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Royal Caribbean Raises Recommended Gratuities

Royal Caribbean International is adjusting the recommended gratuities guideline for sailings that commence on or after July 1, 2011.  The new recommended daily gratuities for dining staff and housekeeping staff will be a total of $11.65 per guest per day, up from $9.75, and $13.90 per suite guest per day, up from $12.

This will be Royal Caribbean’s first gratuities guideline adjustment in 13 years. “This adjustment is the result of a long period of consideration and assessment that places the cruise line’s recommendations in line with its competitors,” the company said.

All guests who prepay gratuities or select the My Time Dining flexible dining program before 12:01 a.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Dec. 11 for sailings on or after July 1 will not be affected by the adjusted guideline.

Gratuities will continue to be given at the discretion of each guest, except for guests who choose My Time Dining, which requires prepaid gratuities. For more information, visit www.royalcaribbean.com or contact pete@jollymonvacations.com

Pete is owner/operator of Jolly Mon Vacations, your full service/no fee travel agent.

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New T-shirts, New Contests!

New T-shirt design and  New Contests!
JMV's new t-shirt

Jolly Mon Vacations newly designed t-shirts are in stock! They look fantastic!

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Secure Flight Rules Effective November 1

Effective November 1, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requires passengers to provide complete Secure Flight passenger data when booking reservations so TSA can conduct watch list matching and approve airlines to issue a boarding pass.

To avoid unnecessary delays and prevent misidentifications, the TSA is advising passengers to provide complete Secure Flight data when booking airline travel, whether they have booked directly with the airline, a travel agent or an online booking site.

Secure Flight requires airlines to collect a passenger’s full name (as it appears on government-issued ID), date of birth, gender and Redress Number (if applicable). By providing complete information, passengers can significantly decrease the likelihood of watch list misidentification, TSA says.

Secure Flight watch list matching takes a matter of seconds to complete, and providing this data enables passengers to print their boarding passes at home or at an airline kiosk, TSA notes.

The November 1 deadline marks the end of the year-long grace period for airlines to clear out their systems of older reservations made before Secure Flight requirements took effect in October 2009.

After November 1, 2010, Secure Flight will not conduct watch list matching or approve the issuance of a boarding pass by an airline if complete passenger data is not submitted, the TSA says.

Contact:  pete@jollymonvacations.com for more information on how to do this.

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Christmas Market Cruise: A Holiday Celebration

If you love the Christmas holidays, then get in the spirit with a Christmas Market river cruise!

Many old European towns – such as Salzburg, Strasbourg, Vienna and Nuremberg – host old-fashioned Christmas markets to celebrate the season.

 The European Christmas markets are a great way to get into the holiday spirit! The hand-made crafts, the food, the delicious smells, the lights – not even Ebeneezer Scrooge could deny the spirit of Christmas!

There are land tours that travel from one town to the next, visiting Christmas markets in each village or large city. Most will require travel by bus (comfortable, but sometimes cramped), and packing and unpacking your bag at another hotel almost every day. Forget it!

One of the best ways to enjoy the markets is on a Christmas Market river cruise. Virtually all river cruise lines offer Holiday Market cruises and each cruise visits at least 4 or 5 towns (if not more!).

And when you’re not shopping the markets or exploring the town, you’ll be relaxing on a comfortable river cruise ship, watching the world go by as you sip hot chocolate in the lounge or your cabin – much better than the seat of a bus!

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Since towns and villages have always been located on a river or other waterway, the river cruise ships can take you right to the heart of town. You get off the ship, and start exploring! No need to travel from a hotel on the outskirts to the heart of the city; no need to pack and unpack every day, either – your “hotel” travels with you, so there’s more time for enjoying the sights.

And there are many rivers in Europe, and many areas to explore.

A Danube River Cruise will take you to Nuremberg, Germany and Vienna, Austria and possibly Prague or Budapest. This is the most common route, and is offered by Viking, Uniworld, Avalon , and AMA Waterways.

A Rhine River Cruise takes you to Cologne and Heidelberg, Germany or even  Strasbourg, France and is available from most cruise lines. Enjoy Christmas in Germany with gingerbread and hot, spiced wine (glühwein).

The sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the spirit of Christmas. This is the land where Christmas celebrations began. Contact your River Cruise Specialist today! pete@rivercruiseguru.com

Jolly Mon Vacations

Pete is a certified ‘River Cruise Specialist’ with River Cruise Guru and Owner/operator of Jolly Mon Vacations. He will ensure your planning goes smoothly, your booking is perfect, your price is the best value, and you have the vacation of your dreams!

Your Christmas experience awaits! Call today! Pete:  218-779-3050

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All-Inclusive Resorts: Part II

All-Inclusive Resorts:  Part II

 I put together an informative series about All-Inclusive Resorts. I will release them over the course of the next month or two.  I hope you find them helpful, and that you will use this information to help guide you in your future vacations. I will also post them on the Jolly Mon Vacations official Blog as well for future reference. If you find that you are ready to try a resort, don’t hesitate to contact me right away. Jolly Mon Vacations is with you every step of the way. Enjoy part two.

Q:  What types of accommodations and am I sacrificing quality at an All-Inclusive Resort?

Several factors differentiate the type of accommodations. Room size, view from the room, room location and room type such as standard or suite. In the past All-Inclusive Resorts were considered basic with only buffet dining and accommodations. Today you can stay at a 5 star All-Inclusive resort with up to 10 dining choices, most of them sit down A la Carte dining. These resorts have honeymoon suites, villas on the beach, ocean views, pool views and garden views. Some are luxurious, complete with Jacuzzi tubs, or swim-out balconies. The options are endless, and your budget will guide you. Each resort is different in its own respect. This is where you must rely on the knowledge of your travel agent to guide you to the right resort and accomodations for YOU.

The Rockhouse, Negril Jamaica

Q:  Are there activities at All-Inclusive Resorts?

Most All-Inclusive Resorts have organized activities during the day and at night. You can participate in these activities if you choose or you can do nothing at all, it’s your choice. Music, dancing shows, talent acts, magic shows, local cultural shows, classes, lessons, enrichment, SCUBA diving, waterskiing, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, sunset cruises, volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball, table tennis, tennis, exercise equipment, beach parties, dolphin swims, golf, equestrian areas, swimming, huge pool areas, dancing, waterslides, and fun for the kids. Each resort offers a different array of things to do.

Of course, precious family time…romance…sunsets…ocean views…lounging on the beach…stress relief…all included!

 

Room at RIU Montego Bay, Jamaica

                                      

 

Q:   Where can we go? Where are the All-Inclusive Resorts located?

Jamaica is the birthplace of the All-Inclusive resort, so there are many to choose from there. Mexico has much more area on both coasts and has the most resorts by far. Great deals can be found in both places.

Here are some places you can go:

Mexico: Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Riviera Maya, Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Ixtapa, Playa Del Carmen

Costa Rica

Panama

Dominican Republic

St. Lucia

St. Thomas USVI

Bahamas

Turks & Caicos Islands

Jamaica

Antigua & Barbuda

Aruba

Guadalupe

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Jamaica Resort Review: Part II

Hello from beautiful Montego Bay,  Jamaica!

It is early in the morning here, and the sunrise was absolutely breathtaking.  It is another picture perfect day here in paradise.  The air is filled with the smell of flowers and that crisp fresh ocean air.  It is just beautiful here!  Sail boats, sun, surf, fantastic food, fresh fruit…. what’s not to like! 

Montego Bay has it all. Beautifully warm weather, turquoise Caribbean waters, white sand beaches, swaying palm trees, and a culture of its own.

We were toured resorts such as Legends, Half Moon Resort in Rose Hall, Sandals Montego Bay, RIU, Holiday Inn Sunspree, Sandals Royal Caribbean, Couples Swept Away, Charela Inn, Secrets Wild Orchid & Secrets St. James, Grand Paladium Lady Hamilton, Grand Paladium Jamaica, & Rockhouse Negril.

All the resorts had their own character, charm, and unique facilities. From romantic hideaways to expansive sandy beaches…these resorts had it all. In time I will post some reviews and pictures for you to see.

We stayed at Half Moon Resort in Rose Hall, Jamaica where we roomed in on of the exclusive Villas. The Villas are gated off from the rest of the property for seclusion. Each Villa had 7 bedrooms with common areas to dine, sit, and even had its own swimming pool. These Villas rent starting at $1,700 per night and are perfect for families and groups that want to share the experience together. There are plenty of other room options at Half Moon as well.

The Villa at Half Moon Resort

We had our own housekeeper, personal chef, and a butler.

 The staff was great. The butler would do whatever we asked him to. They even did our laundry so we could depart with clean clothes!

We also had our own golf cart and free wireless internet. This property is HUGE, and has several beaches, room types, a dolphin cove, an equestrian center, SPA, shopping center, golf  course and everything in between.

While the property is not all-inclusive…we were provided with daily breakfast in our Villa, and we dined in the resort and area restaurants which were very good.  We dined at Pier One in Montego Bay, which is a great setting for dinner at the end of a pier in the bay. The best sunset over Montego Bay!

Inside our Villa at Half Moon

The common areas of the Villa are not air-conditioned, but they are very open and large. There are balconies on each side of the upper floor.

At least one staff member  is on-site around the clock.

We awoke each morning to the smell of fresh muffins baking in the kitchen. Breakfast was served in the dining room and by the pool. Fresh juices, native fruits such as sun-ripened bananas, mangos, papayas, watermelon and pineapple were a staple. Eggs, pancakes, French toast, sausage, bacon, toast, yogurt, muffins and a host of other things to choose from. Fresh Jamaican high mountain coffee was also served. More to come!

For more information on Jamaica, or Half Moon Resort contact:  pete@jollymonvacations.com

Call or Text:  218-779-3050

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Jamaica Resort Review

Jolly is in Jamaica Mon!

I was invited by The Jamaica Tourist Board to come down to Jamaica and see the country and it’s resorts and beaches for myself. This way I can better place clients at the right resort. You’ve got to get to know the product, and this is a great way…to see and experience it for myself.

I flew into Sangster Airport in Montego Bay this afternoon. Landing here was incredible. The plane flies in low over the ocean, and just when it looks as if you are going to touch down in the ocean…there’s the runway. WOW! That view of the turquoise colored Caribbean waters! We even spotted a giant sea turtle from the plane as we descended.

After processing through Customs and Immigration, we met up with resort reps. I am staying at the beautiful Half Moon Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica. We were taken by bus right to the property. The resort is HUGE! Over 400 acres in all. http://www.halfmoon.com/

About 38 other travel agents are staying here, and we are in The Villas. They are multiple bedroom villas that share a common area. It comes complete with it’s own pool, golf cart, butler, chef, and maid. They cook your meals right in your villa. It’s very open and airy. The bedrooms are air conditioned but the common areas are not…making it quite sticky this time of year.

We had a late lunch at The Pub, which consisted of Smoked Marlin Salad, Jerk BBQ Breast of Chicken served with a garlic and scallion mash and fresh vegys. It was topped off with their award winning Pina Colada Cake and homemade ice cream. (and Jamaica has some great ice cream!) Needless to say, I washed it all back with a Red Stripe Beer on draught. Delicious.

We unpacked, and headed to a Cocktail party for the agents. Free cocktails, canapes, and live music sponsored by the JTB. After this, we went to the Beach BBQ Party. A festive line up of Jamaica specialties like Curried Goat, Suckling roasted pig, garlic steamed crab legs, mahi mahi, jerk chicken, bbq ribs, mussels, and a whole lot of other stuff. An awesome display of tasty food to enjoy on the beach. We ate on linen lined picnic tables by candlelight with the stars shining over our heads. The steel drum band was knocking out some Jimmy Buffett tunes, and the waves were lapping the shore behind us. The perfect setting.

There were also quite a few stage shows to watch there, everything from reggae music, limbo dancers, and fire dancers. It was a great time.

I’m back in our Villa, ready for a new day tomorrow. Frogs are croaking, the pool is lit up, and I’m ready for bed. I’ve been awake for 20 hours and I need some shut eye! Stay tuned for part II.

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Find out more about Jamaica or Half Moon Resort from:  pete@jollymonvacations.com

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All-Inclusive Resorts 101

All-Inclusive Resorts:  Lets Get Started!

I put together an informative series about All-Inclusive Resorts. I will release them over the course of the next month or two.  I hope you find them helpful, and that you will use this information to help guide you in your future vacations. I will also post them on the Jolly Mon Vacations official Blog as well for future reference. If you find that you are ready to try a resort, don’t hesitate to contact me right away. Jolly Mon Vacations is with you every step of the way. Enjoy!
Q:  What is an all-inclusive resort all about?

A:  An all-inclusive resort is a great vacation concept, at a great resort, in a great location, at a great value for what it includes in the price. At most resorts, all-inclusive means it includes most things you would have to pay extra for are included up front. You know the total cost of your vacation up front, which makes saving and planning much easier.

 

 

Q:  What is included in the price?

A:   The things included in a true All-Inclusive (which I will call AI’s) are:Accommodations, meals and snacks, with no exclusions, unlimited drinks, transportation to and from the airport, gratuities at the resort, resort taxes, daily and nightly entertainment, tennis, snorkeling, water skiing (some resorts), sailing, windsurfing, kayaks, paddle boats, swimming pools, hot tubs, scuba diving and lessons (some resorts), exercise/weight rooms, fitness centers, Other amenities may be included depending on the resort and the room category such as room service, golf (greens fees), off-site tours.

 That being said, some AI’s include more than others. Some also have better amenities, better liquors, better food, better facilities, etc.

Q:  How can I determine what resort is right for me or my family?

A:  There are resorts out there geared toward families, resorts geared toward couples, resorts geared toward the ‘uninhibited’, resorts geared to the adventurous…the list goes on. To study all the resort options available to you would take massive amounts of time, and would still be a gamble in your selection.

This is where the well-trained services of a Travel Agent are truly needed. We not only attend classes given by both resorts, countries, and vendors…but we get a chance to visit these resorts and see them for ourselves. This way, we can ‘qualify’ each clients needs and desires to a particular AI resort. Shopping for travel via an internet company like Expedia, or a discounter is just too risky. You won’t get personalized suggestions, and they aren’t going to steer you to the BEST resort for YOU. They will steer you by PRICE to a resort THEY want you to go to.

No matter how you choose to approach this, these are the facts. ‘Buyer Beware’ when it comes to travel. Many people find out THE HARD WAY, and I hope to set you in the RIGHT direction.As with any vacation, expectations and picking the right resort are major contributors to an unforgettable vacation. If this criteria is met, it is hard to find any negatives. At All-Inclusive Resorts every crew and staff member is dedicated to making your resort vacation the best it can be. Call us for help in planning the vacation of a lifetime!

 

Q:  What is not included at an All-Inclusive Resort?

A:  Baggage handling at the airport, some off-site tours, gift shop purchases, most Spa services, and departure tax (depending on the package these can be included). It is a good idea to bring some money for off-site activities. A departure tax of $15 to $30 per person is required in most Caribbean and Mexican airports. These fees are collected when you leave the country.  Most packages now include these taxes, but be sure and ask if the departure tax is included for the particular package you choose.

What’s Next?

In our upcoming editions, we will discuss many more things:

  • What do these resorts offer?
  • Will my kids be bored?
  • We want a quiet, romantic place… where do we turn?
  • What type of entertainment should I expect?
  • What is a realistic price for this vacation?
  • What options are there in accommodations? Is a room just a room?
  • What countries have them that we should consider?
  • Can we get married at a resort? Do they really host weddings?
  • I’ve not been out of the country, what type of ID will I need?
  • How do I go about booking the vacation? Can we lay a deposit?
  • How far in advance should I make reservations?
  • What about hurricanes?
  • …and much more!

 Call Pete at:  218-779-3050 to find out more, or to book an all-inclusive resort today! Email me:  pete@jollymonvacations.com

Your all-inclusive resort and river cruise specialist!

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Top 10 Family Vacation Destinations

Looking for a great place to take the family?

Here are some suggestions from AAA on the Top 10 USA family-friendly hotspots:

Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station, Indianapolis

A former railroad, the Crowne Plaza at Historic Union Station is located in downtown Indianapolis. Stay in one of the 26 rooms converted from a Pullman Train car. In town, take your kids to White River State Park, the Indianapolis Zoo and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Visit www.indianapolis.com/crowne-plaza.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

From the balcony rooms, get an around-the-clock view of animals in the savannahs in the 43-acre wildlife preserve. African architecture decorates the lodge, and interactive exhibits and kids’ programs are catered to younger guests.

 

 

Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center on Lake Grapevine, Grapevine, Texas

Through Labor Day, you can attend the sixth annual SummerFest featuring four and a half acres of indoor gardens transformed into Alice’s Wonderland Adventure. Wander through Wonderland through the giant art, and meet Alice, The Queen of Hearts and The Hatter. Extras include pool parties, family dine-in movies, dessert dine-arounds, fireworks and Sunday tea.

www.gaylordhotels.com/gaylord-texan.

Great Wolf Lodge, Sandusky, Ohio

Dive into the water at Fort Mackenzie, a four-story, interactive water fort at the indoor water park. Every evening at 8:15, kids can go to the lobby Clock Tower in pajamas and slippers for story time, while older kids can visit the Northern Lights Arcade.

Visit www.greatwolf.com/sandusky/waterpark.

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina, Cambridge, Maryland

On the Eastern Shore, the resort includes its 18-hole championship golf course and a spa where you can get a massage. Kids can visit Camp Hyatt and watch poolside movies, and the whole family can play miniature golf and beach volleyball and meander through the hotel’s 18-acre Blue Heron Rookery nature preserve.

Visit http://chesapeakebay.hyatt.com.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, Bernalillo, New Mexico

Adorned in Southwestern decor, featuring Native American artwork, the resort has multiple swimming pools for children, as well as walking trails, horseback riding and a camp program. Take the Rail Runner train in nearby Bernalillo, and check out the New Mexico History Museum  in Santa Fe and the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

Visit www.tamaya.hyatt.com.

Lost Valley Ranch, Deckers, Colorado

Families are welcomed with Western-themed cabin in Deckers, Colorado. Ranch counselors host programs and activities for kids from infants to teens and adults, including horseback riding, hiking, swimming, tubing, fishing and rafting.

Visit www.lostvalleyranch.com.

Moody Garden Hotel, Spa and Convention Center, Galveston, Texas

The resort in Galveston, Texas, offers a variety of activities, including an aquarium, rainforest, golf course, swimming pool, beach, an IMAX theater and 4-D theater. During the summer weekends, kids can try their hands at arts and crafts and go on scavenger hunts and pool coin dives. Then, they can visit the bounce house, go kite flying and karaoking, and participate in clown face painting and Wii competitions.

Visit www.moodygardenshotel.com.

Nickelodeon Suites Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

At Nickelodeon Suites Resorts in Florida, kids activities include water parks, interactive pools, poolside shows, a kid’s spa and slime. Also, kids can take advantage of the resort’s games, character breakfast and nightly Nickelodeon shows.

Visit www.nickhotel.com.

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, East Harwich, Massachusetts

Kids can an outdoors experience at this resort’s  pirate-themed interactive water playground with treasure chests, fountains and a pirate ship with slides and swimming ropes. Afterwards, they can go to the outdoor amphitheater, visit the high-tech children’s center that has a 135-inch HD screen for Wii, PlayStation and Xbox 360 gaming. Resort activities include dive-in-movies, teen gaming nights and lessons in swimming, sailing and tennis.

Visit www.wequassett.com.

Contact:  pete@jollymonvacations.com for more information or booking these great destinations!

Pete Larson:  218-779-3050

www.jollymonvacations.com

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Destination: Los Cabos, Mexico

Destination:  Los Cabos, Mexico

Where the heck is it?

Los Cabos is located on Mexico’s West coast, at the Southern point of the

Baja Peninsula. Where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.

Pictured above is the beautiful Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa.
Why You Should Go to Los Cabos  Just visualize yourself in these pictures!

Cabo is well known for its sandy beaches, sunny skies, world-class

Scuba diving locations, championship golf courses, and the distinctive

rocky arch El Arco de Cabo San Lucas.

Commonly called ‘Cabo’, the area consists of a resort area spanning

from the city of Cabo San Lucas to San José del Cabo. The 20 mile resort

area in between is know as ‘the Corridor.’ The Corridor is host to many

luxury resorts and championship golf courses.

 Cabo’s Fantastic All-inclusive Resorts Is that you lounging by the pool?

There are plenty of different accomodations located around Cabo.

Some of the most popular are:  Dreams, RIU, Crowne Plaza, Melia,

Royal Solaris and Barcelo.  Pete is standing by to assist you with

additional information on any of these resorts, and is a certified

Master Agent’ for Dreams, Secrets, Now, and Zoetry Resorts owned

by AMResorts.

 

Activities in CaboHere are some great things to do in Cabo:

  • SCUBA diving/ Snorkeling
  • Whale watching / Dolphins
  • Golfing world-class courses
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Beaches/ Sunbathing
  • Watersports/ Kayaking/ Jet Skiing/ Surfing
  • Horseback riding/ ATVing/ Hiking
  • Culture/ Eco tours
  • Dining / Nightlife / Shopping / Weddings
  • Reconnecting / Making memories
 Where Do We Go From Here? How can I learn more, or book a vacation?

Its simple. Send an email to pete@jollymonvacations.com, or call

Pete at 218.779.3050. Whether you are interested in a resort, a

cruise in Europe, or a trip to the islands…JMV’s is here to help.

There are no fees for our service, so you can’t go wrong.

Why take chances with your hard earned money? The internet is

full of travel scams, and people ready to take your money. It’s full

of misleading information, confusing fine print, and liquidators

with ‘too good to be true’ prices.

You could spend hours on the internet trying to book yourself a

vacation. You could end up with a room facing the dumpster, 

a pool that’s closed for repairs, and food that baked under a heat

lamp. Who will be looking out for YOU? Your discount website?

Sure. Call them when you miss your connecting flight because

of a delay. What will be their response when you reach that call 

center in Pakistan?

Trust in Jolly Mon Vacations. Pete is a trained destination specialist,

an expert in cruise lines and resorts, and is also accredited with IATAN,

which is the International Association of Travel Agents Network. He is 

experienced, well-cruised, and well-traveled. His knowledge, experience,

education and training is invaluable. He will use it to assist you in

finding the best vacation, at the best value for your money. Safe, simple,

complete.

 It’s like traveling with a friend, I’m with you to the end. That’s my

VIP pledge to you.

 PS….JMV’s loves your referrals! If someone you refer books

with us, JMV’s will pay you cash!

 

Contact Us:You can learn more about Jolly Mon Vacations at:

Website:  www.jollymonvacations.com

Email:  pete@jollymonvacations.com

Call Pete at:  218-779-3050

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Saving in Vegas: 10 tips

Saving in Vegas:  10 tips

  • Avoid travelling to Las Vegas during large conventions, poker tournaments or sports event like the NCAA Basketball Final Four Weekend which can easily book up the best hotels in the area far in advance, leaving few choices at high prices.
  • The water fountain show outside the Bellagio, as seen in “Ocean’s Eleven”, is free to watch and runs every 15 minutes. It’s even more stunning in the evening when the lights are turned on.
  • Head to Circus Circus for a free circus-style show with acrobatics and animals, just be forewarned that it attracts a large crowd. It runs daily at 11:00.
  • Stroll through the Venetian, with its replica St. Mark’s Square and Grand Canal, it’s hard to believe it’s not actually Venice. The boutique shops inside are out of most visitor’s budgets but window shopping is free.
  • When it comes to public transportation, ride it free when you can. There are two free trams. One runs between Mandala Bay, Luxor and the Excalibur while the other runs between Mirage and Treasure Island. There is also a free shuttle bus between selected hotels… ask at your hotel concierge desk.
  • When dinner calls, head to the buffets. Vegas is famous for its ‘all-you-can-eat’ buffet dinners but they don’t usually appeal to travellers who want a memorable dining experience. For cheaper prices, find a restaurant off the Strip.
  • Be realistic when gaming, the chance of hitting it “big” is less than 5% in Vegas so determine how much money you can afford to lose before arriving and stop playing once its gone, simple. If you ask a slots guru, they’ll say your best bet at winning is at the Palms.
  • Visit the CityCenter complex museum for an afternoon of art appreciation. The Strip is in-your-face overwhelming and fine art and culture is not its strongest point but past the lights you can discover world-class paintings and beautiful architecture, all for free and open to the public. Some hotels and casinos also have art galleries worth checking out.
  • See attractions beyond the limits of Las Vegas. The Grand Canyon, Death Valley and Zion National Park are all within easy reach from Las Vegas and are great and very affordable side-trips from Vegas.
  • When leaving give yourself more time than usual at McCarran Airport. The lines are notoriously long and although very close to the city’s attractions, many travellers think they have more time than they do. Missed flights are always expensive to replace.
  • Tip #11:  Contact pete@jollymonvacations.com for more tips or help booking your next Las Vegas getaway. www.jollymonvacations.com

 

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River cruising—a better way to explore

River Cruising Europe

 

River cruising is, quite simply, the best way to travel through many of the world’s most fascinating places. Comfortable and convenient, it offers a greater variety of destinations than you could encounter any other way—and lets you get in-depth exposure to each region.

Both experienced and first-time travelers are discovering the joys of river cruising—and you can too! Take advantage of Viking River Cruise Lines Early Booking Discount and enjoy a river cruise or cruisetour through Europe, Russia, Ukraine, China or Egypt in 2011.

2011 Early Booking Discount


2-FOR-1 Cruise plus up to 2-FOR-1 Air!
~plus complimentary wine with dinner.

Contact pete@jollymonvacations.com , your River Cruise Specialist today!

Hurry Expires July 31, 2010

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Cruising: The Benefits

If  you’ve never taken a cruise before, consider the benefits of taking a cruise vacation:

  • Getting there is have the fun! Cruising allows you to enjoy the ride to the destination! Nonstop deck activities, lounging by the pool, dancing the night away, hitting the SPA or a quiet spot with a book. You choose!
  • Cruises are all-inclusive! (or nearly) The price of your cruise covers your lodging, transportation to the destinations, all your food, non-alcoholic beverages and even your activities and entertainment. Some luxury lines include even more, such as alcoholic beverages.
  • On a Cruise You Unpack Once! If you want to visit more than one place, but you can’t imagine lugging around your bags,  packing and unpacking everywhere you go then a cruise is for you. Your stateroom is your floating hotel. You unpack and then you can leave everything on the ship while you explore the latest port of call and then come back on board for dinner, a show, or to rest and relax. Hit the casino, go to a movie under the stars, take in the sunset with your significant other. It’s all about choice…YOUR choice.
  • A cruise gives you a sample of multiple destinations! A cruise is a great option if you are not sure where you want to go. You can choose a region and then narrow it down to one that stops at a few places you may be curious about and have a small taste of the region as a whole instead of being confined only to one country. Get a variety of cultures and scenery all in the same trip.

A vacation is a great way to relax, get away from your stresses, have fun, bond with family and friends, pamper yourself, learn new things, and explore cultures while seeing the world. Whether you spend it on land, or on the sea…it’s all about getting away. A cruise vacation can be a great way to do it.

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Living Like Jimmy Buffett

Summer is here, so Jolly Mon Vacations and friends headed down to Alpine Valley, WI for his outdoor show. Alpine Valley is known by Jimmy’s fans or “Parrotheads” as one of the best tailgating venues on the circuit. This year, we brought a giant mobile Tiki Bar along with us! We set up the Tiki Bar in the parking lot, and people stopped in for free drinks, jello shots, beads, and t-shirts. We had fun meeting people from all over. Bikini tops and grass skirts were the order of the day, and “Parrothead Madness” ensued the entire area.

From giant shark fins atop trucks, to full blown Tiki Bars with sand and palm trees. Everyone dresses the part, or dresses the entire area where they perch. Wild and crazy games, dancing and music at every turn. NOTHING compares in comaraderie, friendliness, or wacky behavior when it comes to Buffett tailgating!

Jimmy’s band, The Coral Reefer Band was even in the parking lot signing autographs in the hot Wisconsin sun. It was a great day to celebrate Summer, hear some great music and have fun together.

As Jimmy would say, “The Tiki Bar is open!”

Tiki 2010
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Norwegian Cruise Lines Takes Delivery of New Ship "Epic"

Epic Stateroom

On June 17th, Norwegian Cruise Line  accepted delivery of its largest and most innovative ship, the Norwegian Epic. At 153,000 gross tons, Epic is the largest ship ever constructed in St. Nazaire and therefore represents a major milestone. “Norwegian Epic represents the next level of Freestyle Cruising with branded entertainment, more than 20 dining options and a wide range of accommodations including the largest suite complex at sea,” said Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian’s CEO. “Following more than four years of development and construction, we are pleased to take ownership of this beautiful ship and introduce her to the world. We are confident that Norwegian Epic will amaze our guests.”

On June 21, the ship will sail a one-night preview cruise to Southampton, arriving on June 22 for a two-day inaugural sailing. On June 24, the ship will depart Southampton on a sold-out seven-day transatlantic crossing to New York arriving on July 1.

Norwegian Epic will be christened by entertainer Reba McEntire on July 2 followed by a two-day inaugural cruise. The ship also will be the host venue for the 34th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks event taking place on Sunday, July 4. The event includes a national, one-hour, live entertainment broadcast on NBC-TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET. Norwegian Epic arrives in Miami on Wednesday, July 7 where a welcome event will be held at Bicentennial Park from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information on the event, visit http://epic.ncl.com/epicmiami. Inaugural festivities conclude with a two-day sailing on July 8.

Book your next trip on this exciting new ship by contacting pete@jollymonvacations.com

Pete is an NCL FREESTYLE CRUISE EXPERT!

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Take a Trafalgar Tour

Leave the planning and driving to Trafalgar Tours…and enjoy the journey. Guided tours can be taken in locations all around the world.  Learn more about taking a Trafalgar Tour by watching the video. For more info on tours, contact[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24dlJsr44-w] Jolly Mon Vacations. pete@jollymonvacations.com

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Jolly Mon Vacations Prize Giveaway

Jolly Mon Vacations Prize Giveaway is in full swing. Become a fan of JMV on facebook and win! You can learn about vacations, get a price quote on your next trip, make new friends, or win a prize!

This months free t-shirt giveaway is in full swing. Certain FANS were given t-shirts simply for interacting on the page. Will you be next? You could be! Become a fan, and interact on the site by posting vacation pics, stories, videos, or making posts.

JMV’s for all your travel needs. Contact Pete at 218-779-3050 or pete@jollymonvacations.com today! (or text me!)

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NCL Cruise Sale!

Want to get in on the Freestyle Dash? Act fast because from March 23-26 Norwegian Cruise Line is offering 50% reduced deposit on every ship and every sailing, plus you’ll receive up to $250 on-board credit on select sailings. But, you’ve got to act quickly because once it’s over, it’s over.

Contact pete@jollymonvacations.com for more details.