Welcome to The Juice!

Hello and welcome to The Juice, the official blog of Apple Vacations. Here at The Juice, we’ll cover a wide range of travel and vacation topics including: destination and resort overviews, things to do and see, travel tips, emerging travel trends and much more!

Fully focused on bringing you up-to-the-minute vacation planning information, The Juice is written by a diverse group of Apple Vacations employees who personally understand the diverse needs of our customers and have expertise in sales, customer service, marketing and e-commerce.

We are delighted that you have decided to visit The Juice, and we will do our best to make it, well, “juicy” with travel information! Of course, our customers are the reason for The Juice -so please share your thoughts, input, questions and feedback freely!

Any questions or comments, please email us at thejuice-editor@applevac.com.

Meet The Authors!


Eileen Herncane

Director of MarketingI am the Director of Marketing for Apple Vacations, in our East Coast division.

For almost 20 years, I have been managing marketing initiatives and corporate partnerships for Apple Vacations throughout the Mid – Atlantic region.

Depending on the day, you’ll find me scheduling special events, or creating multimedia marketing campaigns including social media, newspaper, radio, television, billboards, direct mail and a variety of sports and radio promotions. I also work hand in hand with our E-commerce team and my counterparts in Chicago. Apple Vacations has partnered with The Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Sixers and Flyers all over my time here, including the 2008 World Champion Philadelphia Phillies! I love my Philly sports teams!

Apple Vacations keeps in close contact with our customers and travel agents through sites like Twitter, Facebook, and TripAdvisor We value the feedback we receive and it helps us improve upon the services and vacations we offer, and it lets us know what you want from us. We also reach consumers and travel agents alike much faster via the social media world. Social Media comes in handy with breaking news, just released specials and weather delays! Many a snowy day or durign a hurricane I have posted updates throughout the night.

When I started with Apple Vacations I was single. I got engaged in Jamaica, got married and returned to Jamaica for my honeymoon. I am now (still) married with a 7-year-old . I have experienced all types of vacations. Riviera Maya is a favorite of The Herncane Family.

When not at work, I love traveling to see live music and every summer my family and I pick a Phillies away game to see a new MLB ballpark. I’ve been to Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean many, many times. Traveling is living and I love that my family and I can experience so many amazing destinations and meet people from all over the world. I love beach vacations and I can’t wait until my next one!

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Strawberry Daiquiri

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

At least 20

Where have you traveled?

All over the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Riviera Maya and Jamaica

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

Beach in the morning and pool in the afternoon!

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

Lounge, lounge, lounge. I want nothing planned.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

My family

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

Almost 20 years!

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

I don’t sit still — that’s for sure! My family & I travel a lot and take lots of Apple Vacations, that’s a given! I am very lucky to live right outside of Philadelphia. There is always something to do in the city, from visiting a historical landmark, to dining at a great restaurant, to going to a game, or attending a concert or special event. I love music and traveling around the country to see lots of concerts. I also LOVE my Philly sports teams especially The Phillies, Flyers & Eagles! We try and do at least 1 Phillies “away game” every year so that we can see all the ballparks. I have never made it to the west coast, for a game that’s my next goal. Hawaii is also at the top of my Family vacation list.


Christine May
E-Commerce Marketing Manager

I’m a new addition to the Apple Vacations team this year! I’m a part of the digital arena and I’m passionate about what I do. One of my favorite parts of the job is keeping in touch with our fans on Facebook and Twitter. Social Media is a great way to keep our fingers on the pulse of Apple Vacations.
And I can’t wait to go on my first Apple Vacation with my family!

What is your favorite tropical drink?

Cadillac Margarita

How many Apple Vacations have you been on?

None….but that’s soon to change

Where have you traveled?

Las Vegas, Canada, Italy

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?

Florence, Italy. It’s absolutely breathtaking, not to mention the most amazing food and wine I’ve ever had. And great shopping too!

Do you consider yourself a beach or pool person?

I LOVE the ocean

Do you prefer an activity-packed vacation or lounging around?

I want to take it easy and be pampered on vacation, with a drink in my hand.

If you were trapped alone on a deserted island, what is the one thing you would want with you?

My son obviously b/c I love being with him all the time or I’d want a volleyball, like Wilson in Cast Away, so I’d have a friend.

How many years have you worked in the travel industry?

My first year.

What do you do when you’re not at Apple?

I love to cook for my family and friends.


Ali Gerakaris
Marketing
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Ali is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois journalism department. She has worked in the Apple Vacations marketing department since 2002. Over the years her job description has included writing and producing radio and TV commercials, organizing media groups, writing press releases, working with hotel partners to achieve their marketing objectives and other general marketing-ness. Ali lives in Chicago with her husband, daughter and feline overlord.

Likes

Monkeys, photos of monkeys in clothes or smoking, Chicago White Sox, bacon-topped anything, unique souvenirs, pugs

Dislikes

Midges, traffic, UV rays

Favorite destinations

Paia, HI; Huatulco, Rhodes, Istanbul, Morocco, Napa

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