its cruise boarding-pass program through 2004.
Under the promotion, cruise passengers can cash in a boarding
pass for a free night when booking a SuperClubs holiday.
Participants can choose from 11 Grand Lido, Breezes and Hedonism
resort getaways in the Bahamas, Brazil, the Dominican Republic and
Jamaica. Travel must be completed by Dec. 31, 2004, and within 12
months of the cruise for which the boarding pass was issued.
A minimum of four paid nights is required to redeem the free
night, and SuperClubs requires copies of the boarding pass (or a
receipt from a recent cruise) to confirm.
SuperClubs vacations are commissionable to agents at 13%. For
more details or to book, call (800) 467-8737, Ext. 6190.
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La Cabana All Suite Beach Resort claims to be
the first resort in Aruba to offer wireless Internet access, a move
taken to enhance its position as a meetings choice, according to
Adwina Arends, director of sales and marketing.
Wireless access is available 24/7 throughout the resort for fees
of $15 to $18 per 24 hours. Guests also can rent laptops for $25 a
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Meanwhile, Aruba's visitor figures, although down 1% compared
with last year, "are finally showing positive signs," according to
Edison Briesen, minister of tourism.
New Royal Aruban Airways flights begin Nov. 14
from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Aruba and later will expand to other
Caribbean points and Newark.
A 22-minute destination-oriented film entitled "Experience Aruba
Panorama" opens Nov. 15 at the Crystal Theater in Oranjestad.
Showings are offered six days a week on the hour from 11 a.m. to
5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 12.
For details, visit www.aruba.com.
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An upgrade of nine townhouses and 10 one- and two-bedroom
apartments at the Grand Case Beach Club in St.
Martin will be completed next month.
The upgrade features custom-designed kitchens, which will
complement the earlier addition of new furniture and soft goods.
For details, call (800) 344-3016.
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Island Expeditions offers an adventure tour in
Belize complete with a night safari to observe the elusive
Travelers can observe the cats in the wild "while paddling
through protected rain forests in search of the endangered
felines," according to the company's brochure.
If jaguars are a no-show, howler monkeys, keel-billed toucans
and scarlet macaws also reportedly lurk in the Cockscomb Basin
Jaguar Reserve in southern Belize.
The nine-night adventure, which offers six departures between
Dec. 14 and March 25, also features camping and kayaking on
The program is priced at $1,899 per person, double. For details,
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Continental will launch nonstop service Dec. 18
from Newark to Barbados, pending government approval.
The 737 flights will depart Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and
American began nonstop daily service between Fort Lauderdale and
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and between Fort Lauderdale and
Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Nov. 1.
AAdvantage members can earn double miles for travel on these
flights through Dec. 15.
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Hilton Caribbean broke ground on the 353-room Hilton
Barbados in Bridgetown, Barbados -- its 14th hotel on its
ninth Caribbean island.
The property, which is expected to open in fourth-quarter 2004,
is on the site of the original Barbados Hilton, which was
demolished to construct the $90 million complex.
Also in Barbados, the 72-room Fairmont Royal
Pavilion reopened last month, following a five-month
refurbishment that represented an investment of $150,000 per
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Rosewood Hotels' Little Dix Bay resort on
Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, now offers a 12-minute air
shuttle service between St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Virgin
Gorda, priced at $100 per person, one way.
The air taxi operates daily except Tuesdays and Wednesdays and
can be booked through the resort. For details, visit www.rosewoodhotels.com.
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St. James's Club, Morgan Bay on St. Lucia added
an adults-only swimming pool, a steakhouse restaurant and a Kids
Klub for children up to age 12.
Inclusive rates through Dec. 21 start at $390 per day, double.
For winter rates, call (800) 345-0356.
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Allen Chastanet, native St. Lucian and former vice president of
marketing and sales at Air Jamaica, opened his 20-room Coco
Kreole in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia, with high-season rates
from $80 per person, per night, including continental
Chastanet described the boutique hotel as a combination of South
Beach style, European chic "and a lot of Caribbean color and
For details, call (758) 452-0712 or visit www.cocokreole.com.
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On the rooftop bar lounge named Wet at the
Water Club in San Juan, the beachfront boutique
hotel replaced chaise-lounge recliners with white-leather beds that
are 7 feet wide and up to 30 feet long.
Overhanging umbrellas, pull-up tray tables and lots of white
pillows complete the scene.
For details, visit www.waterclub.com.
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Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort on St.
Lucia is paying 15% on its special package rates, which represent a
15% savings to guests.
The plans call for a minimum six-night stay and include airport
transfers, daily buffet breakfast and one Caribbean buffet dinner
per guest, per stay.
Rates start at $105 per person, per night, double, through Dec.
20 and from $125 from Jan. 4 through April 18.
For details, visit www.windjammer-landing.com.
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The venue for Caribbean Marketplace 2004, the
annual conference of the Caribbean Hotel Association, is set for
San Juan's Roberto Clemente Coliseum Jan. 11 to
Caribbean Marketplace, co-sponsored by the Puerto Rico Tourism
Co., the municipality of San Juan and the Puerto Rico Hotel &
Tourism Association, originally was to have been held at the new
Puerto Rico Coliseum in Hato Rey, a San Juan suburb.
However, the facility will not be ready on time.
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Apple Vacations will offer service from
Chicago's Midway Airport to Cancun, Mexico, and Puerto Plata,
Dominican Republic, this winter.
From Jan. 31 through Dec. 12, 2004, Apple will fly nonstop to
Cancun three times a week; from Feb. 6 though April 23, the
operator will fly nonstop to Puerto Plata on Fridays for packages
of seven and 14 days. The 757 flights are operated by Pace
To book, log on to www.applevacations.com.
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Sol Melia's Paradisus Puerto Rico will open in
Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, on Dec. 15.
The first phase, which cost $120 million, consists of 486 guest
rooms in 30 two-story bungalows, a lagoon-style pool, a spa, a
casino, three tennis courts, an amphitheater, six restaurants, four
bars and meetings and banquets space. Construction on another 486
guest rooms will begin in 2005.
Introductory rates start at $200 per person, per night,
including accommodations, all meals and drinks, nonmotorized water
sports, entertainment, 24-hour room service, taxes and service
To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].