Friday, April 26, 2013

Historic First for Silversea



Historic First for Silversea in Corfu

By: Silversea
For the first time in the 18-year history of Silversea Cruises, three of our ultra-luxury ships — Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, and Silver Spirit — called in the same port on the same day. The historic convergence of the three ships took place in beautiful Corfu, a Greek island renowned for its lush green hills and pure white beaches.
Surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind and Silver Spirit greeted each other by sounding their whistles as they sailed into this charming and sophisticated port.
Corfu (or Kérkyra in Greek) is the second largest of the Ionian islands, and a land rich in history and myth. It was likely the last stop for Homer's Odysseus on his fabled journey back to his homeland of Ithaca. For Silversea, Corfu will always carry special significance as the port that hosted an important milestone in our company's own unfolding story.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

60 Second Geography - United Kingdom



60 Second Geography - United Kingdom

Few places cram in as much scenery, history and culture as the United Kingdom. England's southwest is dominated by a rugged shoreline and ancient history, the uber hip and metropolitan capital, London, sits amid the rolling hills of the southeast. The people of northern England are among the friendliest; while the scenery of the Northumberland coast, Peak District and Lake District are all incredible sights to behold.
But to experience the true wilderness of the United Kingdom, travel to the Scottish Highlands where you will discover that it can be harsh, snow capped and often inaccessible. Art-drenched Edinburgh is a stunning city to explore (especially if you are a JK Rowling or Harry Potter fan), and the larger islands of the Hebrides attract walkers and whiskey lovers.
Across the water, sharing land with Ireland, Northern Ireland is a stylish and modern area anchored by Belfast. Outside of the city, the countryside is every bit as intriguing as the United Kingdom's.
Wales features the vibrant Cardiff and industrial Swansea to the south, and craggy peaks of the Snowdon Massif to the north.
  • England is the biggest country in the U.K., and is home to the largest city in Europe - London. It's also home to over 600 miles of beautiful coastline and some of the world's top tourist attractions. England is divided into 9 distinct regions, each with its own unique personality, history and culture - from the rolling hills of the Cotswolds and charming Cornish villages to the bustling city life of London and the dramatic coastlines of the North East. So no matter what kind of experience you want, you'll find the perfect destination in England.
  • Northern Ireland is the smallest country in the U.K., and is situated in the northeast corner of Ireland. Northern Ireland's size makes it easy to navigate. Once you've settled into your hotel, you can easily visit the country's main attractions on short day trips. The country offers a variety of landscapes from breathtaking mountains and glens, World Heritage Sites to an inland sea.
  • Scotland is a diverse and extraordinary country, with a rich and fascinating history. The country has nearly 800 islands, only 300 of which are inhabited, and these islands are home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. It is a photographer's paradise. In Scotland you will find vibrant and exciting cities, breathtaking lochs, mountains and coastlines. Scotland shares its Southern border with England and is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the west and the North Sea on the east.
  • Wales is bordered by England on the east and is a small country with a rich history and spectacular landscapes, including three national parks and five "Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty." Due to its size (170 miles tall by 60 miles wide) you're never far from a mountain or a sea. But Wales is also home to vibrant cities, traditional villages and great tourist attractions. Welsh - the native language - is spoken by many people in Wales, and is one of the oldest (and some say most difficult to understand) languages in the world.
What are you waiting for? Contact A Premier Travel CA and explore the United Kingdom.

Unique Spring Events

Queen’s Day
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

April 30th is the actual date of Queen’s Day which in Dutch is Koninginnedag, but the real festivities begin the night before on Queen’s Night. Starting the night of the 29th Amsterdam becomes a perfect celebration for all when all the clubs in the area prepare special festivities for anyone who would like to partake in them. Over 700,000 people flock to the streets of Amsterdam on Queen’s day for a day of partying and tradition. Queen’s Day is a city wide party which provides a unique, fun, and friendly environment for the locals and the visitors. Bring some change with you because one of the key aspects of the day is the Free Market. The Free Market encourages all of the locals to trade all in their house which is unnecessary with their neighbors and visitors. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes because you will be on your feet walking around all day.

Kentucky Derby
Location: Churchill Downs, Kentucky

May 4th 2013 is the date for the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports,” which is the Kentucky Derby. The first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown is located at Churchill Downs and has a long and glorious history dating all the way back to 1875. It is a great place to visit for any sports fan. Winning the Triple Crown is seen as one of the most difficult feats in sports and has not been completed since Affirmed won in 1978. This makes the Derby the best of the three races to attend because it always gives fans, jockeys, and owners the chance to believe that this could be the year where it all started and they were lucky enough to experience the start of something great. This place is not only famous for its great two minute race but also for the people who attend and the fashion statements its attendees attempt to make. A-list celebrities flock to the Kentucky Derby for this see or be seen event. Let us plan your trip and you can start working on your outfit, and try to be the best dressed there.
St. Lucia Jazz Festival
Location: St. Lucia, Caribbean

For a week spanning from the end of April into the first week of May, St. Lucia holds its world famous Jazz Festival. In 2011 this Jazz festival hosted its 20th anniversary which is extremely uncommon for festivals in the local area which tend to start failing by their 7th year of operation. The festival provides formal concert styles along with intimate performances with acts from all over the world such as John Legend, Trey Songz, and the local reggae group 4th World. This festival is ranked among the best festivals the Caribbean has to offer and even one of the best festival experiences in the world.

Friday, April 19, 2013

60 Second Geography - Palm Springs, California



 

The main drag through Palm Springs is North Palm Canyon Drive. Shopping the antique and specialty shops along this route is a popular pastime. Every Thursday the road is closed to vehicles, and local merchants fill the streets with goods and fresh produce, such as the plump dates that grow especially well in the valley. Sunbathing on one of the 355 days of annual sunshine is another popular pastime, and at night, the streets come to life with dance clubs, stage shows, and concerts. Palm Springs is located in south central California along I-10, about two hours from Los Angeles or San Diego.
Six must-do tasks for any visitor to Palm Springs.
  • Take the Tram. A "must see" while visiting Palm Springs, you'll be taken on a genuine Swiss tram car to the top of Mount San Jacinto - 8,516 feet above the valley. There you are transported to the threshold of the 13,000 acre Mt. San Jacinto Wilderness State Park, with 54 miles of biking trails, cross country skiing, and magnificent views of Coachella Valley below.
  • Visit Villagefest. Every Thursday evening from 6-10 PM glamorous downtown Palm Springs is transformed into a vibrant old fashion street fair, complete with musicians, local arts and crafts, food, and a farmer's market. Villagefest is located between Baristo and Amado Roads on Palm Canyon Drive.
  • See The City. Learn of the rich history of the area, view the city's distinctive architecture and see how the rich and famous live, including 30-40 homes of famous Hollywood stars. Palm Springs also has miles of well marked and maintained biking trails. For the more adventurous there is also horseback riding and ballooning, a spectacular way to see the valley.
  • See The Natural Splendor. Some of Southern California's most breathtaking scenery can be found in the Palm Springs area. Joshua Tree National Park offers 870 square miles of splendid wonder, including hiking, rock climbing, picnicking and more. The Indian Canyons are 3 magnificent canyons 5 miles south of the town center on South Palm Canyon Road with amazing plant life and lush vegetation among rock formations and waterfalls. The Living Desert is an incredible 1,200 acre reserve combining the delights of a zoo, botanical garden, and scenic wilderness in one facility. And the Moorten Botanical Gardens feature over 3000 varieties of cacti and desert plants from all over the world.
  • See The Arts. Palm Springs has always been associated with the arts. Here are a few of the area's top venues. The world famous Palm Springs Desert Museum offers an excellent permanent collection of Western and Native American art, as well as fine traveling collections. The McCallum Theater features top rated entertainment in all areas of the performing arts. The Annenberg Theater is a wonderfully intimate theater presenting top rated theater, dance, and musical entertainment. And among the top art galleries in the area are: B. Lewin Galleries, Coda Galleries, Heusso Gallery, and The Art Place.
  • Enjoy World Class Golf And Tennis. Whether you golf for fun or serious sport, Palm Springs has a course for you. The area boasts over 90 different golf courses, many designed by international legends such as Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. Some of the best courses open to the public include: Mesquite Country Club, Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, Westin Mission Hills, Palm Desert Country Club, and The Woodhaven Country Club. Excellent tennis is also available at many of the golf and tennis resorts located throughout the valley, and free court time can be found at Demuth Park, Palm Springs High School and Ruth Hardy Park in Palm Springs.

Contact A Premier Travel CA and experience Palm Springs for yourself.

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5 Unique Pools in Hawaii


Looking to visit Hawaii? Of course there is always beautiful weather and perfect beaches, but a question you have to ask yourself is where should I stay? Here are some great hotel pools in Hawaii to help ease your decision.

Sheraton Waikiki - Waikiki, Hawaii

The beautiful pool area of the Sheraton Waikiki is made up of two main sections the Helumoa Playground and the Edge of Waiakiki. The Helumoa Playground is a relaxing spot for the whole family to enjoy. The main areas of the Playground are the two freshwater swimming pools where everyone can have fun and the two large whirlpools with magnificent sweeping views of the beach. If you are looking for a place for the kids to have fun, there is an interactive fountain area for them to play in. While the Playground is fun for all, the Edge of Waikiki is an infinity pool which is open to guests of ages 16 and older. It provides breathtaking views of what seems to be an endless stretch of the Waikiki beach. These two brilliant locations make up the spectacular pool area of the Sheraton Waikiki.

The St. Regis Princeville Resort - Princeville, Hawaii

The St. Regis Princeville Resort offers one of the most breathtaking outdoor infinity pools stretching approximately 5,000 square feet overlooking the magnificent Hanalei Bay. The pool is edged with lava rock which adds to the beauty of the seemingly endless pool. If you do not feel like this is exactly what you are looking for there are adjacent whirlpools to take in the great bay and mountain views. The pool offers an oceanfront bar and poolside dining with its signature cocktails and perfect views of the bay and the Makana Mountain.

The Westin Maui Resort & Spa - Lahaina, Maui

If you are looking for a hotel pool with all the credentials, then look no further than the Westin Maui Resort & Spa. This pool was voted the best pool on Maui and the second best pool in North America by Trip Advisor Readers. This 87,000 square foot pool area has virtually everything you could ask for. It contains five swimming pools, two waterslides, a swim through grotto with twin waterfalls, and even a hidden whirlpool. It does not stop at simply what the water has to offer but it also has amazing exotic wildlife and art collections scattered among the pool area.

Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa - Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

If you are looking for a cool, fun, and different experience from most pools, the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa is the perfect place to go. The entire pool area includes inner, outer, and children’s pools along with two whirlpool spas which are tucked under lava rock outcroppings. The children’s pool has a shallow water beach area bordered by a playful and fun fountain area. This is a pool for all ages and if the pool is not what you are looking for then you can relax and sit poolside with some drinks from the Manta Ray Bar and Grill. However, the part of this pool which sets it apart from all of the others is that the upper and lower pools are connected by a river system which leads to a 200 foot long lava tube water slide.

The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort - Waikiki, Hawaii

The Royal Hawaiian shares a few of its features with the Sheraton Waikiki such as its Helumoa Keiki Pool and its Heluma Playground. The pool has a children’s pool and also offers waterways, slides, and two ocean front Jacuzzis. The Heluma Playground offers two freshwater swimming pools and two large whirlpools with breathtaking views of the beach and a fountain area for the children. The pool that differentiates it from the Sheraton is the Royal Beach Tower Pool. It offers a quiet oasis which fronts the beautiful Waikiki Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Allow yourself to relax in the lounge chairs on the stone pool deck or in one of the cabanas and allow the attendants to take care of every need you have.