I wanted to take a minute to tell you about this new adults only cruises on Virgin Voyages I'm super excited about! Cruising has been getting more popular, but in a lot of cases, the experience has stayed the same - until now...
Virgin has long been a company that takes an industry and revolutionizes it, so when I heard that they were dipping their toe’s into the salty seas, I couldn’t wait to see what they came up with – and they have not disappointed thus far.
Virgin has created a cruising experience unlike any other, that they’re not even using the word “cruise” – this is something different, chic and unique, so I hope you’ll be as excited as we are to welcome Virgin Voyages as a new way to travel!
- All The Things -
Virgin is coming out the gate strong and promising “all the things” on their elevated, adults-only journeys. With 20+ eateries onboard – including a vegetarian forward restaurant with a "naughty menu", there really is something for everyone. They also don't conform to the assigned dining times, so you can enjoy meals at your leisure. And if just eating your food is a little too like every other cruise for your palate, then head to The Test Kitchen where you’ll find part cooking school, part restaurant and a ton of fun! Virgin also don't believe in food buffet's, due to all the waste it produces, so you will find the quality of the food will be superior... AND the best part... NO additional charges to enjoy all the variety of dining options! They don't believe in "nickle-and-dimeing" guests either.
If you need to burn off calories after all that taste sensation, their flagSHIP, the Scarlet Lady, has entertainment like no one else on the seven seas. How about a two story, three bar space with DJ’s spinning beats that will get your booty moving – stay long enough and you can definitely count this as your morning workout!
If you really want to go for it though, and come back from vacay looking and feeling better than ever, the outdoor running track, bikes, classes, detox bar and state of the art gym have got your back. Choices like sunrise yoga, outdoor boxing, curated hikes and even meditation are all available to make sure you can eat and drink guilt free the whole time! **Destinations HD is not responsible for any decisions made to get tattoos at the onboard tattoo parlor after dopamine levels have increased due to high intensity workouts.
Another thing that sets this cruise apart is their commitment to going green. As they said, “to do that, we’ve embedded sustainability deeply into both our operations and the sailor experience itself. Through pioneering innovative and sustainable technologies, banning unnecessary single-use plastics, and thoughtfully sourcing food and retail merchandise — we’re creating a sailor experience that balances the duality of enjoying the earth and caring for it.”
- Where the Magic Happens -
The accommodations are also very unique... including many "solo" cabins. These cabins were designed for comfort and style and I can’t wait to get in one myself – why yes I DO want a hot tub, 6 person table and chairs, and a hammock on my private terrace at sea thank you! If you really want to party like Richard Branson, book early to grab a Rock Star suite so you can enjoy the exclusive Richard Rooftop experience only available to those guest rooms.
Even if you opt for something a little less flamboyant, you’ll still be getting unlimited WiFi, 24 hour room service, and natural products – as well as adjustable colored mood lighting, a configurable Seabed that is designed to be a lot more comfortable than the sofa bed in your parents basement, and the ability to cast movies from your tablet to the TV.
This brand new voyage will debut on April 1st, 2020 and offer two, 5-day itineraries from Miami to the Caribbean and Mexico. There are still some cabins available for their first sailing, and you can expect this event to be the most incredible experience you have ever been a part of. Richard Branson knows how to do things right, so don't delay and give Destinations HD a call to start planning your one-of-a-kind vacation!
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As the new domestic air travel regulations get closer for many of us (some states already have this requirement), I want to take the time to discuss what the REAL ID Act is and make sure you know that it will soon be required for ALL domestic flights.
Believe it or not, your state issued driver’s license will no longer be enough to get you on an airplane. With the implementation of the REAL ID Act, you will need an additional mark on your identification to fly anywhere - even within the United States.
So, what is the REAL ID Act, and how soon do you need to worry about it? I’ll answer these questions and more below:
What is REAL ID?
Per the Department of Homeland Security Website, the REAL ID Act was passed in 2005 by Congress to “set standards for the issuance of sources of identification, such as driver's licenses.”
It is effectively an upgrade to your driver’s license or state-issued identification card. The idea behind this act is to make it more difficult for terrorists and other criminals to gain access to federal agencies and facilities, or a commercial aircraft.
“Starting October 1, 2020, every state and territory resident will need to present a REAL ID compliant license/ID, or another acceptable form of identification, for accessing Federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and boarding commercial aircraft's. This is what is call ‘card-based’ enforcement.
The card itself, must be REAL ID compliant unless the resident is using an alternative acceptable document such as a passport. The Act does not require individuals to present identification where it is not currently required to access a Federal facility (such as to enter the public areas of the Smithsonian) nor does it prohibit an agency from accepting other forms of identity documents other than documents from non-compliant states (such as a U.S. passport or passport card).”
You May Already Have a REAL ID Driver’s License/ ID Card
Some states have already begun implementing the REAL ID Act. You can tell if your license or identification card is REAL ID compliant by finding a gold or black star in the top right corner of it. However, not all facilities have added these stars to their driver’s licenses - even those that are supposed to have already added this security measure. To make things even more confusing, some states have been granted permission to use a symbol different from a gold or black star. Check with your state to find out what their symbol is, and whether or not your driver’s license/state-issued identification is compliant.
Without a REAL ID compliant identification card, flying may be difficult soon
When October 1, 2020 arrives, if your license or identification card does not have the compliant marking, you will not be unable to board a plane, enter federal areas, and/or be unable to gain access to military bases.
Want to learn more about the REAL ID Act? These links may help you out:
-- REAL ID Act general information
-- FAQs about The REAL ID Act
-- TSA List of Acceptable Documents
Before the summer gets away from you, don't forget to get your winter vacations planned NOW before rates get even higher and space sells out! Just give us a call to start discussing your vacation plans. Book your consultation or call (913) 244-9195.
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