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!

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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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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.

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