Author: Richard Telling

Forgotten Dangers of Boating

Proper Equipment

When planning for a boating trip it is incredibly important to prepare your safety equipment properly. This includes but is not limited to a flares, horn, water bailer and lifejackets. A trip plan is also an essential part of safe boating. A trip plan is basically contains information about where you plan to go boating. It should be filed with someone responsible that can take the proper steps should an emergency occur.

Lifejackets

Lifejackets are essential for people of all ages. The misconception largely exists that if a child falls in the water an adult in decent physical condition will be able to save them. This is a very dangerous assumption as it is not always the case. Often a child that falls into the water will go below the surface of the water which means they may be hard to spot. Also, sometimes it is not immediately apparent that a child has fallen into the water. You may not even realize until it is already too late.

Man Overboard

When someone falls overboard it is important to not immediately jump in after them to try to save them. Someone who is struggling to stay above water may unwittingly pull their potential rescuer under water with them. Instead, you should use the proper safety equipment such as safety buoys and rope which will float on the surface.

Hypothermia

Hypothermia remains a large risk when boating in cooler waters. Someone who falls overboard could succumb to hypothermia thus limited their physical abilities and mental decisions. Their risk of survival drastically drops the longer they are in the water. Again, it is important not to jump in after them in an attempt to save them as the rescuer could themselves succumb to the cold waters.

Electrocution

Power lines are the most common cause of electrocution while boating. Proper care is rarely taken in ensuring that a metal part of the boat such as the mast touches a power line. This carelessness has led to many deaths or serious injuries over the years.

Weather

Careful consideration must be taken when determining the amount of effect the weather will have on your boating experience. Pay attention to the forecast ahead of time to make sure that bad weather is not approaching. Even while out on the water it is extremely important to pay attention to the marine forecast for your area as well as the colors and activity in the sky.

Tips For Deep Discounts on Cruises

Cruise travel agencies sometimes reduce the cost of your ticket by reducing their commissions … Here is how it works – cruise travel agencies get a commission from the cruise line for every ticket they sell. And some cruise travel agencies pass on a part of their commissions to their customers. But this may not happen always – especially if the cruise lines want to prevent a price war and request the cruise agencies not to do so.

In any case, booking through a cruise travel agency might be a good thing to do because in addition to a possible discount that you may be getting on your cruise ticket, cruise agencies might also be able to help you choose a cruise ship that is right for you because they know about the amenities aboard the ships and the on board and on shore activities.

And Here is something that seems to fly in the face of “conventional wisdom” …

A few years ago, it used to be that last minute buyers would most possibly end up with the biggest discounts … but this may not be true anymore.

Booking early – about three to four months in advance is generally considered to result in better deals. But even this may not be an iron clad rule as many large cruise ships are being launched. And with increasing capacity, there is a higher possibility of unsold inventory at the last minute on several cruise ships. And these tickets can be discounted tickets. But even if such last minute unsold inventory exists, not everyone may be able to take time off from work and travel on a very short notice.

And Here is another tip that can save quite a bit of money …

Some cruise lines offer 2 for 1 cruise deals on select cruises. But it is also possible that airfare may not be included in the 2 for 1 deal.

Well, if that sounded great then this one might be even better …

Booking your cruise tickets as part of a group can be a great thing to do because group cruise tickets are usually discounted … and if you are planning a family reunion, a wedding or more then group cruise travel can be a great option.

To qualify as a group you may need eight double occupancy staterooms, but you might want to check with your cruise travel agency about what constitutes a group.

And Here is yet another tip that may result in lots of savings …

Cruisers over fifty five years may be entitled to senior discounts. Here is what may be the best part – only one passenger in a stateroom is required to be aged fifty five and over, and all the other passengers in the same state room get their tickets at the same discounted price !

Also, seniors may also qualify for a senior discount on the air tickets too.

Crossing Paths With a Legend

Lefakinis, chairman of Valef Yachts, had an opportunity to visit the now-famous Aristotle Onassis yacht due to a family invitation extended to Spyros Skouras, by the owner. Skouras, chairman of 20th Century Fox, was invited to the yacht, with Winston Churchill and Maria Callas in attendance. This was heady stuff for a young lad, but it also instilled in Lefakinis a love of yachts in general and yachting in particular.

As a result, the Lefakinis love of yachting has led to his stewardship of a yacht chartering business, Valef Yachts.

He fondly relates how Valef Yachts and the Christina O share a joint tradition and history that is remarkable. The “M/Y Christina O” story actually originated in 1943 in Canada. Back then, the ship was known as the frigate Stormont, a convoy escort. Aristotle Onassis bought it in 1954, turning the frigate into the history’s most famous yacht. The Onassis concept for “Christina O” was to convert the vessel into a powerful symbol of his business empire with unique and total elegance.

Onassis’ guests on board “Christina O” were truly the world’s most famous, powerful and influential people of the time, including Sir Winston Churchill, The Aga Khan, King Farouk, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Eva Peron, Greta Garbo and countless other famous personalities. “Christina O” was also the scene of the world’s most celebrated love affair when Onassis courted Jackie Kennedy. Three years after Onassis’ death, his daughter Christina, the yacht’s namesake, donated the yacht to the Greek Government for the President to entertain visiting Heads of State. Unfortunately, the Christina O was used less often and eventually went through a long period of neglect.

Then in 1998, she was purchased by a family friend of Onassis who spent over 60 million dollars to bring it back to the original Onassis’ condition. Ironically, Bill Lefakinis and has now come full circle with the Christina O.

See Alaska as Never Before

From the waterway of the passage, one can look upon some of the most magnificent natural scenery to be found such as coastal rainforests, deep blue fjords and tidewater glaciers. Also to be found in the passage are numerous species of wildlife including humpback whales, sea lions and seabirds.
Because of the awe-inspiring beauty of the passage and since many destinations along the Alaska inside passage are only accessible by plane or boat, inside passage cruises have become one of the most popular tourist attractions of the state.

Few people have visited Alaska without experiencing once in a lifetime moments. Towering tidewater glaciers offer natural beauty that usually is only fully appreciated with an up close and personal view that only a cruise through the inland waterways can afford. From this vantage point you will stand in awe of these mighty glaciers that reach several hundred feet in height and enjoy plentiful wildlife viewing such as humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, mountain goats, brown bears and bald eagles. You will also be stricken speechless by the sheer beauty of the inside passage’s botanical gardens, spectacular waterfalls, and the Alaskan sunrise as seen from the cruise ship.

Alaska inside passage cruises are also popular for their exotic port destinations. Some of the most popular ports of call on the inside passage are Juneau, Skagway, Haines, Ketchikan and Victoria. Certain cruises even give passengers the opportunity to land on Annette Island and to be greeted by the Tsimshian elders of Metlakatla.

Best of all, Alaska inside passage cruises are affordable. You can choose from one-day inland glacier cruise packages which are as priced as low as $69 per person to a luxurious six night cruise on a deluxe designer yacht for as little as $4,000 per person. Of course there is a wide range of cruise options that fall between these two extremes.

As you can see, there is a little bit of something for everybody aboard one of Alaska’s inside passage cruise ships: a change of pace, exquisite scenery, and memories to last a lifetime.

Booking Package Holidays

One of the most important tips you will want to remember is wherever possible avoid peak season. School holidays, Christmas, Easter and New Year are very busy times at any resorts throughout the world. This is the time where travel agents make their money and you will pay a higher premium for your holiday during these times.

Of course if you’re planning a family holiday and you are looking for a package deal, then you expect to pay more to spend a few weeks in Gran Canaria, for example when all other families have the same idea. If you want to save money, try and book outside peak season when resorts are slightly quieter and prices are slightly lower, helping you make your money go that little bit further.

It is a good idea rather to focus on travel companies offering package holidays for peak season, to find a company that can provide you with a great selection throughout the year. This enables you to find the perfect time to take your holiday and find the best deals that meet your travel requirements, ensuring you have a dream vacation that you can remember for years to come.

Identify what holidays are on offer based on your travel dates. It’s always advisable to be slightly flexible with your dates if you want to secure the best package holidays available. While you may want to travel from the Friday through to the following Sunday, you may find that traveling on the Monday through to the following Monday will work out cheaper and provide you with a wider range of package holidays for you to choose from.

Set yourself a travel budget before you go online and start looking at the package holidays available. If you have already been granted time off work on set dates, then you already have something to work with. By setting a realistic budget, you know how much you should have available to spend on your package holiday. If you choose all-inclusive, you may pay slightly more, but you will have no expenses once you arrive at your dream destination. Your flights, accommodation, foods, certain drinks and even some activities will be included in the rate, helping you save money on your budget.

Take your time making a decision and choose a travel company that can provide you with an extensive range of package holidays. Read up on the accommodation and all the information provided by the agent. They should give you all the information you need, helping you identify if this package holiday is the best match based on what you are looking for. If you are unsure about anything, pick up the phone and call the agent to identify what is and isn’t included, so you can be completely prepared.

The travel company should provide you with a host of photographs of the accommodation, so you can identify what to expect on arrival. It’s worthwhile identifying the location of the accommodation in relation to the beach, town centre and sights and attractions. You need to know if there is good public transport should you choose to leave the resort and do some much welcome exploring, an ideal way to spend an afternoon when visiting a location you have never visited before.

Take Cruise On Wild Side

This ship caters to everyone and I mean everyone. Children love the kids programs put on by Camp Carnival where they will entertain your little ones so you can have grown up time alone. After hours babysitting is also available to a small fee until 3am. Teens have their own alcohol and parent free party place called Club O2. The pizzeria is open 24 hours a day and what kid wouldn’t be in heaven with that.

Adults can enjoy a drink and dancing in the Jazz club on the Valor called the Paris Hot Jazz Club. Don’t miss the rotating piano in the Lindy Hop Piano Bar. In fact there is no lack of venues to partake in your favorite beverage or music on board. The Valor has 22 bars and lounges in all. You can dance into the wee hours if that is your choice at the disco. It is called One Small Step Dance Club and plays homage to the first steps made by Neil Armstrong on the surface of the moon.

I was a tad concerned about the reputation Carnival has before I sailed on my first Carnival Cruise ship. I am a very light sleeper and somewhat of an introvert so am not the least bit interested in being loud and boisterous or running about. I was sure I would not have a moments peace the whole trip. I was mistaken. I have discovered there is nothing quite like sitting in a quiet spot overlooking the ocean and reading a paperback novel. Through the week I found many wonderful locations to sit and gaze at the passing sea. My cabin was as quiet as a library. I slept like a baby in a cradle with the gentle motion of the ship rocking me into a rejuvenating sleep.

The Spa experience is to die for. They offer all sorts of massages and exfoliating scrubs. Their hot stone massage is said to draw toxins from your body. I am not sure if it does that but it definitely makes you feel like a sparkling new person. The Spa is connected to the gym area where you can rid yourself of all those extra calories you put in going to the chocolate buffet.

The three swimming pools are filled with sea water and use a salt water chlorinator so your skin feels smooth as silk when you get out and it will not change the color of chemically processed hair. The main pool has one of Carnival’s signature 214 ft spiral water slides. A total of 7 hot tubs await your tense and tired body for a soak.

If food is the pleasure you desire you will not be disappointed. There are casual and more formal eateries to choose from. There are two elegant dining rooms used for dinner every night, the Washington and the Lincoln. Everyone is assigned one of these but are not obligated to eat there at all. There is a upscale supper club called Scarlett’s on board that requires reservations and where you will be charged a nominal extra fee. There is a fish and chips station inside the buffet restaurant, Rosie’s, where oysters are also served. There is an Asian station if you’ve got a hankering for fried rice or noodles. The New York style deli will perk up your taste buds in no time when you see your sandwich piled higher than your jaws can open. Outside near the main pool burgers and hot dogs and fried are prepared on the grilled for those who prefer to dine in their swimsuits.

Your cruise on the Carnival Valor can be as wild or sedate as you want it to be. Try it, you will like it. Do not be afraid to bring Grandma and Grandpa for their anniversary or the children for spring break. A good time will be had by all. Indeed Carnival has got the fun.

Discount Bermuda Cruises

One is to travel on a Bermuda cruise liner during the off-season (when demand is low and supply or occupancy is high), and the other is to travel in a group (by which you can take advantage of what amounts to wholesale discounts). The Bermuda cruise season generally runs from April to October. So cruise liners on this route during the off-season generally offer heavy discounts. However, it is advisable to book these cruises early before the best options are taken.

The group discounts can be had in two ways: either through an organization that provides discounted cruises, or by joining a group of travelers under package tour schemes offered by tour operators. Certain cruise liners offer discounts directly to the travelers. Sometimes your credit card could help you in taking advantage of such discounts, as certain cruise lines offer discounts if you use a specific brand of credit card to pay for the ticket.

A number of luxury cruise liners offer discounted berths during the end of the season. In the beginning of the season you would often find cruise liners to Bermuda fully packed; the possibility of a discount comes more at the end of the season. One also has to be careful about the quality of services and level of comfort offered by cruise liners offering discounts. A number of online resources are available to help you get a reservation for a Bermuda cruise at a greatly discounted price.

Bike Tour Around Beautiful Tuscany

Florence, Siena and Pisa are just some of the notable places in Tuscany that have been continually attracting visitors because of their impressive history and heritage. But there are also equally striking, albeit lesser known, spots worth checking out like Lucca, Cortona, Arezzo and San Gimignano. Because of the diversity and size of this region, it is really hard to determine where to start looking. Fortunately, there are many ways of exploring Tuscany, and if you are looking for something fun, different, challenging, and at the same time, more environment-friendly, why not try to go for a biking tour around this absolutely marvelous Italian region?

A bike tour guarantees you a very rewarding and memorable experience. But the usual problem that travelers encounter with self-guided biking trips, especially in such a big area, is the tremendous amount of planning. If you don’t have the time to do this, a great alternative is sign up with a reputable tour company to show you around, minus the worry and hassle! DuVine is just one of the many tour companies that offer amazing biking tour packages. Because of their expertise of Tuscany and long experience in the bike touring industry, DuVine has been successful in setting up splendid itineraries that cater to various types of tourists.

There is more to the region that it appears, and the DuVine bike tour aims to show their guests just that! This tour is not going to be just your ordinary day trip excursion. It is quite comprehensive as it typically lasts for six days and five nights. But you will not go rough-and-tough on this one; as the package covers stays at comfortable and luxurious hotels. You will be dining at fine restaurants and do some wine tasting. So the whole thing is really about traveling in style; only that you will burn more calories while doing so.

The everyday bike ride covers approximately 25 miles. But physical exertion aside, biking is a wonderful way of seeing the true beauty and enjoying the real essence of Tuscany. You will be able to explore charming medieval towns like Montalcino, Petroio, Pienza and Montepulciano, at a relaxed pace. But you should also expect to tackle hills, which are mostly steep but short. Tuscany, after all, has been the training ground for many professional cyclists.

Find the Absolute Best Vacation Deals

Go Where Airlines Go

If you want to cut down on the price of your trip, you should zero in on a destination where you won’t have to make multiple plane changes. Additionally, prices follow the basic competition laws. Any destination that is serviced by multiple airlines will offer you a better price. By being competitive, you get a cheaper rate, which can help keep your costs down.

Find the Off-Season

If you go during the off-season, you will find cheaper prices on your hotel rooms. However, depending on where you are going, this may change. For example, hotels in the Caribbean have better vacation deals from May to mid-December with their lowest prices from June to August. Areas along the United States coastline will have their peak season during the June to August months, and so their off-season time is from after Labor Day to Memorial Day, with an exception around mid-March for spring break. By going during the off-season, you can save up to 40 percent off your hotel costs.

Don’t Overlook Small Hotels and Inns

You don’t have to stay at the fanciest mainstream resort on the beach. There are small, locally-owned inns and bed-and-breakfast options that may save you some money. Additionally, these locally built establishments may give you the opportunity to be more immersed in the local culture than a larger, chain hotel.

Packages

When you are trying to save money on your holiday, look for packages that include your hotel, airfare, and even tours. By booking a package, you will end up saving money. You can receive substantial discounts by using one service to reserve all of these items at once.

All-Inclusive Resorts

Of course, if you really want good vacation deals, an all-inclusive resort is the way to go. These hotels and resorts generally include costs for activities, basic water sports, and even some tours. They may also include alcoholic beverages in the price.

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