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Moore Travel Earns Top Sales Award
PRESS RELEASE DATE: March 15, 2013 HEADLINE: Moore Travel Earns Top Sales Award BODY: Moore Travel was recently honored for its sales achievement in 2012, among 200 travel agency members of the MAST Travel
Moore Travel was recently honored for its sales achievement in 2012, among 200 travel agency members of the MAST Travel Network, at an awards ceremony held recently in Chicago,Illinois. Moore Travel was a recipient of the All Star Award for highest sales in 2012 with 45 nationally-known tour and cruise companies. Contributing to the success of Moore Travel, is the agency’s commitment in providing superior customer satisfaction, and expert vacation planning. The selection of like-minded travel suppliers entrusted with the agency’s clients, ensures that Moore Travel continues to be a thriving business in the community.
This prestigious recognition ranks Moore Travel among the top 15 percent of travel agencies in the MAST Travel Network, a sales and marketing organization comprised of travel agencies and suppliers known for exceptional customer service and quality.
NEW..Diominican Republic Tourist Card On Line Procedures
All tourists visiting the Dominican Republic must purchase a tourist card once they arrive in the destination. The cost of the tourist card of $10.00 per person can now be purchased online through the country's Internal Revenue Service English site...
http://www.dgii.gov.do/tarjetaTuristica/EN/about/Paginas/default.aspxPassengers do not have to wait upon arrival in the airport to buy the tourist card...there's a special line for those passengers who have pre-purchased the card.Purchasing the card online is easy. Once inside the page select the language, indicate the number of cards needed and enter the required data: full name,
New River Cruise Itineraries for 2013
Paris & Normandy (11 days) -- This vacation includes two nights in Paris and a weeklong cruise on the Seine River. A shorter eight-day trip is also available.
Jewels of France (21 days) -- Sail two French rivers, the Seine and the Rhone, plus spend three nights in Barcelona, Spain. This one also has a cruise-only option available.
Port Wine & Flamenco (8 days) -- Wind through the Douro River Valley of Portugal, past dramatic gorges, lush vineyards and sleepy fishing villages.
Enticing Douro (12 days) -- This itinerary combines a Douro River sailing with three hotel nights in Lisbon.
Impressions of France & Portugal (20 days) -- First, spend a week cruising the Seine. Then fly to Lisbon for four nights in a hotel and more sightseeing, followed by a weeklong sailing on the Douro River.
Tulips of Northern Holland (8 days) -- These springtime departures, when the tulips are in bloom, combine well-known sights with off-the-beaten-track gems in the Netherlands.
Austrian Highlights & Bavaria (9 days) -- Cruise the Danube between Vienna and Passau, and also spend three hotel nights in Munich. A highlight of the Munich portion is an excursion to King Ludwig's fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle. A six-day cruise-only version also is available.
Capitals of Central Europe (10 days) -- Central Europe's splendid capitals are showcased on this land and cruise trip -- Prague, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. A shorter cruise-only version, without Prague, is offered.
Highlights of Germany (13 days) -- This trip starts with three nights in Munich, including a Neuschwanstein Castle visit. Then explore the cities and medieval towns along the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers on a cruise. You also can opt for a cruise-only version without the Munich stay.
Bon Voyage! France Family River Cruise (10 days) -- This is a kid-friendly itinerary that starts with a two-night hotel stay in Paris. Then you'll take the high-speed TGV train to Lyon, where the Swiss Emerald riverboat awaits for your weeklong Rhone cruise.
Artistic Impressions: Monte Carlo to Paris (14 days) -- This art-inspired trip visits world-famous museums, an artist's studio and the sights that inspired painters like Van Gogh and Cezanne; the cruise portion travels the Saone and Rhone rivers.
Uniworld River Cruises
Venice & the Po River (8 days) -- Explore romantic Venice, see Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna, and roam the streets of Padua, home to Italy's second-oldest university.
Splendors of Italy (13 days) -- This combines the Po sailing above, a two-night hotel stay in Florence and a three-night stay in Rome.
Highlights of Eastern Europe (8 days) -- Cruise through five countries (Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia) on a Danube voyage between Vienna and Belgrade.
Grand Danube & Prague (17 days) -- This extends the itinerary described above farther west, through Austria's Wachau Valley, to German cities like Passau and Regensburg, and to Prague in the Czech Republic.
Grand European Highlights (22 days) -- This three-river trip -- on the Danube, Main and Rhine -- provides a fantastic perspective on Central Europe, from the Middle Ages to the vibrant present.
Enchanting Christmas & New Year's Cruise (11 days) -- Spend Christmas Eve in medieval Passau, Christmas Day in Salzburg and New Year's Eve in Budapest on this holiday-themed trip.
Viking River Cruises
Portugal's River of Gold (10 days) -- After two nights in Lisbon, guests board a riverboat for a Douro River cruise to terraced vineyards, historic monasteries, grand castles and picturesque towns. You'll also venture into Spain to visit medieval Salamanca.
Grand Rivers of Europe (22 days) -- This trip joins Viking's popular one-week Rhine Getaway from Basel to Amsterdam with a two-week Grand European Tour from Amsterdam to Budapest.
European Sojourn (23 days) -- Another sweeping itinerary, this one winds through eight countries on its route between Amsterdam and Bucharest
The World's 10 Best Rivers for Cruising
A river cruise is frequently the easiest and most enjoyable way to explore the cities and towns that lie along inland waterways. Passengers sail aboard small, well-appointed ships and dine on gourmet food, and daily sightseeing excursions capture the highlights of each port city.
Moore Travel offers the widest variety of itineraries along every major river in the world, plus every discount, deal and special promotion available. Below are brief summaries of the top 10 rivers - in no particular order.
Rhine River -- View vineyards and castles from the deck of your ship on the Rhine, among the most popular European river cruising destinations. Many itineraries visit Basel, Switzerland's second largest city, which has a museum displaying works by Picasso, Dali and Mondrian. At the heart of Germany's Rhine wine region lies Rudesheim, where terraced rows of vines climb the banks. In Cologne, Germany, you'll visit the spectacular, 13th-century Gothic cathedral with twin spires. German and French cultures meet in Strasbourg in France's Alsace region; the district known as La Petite France is a nice place for exploration on foot.
Danube River -- Flowing from Germany's Black Forest to the Black Sea, the Danube offers a chance to explore Old World cities like Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. In the Austrian town of Melk, most visitors head to the 900-year-old Benedictine Abbey that overlooks the town, while in Germany's Regensburg, your guide is likely to point out the well-preserved medieval architecture and the old Roman gate. During a visit to Passau, Germany, you may hear a concert on the 17,774-pipe organ in St. Stephan's Cathedral.
Volga River -- Russia's most famous cities, Moscow and St. Petersburg, can be visited on these vacations. The immense Red Square and onion-domed St. Basil's Cathedral are featured on sightseeing tours of Moscow, while the Peter and Paul Fortress and stunning Hermitage Museum are the don't-miss sights of St. Petersburg. Your riverboat will likely call at Yaroslavl, one of Russia's oldest cities, and Uglich, best known for the blue-domed church built on the spot where Prince Dmitri, son of Ivan the Terrible, was murdered in 1591.
Seine River -- These trips typically start in Paris, where sightseeing allows for photo ops at the Eiffel Tower, the Arch of Triumph, Notre Dame and the Champs-Elysees. Elsewhere on a Seine River route, highlights include Monet's home and beautiful gardens at Giverny; Chateau Gaillard, Richard the Lionheart's stronghold in Les Andelys; and Le Havre, where passengers typically set out for D-Day landing sites along the beaches of Normandy.
Saone and Rhone rivers -- River cruises in southern France usually combine these two rivers in a single itinerary. During the Saone portion of the sailing, the ship meanders through the Burgundy region, where you'll learn about the local wine industry and sample vintages in towns like Beaune. The Rhone River runs south through the Provence region to the Mediterranean coast. Among stops are Lyon, best known as France's gastronomic capital; Arles, one of Van Gogh's favorite places; and Avignon, a walled city with a 14th-century papal palace.
Yangtze River -- Yangtze River cruises often are part of longer tours in China that also incorporate hotel stays. You'll travel between Beijing and Shanghai and see some of the country's most popular sights, like a well-preserved section of the Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors of Xian. Highlights of the Yangtze sailing include the 18th-century Shibaozhai Temple, a 12-story red pagoda that clings to the side of a cliff, and the magnificent peaks and waterfalls of the Three Gorges. Passengers disembark to visit the Three Gorges Dam, a jaw-dropping sight that spans nearly a mile and a half and stands 600 feet tall.
Mississippi River -- These sailings explore one of America's true historic treasures: a 2,320-mile waterway that flows through 10 states, from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Itineraries stop at cities that flourished on the river and its tributaries, like St. Louis, Memphis and New Orleans. Civil War battlefields, restored plantation homes and picturesque towns perched on bluffs also are featured. The origins of blues and jazz can be traced to this region, and it's celebrated in literature, too, most memorably by Mark Twain, who grew up in the port town of Hannibal, MO, and once worked as a riverboat pilot.
Amazon River -- There are two ways to explore this South American river: aboard an expedition ship that has a shallow draft and can travel the Lower Amazon in Brazil or the Upper Amazon tributaries in Peru, or on an oceangoing cruise ship that enters the mouth of the river on the Atlantic Ocean and navigates the Lower Amazon as far as Manaus. See the flora and fauna of this verdant basin, like orchids, giant lilies and forests carpeted in ferns, and caimans, rare frogs, monkeys, sloths and toucans. Often there are opportunities to learn about the traditions of the region's communities and purchase locally made crafts.
Mekong River -- Busy cities, rural villages, temples and floating markets are part of Mekong River trips through Cambodia and Vietnam. In Phnom Penh, the Cambodian capital, sightseeing excursions take in the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. In Ho Chi Minh City, you'll visit sites linked to the Vietnam War, like the War Remnants Museum and the underground tunnels used as hideouts by the Viet Cong. Angkor Wat is a top attraction; the large complex of ornate stone structures dates to the early 12th century.
Nile River -- Cruises along the Nile provide a terrific way to delve into the vast history of Egypt. Ancient sights are prominently featured, like the Pyramids of Giza, the 60-foot statues of Ramses II at the Abu Simbel temple and the Valley of the Kings, where the pharaohs rest, including young king Tutankhamun. Guests will see the objects excavated from his tomb at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Tours of the Aswan High Dam and a sunset cruise in a traditional sailboat, called a felucca, also are part of Nile River itineraries.
5 New All Inclusive Resorts
Three properties opened last year, one opened in January and one is scheduled for a May debut.
In general, we don't recommend visiting during the first few weeks since resort openings may be pushed back due to construction delays and/or some amenities may not be finished, and we like to give the new hotel staff some time to work out any kinks. But after a short grace period, it's a pleasure to walk into a tropical oasis where everything is new and the staff is especially eager to please.
Fishing Lodge Cap Cana -- Part of the Grand Resorts at Cap Cana, this 5-star, all-inclusive retreat is named for the area's superior sport fishing and the large inland marina that it surrounds. It's located in Punta Cana, at the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic. Guests have access to a secluded beach, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course and four pools. The Market Salamander Grille offers buffet-style dining, while Bistrot specializes in Mediterranean fare -- the restaurant's upper deck is a great spot for catching the sunset. Accommodations range from 850-square-foot junior suites to one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with fully equipped kitchens. Opened October 2011.
Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa -- This 4.5-star retreat hugs the golden sands of Huatulco on Mexico's Pacific Coast. It's a kids-free, all-inclusive resort with several bars and lounges and eight restaurants, plus a cafe for coffee and pastries. Evening entertainment includes theme parties, live shows and movies on the beach. All rooms face the ocean, and some have private Jacuzzis on the terrace or swim-out access to the resort's pool. Opened December 2011.
Hotel Riu Palace Bavaro -- This is Riu's 34th all-inclusive property in the Caribbean and Latin America, and its fifth hotel in Punta Cana. Guests at the 5.5-star resort enjoy a variety of restaurants and bars, as well as sports like tennis, volleyball, windsurfing, body-boarding and snorkeling. Try a massage or facial in the spa, or relax in the sauna. Jacuzzi suites and junior suites distributed throughout villas have free Wi-Fi; vacationers who book these rooms also have access to a separate pool, sun terrace and bar. Opened December 2011.
The Westin Playa Bonita Panama -- The soaring glass walls of this hotel's lobby frame beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. This 5-star, all-inclusive property fronts a mile-long stretch of golden sand that's about a 20-minute drive from the capital, Panama City. Seven restaurants provide a variety of cuisines, from Pacific Rim fare at Cafe Pacifica to Mediterranean favorites at Soleo. Dip into one of the three infinity pools, work out at the fitness center or explore the region's attractions, perhaps on a whale-watching excursion or a trip to the nearby Miraflores Locks of the Panama Canal. Opened January 2012.
Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula -- This 5-star, all-inclusive resort will be perched on a peninsula in Cancun, Mexico, edged on both sides by white-sand beach and turquoise water. Windsurfing, kayaking and snorkeling are among activities included in the upfront rate. A kids' club for ages 4 to 7 and 8 to 12 will keep young guests busy. A spa and gym round out the on-site amenities. Dining venues include Japanese, Italian and Mexican restaurants. Scheduled to open May 2012.
Call Moore Travel at 847 593-6700 to book any one of these NEW Inclusive Resorts
Our Favorite All-Inclusive Kid-Free Retreats
Are you looking for a kid-free beach vacation? Some of the finest resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean are restricted to adult guests, and today, We would like to give you a brief overview of our favorites.
Here, in no particular order, are some of our most popular kid-free retreats.
Excellence Punta Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic -- Excellence Punta Cana is a favorite among active couples looking for an engaging getaway. The 5.5-star retreat offers horseback riding, dance lessons, snorkeling tours and yoga classes in its all-inclusive vacation package. Other amenities include two pools, eight a la carte restaurants, 10 bars, a spa and cardio-conditioning facility.
The Royal Playa del Carmen, Playa del Carmen, Mexico -- At this elegant, 5-star property, guests can relax on canopied beach beds, visit the Mayan-inspired spa, participate in wine and tequila tastings led by the sommelier, attend nightly shows or try any of the nine dining options -- perhaps the Spanish tapas place, Caribbean seafood spot or Mexican-French fusion restaurant. The Royal is all-inclusive and within walking distance of Playa del Carmen's Fifth Avenue, a pedestrian street lined with shops and restaurants.
Iberostar Grand Hotel Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica -- Rooms at this 4.5-star, all-inclusive resort feature flat-screen TVs with DVD players, iPod docking stations, marble bathrooms with his-and-hers vanities and fully stocked minibars that can be customized to guests' preferences. There are six bars, including a swim-up bar and a cigar bar, and five restaurants. The property's artistic design gives it a boutique-like feel.
Iberostar Grand Hotel Bavaro, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic -- Iberostar calls this 5-star property its finest all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic. Mingle at the music bar, which is housed in a replica of a Spanish galleon, or treat yourself to a massage in the two-story oceanfront spa. There are five restaurants, some with al fresco dining, plus a snack bar, and five bars here. There's also an onsite, 18-hole championship golf course designed by P.B. Dye.
El Dorado Royale, Playa del Carmen, Mexico -- This 5-star retreat is noted for its gourmet all-inclusive program, with specialty restaurants, "gourmet corners" and 24-hour room service. Those looking for a truly relaxing getaway might opt for a swim-up suite that fronts a "lazy river" pool system, so you can step off your patio right into a cool current. More than a dozen other swimming pools are scattered around the resort. Kayaking trips, scuba clinics and complimentary use of paddleboats and snorkeling gear are offered.
Couples Swept Away Negril, Negril, Jamaica -- Situated on seven miles of white-sand beaches, Couples Swept Away is an intimate retreat designed exclusively for couples. This all-inclusive, 5-star resort features all-suite accommodations housed in two-story villas spread throughout acres of palm trees, tropical flowers and beautiful beaches. Couples can stay active with a vast array of land and water sports including tennis, golf, parasailing and snorkeling, or experience the ultimate in relaxation at the spa or in a hammock on the beach.
Golden Parnassus All-Inclusive Resort & Spa Cancun, Cancun, Mexico -- This 4-star, all-inclusive resort is about 25 minutes from the airport. A large, inviting swimming pool faces the blue Caribbean, and daily activities include Spanish language lessons, cooking classes, water aerobics and beach soccer. For dinner, try the seafood dishes at Pier 12, gourmet a la carte selections at Shangri-la or Japanese fare at Sumo. There are also buffet options and several bars.
Secrets St. James Montego Bay, Montego Bay, Jamaica -- This 5-star, all-inclusive resort is situated on a half-mile stretch of private beach about 20 minutes away from the airport. Featuring all-suite accommodations, Secrets St. James has a British colonial ambience with rich, dark woods. This property shares a common area known as The Promenade with its sister resort -- Secrets Wild Orchid. The Promenade has seven restaurants as well as bars and lounges. Activities and amenities include aerobics and yoga classes, tennis and basketball courts, Hobie cats, a gaming lounge and nightly entertainment.
Brand New Beach Resorts
There's something special about vacationing at an all-new resort, and this week, I will reveal five brand-new, tropical resorts, as well as several properties that have recently undergone extensive renovations or expansions. The resorts are located in Mexico, the Caribbean, Hawaii and Las Vegas, and they accept guests of all ages unless otherwise noted.
All-inclusive resorts, where your upfront price includes lodging, meals, beverages and activities, are noted as well.
First, the all-new resorts. One property opened in December, one is scheduled to open this week, and three more are slated for November debuts.
In general, I don't recommend planning a visit during the first few weeks since resort openings may be pushed back due to construction delays and/or some amenities may not be finished, and I like to give the new hotel staff some time to work out any kinks. But after a short grace period, it's a pleasure to walk into a tropical oasis where everything is new and the staff is especially eager to please.
Villa de Palmar Cancun Mujeres Beach Resort -- Playa Mujeres, about 25 miles north of Cancun's hotel zone, is home to this 4.5-star, all-inclusive property. Rooms are equipped with kitchenettes or full kitchens, and some of the two-bedroom suites can accommodate up to eight guests. Guests can enjoy a massage at the spa or in a beachfront cabana, or take part in nonmotorized water sports like kayaking. Opened December 2010.
Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa -- This 4.5-star property on the Hawaiian island of Oahu is Disney's first stand-alone destination resort. It's located in Ko Olina, a resort community with white-sand beaches, shopping and a marina for sportfishing and boating. Aulani guests can encounter marine life in the private snorkeling lagoon or at Makai Preserve, an on-site conservation pool inhabited by stingrays, starfish and anemones. There's a tranquil pool set apart from the 8,200 square-foot family pool, and two of the resort's four whirlpools are perfectly placed to catch Hawaiian sunsets. Kid-pleasing activities are offered at Aunty's Beach House, like wildlife and nature programs, traditional Hawaiian games and Disney movies. The spa offers 15 treatment rooms and a fitness center. Scheduled to open during the last week of August 2011.
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla (kids-free) and Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda (family-friendly) -- These neighboring all-inclusive properties, each rated with 5.5 stars, are perched on a small bay on Mexico's Riviera Maya. The complex is surrounded by a mangrove preserve and has views of Cozumel Island. The two resorts share a common area with 10 restaurants (three offer a kids-free ambiance), 10 bars, the Yhi Spa, an activities center and a theater. Guests who book the Royal Service category of accommodations at La Perla receive extra perks, like butler service, a private lounge with complimentary Internet and a private pool and beach area. Meanwhile, vacationers who check into the Family Concierge level of suites at La Esmeralda get a beach kit for the kids, pint-size bathrobes and slippers in the closet and nightly turndown with milk and cookies. Both properties offer swim-up suites. Scheduled to open in November 2011.
Secrets Huatulco Resort & Spa -- This 4.5-star retreat hugs the golden sands of Huatulco on Mexico's Pacific Coast. It's a kids-free, all-inclusive resort with several bars and lounges and eight restaurants, plus a cafe for coffee and pastries. Evening entertainment includes theme parties, live shows and movies on the beach. All rooms face the ocean, and some have private Jacuzzis on the terrace or swim-out access to the resort's pool. Scheduled to open in November 2011.
The resorts below have undergone major, multimillion-dollar renovations or expansions.
I've included a few key details for each resort below.
In the Caribbean:
Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe (renovations completed March 2011) -- A 5-star, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
IBEROSTAR Dominicana (renovations completed April 2011) -- A 4-star, all-inclusive property in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Secrets Royal Beach Punta Cana (renovations completed May 2011) -- A 5-star, all-inclusive resort with a kids-free ambiance in the Dominican Republic, formerly NH Royal Beach
Now Larimar Punta Cana (renovations completed May 2011) -- A 5-star, all-inclusive getaway in the Dominican Republic, formerly NH Real Arena
Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort -- The Frenchman's Reef portion of this 5-star resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands will reopen after renovations in September 2011. The Morning Star section remains in operation.
The BodyHoliday LeSPORT (scheduled to reopen October 2011) -- A 5-star, kids-free resort on Cariblue Beach in St. Lucia
Radisson Blu Resort Marina & Spa (scheduled to reopen December 2011) -- A 4-star property on Anse Marcel Cove in St. Martin
IBEROSTAR Cancun (scheduled to reopen December 2011) -- A 5-star all-inclusive resort in Mexico, formerly the Hilton Cancun Golf & Spa Resort
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa (renovations completed February 2011) -- A 5-star hotel in on Maui's Kaanapali Beach in Hawaii
The Royal Hawaiian (renovations completed March 2011) -- A 5-star hotel on Honolulu's Waikiki Beach
DoubleTree Alana Hotel Waikiki (renovations completed May 2011) -- A 3-star property in Honolulu, Hawaii