A Summer Bermuda Cruise

Leon and I spent a relaxing week in July, cruising to Bermuda from Port Liberty, New Jersey, aboard the comfortable Celebrity Summit. It was an easy Sunday-morning drive from Boston to the port, with plenty of parking and a simple boarding process.  In no time we were stepping off the gangway in Bermuda….no worries, no stress.

The weather was balmy and not too humid, the water warm and brilliantly clear for snorkeling and swimming – heaven!

Horseshoe Beach, Bermuda - lovely!

With fewer crowds than in May or October, we traveled easily around the island by taxi, motorbike and ferry–

On the ferry to Hamilton, Bermuda's bustling main town

My favorite feature of the cruise was meeting a wonderful group of fellow-passengers on the Summit. We made many new friends and created great memories on our summer cruise adventure!

Let me know if you’re thinking about a Bermuda cruise, or if you want more information about Celebrity cruises or other cruise lines – I know them all.



Good news for New Englanders!
Beginning in July, 2013, Copa Airlines will be offering daily flights from Boston to Panama City. This is exciting not only for travelers who want to visit Panama, but also as an alternative to connecting via Miami enroute to destinations in Central and South America.

Contact me at Smiles and Miles Travel if you’re interested in planning a trip!

In October, Leon and I enjoyed several days on a land-based fam (familiarization) trip to Panama with a travel agent group. In addition to the expected Canal tour, we were delighted to discover the deeper culture of Panama, and to visit some world-class resorts and beautiful countryside. Like my Panama hat?


Caribbean Dreams – St. Lucia

Leon and I celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary at Sandals La Toc and Sandals Grande in beautiful St Lucia. Sandals surprised us with a butler when we arrived! Thank you Sandals!!  We had a wonderful time!!!

Love the swim-up suites!

Beautiful beach wedding!

Plenty of fun activities...first time riding horseback in a swimsuit!

St. Lucia - great romantic getaway for a destination wedding, honeymoon or anniversary!

Contact Ellen for help in matching your vacation dreams and budget to the best possible destination for you!


My new ride celebrates Sandals and Beaches resorts!

Got my new Mobile Office wrapped in party mode to let the world know I’m excited about Sandals and Beaches Resorts as great destinations for couples and families!

Here’s how the Modern Travel Agent rolls:

Sandals & Beaches Resorts by Smiles & Miles Travel

Love my new ride celebrating family vacations - that's what Smiles & Miles Travel is all about!

Sandals adult resorts are perfect for destination weddings, honeymoons and anniversary celebrations, while Beaches is the place for carefree family getaways. Because they are all-inclusive, these resorts are kind to your budget with no pricey extras to bite into your wallet.

I’ve visited most of the Sandals and Beaches resorts in the Caribbean, and of course I have my favorites! Work with me to find the best match for your family’s travel requirements. Your leisure time is precious; make the right choice, relax, enjoy the Sandals and Beaches experience!

Call me! 508-238-4088 –0r– Contact Me via Email!


Unspoiled Portugal

I enjoyed our off-season tour of the cities and countryside of Portugal.  Loved the people, the vineyards and the Old-World feel of the country!  Call me if you’d like to visit Portugal!



Oasis of the Seas – perfect for families, celebrations, health & fitness cruisers!

I just returned from a pre-inaugural cruise on the amazing Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s new megaship.

Oasis of the Seas' amazing rock wall!

Oasis of the Seas' amazing rock wall!

I envision this revolutionary ‘destination ship’ as a perfect vacation for Healthy Lifestyle cruisers, as well as for my Bar/Bat Mitzvah Vacations groups and families with young children. Call me if you’re thinking of cruising on the Oasis!

Here’s a short slideshow highlighting the fantastic fitness options aboard Oasis of the Seas:


Tulip Time River Cruise April 18-25, 2010!

Join us for an unforgettable European barging experience!Join us for an unforgettable River Cruise through the Netherlands and Belgium at the height of the spring floral season!

We are booking now for our exclusive European Spring Adventure on the beautiful Avalon Waterways’ river barge Imagery, happening
April 18-25, 2010.
Our Spring Cruise itinerary

This Tulip Time Cruise through Holland and Belgium is perfect for couples,  groups of teachers and garden lovers!

Enjoy a canal cruise in Amsterdam, take photos of the
charming windmills at Kinderdijk, explore the quaint fishing village of Volendam; take an excursion to Edam, famous for its cheeses; and drink in the colorful blooming beauty of famous Keukenhof Gardens.

Riverview Staterooms from $1699 per person.

A small $50 deposit holds your favorite cabin!

Download our flyer to learn more about this great vacation opportunity, or call me personally and I’ll be happy to share more details! 508-238-4088


Italy Off-season: no crowds, bargain prices

I just returned from a brief but blissful sojourn in Italy. Our focus was northern Italy, flying into Milan and visiting Lake Como, Venice and the Cinque Terre. Everyone who visits Italy vows to return, and I can understand why. From the serenity of Lake Como to the romance of Venice, Italy just grabs you! I have some wonderful itineraries and travel ideas for custom tours in Italy…Email me if you’re thinking of going.

Neighborhood restaurant in Italy

Neighborhood restaurant in Italy

Neighborhood restaurant in Italy

Neighborhood restaurant in Italy

Neighborhood restaurant in Italy

Neighborhood restaurant in Italy