For those of you who have worked with us for many years you know that once the winter season gets closer we change to our winter hours. At this point we are keeping our Monday-Thursday 9am-6pm, Friday 9am-5pm and Saturday 9am-12pm. With that being said we are always happy to accommodate our clients by scheduling appointments out side of our regular business hours if that works better for you. We encourage all of our clients to make appointments so that we can spend the right amount of time planning, understanding and making your dream vacation happen. We schedule our appointments to last about an hour, but are always willing to extend that if necessary.
There are a few ways to set up an appointment. The first is to give us a call at 920.236.7777. Here you will talk to one of our lovely associates who will get you set up on the schedule and let you know who you will be working with. Another option is to visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com. Once there hover over the “Contact” option at the top. Here a drop down menu will come up and the “request an appointment” option will appear. Click there and fill out the form. Once we receive this form we will contact you to set up your appointment.
Appointments can be by phone or in person. Whatever works for your schedule we are happy to accommodate. Please feel free to also text us on our office cell phone. We would be happy to set you up with an appointment that way as well 920-379-2962
If there are any questions please feel free to contact me, Amber, at email@example.com
As we start moving into the colder months, we must do like the birds do and fly south. That means it’s time to start planning your next hot weather getaway. And what gets us in the mood to travel south more than a delicious Pina Colada. Now most of us have enjoyed this delicious umbrella drink, but do we know anything about its history? If not, then keep reading; if so I guess go make yourself a Pina Colada and wait until tomorrow’s blog post.
Pina Colada is Spanish for strained pineapple, which comes from one the drink’s main ingredients. Other ingredients include white rum and coconut cream. It has been the national drink of Puerto Rico since 1978 and the people of the island celebrate national Pina Colada day every year on July 10th. Like many popular drinks the Pina Colada has a history that is debated and still to this day a definite rivalry. The two main accounts of where the drink was first made come from a dispute between two bartenders. The first, Ramon Marrero Perez, claims to have made the delicious drink first at the Caribe Hilton Hotel’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan in 1954. Another Ramon tells a different story though; Ramon Portas Mingot says he created the drink in 1963 at the Barrachina Restaurant in Old San Juan. And regardless of which account you believe you can still visit both locations to sample what claims to be the original Pina Colada.
Want to try this delicious drink in its native land? Call us today to book your next trip to Puerto Rico. Also make sure to check out our website, here you can request an appointment online and learn more about what we do. 920.236.7777 or ambassadortravelltd.com
Ready to get away? Start planning your winter escape to the warm weather paradise of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, or DR as the locals call it. Punta Cana along with its neighboring Bavaro comprise a 30 mile stretch of screensaver worthy perfection. This beach-dominated atmosphere has grown from the leisurely vacation experience to now offer a variety of excursions including ATV’s, snorkeling and much more. Head over to Isla Saona to swim in the pristine waters of the Piscina Natural, snorkel or just relax on the beautiful beaches.
Looking for something a little more cultural? Take a day trip to the capital of Santo Domingo. Here you can visit museums, historical sites and get involved in cultural activities. Such as dancing, which is part of daily life in the DR. Try out your skills with the meringue, bachata, or the guloyas. Don’t be nervous if you aren’t skilled, the locals love to see tourist take part in their culture.
Regardless of if you are looking for a relaxing beach vacation, excursions to fill your days or a culture rich vacation, Punta Cana has a lot to offer. Make sure to try out signature food and drinks of the country. One of the most famous beverages is the mamajuana, which consists of rum, red wine, honey and herbs. Are you more of a beer person? No worries, try out an El Presidente, which is an official beer of the DR. Want to try a signature dish of the DR? Well don’t be scared when locals ask if you want to “eat the flag.” This is a traditional dish served with red beans, fried plantains, shredded marinated beef and white rice (which encompass the colors of the Dominican Republic flag).
Overall the DR is a great travel destination, as you can see it offers an array of activities for all types of travellers and would be a great escape from the cold come this winter season. If you are interested in learning more about Punta Cana or the DR in general give us a call at 920.236.7777 or visit our website to schedule an appointment today ambassadortravelltd.com
Last week I asked which cruise lines have their own private islands. This may have been a struggle for you, because there are actually quite a few. If you answered Holland America, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Disney Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line then you would be correct. Now if you got even a couple of those, props to you because that is a lot of different cruise companies. I’m not going to go over all the Islands, but I will highlight one of them here today.
We all know Disney as a company means exceptional customers service and a magical experience for all. Disney Cruise Line’s private island is known as Castaway Cay. Purchased in 1997 by the Walt Disney Company, this 1000 square Acre Island formerly known as Gorda Cay was leased from the Bahamian Government for 99 years. Upon arrival you enter the world of a castaway community, the theme being shipwreck. Like other Disney attractions your stateroom key can be used as payment throughout the island. The island is located near the Great Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Once on the island dive into the endless amount of activates. Rent a bike, get a massage overlooking the ocean, snorkel, parasail, get involved in a volleyball or basketball game or rent a personal watercraft. No matter what, your day will be full of fun! The island itself has 1000 sq. acres, but only 55 are in use. 99 people live on the island taking care of it and working to make your experience extra special.
If you would like to know more about Castaway Cay or any of the private islands that these cruise lines own and operate, please give us a call at 920.236.7777 ask to speak to one of our cruising specialists.
This week’s trivia question: “What nations national dish is jerk chicken?”
Consultant Connie spent last week working from sunny Mexico. She had the opportunity to tour many hotels and provided her opinions on some here. Connie has traveled to the Cancun/Riviera Maya region many times and is a great resource when you are looking to plan your next tropical getaway. Whether you are interested in a family vacation, girls weekend or romantic getaway for two Connie is an invaluable person for getting you exactly what you are looking for.
“I love love LOVE the Secrets Akumal. It is one of my favorite resorts, definitely a favorite of the hotels I visited on this trip to Mexico. Secrets Capri will always have my heart. It is small and gives you a very intimate feel. It also makes getting around the resort extremely easy. The food was great everywhere, with a variety of different cuisines. Secrets Vine would be great for a girls getaway. And the Dreams Riviera had a great pool and food, but the rooms have an open concept bathroom, which is strange because it is a family resort. Overall though so many resorts that we saw were absolutely beautiful, and like I said the food was great everywhere.“
Connie does a great job giving us her opinions of some of the fabulous resorts that she toured. But what she’s really good at is documenting her time at each resort with great pictures, which can be seen on our Pinterest page all labeled with the resort names.
Pinterest link: https://www.pinterest.com/ambassadortrave/
Check out our photos on Pinterest and then give us a call to book your tropical getaway. 920.236.7777 or visit our website at ambassadortravelltd.com
It’s Friday, so I know no one is up for taking a test, but this one is fun! Are you a cruise expert? Whether you’ve fared the high seas often or you’ve never been before this quiz is fun and either way you’ll learn a little more about cruising! Let us know if you score high!
After you take the quiz, give us a call, it’s still cruise month for a few more days! 920.236.7777
Continuing with our warm fall drink discussions I thought Irish coffee would be an appropriate Thirsty Thursday drink for this week. Going into these posts I have ideas and like to research a few of them to find something with a good story. Sometimes I look up drinks and find out there is no real history there, no connection to a culture or tradition, but Irish coffee actually surprised me. I thought it would be like a lot of other drinks who’s name connected it with nothing to do with Ireland, but I am glad to say that I was wrong.
Irish coffee was invented in the 1940s by head chef Joe Sheridan. His restaurant Foynes in County Limerick Foynes’ port was the precursor to the Shannon International Airport. One bitterly cold night a Pan Am flight landed from America and brought in some very cold travelers. To warm things up Sheridan added Irish whiskey to their coffees. Being pleased with their service and curious about this new drink they asked Sheridan if they were drinking Brazilian coffee, his only response, “Irish Coffee.”
The warm drink from the Emerald Isle came to America in 1952, through travel writer Stanton Delaplane. Delaplane wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle. After travelling to Shannon airport he decided to introduce the drink at San Francisco’s Buena Vista Café.
So now you know, Irish coffee is truly Irish and it is simple to make at home. All you need is coffee, Irish whiskey, sugar (some call for brown sugar) and topped with thick cream (some call for whipped cream). This is definitely something you can make at home and tailor it to your own liking. Give it a holiday touch by adding colored sprinkles and a candy cane once the snow starts to fly.
Want to try Irish whiskey where it was invented? Check out our past posts on Ireland
and then give us a call 920.236.7777 to talk with one of our Ireland experts. Visit our Pinterest page to see pictures of the Emerald Isle.
Pinterest page: https://www.pinterest.com/ambassadortrave/
Happy Where in the World Wednesday! Did you catch us on B104.7 this morning with Marty in the Morning? If not tune in next Wednesday 9am to hear all about our destinations and experiences.
This week we as we approach Halloween time, I figured I would share with you an article I found on Fodor which features the 10 best Halloween Celebrations in the U.S. For the Halloween lovers out there, I would assume you already have plans, but if you don’t, you still have time, especially because one of the top 10 celebrations is located only a few hours south in Chicago, IL.
I won’t go through all of them, but the Windy city celebration is known as “Halloween on Halstead.” Located in Chicago’s Northalsted neighborhood, you can celebrate the spookiest day of the year with a parade, costume contest, and pure entertainment. Come celebrates Halloween on Halsted’s 19th anniversary with whatever pop culture, creepy, or classic Halloween costume that you’ve been planning for months.
If you have read any past blogs you know there are a few options when travelling to Chicago. One that is highly recommended by travel consultant Connie is taking Amtrak from Milwaukee. This is a great way to travel into Chicago and allows you to start your vacation before you even arrive. Sit back, have a drink and don’t worry about finding parking in the bustling city.
Fodor article: http://www.fodors.com/news/photos/10-best-halloween-celebrations-in-the-us#!10-halloween-on-halsted
If you are interested in checking out Halloween on Halsted or any other Halloween celebrations, give us a call; it’s not too late! Ambassador Travel 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com to schedule an appointment.
Last week our trivia question asked, what is a lido deck? We’ve all heard of it, many of us cruise and know it has to do with a ship, but lets find out more about Cruise vocabulary.
Lido comes from the Italian word that means beach. It was first used to describe fashionable beach resorts in the 19th century. Specifically the term referred to the Island Resort located on an island in the Adriatic Sea off the coast of Venice. Originally the term lido deck was used when discussing European steamships. This was the time of Titanic and other ocean cruisers where multiple classes of people travelled together but were separated to different parts of the ship. The Lido deck was the exclusive sun deck area where the pool and sunbathers relaxed in their first class accommodations. Lido in general refers to an outdoor pool and the surrounding area, or beach where people swim and tan. Now it has kind of taken on a less specific meaning, but generally refers to the open-air decks where the pool is located. This is not specifically reserved for any class of people anymore.
So now that we know a little more about cruising we can focus on the fact that Cruise month is more than half over! Time to get your sea legs people and book a cruise today! Give us a call at Ambassador Travel Ltd. 920.236.7777 or visit our website ambassadortravelltd.com and ask for a cruising specialist.
This week’s trivia: Which cruise lines have their own private islands?
Getting to write a travel blog is always exciting, but I love hearing about trips that you all take! Especially when that trip is as memorable as this one. This New Zealand dream vacation needs no introduction, so check out what Veronica had to say here:
So this summer I decided it was time to check the number one thing off my bucket list, a trip to New Zealand. I had fallen in love with New Zealand after seeing its beauty transformed in to The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit trilogies. This was going to be BIG and I knew I had to do it right! I decided to go with a Contiki Tour. Touring is my favorite way to travel. You hotel and transportation is all set up for you, and all you have to worry about is doing what you want to do! I also love the inclusions that come along with the tour because it gets you involved in the places you are staying and you try things you might not normally do. Activities like a Shotover Jet ride in Queenstown to get our adrenaline pumping, and a brewery tour and tasting to get us hooked on some local brews. But my FAVORITE part about touring is the people. The first people i must give pros to are our driver and guide, who where to New Zealand natives. They shared with us their favorite spots around town, and their own personal stories about each location around the country. They are the most invaluable part of any tour. However, the people that make the trip are your tour companions. A group of people, from all over the world, coming together to have the trip of a lifetime! What is better than that. It give you someone to share your experiences with. I now have 50 new friends that can laugh WITH me about my bungy jumping skills, and in return I got to watch the majority of my group (who mostly were Australian) see snow for the first time! There is always someone to have an experience with whether you want to pretend you are an Middle Earth elf, or you want to go out and dance the night away. You have a group that is all part of the experience. A tour, and definitely a Contiki tour, MAKES a trip easy and great.
So now I am back, and everyone who has known me (and knows how badly I have always wanted to go to New Zeland) is eager to know how my dream trip was, but here is where I ran into a problem. I would say, ‘IT WAS AMAZING……” and just sort of taper off. Now, having been all over the world, people are used to me talking their ear off about my adventures and the places I has been, but I just couldn’t find the words to talk about New Zealand. How do I describe something that blew my expectations away? How do I describe how the air was so fresh and crisp I didn’t need coffee in the morning? How do I describe the (terrifying) thrill of jumping off a mountain with nothing but some elastic around my waist? How do tell people that the name ‘The Remarkables’ doesn’t even begin to describe the south island mountain range? How do I describe the honor of watching the Maori people perform a traditional Haka? How do I describe the exact shade of blue that a glacier fed lake is, when my pictures don’t even come close? How do I describe being able to walk around Hobbiton, and being a part of Lord of the Rings? How do you tell people that you teared up when saying goodbye to a group of people you have only known two weeks? The list goes on and on! I still don’t have an answer, and I’ve been back two weeks. But I am so happy that I haven’t been able to find it easy to talk about, because that is how it should be when you make you dream trip come true. Thats why that place is number one your list. Do not let that dream trip, that number one spot on your list, just sit there. Do it, and maybe my loss of words will make sense. How was my trip to New Zealand? Well, it was indescribable.
Interested in following in Veronica’s footprints? Give us a call today 920.236.7777. We’ll take you to the land of hobbits and hijinks. For more pictures of Veronica’s trip or and many other trips we are a part of check out our Pinterest by following this link: https://www.pinterest.com/ambassadortrave/