Author Archives: Zenbiz Travel

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People Are Going Places

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When it comes to airfares, America has become affordable again.
No, I’m not talking about flying within the U.S.—I’m talking about flying from the U.S.

This summer, thanks to a parade of disruptor airlines from overseas, it’s now cheaper to fly from Oakland to Copenhagen than it is to fly from Oakland to Phoenix.

It’s less expensive to fly from Shanghai to San Francisco than it is from San Francisco to New York.

The airfare from Oakland to Denmark? It’s as low as $170, one way, on Norwegian.

From Shanghai to San Francisco, it’s as low as $677, round trip.  Want to fly from Zurich to New York? Most legacy carriers will charge you in excess of $1300 in coach.

But on Airberlin, try $575. These fares will continue throughout the summer.  It’s the result of an increased number of long-haul flights at a time when fewer folks are flying to the U.S.  Courtesy of Peter Greenberg


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Travel Tips for Easy Journey

Category : Blog

Preparation is the Key

  • Book the experience your want not the price
  • Plan early to save
  • Select a travel consultant who travels to help your make informed choices
  • Be honest with yourself about your time and budget
  • Don’t be afraid to invest in your memories
  • Read the reviews before you book

 

 


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CUBA ALL INCLUSIVE SAILIINGS IN MAY

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Category : Blog , Events , Special Pricing , Vacation

You asked for it now here it is.
Book Early because these sailings will sell out.

Prices based on double occupancy and subject to change before deposit.
Deposit $200.00 per person
Visa of $75.00 not included
Gratuities not included
Travel Protection Strongly Suggested (not included but Cuba insurance in Cruise Price)

5 Sailing only: 5/1/17 & 5/8/17 & 5/15 & 5/22 & 5/29
Sample Pricing based on Memorial Day Sailing 5/29/17:

Inside from    $1705 for 2 people
Outside from $1805.00 for 2 people
Balcony from $2,305 for 2 people
Suites from    $4705 for 2 people

Cruising to Cuba FAQs

Norwegian will offer sailings in May of 2017 aboard Norwegian Sky. Please read important information on visa requirements and Cuba Travel Documentation.

All guests must complete a certification form which sets forth and confirms that they will be participating in OFAC-compliant activities. Click here to download the the certification form. Email the completed form to NCLVISA@ncl.com at least 60 days prior to your departure date.

 

 

 

 


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Happy Holidays


Holidays remind us how important family is.  Now is a good time to plan your next vacation together.  Cruise, Villas, All-Inclusives, Rail & Land Vacations.
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Holiday Season is a Great Time to Plan Next Vacation

Have you wanted to travel somewhere exciting but could never find a travel buddy. So many people are in the same position.  Holidays are a great time to talk about travel and your dream vacations.  You will be surprised about how many people are love to travel but don’t want to do it alone.  When you are at the upcoming festivities talk to your family, friends and associates to see if there are any fits there.  In the meantime take a look at some of our upcoming offerings.  Click to explore.


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South Africa is Amazing

Category : Blog , Events

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans,[9][10][11] on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and on the east and northeast by Mozambique and Swaziland, and surrounding the kingdom of Lesotho.[12] South Africa is the 25th-largest country in the world by land area, and with close to 53 million people, is the world’s 24th-most populous nation. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere. It is the only country that borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean.[13] About 80 percent of South Africans are of Sub-Saharan African ancestry,[5] divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different Bantu languages, nine of which have official status.[11] The remaining population consists of Africa‘s largest communities of European (white), Asian (Indian), and multiracial (coloured) ancestry.  from Wiki 


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Cuba Now!

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Unbeatable Value. Unforgettable Experience.

Visit Cuba For A Journey Filled With Possibilities

Call Customer Service
at 1-800-381-1580 to secure your spot

When you visit Cuba with Fathom and your ship docks in Havana on Monday, your journey begins in earnest. During your time onshore, you’ll visit historic sites both ancient and modern. You’ll see those famous American cars, taste that famous Cuban rum, and dance, if you’re so inclined, to the legendary rhythms of the island. But the true value of this journey is the opportunity to get to know the Cuban people one on one as you connect, not just to their heritage and culture, but to their everyday lives and personal stories.

Havana

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Cienfuegos

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Santiago de Cuba

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What’s included in your cruise fare to Cuba? Just about everything.

3 1/2 days of shore excursions, including stops in Havana, Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos.

Shipboard travel between ports, so you can spend your travel time relaxing by the pool, not sitting on a bus.
Three meals a day, including all lunches onshore.

7 nights in a comfortable cabin aboard the MV Adonia, so you only have to unpack once.

Immerse Yourself. This is the Real Cuba, up close and personal.

Fathom offers a truly historic opportunity for travel to Cuba: a chance to help build new bridges to a rich and vibrant culture that, until now, most U.S. travelers have only seen in photographs.

What’s included in your journey? Just about everything. Meals, daytime excursions and activities, a comfortable cabin with all the amenities of a modern hotel, plus the luxury of having to unpack only once. Our itinerary was designed for ease of travel; between cities you will enjoy immersive and relaxing on-board activities like dancing lessons, an authentic Cuban cocktail class, or simply unwinding by the pool. For your time on the island, we’ve created a thoughtful cultural exchange experience that gives you and your fellow travelers the rare opportunity to learn more about the everyday lives of the Cuban people and their remarkable culture.

A Meeting of People. And Cultures.

Fathom is proud to be the first cruise ship company to be granted U.S. approval for round-trip travel between the U.S. and multiple destinations in Cuba. Your Fathom cruise itinerary to the Cuban port cities of Havana, Cienfuegos, and Santiago de Cuba is authorized under current people-to-people travel guidelines as set forth by the U.S. government.

As a Fathom traveler, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the artists, musicians, business owners, and families who make up the fabric of Cuban society. As you engage with the Cuban people, you’ll also experience the sights and sounds of their beautiful country: the Spanish and French colonial architecture, classic American cars, traditional Cuban music and dance, the coastal fortresses and tall cathedrals, and the cannons on San Juan Hill,.

Every night, you’ll return to the comforts of the MV Adonia, where are all the details of getting from location to location in Cuba are taken care of. Enjoy the sights, the sounds, tastes and rhythms of everyday life and relax knowing that virtually all the costs, including meals, lodging, and daytime shore excursions, are already planned for you and covered in the price of your Fathom journey.

A Real Adventure. To the Real Cuba.

If you’re serious in your desire to see the real Cuba from the inside, through the eyes of the Cuban people themselves, this is your invitation to join us. With your help, Fathom’s pioneering cultural exchange voyages to Cuba can create new bridges of awareness and understanding between our two countries.

Call Customer Service at 1-800-381-1580 to secure your spot

1) Your onshore adventure begins, appropriately enough, with the flavors of Old Havana. And the flavors, you’ll find, come in every variety. After an authentic Cuban lunch, you’ll dive deep into the city’s 16th-century heritage with a walking tour of Old Havana.

But this is a people-to-people day, too: some travelers may enjoy the opportunity to savor in a coffee in Plaza Vieja where a few questions may lead to a local Cafe owner explaining the role of tourism in Old Havana or showing you how coffee beans are roasted. Visit San Francisco de Assisi Square to discuss the role of religion on the island with patrons of the square’s beautiful cathedral. Stumble upon the famous booksellers’ market in Plaza de Armas to explore literature and antiques with the local merchants and then have your fortune read by one of the many Santeros who have set up shop in Cathedral Square. Afterwards, visit with local artists at Taller Grafico Experimental, where you will learn about one of the world’s oldest printmaking techniques, known as “grabado.”

After a day exploring and navigating the city, enjoy the option of a relaxing evening on the ship or experience the heat of a Havana night at one of the cities tropical Cabarets.

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A DAY IN
CIENFUEGOS

During a walking tour of Cienfuegos, it won’t take you long to see why the city’s historic center, with its remarkable collection of French-influenced Neoclassical buildings, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. And it won’t take you long to realize why the Cubans call this small but shining port city, with its wide seaside boulevards and sparkling bay, La Perla del Sur: The Pearl of the South. On your morning walk, you’ll visit a pharmacy, a market, and a local ration store, meeting local residents and learning about Cuba’s country-wide ration and dual currency systems.

Your morning exploring Cienfuegos also includes a trip to Teatro Tomas Terry, where a special performance has been planned for Fathom’s travelers. Finished in 1889 to honor Venezuelan industrialist Tomas Terry, the 950-seat auditorium takes its influence from French and Italian architects and is embellished with Carrera marble, hand-carved Cuban hardwoods, and whimsical ceiling frescoes.

Your morning in Cienfuegos will feature a private performance by the world renowned Cantores de Cienfuegos, with an opportunity afterwards to hear directly from the musicians about their lives, their training and their roles as music professors at area schools.

A DAY IN
SANTIAGO DE CUBA

Your final port is Santiago de Cuba, capital of the Spanish colony of Cuba from 1522 until 1589 and still the island’s most important city after Havana. Considered the birthplace of “ron, son, and revolucion”, the watchtowers and cannons used in the Spanish-American war still protect and guard this port city. Your full day in Santiago de Cuba includes lunch in a local Paladar where the chef and staff will answer questions about the rich and colorful history of their city and their cuisine.

After lunch, your tour of Santiago de Cuba continues with panoramic drives that provide views of the city’s most famous attractions like San Juan Hill, Antonio Maceo Revolution Square, and the Plaza de Marte. Dive deep into the city’s colonial past as you tour the UNESCO World Heritage site of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, a coastal fortress constructed in 1637 to protect Santiago de Cuba. Inside the fort, explore the country’s most complete and best-preserved examples of Spanish-American military architecture and artifacts alongside local history enthusiasts.

A short distance away from Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca lies the Santiago city center, with opportunities to see and discuss the Casa de la Trova, Parque Cespedes, or the Catedral de la Cuidad with local residents, and steps away is the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, where Cuban National Hero Jose Marti was laid to rest and where you can also witness the changing of the guard that protects his tomb.

Before returning to the ship, you’ll spend a portion of the day visiting a community arts centers dedicated to preserving the identity of Santiago’s people. Some travelers will the learn about the importance of dance in Santiago at the Cutumba and Macumba, while some will be inspired by the voices of the Coro Madrigalista. Other travelers will visit one of the famous music clubs of Santiago where they will be welcomed in to learn more about the sounds unique to the eastern side of the island.

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2) After waking up to a beautiful Caribbean sunrise in the port of Havana, you begin your second day in Cuba with an incredible agenda of activities designed to highlight the city’s premier attractions. After lunch head out on a panoramic tour of the city will take you up the famous Paseo del Prado and past Parque Central, where passionate baseball fans can be overheard debating greats, and the Gran Teatro de La Habana, home of the Cuban National Ballet, newly re-opened after a 2-year renovation. Enjoy views of the El Capitolio, currently under extensive renovations, and the scenic sights of the famed Reina Street where Art Nouveau buildings, colonial houses and Art Deco homes line the corridor.

Stand in the Plaza de la Revolucion under the watchful eyes of colossal iron sculptures of Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos and talk to passionate Cubans about their national hero, Jose Marti, below the monument memorializing his commitment to the people of the island. A short drive from Plaza de la Revolucion, a local guide will share the stories and secrets of the 140-acre Cementerio de Cristobal Colon, whose central avenues, sculptural monuments and elaborate baroque-style mausoleums make this massive cemetery almost a city of its own.

Peruse the halls of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, where you can feel the pride of the Cuban people emanating from the beautiful artwork adorning the walls. Spanning five centuries, the art housed at Bellas Artes is some of the country’s finest and is a testimony to the vital role art plays in Cuban culture. Enjoy a break from the sun inside the museum discussing this comprehensive collection with local art enthusiasts.

The last few decades have seen the birth of a number of transformative community projects in Havana. During this part of the day you will visit local residents committed to neighborhood improvement projects and experience firsthand how vision and passion can change a community. Visit the home of famed Cuban artist Jose Fuster, who has turned his entire neighborhood into a mosaic maze inspired by the styles of Picasso and Gaudi, or the community art project of Muraleando, taking a community workshop on one of Cuba’s many traditional art forms.

Other groups of travelers will have the opportunity to visit the Arte Corte project where a former state barber has transformed his neighborhood into a cultural center dedicated to improving the lives of local residents, or Callejon de Hamel (“Hamel’s Alley”), which is a small backstreet that houses a comprehensive and eclectic collection of traditional and folkloric art.

Once back on the ship in the evening, join some of your new friends for drinks and dinner inspired and created by Caribbean chefs specifically for the Adonia or relax and take advantage of one of the many amenities found on the ship.

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A DAY IN
CIENFUEGOS

During a walking tour of Cienfuegos, it won’t take you long to see why the city’s historic center, with its remarkable collection of French-influenced Neoclassical buildings, has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. And it won’t take you long to realize why the Cubans call this small but shining port city, with its wide seaside boulevards and sparkling bay, La Perla del Sur: The Pearl of the South. On your morning walk, you’ll visit a pharmacy, a market, and a local ration store, meeting local residents and learning about Cuba’s country-wide ration and dual currency systems.

Your morning exploring Cienfuegos also includes a trip to Teatro Tomas Terry, where a special performance has been planned for Fathom’s travelers. Finished in 1889 to honor Venezuelan industrialist Tomas Terry, the 950-seat auditorium takes its influence from French and Italian architects and is embellished with Carrera marble, hand-carved Cuban hardwoods, and whimsical ceiling frescoes.

Your morning in Cienfuegos will feature a private performance by the world renowned Cantores de Cienfuegos, with an opportunity afterwards to hear directly from the musicians about their lives, their training and their roles as music professors at area schools.

A DAY IN
SANTIAGO DE CUBA

Your final port is Santiago de Cuba, capital of the Spanish colony of Cuba from 1522 until 1589 and still the island’s most important city after Havana. Considered the birthplace of “ron, son, and revolucion”, the watchtowers and cannons used in the Spanish-American war still protect and guard this port city. Your full day in Santiago de Cuba includes lunch in a local Paladar where the chef and staff will answer questions about the rich and colorful history of their city and their cuisine.

After lunch, your tour of Santiago de Cuba continues with panoramic drives that provide views of the city’s most famous attractions like San Juan Hill, Antonio Maceo Revolution Square, and the Plaza de Marte. Dive deep into the city’s colonial past as you tour the UNESCO World Heritage site of Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca, a coastal fortress constructed in 1637 to protect Santiago de Cuba. Inside the fort, explore the country’s most complete and best-preserved examples of Spanish-American military architecture and artifacts alongside local history enthusiasts.

A short distance away from Castillo de San Pedro de la Roca lies the Santiago city center, with opportunities to see and discuss the Casa de la Trova, Parque Cespedes, or the Catedral de la Cuidad with local residents, and steps away is the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, where Cuban National Hero Jose Marti was laid to rest and where you can also witness the changing of the guard that protects his tomb.

Before returning to the ship, you’ll spend a portion of the day visiting a community arts centers dedicated to preserving the identity of Santiago’s people. Some travelers will the learn about the importance of dance in Santiago at the Cutumba and Macumba, while some will be inspired by the voices of the Coro Madrigalista. Other travelers will visit one of the famous music clubs of Santiago where they will be welcomed in to learn more about the sounds unique to the eastern side of the island.

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Call ZENBIZ TRAVEL Customer Service at 1-800-381-1580
to secure your spot


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Black Friday Sales

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Book a flight + hotel vacation package of three nights or more to select resorts in Mexico, Dominican Republic, or Jamaica, and save up to $250
Save $100 on packages totaling $1,000 – $1,999.
Save $150 on packages totaling $2,000 or $2,999.
Save $250 on packages totaling $3,000 or more.

Book: 11/15/16 – 11/28/16 by 6:00 p.m. CT
Travel: 11/16/16 – 5/8/17
One-day advance purchase is required.
Click here for more details including participating hotels


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EXPLORE NEW PLACES WITH SPECIALTY DIVE VACATION PACKAGES

DiveVacations_674x318United Vacations offers customized dive vacation packages to many of the world’s top dive destinations. No matter what is on your wish list, we can create the perfect package, including diving for any level of expertise from beginner to technical. Traveling with non-divers? No problem. We can help you select a destination where the experience for divers and non-divers will be equally enjoyable. From reefs, wrecks, and marine encounters to topside excursions, spa services, or just relaxing on a palm-fringed beach, we’ll make sure your trip is safe, rewarding, and hassle-free.

DIVE VACATION PACKAGE INCLUSIONS

LAND-BASED DIVE PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • Roundtrip flights on United Airlines® or any of its codeshare partners
  • Roundtrip airport/hotel transfers
  • Choice of hotel accommodations
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Guided boat dives
  • Unlimited shore diving where permitted

LIVE-ABOARD DIVE PACKAGES INCLUDE:

  • Roundtrip flights on United Airlines® or any of its codeshare partners
  • Roundtrip airport/boat transfers
  • Accommodations in twin-based cabin with private bathroom
  • All meals and snacks
  • Beverages (some include alcoholic beverages as well)
  • Up to 5 dives per day

Call Zenbiz Travel for more info: 800-381-1580 – info@zenbiztravel.com

 


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What Invisible Thread Says About Travel

Someone asked me last night at the Opening Night party for Invisible Thread why Zenbiz Travel was so attached to this musical? I told them that the message was in the music. The story talks about a young mans journey to Uganda to volunteer for a few weeks. What he found was that people need help and he decided to leave behind the comforts of home to help teach young people who could not afford to go to school. At Zenbiz Travel we have always encouraged our guests while on vacation to seek out volunteer opportunities. It could be a simple as bringing pencils and notebooks to kids in a school or donating time or money to an orphanage or a shelter. There is always someway to help. People always talk about how selfish the “Millennials” are.  Well Invisible Thread is a roadmap on what two people can do.

The show is amazing. Great production, Story, Acting and Music.  If you don’t see another musical/play go see this play and bring some young people with you.  Just for reading this post I am going to share a special discount code for you courtesy of our friends at Walker Communications Group who does an amazing job of marketing and audience development to our community.  www.2st.com code: WICG

Don’t forget to check out Zenbiz Travel’s upcoming trip to South Africa next October at www.out2afrika.com

When our cast traveled to Uganda, they took a Ugandan dance lesson from the students at the Ashinaga rainbow house. They taught us how to move our hips. We taught them how to whip and nae nae. #InvisibleThread

Posted by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews on Tuesday, December 1, 2015