Many businesses and establishments have made certain changes to their services in order to accommodate the disabled, and this includes the cruising industry. Many cruise ships now come fitted with bedrooms, bathrooms and general facilities...
Keep boredom at bay on your cruise ship by enjoying the organised activities and performances. For those who like to relax, sit back and enjoy everything from cabaret shows, poolside and lounge bands to themed events and parties. If you...
Hitachinaka is an amazing holiday destination, located in Ibaraki Prefecture, which stretches from Tochigi Prefecture to the Pacific Ocean. Formed from two small historic towns, Nakaminato and Katsuta, Hitachinaka is renowned for its unique...
While you’re on holiday in Turkey, one of the best experiences you can have is visiting a Turkish market and haggling for some of the goods on offer there. Every major tourist resort, from Marmaris to Bodrum to Fethiye, has a market, usually...
Many businesses and establishments have made certain changes to their services in order to accommodate the disabled, and this includes the cruising industry. Many cruise ships now come fitted with bedrooms, bathrooms and general facilities modelled for the needs of the disabled and, as a result, they have boosted their reputation and their overall income, with many new customers able to join in the experience of cruising.
Many booking agents on the internet allow you to book cruises solely for the disabled, such as the Disabled Cruise Club, and can give good recommendations for holiday resorts that are disability friendly. Regular travel agents will always take into account any special needs that a particular customer might have, such as acquiring a room close to a lift for wheelchair access, or picking a double room with two single beds for a carer and the disabled. Do not be afraid to talk to a travel agent about your disability as they are there to assist you in whatever way they can, including getting to your cruise, and also by arranging flights for the disabled.
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Keep boredom at bay on your cruise ship by enjoying the organised activities and performances. For those who like to relax, sit back and enjoy everything from cabaret shows, poolside and lounge bands to themed events and parties. If you like to keep your brain active, most cruise lines also offer a broad programme of games and activities such as bingo, quizzes and talent contests.
Since cruising has grown in popularity, some of the larger liners now cater for an unbelievable range of onboard physical activities such as rock climbing, ice-skating and mini golf. Pool areas are more luxurious than ever with some ships offering the same features you might find in land-based parks. Film buffs will usually find a cinema screen onboard or even a large screen on deck for movie watching under the stars. Some ships also have guest lecturers to talk about a range of fascinating subjects. Alternatively, Princess Cruises, often have a casino or spa for guests who would like to cruise in luxury.
Whatever your taste, it’s guaranteed you will never be bored onboard!
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Hitachinaka is an amazing holiday destination, located in Ibaraki Prefecture, which stretches from Tochigi Prefecture to the Pacific Ocean. Formed from two small historic towns, Nakaminato and Katsuta, Hitachinaka is renowned for its unique blend of local culture and modern trends.
In Hitachinaka there are four colourful seasons but the best time to visit is during the spring and autumn months when you can enjoy warm temperatures with few rain showers. To witness the famous cherry blossoms, you need to visit in March or April.
Hitachinaka has five major tourist attractions: the Hiraiso Beach, Ajigaura Onsen Nozomi, Sakatsura Isozaki Shrine, the flower paradise at the Hitachi Seaside Park and Nakaminato Fish Market.
You will find the Hitachi Seaside Park near the Ajigaura Beach. The Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Covering a wide area of 3.5 hectares, it boasts more than 4 million nemophilas – small flowers with transparent blue petals – that bloom during spring, as well as hundreds of daffodils and tulips of different colours. Regardless of the season, you will always find a variety of flowers complementing the crystal serenity of the Pacific Ocean.
Lodging and travel information
Although Japan is expensive, you can find several affordable lodging options. Japanese inns offer the most attractive alternatives. In these you can sleep on a traditional futon in a tatami mat room – a unique experience for most visitors.
To reach Hitachinaka, you should book a flight from London to Tokyo and then, travel to Hitachinaka by car. The total travelling time between London and Hitachinaka does not usually exceed 14 hours.
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Havana is the capital city and commercial centre of Cuba, it attracts over a million tourists each year who want to experience the culture and history of Cuban life. Things to see and do in Havana include:
Experiencing Old Havana
La Hababa Vieja or Old Havana has an architectural heritage spanning more than five centuries, and is the cultural heart of the city. Old Havana has some of the most fascinating architecture in the world, most of which encompasses the baroque or neoclassic style; while several of the buildings have fallen into ruin over the latter half of the 20th Century, many of them have been fully restored to their former beauty.
Things to see in Old Havana include Plaza de Armas (the oldest square in Havana), Castillo del Morro (an imposing fortress guarding the entrance to Havana bay) and the Gran Teatro de La Habana (Great Theatre of Havana).
Tourists will also be excited by the culture of Old Havana, including sprawling markets which sell everything from artwork to fruit and veg, and the commotion of daily street-life.
Visit the Christ of Havana Statue
The Christ of Havana is a large sculpture representing Jesus and is situated on a hilltop overlooking Havana Bay. It stands approximately 20 meters high and weight 320 tonnes. Built from 67 block of marble that was imported from Italy, the Christ of Havana Statue can be seen from various points of the city and offers panoramic views of the city from its base.
Try some Cuban cuisine
Cuban cuisine is among some of the best and encompasses Spanish, African and Caribbean influences. This results in a unique style of cooking and a taste to write home about.
In Cuban cuisine a typical meal will consist of rice and beans either cooked together or apart. Pork or beef is also added as well as potatoes or plantains. Salad is also a main staple of Cuban life usually consisting of tomato, lettuce and avocado, although other ingredients such as cucumber and carrot are not uncommon.
Havana has a lot to offer its tourists, although it must be noted that virtually all visitors to Cuba will require a valid visa before entering the country. This can be purchased on arrival at the Airport in Cuba, but some airline insist that you have one before leaving the country of origin.
Visas can be obtained at any Cuban Embassy or directly from your travel agent. Visitors must have a return ticket and proof that they have booked a hotel room for at least 3 nights to qualify for a visa. A Cuban tourist visa costs approximately £25. If you are still unsure on applying for your visa then visa specialists such as IXP Visas can help you get the right visa.
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While you’re on holiday in Turkey, one of the best experiences you can have is visiting a Turkish market and haggling for some of the goods on offer there. Every major tourist resort, from Marmaris to Bodrum to Fethiye, has a market, usually weekly, sometimes twice a week. They sell pretty much everything including fruit and vegetables for the locals, ‘genuine fakes’ and souvenirs for the tourists. If you plan to take on this experience, here are some tips first.
As you wander the market, you’ll notice big names: Dolce & Gabbana, Ray Ban, Rolex and many more. Please note that these will not be real, not being set out on market stalls wrapped in a bit of cellophane. Most markets will offer ‘genuine fakes’ and what the holiday reps will call ‘fake fakes’. Genuine fakes are generally good quality fakes – they will look alright and won’t break too easily. Fake fakes are what they say. They might look shabby quality, such as the stitching on the ‘Louis Vuitton’ handbag coming apart, or they’ll be easy to break, such as the ‘Rolex’ that never worked. Watch out for these and go for genuine fakes only.
The market will be busy, you can guarantee that. Many of them are under cover too to keep their wares out of the burning sun. This means you will be crowded and jostled along in a hot, busy place. Watch your bags and don’t let your children wander off.
If you’re planning to buy something, you’ll have to learn to haggle. The first price they’ll offer you will be ridiculously inflated. Make sure to be respectful though – this is how a great deal of these people make their income, so don’t be rude, you’re likely to get a better price by being polite. If you have a budget and stick to it, you can’t go far wrong. But make sure to start low and work up to a more sensible price for both of you.
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One of the most spectacular things that winter brings to the Northern Hemisphere is the Northern Lights. While the far north of the globe is dimmed by the winter darkness that can last throughout the day, the sky is frequently lit up by the phenomenon of the Aurora Borealis. If it’s something you’ve always dreamed of seeing, why not book a trip this winter to see them?
If you’re short on time and want to fit other things into your trip, it’s very easy to book a quick city break to Iceland. There are a number of packages that include flights, accommodation and an evening coach trip that will take you to the best places to see the lights.
Norway is one of the more popular places that people travel to catch a glimpse of the dancing lights. One of the best ways to do this is to book yourself on to a winter cruise. If you’re sailing overnight, make sure to spend some time out on the deck watching out for the lights as you’re more likely to see them out at sea where there’s less light pollution and they’ll reflect off the water.
You’d be surprised at how far south it’s possible to see the lights though, even the south of England has been known to have sighting of them. Steens Mountain Wilderness in Oregon is a very popular place that’s easy to reach to view the Aurora Borealis. It’s known as being one of the darkest places in the Lower 48, meaning they’re easier to see here.
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It is becoming more common for many British people to take more than one holiday per year; the annual two week holiday for many people is now something that almost seems a relic of a past era. Of course, often when and how much holiday can be taken is dictated by circumstances, work patterns, school holidays and so on, but three or more weeks away are the norm.
Most people now have four weeks annual holiday some have more, although for those in the construction industry there are restrictions on when the weeks can be taken. All this has meant that it is now possible to split the weeks and take three or four separate holidays each year. Most regional airports in Britain have regular services to the Mediterranean hot spots and with intense competition between budget airlines we can take four or five days away at an apartment, hotel ,or guest house, to enjoy sunshine and Sangria, Gondolas and Grappa, Pastel de Nata and Port wine, all less than three hours away.
Spain of course is ever popular with the British and for many they think of it as their second home. Malaga for the Costa del Sol resorts of Torremolinos, and Benalmadena, Alicante for the Cost Blanca the ever popular Benidorm and Barcelona for the Costa Brava beaches, the city and Lloret.
Faro in Portugal takes you into the Algarve and this offers huge contrasts in resorts, with stunning beaches often hidden behind rugged cliffs, but always accessible. If sardines are your favourite, then you will find none better than along this coast, particularly in the Portimao area.
Italy is many countries rolled into one and the South differs greatly from North and outside of Rome and Venice, Tuscany is easily accessible with Flights to Pisa. From there you are away to the beauty of Florence or the many charming villages and mountain retreats all with fabulous Italian food, but not forgetting the 250 miles of largely deserted beaches and resorts.
Short breaks are becoming the way to see lots of different places, enjoy the culture and cuisine; all from a regional airport near you.
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