISIT OUR NEW BLOG; www.SeizeTheDayTravel.net/ wordpress
Wanted: A Few Good Websites or Storefronts Seize The Day Travel is looking for a few good websites or storefronts to help spread the word about us and we have a fun way to do it. Perhaps you can help. Do you have a business with a storefront where your clients visit you? We have a trip give away box that we would love to place at your business The drawing is for “Win a 4 Night Stay for Free” to El Dorado or Azul Resorts in Riviera Maya. The cool thing
about the box is that if a winner is selected from your box, Karisma gives the store owner a “4 Night Stay for Free” trip also! The drawing is done monthly and is done throughout the United States. Does your business have a website? I have the same Karisma offer but instead of a box in your store, we can place a banner on your website. Your client simply fills in the virtual entry form and they are entered in the drawing. Again, if your
client wins, then you win too. You can see how the banner will look below or by going to our website at www.SeizeTheDayTravel.net/ specials.html. Please contact Heather@SeizeTheDayTravel.net if you would like your clients to have the opportunity to win this trip and I will arrange for a box or web banner for you. Thanks for considering it!
Travel Insurance: To Buy or Not to Buy? That is the Question. Buy, buy ,buy. Is that emphatic enough? Over the years, my answer to this question has varied, but in uncertain economic times and during catastrophic weather events, Travel Insurance can be your best protection of your trip investment. Travel Insurance is important because it not only protects you if your trip needs to cancel because of a medical or weather event or death in the immediate family, but many insurance plans also offer “Cancel for Any Reason” or “Cancel for Job Reasons” provisions and medical benefits. Many of you will retort, that you don’t need trip insurance because you are going on you trip no matter what. I can relate to that feeling. However, in uncer-
tain economic times, it may be unfeasible to go with out protection that allows you some flexibility should your work situation change. As far as medical coverage goes, I think this is one of the most persuasive reasons to buy travel insurance. A lot of clients will check with their health insurance provider and find that it may or may not cover them for traveling internationally. However, many travel insurance medical benefits include a medical expense provision, an emergency medical transportation provision and an accidental death & dismemberment benefit are only available at benefit amounts high enough through travel insurance. It is
important to realize if you are cruising or going to an international destination and need airlifted with medical personnel back to the US, you will be happy you had the emergency medical transportation provision. Seize The Day Travel is a PA licensed provider of Travel Guard Insurance. I love the options it allows the client to select from. It is not one size fits all coverage which I really like. So, if you are considering purchasing travel insurance, my vote is yes and if you are looking for a great option, choose Travel Guard and contact me for more details. I offer it on all the trips I book and have seen it work in all kinds of scenarios.