Cruise aboard Seabourn 18-Day Australia & New Zealand

March 21, 2013

Spend the Christmas holidays this year aboard one of the luxury yachts of Seabourn sailing between Austalia and New Zealand.  Experience life on the award winning ship Seabourn Odyssey complete with stellar service, amenities and the finest shore excursions.

Be sure to arrive in Sydney at least 4 nights prior to your cruise so you have time to explore the Sydney Opera House (perhaps take in a play or symphony), dare to climb the Sydney Bridge & explore one of the 30 bays surrounding Sydney.  Board your yacht on Dec. 23rd and cruise under the Sydney Harbor Bridge while indulging in French chamapgne - Bon Voyage!

If you too would would like to get on onboard - Call the Travel Gal today for fabulous

Virtuoso pricing as well as added amenities at 800-644-6659 or email

Day Date Port Arrive Depart
0 23 Dec 2013 Sydney, Australia
1 24 Dec 2013 Sydney, Australia 02:00 PM
2 25 Dec 2013 At Sea
3 26 Dec 2013 Melbourne, Australia 08:00 AM 08:00 PM
4 27 Dec 2013 At Sea
5 28 Dec 2013 Hobart, Australia 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
6 29 Dec 2013 At Sea
7 30 Dec 2013 At Sea
8 31 Dec 2013 Milford Sound, New Zealand 08:00 AM 09:00 AM
8 31 Dec 2013 Cruising Fiordland Natl Park
9 01 Jan 2014 Oban (Halfmoon Bay), New Zealand 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
10 02 Jan 2014 Port Chalmers (Dunedin), NZ 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
11 03 Jan 2014 Timaru, New Zealand 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
12 04 Jan 2014 Akaroa (Christchurch, NZ) 07:00 AM 07:00 PM
13 05 Jan 2014 Wellington, New Zealand 10:00 AM 11:00 PM
14 06 Jan 2014 Picton, New Zealand 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
14 06 Jan 2014 Cruising Queen Charlotte Sound
15 07 Jan 2014 Kaikoura, New Zealand 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
16 08 Jan 2014 At Sea
17 09 Jan 2014 Tauranga (Rotorua) New Zealand 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
18 10 Jan 2014 Auckland, New Zealand 07:00 AM

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Escape to the St. Regis Princeville Resort

January 31, 2013

An iconic tropical luxury hideaway and one of my favorite resorts is the St. Regis Princeville Resort located on the exclusive North Shore of Kaua’i in the Hawaiian Islands.  A luxurious haven, overlooking Hanalei Bay (so majestic that many songs have been written about this paradise) explore the quaint communities of Kilauea and Hanalei, ride horseback along the majestic Na Molokama mountain range or kayak the gorgeous Hanalei River. Resort guests enjoy a wide range of ocean sports and eco-adventures from surf lessons, snorkeling, stand up paddle boards and scuba diving.  Make sure you fit in hiking the dramatic Napali coastline.

Princeville Ranch Adventures offers exclusive ziplining, kayaking and hiking tours on 2,500 acres of private lands on the North Shore of Kaua’i. These guided tours take you away from crowds to pristine areas that are otherwise inaccessible to the public.

Contact the Travel Gal about free nights, upgrades and current airfare promotions.

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Ritz Carlton Kapalua Celebrating Legacy of Aloha!

August 29, 2012

The Ritz Carlton Kapalua, Maui is celebrating its 20th anniversary this October!  The Ritz Carlton overlooks the famed surfers paradise of Honolua Bay and is surrounded by premier Kapalua Golf Courses. This gorgeous luxury hideaway is a paradise resort immersed in legendary Hawaiian culture and magnificent beauty.

In celebration of this amazing resort, the Ritz Carlton is offering a “Legacy of Aloha” accommodation package from September 1st - December 18th, 2012. Deluxe accommodations will be offered at a 20% discount off the nightly rate making this is a platinum anniversary that can’t be missed.

This package will also include a commemorative insider’s guide that offers amazing savings and showcases the top 20 must do experiences at this destination resort in Kapalua.

For more information on all the Ritz Carlton Kapalua has to offer
contact the Travel Gal at 800 644-6659 or email

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Tahiti Restaurant Recommendations

March 13, 2012

Here are a few of our favorite restaurant suggestions when you travel to French Polynesia:

Bora Bora:  Maikai, Villa Mahana, Kaina Hut, Bounty

Moorea:  La Villa des Sens, Mahogany, Mayflower, Rudy’s, Te Honu Iti, Les Tipaniers.

Tahiti:  Le Coco’s and Le Lotus (located at Tahiti Intercontinental, the overwater restaurant)

Note: I found the islands of Tahiti are a wonderful combination of the South Pacific and Europe - the best of both worlds!

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Small Ship Cruise Options for the Islands of Tahiti

September 21, 2011

Aloha and Ia Orana,
Cruising around the islands of Tahiti for a romantic cruise celebration sounds like a fabulous idea to me! Lets review some small ship cruise options for you:

7 Night Haumana Cruise

A unique experience of discovery in the pristine ocean environment of Rangiroa!  Cruise in luxury in one of 12 well-appointed cabins, with all-inclusive gourmet dining and charming motu picnics. Swim, snorkel, hike, or relax on the deck at sea in this romantic paradise. The 7 night cruise departs from Rangiroa on Saturdays and Wednesdays. The guests fly into Papeete, stay overnight 1 night, then they will be transferred by plane to Rangiroa.

Location: Rangiroa, Tahiti.

Haumana Cruise Amenities:
Air Conditioning, Bar (On upper deck & open all day.), Bathroom Amenities, Boutique, CD Player, DVD Player, Hair Dryer, Housekeeping (Twice daily), In Room Safe, Jacuzzi, Mini-Bar, Television, VCR.

Haumana Cruise Activities:
Dolphin Watch, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Jacuzzi, Jet Skiing (At an additional cost), Kayaking, Nature Excursions (Visit unspoiled motus and virgin reefs), Polynesian Dance Lesson, Snorkeling, Surfing, Vineyard (Dominique Auroy’s Vineyard).

Snorkeling, swimming, authentic island craft demonstrations and performances by local cultural groups.

If you would like to experience the romantic islands in the South Pacific,

Call 800 644-6659 or email for more details


The Aranui III offers 86 cabins & is an Inter-Island Freighter!

Have you ever longed to hop a freighter to the romantic South Seas? Well, now you can, with Aranui Cruises - a delightful alternative to the more sumptuous cruises in and around Tahiti. The Aranui III is a state-of-the-art freighter that delivers supplies to the Marquesa Islands and also carries passengers.

Inspired by the tales of Herman Melville, Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson, travelers go along to get in touch with the spirit of adventure that lies dormant in us all, and because no other cruise offers such an authentic slice of Polynesian life.

The Aranui III offers 13 to 16 night trips with Saturday departures.

Aranui Amenities:
Air Conditioning, Balcony or Patio, Bathtub, Cocktail Lounge, Gym/Fitness Center, Laundry Service (Washers & Dryers available; No Dry Cleaning), Library, Live Entertainment (Members singing and playing hand craft ukuleses), Refrigerator, Shared Bathroom.

Aranui Activities:
Fishing, Horseback Riding (On Ua Huka Island), Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Surfing, Swimming Pool.

If you would like to experience the romantic islands in the South Pacific,

Call 800 644-6659 or email for more details


Paul Gauguin Cruise

Named after France’s greatest Post-Impressionist painter, whose work is indelibly linked to Tahiti and Polynesia, the Paul Gauguin is the ideal ship on which to explore the world’s last natural paradise. The ship accomodates 318 passengers and departs out of Papeete. Come experience the ultimate in luxury, service and impeccable cuisine aboard a ship that celebrates the art of living in true Gallic style.

Paul Gauguin Cruise Amenities:
Air Conditioning, Bathrobe, Bathroom Amenities, Bathtub, Beauty Salon, Boutique, Business Center (There are four computers and a printer), Butler Service (In Suites only), CD Player, Concierge, DVD Player, Direct Dial Phone, Dry Cleaning Available, Fax Machine Available (Sent/received through the reception desk), Fruit, Gym/Fitness Center, Gym/Fitness Center, Hair Dryer, Internet Access, Laundry Service, Library (A wide selection of books is available), Medical Services (Doctor & nurse equipped to provide medical care), Mini-Bar, Refrigerator, Room Service, Room Service (24-hour room service), Shower, Spa Services (Carita Spa & Beauty Salon), Television (TV/ VCR), Video Library.

Paul Gauguin Cruise Activities:
Art Gallery (Fare Tahiti Gallery), Casino, Casino, Dance Club (La Palette Lounge, Piano bar & romantic nightclub), Diving, Island Excursions, Kayaking, Kayaking, Night Club (Polynesian performances, dancing, cabaret singer), Outdoor Pool, Scuba Lessons, Snorkeling, Swimming Pool, Water Skiing, Windsurfing.

If you would like to experience the romantic islands in the South Pacific,

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Big Wave Watching Season - Check into Turtle Bay Resort!

September 16, 2011

From November to February, Oahu’s North Shore waves average heights of 16 feet. For about 20 days during this peak season, waves swell to 36 to 50 feet in size. On occasion, winter waves have topped 100 feet. It’s awe-inspiring to watch, but surfing these massive waves is best left to the pros. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing will take place November 12 - 20, 2011.

Turtle Bay Resort & Ocean-villas information

One of the closest and best hotels to stay in to see all the action close by is the Turtle Bay Resort & Oceanvillas - a little luxury hideaway tucked into the North shore. Here is some info on the resort:

Oceanfront resort
Set on 880 oceanfront acres just four miles from the renowned Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach.
Beach cottages
Each of the 400 guestrooms and beach cottages offer oceanfront views and gracious Hawaiian service.
Spa, surfing & golf! - need we say more?
Enjoy dining choices from poolside casual to upscale gourmet, and recreation options including Spa Luana, 10 tennis courts, horseback riding, surfing, and 36 holes of championship golf.
What to Expect: Set along five miles of secluded shoreline, coves, and bays, this 880-acre Oahu resort encapsulates the North Shore’s natural beauty. Adjacent to the resort’s east side is Kuilima Cove, protected by a reef from ocean swells for prime snorkeling and swimming. On the resort’s west side is Turtle Bay, site of surfing tournaments.
Amenity Highlights: Spa Luana offers a range of locally inspired massages and body treatments such as the Hawaii Coffee & Macadamia Nut Scrub. Turtle Bay Resort’s pool complex has a 70-foot main pool area, two secluded spa tubs, a large children’s pool, and an upper-level pool with a rock waterfall and 80-foot waterslide. Other leisure options include two championship golf courses, tennis courts, and surfing lessons.
Insider Tip: Though it can’t be seen, only imagined, there is an underwater canyon in front of the resort that humpback whales follow when returning to their summer home in Alaska after wintering in Hawaii. A Honolulu newspaper rated the resort as one of the 10 best whale-watching places on Oahu.

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Islands of Tahiti - Where to Scuba Dive - Here’s the Guide!

September 9, 2011

Are you planning a winter vacation that must have fantastic scuba diving? Look no further then the islands of Tahiti.  I have listed below just a few of the amazing and pristine dive sites in the islands:

* Moorea: Explore the remains of ancient shipwrecks, glimpse a black tipped reef shark, impressively large moray eels, sea turtles and barracudas;
* Bora Bora: View Lemon sharks and manta rays close up;
* Raiatea: Discover shipwrecks and the marine life that thrives among mushroom shaped corals including octopus, tuna and leopard rays;
* Rangiroa and Fakarava: In this premier diving location, look for hammerhead sharks (Dec - Feb) or manta rays (Sept-Oct). In addition, dolphins, turtles, eagle rays and other fascinating fish species are often spotted here among coral reefs and canyon passes;
* Nuku Hiva: The steep cliffs and caves off this island reveal a variety of unusual marine life, including hammerhead sharks, melon-headed whales, moray eels and scorpion fish.

Are you convinced yet?  The two of you will find yourselves surrounded by the most beautiful and romantic islands, set amid endless Pacific waters. You have discovered paradise!

Contact your tropical island specialist at 800 644-6659 - lets begin planning your trip today!

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Our Fiji Honeymoon Exceeded our Expectations!

October 30, 2009

turtle island pierBula Teresa!

We had a wonderful time! The Fijian people were amazing and their smiles are contagious! We had Adi as our Bure Mama (private butler) and we wanted to bring her home with us!! The scuba diving was great - we didn’t go fishing as no one was catching anything but we did everything else!!

Thank you so much for suggesting First Landing Resort - we loved it and it was anFirst Landing Resort awesome start to our honeymoon. The dayroom was beautiful and just what we needed to shower and sleep until our private Villa with swimming pool (which was so amazing) was ready. It went perfect! Our seaplane adventure was fine but they did have some issues later that week and then the mechanic arrived to take care of things.

Turtle Island exceeded our every expectation - and we made such wonderful new friends. If you would like I can send you something in writing so you’ll have our comments if you ever want to use them on your website!

Thank you for everything!! I can send pictures one we get all settled.

Sandy and Greg [Read more]

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Where are the Cook Islands?

May 20, 2009

Cook Island DancersThe Cook Islands are closely associated to New Zealand. Air New Zealand is the only air carrier that flies directly from the U.S. to the Cook Islands. As you will see below, the Cook Islands use the NZD as their currency.

Despite some 90,000 visitors a year to the capital island, Rarotonga, the Cook Islands are largely unspoiled by tourism. There are no high-rise hotels, only four beach buggies and very little hype. The Cook Islands offer a rare opportunity for an authentic island holiday.

There are a total of 15 islands in the heart of the South Pacific spread over 850,000 square miles with a population of approximately 15,000. The Islands most visited are Rarotonga and Aitutaki which are only 140 miles apart.

Cook Island History
Ru, from Tupua’i in French Polynesia, is believed to have landed on Aitutaki, and Tangiia, also from French Polynesia, is believed to have arrived on Rarotonga around 800 AD. Similarly, the northern islands were probably settled by expeditions from Samoa and Tonga.

Cook Island Climate
Cooled by the gentle breezes of the Pacific, the climate of these islands is sunny and pleasant. Roughly speaking, there are two seasons: from November through May the climate is hot and humid, and from June through October the climate is warm and dry. Most of the rain falls during the hot season, but there are also many lovely sunny days during these months, with refreshing trade-winds.

Cook Island Geography
The Cook Islands consists of two main groups, one in the north and one in the south. The southern group is nine “high” islands mainly of volcanic origin although some are virtually atolls. The majority of the population lives in the southern group. The northern group comprises six true atolls.

Cook Island Southern Group
Aitutaki, Atiu, Mangaia, Manuae, Mauke, Mitiaro, Palmerston, Rarotonga (the capital island), Takutea.

Cook Island Northern Group
Manihiki, Nassau, Tongareva (Penrhyn) also known as Mangarongaro, Pukapuka, Rakahanga, Suwarrow

Cook Island Time Zones
Rarotonga and Aitutaki are in the same time zone.

Cook Island Currency
New Zealand dollar.

Cook Island Language
English and Cook Island Maori.

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to secure your seats to the idyllic Cook Islands

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Vinaka for the amazing Fiji weddingmoon!

June 21, 2008

fiji weddingBula Teresa,

Fiji was amazing! We had a great time! It was very relaxing and warm. We had great weather. I just loved all of the people! They were awesome! We made new friends and many new memories. The wedding was absolutely phenomenal and it would send chills up anyone’s spine! From the beautiful sunset views and the Fijian’s singing in the background made it a very spiritual and memorable day for both Glenn and I. We could have not wished for anything more, it was just a perfect day! The massage was awesome, in fact, we had another massage on our wedding day. The food and private picnics was so romantic! Glenn and I really not only fell in love with each other even more, but we fell in love with the whole experience. I will never forget our Fijian friends and our Bure Mama. I attached some photo’s for you. And yes, we did drink Kava. Not so good, but it sure numbs your tongue!

Thanks again Teresa! We will be looking forward to going back to Fiji!

Nancy & Glenn

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