Excursion Focus: Maya Chan Beach


If you're looking for an all-inclusive beach resort in Costa Maya where you can feel like a king (or queen), Maya Chan Beach Resort is the place to go check out.


Maya Chan Beach Resort is a private all-inclusive beach resort located in minutes south of Puerto Costa Maya in Mexico.  This resort limits the amount of guests on any given day to about 40, to ensure a private and secluded feel to the beach.  Guests are picked up at the port and driven by bus to the resort.  Once there, guests are escorted individually to their spot on the beach, which can feature amenities such as palapas, couches and lounge chairs.

In addition to the beach, included in the price for the day are access to water toys such as bikes, snorkels, kayaks and water floaties.  Moreover, guests are provided with a freshly cooked buffet lunch and unlimited alcoholic drinks.  Internet is also available for free.


Beautiful beaches in Mexico are a dime a dozen, but what makes Maya Chan Beach so great is the personal attention to detail the resort's staff provides their guests.  The included drinks are top shelf liquor and flow freely.  All too often I've been to all inclusive resorts where the staff is stingy with the drinks, but not here.  Staff regularly walk around offering to bring you drinks as well as complimentary snacks such as local fruit.

Lunch is served buffet style and comprised of fajitas that are all cooked freshly that day.  We found the food offered here to be the best Mexican food we had in all of Mexico.

In the end, it's the amazing customer service that won us over.  It's hard to describe just how accommodating everyone here was.  The staff speak very good English (most are American ex-pats, while others are Mexicans with very good English) and there is nothing here that they seemingly wont do for you.  

Location: K.M. 6.5 Carretera Majahual-XcalacSouth just after K.M.6.5.Majahual, Quintana Roo, Mexico 77940


Cost: $46 + $10 transportation

Photo of the Day: Desserts!


Sweet Temptations

Photo by Amy Buchkowski-Cook

CruiseDealership.com Launches Royal Caribbean Exclusive BlowOut Sale


Royal Caribbean Cruise Deals

• Free pre-paid gratuities
• Receive up to $100 onboard credit on select 2010 sailings
• Receive Complimentary Dining when you book an Ocean View and Higher on select sailings.

These are just some of the deals that can be found on select sailings and categories. Click here for details: http://www.cruisedealership.com/royal-caribbean-cruise-deals.asp


Free pre-paid gratuities
This offer applies to select cruise departures and cabin categories based on cruise rate and applies only to the 1st & 2nd passenger in a cabin. On this promotion your standard gratuities will be paid in advance and apply to the normal gratuity left for the room steward, head waiter and assistant waiter but do not include any bar service or spa/salon service gratuity. Prepaid gratuities have no cash value. Cabins which are booked, cancelled and rebooked do not qualify for this promotion; bookings will be re-priced to original fare. May not be combinable with Crown and Anchor Society or other discount offers.

Receive up to $100 onboard credit on select 2010 sailings
This offer is valid for new bookings only and is per stateroom, not per person. Single occupancy staterooms will only receive half of the applicable Onboard Credit amount and only one per stateroom may be applied. Onboard Credit may not exceed $100 per stateroom. Onboard Credit will appear on guest’s account aboard the ship. Onboard Credit cannot be used for gratuities or casino credit. Onboard Credit may not be redeemed for cash; has no cash value and is not transferable.
This offer is based on availability and subject to change without notice and is not combinable with all fare codes. Some restrictions may apply. Credit for previous purchases is not permitted and guests who previously booked, cancelled and then rebooked are not eligible.

Receive Complimentary Dining when you book an Ocean View and Higher on select sailings
Dinner for two offer valid for outside or above staterooms booked between July 16 – August 16, 2010 on any Royal Caribbean ship featuring a specialty dining venue, and departing between November 1, 2010 – January 15, 2011. The voucher will be limited to one dining experience only for up to two guests, and will not be able to be split into multiple dining experiences. On Oasis-class ships, 150 Central Park and Izumi are excluded from this offer. Beverages are not included in the value of the voucher. This offer is valid for new individual bookings only. Offer not applicable to Groups. Subject to availability. Offer can be withdrawn at any time. Additional restrictions may apply. 

Opry Country Classics Cruise



Classic country music and some of its most distinctive voices will take center stage when the Grand Ole Opry sails the high seas with its seven night Opry Country Classics Cruise January 30 - February 6, 2011, on the Freedom of the Seas. Grand Ole Opry star Charley Pride is set to entertain during the cruise alongside fellow Opry stars Jim Ed Brown and Jeannie Seely, plus ACM Best New Artist nominee Chris Young and special guest Helen Cornelius.

Classic country fans will experience private shows by the artists performing their own hits in addition to all-time country classics throughout the week. Additional musical fun onboard will include classic country karaoke with celebrity judges, screenings of classic country television performances, an exclusive cocktail party, and a classic country storytelling session in which the entertainers on board answer fan questions and share their favorite stories from their collective years in the music business.

This is the Opry's 14th annual cruise and its first with Royal Caribbean.  The cruise is round-trip from Port Canaveral, near Orlando. Port calls include St. Thomas, St. Maarten and CocoCay, the cruise line's private Bahamas island.

Fares are from $1,158 per person.

To book a cruise or for more information, call Corporate Travel Service at 866-653-6779

Obama signs cruise ship safety bill


President Barack Obama today signed the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act.  The act is seen as an import first step in improving the safety and security of cruise ship passengers.

The legislation was written by Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and Democratic Rep. Doris Matsui of Sacramento.

"The President's signature on this legislation is a significant milestone for American consumers and the traveling public," Matsui says in a statement. It "will improve the safety and security of all cruise ship passengers traveling in and out of U.S. waters, and provide common-sense security measures to prevent crimes from occurring – and protections and support for victims and their families if and when they do."

The law requires:

  1. Vessel design, equipment, construction, and retrofitting, including peepholes on passenger stateroom doors
  2. Video surveillance to monitor crime
  3. Posting of U.S. embassy locations
  4. Maintenance of equipment, medications, and medical personnel for sexual assaults on board
  5. Confidentiality of sexual assault information
  6. Restrictions on crew access to passenger staterooms
  7. Log book entry and reporting of deaths, missing individuals, thefts, and other crimes

The law also states that cruise ships must report crimes or other specified information to the FBI, Legal Attaches, or proper state or local government law enforcement authorities.  Cruise lines that fail to comply may be denied entry into U.S. ports and face civil penalties of up to $50,000 per violation and criminal penalties of as much as $250,000 and one year's imprisonment.

On hand for the bill signing Tuesday was Laurie Dishman, a Sacramento woman who testified before Congress about being sexually assaulted on a Royal Caribbean cruise to Mexico from Los Angeles in 2006.  Dishman thanked Matsui at the signing.

"Congresswoman Matsui has taken the lead on this very important issue and has helped raise awareness about crimes on cruise ships all over the world," Dishman said. "I cannot thank her enough for not only answering my letter, but for helping to make it safer for passengers when taking a cruise ... it was an honor to stand with her once again today, and to personally thank the President for enacting legislation that will make sure no one will ever again have to go through what I did."

The Cruise Lines International Association, which represents major lines operating in U.S. waters, says it supports the legislation, noting that it already does as a matter of standard practice much of what is required in the new law.

"We share Congress' efforts to ensure that cruising remains safe," CLIA president and CEO Terry Dale said today in a statement on the signing. "The safety and security of our guests and crew is CLIA's number one priority. Although millions of guests each year enjoy a safe cruise vacation, we welcome the opportunity to ensure consistency across our member line fleets."

Dale says that while many ships in the CLIA fleet already feature 42-inch railings, peepholes in all cabins, onboard video surveillance systems and other items required in the legislation, the new law will make these and other new provisions consistent across the fleet.

Photo of the Day: Independence of the Seas


Royal Caribbean's Independence of the Seas departs Fort Lauderdale at dusk.

Photo by Kritta

Make the Jump From Excursion to Tour



Royal Caribbean visits over 100 ports of call across the Globe, from the
pink sands of Bermuda to the glaciers of Alaska.  Days in ports consist
of shopping, playful days in the sand or memorable short excursions. Ahh
what fun....
But would you like to expand those experiences to include inclusive
activities such as tours of some of the world's greatest cities, a visit
to Denali National Park in Alaska where you can see moose, caribou,
grizzlies and eagles up close, or a Quicksilver catamaran tour to the
Great Barrier in Australia?  Then look no farther then cruisetours.
Alaska's Denali National Park
Cruisetours offer the best of both worlds, by combining your cruise with
land exciting land tour adventures. On a cruisetour, you're able to see
everything from fabulous ports of call along the coast, to magnificent
cities and sights located inland.
Royal Caribbean offers a wide array of cruise tours to suit every
traveler's needs. From 100% guided tours to ones that give you the
opportunity to explore on your own. Royal Caribbean also offers tours on
most of there cruises including: twenty-one cruisetour packages to
Alaska, four cruisetour packages to Europe, and three cruisetour
packages to Australia/New Zealand.
So its time to start planning that cruisetour now. In most cases, you
can decide to take the land tour portion either before or after your
cruise.  To find out more info visit the Royal Caribbean website, talk
to Royal Caribbean Certified Vacation Planner or call your travel agent

Photo of the Day: Sunset at Sea


Photo of the day

Photo by the Rocketeer