Encompassing everything you love about a traditional cruise ship, Richard Branson’s concept for Virgin Voyages takes sailing to the next level.
Finally, a voyage you and your friends can enjoy. That’s right! Virgin Voyages is the first ever adult-only sailing experience. So, leave the kids at home this time, folks! This vacation was designed just for you. Think deck parties and DJs, a poolside oasis, numerous bars and an onboard nightclub, to name a few.
Sure, a cruise is “all-inclusive.” Until you start to factor in gratuities, drink packages, internet charges, and more. Not this voyage. This new ship (expected to set sail in Spring 2020) takes all-inclusion seriously. Gratuities, fitness classes, and Wi-Fi, you ask? Well, they’re included.
To ensure you’re indulging without feeling the guilt, Virgin Voyages has promised to use the most innovative and sustainable technologies by banning unnecessary single-use plastics. This way, the experience as “green” as possible.
This stunning new ship’s sleek design, modern amenities, and vibrant suites will make you feel right at home. Definitely not in some stuffy cabin that you’ve probably experienced before. Virgin Voyages’ rebellious-luxe design gives passengers an edgy and fun sailing experience. Now, can you say that about your average ocean cruise? We think not.
Got a late-night craving for Chinese food? Enjoy your juice freshly-pressed? Virgin Voyages will have it. With 20+ eateries (with bars) spread throughout the ship, we have no doubt you’ll find something to your liking. The best part? Everything is freshly prepared...no buffets. Anyone else getting hungry?
Virgin Voyages really rolls up its sleeves when the sun goes down. With music practically a part of Virgin’s DNA, they’re bringing the concept aboard for all you party-goers to enjoy. From “off-off-off” Broadway, to Scarlet Night. Finding entertainment will be the least of your worries.
Bimini Beach Club
Did we mention the private beach club in Bimini? That’s right. In partnership with Resorts World Bimini, Virgin Voyages will run a beach club on the Bahamian island where the ship will anchor for a daylong pool party. Passengers will have private access to the island, where dining and entertainment is on the house – er, ship.
Aside from everything aboard, Branson has made numerous partnerships from across the globe to create the most authentic and culturally immersive experience for travelers. Be sure to be on the watch for some familiar places you see on land, as they’ll be tied into the ship’s overall theme!
Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? Virgin Voyages is expected to depart out of Miami in the Spring of 2020. For the exciting details, be sure to contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Australia is home to some of the best surf beaches, architecture and wildlife in the world. Check out why these popular cities are chosen by millions of travelers each year:
With a population of over 4.5 million, Sydney is by far Australia’s largest and most popular city. It’s also known for its iconic Opera House, which is settled directly on the harbor for all to see. Not only does Sydney offer visitors fantastic surf beaches, but they have everything from fine dining, to lush public gardens, coastal walks, historical sites, and more. This Australia destination should be at the top of your list!
Melbourne is the coastal capital of Victoria and is the second largest city in Australia. This hot destination is popular for its trendy-vibes, graffitied laneways and cafes, attracting many young professionals and students in the area. Melbourne is also the most diverse city in Australia, with over 40% of its population born overseas.
This attractive riverside city has a population of just over 2 million people enjoying its subtropical climate. Explore museums, markets, galleries, eateries and its popular man-made beach. Brisbane is a great Australian destination for those looking for exciting nightlife and shopping, as well!
Known for being the second oldest city in Australia, Newcastle is home of some of the most breathtaking beaches, incredible food, and rich architecture. Its popular neighboring wine district and untouched wildlife also have a huge draw to visitors, which could be why it has the most active ports in Australia.
Perth is the only Australian city located on the Indian Ocean, with sandy beaches that line its suburban areas. Known for being the capital of Western Australia, Perth has an abundance of funky wine bars, beaches, skyscrapers, parks, and gorgeous architecture. This beautiful destination will give you a true taste of Western Australia!
Boasting incredible beaches and views, Gold Coast is a popular choice for locals and New Zealanders because of its cool surf spots and some of Australia’s best theme parks. Inland are amazing hiking trails, waterfalls, and a National Park, where you can spot rare birds and other wildlife.
No matter which city you choose to see, “the land down under” will greet you with friendly faces, beautiful landscapes and culture-rich, metropolitan experiences! Think a visit could be in your future? Then, contact us today to speak with a travel specialist!
Thinking about honeymooning in Greece? Here are some incredible things to do and see when you’re there!
Go to Athens
Before you unwind from the hustle and bustle of your wedding, be sure to make a stop to Athens and visit the Parthenon. Most people agree that you only need one day to make your rounds, but you won’t want to miss it! Nothing beats the surreal awe of standing in front of the ancient ruins that you learned about in your textbooks. You may even decide to stay the night to enjoy a sunset dinner overlooking Acropolis lit up in the background.
Visit a Few Islands
Santorini is a must for honeymooners. In fact, did you know that Santorini is known for being one of the most popular islands in the world because of its beautiful beaches, ancient cities, incredible cuisine, and active volcano? We also recommend staying in Crete or another smaller island for a less-touristy and more authentic Greek honeymoon experience.
Treat Your Taste Buds
It’s a given that you’ll be trying the food in Greece, but instead of going for your “usual,” why not give something else a try? Afterall, Mediterranean food happens to be one of the most fresh and tasty cuisines in the world! Greece is known for their seafood, feta, olives, tomatoes, and olive oil, just to name a few. Don’t regret tasting everything this beautiful country has to offer!
Swim in the Bay of Ammoundi
The Bay of Ammoundi is located below the cliffs below Oia, about 250 steps below, to be exact! Here, you can jump off the rocks into the Aegean Sea and gaze out at the colorful towns that surround you above. Be sure to stop at one of the local taverns for some lunch with a view, too!
Hike on the Cliffs of Santorini
Take a hike along Caldera of Santorini for the most breathtaking views of Greece. Gaze out into the coast lined with colorful flowers and villages, while capturing moments together in front of the quaint villages. This is a great chance to bond with your new husband or wife!
Celebrate your marriage with a trip that will truly take your breath away. For more honeymoon ideas, be sure to get in touch with us at email@example.com, or click here to start planning your honeymoon today!
This year, Romance Travel Group’s Cathy Westereng had the pleasure to tour the Tuscany region in Italy with one of our favorite Italian partners. “We walked Renaissance squares, made pasta from scratch and tasted wine at centuries-old vineyards! And the best part? I never once felt like a tourist,” says Cathy.
“One of my favorite memories from this trip, I have to say, was a wine tasting near Pienza, Italy. Pienza is located in the untouched Val d’Orcia region – a scenic valley about 2 hours from Florence. First, we toured the historic vineyard -- walking among the grape vines. Next, we enjoyed a private tasting with the winery owner. Even better, this epic tasting was inside the cellar where the wine ages! I was in heaven.”
What made this experience even more special for Cathy was the chance to do it with a local guide. She was so thrilled to share this gorgeous area that so few Americans know about. “As our day came to a close, I glanced out over the Tuscan wine country -- the sun dipping behind the hills -- and said under my breath: "This is the real Italy."
Who’s ready to savor the real Italy? Cathy is here to make your Italian dream a lived reality. Contact Cathy at Cathy@RomanceTravelGroup.com or 952-583-5033 to book your Italy experience today!
Hilltop Monteriggioni is tucked near Siena. The town of Monteriggioni is actually a medieval walled castle – topped in stone towers. Perched above a green valley, Monteriggioni was built between in the 13th century. Intact towers and two gates crown this castle-city’s rock walls.
RADDA IN CHIANTI
This tiny gem of a town is framed by stone ramparts. Easily reachable from Siena or Florence, Radda in Chianti offers up meandering medieval streets and scenic views of the Tuscan wine country. Located near some of Tuscany’s main roads, Radda in Chianti makes for a stunning stop a day of wine-tasting.
Pienza is an icon of Renaissance design and architecture. Located in the lush Val d’Orcia region, Pienza is framed by green valleys, sunflower fields and rolling vineyards. From here, travelers can enjoy a day trip the hilltop jewel of Montalcino or spend the day sipping Brunello wine.
P.S. Contact Cathy@RomanceTravelGroup.com to make your own Tuscan dream a reality. Ready to plan an Italian honeymoon? Get started now! Ciao, ciao!
Romance Specialist: Shelli Nornes
Destination: Riviera Maya, Mexico
Resort: Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Hugging the coast where the Caribbean Sea meets the Yucatan jungle, Grand Velas Riviera Maya takes you beyond all inclusive.
Great resort for: High-end, luxury adults and families who demand the best in both quality and service.
Location: Grand Velas Riviera Maya is located just 30 minutes south of the Cancun airport in a quiet, gated community. A 30 minute drive will get you to either Cancun or Playa for shopping and excursions.
Savor gourmet cuisine from renowned chefs, bring balance to body and mind with treatments in our holistic spa and unwind in suites with private terraces, plunge pools and uninhibited water views. Find refuge on the white sand beach or lounge by the infinity pool, paired with attentive service from our concierge. Schedule a massage in the comfort of your suite. Join an exciting excursion to explore lush jungles, underwater caves or Mayan ruins. Or, grab a drink at one of our vibrant lounges. This is luxury re-defined. Definitely a bucket list resort!
Want the ultimate destination wedding experience? Then you want the Private Enclave Wedding Experience at El Dorado Casita Royale!
The Private Enclave experience at El Dorado Casitas is for the couple that wants exclusivity. Imagine an entire section of 17 Casitas set aside just for you. Lounge together by your own pool during the day, sipping cocktails at the swim up bar. Bury your toes in the sand or take a nap on the oceanfront Bali beds. Mingle with guests at your private cocktail party, set up poolside. This experience is for the bride who truly wants it all. And El Dorado make it so easy!
The price? You’ll get the entire Private Enclave Wedding Experience package for about $15,000 plus rooms. A wedding like this here in the States would easily cost double. As if the wedding inclusions are not enough, you’ll spend your days being pampered by butlers and concierge, dining on the highest quality gourmet meals, and relaxing to the sounds of the ocean. It just doesn’t get any better than this!
Are you our next Private Enclave bride? We hope so! Click here to get started or call Shelli at 507.237-6133!
For some travelers, a gorgeous beach can make or break a vacation. Check out some of the breathtaking beaches that we love and will never disappoint!
1. Maroma Beach, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Known for being one of the most alluring beaches in the Riviera Maya, this remote stretch of perfection takes the cake for romance. Its 500 protected acres of powdery-white sand were once named “One of the Best 10 Beaches in the World” by the Travel Channel, and only a handful of privileged resorts keep this destination luxurious and exclusive. is by far one of our favorite adult-only resorts situated on Maroma Beach, where it’s sophistication, gourmet inclusions, and complete decadence keep guests coming back for more.
2. Seven Mile Beach, Negril, Jamaica
There’s so much to love about Seven Mile Beach, including another favorite resort of ours –, which will surely do just that. So big that its sands stretch across 2 territories, this “Capital of Cool” offers the lively reggae vibe to guests that Jamaica is best known for. Additionally, its friendly and casual atmosphere makes this beach a favorite amongst visitors. Step inside Couples Swept Away, which boasts the best beachfront views and endless complimentary activities, and indulge in the ultimate island elegance you’ve been waiting for.
3. Cap Cana Beach, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Escape into luxury at this sophisticated adults-only hideaway. Easily accessible to gateways across the world, it’s no wonder Punta Cana has seen major growth in tourism over the last few decades. Granted The 4 Diamond Award by AAA, Secrets Cap Cana Resort has won over many visitors for its famous unspoiled sugary-white sands, palm tree decorated coastlines, and countless golf courses. In addition, offers the dreamiest setting for a seaside escape to romance, relaxation, and unlimited luxury.
A list of things a person wants to achieve or experience, as before reaching a certain age or deadline. “What’s on your 2018 bucket list?”
We all dream about far-away places and exotic experiences, but have you ever taken the time to put pen to paper as a way to help meet your travel goals? We’re all busy, but taking the time to write down and discuss your ideas is never wasted. Here are a few tips to help you put your bucket list together.
Got a bucket list plan already? We’d love to help make those dreams a reality! We have agents who specialize if destinations across the world who can help. Call us today at 507-237-6133 or visit www.romancetravelgroup.com.
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