Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-letter: Jan. 6, 2005

SUNSET RESORTS in Jamaica will reopen two properties this winter and launch a water park at a third. The 85-room Sunset at the Palms in Negril reopens Jan. 15 after a lengthy renovation, which included a new lobby bar and restaurant, expanded seating in the dining room, an upgraded beach bar and grill and new equipment in the workout area (

The 730-room Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort in Ocho Rios will welcome guests March 19 to its mid-market, all-inclusive property. Restaurants have been upgraded, a new entertainment area built, the pool deck area expanded, and a new beach bar, grill and wedding gazebo added. The resort's new water park features a lighthouse with two water slides that "shoot" guests out into the Caribbean or into a swimming pool (

The 430-room Sunset Beach Resort & Spa in Montego Bay will open its Pirate's Paradise Water Park on Jan. 30. Guests can meander Blackbeard's Lazy River in an inner tube, explore a fort, or blast out of shooting waterslides ( 

CARIBBEAN RELIEF EFFORTS for Southeast Asia's tsunami victims include Barbados-based Counterpart Caribbean, whose Washington-based partner, Counterpoint International, is spearheading the distribution of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies and other humanitarian assistance. CI has prepared airlifts to fly in supplies that are being distributed to the hardest-hit communities. To contribute, visit In addition, the Web home page of Sol Melia hotel company ( has a banner with a link to the Red Cross home page, which has information on aiding the damaged zones.


" Spirit Airlines will add a second daily nonstop flight to Nassau from Fort Lauderdale on Feb. 10. Spirit launches its daily Nassau service Jan. 10. According to Jacob Schorr, ceo and president, "customer response has been so strong that this second flight became a necessity." Fares start at $44 one way when booked at

" FlyFirstClass launches service Feb. 11 on the same Fort Lauderdale-Nassau route as Spirit. The line will have six daily departures [except Tuesdays] plus one additional flight on Fridays and Sundays. To book, visit or call (866) 878-8757.

" Northwest Airlines will offer daily nonstop service from Memphis to Nassau from Feb. 16 to April 30. The flights will be operated with Northwest Airlink partner Pinnacle Airlines on 50-passenger Canadair regional jets. To book, call (800) 225-2525.


" Aruba Carnival, Feb. 3 to 8, Aruba. Packages available through Alken Tours at (800) 221-6686, (800) 732-1530 or (800) 538-2553.

" Eighth Annual La Ruta Maya River Challenge, March 4 to 7, Belize. This is billed as the longest canoe race in Central America, a 180-mile journey from San Ignacio in western Belize to Belize City on the coast. For race details, visit


" Worry-Free Vacations pays 20% commission on air and hotel package bookings to Jamaica from Dallas/Fort Worth. Bookings must be made by Jan. 15 for travel anytime. Each Jamaica booking earns agents a chance to win two free seats per week through Jan. 15. Agents can also save clients up to $300 from Dallas/Fort Worth to Jamaica [$200 saved on a minimum purchase of $1,500, and an additional $100 if a Sandals Signature property is booked, using promotional code WF5326].  The 12/30/04 Caribbean E-letter listed incomplete information.


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