Thursday, August 30, 2012

Labor Day Specials and More!




1) Sandals Resorts Labor Day Sale! - Save up to 65% plus you can get up to $555 in Air Credits and Free Nights (depending on resort selected). See all of Sandals' Special offers today!


2) Labor Day Beach Sale - One Week All-Inclusive w/Air from Cincinnati from only $499*
Unbeatable vacation packages that include Sunwing Airlines Non-Stop Champagne Flights with Elite Service from Cincinnati to Cancun, Jamaica & Punta Cana. Want even more great deals from Cincinnati check out our Fall & Holiday Savings! Learn More.....

3) Fabulous Fall Getaways - Nine amazing deals from $299* Mexico, Caribbean and Costa Rica deals perfect for Family Fall Breaks, Last Minute Getaways and Holiday Vacations.  Learn More.....

4) Dine on Aruba - Receive two $50 Gift Certificates when you book by October 31, 2012.  You will receive two $50 Gift Certificates redeemable at Aruba Gastronomic Association Restaurants when they stay at select hotels between September 1 - November 30, 2012.  Learn More.....

5) Club MOBAY - VIP Fast Track Service & Amenities at Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay
With Club MOBAY you"ll enjoy a uniquely Jamaican, first class VIP lounge experience. You'll be able to relax in comfort prior to your departure flight and get “fast-tracked” through immigration and Security to their departure gate. A one-time Club MoBay membership of $30 per guest ($15 for kids 2-12) is now available for purchase at time of booking. Learn More.....

6) Smile Resorts - A new collection of resorts with exclusive added benefits for families
CMTravelonline.com hand-picked a selection of all-inclusive family resorts to suit every type of family needs. Offering great value and family-friendly features, these resorts will allow every member of the family and children of all ages to have the time of their lives at the best possible prices available. Plus, these hotels offer 3 exclusive benefits only found with the SMILE Program.  Learn More.....

Beaches Ocho Rios Temporary Closure


In order to continuously exceed guests expectations and further establish themselves as the Caribbean’s most awarded family destination, Beaches Ocho Rios will undergo a $30 million renovation that will unveil a brand new look.  In order to complete these exciting enhancements, Beaches Ocho Rios will temporarily close during the months of September and October, reopening on November 1st  with all new features and amenities. 
Future guests will surely be delighted with the new additions to the resort including: a brand new appearance with four distinct villages, including the hotly anticipated Greek Village; additional restaurants; an enhanced kids program; a revitalized watersports offering; and a plethora of enticing amenities and activities to explore. 
Beaches Ocho Rios regrets any inconvenience this closure may have on guests and looks forward to revealing these and other exciting improvements when the resort reopens.  Guests booked at Beaches Ocho Rios during the closure will be moved to Beaches Negril Resort & Spa or will receive a credit for their vacation amount to be used within one year at the newly renovated Beaches Ocho Rios.   
Alternatively, why not visit  Beaches Negril or the love Beaches Turks and Caicos.
About Beaches Resorts:
The perfect family getaway is at Beaches Resorts in Jamaica and Turks & Caicos. Set on the most beautiful pristine white-sand beaches of the Caribbean. Beaches Resorts offer a whole array of incredibly exciting activities for kids of every age. Here, tots, teens, grandparent and everyone in between can enjoy the most exceptional Luxury Included® family vacations beneath the Caribbean sun!

Choose from 3 Different All-Inclusive Vacations in Montego Bay, Jamaica

Nature Preserve, Private Island, or Island Party?
Longing to discover the undiscovered Jamaica, where you can immerse yourself in lush palm groves and a pristine coastline touched by shimmering turquoise waters, nestled against a beautiful 500-acre wilderness preserve? Or craving a decadent outdoor spa experience with your body caressed by tropical breezes, and a delicious candlelit gourmet Thai dinner, all on your own private island? Or jonesing for the lively atmosphere of a Jamaican party, sipping speciality cocktails around oceanfront pools, and strolling in tropical gardens just steps from the sea? Decisions, decisions.               



This is the place where the world first fell in love with Sandals - and it's easy to see why. Because the original Sandals still has the clearest waters anyone has ever seen, as well as one of the largest private white-sand beaches in all of Jamaica. And a fun-loving staff can help make every couple as lazy as the sun and as free as the sea - and the only rule to follow is to do whatever you please. as often as you want.



The Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort & Private Island is truly in a class by itself, renowned throughout the Caribbean for its refinements and British traditions of a bygone era such as high tea and Continental breakfast in bed. And just offshore, Sandals' exotic private island features a pool with a swim–up bar, a secluded private beach and an authentic Thai restaurant where some of the dishes are rumored to be aphrodisiacs. You'll be treated to gourmet dining at seven restaurants and 5 bars while enjoying full exchange privileges at the neighboring Sandals Resorts, thus giving you a choice of 11 additional dining experiences.



Only five minutes from Sangster International Airport and 10 minutes from neighboring Sandals Montego Bay and Sandals Royal Caribbean, Sandals Carlyle may be our smallest resort, but it's big on warmth and charm. This intimate hideaway for two includes true 24-hour room service and is home to 2 gourmet restaurants. Full exchange privileges at our 2 other Montego Bay resorts means 9 more gourmet restaurants to choose from. No other resort of this size offers so much.

Vacations For Singles



Singles Travel:

Its all about exciting alternatives, a new way to vacation. When you join CM.Travelonline.com, Inc. on one of our singles only vacations you will be in the company of other singles from all over the country with similar interests. This is a great way to travel, the days of "going it alone" are over. Some of our cruises attract as many as 300 singles, while other vacations are more intimate and might have as few as 5 or 10 or depending on the resort and activity.

A great singles vacation is more than a destination, add in the excitement of meeting and making new friends, learning or progressing in a favorite sport or just enjoying a quiet beach. Our travel staff is ready to assist in every aspect of your vacation planning.
Your only job is to kick back and have a good time!


Please Call 1-888-898-3628 for more details

Monday, August 20, 2012

Secrets Resorts & Spas Celebrates Opening of Secrets The Vine Cancun



Secrets The Vine Cancun’s General Manager Jean-Pierre Sorin and his staff welcomed the resort’s first guests Tom and Maria Stearns with a mariachi band, a ribbon cutting ceremony and champagne toast. To commemorate the occasion, the couple received a five-night return stay certificate to the Unlimited-Luxury® resort.

Designed by the award-winning Rockwell Group, Secrets The Vine Cancun features 495 chic guest rooms designed as a personal retreat with signature design elements including: Private balcony overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Laguna Nichupte, Italian porcelain floors polished to mimic wood, custom covered headboards and teak wood furnishings, luxury linens and Rockwell Group-designed APF mirrors and white glass wrapped bathrooms.

Upon entering the sparkling, elegant and bold Secrets The Vine, guests will instantly take note of the Mayan culture and Yucatan Peninsula design influences. For example, the concierge area, envisioned as a smoking room, mixes traditional hacienda and contemporary style furniture.

The Secrets The Vine’s signature design also celebrates fine wine, starting with its lobby which houses The Vine Bar, a designated wine tasting area for guests, featuring a wine wall with nearly 3,000 varieties. There, guests can enjoy sommelier-led tastings hosted at the locally handcrafted wood table with seating for up to 14 guests. A Vine Bazaar completes the wine-centric experience. This area of the resort offers a variety of relaxing spaces including The Vine CafĂ©, The Vine Bar & The Lounge, Terrace, and The Library, which was designed to recall the ancient Mexican tradition of storytelling.

Local cenote formations influenced the design, treatment selection and hydrotherapy circuit at the 12,580 square-feet Secrets Spa by Pevonia. The spa’s main lounge or Cenote Room, recreates the effect of natural cenotes with a three feet deep plunge pool forming the floor with backlit nooks throughout to emulate the beams of sunlight peeking through rock formations. The spa also features a Jacuzzi, steam room, glass pool, and fitness center with ocean views.

Secrets The Vine provides the perfect romantic setting for couples with many special amenities and wedding, honeymoon and anniversary packages. The variety of meeting areas, including 17,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space overlooking the NichuptĂ© lagoon, is ideal for group meetings and incentive travelers.

All resort guests will enjoy the benefits of Secrets Resorts & Spas’ signature Unlimited-Luxury® vacation concept which offers 24-hour room and concierge services, daily refreshed mini-bars, limitless access to gourmet dining and premium beverage brands across the resort’s seven distinctive restaurants and seven bar and lounge areas and countless daytime and nighttime activities and entertainment.

Secrets The Vine also will offer Unlimited Connectivity across the resort with the Secrets Resorts app, which is accessible for mobile download to iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android and Blackberry phones. The free app allows guests to stay connected and communicate with family and friends back home using the app-to-app calls feature to call local and international (U.S. and Canada) phones and send messages over the hotel’s Wi-Fi network without incurring any international cell phone roaming charges. Guests also can create user profiles using their email, Facebook or Twitter accounts to contact staff directly, tailor personal deal preferences, book spa appointments, reserve excursions and much more. Users can register the app with their room number to instantly view their folio and request hotel services.
Special Promotions:

Travelers who book their adults-only getaway to Secrets The Vine Cancun by September 30, 2012 for travel through December 22, 2012, will enjoy the “Free Fall” promotional savings:
3rd, 5th, 7th and 9th nights free

$200 in resort coupons for use towards fine wine, romantic dining and spa treatments

Additionally, consumers can play the fun, interactive “Free Fall” game on any of the resort’s Facebook pages, where they can drop a coin for a chance to instantly win a 5-night stay for two.

Special wine themed spa and experience packages are also available for purchase.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Hurricane Safe Destinations

 Hurricane-Safe Travel Destinations

Hurricane season is upon us and anyone who has scheduled a late-summer vacation in the Southeast over the past few years knows how a hurricane can wreck havoc with your vacation plans, regardless of where you’re traveling. For 2010, we have complied a list of hurricane-safe destinations for you and your family to enjoy. Whiles most of these destinations are not a sure things, they have been among the safest of the past several years. Don't let the hurricane season spoil your travel plans this year!

Hurricane-Safe Destinations ~ Pick Your Travel Destination Well

OUR RECOMMENDED DESTINATIONS & VACATION EXPERIENCES
GO ON A CRUISE:

The good thing about cruises is that they can usually sail around the worst of a storm. And today's ships are extraordinarily safe and with the advanced weather tracking available today, bad weather is something they can avoid. The downside is that the cruise line always reserves the right to reschedule port calls and change itineraries for weather-related reasons and therefore you may not get to visit the places you had hoped to.
The big advantage of sailing during hurricane season is that prices tend to drop to their lowest point of the year.  Your best deals are during the fall months -- late August to mid December, so it's an attractive time to buy a cruise. And the reality is that statistically speaking the chances that your particular voyage is going to be affected by a hurricane are very slim. But it does happen, from time to time. The thing to bear in mind is that it is a possibility and to approach the cruise with the right attitude.




POPULAR CRUISE DESTINATIONS:

THE CARIBBEAN:

When planning a trip to the Caribbean during hurricane season, it is good to know .
that hurricanes are less likely the further south you go. The islands of Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and St. Vincent, including the islands below them, are the least hit by hurricanes. However, as Grenada discovered in 2004 with Hurricane Ivan, never say never and keep in mind that hurricanes are unpredictable. If you still prefer to travel to the usual destinations, we recommend look for hotels and resorts that offers hurricane guarantees or something similar


Antigua
Antigua's secluded white beaches - among the most pristine in all the Caribbean - provide the ideal setting for a tropical paradise. The azure seas surrounding all sides of the island beckon you to the beaches, all 365 of them.
Aruba
Hurricane-free year round, the beaches and hotels of
Aruba welcome those who travel for romance.
Barbados
Barbados offers all the things a Caribbean vacationer needs in a tropical paradise - coral shore beaches, crystal clear waters, a climate that's sure to delight, and for water sports enthusiasts, a dream come true.
Bonaire
Included in the "ABC" islands, along with Aruba and Curacao, Bonaire is a small island located in the southern Caribbean known for its pioneering role in the preservation of nature, in particular the preservation of the marine environment, and for its excellent scuba diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing, among other things.
Curacao
On Curacao, there's never a shortage of exciting things to do - with sailing or fishing, kayaking or windsurfing, shopping or dining, the options feel practically endless.
Nevis
Intoxicating natural beauty, sunny skies, warm waters, and sparsely peopled beaches combine in the sister islands of St Kitts & Nevis to make them one of the most seductive spots in the Caribbean.
St Kitts
An uncrowded, unspoiled respite in the Caribbean, St. Kitts offers its natural beauty like a welcome mat for first-time and returning visitors alike. The island boasts pristine and gleaming shores surrounded by sparkling cobalt waters, plus many other facets to this impressive jewel of an island.
St Lucia
Rich in cultural history and natural beauty, the island nation of St Lucia offers a touch of everything you want in a Caribbean vacation. An unspoiled, tropical gem nestled in a chain of islands known as the Lesser Antilles, St Lucia traces its colorful history to long before colonial times, yet it has a legacy of over 400 years of European influence.
St Maarten/St Martin
Like well-suited counterparts, this striking dreamland offers two very distinct ad equally fabulous destinations on one island. The Dutch St. Maarten is a bustling haven, where surfers and divers head towards electrifying nightlife when the sun sets.     The French St. Martin provides a more low-key ambiance, where serene bays set the tone for relaxing feasts and peaceful strolls along moonlit shores.
Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago - two islands, one country. Two vacations in one - could you ask for a better deal? Lying just off the South American coast, this is the most culturally diverse of its peers, with a landscape and natural history as rich and varied as the rainbow faces of its many distinct heritages.



MEXICO - (Central & West Coast):

Enjoy a Mexican beach getaway to fabulous resorts in Acapulco, Los Cabos, Mazatlan, and Puerto Vallarta. Experience great beaches and visit ancient cultures. Lounge on the beach and enjoy the pulsating Mexican nightlife. If you still prefer to travel to the usual destinations, we recommend look for hotels and resorts that offers hurricane guarantees or something similar.
Acapulco
The gorgeous beaches, romantic sunsets, and glamorous nightlife that attracted Hollywood's hottest celebrities in the 1950s are still very much a part of Acapulco today. This "Queen of Mexican Beach Resorts" is set around a crescent-shaped bay and framed by verdant mountains that plunge into warm, sapphire waters.
Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo
On the Gold Coast, the dynamic resort center of Ixtapa and the quaint fishing pueblo of Zihuatanejo are contrasting twins. One is bold, beautiful and full of action, and the other is a quiet wallflower, living a simple life on the outer edge of her sister's spotlight. Ixtapa is the most modern resort on Mexico's west coast, with half of its land protected as an ecological reserve.
Mazatlan
While other beach resorts in Mexico work hard to dazzle visitors with mega-resort excitement, the equation for a great vacation in Mazatlan is a simple one of fun, plus food, plus lots of world-class fishing. Mexico's largest West Coast port and the second largest coastal city combines affordable accommodations with seaside charm and plenty of ways to have fun in the sun.
Mexico City Mexico City's historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Aztec ruins, the continent's largest cathedral, and historic architecture make Mexico City an interesting place to visit. Mexico City is also a dangerous place to visit and security should be a major concern of anyone who visits the Mexican capital.
Puerto Vallarta
Spectacular beaches, great tanning weather and a fun city combine to make
Puerto Vallarta an attractive destination. Its Bay of Banderas is the place to be, but touring the nearby jungles on horseback is also an attractive option. In addition, Puerto Vallarta is an area of Mexico that has attracted many talented artists and is known as one of the country's centers for the fine arts.
Los Cabos
To many travelers,
Cabo has become the "place to be" in Mexico. Good beaches, great shoreline, golf, fishing, and wild nightlife combine to make the Cabo area an attractive destination for a variety of travelers.


CENTRAL AMERICA:


Enjoy a different kind of vacation experience...Central American style! Lounge on the beach, visit ancient archeological ruins and enjoy the pulsating island nightlife. Adventurous travelers will want to participate in one of the fabulous Eco-tours offered.
Liberia, Costa Rica - (Costa Rica's western region)Liberia is the capital of the Guanacaste province and is fast becoming the new gateway to the sunny Guanacaste beaches. Over the past couple of years it has become more and more popular with tourists, just recently a new international airport in Liberia has opened up and many American airline carriers are now flying into Liberia. Liberia is very close to popular Tamarindo and its surrounding beaches and it is also becoming the preferred city to fly into if you are going to the new resorts in the Papagayo Gulf, only 30-40 minutes away. It is also very close to some popular and beautiful national parks. Parque Nacional Santa Rosa, Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja and Parque Nacional Guanasate are just to the north and are worth visiting.


UNITED STATES:


California
Enjoy a Los Angeles getaway and include multi-day Disneyland® Resort Park Hopper® Bonus Tickets, or Universal Studios® Hollywood. Thrill to Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland® Park plus other exciting theme park attractions and entertainment. Or travel to San Francisco and experience the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and Chinatown.  Also See:
  • Anaheim
  • Los Angeles
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
Hawaii is enchanting. Its beauty will stun you. Its floral scents will surround you. Its culture will fascinate you. Its legends will intrigue you. Its world-class resorts will pamper you, and you'll be treated as honored guests, as the "Spirit of Aloha" embraces you.  There are several Hawaii vacation packages, and hotels to choose from.  Day or night, flexible vacations options are available.
Las Vegas
Everywhere you look, from the
Las Vegas Strip to the dazzling Freemont Street Experience, there's an incredible variety of things to see and do. Take a roller coaster ride around Manhattan skyscrapers.  Trek through space at warp speed. Visit the world's tallest Coke bottle, or the tallest observation tower in the United States. Take a chance with Lady Luck. Dine from buffet to gourmet. Swing into championship golf. Or relax beside a refreshing pool. These are just some of the many incredible experiences waiting for you in this remarkable desert playground.   Las Vegas is one of our top 5 hurricane-safe travel destinations.


EUROPE:http://cmtravelonline.com/popular-destinations/go-europe
Explore Italy, Ireland and the rest of Europe. Experience one of our European vacations our European tours. From our independent travel packages to European escorted tours, we feature only the best companies offering European travel and vacation packages.   The dream of European travel is easily turned into reality with our broad range of vacation packages across a continent of distinctive cultures.



AUSTRALIA & SOUTH PACIFIC:
We invite you to experience the splendid diversity of Australia and South Pacific; from breathtaking beauty of the Great Barrier Reef to the vastness of the rugged Outback,  to the beautiful islands of Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, and Cook Islands - the most romantic destinations in the world.



AFRICA, ASIA, SOUTH AMERICA & INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS:

Please visit Elite Travel Consulting.com or Dream Excursions.com for exceptional vacation experiences to these fine destinations. Your Elite Travel Consultant can customize virtually any itinerary to fit your specific needs.
Destination information courtesy of Funjet Vacations, and Travel Impressions, our preferred vacation suppliers.

Resort Brand of the Week – Paradisus Resorts



At Paradisus All Inclusive Luxury Resorts, guests enjoy a uniquely encompassing experience of unpretentious luxury, undisturbed tranquility and carefree exhilaration in extraordinary oceanfront locations in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic and Mexico. A world where every single aspect has been thoughtfully and precisely created to deliver an unparalleled experience for all the senses. At the heart of it all is an extraordinary level of luxurious all-suite accommodations enhanced by discreetly attentive, personalized service that caters to every whim, wish and desire. Paradisus Resorts has created a re-imagined level of all-inclusive luxury. Where every detail is attended to in order to ensure the highest quality experience for you, your loved one, or your entire family.

Club Med - All you need to vacation your way… it's Total All-Inclusive



From all day dining and full open-bar to sports, activities and spectacular properties, we've got all you need to Vacation Your Way… included in one low price!

Enjoy your vacation exactly the way you want to… do a little of this… a lot of that… or do nothing at all… whenever you want. Simply relax, sink your toes into the silkiest sand imaginable or doze under spreading palms. Or you can spend your day sailing blue Bahamian waters, snorkeling amongst turtles and coral walls, or discovering local flavors, sights and sounds. If you seek intense thrills, try soaring 25 feet into the warm tropical air on the flying trapeze or feeling the pure adrenaline rush of water skiing. But keep some energy because when the sun sets, the serious fun starts! It's your vacation.
It's your Club Med.

Hurricane Safety Tips


A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone or severe tropical storm that forms in the southern Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, and in the eastern Pacific Ocean. A typical cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms, and in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface.

All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes. Parts of the Southwest United States and the Pacific Coast also experience heavy rains and floods each year from hurricanes spawned off Mexico. The Atlantic hurricane season lasts from June to November, with the peak season from mid-August to late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.
Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland. Hurricane can produce winds exceeding 155 miles per hour as well as tornadoes and mircrobursts. Additionally, hurricanes can create storm surges along the coast and cause extensive damage from heavy rainfall. Floods and flying debris from the excessive winds are often the deadly and destructive results of these weather events. Slow moving hurricanes traveling into mountainous regions tend to produce especially heavy rain. Excessive rain can trigger landslides or mud slides. Flash flooding can occur due to intense rainfall.
Between 1970 and 1999, more people lost their lives from freshwater inland flooding associated with tropical cyclones than from any other weather hazard related to such storms.
Before a Hurricane
  • To prepare for a hurricane, you should take the following measures:
  • Know your surroundings.
  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone. This will help you know how your property will be affected when storm surge or tidal flooding are forecasted.
  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
  • Make plans to secure your property:
  • Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install. Tape does not prevent windows from breaking.
  • Install straps or additional clips to securely fasten your roof to the frame structure. This will reduce roof damage.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed so they are more wind resistant.
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
  • Reinforce your garage doors; if wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
  • Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down.
  • Determine how and where to secure your boat.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.
  • If in a high-rise building, be prepared to take shelter on or below the 10th floor.
  • Consider building a safe room. 
Hurricanes cause heavy rains that can cause extensive flood damage in coastal and inland areas. Everyone is at risk and should consider flood insurance protection. Flood insurance is the only way to financially protect your property or business from flood damage. To learn more about your flooding risk and how to protect yourself and your business, visit the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (NFIP) Web site,www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-800-427-2419. For more detailed information on how you can protect your property, view NFIP’s printer-friendly handout Avoiding Hurricane Damage.

During a Hurricane
  • If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:
  • Listen to the radio or TV for information.
  • Secure your home, close storm shutters and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors.
  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and
  • keep its doors closed.
  • Turn off propane tanks
  • Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies.
  • Moor your boat if time permits.
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purpose such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other larger containers with water.
  • Find out how to keep food safe during and after and emergency.


  • You should evacuate under the following conditions:
    • If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions.
    • If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure – such shelter are particularly hazardous during hurricane no matter how well fastened to the ground.
    • If you live in a high-rise building – hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations.
    • If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an island waterway.
    • Read more about evacuating yourself and your family. If you are unable to evacuate, go to your wind-safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:
    • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors.
  • Close all interior doors – secure and brace external doors.
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm – winds will pick up again. 
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest level.
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.
  • Avoid elevators.

  • After a Hurricane
    • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
    • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
    • If you have become separated from your family, use your family communications plan or contact FEMA or the American Red Cross.
    • FEMA has established the National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS), which has been developed to help reunite families who are separated during a disaster. The NEFRLS system will enable displaced individuals the ability to enter personal information into a website database so that they can be located by others during a disaster.
    • The American Red Cross also maintains a database to help you find family. Contact the local American Red Cross chapter where you are staying for information. Do not contact the chapter in the disaster area.
    • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).
  • For those who have longer-term housing needs, FEMA offers several types of assistance, including services and grants to help people repair their homes and find replacement housing. Apply for assistance or search for information about housing rental resources
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed¬ out bridges. Stay off the streets. If you must go out watch for fallen objects; downed electrical wires; and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Walk carefully around the outside your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage before entering.
  • Stay out of any building if you smell gas, floodwaters remain around the building or your home was damaged by fire and the authorities have not declared it safe.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes. If you have any doubts about safety, have your residence inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before entering.
  • Use battery-powered flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles. Note: The flashlight should be turned on outside before entering - the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.
  • Watch your pets closely and keep them under your direct control. Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through debris.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
  • NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.

  • Publications

    FEMA Publications

    If you require more information about any of these topics, the following are resources that may be helpful.

    Other Publications

    Related Websites

    Find additional information on how to plan and prepare for a hurricane and learn about available resources by visiting the following websites:

    Recommended Training

    FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) has developed a training program to encourage community hurricane preparedness. This computer-based course provides basic information about dealing with tropical cyclones and hurricanes. Visit EMI online and select the ‘take this course’ option at the top of the right hand column to take the interactive web-based course.

    Listen to Local Officials

    Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by your state and local government. In any emergency, always listen to the instructions given by local emergency management officials.

    Monday, August 13, 2012

    Cancun Palace Re-branded as Hard Rock Resort



    Among other renovations, the hotel has made changes to the lobby and lounge to represent the Hard Rock brand.

    The Cancun resort is the first of four properties to be rebranded under a deal reached last year between Palace Resorts and Hard Rock International.

    In 2013, the Vallarta Palace will become the Hard Rock Puerto Vallarta, and the adjacent Aventura Cove Palace and Aventura Spa Palace will become the Hard Rock Riviera Maya.

    In January, Palace launched its All-Inclusive Collection to market Hard Rock resorts in Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

    The fabulous Hard Rock Hotel Cancun is a lively, all-inclusive family-friendly resort located in the heart of Cancun's famous hotel zone on a magnificent white sand beach. The Hard Rock Hotel Cancun features a spectacular, meandering lake-style pool with two swim-up bars, an array of dining options, special clubs for kids from 4 to 17 including the brand new Little Big Club (an interactive kids area), and outstanding nightly entertainment in a socially active and fun-filled environment.

    Hard Rock Hotel Cancun offers Hard Rock’s signature Rock Star Suites and showcases an extensive collection of authentic memorabilia from international and local music artists, while incorporating diverse music genres throughout. Also included, the renowned Rock Spa® and the groundbreaking Sound of Your Stay® program, designed to provide guests with a unique and all-encompassing music experience during their stay. Additionally, in keeping with the Hard Rock tradition, Hard Rock Hotel Cancun will host an ongoing schedule of live concerts, celebrity-driven events and other exciting onsite activities.
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    Special Features include complimentary long distance calls from your room within Mexico and to the US and Canada, complimentary honeymoon amenities, new family rooms and exclusive adults only concierge level.

    Now valid for travel through December 23, 2013
    Book by December 15, 2012
    Customize your vacation experience! Book a 5-8 night stay and receive a resort credit for a maximum value of $1500 per room/per stay; book a 4 night stay and receive a resort credit for a maximum value of $750 per room/ per stay; book a 3 night stay and receive a resort credit for a maximum value of $500 per room/per stay. The resort credit can be used toward tours, golf, spa/beauty salon services, romantic dinners, premium wines, room upgrades, 'Rock Shots' photography packages and weddings. Services and amenities must be arranged upon arrival. Certain restrictions apply. (Stays of 9-11 nights are entitled to a $2000 Resort Credit and stays of 12 nights or more are entitled to a $2500 Resort Credit.)
    Note:The amount of “Resort Credit” actually used is subject to an 11% government taxes and fees charge which must be paid upon check-out.

    As a Hard Rock Hotel guest, you may take advantage of the facilities and services including restaurants, bars, activities and entertainment at the Aventura Spa Palace/Aventura Cove Palace (to be rebranded Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in early 2013). (Transportation is not included.)

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    Children ages 12 and under sharing a room with an adult stay, play and eat free!
    Valid for travel between June 1, 2012 - August 31, 2012 and June 1, 2013 - August 31, 2013
    Minimum stay: 3 nights
    Kids Stay Free promotion is valid for up to two children per room. Reservations with overlapping dates do qualify. Children’s ages must be accurate at time of travel. Proof of age will be required upon check-in. Combinable with the $1500 Resort Credit promotion.