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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Romantic Getaways, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons

On Wednesday, August 3, we had the second of our travelogues presented by Kuller/Class A Travel in Princeton. This presentation was on Romantic Getaways, which included Destination Weddings and Honeymoons. Trudy Dougherty, the co-owner of the agency said, “I think any place on or near water is romantic” so the presentation started with an overview of some beautiful beachside resorts in the Caribbean, Hawaii and the South China Sea. This included some spots in Aruba, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Hawaii, Fiji and Tahiti. There are also some remote and romantic destinations near Costa Maya, Mexico, on what is called the Mayan Riviera on the Caribbean coast of the Yucatan Peninsula south of Cancun. Most of these resorts are adults-only, all inclusive for food and beverages and some are also inclusive of the recreation (golf and tennis) and all water sports. All have luxury accommodations with amenities like Oceanside massages and relaxing spa treatments. The costs vary depending on the health of the local economy and the strength of our dollar against the local currency, thus Aruba, with its French influence is far pricier than Puerto Rico where the currency is American dollars and no passport is needed. Featured, also were some resorts a little closer to home such as Bermuda, Myrtle Beach in South Carolina and some lakeside resorts in Northern New Jersey and the Poconos!

Destination weddings were discussed including the ability to hold your wedding onboard a cruise ship while it is in port and those that are not traveling leave the ship after the wedding and before it sails and the newlyweds and their friends and family take off on their honeymoon cruise. Of course, a destination wedding on a beautiful, white sand beach on an island in the Caribbean would certainly be incredibly romantic!

The second part of the presentation was on romantic old-world luxury hotels in Europe particularly the grand opulence of some of the fine old hotels in Paris, Rome, Barcelona, and Vienna. Judith Wist, manager of the Princeton office of Kuller/Class A Travel, shared some information about vacations in these locations. Tours of Ireland with castle stays were also presented which would be perfect for the bride that always dreamed of her princess wedding!.

All of these locations, whether on an island or in a beautiful old European city would be perfect for a honeymoon! Whatever your idea for romance is, there is the perfect destination for you and your soul mate to find time for yourselves and each other!

The last of our travelogues is on Adventure Travel. The response to these programs so far has been pretty light and we are thinking about canceling the Adventure Travel program. Please register online for this program scheduled for Wednesday, August 17 if your are interested in attending so that we can determine if there will be a large enough audience to have the representatives from Kuller Travel come to the library with all of their brochures. The deadline for registration is Sunday, August 14 to give enough notice to the presenter about a cancellation.

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