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:

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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

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Winter Holidays in Cabo

Christmas at a sunny resort can take the edge off winter.

Christmas at a sunny resort can take the edge off winter.

Leon and I just spent a fabulous Hanukah/Christmas holiday in Cabo San Lucas, on the west coast of Mexico. For those who may have thought about going on vacation over a major holiday – do it!

Gorgeous view of the beach at Riu Palace, Cabo San Lucas

Gorgeous view of the beach at Riu Palace, Cabo San Lucas

We loved the grounds at the Riu Palace Resort – we took moonlight strolls every night.  Our room was both comfortable and romantic – a perfect getaway for couples.  Families will also appreciate this resort; there are extensive children’s programs as well as many activities for families.  The Dune Buggy Tour was a favorite of ours.

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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

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Welcome!

Ellen’s Travel Dish – a travel advice blog by Ellen Paderson, president of Smiles and Miles Travel!

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We specialize in family travel, cruise tours, Destination Weddings, and All-inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean. I personally visit virtually all the properties I recommend, and I’m known as a detail-oriented advocate for my clients….see some client testimonials.

I’m also the proprietor of Barmitzvahvacations.com, an innovative concept that locates your son or daughter’s coming of age celebration in an historic synagogue in the Caribbean. Wrapped around the ceremony is a memorable family vacation for a small or large group, based in a hotel, holiday villa or cruise ship.

I’m here to share my travel knowledge and experience with you to help make your travel planning successful and fun!

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