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An Interview With Allison Legge
How many years have you been selling travel?
I graduated November 2012;I did my work term with the Avalon Mall branch and got hired on my last workterm day. I then took the position in Marystown, which has become my home away from home.
What are your hobbies?
I enjoy alot of music, mainly country. I love a good adventure between ziplining and rock climbing, parasailing and hiking. I love any kind of sport and enjoy reading. One of my top loves that i've found out recently is travelling. I love to travel. No matter where you want me to go I will head there, theres no asking me twice!
What type of resort activities do you favor? ie water sports, lounging by the pool, etc?
I much rather be active with the water sports and excursions, the more adventure I can have during a trip the better, I want to stay active and on the go during my trips. Only now and then having a little time to relax.
What are your favorite destinations?
To date, my favorite destinations has been Nashville or Ireland for adventure, music and history. And All-inclusive wise, Mexico is my top place to visit for the food and entertainment, along with the amazing excursions available here. I would recommend any of these places to clients, they are a must see!
What languages do you speak?
I speak English and French.
Eastern Caribbean, Florida, Princess Cruises, RCCL, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Western Caribbean
Coach Tours, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland
Sun (Mexico, Caribbean, Florida, Hawaii)
All Inclusives, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Disney, Dominican Republic, Florida, Jamaica, Mexico, St. Maarten
Florida, Nashville, New York
US Virgin Islands
Weddings & Honeymoons
I travelled to the Occidental Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica from September 21st - 28th, 2019. And I must say, I am in love with Costa Rica! Right off the bat, when you enter the airport you are met by smiling faces, and easy navigation. Our shuttle from the airport to our hotel was only 20 minutes which was a bonus! When we arrived to the hotel our bell hop took our bags immediately, and got us a welcome cocktail called the Pura Vida! Pura Vida we came to learn actually means Good/Pure Life and if a huge saying here. They treat everyone like family! Our check in process was flawless, quick and easy. Then we were shuttled to our rooms! The rooms were big, with a little sitting area and table in one corner, a nice big bed and a great walk in shower to complete the bathroom! I had no complaints about the room, only that the décor could use just a little more love and up with the times. The buffet was small, however there was a lot of fruits and vegetables to choose from. My hardest task was finding meat to eat. They rotated each night with a different theme and depending on the theme would determine the meat they would have. For instance on Costa Rican night there was a lot of sea food, and on International Night there was beef! Another thing you could always count on having with every night at the buffet was rice and potatoes! The potatoes were really good, and the rice always had a different take each night. The Snack bar was next, and this was my weakness! From fries, to hot dogs. From pizza to salads! Did I mention they have deep fried chicken wings!? It was so good, that I found myself wanting to go there for lunch instead of the Buffet! A la cartes, there was only two! Reservations had to be made the morning of, starting at 8am. And let me tell you if you are not there 8am on the dot, the spots go quick! We caught on and was able to eat at both. The Oriental was a treat with sushi, beef, chicken and fish options. There was something there for everyone. The Spring rolls were amazing, and the Spicy Chicken was excellent! It certainly had a little kick to give you that pop of flavor! The Italian one was my favorite. With huge servings you did not walk away hungry! From risotto to lasagna to spaghetti carbonara, the options were endless and you stomach was stuffed by the end of it. Do yourself a favor… get the Tomato Soup!!! Oh the creamy soup I can still taste! Entertainment throughout the day, we kept occupied with pool volleyball, pool, table tennis, and even some bingo by the pool. During the evening they would have someone playing some live music in the lobby, as well at the lobby bar they had a games room full of chess, checkers, janga, etc and then we also had the disco at night to keep the nights going. The resort had three bars, the lobby bar, snack bar, and the swim up bar at the smaller pool down by the beach. So there was always great options around. Overall, between the wild life, the family we felt we left behind, and the amazing food I was said to say good bye! It was defiantly not my last time in Costa Rica, and I look forward to going back.
Cuba has taken a hard hit this year. From flour shortages, to food shipments not making it on time. This affected the resorts highly. I stayed at the Melia Jardine Del Rey from April 25th - May 2nd, 2019. Overall, it was an ok vacation. There was defiantly no frills at this resort, just your basics. The rooms were nice, big and very clean. Sheets were clean, and the maid done a wonderful job cleaning the room every day. Our mini-fridge was not restocked daily, but more like every second or third day. This was a bit of a disappointment to me, as I would only get 1 big bottle of water every couple of days to have in my room. The resort itself is very big, I was located in building 16 which was a great location. Close to the beach and not far from the main lobby. Everything is located around the lobby except for the Bowling Alley and the Disco. They were located just off the resort in a little "village" type of layout where there was stores as well. The Bowling was not included, it was 5 Cuban Peso per person to bowl for 1 game and the Disco was 5 Cuban pesos to enter, and you had to pay for your drinks inside. The resort has a client appreciation each week where you can enter the disco for free (1 night only), but still have to pay for your drinks. If you didn't want to go to the Disco, they always had either a DJ or a band playing in the lobby, where the lobby bar is 24 hours, along with the snack bar located at the main pool. The main buffet did not have a huge selections. Every night seemed like the same thing over and over, except for maybe one or two items. So food got very repetitive. I mainly stuck to rice and fried chicken from the fry station in the buffet. The snack bar served fries, hot dogs, and sandwiches. However, they were constantly running out of things. No ketchup, sometimes no mustard, one day they had hot dogs, the next they never. Even pop, the resort ran out of Sprite for drinks, and regular pop so had to start giving everyone diet pop. Luckily the a la cartes were better. The food was mostly good in there, especially the chicken at the Mexican one. However, again they were constantly out of certain things like the desserts, none were available that was on the list, they only had one available and it wasn't great. Cleanliness, overall the bedrooms were very clean. But outside of that, the public bathrooms were not so great. They were constantly clogged and dirty. The main lobby was kept fairly clean, except for one day. Someone had thrown up the night before, and by 11am the next morning it was still dried up on the floor... I was not impressed about this. They can certainly work on the cleanliness of the public locations much more. Service, it was hard to get service with a smile. The staff was very uptight most of the time and wouldn't crack a smile. It wasn't until our second last day that we noticed the staff had switched out and we were served with smiles and our glasses never went empty. It was a huge difference from what we had experienced all week. I really wish we had the staff from the last two days the whole week as it would have made the world of the difference. Lastly, and this is a big one. For anyone wondering about the flies reviews... they are correct! The flies were horrible for about two hours every evening. We had Olay fly spray, deep wood fly spray, every thing under the book we had and used, but it did NOT stop the flies from swarming us. You couldn't sit down for 5 minutes in the lobby without getting eaten. They were usually bad between 7pm - 9pm. The resort did have a gentlemen walking around spraying, but if you ask me it was always when he was spraying that they seemed to get worse! So word of advise, if you are that person who the flies love to eat, this is defiantly not the place for your skin! Overall, this hotel has so much potential, but from my experience from the staff to cleanliness and unfortunately the food shortages; this resort is a 3 star, not a 4. If the resort can fix their food problems and train their staff to be friendly and smile even when they are on their few last days of work it would make the world of difference to the resort. This is a budget resort, and you get what you pay for here!
Wow.. the first words I can use to describe this place! The Sunscape has turned a run down resort into a beautiful one! Upon check in, there was some confusion with our room not being ready but we did not let that damper our vacation. Once my room was ready I was very pleased with what I found. The rooms were very spacious and bright. Stocked with water, beer and soda as well as the coffee machine you couldn't ask for much more. The bathroom was big which was great as it gave lots of space to get ready. I stayed in building 10 which was right next to the main pool and nightly entertainment stage, you couldn't ask for much better! The facilities on this resort were great. Everything was centrally located by the stage, with lots of things to do. They have 2 pools, the main pool with swim up bar and activities daily and a smaller pool up by the main lobby. They also have beach volleyball, shuffle board, tennis court, as well as their spa with the Fish pedicure onsite! For kids, they have their daily kids club as well as a kids movie from UP to the Friendly Dinosaur that plays on the big screen in the theatre every night before the nightly shows. The food on this resort was plenty. From the pizza shop made on the old wood ovens to the Coco Café that had some of the best Cappuccinos! There were two snack bars that served multiple types of food from chicken to pork chops, to hamburgers and hot dogs. One is located on top of he swim up bar and the other on the beach. The buffet had a nice selection of different cuisines and the a la cartes were amazing, especially the Italian. You didn't go away hungry! There was several bars from the beach to main lobby, to swim up and disco. You never had trouble filling your drinks. Might I suggest a Blue Bird for anyone who loves the taste of lemonade! Not a fan of drinks but still want to cool down? They have you covered! Serving Ice cream daily in waffle cones, what is not to love! Overall, this place has a bit of everything for everyone. I would recommend this place to any couple or family looking to get away, on a budget or just want to have fun! I will most certainly go back here again.
From country twang to city blues, Nashville and Memphis was a trip of a life time. Staying 4 night in Nashville at the Hyatt Place Music Valley, we started out the country city with a bang. From the beautiful sounds from the Grand Ole Opry to the historical sounds from the Ryman Auditorium. Walk through the paths of stars before us, taking in memorabilia from guitars to suits, to trumpets to heals! The Country Music Hall of Fame takes you down memory lane and through some of the new rising stars lives, while the Johnny Cash Museum and George Jones Museum takes you through personal matters and memories making you wanting more. To top it all off, join the General Jackson Showboat down the river into downtown to take in the beautiful night lights, and have an amazing meal while watching some great raw talent! When Nashville ended, our adventure never. Off to Memphis we headed for 3 nights of fun! Staying at the amazing Guesthouse at Graceland, layed out exactly as Elvis himself would have wanted the atmosphere. What a perfect location as it's just steps from Graceland itself! As you walk into Graceland chills will run down your spin. The house is untouched, left exactly as it was years ago. You picture the Elvis family as they were before his passing. The Meditation gardens was beyond amazing, it will take your breath away. Once you tour the house, explore his massive car collection and 2 of his personal planes!! After Graceland why not take in the Memphis Zoo, with it's extensive selection of animals from all around the world. Feed a giraffe, or ride a camel. The excitement is endless here. From Beale street where the Blues pours into the streets, the Rock N Soul Museum and the Hall of Fame is something you don't want to miss. Want some history? The National Civil Rights Museum just steps from Beale Street will take you down the path of Martin Luther King Jr. and you see his last resting place before that dreadful day. No matter what you are looking for, in these two places you will find it all! Some of the best food, great music and making a friend or two along the way. This is one place you do NOT want to miss!
I have had the great pleasure to travel to New York this year. Right off the bat when arriving in New York we had a pre-arranged shuttle with Airlink-GreyLine that picked us up right from baggage claim and dropped us off at our hotel! We stayed at the Renaissance Hotel 57 on the corner of 57th and Lexington Ave, which was a great location. Just 15 minute walk from Times Square. The rooms were very spacious, and the staff was very friendly and helpful with any suggestions or directions you needed. With the endless things to do in New York you were always busy, busy, busy! We got to experience the Radio City Hall and met a Rockette, to the tip top of the Rockerfeller Centre to look beyond as far as you could see. From foods trucks, to the lights of Time Square; everything kept you amazed and in awe! We took in the show "Come From Away", which struck heart strings and made you laugh to the point of almost peeing in your pants! From Madame Tussauds beautiful wax figures to the famous Carlos Bakery (which was to die for!!). From the fun horse and carriage ride through Central park, the hop-on, hop-off tour buses, to the heart wrenching Ground Zero and 9/11 Museum. And for all you baseball fans, just a subway ride away and you can experience the amazing and World Renowned Yankees Stadium! But be ware... you cheer for the other team, you will be heckled!! All in a bit of fun. Did I mention the buckets you get.. fires and chicken fingers!! YUM. All in all, with such a busy vacation it's great to be back home and to know that I got to experience this. For anyone thinking about New York it's a must! You won't forget your experience ever and will appreciate your hometown even more when you realize all the different cultures in the one. I would go back in a heart beat and do it all over again.
Onboard the Princess Regal, you will experience nothing but the best! From the service staff, to the cleanest rooms. From the fine food, to the entertainment. This ship will blow you away in the most amazing ways. From the time you step onboard, with amazing drinks awaiting you to the entertainment staff ready to jump around and get your blood pumping. From their amazing dancing to the fabulous singers, they will surely get you excited to sail away. Onboard the "Love Boat" they have music from a Canadian DJ to classical music, from the Tango in the main gala to the waltz in a split second. Dance competitions, Movies under the Stars, and even movies in the Princess Theatre. They change things up with a comedian or even a ventriloquist, to keep your interest sparked and wanting more. The food was to die for, from the themed nights in the buffet, to the amazing steakhouse or main Gala dinning room. The choices are endless. They cater to those with strict dietary conditions as well with sugar free options in the Pastry shop and low sodium and gluten free options as well! This cruise was made to make your vacation the most enjoyable of all. Each port was perfect, with docking in the morning and not leaving until late evening, it gave you the perfect day in port and lots of time to see and do everything! And to make things better? The check in and check out on this boat was fast and efficient! Not long waits, which made for more time enjoying! The rooms were perfect, lots of space to move about, and with a balcony you had even more space and a lovely view! To anyone looking for a elegant vacation or even to relax, the Princess line will not disappoint you!
September 2017 I took off to our heritage. We flew direct with WestJet to Dublin, picked up our car and drove all the way to Belfast, Northern Ireland! Here we experienced scenery and history at the Giant's Causeway and the Carrick - a - Rede rope bridge, The Titanic Museum and not for the faint of heart the Crumlin Road Gaol! Here you take in the old jail house, and their history of as young as a 10 year old boy who was held here. After Belfast we were on route to Kilkenny where we took in the amazing views of the Kilkenny Castle, learned and drank a pint of Smithwick's beer, and took in all the sites. After Kilkenny it was off to Cork! With the Blarney Stone to give you the gift of Gab, to the beautiful English Market full of wonderful fresh produce, breads and goodies! With so much to see and so little time you have to stop to smell the sweets some time! As well, for the animal lovers, Fota Wildlife Park was amazing. So many animals from all over the world, and a few surprises waiting for you along the way! After Cork, we were off to Limerick, here we adventured out to the Cliffs of Moher, took in the Balhenary Bird Sanctuary, and even watched in awe as we were shown how the sheep dogs truly go to work. King John's Castle was another amazing site overlooking the beautiful river, with many surprises lurking (including dressing up like a knight!). To take you more in depth of the past, we took a step into the Bunratty Castle and Folk Park where you go back in time and see how the locals lived, ate, and even went to school! Did you know the children took turns bringing wood to school for the fire?! After a couple of nights exploring it was finally time to head back to Dublin to take in our last couple of days in the city. Here we went to the Leprechaun Museum where you hear the tales of a long time ago and all about their gold. After we mastered the whiskey tasting with the famous Jameson Distillery (three shots and a drink, not a bad gig if you ask me!). Love chocolate? Then take in Butler's Chocolate Factory where you get a grand tour of how they make their delicious chocolate, and even get to make your own creation! The National Wax Museum was so life like, and so much fun! With areas to interact with the figures and some scary spots to, this did not disappoint. If you are in love of a tattoo as a souvenir, then the Ink Factory is the place to go! Accepting walk-ins and such professionalism, you'll walk away with a master piece you'll love. And last but never least, when looking to shop for loved ones or even yourself, Carroll's Irish Gift Shop is the place to go. With great prices, good quality and such a wide selection you won't be disappointed! Overall, this was a trip of a life time, and most certainly won't be my last time visiting this beautiful place.
This beautiful brand new resort had it all! From the moment you stepped into the lobby you were greeted with smiling faces. Check in was simple, and easy. And finding your room was just as easy! I stayed in the Family Daisy Section. The room was beautiful, with fresh light colours, and a beautiful bathroom with rain shower head and a relaxing bathtub. The double sinks was a must! The bed was nice and soft and plenty of pillows to select from. With your own little sitting living room area and on the patio was not only two chairs and a table BUT there was also an amazing basket swing! What fun that was. Inside our mini-fridge was pop, beer, water and of course chocolate milk, M&M's, Oreo's and cookies for kids!! What great detail they had. Things to do on the resort was out of this world! From the bowling alley, to Sports bar/disco to all the water sports at the pool and on the beach! We played volleyball, water polo, crazy games, bean bag toss and even bingo!! You could rent seadoo's right from the resort or get a message on the beach. There are 6 pools on this resort, one for each section of buildings, a pool on the beach that is actually salt water and a spectacular pool in the spa. The Daisy section has a full out water park! With big slides, and buckets that dunk water over your head. They have an amazing Kids and Teen's club on site as well where the teens can play video games, pool and foosball while the kids have a ball pit, colouring, making crafts and more! Every evening by the Daisy section they also play a family movie projected onto the side of the building, I caught a glimpse of "Troll's" one night! The food on the resort was another step up as well! From Italian to Steakhouse, from Mexican to Japanese. The food did not disappoint, even the buffet had amazing food with an omelet station in the mornings and pasta stations in the evenings. No reservations are required for the a la cartes EXCEPT the Japanese as there is limited space and can only be booked the day of! We done two excursions. An Extreme ATV and Snorkel as well as Coco Bongos. Both were amazing and gave us such a great laugh and plenty of memories! They both are musts when visiting this amazing area. Overall, I give this resort a 4.5 star rating. I would go back again in a heart beat! Actually, I just might! Contact me today if you want to learn more about what Mexico really has to offer.
In May 2016, I travelled with a group to the Melia Las Dunas in Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba. Like any 4 star resort there was up's and there were down's. First off, the transfers from the airport to the resort is quite the drive. Approximately an hour and a half to get to the resort. This is quite a drive, but the scenery is beautiful! You see land marks like the giant Crab in one of the cities, the banana plantations, to the 48km causeway that connects all of the islands! Once we arrived at the resort, we checked in (they have a different process for check in here. We gathered first in a room where you were given an envelope with your bracelet, map and information page. Then you had to go back out the to check in desk to get you room key!). Once to our room (Building 72-75) we found that we were all within the same location, and our rooms were clean. Very spacious. There were a few problems like the safe wouldn't open, and lizards getting into the room. But the staff was very quick to fix the safe, and to keep the lizard's out, we just placed a towel underneath the door during the night! The restaurants and buffet's had a wide variety of food for everyone. One thing we couldn't find in the buffet however was hamburger buns... lots of burgers, but no buns! Word of advice, bring ketchup with you! Their ketchup was more like a paste.. wasn't the best! The beer garden had excellent food, especially poutine! As well, the snack bar next to the adult pool had very good pizza. And if you are an ice cream kind of person... they have the best ice cream in their ice cream parlor, even long treats! The pools were kept very clean, and the staff was average on serving time. Down on the beach they had bars set up on both ends and middle as well as a snack bar with sandwiches. There was plenty of chairs to go around, and for those looking for shade there was lots by the beach and pool! The Pablo Las Dunas is the market shared between the two Melia properties. This is where you will find lots to bargain for from paintings to carvings as well as the disco. The resort also has a soccer field, sports bar with air hockey, foosball and table tennis. Overall, this resort is very big! But the experience was a good one. The overall rating of this resort would be a 4 star. With some upgrades around the resort they could easily up their ratings! I would recommend this resort to anyone. From couples to families. Overall great time!
This beautiful resort gave a whole new breathtaking experience. You really haven't experienced anything like the Majestic before. They have top service quality, cleanliness, entertainment and facilities not to mention their beach! Let's break it all down. The Majestic Colonial Resort has two sections. The family section and the Colonial Club Adults Only Section. I stayed on the Colonial Club side, however I had access to every part of the resort! With our own private Club check in where you sit in the air conditioned room while sipping on champagne you await your check in to be completed and your butler to arrive. Your butler then takes you on a little tour of the resort to show you where everything is to and where to go to make any reservations. Once we arrived to our beautiful room we were not disappointed! With the most comfortable bed, and so many pillow options. The room was spotless with marble floors. A Jacuzzi awaited us and an amazing fall shower. What more could you ask for besides an amazing view from your balcony (which of course did not disappoint either!). Once settled in we began our amazing week in paradise. With our own private adults only pool with swim-up bar, private cabana beds, and nice soft towels. The pool bar staff had you in the fits of laughter before you were even on your first drink! The beach was just the same! With your own private bar and cabana section you could relax away on the beautiful sandy beaches of Bavaro. So many activities on the beach like their volleyball, life sized foosball tournaments, dancing and more there was always something to do. The family pool didn't let down anyone either! Especially since twice a week they have a foam party! What a blast having fun like a child again in a bubble bath! With music pouring out from everywhere the tropical island was in your bones. The food at this resort was to die for! Between the amazing buffet, to the Steak House, Japanese tables, Mexican and Italian, you have endless options! And to make it even better NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED!!! You can most certainly make a reservation if you don't want to wait, but we never had to wait very long regardless! Did I mention how much I LOVE their mashed potatoes! Entertainment at night was endless as well, from beach parties, to their theatre. From the sports bar to the casino. There was endless things to do and see. Overall, this resort was amazing. A very stand out job well done and I will most definitely be returning!! Thank you Majestic Colonial!
Where do you start on such an amazing vacation!? First off, Monograms is hugely under minded by other company's. It wasn't until I travelled with them I realized just how great they are! Upon arrival in London, Heathrow the Monograms guide was there with a smile on her face to greet us and take us to our coach. We then transferred to our hotel Park Plaza West Minister Bridge which has a great location! Right next to the London Eye, Big Ben, West Minister Abbey, and a short walk to Trafalgar Square. We then did a coach tour/walking tour the next morning of all the sights with our guide and learned so much history about the "Old London" and "New London". We saw War Horse in theatre, and had a beautiful supper. What was so great about it was Monograms does have a structured itinerary, but you have full and half days to your own desire! Monograms knows that everyone has different tastes, so they give you lots of time to either hit the streets on your own, or book an optional excursion. They don't hold you by the hand, they hold you by the pinky! I got to see Stonehedge and Bath on a day excursion, which is all so beautiful, as well as do the Jack the Ripper walking tour which really hit the spooky point with the fog! After spending three nights in London, we then took a first class train to Edinburgh, Scotland. Scotland has to be my most favorite part of the vacation. Again we did sight seeing along with the graveyard and alleyways that J.K. Rowling walked and discovered Harry Potter. We got to go through the Edinburgh Castle, and see the crown jewels. We stayed at the G&V Hotel, which again has a great location, only minutes from stores and restaurants, and right on the corner of the Royal Mile! The day trip I done was to go to Roslind, home to the church of the Da Vinci Code! It was so inspiring to see first hand the deep, detailed designs of the church and the secrets behind them. Once our three nights were over in Scotland it was time to go home. Again the guide escorts you back to the airport to say your final good-byes. This was such a beautiful and breath taking trip, I recommend EVERYONE to do!
In April, 2015 I travelled to the Grand Bahia Principe San Juan. This resort has just undergone renovations which was great. I stayed in a renovated room, it was up to date, fresh paint, new furniture and everything worked. The only downfall was the hot water. With such a big resort if you wanted a hot shower you had to get back to your room around 4 before everyone else to get a hot shower, if not the hot water went fast! If you didn't stay in a renovated room.. well that was a different story. I met some people that had an ants nest in their room, others that their toilet didn't work, etc. But that will soon be fixed as they are closing again this June until November to finish the rest of the renovations so that every room will be the same! This resort is big, with over 20 rooms to the left of the lobby, and 16 to the right of the lobby so getting a room that is close to the main lobby is a great request to have! All the restaurants, bars and pools are centrally located so it wasn't hard to find what we needed. We spent most of our time in the pool next to my building which was quieter then the main pool as the main pool is pretty crowded and loud during the day! So you get choice of loud and crowded or quiet and few people! The Pablauo is located at the front of the resort, here you will find stores, the disco, casino, and the Karaoke bar! That's right, every night there's Karaoke before the disco opens. The entertainment staff is there every night to get everyone ready to have a good time! The entertainment was good. You have your standard dance shows just like everywhere else and Michael Jackson. One night they did a 4X4... I thought it had something to do with wheels.. wasn't I wrong! The 4X4 show was actually 4 girl audience members and 4 guy audience members competing against each other in 4 different games, what a laugh! Another great show was their magic show.. now that was something I couldn't take my eyes off of... still trying to figure out how the duck appeared! The food is good, with three different A la Cartes, and 2 buffets there is a wide selection of food. The main buffet actually turns in a night time snack bar for those who like a late night snack. The chicken here was excellent, very well prepared in all dishes. The seafood however, I wasn't to fond of. Overall, this resort was great. It has a few down falls with size and distance from the airport being an hour and a half, but overall it was a great vacation. I would recommend this to anyone who is on a budget, especially when the renovations are complete! I wouldn't hesitate going back to this resort!
October 2015, I sailed the seas aboard the Freedom of the Seas. Being one of the old ships of Royal Caribbean's fleet I wasn't to sure what to expect. However I was very pleased with it over all. The rooms are smaller then what you would get in a hotel room, but they are comfortable, and the balcony helps make that space feel so much bigger! The bathroom again is small, especially the shower, but again you get quiet use to it after the first day or so! It was quiet easy to navigate around the ship, Deck 11 being he pool area (you need to be up early if you want a spot around the pool) as well as the buffet location (Windjammer). Deck 13 was your sports deck, with the FlowRider (surf simulator), mini golf, basketball/volley ball court and rock climbing wall. Then you had deck 3,4,5 which had shops, restaurants and the theatre. There is nightly entertainment in the Acadia Theatre, as well as movies played on the big screen above the main pool at night. It is quiet easy when you get to port to get on and off the boat, and customs getting off the boat is even easier! All you do is scan your "SeaPass" (room key) and off you go! It's as easy as 1,2,3. As for drinks, etc, if you are one that drinks quiet a bit then GET THE DRINK PACKAGE!! One beer alone is over $7.00 USD. That adds up quiet fast. Same with sodas, if you are one who has to have your diet pop with supper you need the Soda package. You get a special cup that is made for the soda machine, and don't be fooled you need this cup to get the soda out of the machine! Overall, I enjoyed this cruise, but for me I'm more about doing anything I want and being on the go every day. Three seas days was to much for me!
In June 2014 I travelled to Varadero, Cuba and stay at the Iberostar Laguna Azul. It's always hard to find that just right hotel in Cuba where the entertainment is good, he food is better and the sand is perfect. Well, I found it. The Iberostar Laguna Azul was the perfect place for relaxation and for my party life needs. There is plenty to do around the pool side, with their swim-up bar, pool side entertainment staff, and their great waiters. They certainly do look after you. There's no exception down to the beach, you can either relax with drink in hand on the beach, take in the rays of the sun. Take a dip when feel as the sand on your feet can get pretty hot! There is also always entertainment staff down there as well playing beach volleyball, zumba, or just getting you to dance. The nightly entertainment was just as good and more as the daytime. The shows at night were perfectly planned out, and the shows would blow your mind (especially their lion king show!). After the show, there's always more fun to be had. They have a disco straight across from the show so when the show shuts down, the music begins. What a perfect layout. The rooms were clean, and our patio door didn't lock at first when we arrived. I made the front desk aware and by the time I got back to my room it was fixed! Very quick service. The maids always left behind a little note, with towel art and during the night they would even turn down the bed and put flower petals! You can't ask for more then that. The food was good, especially the a la cartes. With so many different selections you will ALWAYS find something for everyone. My favourite a la carte had to of been the Cuban one. That's right, the local food! I had the fish, and i'm not a fish lover. Ask me to have a bite back home here and i'd laugh and say no. But when I travel I always make it my mission to try the fish at least once, and boy am I glad I did!! It was perfect. There is 2 buffets you can choose from for breakfast and lunch, and the main buffet is open for supper. Oh did I mention the pizza!? To die for!! Overall, I would give this resort a 4 star on Canadian standards, maybe even a .5 they know what they are doing. It's hard to go by the Cuban ratings as they are so different from us, but they hit the nail on the head with this resort. For anyone looking to go to Cuba this is very highly recommened!
I stayed at the BlueBay in november of 2013. If your looking for a resort that's away from all the comostion but close to a night life and great shopping you've found the place. The rooms were very clean, not a dust bunny in site, the food was awesome especially at the Mexican and Italin a la cartes. The buffet had a great range of foods choices for everyone, even for people with allergies, vegaterians and diets. The entertainment was like any entertainment you would find anywhere else, they even had a karaoke night that was fun! They don't have a swim up bar, however they do have waiters walking around the pool to take your order so that you don't have to get out, the beach is ok. It was going through repairs when I was there due to the amount of rain fall they had in a month. The concierge service was very helpful and convient. Right at the bottom of the stairs of my building! Didn't have to go far at all. This resort is on a bit bigger side, the rooms are next to the beach while the sports bar (24 hours), main lobby, and a la cartes are about a 5-7 minute walk away. The Bluebay is only 5 mintues from downtown Playa Del Carmen, the perfect location. I would recommend this resort to anyone, old and young.
I travelled to Punta Cana, DR in April of 2013. I stayed for one week staying at 2 different resorts. The first resort was the Occidental Grand Punta Cana, this resort is clean, however it is not a resort if you want to go and relax. The atmosphere is very up beat and very loud. This destination is more so for the budget party people who just want to have a good time and a place to lay their head. The second resort I stayed at was the Barcelo Palace Bavaro Beach. I stayed in the adult only section, very nice resort. The adults only section is very quiet and lay back while the family side is very up beat and full of fun. This resort has lots of places for shopping and many many places to eat. The rooms are very clean and roomy, and the service was very good as well. While staying in Punta Cana I got to see 24 different resorts, experience what my clients would, see the rooms and taste the food. I also did and excursion called the "Bavaro Runners". It really shows you the true life of the locals. You get to meet a local who lives in the country and how she lives off the land, you see how the use sugar cane and how they make their cigars. It was very fun and educational at the same time. Punta cana's beach are fantasti, long white beaches that stretch long and far, you can walk for hours without running out of beach. I will most certainly be going back here in the near near future.
I travelled with my Travel & Tourism class to Florida as part of my course in August 2012 for 5 days. We went to Magic Kingdom, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. We also went to St. Peterburgs Beach. We stayed at the Clarion Inn and Suites on International Drive which wasn't a bad hotel for the price that we got it for. The experience was amazing since it was my first time out of Canada. Each themed park was more then I exspected. Between the entertainment, the animals, the rides, the food, and so much more you could never get bored, I might be still young but going to these parks really make you feel like a little kid again no matter how young or old you are. I can see why children get so excited to go to Disney.. I know I was pretty excited! St. Pete's beach was amazing, the weather was just right and the ocean nothing like home here on the rock. The sand was nice between your toes and even the people on the beach were really friendly. I got to see some of the hotels like the Grand Plaza hotel with has a revolving resturarant on the top floor, the "Pink Palace" where all the celebrities go when they hit the beach, and the Alden which is great for family's. We rented a car down here and if your afraid of driving in crowded streets and highways then I suggest you get someone else to drive! The streets are always packed rain or shine, and theres u-turns left right and center. Overall though I wouldn't have changed a thing about my trip other than I would have wanted to stay longer. Florida is number one on my Bucket List to get back to in the next couple of years.
I use to be involved with Army Cadets when I was younger, we use to travel around for summer camps and other exchanges. In New Brunswick you'd go there for 6 weeks to Moncton to Argo cadet base. We went kayaking, rope bridgeing, abs sailing, and shooting. We did hikes, running, biking, and marathons. With cadets we experience all the wilderness to New Brunswick. We hit the back beaten trails and got dirty. It wasn't the place for someone who was afraid of a little dirt. We also did the local tourist things, like the Fredricton Mall, which to me at the time was the biggest mall i've ever seen (considering that it was my first time out of the province). I couldn't believe the choices, the styles, and selections. We also went to Magic Mountain, the water park that is in Moncton. This place was great for familys, you had all different types of activities like going down a water slide that is close to an 85 degree angle, going around on the lazy river when you've been beat for the day, going in the wave pool which feels like your actually in the ocean with the calm then wild waves. They have little sprinkle areas for smaller children so that parents can lay in their chairs with the comfort that their children are safe, because every post has a lifeguard on sceen to watch the children. This is a place I absolutely recommend. We also went to the Magnetic Hill Zoo in Moncton, here you can see numberous animals, they have them all for the small lovers like the turtles, and owls, to the more wild animals like the deer, monkeys and kookaburra, then they have their kings of the zoo like their lions, western cougar, black bear and arctic wolf. They have events going on all year round, you can watch feedings, and if your lucky get to touch one of the smaller animals. This zoo had it all. Over all my experience in New brunswick was amazing and I actually might just have to take my family there on summer vacation some day too.
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