Month: December 2016

Viking Ocean Cruises Floats Out Fourth Ship

 Viking Ocean Cruises has floated out its fourth ship, Viking Sun. “Floating out” is a major construction milestone, meaning that the ship has touched water for the first time. Viking Sun will debut in late 2017 and begin its maiden …

Usher, The Roots to Headline Aruba’s Soul Beach Music Festival

 Aruba’s 17th Annual Soul Beach Music Festival will welcome headliners Usher and The Roots for Memorial Day Weekend 2017 event. The festival has a three-in-one experience featuring live music performances, comedy shows and beach parties. “Aruba is pleased to host …

The Best Restaurant in Puerto Rico

 They’re always here, down the sides of nondescript commercial buildings, down the streets you don’t expect. The best restaurants are rarely where you imagine. And that’s precisely true at Yantar. This modern eatery with the view of the Condado lagoon …

LATEST NEWS

 A stay at the Barceló in DR By Susan Barlow CJ Contributor The Dominican Republic’s Playa Bavaro is the most famous (and arguably the best) beach in the country — and it’s also home to a staggering number of resorts, mostly of …

 Following a closure due to Hurricane Matthew, the Sandals Emerald Bay Golf, Tennis & Spa Resort has reopened its doors. The reopening comes along with the debut of a new restaurant and the announcement of upcoming LIV+ Sports packages for …

 Jamaica’s Hilton Rose Hall resort has “reimagined” its Sugar Mill Falls Water Park, the property announced. The $400,000 renovation project included new blue mosaic tiling, a new coping, a repainted 280-foot waterslide and a new windmill, among other changes. The …

Grand Lido

 A legendary au naturel resort returns By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Grand Lido is back! Blue Diamond Resorts announced today that the clothing-optional hotel brand first conceived in the 1990s in Negril, Jamaica, will be revived in that same spot …

Beach Rum Bar

 We’ve long extolled the virtues of the rum bar in these pages: that is, bars that go beyond trivial cocktail rum and offer a serious, diverse offering of rums on the menu. But none of these bars has ever been …

 Bonaire has its first branded hotel By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor There’s a new resort on Bonaire, and it’s the first branded hotel on the Dutch-Caribbean island. Marriott’s new Courtyard Bonaire, built in the traditional Dutch Caribbean style, opened on December …

 Southwest Airlines is planning to have Wi-Fi on all of its planes by the end of 2017, the carrier announced. The news follows agreements by Southwest with both Panasonic Avionics Corporation and Global Eagle Entertainment. The Panasonic deal provides for …

 The Ocean Riviera Paradise resort opened its doors on Thursday in the Riviera Maya. The Playa del Carmen-area resort is the third property by Ocean by H10 Hotels in Mexico and the company’s eighth in the wider Caribbean-Mexico region. Ocean …

 Antigua’s Blue Waters Resort and Spa has completed the newest phase of a major resort-wide renovation. The upgrade, which follows previously completed updates to guestrooms and the fitness center, includes new services and amenities, refurbishments to the hotel’s Rock Cottage …

 Ranging in color from blinding ivory to exotic ebony, beaches are some of the Caribbean’s most valuable stock in trade, drawing sand-and-sea lovers from all over the world. But none are as enchanting as those pink-sand beaches, which practically beg …

 There’s a new wave of nonstop flights to the island of Puerto Rico. US-based Allegiant Air has launched nonstop service to Puerto Rico from three airports: Orlando, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. The flights began operating on Dec. 14. “Allegiant’s arrival in …

 It’s hidden on the road to Habitation Clement, a daily staple of Le Francois in Martinique. It’s also one of Martinique’s best-kept secrets. It would be so easy to drive right by this little stall next to a supermarket — but …

new york cuba cruises

 Looking ahead in Cuba By Alex ZozayaCEO of Apple Leisure Group History was recently made when American Airlines and Jet Blue became the first U.S. airlines to land passenger flights in Havana in more than 50 years. More U.S. airlines …

Stingrays

 Feeling the sting By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Of all the wet and wild adventures you can have in the Caribbean, swimming with stingrays has got to be one of the most fun. Who doesn’t want to cavort with the …

 JetBlue Airways continues to show a surge in traffic, according to the company’a latest numbers. The New York City-based airline reported 3.64 billion revenue passenger miles in November, up 7.1 percent from the same month in 2015. Available seat miles …