Halloween and Christmas are fast approaching, and there’s still time to book passage aboard one of Diney Cruise Line’s ships. Rolling out new events for both holidays, these ships will cater to the whole family, including parties, parades, decorations, and seasonal treats.
Halloween on the High Seas Cruises, Sept. 22 – Oct. 31
Aboard the Disney Dream, passengers can enjoy trick-or-treating with Disney characters, a Costume parade, a Mousequerade deck party, and the Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream show. For adults, the Evolution Night Club is transformed with a costume contest and a dance hosted by the Disney villains.
MerryTime, Nov. 12 – Jan. 6
On all four Disney Cruise Line ships, passengers can enjoy the transformation of the ships into a winter wonderland with a nautical theme. Kids can go to King Triton’s tree lighting ceremony. Family activities play games, dance, and celebrate with Disney Characters at a tropical holiday deck party. And, as no Christmas would be complete without them, Santa and his elves will greet guests.
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Many people are familiar with the significance of the date December 21, 2012 as the end of the Mayan’s 5,125 year calendar known as the Long Count. Like Y2K before it, there are those who believe that this date in some way signifies the end of the world. A sentiment that the modern day Mayans themselves don’t actually share. But it does serve as the basis for several great events.
|Tulum, Flickr/Alaskan Dude
Not being so much a prelude to the end of the world as a celebration of the culture that inspired the hysteria, the Mexican government launched the Mundo Maya 2012 tourism program to be dedicated to authentic activities and events that promote an understanding and appreciation of the Mayan Culture.
|Chichen Itza, Flickr/ Kyle Simbourd
If you’re looking for something a little more commercial, consider one of the many hotel chains that dot the Mexican Riviera which are offering Mayan inspired and centered activities such as spa treatments, yoga seminars, parties set to commence on December 21, and even activities for the kids. Click here for more information.
For those looking for a more historic and cultural aspect, we recommend checking out the Cancun Maya Museum. Recently opened, this museum is dedicated Mayan culture featuring exhibits that include skeletal remains that are approximately 14,000 years old found in Tulum’s underwater caves and artifacts that detail Mayan art, life, and architecture.
For more activities and events, click here.
It’s not too late to book some last minute trips to Mexico to enjoy these celebrations. Contact us today to get started.
As Travel Agents we enjoy not only going to different places but visiting different places at different times of the year. Europe offers as many different Christmas experiences as it does places, and one of our favorites is, without question, the Christmas Markets of Germany.
German Christmas Market
Flickr / ReneS
Germany at Christmas time is a magical place to be. If you are looking for a magical Christmas place to visit to get into the holiday spirit, look no farther. Germany has a long history of traditional Christmas Markets or Weihnachtsmarkt’s as they are called, which date back to 1434. There are hundreds of Christmas markets all over Germany which are generally open from the end of November until Christmas Eve. Markets are open daily from approximately 10:00am – 8pm or 9pm.
Vienna Christmas Market Stall
Flickr / Wien-Vienna
Visiting a Christmas market feels as if you have stepped into an enchanting fairy tale with the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas in the air. Streets and buildings are festively decorated in holiday lights and colorful decorations. German Christmas carols are sung and small stalls are decorated with nutcrackers, ornaments, candles and a variety of local handicrafts such as children’s toys, wood carvings, tablecloths and much more. The scents in the air from freshly baked gingerbread, sausages roasting on a open fire and Glühwein which is a mulled wine that will warm you right up on a cold December night are impossible to resist!
Flickr / tsteenbergen
While Sandy barrels towards the East Coast, we, here on the West Coast, are enjoying unseasonably warm weather and looking towards Halloween on Wednesday. For anyone wanting to add an international addendum to everyone’s favorite candy coated holiday, here are two ways to do so:
The country where our American version of Halloween originated, Halloween in Ireland is celebrated by with Adults and Children dressing up, lighting bonfires, and playing a particular fortune telling game that features barmbrack, a fruit bread baked with five items that were said to foretell the future of the person who received each piece.
|Photo by Sylvar/ Flickr
- A Pea
- The person who received this would not marry the next year.
- A Stick
- The person would have an unhappy marriage.
- A Piece of Cloth
- Fortells bad luck or poverty.
- A Small Coin
- and a Ring
- Telling the receiver they would marry in the coming year.
To learn more, click here.
Dia De Los Muertos, the holiday that most Americans associate with as the Mexican version of Halloween, isn’t actually celebrated until November 2 where it is actually apart of three consecutive holidays that are celebrated in conjunction with Halloween.
|Photo by Jennifer Vazquez/ Flickr
The importance of this day is that it celebrates the dead which is achieved by building altars containing favorite foods of the dead, cleaning and decorating the graves of loved ones, and the recognizable calavera or skulls which can be created from sugar and decorated colorfully and brightly. With a surge in popularity here in America, it’s possible for anyone to create a beautiful skull with the availability of molds, kits, and even the pre-purchased variety.
To learn more, click here.