Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | February 28, 2012

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August 18, 2012 7 nights sailing the Western Caribbean on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis Of The Seas

Balcony with central park view starting at $1405.56

Balcony with ocean view starting at 1625.56

August 26, 2012 7 nights sailing the Eastern Caribbean on Royal Caribbean’s Freedom Of The Seas

Inside cabins starting from $804.71

promenade cabins starting at $904.71

Balcony cabins starting at $1164.71

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Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | February 23, 2012

Don’t Fear Mexico, Other Countries Don’t

There is no need to fear a Mexican vacation. The tourist areas and resorts are completely safe and free of all the dangers the media keeps shoving down our throats.  In the article, posted below, it seems we are the only country that’s a little timid when it comes to traveling to Mexico. According to the article last year tourism from the US to Mexico dropped 3% while other countries tourism rate to the destination have increased.

-Richie-

Mexico enjoys record arrivals despite decline in U.S. visits

By Gay Nagle Myers

Mexico’s international tourism numbers
broke records in 2011 with nearly 22. 7 million
visitors. That represented a 2% jump
over 2010 and a 0.2% increase over the previous
high-water mark: 22.6 million visitors
in 2008.
While the number of U.S. visitors fell by
3% last year, markets such as Russia, China,
Australia, the U.K., Brazil, France, Japan
and Canada registered significant increases.
“These figures clearly demonstrate that
the bold diversification strategy we have
implemented, promoting a broad tourism
offering and targeting an expanded breed
of global consumer, is succeeding,” said Rodolfo
Lopez-Negrete, COO of the Mexico
Tourism Board .
Tourism officials also are confident that
U.S. numbers will be strong in 2012, given
the increases charted in the last quarter of
2011, which helped push the overall U.S.
source market share from 14.1% to 15%.
The late surge kept Mexico in the top slot
as the most popular international destination
for U.S. visitors.
Bookings from the U.S. during the current
winter season are also up over the
same period a year ago, echoed by high
occupancies reported by properties in the
resort areas, officials said.
Secretary of Tourism Gloria Guevara referenced
the economic recession in the U.S.
as well as the collapse of Mexicana Airlines
in August 2010 as “factors that influenced
the behavior of 2011.”
The Mexico government had declared
2011 the Year of Tourism in an effort to
bolster inbound and domestic travel and
to counter the effects of headlines about
drug-related violence that has plagued
nontourist parts of the country since 2006.
A key focus for tourism officials this year
is to capitalize on and celebrate the start of
the new Mayan calendar in December, with
specific promotions targeting the five states
that comprise the Mayan World: Quintana
Roo, Campeche, Tabasco, Chiapas and Yucatan.
That focus, combined with aggressive
marketing campaigns and strong value added
promotions, are expected to drive
numbers even higher.
“Building off an exceptionally strong
2011, we are confident that with programs
such as Mundo Maya and the diversification
strategy to promote Mexico as more
than just a sun-and-beach destination,
growth from and strength in the U.S. market
will continue,” Guevara said.
That optimism was undiminished by a
new travel warning for Mexico issued by
the U.S. State Department on Feb. 8, replacing
the April 2011 advisory.
The wording this time was far more specific
and the warnings more targeted than
in the past. More importantly, Mexico’s top
resort areas are considered safe for travel.
Following efforts to attract a more diverse
range of visitors from targeted international
markets, Mexico’s visitor increases break
down as follows: Brazil was up 66%; Russia,
55%; China, 30%; Colombia, 23.2%;
Italy, 13%; Australia, 13%; the U.K., 11.6%;
France, 10%; Japan, 3%; and Canada, 7%.
Foreign tourists last year also spent 7%
more money while visiting Mexico than a
year earlier, averaging $158 per person, per
day.

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Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | February 2, 2012

Get through the gate: passport tips

MUST READ: Passports in Good Condition
All international passengers must carry a passport. To be valid for travel, passports must:
1. Be current (not expired) for entire trip. Remember, LIR requires 90 days past travel date!
2. Be signed.
3. Be in good condition for international travel.
Passengers with unacceptable passports risk deportation and airlines risk fines. At
check-in, make sure the traveler has a valid passport or travel must be denied!
NOT ACCEPTABLE!
Rips or tears
Hole punches
Water damage
Torn or missing pages
Unofficial markings on the data page
Significant damage to cover or pages
Signs of tampering
WATCH FOR PASSPORTS THAT MAY BE REJECTED! All these are examples of
unacceptable passports…
BEST ADVICE (From http://www.tsa.gov website)
“Passports tend to be more or less the be all and end all of travel documents. Due to the status, they should be kept in
immaculate condition so that there are no challenges encountered when traveling. Realize that customs officers utilize
this document allowing people within their country and it is easily understandable why they are put under so much
scrutiny. Widespread ways which people damage passports consist of dropping them in water, leaving them in their
clothing in the washing machine, mud, tears, rips, stains, animal bite damage, and other various wear issues. Water
damage has become the most standard reason for passport damage.
Customs officials look quite carefully at a passport that appears to be altered in any way, and they have every right to
deny entry should they think these modifications had been done to falsify documents. For this reason it is best to merely
replace the actual passport versus risking being denied entry into a foreign country.”

Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | January 27, 2012

You and a guest could win free airfare t

You and a guest could win free airfare to either Jamaica, Cancun, or Punta Cana and all you have to do is be a fan of our page to be entered to win! Be sure to tell everyone you know to click the like button because even if you don’t win one of your friends might and just may invite you to be their guest! Look for details and contest rules on our page below this post. Hurry, the drawing will be held on January 31st. Good Luck!

Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | January 18, 2012

Environmental fears mount in Italian cruise wreck

An Italian cruise ship sank on Friday near the island of Giglio and the captain has been taken into custody for the incident. The captain intentionally strayed off course, that was set when the ship left port, heading too close to perilous reef. The cruise ship fell sideways in the water with people still missing and the threat of fuel leaking into the environment, which would be a major catastrophe to marine wildlife. The coast guard said that the captain had abandoned ship before all the passengers have been evacuated even though they urged him to go back, but the captain is claiming different. Even the survivors, once on land, complained that Costa was stingy with assistance.

Blake Miller, on board to celebrate his partner’s 50th birthday, said Costa representatives rebuffed his efforts to get some reimbursement so he could buy a change of clothing. Only passengers who had paid for special insurance to cover lost belongings would receive compensation to buy replacements, he said they were told.

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Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | December 30, 2011

American Brat Pack: where airline CEOs came of age

ever wonder how the airline companies got to where they are today? The associated press has an interesting article sharing just that. Starting with the end of government control of the airlines and the beginning of what the airlines are today.

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Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | December 29, 2011

BP Still Working To Fix The Gulf

BP is still fixing everything that was damaged after the oil spill. Which is a good thing. Its amazing they are still there working to get the gulf back up and running. In this case its not cleaning the beaches, but repairing the reputation of the businesses and beaches along the gulf coast. The Allstate Sugar Bowl Committee has teamed up with oil giant BP for a two week event in New Orleans to promote Gulf’s beaches, restaurants, fishing and attractions to drive home a clear message that they are all safe.

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Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | December 16, 2011

Govenment Wants Total Cell Phone Use Banned From Cars

Here’s an odd one for you guys. Government officials want to ban cell phone use of any kind in your car. Hands free shouldn’t be a problem, but they think its distracting. i think the government is getting a little too worried about what people do. Besides how do you judge if someone is on a hands free devise or just talking to themselves?

Read the whole story HERE

Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | December 15, 2011

8 Vegas Strip casinos plan NYE fireworks show

Vegas is planning an intense firework display this new years with 8 Vegas strip casinos participating. The firework display will be set to the song party rock album by LMFAO and there are a lot of people expected to attend this event.

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Posted by: Five Star Travel & Cruises | December 7, 2011

Baldwin gets booted off flight

I was looking through the associated press today and learned that Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight because he refused to turn of his device. The reason, he was playing words with friends and didn’t want to stop. Seems like a lot of bad press over a simple game that you can pause but i don’t blame him. Personally i prefer hanging with friends over words with friends any day. Though in all fairness if i was in the middle of a game of hanging with friends i might try and hurry and finish it while trying not to get in trouble because after take off i would be severely irked if i didn’t get to solve the word. I might be slightly addicted… What do you guys think? Is Alec in the right or wrong?

Read the full article of American Airlines response to this by clicking here.

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