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Category Archives: Luxury Trips & Cruises

Discover the Best of the Bahamas On-board M/Y SEALYON


At its closest point a mere 45 kilometres from Miami, the Bahamas offer everything the Caribbean is so famous for: hidden bays to drop anchor in, long stretches of white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters perfect for watersports. The archipelago itself comprises over 700 islands and cays, many of which are uninhabited, and is best explored by sea from the comfort of a private yacht charter.

From the Abaco Islands in the north of the chain, which overflow with natural charm and remnants of British colonial life, to the capital Nassau on the island of New Providence, complete with casinos, golf courses, restaurants and some of the Caribbean’s best nightlife, the Bahamas is a destination with something to suit everyone. The Exumas are also not to be forgotten; lying below Nassau, they comprise over 350 idyllic islands and are home to the famous swimming pigs of Major’s Spot Cay, who sometimes venture out in the shallow waters to greet incoming yachts!

With so much to discover on a Bahamas yacht charter, picking the right yacht on which to island hop is crucial.

M/Y SEALYON is a sporty yacht for charter, based year-round in the Bahamas. Boasting a shallow draft and a top speed of 33 knots, she is a recommended choice to make the most of your time in this spectacular archipelago. With cruising speeds of 27 knots, she is ideal for island hopping. Alternatively, relax and enjoy the special features onboard, including a sundeck Jacuzzi. Thanks to SEALYON’s zero-speed stabilisers, rest assured that your time at anchor would be serene.

Launched in 2007 from ISA Yachts, SEALYON can accommodate 9 guests in 4 immaculate staterooms – 2 doubles and 2 twins (one with an additional Pullman berth). The yacht’s elegant and chic décor mirrors those of her glamourous Caribbean surrounds and offers the ultimate retreat, with a contemporary colour scheme of silver, black and white. Her Italian interiors were designed by Cristiano Gatto and the finishing touches combine ultra-soft furnishings with polished walls, mirrors, bevelled glass and Lalique inlays.

SEALYON is available for summer and winter yacht charters from USD 130,000 per week. To start planning your ultimate Bahamian yachting holiday, contact your Y.CO charter broker today.

 

Does Life Get Any Better Than On A Luxury Caribbean Cruise?


If you’ve ever had the privilege of witnessing the flawless, spectacular and unspoilt beauty of the Caribbean islands, you will most certainly want to return to this sanctuary of bliss and serenity forthwith. Read more

 

Splish, Splash and Have a Blast at the Best Dive Spots in the World!


Scuba diving is a terrific activity for those wanting to explore the underwater treasures existing in the world’s oceans. Under the sea, you will find colorful coral reefs teeming with life.

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Whether you are new to scuba diving or simply looking for new destinations, the following places are widely regarded as the best diving locations in the world.

Cenote Taj Maja, Mexico

Spending a week or two in Mexico is common for north Americans especially for Canadians. Canadians love trips in Mexico.  Underneath Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula lies pockets of mesmerizing sinkholes, called cenotes, that carve their way through the area’s limestone bedrock. The Cenote Taj Maja is the most well-known of all, making it a popular destination for divers in search of a completely unique experience. The 60-foot wide Cenote Taj Maja, located south of Playa del Carmen, leads divers through a vast network of underwater caves. Here, divers can experience a surreal underwater experience, witnessing stalagmites and stalactites when coming up from the still crystal clear waters. Even more interesting is the mirror-like halocline effect that divers experience from the combining of freshwater from above and the saltwater that seeps in from below.

Fiji Islands, South Pacific

Known as the “Soft Coral Capital of the World,” and home to the underwater phenomena of the “Yellow Tunnel” and “Great White Wall,” Fiji provides scuba divers with a one-of-a-kind diving experience. The waters off the coast of the Fiji Islands offer divers unparalleled visibility and a terrific array of coral and fish species.

Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands

Best known for their use as a nuclear testing ground in the 1940’s and 50’s, the Bikini Atoll is one of the best destinations in the world for wreck diving. With radiation now at safe levels, this lagoon that is surrounded by 36 small South Pacific islands is rapidly increasing in popularity. Here, divers can descend 100 feet into the lagoon and explore an immense ship graveyard. There are an abundance of sunken ships to explore, but many are huge WWII vessels that even have their guns and ordinance still in place. The crystal clear Pacific waters make discovering these relics from a bygone era extremely easy, as visibility is very good.

Cozumel, Mexico

The island of Cozumel, just off the Mayan coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, has been a popular diving destination for years. The clear waters surrounding the island afford divers the ability to see upwards of 200 feet in all directions, which makes exploring the 19 dive reefs and their abundant marine life extremely easy. The island itself is home to dozens of quality dive shops, friendly locals, and a terrific nightlife.

Utila Island, Honduras

Located off the Honduran coast and on the southern end of the 450 mile long Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the island of Utila is surrounded by terrific dive spots. A plethora of fish species can be witnessed here year-round, but most divers prefer to come in the spring and fall months, when whale sharks are known to travel through the area. Swimming next to one of these gentle giants is an experience of a lifetime.

 

A guide to the Thomson Dream

The Thomson Dream is the largest ship in the fleet owned and operated by the famous holiday brand. A seriously sizeable but nonetheless effortlessly elegant ship, she now takes thousands of cruise-loving holidaymakers to some of the most exotic and luxurious shores and coastlines around the world.

There is of course a huge amount for guests to enjoy on-board, from eating fantastic food to dancing the night away, but the places that the Dream visits really does seem to enter into unbelievable territory. The Caribbean has a majesty and mystery all of its own and the vibrancy of the islands and the towns dotted around makes it arguably the number one cruise destination in the world.

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Not every ship in the Thomson fleet makes it as far as the Caribbean on an annual basis but the Dream does and if the islands are high up on your wish list then you should bear the great ocean-going vessel in mind. On-board cabins come in various shapes and sizes but standards of accommodation and service are kept scrupulously high and there’s every reason to expect your time on the Dream to be nothing short of magical.

There are cruise deals on holidays aboard the Dream and the rest of Thomson’s fleet for that matter covering the rest of this year and next. The best way to dig out the best bargains is to head online and do a little research. You might be surprised at just how easy it is to outline your basic stipulations and book yourself something close to the perfect getaway even in a matter of minutes these days. And even with heavily discounted offers there’s no need to compromise on quality with all the best providers happy to cut their prices in order to ensure their ships are close to capacity throughout the year.

 

Driving Along the Inca Trail


Many people are interested in visiting or travelling along the Inca trail in Peru.  To be able to see the most important sights of this once great civilisation is absolutely amazing.  You will feel as if you have travelled several hundred years back in time, finding yourself wondering how much of this civilisation was destroyed by the Spanish Conquistadores and how much was, like the Mayans, simply because the civilisation became too great to sustain itself.  There are different options when you go on the Inca trail.  Most people choose to walk it, but you have the option of extending your holiday and driving along Peru if you so choose.  Or, you could simply follow the trail by yourself, without going on an organised tour.  The highlight of the Inca trail is, of course Machu Picchu.

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Inca Trail

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Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is like the icing on a very large Inca cake.  It is a very large area, so it is recommended to read up on the area before you go.  You will be able to see the old Watchman’s Hut, from where you have a fantastic view of what would have been the architectural area of the Inca city.  Next, there is the Funerary Stone.  This is believed to be the place where sacrifices (including human sacrifices by the way) took place.  Then, there is the Old City Gate, the Dry Moat and the Quarry, and you can just image what life was like in this city.  There are some truly stunning areas as well, such as the Nusta Palace, the Temple of the Sun, the Ceremonial Centre and the Fountains.

The Inca Empire was ruled by a royal family, so Machu Picchu also includes the Royal Tombs and the Royal Group.  The religion of the Incas is still something that is frequently discussed, and besides the Temple of the Sun, there are many other religious areas.  There is the Principal Temple, the House of the High Priest, the Temple of the Moon, the Condor Temple and the Sacred Plaza.  Naturally, you will also be able to see where regular people lived and you will get a real idea of their daily life when simply trekking through this once great city and enjoying the sights and the view around the valley.  Don’t miss the Mortar District, the Terraces, the Main Square, the Sacred Rock, the Fountains and the Ceremonial Centre.  There is so much to see at Machu Picchu that you may want to stay a little while longer. Read more

 

What to Pack for Your Cruise


Your cruise plans are finalized! There’s nothing more exciting than knowing that you have a nice vacation ahead of you! You leave for your cruise in less than a week, you have no time to think about what you will need, much less go shopping for all the extra items that you may use or never use on the trip. Clearly you’ll need clothes for every occasion on the ship, everything from sunny pool days to exciting excursions and elegant dinners. Leave the stress out! My goal here is to eliminate the “I always over pack” or “I should have brought ‘x’…” remarks as much as possible.

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Let’s jump right in with the basics: documents, clothing, and other necessities: Read more

 

Egypt Luxury Nile Cruises


What to Look For When Booking Your Cruise

What comes into your mind when you hear the phrase Egypt Nile Cruises? Does it take you back in time? Or do you picture yourself in a tropical place with exotic things to see? Have you ever thought of visiting Egypt? Here’s a fun fact, the Nile River stretches well into Egypt and even further away to distant horizons, making it a popular place for people to cruise and enjoy the land. This type of cruise has become popular by many people who are looking for an adventure of a lifetime.

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Egypt Holidays, many people have already thought of jumping on a river cruise but nothing beats Egypt Tours by boat across the Nile River. But what most people are not aware is that the cruise in Egypt is not any ordinary trip to the zoo but a time warp from the past in which visitors can learn so many things. Read more

 

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