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Here are some vacation reviews that will give you an idea about each destination and accommodations, as well as some of the activities or places that you surely won't want to miss.
Disney Bahamas Cruise - January 2014
Best vacation ever! The Disney Cruise was spectacular and the Royal Concierge service was "over the top". My grandkids said "forget skiing", "forget Disney", we just want to go on another cruise. The trip was all great and hassle free!!
Universal Orlando Hard Rock Hotel – October 2013
We loved our trip! The transfer was seamless, he was waiting for us at baggage when we arrived and quickly got us to the hotel. The hotel and parks were not very crowded in October. We were able to check into the hotel at noon when we arrived and loved being able to walk to each park in 5 minutes, as well as get to City Walk. At Portofino Bay, it gets a little tiring always waiting on a boat to pick you up. Hard Rock has the perfect location, rooms were nice, and the pool was amazing. Getting into the parks an hour early and using the express pass blows away Disney’s fast pass system. I don’t think we ever waited longer than 10 minutes to ride anything, in fact most of the time we walked right on. We were very happy with everything. The only thing we have to figure out now is whether we’re going to do Disney before we go back to Universal again. Thanks as always for everything!
St James Club, St Lucia – April 2013
We really liked the resort, it was very well maintained, and the staff was over the top friendly. The room was a little dated but still OK. We did experience a leak in the roof and had to move rooms by the end of the week. The second room we had was WAY better than the first. As for the food it was middle of the road. While we did not have any bad experiences nothing was really noteworthy. The only real issue had to be the fact that it is so far from the airport to the resort. But then again it gave us a chance to see the rest of the island. Overall I would give it 8 out of 10.
RIU Palace Costa Rica – April 2013 – Anniversary Couple
Thanks for checking on us! We had a great time! The hotel was clean, staff was very friendly and attentive! We asked for a room on a higher floor and they were able to help us out. Our room had a great view of the ocean and pools and thankfully wasn't near the stage so it was very quiet. We did visit the neighboring RIU Guanacaste and liked the ability to go to both hotels but preferred the Palace since there didn't seem to be as many kids. We liked the food...the buffet restaurants had a great variety and changed themes regularly. The sit down restaurants were good but not great.
We enjoyed the excursions...especially the Arenal volcano! We had a great day there and a wonderful view of the volcano. Looking back, we wish we had taken your advice to split our time and spend a few nights closer to the volcano....but now we know for the next time we visit there. The return transfer to the airport was quite lengthy as we stopped at 3 hotels to pick up other riders making the trip to the airport almost 2 hours. The transfer from the airport to the hotel was great.
Majestic Colonial Punta Cana – February 2013 – Two Couples
The resort was beautiful & service outstanding. The staff was so friendly they couldn't do enough for you. It was clean and the grounds well groomed, rooms were spacious and very comfortable, beaches beautiful. My husband enjoyed the golfing, course was very nice he said and they let him use my one round of golf for himself no charge. (Guests receive free round of golf for each person) No problems with airport transportation at all either. We would say our trip was a 10 all the way. Thank you for your guidance and help putting together our trip.
Overall good bargain for the money. Staff very friendly and attentive. Food was okay for the value. Great beach and pool. Entertainment was okay, kind of what we expected. Rooms were spacious. Minor things were fixed in a hurry. The Club part was great…Food all day, separate pool and beach area, butler service. Good call. Two restaurants required reservations & you had to be quick or couldn't get them. Got two rounds of golf no problem using my wife’s. Nice vacation golf course, friendly staff, good shuttle service from hotel.
As an aside, a couple we golfed with hated the Hard Rock Punta Cana, much too big, said their first room had bed bugs and the golf course was very slow...too many people.
Secrets The Vine Cancun – February 2013 – Several Couples
We all had a wonderful time. Secrets The Vine was amazing. Very clean and the rooms were gorgeous. The only complaint I have is that the wine selection included in the all-inclusive was very limited. It would not stop me from going there again, by any means. I have already recommended it to several people.
The resort was fabulous! The service was amazing, the room was perfect, the food was really good. It was the cleanest place I have ever seen. My only complaint, and this is minor is that there was no swim up bar.
We appreciate the extra effort on your part to switch the air schedule and resort at the last minute due to the snow.
Disney’s Port Orleans – Early November 2012
The resort was wonderful. We had a great room which was close to the main building and that helped since didn’t have to walk the whole resort to get to the room. The buses were easy to use, rarely had to wait and plenty of room. Location was wonderful for us as we spent several days going back to the Magic Kingdom as our oldest boy really enjoyed that park and its rides. Disney did not even question when I asked for an assistance pass and they did meet all of our family needs. It’s Disney of course! GREAT time of year to go as I will never go during the summer time again. We hit the park at the perfect time where fall decorations were up at the beginning and Christmas/Holiday decorations were up at the end. WONDERFUL!!!!
Bermuda Cruise from Cape Liberty plus NYC Stay – Summer 2012
The cruise was awesome! Bermuda was one of the nicer places I have ever been. The weather was fabulous except for the last day. We sailed through a storm most of the day, very rocky. Horseshoe Bay was amazing. Sailing under the Brooklyn Bridge and past the Statue of Liberty was pretty cool!
Doubletree Suites in Times Square was fine. Everything in New York was expensive. The valet left our windows down in the car for three days so there was black dust everywhere inside. Other than that everything was great. I loved the double-decker bus and spent the whole day on it one day while the girls shopped. Once again you did a fabulous job!
Disney’s Contemporary Resort – August 2012
We had an awesome trip & everything went really well. We were given adjoining rooms at the Contemporary, really liked that hotel, it was my wife and daughter’s favorite of all the hotels we have stayed at. Would definitely do it again.
Sandals Royal Bahamian – April 2012 – Anniversary Vacation
The place was very nice and our rooms were clean and updated. We liked that the resort was easy to get to. The resort was smaller which may be a plus for some folks. They do not have enough beach and pool chairs for everyone. The resort allows guests to reserve a chair for the whole day, but then it only used a little while. I think next time we would not do an all-inclusive since we like to pick and choose where to eat and not be limited to the restaurants on site. This is a personal choice for us.
Iberostar Tucan Cancun – February 2012 – Couples Getaway
The hotel was very nice, very clean, in a great location. The people who worked at the hotel & for Apple were very accommodating. I would highly recommend the hotel & would love to go back.
Disney’s Wilderness Lodge - January 2012
Our family trip was fantastic. Nice resort and it was very convenient to all the parks. Room was a good set up for family of 5. Bus transportations were smooth throughout the entire trip and flights were on time as well. Don’t think it could’ve gone much better actually. Thanks so much for pulling together for us. The entire family had a blast and are already wanting to know when we can go back.
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