Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: New Orleans

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: New Orleans

By: Kay George

I have visited New Orleans in the past, it seems like each visit brings something new, along with the old of what I love from my past.  It’s always a new adventure in New Orleans and I still have so much to see!    This time my travel companion and I divide our time between the business district and the French Quarter.  The business district unlike my last visit has flourished and seems to have even survived covid, restaurants, hotels and revitalization is in full swing.    French Quarter is still rebounding from covid with many storefronts closed but the streets are full of visitors still having a wonderful time just being out and about.

We stayed at the Drury Plaza in the beautiful Cumberland Telephone Building from 1917 on Poydras Street.  From the hotels rooftop pool we noticed a rooftop bar across the street at the Alto that we had to check out, and as always when one is on a search, you find a fabulous new discovery  around the corner,  we came across the Maison de la Luz this will be my next stay when visiting New Orleans.  

We joined a tour to visit Oak Alley Plantation for the day and at $69.00 per ticket  this was a well worth the price,  just to sit on the grounds and sip on a Mint Julep is something I will always remember.

Halfway through our stay we packed up and moved to the French Quarter to stay at the W New Orleans French Quarter.   Rooms here are quintessential W – modern even a bit quirky with ours having an Alice in Wonderful vibe.  The center courtyard here is amazing and you can easily escape from the noise outside the hotel as you sit by the fountain with twinkling lights above.   We took in a evening ghost tour to walk the streets of the French Quarter and hear the ghostly stories that have evolved over the years.  The flea market is gone, this makes me sad as it has been a favorite stop of mine to shop and visit with the artisans. 

 

My favorite places for food and drink:

Broussards Restaurant and Courtyard

Hotel Monteleone Carousel Bar

Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar

Herb Saint

Pat OBriens

Once again, my stay in New Orleans comes to an end to soon. This city with its charm both good and bad will always keep me returning for more.   As the hurricane approaches this weekend NOLA will be on my mind.

 

 

Are you ready to book your own New Orleans adventure?

 

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: Rhode Island

Coon Rapids Travel Agent Spotlight: Rhode Island

By: Kay George

Day 1:

My getaway to Rhode Island finally arrived, this trip is a rebook destination from 2020 covid cancelled travels.  Sun Country offers non – stop flights out of Minneapolis to Providence during certain months and the 2 ½ hour flight goes fast.    Providence airport is a good alternative to Boston Logan providing easy access and no crowds!  

This evening for dinner I visited the small town of East Greenwich and had the best view on the water at Finns, the Lavender Lemonades are a refreshing summer cocktail and paired well with Lobster.

 

Day 2:

I took an uber, (thank you Raymond for wonderful service!) to Newport where I had a trolley tour and Breakers Mansion tour scheduled.   My guide Russ, a lifelong resident of Newport provided so much history and comedy along this tour he had the trolley guests laughing the entire journey!

I missed the Cliff Walk because of pouring rain this afternoon, but shops and eateries are plentiful in Newport, and you will wish for more time if just exploring for the day.  Visit the White Horse Tavern established in 1673 and a favorite local shop, Commonwealth Books of Newport,  if you are a vintage map nerd like me!

 

Day 3:

A short drive down to Narragansett where during the summer months this little beach town population more than doubles, was my departure point to catch the ferry to Block Island for a fun day of beach, shopping and eating.  I would suggest an overnight on the island in one of the many Inns and a trip to visit the lighthouse and Mohegan Bluffs.  

 

Day 4:

Rhode Island has so much to see and do I cannot wait for my return.

 I pack my bag, walk to the airport and look forward to my next adventure in September where the walk will be a bit longer (100 miles) as I take my walking journey for the soul on the Camino Way with Cosmos. If you are interested in a visit to Rhode Island or walking the Camino Way make sure to contact me for your travels. 

 

 

Are you ready to book your own Rhode Island adventure?

 

Free Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Programs on Select Voyages

Free Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Programs on Select Voyages

Lengthen your stay before and after your cruise with FREE Pre- and Post-Cruise Land Programs on select voyages to Asia, Africa, South America and the Pacific for the perfect bookends to your travel story. With FREE Extended Explorations and the amazing FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions you’ll enjoy in each port of call, there isn’t a better time to delve deeper into your dream destination.

Or, if you’d prefer to not extend your time ashore, you can choose to receive up to $3,000 in savings per suite. Plus, you’ll enjoy 50% Reduced Deposits* when booking.

AVAILABILITY IS LIMITED, RESERVE YOUR VOYAGE BY April 30, 2021.

Zen Gardens & Samurai Legends Cruise
Seven Seas Explorer® • Tokyo to Tokyo (Yokohama)
10 nights departing 10/23/21

Journey to Japan Cruise
Seven Seas Explorer® • Tokyo to Hong Kong
16 nights departing 11/2/21

Japanese Wonders & Local Flavors Cruise
Seven Seas Explorer® • Tokyo to Singapore
30 nights departing 11/2/21

Idyllic Pacific Islands Cruise
Seven Seas Explorer® • Hong Kong to Singapore
14 nights departing 11/18/21

Ha Long Bay to Sydney Harbor Cruise
Seven Seas Explorer® • Hong Kong to Sydney
32 nights departing 11/18/21

South African Radiance Cruise
Seven Seas Voyager® • Cape Town to Cape Town
16 nights departing 11/21/21

Explore Australia Cruise
Seven Seas Explorer® • Singapore to Sydney
18 nights departing 12/2/21

Sunrise on Safari Cruise
Seven Seas Voyager® • Cape Town to Cape Town
15 nights departing 12/7/21

Holiday Down Under Cruise
Seven Seas Explorer® • Sydney to Auckland
16 nights departing 12/20/21

Southern Atlantic Expedition Cruise
Seven Seas Voyager® • Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro
14 nights departing 12/22/21

Samba to Tango Cruise
Seven Seas Voyager® • Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires
10 nights departing 1/5/22

Rio & Around the Horn Cruise
Seven Seas Voyager® • Rio de Janeiro to Santiago (San Antonio)
26 nights departing 1/5/22

Terms and Conditions

*Valid for new bookings made March 1 – 31, 2021 – Capacity Controlled on select sailings. Promotion is based on double occupancy and only applies to guests 1 and 2. Guests who do not wish to participate in the FREE Land Program(s) can opt to take a non-use credit of $750 USD per guest, per land program, up to $1,500 USD per guest or $3,000 USD per suite. Non-use credit will be applied as savings toward the booking fare Land Program itineraries are subject to changes, modifications, substitutions or cancellations. Promotion is subject to availability and may be changed at any time. Promotion is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn without notice. Other restrictions may apply.

Enhanced health and safety protocols in light of COVID-19 have and will continue to impact offerings, which may vary from what is displayed or described. Information and pricing is subject to change without notice, including changes in the currency exchange rate. All prices are per person, cruise or land only, based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices may vary by day of travel, season, duration and are subject to availability at time of booking. Certain blackout dates may apply. Airfares are not included except where noted. Air, immigration and/or other fees and taxes are not included unless noted. All offers and upgrades are for select dates, and select room or cabin categories, subject to availability, and are capacity controlled. All efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein. Should an error occur, we reserve the right to correct it.

Cruise fares shown are the lowest available nationwide non-past-passenger fare. Other fares, which may be lower and/or include restrictions, may be available. Please view the full offer for complete details.

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REGENT ’S PROMISE TO YOU

As the world moves forward, Regent Seven Seas Cruises® is
committed to the security and wellbeing of their guests and crew,
and they’ll continue to do everything within their power to give
you the best possible luxury cruise vacation.

ALASKA

Watch the drama unfold as Alaska’s tranquil waters are disrupted by the thunderous roar of Hubbard Glacier calving into the sea or the crash of a tail fin as a humpback whale suddenly breaches. »

BERMUDA

Feast your eyes on a symphony of colors- sparkling turquoise waters, famous pink sand beaches, and the rocky Bermudian coastline framed by a hundred shades of lush green. »

CARIBBEAN

Caribbean colors defy the most well-traveled imagination, whether it’s Bandaras Bay on Mexico’s Pacific Coast reflecting morning light or Port Antonio, Jamaica’s spellbinding Blue Lagoon. »

SOUTH AMERICA

Enjoy a symphony for the senses in the flavors of Chile, the dark fruit and spice aromas of Uruguayan red wines, the Amazon jungle’s dazzling blue morpho butterfly, and the samba rhythms of  Brazil. »

AFRICA

Namibia’s ochre-colored sand dunes are breath-taking, and the glimmering azure waters cradling the Maldives are unforgettable. Sip tea at a Moroccan cafe or sample exotic fruit in Mozambique. »

MEDITERRANEAN

Gorge on over 2,500 years of history in Cartegena, bask in all-things-Gaudi in Barcelona, overdo it on Italian culture and food, get your Greek Isles on, but mostly, prepare to be changed. »

Terms and Conditions

*Terms and Conditions apply

Enhanced health and safety protocols in light of COVID-19 have and will continue to impact offerings, which may vary from what is displayed or described. Information and pricing is subject to change without notice, including changes in the currency exchange rate. All prices are per person, cruise or land only, based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices may vary by day of travel, season, duration and are subject to availability at time of booking. Certain blackout dates may apply. Airfares are not included except where noted. Air, immigration and/or other fees and taxes are not included unless noted. All offers and upgrades are for select dates, and select room or cabin categories, subject to availability, and are capacity controlled. All efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein. Should an error occur, we reserve the right to correct it.

Cruise fares shown are the lowest available nationwide non-past-passenger fare. Other fares, which may be lower and/or include restrictions, may be available. Please view the full offer for complete details.

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Upgrade Your Horizon

Upgrade Your Horizon

The mythical beauty of ancient and hallowed lands is revealed as the morning fog dissipates while you sip your coffee in the warmth of your luxurious suite. Distant dots of emerald green grow and take shape as you approach a verdant archipelago, reclining in the comfort of your private balcony, favorite drink in hand. The salted air cools your skin and warms your heart as you return to your haven on the water after an unforgettable shoreside experience in the safety and company of close friends.

EXPERIENCE ALL THIS AND MORE WITH A 2-CATEGORY SUITE UPGRADE ON ANY REGENT VOYAGE.*

AS AN ADDED BONUS FOR RESERVING YOUR CRUISE WITH US, ENJOY OUR EXCLUSIVE AMENITIES ON SELECT DEPARTURES:
$400 Shipboard Credit per couple  Cocktail Reception  Experienced Host

SPACE IS LIMITED — RESERVE YOUR SUITE BY FEBRUARY 28, 2021! 

ALASKA

Watch the drama unfold as Alaska’s tranquil waters are disrupted by the thunderous roar of Hubbard Glacier calving into the sea or the crash of a tail fin as a humpback whale suddenly breaches. »

BERMUDA

Feast your eyes on a symphony of colors- sparkling turquoise waters, famous pink sand beaches, and the rocky Bermudian coastline framed by a hundred shades of lush green. »

CARIBBEAN

Caribbean colors defy the most well-traveled imagination, whether it’s Bandaras Bay on Mexico’s Pacific Coast reflecting morning light or Port Antonio, Jamaica’s spellbinding Blue Lagoon. »

SOUTH AMERICA

Enjoy a symphony for the senses in the flavors of Chile, the dark fruit and spice aromas of Uruguayan red wines, the Amazon jungle’s dazzling blue morpho butterfly, and the samba rhythms of  Brazil. »

AFRICA

Namibia’s ochre-colored sand dunes are breath-taking, and the glimmering azure waters cradling the Maldives are unforgettable. Sip tea at a Moroccan cafe or sample exotic fruit in Mozambique. »

MEDITERRANEAN

Gorge on over 2,500 years of history in Cartegena, bask in all-things-Gaudi in Barcelona, overdo it on Italian culture and food, get your Greek Isles on, but mostly, prepare to be changed. »

Terms and Conditions

*Valid for new bookings made January 4 – February 28, 2021 – Capacity Controlled on all open for sale sailings. Promotion provides a FREE 2-Category Suite Upgrade, up to a Penthouse Suite (Category A), on any Regent voyage as well as 50% Reduced Deposits for guests sailing in Deluxe Window through Master Suites (Category MS-H). Regent Suite guests (Category RS), along with guests sailing on a Grand Voyage, World Cruise, or B+ lettered sailing are not eligible for the 50% Reduced Deposit. On Seven Seas Voyager®, Seven Seas Mariner® and Seven Seas Navigator® voyages, guests will receive a free 2-category suite upgrade, up to Penthouse Suite (Category A). Book a Category F Suite and pay the Category H Suite fare, Book a Category E Suite and pay the Category G Suite fare, Book a Category D Suite and pay the Category F Suite fare, Book a Category C Suite and pay the Category E Suite fare, Book a Category B Suite and pay the Category D Suite fare, or Book a Category A Suite and pay the Category C Suite fare. On Seven Seas Splendor™ and Seven Seas Explorer® voyages, guests will receive a free 2-category suite upgrade, up to a Penthouse Suite (Category A). Book a Category G1 Suite and pay the Category H Suite fare, Book a Category F2 Suite and pay the Category G2 fare, Book a Category F1 Suite and pay the G1 Suite fare, Book a Category E Suite and pay the Category F2 Suite fare, Book a Category D Suite and pay the Category F1 Suite fare, Book a Category C Suite and pay the Category E Suite fare, Book a Category B Suite and pay the Category D Suite fare, or Book a Category A Suite and pay the Category C Suite fare. Promotion is subject to availability and may be changed at any time. Promotion is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn without notice. Other restrictions may apply.

Enhanced health and safety protocols in light of COVID-19 have and will continue to impact offerings, which may vary from what is displayed or described. Information and pricing is subject to change without notice, including changes in the currency exchange rate. All prices are per person, cruise or land only, based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices may vary by day of travel, season, duration and are subject to availability at time of booking. Certain blackout dates may apply. Airfares are not included except where noted. Air, immigration and/or other fees and taxes are not included unless noted. All offers and upgrades are for select dates, and select room or cabin categories, subject to availability, and are capacity controlled. All efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein. Should an error occur, we reserve the right to correct it.

Cruise fares shown are the lowest available nationwide non-past-passenger fare. Other fares, which may be lower and/or include restrictions, may be available. Please view the full offer for complete details.

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