TBT: Magical MAUI Sunsets

Sunsets on magical Maui! 

Hawaii, USA – Magic Hour on the Garden Island. These pictures are only memories of the real thing… you really had to be there.

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Hawaii - Lahaina Sunset

Maui, Hawaii – Lahaina Sunset (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Lahaina Sunset - Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Lahaina Sunset – Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Magic Hour! Maui Sunset (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Magic Hour! Maui Sunset (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Magical Maui - Lahaina, Maui, HI

Magical Maui – Lahaina, Maui, HI (copyright 21010 JoshWillTravel)

What are your favorite memories of Hawaii? I took this sailboat picture during an evening dinner cruise out of Lahaina, Maui. When I see this picture I think about the blue Pacific ocean, tropical breezes, “umbrella drinks” and the beautiful sunsets.

BONUS: Sunrise in Hana, Maui

Hana Maui Sunrise - Hana, Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Hana Maui Sunrise – Hana, Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

 

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#TBT: Sunset Cruising in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 1994

#TBT: Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Lahaina Princess in Maui, Hawaii

Throwback Thursday! 1994: On the dock at Lahaina Harbor, ready to board the Lahaina Princess, for a Sunset Dinner Cruise, in Maui, Hawaii!

Lahaina Princess - Lahaina Harbor in Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Lahaina Princess – Lahaina Harbor in Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Yes, it’s a total tourist thing to do….and we were gifted with FREE activities! All we had to do was attend a Timeshare presentation. We didn’t buy a timeshare, but we did get the Sunset Cruise, a Sailboat/Snorkel Excursion and a free breakfast out of the deal.

Magical Maui - Lahaina, Maui, HI

Magical Maui! The View from the Sunset Dinner Cruise – Lahaina in Maui, Hawaii

We boarded the boat, and were seated with another couple on the open air top deck. The Mai Tais were included with dinner and the cruise, so we were drunk before we left the dock I think. We quickly made friends with the other couple over the drinks. The meal was okay, to the best of my recollection, but the Mai Tais were great and everyone was in a party mood!

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Mai Tai

Mai Tai

MAI TAI: Serve on the rocks, poured over ice in a highball (or any other cocktail) glass. Ingredients: 8 parts white rum, 4 parts dark rum, 3 parts orange curaçao, 3 parts Orgeat syrup, & 2 parts fresh lime juice. Shake all ingredients except the dark rum with ice. Preparation: Strain into glass, float dark rum onto the top, garnish with pineapple spear, maraschino cherry, plastic sword & paper umbrella. Serve with straw.

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Ingredients: 1.5 oz jigger spiced rum, 1.5 oz jigger coconut-flavored rum, 1 teaspoon grenadine syrup, 3 oz pineapple juice & 2 oz orange juice. Preparation: Pour into glass over ice, stir, float dark rum on top, garnish with pineapple spear, maraschino cherry, plastic sword & paper umbrella. Serve with straw.

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There was live music onboard, the atmosphere was romantic, and it was a lot of fun. We cruised around on the Pacific ocean, with beautiful views of the harbor and island, had dinner, watched the gorgeous golden tropical sunset, and then returned to the dock. It was a pleasant excursion and I recommend it if you want to get “hammered” on a boat in Hawaii.

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Lahaina Sunset - Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Lahaina Sunset – View from the Lanai – Maui, Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

 

TRAVEL ALERT! Who ya gonna call?

The Polar Vortex that has caused such tremendous trouble for travelers this week is a great reminder to always book your trip with a professional Travel Agent!

Bad weather? Missed Flight? Travel Emergency? Who ya gonna to call?

Bad weather? Missed Flight? Travel Emergency? Who ya gonna to call?

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A Special Preview of Disney’s MagicBands!

Disney MagicBands!  Now testing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Disney MagicBands

New Disney MagicBands! –  They also come in blue and yellow.

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Contact me for all your Disney Travel Planning!

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Breakfast with HAL at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset

Holland America Line breakfast presentation at the Luxe Hotel on Sunset:

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Lobby of the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Bar at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Bar at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Meeting Room at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Breakfast at the LUXE Hotel on Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

A nice spread of fruit and berries with creme fresh, muffins, danish, juice and coffee.

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30-JUL-13: Italy! Who wants to go to Europe?

Italy! Who wants to go to Europe?

Venice, Italy! Who wants to go to Europe?

Italy! Who wants to go to Europe? (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel, taken by LMB)

 

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16-JUN-13: WindStar Cruises “WindSurf” currently sailing in Italy and Croatia

WindStar Cruises – “WindSurf” currently sailing in Italy and Croatia

WindStar Cruises

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05-JUN-13: The Sea is Calling. Answer it Royally.

The Sea is Calling. Answer it Royally.

Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, the Quantum of the Seas!

Royal Caribbean's newest ship the Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s newest ship the Quantum of the Seas

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INTRODUCING ROYAL CARIBBEAN’S, THE QUANTUM OF THE SEAS!

ROYAL CARIBBEAN’S NEWEST SHIP, THE QUANTUM OF THE SEAS

Royal Caribbean's newest ship the Quantum of the Seas

Royal Caribbean’s newest ship the Quantum of the Seas

The Sea is Calling. Answer it Royally.

The sea is calling.  It whispers your name, inviting you in.  Some barely hear the call over the noise of their lives.  Others answer it quietly by dipping a toe or wading ankle deep in its shore.  But going in halfway isn’t our way.

We believe in answering the call in a way that is as majestic as the sea itself.

When the sea calls with breathtaking views, we answer with balcony rooms big enough to take them in.  When the sea calls your name, we answer by knowing your name.  A sea that sparkles with light is answered with a Vitality Spa that fills you with light.  And when the sea calls with endless destinations, we answer with the best destination to see them all.  You could say answering the call of the sea is our calling.  And there aren’t enough anchors in the world to hold us back.

This explains why we’re the only global cruise line sailing every major sea in the world.

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Hey Now! National Travel & Tourism Week is May 4-12, 2013!

SOME VERY INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE TRAVEL INDUSTRY!

U.S. Travel Association - www.ustravel.org

U.S. Travel Association – http://www.ustravel.org

LEISURE TRAVEL

■ Direct spending on leisure travel by domestic and international travelers totaled $564 billion in 2011.

■ Spending on leisure travel generated $86 billion in tax revenue.

■ 3 out of 4 domestic trips taken are for leisure purposes (77%).

■ U.S. residents logged 1.5 billion person-trips for leisure purposes in 2011.

■ Top 5 leisure travel activities for U.S. domestic travelers: (1) visiting relatives; (2) shopping; (3) visiting friends; (4) fine dining; and (5) beaches.

BUSINESS TRAVEL

■ Direct spending on business travel by domestic and international travelers, including expenditures on meetings, events and incentive programs (ME&I), totaled $249 billion in 2011.

■ ME&I travel accounted for $99 billion of all business travel spending.

■ U.S. residents logged 458 million person-trips for business purposes in 2011, with more than one-third (36%) for meetings and events.

■ For every dollar invested in business travel, businesses benefit from an average of $12.50 in increased revenue and $3.80 in new profits.

(Person-trip defined as one person trip away from home overnight in paid accommodations or a day or overnight trip 50 miles one-way or more from home.)

LA Times Travel Show 2013 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Los Angeles Times Travel Show 2013 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

■ In 2011, international traveler spending (export receipts) totaled $153 billion and travel spending abroad by Americans totaled $110 billion (travel import payments), creating a trade surplus of $43 billion in favor of the U.S.

■ The U.S.received 62.3 million international arrivals in 2011. Of those, approximately 27.9 million were from overseas markets and 34.4 million were from Canada and Mexico.

■ The United States’ share of total international arrivals is 6.4% (down from 7.5% in 2000).

■ International travel spending directly supported about 1.2 million U.S. jobs and wages of $28.5 billion.

■ Each overseas traveler spends approximately $4,300 when they visit the U.S. and stay on average more than 17 nights.

■ Overseas arrivals represent 45% of all international arrivals, yet account for 78% of total international travel receipts.

■ Greatest challenges facing international visitors: burdensome visa process; unwelcoming entry experience.

■ Top 5 leisure travel activities for overseas visitors: (1) shopping; (2) dining; (3) city sightseeing; (4) visiting historical places; and (5) amusement/theme parks.

U.S. Travel Association

U.S. Travel Association

The U.S. Travel Association is the national, non-profit organization representing all components of the travel industry that generates $1.9 trillion in economic output. It is the voice for the collective interests of the U.S. travel industry and the association’s 1,400 member organizations. U.S. Travel’s mission is to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States.