CHTA Education Foundation Awards More Than $130000 In Scholarships This Year

Neil Kolton, Director of Interval International (second from left), presents a donation to the Foundation at Caribbean Travel Marketplace earlier this year. At left is Nadine Rankin, Vice President of the Foundation; and at right is Karolin Troubetzkoy, CHTA President and Ernest Dwight, Chair of the Foundation’s Auction Committee.

MIAMI, United States, Monday August 21, 2017 – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) is awarding more than $130,000 worth of scholarships to nearly three dozen Caribbean students this year.

Including the renewal of 12 scholarships awarded to students last year, this academic year will record a total of 34 scholarships funded by the nonprofit group. Seventy people applied this year and scholarships range, on average, from US$2,000 to $5,000 and are exclusively for tuition costs. Universities such as Johnson Wales provide matching grants for CHTAEF recipients, effectively doubling the scholarship awards.

The Association set up the Foundation 30 years ago to support programs for the development and improvement of education and training in the tourism and hotel sector in the Caribbean. Scholarships are available to Caribbean students and industry professionals pursuing higher education or professional development in the hospitality and tourism field and are awarded with support from CHTAEF sponsors and supporters.

CHTAEF Chairman Richard Kahn thanked the numerous hotels and resorts for their support of the foundation, but highlighted corporate partners Interval International and Virgin Holidays for their generous funding of Caribbean education. “The hotel stays we receive from our CHTA members provide the value we use for

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Royal Caribbean Teams Up With a Pretty Little Adventurist

PHOTO: Another iteration of Royal Caribbean’s ‘Come Seek’ campaign has begun.  

Royal Caribbean is actively recruiting the next generation of travelers, employing actress and adventurer Shay Mitchell as the cruise line’s first “Adventurist.” 

Mitchell, who starred on the hit television series “Pretty Little Liars,” seeks daredevil activities around the world. She has already been hot-air ballooning in Morocco and skydiving in Dubai, among others. 

“I’ve always had a love for travel and am fortunate to explore some of the most amazing places around the world, learning quickly that the journey is as important as the destination,” said Mitchell. 

“I’m thrilled to take what I have learned from my own travels and dive in with Royal Caribbean to develop the ultimate Caribbean adventure for travelers like me, who are always seeking something new and craving deeper connections to the destinations they visit,” she added. 

Royal Caribbean believes that Mitchell’s spirit embodies the cruise line’s “Come Seek” branding. 

“It’s in Royal Caribbean’s nature to seek and deliver the unexpected – the adventures and experiences that make travelers’ jaws drop, their adrenaline rise and their memories unforgettable,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean International. 

“When we started to think of who could perfectly embody what vacationing with us is all about in our newly created Adventurist role, Mitchell was someone who rose to the top immediately. She personifies who we are and our spirit – the spirit to ‘Come Seek.’ The ideas that Shay brings to the table will help create an adventure in the Caribbean that will

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Royal Caribbean Cancels Allure Voyage Due to Propulsion Issues

Royal Caribbean International has adjusted several of Allure of the Seas’ Caribbean itineraries because of a propulsion issue that’s forced the massive vessel to slow down. 

Given its reduced speed, the ship, which sails from Port Everglades, FL, will now call at San Juan, Puerto Rico rather than St. Thomas, USVI, on these departures: September 20, October 18, November 15, December 13 and January 12.

In addition, the January 21, 2018 sailing has been cancelled, so the ship can enter drydock for a week to fix the propulsion problem. 

Here is the official Royal Caribbean statement:

“Royal Caribbean International has scheduled a seven-day drydock for Allure of the Seas at the Grand Bahamas shipyard in The Bahamas beginning January 21, 2018. The drydock will allow for the cruise line to conduct standard maintenance work. As a result of this, the sailing scheduled to depart Fort Lauderdale, FL on January 21, 2018 will be cancelled.

“We understand that our guests’ vacation time is precious and the inconvenience this may cause. Those affected by the cancelled sailing will be provided with alternative options to make the most of their vacation time. We pride ourselves in always delivering the highest standards of quality and service and look forward to welcoming our guests when the ship has emerged from her drydock on January 28, 2018.”

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8 Secrets for Taking a Romantic Second Honeymoon on the Cheap

Let the deal be the inspiration

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The trick is to be flexible with your travel plans to get the most mileage for your dollar. You can get a similar experience in so many different ways. Let’s say you’re looking for a beach getaway; instead of hawaii, you could trade off for a similar, discounted experience in the Caribbean. Paris can get expensive fast, so you could trade off for Buenos Aires or Quebec. Instead of the Hamptons, take an affordable trip to San Diego. While you may have a specific destination in mind, this is a good time to look at other options because travel providers in nontraditional honeymoon destinations are discounting aggressively to attract new customers. Plus, a little spontaneity can do wonders to rekindle that romantic flame. These are the surprising secrets of happily married couples

Book sooner rather than later

If you had asked me two years ago what the best time was to book a big encore honeymoon, I would have said anytime. These days, however, we all know that the economy is on the rebound, and so are travel prices. (These are the booking secrets airlines don’t want you to know.) Now my advice is to book sooner than later because amazing deals are more limited and can go fast. But this might be good news for those romantics out there. By planning and booking your trip early, you’ll have plenty of time to anticipate your romantic getaway. These are the top Article source:

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Watch: Crystal Christens New Crystal Bach

Crystal River cruises has officially debuted and christened its newest river cruise ship, the Crystal Bach. It is the first of four “Rhine Class” ships scheduled to be launched by Crystal. 

Crystal CEO and President Edie Rodriguez presided over the ceremony that took place in Rüdesheim, Germany. Emcee and longtime Crystal entertainer Mark Farris also appeared, as did German opera star Anna-Maria Kaufmann, who is cruises/eating-good-new-culinary-experiences-aboard-crystal-bach”>open-seating eateries: the Waterside Restaurant, namesake Bistro cafés and the exclusive Vintage Room; and the Palm Court.

This ship joins Crystal Mozart as part of the Crystal River cruises fleet – recently named “World’s Best River cruise Line” by Travel + Leisure. Sailing 10- and 14-day voyages mainly along the Rhine River, she will call in medieval towns and modern centers in Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany.

Crystal also recently launched Crystal Skye, Crystal’s fully custom B-777 luxury private tour jet, last week in Las Vegas.

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Newlyweds’ Maltese Honeymoon Takes Disastrous Turn At Airport

Darren Stanway and his wife Nadia, 39 and 34 years old, arrived at Manchester Airport on the 28th of July in a taxi to get on their evening honeymoon flight to Malta, but the newlywed couple didn’t make it very far. 

The two had been drinking beer and apparently also downed three bottles of wine between them on their way to the airport in the taxi, and by the time they arrived (too late to catch their flight), they got in a huge, drunken argument. By the time the police were called on the scene, the couple did not only end up missing their flight to Malta, but were fined and arrested. When the police officers showed up, Darren reportedly replied with, “I’m going to fucking sit here and drink my fucking beer; I know I’m in control of my fucking behaviour.”

Nadia was given a £90 fixed penalty, while Darren was arrested and fined £260 at Manchester Magistrates Court after admitting using threatening behaviour.

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The Daily Mail reported how the agent on the desk allegedly heard Darren shouting, “Stupid bitch, it’s all your fault.” In a report of the court case, Indy100 reported how the man continued by saying, “I was here at Gate 48 and you put a Tannoy call out for me to go there,” while the agent at the desk called the police “as she was fearful that the behaviour would continue.”


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Christmas market cruises are a gift that jump-starts holiday shopping and saves you money

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your toes… or is it your nose? Whatever the case, it’s refreshing to think about Christmas images when it’s so that hot your car interior feels like one of Dante’s circles of hell.

Give into those pleasant holiday daydreams, but then get busy and make it happen. It’s as easy as signing up for a Christmas market river tour in Europe.

The other good news: Because it’s off-season, your cruise may cost you less.

The holiday markets, a custom that dates to the Middle Ages, generally run from mid-November through December in picturesque town squares in such cities as Prague, Czech Republic; Nuremberg, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; Strasbourg, France; and Vienna, Austria.

The New York Times is hosting a week-long cruise for crossword puzzle enthusiasts

In honor of 75 years of the newspaper’s famous crossword puzzles, Cunard cruise Line and The New York Times will host a seven-night cruise, during which passengers will spend their time talking about, learning about, and completing crossword puzzles.

The New York Times Crossword Crossing will set sail from New York City on Dec. 7. Over the course of a week, guests will

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