Carnival Cruise Lines Introduces New Marine-Themed ‘Camp Ocean’ Children’s Program (via Nevistas Hospitality and Travel Network)

Carnival Cruise Lines unveiled Camp Ocean – an exciting, new marine-themed children’s program coming to its fleet of 24 “Fun Ships.” Set to debut on Carnival Freedom on May 24, the expansive new program will immerse children ages 2-11 in the wonders…

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* The 2014 Hawaii Entertainment coupon book is on sale for $10.40 plus $2.49 shipping through April 17, 2014. If you are going to Oahu and hoping to take in a luau, this coupon book can offer significant savings that will more pay for itself. See our discussion on this Hawaii coupon book for more information.
* Oahu’s Polynesian Cultural Center is offering a 15% discount when booking 10 days or more ahead of your PCC visit. For more information, see this link.
* TravelZoo is offering a couple of excellent travel vouchers.
The five-star Mauna Lani Hotel on Hawaii, the Big Island, is on sale for $699 for a three-night stay, making the average nightly rate just $233. Multiple vouchers can be purchased and combined for longer stays.
On Oahu’s North Shore, newly renovated, four-star Turtle Bay Resort is on sale starting at just under $200 per night. See more about this voucher deal here. One of our favorite things about Turtle Bay Resort is that just about every room has an amazing ocean view.
* What’s the average Hawaii hotel rate these days? From the the most recent report, the statewide rate is $245 per night. Here’s how the average hotel rates compare Continue to read here

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This Solo Travel Society came away wanting to give every resident of Christchurch a hug, as they continue to rebuild after the earthquakes.
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WeeWork Kids Nature Crafts: Mushroom Prints

Spring signals time to reconnect with nature. DK Publishing sent us a copy of Great Things to Do Outside: 365 Awesome Outdoor Activities and we’ve been inspired by all the fun activities in it. We shared one of them with you last week and we have another great one to share with you today. These mushroom prints will make kids gain new appreciation for fungi.
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The Solo Traveler Accommodation Guide is Here!!!

Inspired by one reader, contributed to by many. The Solo Traveler Accommodation Guide is a FREE download of B&Bs, Hostels, Inns. and Boutique Hotels recommended by solo travelers.
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2015 Pro Bowl won’t be played in Hawaii

For only the second time since 1980, the National Football League’s annual Pro Bowl game will not be played in Hawaii in 2015. Continue to read here


Hacienda Santa Ana: Home of Ron del Barrilito

I love old, historic buildings and rum, so of course I had to make a point to visit Hacienda Santa Ana – the home of Ron del Barrilito, one of the local Puerto Rican rum producers. Their rum is made and aged here, on the family’s property, which used to be an old sugar hacienda. Though they don’t offer a factory tour, nor offer rum samples, it’s a quick stop where you can get some good photos of a historic site. this article → Hacienda Santa Ana: Home of Ron del Barrilito
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Astoria Park & Other Places to Play in Astoria Queens

We continue our month-long focus on Astoria, Queens with an in-depth look at its parks and playgrounds. Its namesake green space—the beautiful, 60-acre, waterfront Astoria Park—is unquestionably the neighborhood’s crown jewel boasting NYC’s largest outdoor public pool, a popular playground and great photo ops with the Hell Gate and RFK Bridges.
But there are other smaller Astoria parks and playgrounds worth checking out, too. Some even offer FREE summer programming and beloved annual family festivals. Here are 9 parks and playgrounds to explore in Astoria, Queens.
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MasterCard Offers “Priceless” Discounts to Puerto Rico

Attention MasterCard users: when you pay with your MasterCard, you can enjoy all kinds of savings and specials at participating hotels, restaurants, boutiques and activities. Check out the full list of offers here…Read Full Post Continue to read here