Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Jens Top 20 Reasons to Cruise with Crystal

Last Monday Will and I disembarked in Miami off the best cruise we have ever experienced! We were on a week long Caribbean cruise on the Crystal Serenity. Normally I would do a day by day review of our experience but I thought I would do this blog a little differently. Since I experienced so many unique differences on my Crystal cruise from all the other cruises I have been on, I thought I would make a list of all of my favorite things about the Serenity.

1. We were greeted by a crew member who took my backpack and escorted us to our cabin.

Not only were we personally escorted to our cabin but he also mentioned that he worked at the pool. From than on every time we went to the pool we were greeted by Robert by our last names. This may have been the first time that a crew member remembered our names but not the last. We truly felt like part of the Crystal family our entire time on board. For example every day when we went to breakfast Clark was there to greet us and take my tray from me to carry it to my table. Than we were asked if we would like coffee and fresh squeezed Orange Juice. I personally like the half orange and half grapefruit and they were glad to accommodate me.

2. Special requests at the dinning room

When at dinner I liked the side of bok choy that Will had on his dish and I mentioned that to my waiter. He came back with a serving dish of bok choy for me. I was told that from then on if I wanted to swap out side dishes or make special request to please do so.

3. Afternoon tea at the Bistro

We went to the Bistro for our complimentary latte and cappuccino one afternoon and they had set up a spread of cheeses, crackers, meats, scones and cream, and all sorts of deserts. What I loved most was the quality of cheeses that were offered!

4. Aft deck area

One of our favorite spots on the ship was the aft deck area. Our cabin was in the aft and was a short walk to a back patio area provided on each deck. There were deck chairs with area for shade or sun and a table with four or five chairs. This was a nice area where we could sun tan when we felt like more privacy. We also sat out there with our set of binoculars to watch ships passing by ... or just to read a book.

5. Cold towels and Mineral Water at the gym

When I went to the gym I was able to cool off with a cold towel and bottled water provided for me. There was also both spring water and mineral water being offered. I always finished my workout with the complimentary use of the steam room in the women's locker room and grabbed a mineral water.

6. Casino at the very forward of the ship

This was nice because I did not have to pass through the casino every time I needed to get somewhere on the ship. Plus if I was in the casino gambling we are offered complimentary drinks.

7. Green Tea Ice Cream

My favorite ice cream flavor on the cruise was the green tea. Scoops was open almost all day and evening with complimentary ice cream. They had different flavors each day, and fresh waffle cones. One day we got ourselves and waffle cone and savored it while we watched a movie (500 Days of Summer) in their Hollywood Theater. Once we were seated we were offered a popcorn! I just love going to the movies! The couple in the row in front of us turned around and smiled at us and just simply said "Date Night".

8. Real silverware even for room service

I thought what a nice touch to have real silverware even when ordering from room service. For our last night we chose to order room service for dinner. Our stewardess brought us the dinner menu from the main dining room where we selected what we would like to have for dinner. She set up our table with a tablecloth and we were served course by course in the privacy of our stateroom. If we chose to have room service for breakfast there was quite an extensive menu to choose from. We opted out on this cruise as we loved dinning on the outside patio on the aft of the ship.

9. Two choices of robes in our cabin

I was able to use the light kimono robe when I had just gotten back from the steam room or was drying my hair, and when I needed some extra warmth I put on the cozy Frette robe. Speaking of drying my hair they had both the drier on the bathroom wall and an extra drier in the vanity drawer so I didn't have to crowd the bathroom to do my hair.

10. Oversized bathroom towels

This was the first cruise where we truly had oversized plush towels. Love it!

11. The bathroom amenities

I walked in to notice Aveda products in bottles large enough to last the week. The shower head was an adjustable massaging shower head, which is nice in case I did not want to get my hair wet each time I got in the shower. I also loved the dual sinks and room enough for us both to be in there at the same time.

12. Complimentary Self Serve Laundry Room

Will and I actually did our laundry twice on this cruise. We did it once in the middle of the week and again the day before we left so we could come home with all clean clothes. Anything that helps us when we come home to reality is much appreciated. I forgot to take a photo of that but I'm sure you get the idea.

13. Perrier and Diet Coke

We just loved the fridge that magically refilled itself with our favorite drinks! Each day we found a full fridge of diet cokes for Will and Perrier for me. And to top it off they were all complimentary...do we see a pattern yet? COMPLIMENTARY...no signing my name all over the ship.

14. Comfortable pool chairs waiting for me when I am ready

How do you like the idea of getting up at 4am to put a towel on your pool chairs to be sure to have a chair when its time to get some sun? Yeah, me neither! I noticed on our cruise that not only were their open seats by the pool each time I went to the pool, but our friend Robert was there to ask us if we prefer seats in the sun or the shade and had fresh towels laying on them for us.

15. Outdoor shower by the pool

I just hate the feeling of saltwater drying on my skin after getting out of a salt water pool or the ocean. I got out of the pool looking for somewhere to rinse off. I not only found an outdoor shower but a shower with shampoo, conditioner, and refreshing body soap! Like I said...the little things :)

16. Renting movies for the room

Will and I like to get up real early and are active for most of the day. So we are not big on the nightlife while on vacation. I was happy to see that the Library had a very large complimentary selection of movies we could rent and bring back to our room to watch. We were able to pick two at a time so Will picked one he wanted and I got my pick. Than I mentioned to Will that I wished "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" was available and the very nice woman working the library said she would call me when it came back in. Sometimes we watched a movie in the afternoon before we had ourselves a short nap. There is something wonderful about being on vacation and being able to take a nap (something I rarely am afforded at home)

17. Pregos Roasted Garlic Cloves

I think my favorite part of our dinner at Prego was the roasted garlic. That might sound silly considering I tried the mushroom soup which was amazing, and the butternut squash ravioli also to die for....but I cant remember the last time we went out for Italian and had that freshly roasted Garlic to spread on my breadsticks.

18. Sunsets from my balcony

I think we watched every sunset this week from our balcony. This was quite a fluke that the sun set on our side of the ship each night, and what a treat! Will even woke me up one morning to watch the most beautiful sunrise on our balcony. It will be difficult for me to pick just one picture as I must have hundreds!

19. Cold towels coming back from port

When we got back on the ship in St. Barts hot from the Caribbean sun we noticed a cooler full of cold towels. Details people.....

20. The Crew

I wanted to leave the best for last! The crew on the Serenity adds something to the cruise that can not be calculated into the price. They are like a family and treat you as part of their family. We felt genuinely welcome everywhere we went on the ship, and this was what made our experience so special.

As I am writing this list, I keep coming up with more examples such as the Walk on Water program, sushi at Silk Road, and my excellent spa treatment. I don't have room to write about everything we loved, you will just have to cruise on Crystal to experience it all for yourself.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Please join Chef Vincenzo Betulia for the

Campiello Culinary Cruise & Tour of Italy

September 15-25, 2010

To Benefit Garden of Hope and Courage

Including a 7- night cruise aboard

Seabourn Spirit

Limited to 24 guests !!

Call early to reserve your spot on this

exclusive journey through Southern Italy

Campiello Culinary Cruise & Tour Includes:

· Culinary events with Chef Vincenzo Betulia

· Betty Maclean Travel Escort

· Three nights at the Hotel St. Regis Rome including breakfast daily, two lunches, and two dinners

· An intimate dinner at the Chef’s table

· Private after hours tour of the Vatican and Sistine Chapel

· Sample Sicilian specialties including Marsala wine

· Shop with Chef Vincenzo in a local Roman market for ingredients to cook dinner with the Chef in a traditional country farmhouse

· Attend a private wine tasting and than enjoy a homemade Sicilian meal served in a private home in Catania

· Scenic drive down the Amalfi Coast

· Participate in hands-on pizza making lesson

· All Suite Accommodations

· All onboard gratuities

· Complimentary liquor and wine onboard Spirit including wine and spirits

Price for Cruise & Tour: From $10,000 per person*, based on double occupancy in starting suite - ask agent about additional suite categories.

Deposit: A 25% deposit is required to reserve your spot.

Final Payment: Full payment due May 1, 2010
Cancellation penalties apply. See agent for details.
Optional Trip Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended.

Exclusions: Fare does not include international air to Rome; additional tours, alcoholic beverages and meals which are not included on itinerary; passport fees; phone calls; premium spa and other personal services.

Disclaimer: Rate is based on a minimum number of travelers. Fares are capacity controlled, subject to availability and may change without notice.Activities, special guests, properties and itinerary are subject to change. Cancellation penalties begin at $600 per person from time of booking until final payment in which additional penalties apply. We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to protect against injury, illness and unforseen circumstances in the destination.

Contact Jen Mitchell at Betty Maclean Travel, Inc.


239-513-0333 Jen@BettyMacleanTravel.com

Monday, November 2, 2009

Betty Maclean Travel Announces Their Fall Presentations

Its time for our Fall client events here at Betty Maclean Travel. If you live in the area and would like to attend please call or email us to RSVP! For more details click on the flyer below:

Short Boston Getaway

Will and I took our first solo vacation in about a year this past weekend. We had the most fabulous time ever in Boston. What a great city to get away to for a long weekend. We stayed at one of our favorite hotel chains- Fairmont. The Fairmont Copley Plaza located centrally in Copley Square, and is one of the most historical buildings in the area. It was the most gorgeous hotel inside and out. We got there on a direct flight on Jet Blue and was lucky enough to get there without any hassle. I would have to say that Jet Blue is now my favorite airline to travel on for Domestic flights. I would highly recommend paying the additional $10-15 per leg for a premium seat. On Jet Blue you are able to pre-select an exit row seat which has the extra leg room, a real bonus when your husband is 6'5". Each seat has a personal TV with many channels to choose from.

We landed in Boston and took a cab to the Fairmont Copley Plaza. We were greeted by a friendly door man and walked into what could have been a museum. Our room was very spacious and comfortable.

I would have to say the weather held up for most of the three nights of our stay, which meant plenty of walking. We just loved walking everywhere we went and when we got tired we took the T. Some of the things we did while we were there: Walked the Freedom Trail, Ducks Tours, Museum of Science, lots of dining out!

I would have to say the main purpose behind this trip was to go to Fenway to see the Red Sox. Will is from New England and is a huge Red Sox fan, so I surprised him with tickets and planned a nice getaway for us. We had great seats and had a great time together at the ball park! We were even able to walk to and from the park from our hotel which was a short distance from Fenway.

Both of us said that our favorite meal was at the Barking Crab. The atmosphere was casual, it was outside but covered so we stayed warm, and the food was great! I got the crab legs and he got a basket with a variety of fried seafood. We shared some fried clams and raw oysters as an appetizer. If we didn't walk back to our hotel I don't know what I would have done. Lets just say we were STUFFED. For breakfast a must try is Mikes Diner. It was a local, friendly, delicious place to go eat. The place has a steady line but is well worth the wait. Our last night we ate at Piattini Wine Cafe on Newbury St. Piattini's is a small little Italian restaurant that you really must have a reservation for. Thanks to our concierge we were able to get in last minute. It was in a perfect location for a romantic walk down the street after dinner. I would also recommend taking a day stroll down Newbury street for some upscale shopping or window shopping if you prefer. You may even catch a celeb. walking down the street! Last but not least, we ate a quick lunch at Fanuel Hall, which never disappoints. Fanuel hall is like a giant food court with something for everyone.

Travel Tip: Something I don't stress enough to my clients but should is to utilize the Concierge! They are there to help you and they know all the best places to eat, shop, and sight see. They will tell you how to get there and make reservations if needed. If there is a sold out show that you would like to see, they might just be able to get you those tickets.

Well that's all folks! My next review should be on the Crystal Serenity sometime at the end of December, so keep an eye out. This will be my first cruise on Crystal and I'm definitely looking forward to it. Actually both Will and I are going so he is very excited too. We will be going to St. Maarten, Aruba, St. Barts and Grand Turk.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Holland America Line Presentation

Join Betty Maclean Travel for our first fall client event! We would love to have you as our guests to learn about Holland America's new ships, itineraries and specials! Come hear about Holland America's new Mariner Society benefits program, ideas on last minute holiday travel, and our exclusive special savings for all those who attend. I hope to see you next week!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Veendam's Signature of Excellence II Complete

As part of its ongoing Signature of Excellence, Holland America Line will continue to upgrade and add enhancements and new features to five of the line's most popular ships. Over the next two years, the ms Statendam, ms Ryndam, ms Maasdam, ms Veendam and ms Rotterdam will undergo extensive dry docks to create new venues, new staterooms, new décor and more. The program began with the Veendam, and the last ship is slated for completion in early 2011. View the ms Veendam Slideshow, reflecting new Signature of Excellence enhancements.

The investment in this new series of enhancements will include new entertainment and enrichment options and all new stateroom décor for all five ships. For the Veendam and Rotterdam there will be additionally a new resort pool concept and innovative lanai staterooms.
Signature of Excellence features and amenities are evident in every aspect of the Holland America Line cruise experience, offering guests more luxurious accommodations, more enticing destinations, enhanced dining experiences, more creative activities and even higher levels of service.

Please explore the video link detailing the planned enhancements.

The Veendam is cruising Alaska this summer and her Signature of Excellence is complete. To book a last minute cruise on the newly refurbished Veendam this summer call Jen @ 800-865-8111 or email @ Jen@BettyMacleanTravel.com. There are tons of offers for Alaska this summer and using a travel consultant to do the research is the way to go, so call now to find out more.

SeaDream Yacht Club on Travel Channel!!

If you can't make our client event next Thursday featuring SeaDream Yacht Club don't miss Saturdays episode of Cruises we Love June 20th on the Travel Channel!!!
If you like what you see, call Jen Mitchell @ 800-865-8111 or email Jen@BettyMacleanTravel.com to make your reservations.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009



Guests/godparents to savor rare experience of anointing the cruise industry’s first new luxury vessel in six years at intimate ceremony in spectacular setting

June 8, 2009 (Miami) – The Yachts of Seabourn is planning an intimate ceremony for the naming of the newest addition to its award-winning fleet: Seabourn Odyssey. The highly anticipated event, set for June 24, 2009, will take place on deck as the sun sets behind the unmistakable skyline of Venice, Italy.

While naming ceremonies typically invite attendees to watch from shore as an honorary “godparent” names the vessel and breaks a bottle on its bow, the anointment of Seabourn Odyssey will be held on board with guests booked on the maiden voyage. Collectively, all of the guests will act as godparents, initiating the anointment with a bottle of Italian prosecco and giving the yacht its name. Each will receive a commemorative certificate from the event, and their names will be affixed to a plaque to be displayed on board.

With Venice as the backdrop, the colorful heritage of the city will be a touchstone throughout the daylong event. Guests arriving at Stazione Marittima terminal will be given a red carpet welcome, complete with musicians playing and festive banners and garland. Once all are on board, Seabourn Odyssey will depart for a stately cruise down the Guidecca Canal to Riva dei Sette Martiri, a docking location near the Piazza San Marco, where it will be moored for the ceremony.

An early dinner served in Odyssey’s superb dining venues will precede the ceremony. With darkness set to fall in Venice after 9:00pm, guests will return to find the deck transformed and the sun gilding the domes and turrets of the city – an enticing view to be enhanced by ceremonial music.

Though many details of the ceremony are being kept hush-hush, Seabourn has revealed that a magnum of sparkling prosecco spumante will be used to anoint Odyssey. The bottle will come from a vineyard in northeastern Italy, near where the vessel’s hull was crafted, and will be broken by means of an ingenious mechanism designed especially for the event.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Jen at Betty Maclean Travel at 1-800-865-8111 or Jen@BettyMacleanTravel.com.

**Ask me about our Voyager Club sailings and the benifits that come with it FREE! When calling mention you heard about this on our Travel Blog!!!

Monday, June 8, 2009



SeaDream Yacht Club

56 Couples 95 Crew 5-Star Service All-Inclusive

"It's yachting, not cruising"

SeaDream visits the intimate yachting playgrounds, harbors and ports where large cruise ships cannot go.

Special SeaDream Yacht Club Guest Speaker :

Jessi Fundora - Director for South Florida

Thursday, June 18, 2009
Betty MacleanTravel, Inc.

2245 Venetian Court Drive, Naples

Please RSVP - Space is limited

Jen Mitchell: 239-513-0333

Friday, May 29, 2009

Reminder June 1, 2009 New Passport Law

Effective June 1st, 2009 U.S. Citizens will require a valid U.S. passport to be able to travel by air, land or sea outside of the United States.

For further information about valid travel documentation and how to obtain a passport please visit the U.S. Department of State website at: http://www.Travel.State.Gov

Call Jen Mitchell at Betty Maclean Travel to see if this will effect your next trip or to find out how to get your new passport expedited:

Jen Mitchell 239-513-0333


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Top Ten Reasons For Sailing SeaDream (video)

Watch this video to learn more about SeaDream Yacht Club:
Top Ten Reasons For Sailing SeaDream (video)
SEADREAM Fares includes ocean view accommodations, all meals,
wine with lunch & dinner, open bar with selected premium brands,
use of water toys, and gratuities.

For our most recent promotions with SeaDream Yacht Club Contact Jen Mitchell at 800-865-8111 or Jen@BettyMacleanTravel.com for details!!!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Travel Offer of the Week!!!!!

See Europe now and take advantage of these special reduced air offers on the Azamara Journey!!!!

12-Night Scandinavia & Russia
June 18, 30; July 12, 24; August 5, 2009
Roundtrip Copenhagen, Denmark
Ports may include: Berlin (Warnemunde), Germany; Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia;
Tallinn, Estonia; Stockholm, Sweden; Lubeck (Travemunde), Germany

13-Night British Isles
August 17, 2009
Roundtrip Copenhagen, Denmark
Oslo, Norway; Edinburgh (Leith), Scotland; Scrabster, Scotland; Oban, Scotland; Dublin, Ireland;
Waterford, Ireland; Dartmouth, United Kingdom; Amsterdam, Holland; Kiel Canal, Germany

Reduced Air Add-ons and Applicable Gateways




***Plus book and deposit before May 31st get Prepaid Gratuities
****and on specific Baltic Sailings you can book an ocean view and sail on a balcony!!!!!

Call or email Jen Mitchell for details:

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Travel Offer of the Week!!!!!


Save up to $2000 when you visit any participating Fairmont Hotel & Resorts. Experience an authentic reflection of each destination's energy, culture and history. One that extends from white sand beaches, to up-tempo urban sounds of the world's most dynamic cities.


Fairmont Kea Lani - Maui
$500 Air Credit
Every 5th night free
Daily buffet breakfast for two
Partial Ocean View Suite
5 nights from $1259 per personSave Over $1500 per coupleBook now - 6/30/09 Travel now - 12/17/09

Fairmont Orchid - Hawaii (Big Island)
$500 Air Credit
$200 Resort Credit
Every 3rd night free (2 free nights on a 6 night stay)
Ocean View Room
6 nights from $1089 per personSave Over $2000 per coupleBook now - 12/15/09 Travel now - 12/20/09


The Fairmont Royal Pavilion - Barbados
6th night free
Villa Deluxe Room
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The Fairmont Hamilton Princess - Bermuda
$400 Air Credit (deducted from room rate)
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The Fairmont Southampton - Bermuda
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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Travel Offer of the Week!!!!!

0% Single Supplement

on the following voyages for a limited time:

Seven Seas Voyager in the Baltic Sea
RT Economy Airfare, Shore Excursions Included!
July 10 – 7 nights – Copenhagen to Stockholm – all-inclusive fares from $5,550 per person suite
July 17 – 7 nights – Stockholm to Copenhagen – all-inclusive fares from $5,550 per person suite
July 31 - 7 nights – Stockholm to Copenhagen – all-inclusive fares from $4,250 per person suite

Seven Seas Navigator in the Mediterranean
RT Economy Airfare, Shore Excursions Included!
August 7 – 7 nights – Monte Carlo to Athens – all-inclusive fares from $3,650 per person suite
August 14 – 7 nights – Athens to Istanbul – all-inclusive fares from $3,650 per person suite

Seven Seas Navigator in the Caribbean
Shore Excursions Included!
December 18 – 10 nights–RT Ft. Lauderdale, Western Caribbean – all-inclusive fares from $3,895 per person suite

Terms and conditions:
1. 0% Single Supplement is available in specific categories only.
2. Applies to new bookings only - no retros.
3. Combinable with Free Air promotions, Kids Sail Free, Standard Society Savings and Onboard Discounts
4. Not combinable with Regent New Guest promotion, Welcome Back promotion, Upgrade promotion, Triple Onboard Savings or Canadian Residents promotion.
5. Valid for booking until May 31, 2009.
6. The Single Supplement for Penthouses and Named Suites is 50%.
7. Government taxes and fees are not included.

Also ask about their FREE Unlimited ShoreExcursions
Now on most remaining 2009 voyages!

Offer Expires 5/31/2009


2-FOR-1 savings, FREE Air and FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions
Offer expires 5/31/2009

Friday, March 27, 2009

Travel Offer of the Week!!!!!

Celebrity's Solstice Class Celebration is underway with an exciting group of 2009 European sailings and an incredible offer to match. For a limited time, we're giving you a Future Cruise Discount of up to $500 for select 2010 Celebrity cruises†.

Future Cruise Discounts:

• $300 for Inside & Ocean View bookings

• $500 for Veranda & Suite bookings

Experience the unmatched service, accommodations, spa treatments, and entertainment that make our new Solstice Class sailings truly unprecedented. To take advantage of this offer, simply book any Celebrity SolsticeSM or Celebrity EquinoxSM 2009 Europe cruise now.

Book now through April 1st and get up to $500 in a Future Cruise Discount.†
Contact Jen Mitchell at 800-865-8111 or Jen@BettyMacleanTravel.com for details!!!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Travel Offer of the Week!!!!!

Save up to 25% on 2009-10 Antarctica Voyages

A&K is offering the first opportunity to save up to 25% on an Antarctica voyage. This unique offer will not be available to the general public until April 1. Reserve a select voyage to the White Continent aboard the adventure cruiser MV 'Minerva,' with shore excursions led by expert naturalist guides. For savings, reserve your 2009-10 journey by June 30.
Contact Jen Mitchell at 800-865-8111 or Jen@BettyMacleanTravel.com for details!!!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Travel Offer of the Week!!!!!

I have had so many fantastic offers coming in lately that I have needed to to post more than one offer a week! I try narrow it down to the best ones, but there are so many out there that are just too good to pass up.

7-Day Alaska Cruises Including Air from Florida from $1,149

7 Day Glacier Discovery — Vancouver to Seward (or reverse)

ms Statendam: Sunday Departures via Glacier Bay
ms Veendam: Sunday Departures via Glacier Bay
ms Ryndam: Friday Departures via Hubbard Glacier

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Travel Offer of the Week!!!!!

Once-in-a-Lifetime Values for a Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience!


If you have been considering a visit to Alaska this year, there has never been a better time to explore by small ship as there is today. As you may know, Cruise West is the leading American-owned small-ship cruise company offering up-close, casual and personal voyages to the beautiful state of Alaska. And 2009, the 50th anniversary of Alaska statehood, is the perfect year to experience the wonders and wildlife of our 49th state.

S AV E UP TO $5,168 per cabin
— and —
receive a $200 per person* Shipboard Credit on select 2009 departures:

Alaska’s Inside Passage*
Alaska’s Whales & Wilderness*
Glacier Bay Highlights
Coastal Odyssey*
PLUS, SAVE AN EXTRA 5% if you have sailed with Cruise West in the past.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Travel Offer of the Week!!!!!

To celebrate its 20th year, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler is offering 20 rooms every day for the remainder of 2009 at just $99 CDN. You’re not seeing things, your vision is perfectly fine – 20/20, in fact!

The week-long “20/20 Celebration Sale” kicks off Wednesday, February 25. A minimum of 20 guestrooms are available per day until December 31, 2009. If you’re looking to whisk that special someone to Whistler, stick around for a stay-cation, get into the swing of things with a golf getaway or experience the ho-ho-holiday season in Whistler – yes, Christmas is included – The Fairmont Chateau Whistler has a room for you!
Call Jen at Betty Maclean Travel 800-865-8111 to book!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Travel Offer of the Week!!!!!

Crystal Cruises -$1,000 Per Person Shipboard Credit
On Select 2009 Europe Departures!

Reserve your space now on any of the Crystal Cruises departures listed below and receive $1,000 per person shipboard credit - for use towards shore excursions, spa, gift shop, gratuities - anywhere onboard except the casino!

Reserve by March 31, 2009 for even more savings - Crystal is celebrating being voted "Best Large-Ship Cruise Line" by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler for 15 years — with Crystal Celebration Savings. Enjoy savings of up to $1,500 per person in penthouse category staterooms and $1,000 per person savings in verandah category staterooms on 11 of the 16 departures below!

Contact Jen at Betty Maclean Travel, Inc. to reserve your next Crystal Cruise - and discover why the difference is Crystal Clear!

Betty Maclean Travel, Inc.
239-513-0333 or 800-865-811

London to Stockholm
Jun 19 to Jun 30 (11 days)V9214 - Crystal Symphony
From $4,995 per person

Stockholm to Copenhagen
Jun 30 to Jul 11 (11 days)V9215 - Crystal Symphony
From $4,245 per person
Crystal Celebration Savings - Up to $1,500 per person savings

Stockholm to Copenhagen
Jul 25 to Aug 5 (11 days)V9217 - Crystal SymphonyStockholm to Copenhagen
From $4,590 per person
Crystal Celebration Savings - Up to $1,500 per person savings

Stockholm to London
Aug 12 to Aug 23 (11 days)V9219 - Crystal SymphonyStockholm to London
From $4,590 per person
Crystal Celebration Savings - Up to $1,500 per person savings

Roundtrip from London
Aug 23 to Sep 3 (11 days)V9220 - Crystal SymphonyLondon to London
From $5,390 per person

London to Boston
Sep 3 to Sep 17 (14 days)V9221 - Crystal SymphonyLondon to Boston
From $4,745 per person
Crystal Celebration Savings - Up to $1,500 per person savings

Barcelona to Venice
Jul 16 to Jul 28 (12 days)V9315 - Crystal SerenityBarcelona to Venice
From $6,055 per person

Venice to Athens
Jul 28 to Aug 9 (12 days)V9316 - Crystal SerenityVenice to Athens
From $6,055 per person

Athens to Barcelona
Aug 9 to Aug 21 (12 days)V9317 - Crystal SerenityAthens to Barcelona
From $5,305 per person
Crystal Celebration Savings - Up to $1,500 per person savings

Barcelona to Venice
Aug 21 to Sep 2 (12 days)V9318 - Crystal SerenityBarcelona to Venice
From $5,305 per person
Crystal Celebration Savings - Up to $1,500 per person savings

Venice to Istanbul
Sep 2 to Sep 14 (12 days)V9319 - Crystal SerenityVenice to Istanbul
From $5,375 per person

Istanbul to Venice
Sep 14 to Sep 26 (12 days)V9320 - Crystal SerenityIstanbul to Venice
From $5,075 per person
Crystal Celebration Savings - Up to $750 per person savings

Venice to Athens
Sep 26 to Oct 8 (12 days)V9321 - Crystal SerenityVenice to Athens
From $4,700 per person
Crystal Celebration Savings - Up to $1,500 per person savings

Athens to Venice
Oct 8 to Oct 20 (12 days) V9322 - Crystal SerenityAthens to Venice
From $4,940 per person
Crystal Celebration Savings - Up to $1,500 per person savings

Venice to Barcelona
Oct 20 to Nov 1 (12 days) V9323 - Crystal SerenityVenice to Barcelona
From $4,515 per person
Crystal Celebration Savings - Up to $1,500 per person savings

Barcelona to Lisbon
Nov 1 to Nov 12 (11 days)V9324 - Crystal SerenityBarcelona to Lisbon
From $4,080 per person
Crystal Celebration Savings - Up to $1,500 per person savings

Terms & Conditions: Shipboard credit offer is per person and is subject to change and to availability. Restrictions apply. Europe Celebration Savings expire 3/31/09, is capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at anytime. Only applies to first two guests in stateroom or suite. Cruise fares listed are in U.S. dollars, cruise-only, per person, based on double occupancy, subject to availability and are capacity controlled. Cruise fares do not include port, security and handling charges. Fares listed above are inclusive of category E on Crystal Symphony and category C on Crystal Serenity savings as follows: for voyages 9215, 9217, 9219, 9221, 9312C, 9317, 9318, 9321-9324 guests can save up to $1,500 per person in categories CP, PS & PH, $1,000 per person in categories AA, A & B, and $750 per person in C, D & E; for voyages 9218, 9310, 9320, 9325 guests can save up to $750 per person in categories CP, PS & PH, $500 per person in categories AA, A & B, and $375 per person in categories C, D & E. All itineraries, fares, programs and policies are subject to change. Ships' registry: The Bahamas.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Travel Offer of the Week!!!!!

Sorry it has taken me so long to post my offer of the week. It has been quite the busy past couple of weeks here in my office. (no complaints here!) We had our Betty Maclean Travel Collection last Wednesday and it was a huge success. We had a turnout of over 400 clients! I could go on and on about our show so how about I do my next blog recapping the event?? Than the phones have just been ringing off the hook! Now is the time to grab ahold of the offers out there. As for my offer of the week....drum roll please!

One Week Sale Seabourn Yacht Club Sale!

Save 60% This Week Only! February 9 - 16, 2009

Book a European cruise aboard The Yachts of Seabourn, winner of the World’s Best Small-Ship Cruise Line*, with the unprecedented value of 60% savings on all categories! You will sail aboard an intimate 208-guest yacht and enjoy all-suite accommodations, personalized service and an atmosphere of sophisticated ease. With special fares from just $2,840, it’s the perfect opportunity to experience Seabourn Yachting Life. But hurry, the sale lasts only until February 16, 2009!
Call Jen to book your Seabourn cruise TODAY! 800-865-8811 or email me at Jen@BettyMacleanTravel.com