When You Shop Vacations, Compare Apple’s to Apple’s

We understand that travelers are looking for the best value for their dollar when making a vacation purchase. We know, because not only are we working with package prices all day, but we compare pricing when we vacation ourselves. That’s how we know that when you compare package price to package price you are getting THE best deal!

Sometimes saving up to 40%

When you look are purchasing a “complete vacation package” from Apple Vacations, it typically includes round-trip airfare, hotel  accommodations,  transfers to and from the resort and all taxes and fees. When you package everything together you get the best price with Apple Vacations.

If you take each component of that vacation and price it individually, and add each item together, the price will be more. The value is when you put it all together in a package. When we run a sale or a special, the sale is also typically based on package pricing.

For example, I just now priced 2/15 for 7 nights from Philadelphia to Cancun at Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun. Individually pricing airfare, hotel, transfers and taxes, the rate is $4,668.00 for 2 people. However, the package (featuring the exact same date, hotel, transfer, taxes) is on sale, and it equals $3,098.00.

That’s for the same exact inclusions.

Individually pricing airfare, hotel, transfers and taxes for JFK to Cancun on 2/22 for 7 nights, the rate is $4,798.00 for 2 people at Now Sapphire Rivera Cancun. But again, the exact same date, flights, hotel, transfer, taxes is on sale at the package price of $3,198.00 — for the same exact inclusions!

Which price would you want to pay?

Why is this? It could be for many reasons. A hotel may offer a “special rate” that only applies to packages. The airline could be doing the same. And when they both do it at the same time, you really save!

The value is in the package price! So when you are making your vacation purchase, do yourself a favor and price the entire package together. Make your hard-earned dollar go further and get the BEST vacation you possibly can.

Contact your favorite travel agent or visit www.applevacations.com and pick out your vacation package right now!

  • Prices sampled were per person, based on double occupancy and available on 1/28/14 via Apple Vacations leisure flights. Cancun flight from Philadelphia was on Frontier Airlines 1/15. JFK was on JetBlue Airways 1/22.  Prices included government taxes and fees. 

Cancun’s Now Sapphire Brings Together Comfort, Great Service

As told by Kasey Minnick, Marketing Specialist.

When I stepped off the plane at Cancun International Airport for my five-day adventure in Mexico, the warmth of the Caribbean instantly caused me to forget the frigid temperatures and polar vortex I left back in Pennsylvania.

At 27-years old, I had never been to Cancun before, but felt comfortable right away in my new “home away from home.”

As my van pulled into the resort, I felt safe in its surroundings and ready to explore. The service staff was quick and insistent in carrying my bags, making sure that from the second I reached the resort to the time I left, I wouldn’t need to lift a finger.

Although the sun spent most of my trip only peeking out from behind the clouds, it still reflected beautifully off of the resort’s well-manicured fountains and pool. As I easily navigated through the open-air walkways, I could hear music. That, along with the constant “holas” from the Now Sapphire employees, made me feel comfortable in my new surroundings.

Entering the building where my room was located, my bags were already waiting for me at the door. I could not wait to swipe my key card and see what was inside. The room was absolutely immaculate down to the resort’s robe and slippers placed perfectly on the canopy bed. The spacious area gave way to balcony seats, where a beautiful, beach breeze refreshed the already freshened suite.

When I left my room to venture for the day, I would make a pit stop back to my Suite to freshen up, and my fridge would be stocked with cold beverages, including Coca-Cola made with REAL sugar. The towels in my bathroom were crisp, clean, and hung just right.

I was nervous that the water in my shower would take ages to heat, but it was not any different from my shower in the states, except that Now’s shower was larger.

Being out in the common areas, it was comfortable. It was as if you had traveled to this location with these same vacationers multiple times before. They were considerate, friendly and genuinely looked pleased to be at the resort. Not only were the other vacationers welcoming to new friends but the employees made us their number-one priority. Whether it was to serve you a cocktail from their expansive drink menu, clear your buffet dinner plate or make up your room every morning, they always did it with urgency and with a smile.

I found myself eating mostly at the buffet, which always had vacant seating throughout the day. Having a flexible buffet schedule is nice because you don’t have to feel rushed to get there or rushed to finish the plate in front of you.

I did take advantage of one reserved seating restaurant — Fresco, and it was the best meal of the trip. What I learned immediately is that you have to go to these resorts with an open-mind, willing to try new and exciting foods. Whether you are a vegetarian, meat and potatoes, Italian, or seafood type of eater, it was all there for you to indulge in.

The beach, unlike those I have been to on the East Coast, have a fine sand, which doesn’t get hot to the touch. The beach at Now Sapphire had a plethora of lounge chairs, and space to relax on your own away from any crowds. There were always games of beach volleyball going on, so if you wanted to join, you easily could.

Even though the rain kept me out of the pool, I was able to stay out of the drizzle sitting underneath the coverage of the pool bar. This was one of the most relaxing afternoons I had while on the trip. I met so many people, whom loved to talk about their past and present vacations and share their drink recipes they learned from the Now Sapphire bartenders. Hands down, the best cocktail I had all vacation was called the Iceberg, which was a frozen Margarita sitting atop a Corona.

While depressing, check-out was a breeze and my private transfer safely took me back to the airport. With good vacation memories (and the thought of pool bar Icebergs) fresh in my mind, I wasn’t quite over the Caribbean Sea yet before actively wondering when I could make my return.

To book Now Sapphire, contact your travel agent or click here — http://applev.ac/1bdMUCf

Beach Chair 3   Fountain 2Food Frozen Corona Beach Pool

Reasons to Love Dreams Villamagna, Riviera Nayarit

When vacationers talk about all-inclusive Dreams Villamagna, two things come to the forefront: Its impeccable dedicated serving staff and incredible view from the 10-story luxury towers.

But that’s not all this Nuevo Vallarta resort brings to the table.

With a quiet and tranquil feel (no spring breakers allowed), you can take a hour-long walk on Dreams Villamagna’s nearly endless clean sand beach. You can also travel to the historic and safe colonial town of Puerto Vallarta, where you can go whale watching, shop or participate in some fantastic golf.

Everything about this resort is top notch, beginning with the grounds, view and including the exceptional staff, who work tirelessly to make sure your stay is unforgettable. Upgrade to an Oceanview room located on on the 7th and 8th floor in the Main tower. You won’t be disappointed.

When it comes to food, Dream Villamagna does it right. With six options, including a spotless and airy buffet, the variety (ranging from sushi, authentic Mexican cuisine to Italian) means there’s really something for everyone. The resort also features five lounges with premium beverages and friendly bartenders to make sure visitors always have access to drinks and a laugh.

If you end up eating and drinking too much (which will happen) or need a kick following a night of dancing to the resort’s live entertainment, you can reinvigorate your body and soul at Dreams Spa by Pevonia. Receive hydrotherapy and indigenous treatments and hit the peak of relaxation.

There are three things that make Dreams Villamagna the right choice for you. It has incredible food, a picturesque poor area and beach, and the service is unmatched. Throw in the quiet and romantic atmosphere and there’s not much else you could wish for in your vacation destination.

If you want to book this resort or learn more about Dreams Villamagna, Riviera Nayarit, call your travel agent or follow this link http://applev.ac/1cUK7Sf

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Panama – From the pages of the history books to an amazing experience!

We get a lot of questions on Panama. It is a fairly recent addition to Apple Vacations product offerings. Gina West, one of our Regional Sales Managers, recently returned from Panama. We were able to get her to share her experiences with all of us. Now you can decide if Panama is right for you!

As a baby-boomer, in grade school, I learned the significance of this small country. It is barely more than a strip of land, the “isthmus” on the globe connecting North and South America. Until my visit, my understanding was simply this. A strip of land connecting two continents and home to the Panama Canal – a passageway critical to the world’s commerce and economy. Boy was I wrong! There is so much more to Panama than in our history books. The Panamanian Tourist Board should put me on their payroll as I have now become a self- proclaimed “unofficial ambassador” and passionate promoter of Panama. Panama should be on everyone’s travel or “bucket list” and here’s why…

 Besides the critical role that the Panama Canal plays in transporting goods from the Pacific to the Atlantic, the workings of the three locks of the Panama Canal is amazing to witness and i’s history is worth exploring. My fourth grade geography class came flooding back and I was in awe, as I watched a cargo ship carrying 1500 containers maneuver it’s way through the locks from the Pacific (to the south) to the Caribbean and Atlantic (to the north).  Even more amazing was seeing ship after ship stacked up behind it waiting for their turn. This 24/7/365 day operation is “business as usual” in today’s world of commerce but still one of the coolest and most amazing engineering feats ever accomplished. 

 I expected to be WOWED and impressed by the Panama Canal, and it did not disappoint. What I did not expect, was everything else that Panama has to offer.  I truly fell in love with this destination.

 In recent years, Panama has modeled itself, the government and lifestyle similar to The United States, so it’s no wonder that American travelers find Panama a very comfortable destination to visit. Panama has coin currency called the “balboa”. The value is the same as the U.S. dollar and the U.S. dollar is the standard currency used throughout Panama. Just about everything in Panama is up to U.S. travel standards. The accommodations are spacious and clean. You can drink tap water because the filtration systems are the same as here in the U.S.

 There is so much to do in Panama, and so many areas to visit. It is a city destination, is it a beach destination, there is a rainforest. You can dip your toes in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans in the same day! If you want to take a vacation to Panama, but are wondering just how to get the most out of your visit, here is what I would recommend: Plan to spend at least one week. But, don’t spend the entire week all in one place. There are three distinct areas in Panama and you should visit each.

Stay tuned to this blog and I’ll give you the sample itinerary that Gina recommends.

In the canal with the container ships! Trump Ocean Club Infinity pool on the 35th floor! File0505 Tamarin Monkey in the Gamboa Rainforest

 

The flip side of a Destination Wedding…I’ve been invited, should I go?

 

So you are so excited that your son/daughter/cousin/friend/niece/nephew got engaged! You are very happy for the beautiful couple.  They then announce that they are having a Destination Wedding! How exciting!

Your opinion is about to come right out of your mouth. STOP and think before you say anything and remember these simple tips.

1 – Think before you give your opinion. The bride and groom may be having a Destination Wedding because that is what THEY have dreamed about their entire life.   It is the Bride and Grooms wedding, not yours.

2 – Make a decision if you can go and stick to it.  There are a lot of factors to decide on, such as, can you afford it? am I physically able to go? can I get off of work? Make a decision and let the bride and groom know. The number of guests they have will lend to different locations and venues within the resorts where they can schedule their events. They need an accurate # of guests.  The sooner they know this number, the better.

3 – Don’t complain! Don’t decide to go and then tell everyone about the sacrifice you are making. You are an invited guest and don’t let your comments make it back and upset the bride and groom.

4 – Don’t get up the next morning after the wedding and look for the bride and groom. Leave them alone!  I am speaking from experience here. They day after my wedding I had at least 10 people call or knock on our door to say good bye and tell us what a great time they had.

5 – Do enjoy yourself.  Reconnect with friends and family. Take advantage of the extended time with loved ones.  A Destination Wedding is no ordinary wedding.  Go with the flow and have a great time!

 

With Apple Vacations – It’s Always Summer!

In Mexico and most of the Caribbean the weather differential is not as drastic as it is in the Mid – Atlantic region. For example, the winter months, Cancun is usually in the high 70’s to low 80’s and in the summer, it is in the 80’s and 90’s. Today’s forecast in Cancun is 88 degrees.

But, you can really experience summer any time when you travel to Mexico and The Caribbean.

Many vacationers like to plan a vacation to Mexico & the Caribbean, because that is when it is cold in their hometown. They want to escape the snow and freezing temperatures.  It makes sense and it is definitely Apple Vacations busiest time of year. Who doesn’t want to post beach pictures and send updates of them enjoying the sun while their friends and family are home in the cold?  I know I love to.

But don’t forget, summer is also a great time to take a vacation to Mexico and the Caribbean. The days are longer – giving more daylight for beach-time, pool-time, activities and excursions.  The kids are out of school, so it is a perfect time to take families without missing school days.  Also, because there are more children in resort in the summer, they typically plan more activities to keep the kids entertained.

If a family vacation is not your speed, there are plenty of Adults Only Resorts waiting for you this summer with great deals in Mexico & the Caribbean.

No matter when you travel, with Apple Vacations – It’s Always Summer in Mexico & the Caribbean.  

Check out these great deals and see if any fit into your vacation plans:

We have rates up to 50% off currently to select Secrets Resorts and Spas and great rates also to Iberostar Hotels & Resorts. Click here to see them and other great summer vacation options.

 

 

Apple Vacations Fall 2012 Tradeshows and Educational Presentations – Let’s Get Personal

Apple Vacations #AVTS13 – Trade Shows

 

 

Apple Vacations is in the final stretch of our Fall 2012 Tradeshow and Educational Presentation series. Our events are for travel agents only. Over the past 3 months we hosted over 30 different events across the U.S and were able to meet with well over 5,000 travel agents.

One-on-one time with agents is very important to us. It is not only putting a face with a name, but we also get to know agents personally. Just as no two clients and vacations are alike, no two agents are alike! At our events, we get to provide agents with personal education based on the hotels, airlines and destinations they sell and want to sell. We get to show them what’s new, what’s hot and why Apple Vacations is THE tour operator to book with! We distribute all of our new brochures and personally show the unique features of each – did you try our new IR codes yet?  We also bring along some of our key hotels, airlines and tourist boards as well.

Just as an agent provides personal attention to their client, we like to provide personal attention to our agents. Check out some of our photos from the road. Did you attend any of our events?