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St. Kitts: A Caribbean Pearl thumbnail

Written by Joy Thrun. If it is beaches, food and stunning topography you like for your tropical vacation than St. Kitts definitely fits the bill. This volcanic island has lush covered peaks with gorgeous vistas at every turn. It still maintains the 'Old Caribbean' feel with a first-class hotel option that meets the accommodation and amenity… [Read More]

Written by Tom Thrun. March 1999, was the most active group travel month in Classic Travel's history. Besides groups going to New York, Spain, Cancun and the Final Four, we took 380 of our closest friends to beautiful Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The American Cyanamid Company hosted this Caribbean all-inclusive getaway for it's VIP growers and… [Read More]

Written by Angela Brya. What better way is there to spend the holidays than with your closest friends and family in the Caribbean? This year's Thanksgiving Cruise was a huge success! We had a group of 22 people travel on the Carnival Destiny, venturing to the Southern Caribbean. Eleven from the group were first time… [Read More]

Written by Joy Thrun. After sending hundreds of clients and several groups to the Mayan Riviera in Mexico, the question was, what will become the next hot all-inclusive destination? The answer is Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic! If you like luxury resorts, endless white sand beaches, world class diving, championship golf, history and culture…this… [Read More]

Written by Marshall Cossman. In February, 2008, my wife and I took a 10 day National Geographic eco-tour of Belize and Guatemala. It was educational, exotic, and we had 17 other tourists with us who were most interesting. From Belize City, the capital of Belize, we flew to our first camp, Golden Stream, in the middle… [Read More]

Jamaica – Buyer Beware or Be Daring thumbnail

Written by Tanya Thelen. This is not a warning but a reminder to be careful with your travel decisions. Travel consultants prove again and again that our experience and knowledge far out-weigh anything you find on the Internet. You could end up somewhere a little more daring than you thought. Last April my husband and… [Read More]

Written by Tom Thrun. Ever since living in Jamaica back in the 60's when my father ran the Sans Souci Hotel in Ocho Rios, Jamaica has always felt like home. Today the Island is known for its many spectacular all inclusive resorts. But for a real Jamaican experience you might want to try one of… [Read More]

Written by Tom Thrun. The 2003 M.F.D.A. Mid - Winter Conference began a little like an episode of Fantasy Island. The group was greeted at the thatched roof Punta Cana Airport by a very tropical looking President Sam Smith and a very sunburned Scott Meyersieck shouting " De plane! De plane!" Suddenly all the stress… [Read More]

Written by Amanda Rios. Hi, I am Amanda Rios a Seventh grader from Seneca Middle School Clinton Township, Michigan. I would like to tell you about a life changing experience I had on my first cruise to the Caribbean. This was my first cruise ever; it was put together by my mom who is a… [Read More]

Written by Dick and Susan Young. If you have ever considered a trip to  the Caribbean I would highly recommend the quaint little island nicknamed St. Kitts, named after Christopher Columbus. This tiny island of 36,000 Kittians and 65 square miles lies about an hour plane ride south east of San Juan, Puerto Rico and shares… [Read More]

Cruising the Vibrant Caribbean Sea thumbnail

Written by Tanya Thelen. The best way to see the Caribbean is definitely by cruising the vibrant Caribbean Sea. By taking a cruise you get to visit a number of spectacular islands in an all-inclusive vacation. Why see just one island when you can visit up to six. My husband and I took our first… [Read More]

Written by Amber Feldpausch. This past February, I was grateful to be able to escort a group of Neurologist to Costa Rica where they attended meetings in the mornings and enjoyed the beautiful scenery and activities of Costa Rica in the afternoon. Costa Rica is a growing destination. People are asking about it more and… [Read More]

Written by Marcia Bethea. Do you ask yourself, before selecting a destination, "Just what do I want to do?" How many times is the answer… "Relax", "Sit in the sun", "Do something different", or "See the reserved areas". What ever you could imagine to do or not do (with the exception of snow and ice… [Read More]

Written by Amber Feldpausch. For years I have heard the exciting stories of cruising. It's always been something my friends and I dreamed about doing some Spring Break, well this year we got that chance to experience one of Carnival's Fun Ships, the Imagination. The Imagination set sail from Miami, Florida and visited the islands… [Read More]

Why Are Carnival’s “Fun Ships” So Much Fun? thumbnail

Written by Julie Schafer. Just what makes Carnival's "Fun Ships" so much fun? In search of the answer, I embarked on two of Carnival's "Fun Ships" --- the Imagination and the Fantasy, to find out for myself. We departed from the port of Miami on Imagination's 5-day Western Caribbean itinerary. This itinerary included two "Fun… [Read More]

Written by Eric and Beth Pulver. We've just returned from the beautiful Iberostar Bavaro in the Dominican Republic! What a great vacation! It was very relaxing and a great getaway for us. Since it was our first all-inclusive, we weren't sure what to expect, but we never went hungry or thirsty and were satisfied with… [Read More]

Written by Marcia Bethea. The Royal Towers are truly ROYAL. As you enter the lobby of the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas, you are quickly transported to another time and place. The expansive lobby has so many details, each visit delights your senses with something you didn't notice the last trip through. Water, water… [Read More]

Aruba – One Happy Little Island thumbnail

Written by Julie Schafer. What better way to keep your employees happy than a trip to the "Happy Island" ---ARUBA! As part of Republic Bank's 2002 Incentive Program, 52 hard working, dedicated Branch Managers and guests (along with 1 very happy Classic Travel escort) were whisked away to this beautiful tropical paradise. There is a… [Read More]

Written by Tanya Thelen. How about Aruba this year? With only an average of 20 inches of rain a year, you are almost guaranteed great weather throughout your vacation. In addition, Aruba is located below the hurricane belt so it is a great choice for you fall-time travelers. Aruba is an island in the Caribbean… [Read More]

Written by Jean Southwick. As a Classic Travel Specialist, Apple Vacations invited me to participate in a Fam Trip to Punta Cana. The purpose is to provide the opportunity for travel agents to become “familiar” with the destination including the hotels and learn what it has to offer for our travelers. I inspected and walked the… [Read More]