Here are some of our favorite destinations that we think you will enjoy doing yourself in 2018. Let us know on Facebook if you have been to any of these places, or you have another place to recommend to others as well.
Our No. 1 Favorite is Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World In Orlando, FL this kicks off every year at the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resorts from August 25-November 1, on special nights during the week. This is a separate ticket from the regular day pass, and those that have purchased the tickets will be able to stay in the park, while those that do not have these tickets must leave.
The whole parks is lit up and scary music playing throughout the night, special fireworks, and trick or treating. The parade with the ghouls and goblins from the humorous to those costumes that look magical and fiendish to romantic, even Mickey and Minnie get into the act.
Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, you can dress up and enjoy this event.
No. 2 - New Orleans, LA - This is the place to go if you love to dress up and have a great time in the "Big Easy". Right behind Mardi Gras, which is not only fun but spooky and supernatural town, where else can you party during a funeral or for any particular reason, or visit haunted grave yards and mansions.
No. 3 - Transylvania, Romania - I hear this all the time, especially since my great grandmother came from Bucharest back in the early 1900s. People always said to me, "Oh you are from where Dracula comes from". I say no, my family came from the Capital. I would love to go and visit myself this strange and beautiful country.
Yes, Vlad Tepes, better know as Vlad the Impaler, was written about by Bram Stoker for his book Dracula because of all the terrible things he did to the Turks to protect his people against them. Besides the Castles and the kitchy tourism there, people are very superstitious of the places. Even on my favorite show with Josh Gates, Destination Unknown, has gone there and was spooked by things in the forest there. We have added information below for visiting Romania.
No. 4 Salem, MA. - That's right home of the Witch Trials of the early 1690's, where they have an awesome festival called Festival of the Dead. In almost every culture they recognize the Day of the Dead. Like in Mexico it is called "Dia de los Muertos" and is celebrated for 3 days from October 31-November 2, 2017 this year. But in Salem, we burned people who today are called naturists or herbalists, that can cure health or try to with the assistance of a physician to treat people holistically.
We hope you enjoy some of our favorite places for Halloween Travel! What are yours? We want to hear from you. Post your comments here on on Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc.
Cheryl and Nelson Echevarria
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If You Are A Game of Thrones Fan You Don't Want To Miss An Opportunity To Join Us In Spain June 2018
As the title of the blog post indicates that if you are a Game of Thrones Fan, that many of you may not realize that some of the sets are actually in the Country of Spain.
You have seen over the last few months, that we are doing our Annual Trip for A Cause European Trip in 2018 is to Spain June 2-10, 2018.
If you book by October 15, 2017, you will get an additional 10% off Early Booking Discount on the Trip. But you need to make your $250 per person deposit by then, we had an extension on this offer from Trafalgar Tours, that we are using for this trip, due to the Hurricanes that have put an impact on our country. Remember Harvey and now Irma. So, Echevarria Travel is being given this extension on that discount. See the link above to take you to our trip page, remember this trip is for those who are US Residents throughout the United States only. Just a caveat to this, only the The Alcázar of Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Water Gardens of Dorne, will be included in our tour, the other destinations are not on our tour, but we can add them as an extension to your trip either before our group trip or after.
Tower of Joy - Zafra Castle, Guadalajara, Spain "Zafra Castle is known to locals as “the Fortress of Spain’s Siberia;” despite what you may assume about Spain this area gets quite cold in the wintertime." (offered by Jordan Merimee, posting on Shutterstock Blog)
Another location for the series, is Girona, Catalonia, Spain Braavos.
"Girona has become one of Spain’s hottest destinations since appearing in season six of Game of Thrones.
This historic walled city of cathedrals, churches, winding alleyways, and towering arches has changed little over the centuries, and proved the perfect backdrop for Braavos."
Another location that cannot be missed if you are on a journey through your favorite series.
Girona Cathedral - Sept of Baelor in Season 6, you know that many of your favorite people didn't survive, but do you know all about this famous Roman Catholic Church - Also known as Cathedral of Saint Mary of Girona. Read more from the links to find out, and explore the regions of Spain.
One of the places that we will be visiting and you will be also able to take that extra $75 tour credit and see the The Alcázar of Seville, Andalusia, Spain - Water Gardens of Dorne
Offered from Wikipedia "is a royal palace in Seville, Andalusia, Spain, originally developed by Moorish Muslim kings.
The palace is renowned as one of the most beautiful in Spain, being regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of mudéjar architecture found on the Iberian Peninsula. The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence and are administered by the Patrimonio Nacional. It is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe, and was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the Seville Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies.
We hope you will continue to read, and explore that places you see on TV. Our world seems to be getting smaller and smaller, but it is a big blue world out there, to enjoy and not sit back and not let it go bye.
Updates from Norwegian Cruise Lines on helping out in USVI - Acting As Responsible Corporate Citizens!!
September 10, 2017
Norwegian Cruise Line is continuing to closely watch the forecasted path of major Hurricane Irma and respond as necessary to ensure the safety of our guests and crew. We have cancelled this week’s scheduled sailings aboard our two ships that depart from Miami, Norwegian Sky and Norwegian Escape and both ships are currently navigating a safe course around the path of Hurricane Irma. Norwegian Escape is sailing at full capacity with approximately 4,000 displaced guests from both ships that were unable to secure flights back home. The ship is currently alongside in Cozumel, Mexico and will remain there until 7 a.m. Sunday, September 10. Guests who have secured flights home may disembark the ship in Mexico if they wish. Due to the devastation in the Caribbean caused by Hurricane Irma, all of Norwegian Escape’s upcoming Eastern Caribbean sailings will be altered to a Western Caribbean itinerary until November. All guests scheduled to sail on any affected cruises will be notified of the change.
Acting as a responsible corporate citizen and supporting the destinations that our ships operate in is a core value of Norwegian Cruise Line. In the wake of this devastating storm, we will be deploying Norwegian Sky from her current position off the coast of Cancun to St. Thomas, USVI to retrieve approximately 2,000 travelers who were unable to evacuate the island prior to the storm. The ship is departing immediately and will arrive in St. Thomas in the late evening hours on Monday, September 11. Norwegian Cruise Line is working closely with the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association and the Governor of St. Thomas to execute this rescue mission. When all designated vacation guests have boarded the ship, Norwegian Sky will sail back to her homeport of Miami and is expected to arrive on Thursday, September 14.
More updates from Sandals and Beaches Resorts throughout the Caribbean. Updates as of this morning at 10 AM from Vice President of Sales, Mr. Gary C. Sadler on the situation on the islands of Turks and Caicos.
Hurricane Irma Advisory
Update #5 10:00AM
Sandals and Beaches Resorts Beaches Turks & Caicos can now report that following the passing of Hurricane Irma, the strongest storm ever reported in the Atlantic Ocean, all guests and staff are safe and comfortable on resort.
Although the airport remains closed at this time, the team will work with local authorities to determine a timetable for safe passage home for all guests. As soon as the airport reopens, our team will conduct a full assessment of the resort and announce a reopening date.
As always, we are committed to guest safety and want to ensure we deliver the experience travelers have come to expect from Beaches Turks & Caicos. With that said, we are asking you to please call your, travel professionals, as soon as possible to adjust upcoming vacation plans.
Although it appears the worst of Hurricane Irma’s impact has now passed for the majority of the Caribbean, our thoughts remain with our brothers and sisters throughout the region, as well as those in its path in the US.
Updates from Echevarria Travel Partner Norwegian Cruise Lines on Hurricane Irma Cancellations and Displaced Passengers!
Being a travel professional, our clients are always asking us about their safety and whom to trust in the situations with their travel.
Being a partner of Norwegian Cruise Lines since we opened our doors since 2008, and opened to the public in 2009. www.ncl.com Norwegian Cruise Lines has never let us down.
During Hurricane Harvey and Irma, we will be re-accessing this, to see who took the best care of our clients.
Norwegian Cruise lines has taken displaced passengers that cannot get flights home, etc. Are taking them to safety outside the Hurricane area, and not charging clients for this. When in dire need, and displacement that is important to us. See updated information below. Take care. We will try and be online and via text message as much as we can. We prey you are safe, and that we are safe as well. Take care.
September 7, 2017 11:00 PM
Norwegian Cruise Line is continuing to closely watch the forecasted path of major Hurricane Irma. Further to our update from this afternoon, Norwegian Escape and Norwegian Sky have both safely departed from PortMiami. Norwegian Escape is sailing at full capacity with approximately 4,000 displaced guests from both ships that were unable to secure flights back home.
All cancelled sailings are as follows:
As the safety and security of our team members is our top priority, the company’s Miami headquarters closed at 2 PM on Thursday, September 7, 2017 and re-open as soon as it is safe and practical. To help ensure that we continue to operate with all the necessary shoreside support, key staff members are being relocated out of Miami and the storm zone. Our call centers will be operating remotely, so please be advised that hold times in our call center may be longer than normal. Our website will remain available 24/7. Travel Agents should use our dedicated booking portal on Norwegian Central and guests can view their booking information on the My NCL portal. As soon as this major weather event is clear of the region and we can bring our staff back to Miami, we will re-open the offices. Additional updates will be posted at NCL.com.
This is information directly from our Tour Partner ClubMed on Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and other locations that are affected by Hurricane Irma. Cheryl and Nelson Echevarria.
Hurricane Irma is currently 120 miles south east of Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos, with maximum sustained winds of 175mph moving to the west at approximately 16mph. Our resort of Turkoise in the Turks & Caicos Islands remains under a hurricane warning at this time with the storm expected to pass the resort later today and overnight. Our corporate office located in Miami, Florida, as well as our Sandpiper Bay resort, located in Port St. Lucie, Florida are now under a hurricane watch.
Hurricane Irma passed our resort of Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic last night and we are pleased to report that during the storm all services remained operational, no loss of power, water or air conditioning. The beachfront restaurant, Indigo, has sustained some damage from the waves and will remain closed for a short period of time. Clean up of the landscaping and any debris around the resort is being managed by our GO teams. All our GM’s and GO’s are safe and returning to normal activities as the weather improves throughout the day. Wifi and telephone service will return this afternoon. The airport is open and operating.
We continue to closely monitor this storm and our teams in the US, Canada and Europe, along with our operations team in the resorts, are working to ensure that our guests are not only safe but minimally impacted during the passing of Hurricane Irma. The safety, security and well-being of our guests and staff is always, and remains, the highest priority in every situation. Our resorts have been built to withstand hurricane force winds and all resorts are equipped with generators, fuel supplies, along with food and water reserves. All our resort teams are following strict preparation procedures in advance of the storm.
We have the following policies in place for our guests impacted by either of these situations.
Guests scheduled to travel
For guests scheduled to arrive in Punta Cana, Turkoise or Sandpiper between September 5, 2017 and September 12, 2017, should they wish to delay their arrival or revise their destination we are relaxing our policies to allow guests to decide what is best for them. Guests are welcome to revise to Cancun, Ixtapa, Sandpiper, Turkoise or Punta Cana without any penalty on their land stay and with no increase in their land price. Travel must be completed by October 31, 2017. Guests will need to contact, their travel professionals, their carrier for flight availability and information on fees which would be their responsibility.
Guests scheduled to arrive should remain in contact with their travel professionals and their air carrier for up to date flight information. All of our resorts remain open and ready to welcome our guests.
Guests currently in resort
Should guests be unable to depart our resort as scheduled due to flight cancellations, we do provide the following for our guests based on their individual booking.
Guests who booked an air inclusive package with us may remain at the resort free of charge until their airline is able to reschedule their return flight.
Guests who booked only their land stay with us will be able to remain at the resort for a nightly rate equivalent to 50% of our local nightly rate.
We will continue to closely monitor Hurricane Irma over the coming days and provide you with as much information as we have available.
Thank you for your continued support of Club Med.
Please click here for information on Cancellation and postponing trip to either a Sandals Or Beaches Resort as of Hurricane Irma 9-6-2017
Cheryl Echevarria writes about what things to help her clients when planning their next Dream Vacation, especially our clients and future clients that travel independently but has a special need for arranging them. Whether it is a medical issues or a access or disability.