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Allegiant Honors Military Discount

Allegiant Military & Veteran Discount

Allegiant Air proudly supports our U.S. active duty military, military veterans, members of the National Guard, military reserve and their dependents by offering select free services.

Qualifying military personnel and their spouses or dependents, with valid identification, are eligible for the following discounts on Allegiant:

Free services offered for U.S. active duty or reserve duty and National Guard:

  • Up to three (3) pieces of checked baggage free. Each bag must weigh under 100 lbs.
  • No charge for oversized checked baggage.
  • One (1) carry-on bag within Allegiant size limits, free.
  • Free boarding pass printing at the airport.
  • Free seat assignments, pending availability.
  • Up to one (1) pet in cabin free.
  • Active military may board with priority boarding at no charge.
  • Active military will not be charged a change or cancelation fee due to a change in orders.
    (To change or cancel an existing reservation active military personnel must contact Customer Care.)

U.S. active duty or reserve duty and National Guard requirements:

  • Must serve in any United States branch of military service and have qualifying identification.
  • Must be active personnel; this includes ‘leaves’ while on active duty such as weekend passes, transitioning from one base to another, or temporary duty.
  • Must show valid active military identification (Uniformed Services ID Card).

Free services offered for U.S. military veterans and spouses or dependents of U.S. active duty or reserve military, and National Guard:

  • Up to three (3) pieces of checked baggage free. Each bag must weigh under 40 lbs.
  • No charge for oversized checked baggage.
  • One (1) carry-on bag within Allegiant size limits free.
  • Free boarding pass printing at the airport.
  • Free seat assignments, pending availability.
  • Up to one (1) pet in cabin free.

U.S. military veterans and spouses or dependents of U.S. active duty or reserve military, and National Guard requirements:

  • Must show valid credentials.
  • Veterans must show one (1) form of valid military identification, including:
    • A State Driver’s License which displays a logo or code that denotes military service
    • A Veteran ID Card
    • DD Form 214
  • Dependents must show a Military Dependent ID Card
  • Please note: Dependents do not have to travel with the active military personnel.

* All optional items and services will be added to your itinerary at the airport

Jolly Mon Vacations can book your Allegiant Air/Hotel packages. (however, we do not book air-only. Must include hotel)

Contact Me at: pete@jollymonvacations.com for further information.

Jolly Mon Vacations is a proud Veteran Owned business

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Jolly Mon Vacations holds IATAN accreditation

IATAN (International Airlines Travel Agent Network) promotes professionalism and administers meaningful and impartial business standards to travel industry professionals. IATAN accreditation is voluntary, and means that a travel business consciously works to assure you, its customer, of its legitimacy and commitment to the travel profession.

IATAN accreditation tells you that Jolly Mon Vacations is a serious,  reputable,  business professional and seller of travel. Jolly Mon Vacations is an IATAN Travel Sales Intermediary (TSI) agency. Our IATAN number can be found in the IATAN database by cruise lines, airlines and hotels worldwide.

IATAN accredited agencies must demonstrate that:

  • it has staff devoted to the affairs of the business, who have managerial skills and discretion
  • the business is a valid legal entity and has appropriate business bank accounts
  • it can produce letters of reference from national or international travel industry suppliers or from national travel associations
  • its Website and advertisements show how customers can contact the business
  • it complies with relevant Federal, state, county and local laws
  • it has no pending or unresolved complaints at state or local consumer affairs office
  • as part of the accreditation process, agencies must demonstrate revenue consistent with being a significant travel business.

You can get more details on IATAN at www.iatan.org

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More Countries Requiring Travel Insurance

As tourism grows, so have the medical costs in many countries that have had to cover vacationers using healthcare services while visiting.

As a result, an increasing number of countries are making travel insurance compulsory, a requirement for a tourist to even enter their borders.

A recent report noted how 15 of the 26 Schengen nations (a combination of European Union countries and independent nations like Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) currently require some type of insurance for visitors, students and expats.

Additionally, Cuba, Ecuador, Qatar, Russia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the U.S. are requiring the same. On Aug. 28, 2018, Egypt announced its plans to introduce mandatory compulsory insurance; and Thailand is currently undergoing a debate on mandatory travel insurance for visiting tourists.

According to the report, in many countries, “travelers are asked to show proof of medical or hospitalization coverage before they can enter.” Visitors who can’t provide proof of travel insurance may be required to either purchase a policy on-site or be denied entry into the country.

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New Website is LIVE!

Getting ready to kick-off 2019 by giving our website a complete makeover. We’ve redone it top to bottom to make it simple yet effective. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Referrals are the best compliment you can pay me!

Happy New Year and thanks for sharing!

Pete Larson, CTC

Certified Travel Counselor

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Hurricanes & Travel

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Late season hurricanes are very active this year. Do you have a flight, resort vacation or cruise scheduled soon? Recent flight changes, airport or resort closures and devastated ports or islands may affect your vacation.

Keep abreast of the current situation with all things on your itinerary. I highly recommend travel insurance and the use of a travel professional when booking your trip. This way you have protection and someone to assist you when you need it most.

Mother Nature can spoil your plan at any time. Being prepared is necessary and good peace of mind.

Pete Larson, CTC, LS, DS

Certified Travel Counselor

http://www.JollyMonVacations.com

218-779-3050

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Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort Review

I’ve just returned from a week-long vacation in Grenada, “The Spice Island.” What a beautiful country full of warm and caring people! They are so welcoming to Americans. They love Ronald Reagan! They say, ‘he gave them back their freedom.’ (remember the invasion back in 1983?) They love us for it.

This new Sandals LaSource Resort sits right next to the Maurice Bishop International Airport and is a very short shuttle ride. The steep entrance drive is quite a fun ride during arrival. Upon arrival, you are let off at an open-air (tiny and unimpressive) lobby for check-in. If you have booked a CLUB LEVEL or BUTLER category room, you are escorted into the nearby, air-conditioned Club Sandals area for a private, more comfortable check-in process. Butler guests will be taken to their rooms for check-in. (how ‘suite’ is that!)

We had a Club Level Room in the Pink Gin Village. It’s a beautiful, beachfront building nearest the ocean. From our room we had beautiful, sweeping views of the ocean, pool area and beach. We were in the Penthouse, which is fancy for….third floor. With a vaulted ceiling and the best oceanfront view…it was worth the walk up the stairs.

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Sandals LaSource Grenada, Our view from the room.

The food and restaurants are great. We loved the French restaurant, Le Jardinier, the best. The service was stellar and the food delicious. No reservations were needed at this resort with the exception of Butch’s Chophouse and the Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant. Both of those were very good as well. Lobster was out of season, so shrimp was served in it’s place, at Butch’s, for the ‘Surf & Turf’ that’s very popular. “Doggies” is a new addition, it’s a hot dog cart with all the trimmings. Open for about 3 hours per day around lunch time and parked outside The Living Room. Delicious and a great addition. The buffet and Mediterranean restaurants were good as well. I don’t care for buffets and this one doesn’t have any seating that’s air conditioned. Indoor seating is quite warm and so is the outdoor seating. I preferred eating elsewhere because of it. Don’t forget the great ice cream in the Cafe! (try the Nutmeg ice cream!)

Swim-up Bar, night time
Swim-up Bar, night time

Drinks abound at this high-end all-inclusive resort. The Living Room was a popular evening hangout with nightly entertainment and fun. It’s a covered, yet open-sided area with a bar and fun ‘living room’ style furnishings. We could hear the nightly music right from our room nearby. The main pool has a swim-up bar that was popular day and night. The main beer served was Caribe, which is very good. The Tipsy Turtle Pub had many other selections as well.

Sky Pool Butler Suite
Sky Pool Butler Suite

Service was great for the most part…expected at Sandals. Love that no-tipping policy, which takes a lot of stress away. The only problem we had was with the room stewards. A few nights, they didn’t get to our rooms for service…either day or night-time turn-down. On the flip side…the concierge at Club Sandals were AWESOME! They will bend over backwards to make your stay perfect. Well done! I can’t say enough times how getting at a minumum….a CLUB SANDALS LEVEL ROOM! (entry level rooms don’t have concierge and a whole lot more!) If you take nothing else away from this blog today….take that tip! CLUB LEVEL or BUTLER ONLY! So worth it.

The beach is very nice. Not an overly long stretch, but more cove-like. White & black sand with clear water. Not overly wavy either. Nice trampolines anchored in the bay to relax on. If you walk down past the Watersports area…you can walk off-property down the beach for quite a ways. Some very cool rock formations down there…very photo-worthy! You can also see the capital city of St. George’s down the coast. (lit up nicely at night) Lots of lounge chairs and even with those ‘chair hogs that tend to get up early and throw their stuff on chairs to never return’…won’t spoil it. Lots to choose from. Lots of hammocks as well. Drink service is also available…although spotty sometimes.

Off-property beach
Off-property beach

Entertainment was good. Loved the crew’s talent performances and beach party. White Night was fun as well. I don’t go to these resorts for entertainment…so many nights we skipped it. My favorite night-time activity is to find a nice, dark beach lounger near the ocean and listen to the waves lapping the shore while watching the stars and lights of the city. Nothing more relaxing than that. Make sure you protect yourself, as sand fleas can be pesky and they bite leaving some marks! (bug repellent)

We did one excursion (Island Routes) tour. It was the half day city tour. Very informative and fun. When we got to the marketplace, some guides kind of force themselves upon you. The driver said to ignore them, but after awhile…let him guide us around. He taught us many things about his people and country. He also expedited us to the stores with items we were searching for. Of course, he wanted a bunch of money at the end of the tour…but we tipped him $40 and felt it was worth it. (although, I didn’t like his ‘non-consent’ way of getting us to follow him) Lots of fresh spices and local items in the city markets. Bargaining is the way here, but I often times gave them what they asked…and they were genuinely grateful. The view from Fort Frederick is amazing!

Grenada from Ft. Frederick
Grenada from Ft. Frederick

All in all…it was an another AWESOME SANDALS VACATION. Most flights arrive quite late into Grenada. We arrived at 8:30 PM and were at the resort eating dinner by 10:00 PM. Some opt to stay in a local hotel the first night since they arrive so late, as it’s more cost effective than wasting most of your first day while traveling.

We are certified SANDALS SPECIALISTS! We know these properties very well, and have been to most of them. Sandals prices are the same, no matter where you purchase them from…SO WHY NOT LET US BOOK YOU? YOU’LL GAIN OUR FREE HELP AND EXPERIENCE at no extra cost! We know the best resorts for you, the best room levels, best views, best beaches, best pools, best excursions.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SANDALS RESORTS HERE:  Sandals Resorts

Pete Larson, CTC, DS, LS

Certified Travel Counselor and Sandals Specialist

www.JollyMonVacations.com

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Sandals Resorts

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Why do I believe in Sandals Resorts? Because they believe in Travel Agents!

Sandals ensures we are highly trained in their products through annual certification workshops. Sandals levels the playing field when it comes to pricing. They have a “no discounting” policy, so you can’t find a lower price online than you can get from us!

They support us in many other ways as well. No other resort, cruise line or vacation product provides the kind of support that Sandals and Beaches Resorts does. None.

Their all-inclusive product is easy to sell…because they include everything! Other resorts just pale in comparison in the value you receive from Sandals. The closer you look…the better they look.

What’s the difference between Sandals and Beaches Resorts?

Sandals is for couples and Beaches is for all others. (couples, kids, singles, families) Many of the same high quality amenities are available at both. Why not check them out by contacting us today?

We are CERTIFIED SANDALS SPECIALISTS! OUR RESORT PLANNING IS FREE!

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Free vacation help? YES! No fees, no catches…contact us today!

Pete Larson, CTC, DS, LS

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From Castles to Cafés: Uniworld’s 2016 Themed Cruises

Uniworld  Boutique River Cruises is proud to offer themed cruises in 2016 that highlight unique aspects of European culture, as well as family-friendly cruises that allow guests to share the gift of travel with their children or grandchildren.

Uniworld’s themed cruises:

  • Our NEW Monarch Collection cruises showcase the finer aspects of European royalty.
  • The NEW Connoisseur Collection cruises take your clients on a culinary adventure through France. Good food, wine and friend…what else do you need?
  • Holiday Season cruises introduce travelers to the magic of Europe at Christmas. It’s no secret that Europe’s Christmas Markets rank among our very favorite river cruises to take each year. The combination of Holiday spirit and old-world charm makes visiting Europe in late November and early December a delight, particularly given that the summer crowds that clog streets, museums and attractions have long since dispersed.
  • Finally, our award-winning Multi-generational Family-Friendly program includes more itineraries and departures than ever before…50% off cruise fare for ages 4-18! Family-friendly shore excursions will keep everyone thrilled. A great bonding experience for the whole family.

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Uniworld Cruises are ALL-INCLUSIVE! Look what’s included in our up-front pricing:

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  • We specialize in RIVER CRUISING.
  • We are certified by the cruise lines and have sailed on the rivers first-hand!
  • Expert advice and NO FEES!
  • We’ll get you the best possible price and value on a cruise that is RIGHT FOR YOU!
  • Anyone can book a cruise…but our experience and knowledge will find you a cruise that matches your travel style.

Pete Larson, CTA, DS, LS

Certified River Cruise Specialist

Owner/River Cruise Guru

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Scotland & Ireland CIE Tour

We just returned from a fabulous trip across Scotland and Ireland. We escorted a group of 16 from the Midwest and what a great group of people it turned out to be!

CIE coach on a comfort stop in Scotland
CIE coach on a comfort stop in Scotland

Here’s how it went down:

Jolly Mon Vacations blocked some space on a CIE Tour that many people seemed to like. We picked a date that was doable to most, which was just outside of the busy ‘tourist season’, but still had pretty fair weather. It ended up being May 1st to 11th on an adventure across three countries.

Jolly Mon Vacations took care of the booking, paperwork, payments and documents. We also booked everyone’s flights, transfers and even a pre-night hotel stay.

Everything went off without a glitch! Our group flew into Glasgow, Scotland on the same flight and transferred to the hotel together. This gave our bodies some time to adapt to the time difference and rest before the start of the tour the following day.

We toured big cities, small towns, the highlands, the country side and everything in between. We cruised by boat on the infamous Loch Ness and across the sea on a ferry boat. We cruised across the River Shannon and cruised the canals of Dublin.

The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

We saw beauty everywhere:  castles, ruins, monastic sites, historic sites, farms, mountains, loughs, cliffs, waterfalls, bridges, National Parks and much more. We even stopped in the county my ancestors called home! We were immersed in the cultures of these places and experienced things we will never forget. This is the beauty of traveling by luxury coach.

Is this a relaxing vacation?

It can be. It’s a journey that takes you to places you won’t see any other way. From present day back to ancient times. There is a daily schedule and you will travel from place to place. Relaxing on the beach? Not going to happen. This is a different style of vacation. It’s comfortable but busy, inclusive and fun. This type of trip is much more about the journey AND the destination melted together as one. Your Tour Director is your Yoda and everything is taken care of for you.

You will make new friends and have some great bonding experiences. You will laugh together, dine together and enjoy the ride together. You will hug when the trip comes to an end and you will contact each other when its all over.

Jolly Mon Vacations exists to make thing easy for their clients. Seamless trips like this is what we do. Let us plan your next adventure, you won’t be disappointed that you missed something and no detail is left out. Contact us when you are ready to explore! We’ll make your dream a reality.

Pete Larson, CTC, DS, LS

Certified Travel Counselor, Destination Specialist, Lifestyle Specialist

www.JollyMonVacations.com

Email:  pete@jollymonvacations.com

218-779-3050

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5 – Tips to Save You Money on a River Cruise

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Pete on The Danube River

1.  Use a certified River Cruise Specialist! A specialist is highly trained in river cruises and has actually been on them before. They know the ins & outs of the different brands, inclusions, itineraries and much more. They can help you find the right cruise that fits your style and budget…saving you money. They know flight options, insurance, pre and post cruise stays, transportation, tours….you get the picture? You’ll pay the same or LESS than booking directly…and get MUCH BETTER ADVICE…all for free.

2.  BUY EARLY! When you buy early…and you can buy a full year ahead…they usually offer some great discounts. These ships are small and fill up fast. Waiting can cause you to ‘miss the boat!’ Why not get some of the best discounts by booking early and choose a cabin location or category that YOU want. (not settle for what is left) I repeat, buy early.

3.  Choose wisely. Each brand has its own style and inclusions. Some brands are much more inclusive than others. When comparing prices, take into consideration that some lines make you pay for extras…like gratuities, drinks, ship transfers, shore excursions and more. Some lines include it. Figure out what you need and how much more it will cost if you choose a line that doesn’t include it. You may find the more expensive price actually is the better value!

4.  Pre or post trip extensions:  You can buy them from the cruise line…but they can be expensive. It’s very convenient to add them on but be sure to weigh the cost of doing your own extensions. Your Rive Cruise Specialist can provide you with hotels and tours as well that may be a better value.

5.  Some lines offer discounts for paying in full at time of booking. Some offer discounts for paying with an electronic wire transfer. Some offer free transfers when you have them book your airfare. Some lines waive single supplements. Some have single berth staterooms. Again, your River Cruise Specialist can help you with all the discounts being offered that you may not know of.

The bottom line is this…Know before you go.

You don’t have to re-invent the wheel to understand river cruising. You just need to enlist an expert to answer your questions and help you make the right choices that fit your travel style. And that my friends…is why we exist!

Contact us today to get started on your river cruise planning.

We don’t charge any fees and we know river cruising!

Pete Larson,

Certified River Cruise Specialist

River Cruise Guru

www.RiverCruiseGuru.com

218-779-3050

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8 – Vital Packing Tips & Advice

Packing Right

1.  Make a packing list

The easiest way to ensure you don’t over pack or under pack is to make a list. Figure out what you need for each day and list it. Type it, print it, check it off. You can always ask Jolly Mon for a copy of his own trip packing list!

2.  Choose a method

Your goal is to have what you need, meet flight requirements and get it there safely. I firmly believe in two packing methods. One is called, ‘packing light’ and the other is rolling. These methods can save you a lot of space and cause less wrinkles! ‘Packing Light’ is a method that folds clothes together in one big bundle. Rolling (or Ranger Rolling, tightly rolling each garment makes for more room in the suitcase. (which is great for motor coach touring where you live out of your suitcase) Choose a method that works for you. You can continue reading about this here: Click Here!

3.  Know before you go

Know your airline/cruise ship and TSA baggage rules. You can find out by checking your documents, the airlines website FAQ, and the TSA’s site. Know your weight restriction and baggage sizes BEFORE you pack. Nothing is more frustrating than being over the weight limit at the airlines baggage scale and shuffling clothes or paying enormous extra fees! Your travel agent can help you with this.

4.  Layers and dual purpose garments

Pack for wearing clothes in layers according to climate. Instead of a bulky coat, you can pack a couple of garments to ‘layer’ for warmth. This gives you more items to wear and cuts the bulk during packing. Dual purpose garments are something you wear with multiple other garments or pants that turn into shorts. Each pair of pants or trousers can go with multiple tops. Bring comfortable shoes that can be worn with multiple outfits and still be comfy! Saving space while offering more options.

5.  Never check your essential items

Valuables, medications, passports, money, credit cards, electronics, important documents and such should always be brought onto the plane in your carry-on bag. Keep them secure and close to you.

6.  Extra bags

Pack an extra tote bag into your luggage. They squish flat and come in handy for trips to the beach, a shore excursion, bringing towels to the pool or keeping your things together and secure. They can also come in handy if you buy some souvenirs at your destination and run out of room to pack them in your luggage. You can put them in the tote bag and use it as your ‘personal item’ to be carried onboard the plane and tucked under the seat in front of you. Smart packing!

7.  Mark it

Tie a colorful ribbon to the handle, or mark your suitcase with colorful tape if it doesn’t stand out in a sea of other suitcases. Remove all old airline or cruise tags. Attach a luggage tag with your cell phone number/name so that it can be identified. I like to put that information INSIDE the case as well. If the tag gets ripped off, they can still find you.

8.  Purchase and protect

Luggage is a personal choice but there are things to consider. No matter what amount of money you spend on a suitcase, it is going to get beat up. Cheap luggage won’t last long. Plastic gets broken, soft sides get ripped and it doesn’t hold up well. Many larger suitcases are simply too big. If you pack them full, it will be over the weight restriction. Buy the size that fits your needs and purchase the best you can afford. A well-made suitcase will hold up longer, protect your things and pay you back in longevity. Keep a close eye on your luggage during travel.

BONUS TIP:  Use your smartphone to take a picture of the items inside your suitcase before you close it up and again once it’s closed. If the luggage goes missing,  can show the airline staff what it looks like and you will also have proof of what’s inside for any claims that need to be made.

Jolly Mon Vacations and River Cruise Guru assist with all your travel needs from start to finish. Planning travel is a lot more than simply booking it. A lot of thought MUST go into the choice because not all destinations, resorts, hotels or cruise ships are the same. Pick the wrong one for YOU and your vacation could turn into a nightmare.

Trust in us, contact us today!

Pete Larson,

Certified Travel Associate / Owner,

www.JollyMonVacations.com & www.RiverCruiseGuru.com

Phone:  218-779-3050

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Unique Wine Cruises from AMA Waterways

Unique Wine Cruises
An AmaWaterways wine cruise is designed to provide travelers with immersive experiences related to the destinations they are visiting. Like all of our cruises, guests have the opportunity to join tours and activities that highlight the sights in each port of call. In addition to these city tours, your trip is amplified with exclusive excursions that reveal more about Europe’s famed wine regions, local epicurean traditions, winemaking, and of course, tastings.

Each cruise is hosted by a qualified wine expert, who usually brings hand-selected wines on board. Some wines come from the expert’s own winery and other varieties are sourced from local vineyards located along the cruise itinerary. This expert will recommend food and wine pairings, lead discussions and even hold special tastings during your cruise.

Guests enjoy a number of tours at local vineyards and wineries, where vintners and growers will not only walk you through the winemaking process – they will give you a taste of their special varieties, too. These authentic encounters add to the rich tapestry of local culture, making for memorable experiences for wine enthusiasts and dabblers alike. Your taste buds are in for even more excitement in our sophisticated dining venues on board, where our expert chefs pair fine wines with award-winning cuisine for the ultimate epicurean experience. It really is a flavor adventure unlike any other.

On our brand-new for 2016 Taste of Bordeaux wine cruise itinerary, you’ll enjoy many wine experiences – one of them being an authentic Sauternes tasting. Sauternes blends account for a very small amount of the wine production in Bordeaux, but they contain a great amount of flavor. These highly sought-after wines are made from various grape varieties, are available in many styles, and achieve a mouthwatering balance of sweet and tart. Their notes of rich honey, peach, apricot and nuts pair wonderfully with savory French cuisine.

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Contact your River Cruise Specialist today!

Pete Larson, CTA, DS, LS

Certified River Cruise Specialist & Owner, River Cruise Guru

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River Cruise Deals

There are still some great river cruise deals in Europe for 2015!

While availability is waning, I’m still finding some deals for clients. Several lines are offering discounted airfare as well as steep discounts on the cruise portion.

Amabella
Amabella

Cruises for 2016 are also discounted for early booking. The best way to find the right cruise for you is to take advantage of our complimentary services! We are certified RIVER CRUISE EXPERTS and we specialize in river cruises. We custom fit you to the itinerary and cruise line that suits your needs.

Whether you are looking for the highest levels of luxury or looking for a cruise to fit smaller budgets. Allow us to assist you in making your cruise experience all it can be.

Contact us today!

Pete Larson, CTA, DS, LS

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Cruise Lines Kick it up a Notch

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What is there to do on a cruise ship?
Norwegian Cruise Lines has stepped things up with many innovative and fun things to do onboard. On a two or three story ropes course, you can zip line and even walk the plank over the side of the ship! A great adrenaline rush. They also have the fastest water slides at sea. And when they say fast…they actually take your breath away! Far better than any I’ve been on anywhere. Mini golf, loads of other water features, rock climbing walls, basketball, fitness centers, spa, Broadway shows, comedy, live music, magic, exquisite dining, bars, and even a fireworks show to cap off the night. And that’s just some of the things on board. Wait until you get to the islands!

Jolly Mon Vacations knows the ships and itineraries well. We assist you in finding the right ship for you and your family at no cost to you.

Lets get your adventure started!
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River Cruising Europe

Why should I go on a river cruise?

European river cruising is the fastest growing segment of the travel industry, and here’s why. The itineraries pack as many as four countries into a 7 night cruise, with a chance to wake up somewhere new each day. How cool is that?

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Over the past three years, more than fifty new river vessels have taken to the water, with around twenty more due this year. The season runs from March to December– with special Christmas Market and New Year’s departures. You can find many theme cruises as well, from wine and art to history and beer. Holiday market cruises are spectacular, as you can visit the famous markets, sip Gluhwein and shop in the brisk but festive atmosphere.

With spectacular scenery, charming villages and cities such as Amsterdam, Cologne, Nuremberg, Vienna and Budapest, it’s easy to see why the Rhine, Main and Danube attract the highest number of cruisers. Other popular rivers include the Seine, where ships are based in Paris and cruise to Normandy, and the Rhône, for trips through Provence between Lyon and Arles. Or you can cruise the Elbe from Berlin to Prague, the Moselle through Germany’s wine-growing heartland, Italy’s Po or Portugal’s Douro. There are many options to fit the discerning traveler. One of my favorites is the Moselle (or Mosel) as pictured below. I stood in a castle when I took this picture!

Cochem, Germany - Copyright River Cruise Guru
Cochem, Germany – Copyright River Cruise Guru

The size of European river cruise vessels is limited by low bridges and narrow locks, so compared with ocean-going ships they’re small and friendly, carrying less than 200 passengers. The on-board atmosphere tends to be relaxed, with no strict dress codes and usually open seating at mealtimes. All meals come as standard and the majority of lines also offer free daily excursions. All-inclusive river cruise lines are available, with drinks and tips included in the fare.

As vessels tend to moor right in the heart of towns and cities, it’s easy for passengers to explore on their own if they feel like opting out of organised excursions.

Many lines carry bicycles you can take and explore the river, the towns or cities at no extra cost. The top lines, such as Scenic Cruises, offers a GPS guided device you can take along while you explore on your own. It gives you directions and acts as your mini tour guide telling you about the sites you are seeing.

Many river cruise lines cater to English speakers, so there is no worries about language barriers. Its a great way to explore Europe and unpack only once.

We are certified River Cruise Specialists. We do not charge you any fees and will help you every step of the way. Your package can include your arrangements from the time you leave your doorstep to the time your return there.

Call us today. Don’t miss out on one of the greatest ways to travel Europe at a great value.

Pete Larson, CTA, DS, LS

www.RiverCruiseGuru.com

pete@rivercruiseguru.com

218-779-3050

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Does your New Year's Resolution include traveling more?

Let’s face it…life is short. Time wasted is…well, time wasted. You can’t get it back. Once it’s gone…it’s gone. So my question is…why are you wasting it?

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Some people will argue, “I travel a lot on business.” That may be true, but that can be a totally different experience than traveling with your spouse, partner, family or friends. Traveling on business often means, you are a hostage of your job. You aren’t off exploring the reaches of the destination because you are there for a purpose. You didn’t pick the destination, your employer did. Your head is there, but your heart is not. Neither are is your spouse, partner, family or friends!

The Earth is very large and we roam a very tiny spot on it. Don’t you want to see more? Aren’t you curious? Do you have a bucket-list of things you want to see and do? What is stopping you? Is it something real…or is it really just an excuse?

Excuses are usually just that…excuses. There is usually a solution for every excuse you may have. “I don’t have enough money.” I hear that all the time. You may have said that when you wanted to go to college, buy your first car, have a child, buy your own house…etc. But, you found a way to overcome it and you ended up getting it.

Figure out a way around your excuses…and travel. Go see the things you’ve always wanted to. You have a limited number of days to live and no one knows when its going to be over. Get out there…the world awaits. I have the solutions for how you can do it.  The time is NOW.

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Want to go see the ball drop in NYC Times Square?

See the ball drop in Times Square, LIVE in person! Check this off your bucket list…here’s your chance!

Exclusive package price of flights, hotel, transfers, party and much more!

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The New Year’s Eve Ball Drop is one of the most watched events worldwide – where Times Square is the center of the universe! It’s on everyone’s Bucket List to be there LIVE, and Jolly Mon Vacations can make your dreams come true with an awesome party in the heart of Times Square, indoors, high above the million people who wait for hours on the streets below.

As New Year’s Eve Times Square revelers stand in the cold, shoulder to shoulder from 42nd Street all the way up to Central Park, you’ll be overlooking them at an exclusive party right in the middle of it all—high above with a view of the city lights, the celebration and of course, the Times Square Ball Drop! Open bar, hors d’eouvres, buffet dinner, roving magician, rockin’ dance music … and the view to end all views – of the famous Times Square Ball Drop and the Central Park fireworks!

Here are the details about this great event!

  • Exclusive party at Convene, December 31 from 8pm until 12:30am
  • Hors d’oeuvres from 8pm until 9:15pm
  • Buffet Stations from 9:15pm until 11:30pm
  • Dessert stations from 11:30pm until 12:30am
  • Open bar from 8pm until 12:30am
  • DJ music for dancing
  • Roving magician
  • Souvenir photo booth
  • Flat screen TVs to view the New Year’s Eve network specials
  • Decorations, favors and souvenirs
  • NYCVP Host

Prices below includes party above and:

-3 nights stay for two persons:  Specially-priced hotel accommodations at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

-Round trip flights for two (priced from Minneapolis, other gateways available)

-Round trip airport-hotel transportation

PRICE ALSO INCLUDES FREE BONUS FEATURES:

-Free admission to your choice of the Empire State Building Observatory, Museum of the City of New York or the NY Water Taxi Statue of Liberty Flex Pass
-Free admission to your choice of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History or Top of the Rock Observation Deck
-Shopping discounts at Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and South Street Seaport
-Free gifts with purchase at Bloomingdale’s
-Exclusive nycVP Insider Tips
-NYC Manhattan and Midtown Concierge Map
-24-hour Emergency Travel Assistance
-$25 Discount off your next New York City vacation
-3 free issues of Travel Smart, America’s leading consumer travel newsletter
-All shipping and handling fees
-Travel insurance is available for as little as $50 per person.

The Price Quoted is a total price, including taxes, for (2) travelers. It is NOT a per-person rate. The rate is for guideline purposes only and is subject to availability and change. It will be confirmed when you make a reservation with us and provide appropriate payment.

Total for this one-of-a-kind package:  $3,607.00

HURRY! NEW YEARS EVE IS COMING ON FAST!

Contact Pete at Jolly Mon Vacations

-email:  pete@jollymonvacations.com

-phone:  218.779.3050

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Life is short, where do you want to go?

In the grand scheme of things, we get set in our everyday routines. ‘Get up, go to work, go home, eat dinner, put the kids to bed, watch TV…go to bed. Repeat.’

Is this really what you were born to do? It’s time to get out of that rut. There’s a great big world out there to experience and we have a very limited time to see it. The time is now.

I’ve heard all the excuses. Heck, I’ve even practiced a few of them myself. Here’s the one I hear the most. “I don’t have enough money to travel!” Think about that for a minute. Is it REALLY lack of money or could it be lack of prioritizing what is really important in life?

I’ll bet you have some of these:

-A big screen TV, blue-ray player, stereo system

-A smartphone (or two) with a data package

-Cell phone bill, cable TV or satellite bill, internet bill, Netflix bill

-More than one car, maybe a boat, snowmobile or ATV’s

-Camping trailer, deluxe fish house or lake cabin

Prioritizing your list of wants and needs is key. You probably waste hundreds of dollars per month on things…but are those things ‘really’ important to your well-being or state of mind? Are they creating memories and joy that make your life complete? Do they alleviate the everyday stresses of your life?

Are you using all the vacation days your earn from your work? Are you maximizing the use of those days by traveling, either alone or with your family?

Find the things in life that are truly important to you and put them high on your list. Rid yourself of those things that just kill off your time and money. Chase your dreams, see the world and start creating those memories. Life is short and that clock is ticking.

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“I grew up, acquired some skills, made a family, worked hard, retired early and now I’m traveling the world.” Pete Larson

Pete Larson,

Travel Consultant, Jolly Mon Vacations

www.JollyMonVacations.com

email:  pete@jollymonvacations.com

phone:  (218)-779-3050

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AMA Waterways offers FREE AIRFARE DEAL

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FREE AIRFARE on select 2015 European river cruises!
Book one of AMA Waterways Spring river cruises below and receive free round-trip airfare from the following gateway cities:
ATL | BOS | CLT | ORD | DFW | DEN | DTW | IAD | IAH | LAX | MIA | MSP | EWR | JFK | MCO | PHX | STL | SFO | SEA | TPA | YYZ

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Contact us today!

River Cruise Guru, Your certified River Cruise Expert!

Email me:  pete@rivercruiseguru.com

Call Pete:  218-779-3050

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Terms & Conditions: All rates are per person in USD for cruise only, based on double occupancy in a category E stateroom, unless stated otherwise. FREE AIRFARE offer is valid for new FIT reservations booked and deposited between October 21, 2014 and December 31, 2014. FREE AIRFARE promotion is based on round-trip, trans-Atlantic economy-class airfare departing from select gateways as published. FREE AIRFARE
promotion includes the roundtrip trans-Atlantic base ticket price, fuel surcharges, taxes and roundtrip airport transfers between the airport and ship and/or hotel for services purchased through AmaWaterways for a published itinerary only. FREE AIRFARE promotion is not applicable to triple/child fares. In addition to the cruise deposit, an additional non-refundable deposit of $350 per person is required to confirm this promotion.
FREE AIRFARE promotion is valid on select sailings only and guest(s) must pay full brochure (published) fare for cruise or cruise and land to qualify. Flight schedules, routings and air carriers are at the discretion of AmaWaterways and are published approximately 75 days prior to departure or sooner. Custom itineraries, itinerary requests and schedule deviations are not accepted on this promotion. Air carrier and flight schedule
will be confirmed by AmaWaterways and cannot be substituted. No recourse available for those who wish to change or cancel their selected flight schedules. Additional luggage fees and other ancillary charges imposed
by the carrier will apply and can be found on the carrier’s website on or after the release of the flight schedule. The FREE AIRFARE promotion is not combinable with any other offers/discounts including group offers.
FREE AIRFARE promotion is applicable only to retail travel agencies based in the US and Canada. Other restrictions apply. Offer is capacity-controlled and subject to modification, reduction or withdrawal without notice.

Offer ends December 31, 2014 so book soon!

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Bordeaux River Cruise

Scenic Cruises, an all-inclusive luxury river cruise line, expands its offerings in France by introducing a 12-day Bordeaux River Cruise in 2015. With seven departures between August and October, pricing for this tour along the Gironde, Dordogne and Garonne rivers start at $5,580 per person, based on double occupancy. Early booking incentives result in free flights to Europe and substantial savings on balcony cabins.

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The trip starts with arrival in Paris with an overnight in a luxury hotel. The following day, the ultra-fast train, TGV, takes guests to Bordeaux, where they board the Scenic Diamond, their home for the next several days. Guests unpack their bags just once … but they’ll visit countless fascinating and photogenic locations throughout their journey. Among the stops are Cadillac, originally established in the 13th century; Saint-Émilion, home to underground catacombs at its iconic Monolithic Church; Libourne, the wine-making capital of this part of France; Cognac, where guests have the opportunity to sample brandy at the famed Rémy Martin property; Médoc, where visitors traverse a scenic wine route; and Arcachon, known for its culinary delights

This itinerary incorporates several special features that are unique to Scenic. In 2015 the company will introduce the concept of “Scenic Sundowners” to its cruises, in which guests toast the end of the day in a spectacular location. On the Bordeaux trip, guests will enjoy an afternoon cocktail in picturesque Saint-Émilion. The journey aboard the TGV – which moves at speeds up to 199 mph – is a new offering in 2015, as well, as Scenic begins its partnership with trains throughout Europe to deliver the ultimate land-to-water experiences on several of its itineraries. The Bordeaux trip also features a “Scenic Enrich” experience, a once-in-a-lifetime event unique to this cruise line. On this itinerary, guests will enjoy a private dinner and classical concert in the beautiful Château Giscours in the Médoc countryside.

The Scenic Diamond is one of Scenic Cruises’ fleet of “Space Ships.” These ships are five-star floating hotels, with spacious public areas as well as private suites that feature “Scenic slumber beds,” plus bathrobes and slippers, a flat-screen television and Mac mini infotainment system enhanced by the ship’s complimentary Wi-Fi. Scenic is the only brand (along with it’s branch, Emerald Waterways) afloat that offers the “Sun Lounge,” a system through which each suite’s private balcony can be quickly transformed into an indoor lounge, allowing guests to enjoy the passing views regardless of the weather. The company’s signature all-inclusive luxury means that absolutely everything is included:

  • Unlimited beverages including premium wines and spirits;
  • All meals (with six different dining experiences);
  • Personal butler service for all guests;
  • All excursions, events and entertainment;
  • Scenic Riverview personal GPS commentary device, which acts like a personal tour guide for guests while on board the ship;
  • Electronically assisted bicycles;
  • Wi-Fi;
  • Airport transfers;
  • All tips and gratuities.
  • On-shore experiences are made exceptional by the included Scenic Tailormade handheld GPS guided tour system that’s provided to every guest in his or her suite. This GPS system works in conjunction with guides on tours and also acts as a navigation system that allows guests to explore destinations on their own without the worry of getting lost or missing important points of interest.

Additional information on these and other cruises can be had by contacting me, your certified River Cruise Specialist at: pete@rivercruiseguru.com or 218-779-3050

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