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About cruiselikeavip

I am a travel specialist from North Carolina. I pride myself in giving personalized service to my guests. My motto is "all you do is show up at the airport and I take care of the rest." I have 20+ years experience in the travel industry. I book ocean cruises, all inclusive vacation packages,, honeymoons, Disney, European escorted tours, River cruises, individual vacation packages, golf packages, Dude Ranches, Bus tours of US and Canada, New York and Las Vegas getaways. Give me a call for a free quote at 919.708.8217.

Xcaret Riviera Maya, Mexico

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We are in for a treat this week.  We are visiting Hotel Xcaret, Mexico in the Riviera Maya area.  Hotel Xcaret is more than just a resort, it’s a destination rich in history, art, entertainment and Mayan culture.

This is an All-FUN INCLUSIVE resort that is sure to please adults and kids alike.  I am organizing this as a group trip, so feel free to invite your friends.  Once you see this resort, you will want to visit it as I do.  You may ask, what is all-fun inclusive.  Not only do you get all suite luxurious accommodations, 10 restaurants and 8 bars and pools and rivers everywhere on the property, but you get to experience 8 Eco parks all included in the package.  I have been to some of the parks and each are amazing.  You will have unlimited access to Xcaret, Xel-Ha, Xplor, Xplor Fuego, Xavage, Xomimilco and Xenses as well as tours to Xenotes and Chichen Itza and Tulum.

Check this place out.  It’s fabulous.

If you want to experience all the Riviera Maya and the Hotel Xcaret has to offer with a great group of friends, then give me a call for details about this exciting adventure.  You will be glad you did.  Put June 1, 2019 on your calendar.

Call:  Cruise Like A VIP at 919.708.8217 or e-mail or facebook/cruiselikeavip and leave an IM.


Hope you like Mexican food.  Of course, they will have American, Mexican and Asian food.  With 10 restaurants, you are sure to find just the right menu.

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A Taste Of The Hawaiian Islands

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Welcome to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands.  This week we are getting a taste of Hawaii on this 7 night cruise visiting Oahu, Maui, Hilo, Kona and Kauai on the beautiful Norwegian Pride of America. A great feature of this cruise is an overnight stay on Maui and Kauai where we will have more time to explore these islands.


I have had so much interest in Hawaii , I decided to go back myself and bring my friends.  Here are the details:  $2938.00 per person includes 7 night cruise, 1 pre- night in Honolulu, round trip airfare, round trip transfers.  These rates are based on current air rates.


As I said, this cruise gives us a taste of these islands where you can visit Pearl Harbor, Kona Coffee Plantations, Waimea Canyon, the Na Pali Coastline, Diamond Head, Punchbowl Cemetery, Volcanoes National Park where we can actually walk across the steam vents and lava tubes.  Perhaps visit an orchid plantation, grab an authentic Hawaiian Ice, take in a Luau and swim in the many unique beaches on all the islands.


There is so much to do and see, it is impossible to see it all on one visit but this cruise will give you a good idea of where you would like to return.  As for me, I have been on this cruise and look forward to joining you on the next one.  I recommend for the first time visitors to take a cruise first, then return to their favorite island for a future vacation.


You can reach me at 919.708.8217 or or you can send me a message at facebook/cruiselikeavip.



As always, thank you for your interest in my trips.  I value each of you as my guest.


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Discover Croatia, Slovenia and the Adriatic Coast

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Join us and explore Croatia and the countries of the Adriatic.  This is a “must see” region filled with ancient cities, medieval architecture, intriguing cultures, rolling hills and stunning coastal scenery.  Croatia is one of the most popular tourist spots now.  You need to see it before it becomes overrun with tourists.

Our journey to Croatia and Slovenia takes us to Opatija on the Istrian Peninsula to Dobrovnik, Plitvice Lakes (shown above)and Split Croatia.  Then on to Ljubljana and Lake Bled, Slovenia and Zagreb, Croatia. I have also included an excursion into Kotor, Montenegro, a most beautiful coastal city on the Adriatic.

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Give me a call at 919.708.8217 for more information about this exciting and “different” destination.  I have interest in Croatia, so I decided to research it.  I am so glad I did.  This is a region I would love to visit myself.


If you prefer, you can email me at or facebook/cruiselikeavip and leave me a message.









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Polynesian Family Vacation

Imagine looking out at this view!!!!

intercontinental-bora-bora-5357284500-2x1 - Copy - CopyMost people think Tahiti and the Polynesian Islands are just for honeymooner’s and couples, but the islands are family friendly.  This week we are taking the family with us to the South Pacific.  This is an 11-day Tahiti extravaganza with stops in Tahitil, Moorea and Bora Bora.  This package includes one night at the beautiful InterContinental Tahiti, five nights at the InterContinental Moorea and four nights at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa in an overwater villa.  Also included in your stay is free daily breakfast for the family plus free daily breakfast and dinner in Bora Bora.  Your family will enjoy a 30-minute dolphin encounter and a zipline adventure in Moorea, along with a private snorkel tour with professional photos in Bora Bora.  Wow…how great is this.

By the way, children 11 and under fly and stay for free!!

Many people think Tahiti is outside their realm of thinking of visiting because it is so far away and definitely an exotic locale.  Yes, the South Pacific is an expensive destination, but with this offer, it is more affordable than you would think.  The rates are from $8,400 per adult INCLUDING AIRFARE from Los Angeles.  I can arrange flights from your departure airport to Los Angeles.  Remember children fly and stay free.


For the weather, I recommend visiting between May and October, 2018.


If Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora are somewhere you would like to visit, then please give me a call for more information and prices for the dates you prefer.  Want to make your friends envious of your vacation plans when you tell them you are vacationing this year in the South Pacific, tell them they can go with you……

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Call me at 919.708.8217 or email for more details.





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Let’s Go To Aruba


Bon Bini!!  Welcome to my favorite island – Aruba.  It’s time to see for yourself how beautiful and friendly this island paradise is.  Be sure to put July 22-27, 2018 on your summer calendar.

If you have never been to Aruba, let me tell you a little about this tiny Dutch Caribbean island located 15 miles north of Venezuela.  Home to beautiful white sand beaches, 90 degrees annual average temperatures with cooling trade winds that keep you cool.  Since Aruba is outside the hurricane belt, anytime of the year is a great time to visit.

I have found Aruba has some of the friendliest people in the world.  Most importantly, Aruba is clean and safe for US citizens, and they accept US dollars.  So, pack your passport and your swimsuits and join this trip to Aruba.  You will be glad you did.

Here are pictures of downtown Oranjestad and your hotel for the week.

Interested yet?  If so, give me a call at 919.708.8217 or email for more details about Aruba – One Happy Island.

Mashi Danki


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Majestic Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park

peyto lake - Copy (2)Spectacular beauty-the best description for the majestic Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park.  Beginning in the Canadian province of Alberta, our tour combines the best of the prairies, the majesty of the Canadian Rockies and the beauty of Montana’s Glacier National Park, giving us a superb overview of these U.S. and Canadian wonderlands. This itinerary is packed with everything you will need to see.  This is a photographers dream trip where you enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Canadian Rockies.

A walk on the Athabasca Glacier is one of the highlights of our trip.  It was a unique experience-and yes, very cold.

From Calgary to Waterton Park, Glacier National Park, Banff, Lake Louise, Maligne Lake, Jasper Park to the Columbia Icefield’s, this tour is jam packed with beautiful scenery.


All this can be yours on September 23-October 1, 2018 for $2300.00.

Price includes 9 days/8 nights, round trip airfare, round trip transfers, all tours, 11 meals included, trip insurance.  Call me at 919-708-8217 for more details about this trip.

FYI.  I took these pictures.




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The Best of Eastern Canada

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This week we are visiting Eastern Canada – Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto as well as Ottawa and Niagara Falls.  From the European-styled, old world elegance of Quebec City to the thundering magnificence of Niagara Falls, you will love every moment of this tour of Eastern Canada.

This is a magnificent view of the Toronto skyline.  Perhaps a visit to the CN Tower and have dinner in the 360 restaurant.

We will be staying two nights each in Montreal, Quebec City and Toronto, as well as one overnight stay in Ottawa.  The great thing about this trip is our tours are included in each city.

One of the highlights of this tour is a visit to Niagara Falls.  We will be taking the Maid of the Mist boat to the base of the falls.  What a thrilling adventure.  Be sure to bring your camera.

Before we visit Niagara Falls we will stop by Niagara-on-the-Lake, a quaint little town with local shops and a charming atmosphere.

Poutine – a dish originating from the Canadian province of Quebec consisting of french fries and cheese curds topped with a brown gravy.  We can not get Poutine in the US.  Have to admit, I have never tried this, but I believe some of our fast food restaurants now sell Poutine.  Give it a try.

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I have been to Toronto before and really enjoyed the restaurants and the underground city.  That was my first experience and was amazed what was underground.  Hope you can experience this tour for yourself.

Here is our itinerary:


Now for the details:

Best of Canada – $3225.00 per person

Includes: Round trip airfare, round trip transfers, 8 days/7 nights hotels with 10 meals included, tours in each city.  2 nights Montreal, 2 nights Quebec, 2 nights Toronto, 1 night Ottawa.  Complimentary hometown airport pickup and return.

Call Malynda for details at 919.708.8217 or email at



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Let’s Go to Peru




This week we are visiting one of my “bucket list” countries – Peru.  Peru is famous for Machu Picchu, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.  How cool will it be to see one of the new wonders.  I and many of my friends have wanted to visit Machu Picchu, and I found a great tour that will give us all the important sites of Lima, Cusco, the Sacred Valley and a full day at Machu Picchu.

This tour begins in Lima with stays in Cusco and the Sacred Valley, a day in Machu Picchu and then back to Lima.  This 7 day/6 night tour is just enough to give us a great immersion into the culture and history of this amazing country.





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You’ve seen the beautiful pictures of Peru, now here are the details.

September 30-October 6, 2018

$2350.00 per person

Price includes round trip airfare, round trip transfers, Intra-air, excursions each day, trip protection insurance and gratuities.

Hope you will join me visiting this Wonder of the World – Machu Picchu. Give me a call for more information about this amazing South American adventure at 919.708.8217 or e-mail at

Don’t forget your passport.  Peru is famous for Alpaca sweaters and blankets, jewelry and hand painted vases.  Be sure to bring some back to your family and friends.


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Turks and Caicos All Inclusive Getaway

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Welcome to the beautiful Alexandra Resort on beautiful Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.  Until recently, there was only one All Inclusive resort in Providenciales (Provo) and I am so happy that there are three additional resorts that offer all-inclusive amenities.    The Alexandra Resort offers 90 spacious suites for the discerning traveler.


The resort’s spacious suites are distinguished by high ceilings, large decks or patios, fully equipped kitchens (kitchenettes in studios), laptop-size safety deposit boxes, and free wi-fi.


The experience of staying at Alexandra Resort is a unique one. Resort amenities include a large lagoon-style swimming pool, Asu on the Beach restaurant, Elevate Spa,  24-hour front desk and an fitness room. Alexandra Resort offers many services on a complimentary basis, including non-motorized water sports, tennis courts, bicycles, a free dining shuttle to sister resorts Beach House Turks and Caicos and Blue Haven Resort, and Wi-fi property wide.

If you want to explore the island, there are several tour companies that will take you on an island tour.  There is also a golf course on Provo, so be sure to bring your clubs with you.  For the water enthusiasts, there is deep sea fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, flyboarding, parasailing.  There is a ferry service to take you to Grand Turk or Iguana Island if you want to visit some of the other islands in the Turks and Caicos chain.

Provo is a great place to get away from the world to relax, soak up the sun and gaze at the most beautiful water you will see in the Caribbean on Grace Bay Beach.

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Rates and dates:

May 28-June 1, 2018 – $2356.21 per person

July 8-12, 2018 – $2280.21 per person

Rates include round trip airfare (RDU) other departure airports available upon request.  Round trip transfers, 4 nights beachfront studio, all meals, all beverages, non-motorized watersports, taxes and tips and exchange privileges with two sister properties for dining.

On a personal note, you will love Provo and Grace Bay Beach.  As I said, once you see that water, you will be glad you came.




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Alpine Lakes and Scenic Trains


Charming Villages in the Heart of Europe

Experience the enchanting Alpine cultures of Switzerland and Italy as you journey through spectacular mountain scenery and picturesque towns. Ride aboard three of the legendary Alpine railways – the Golden Pass Panoramic Train from Gstaad to Montreux; the Glacier Express from Zermatt to St. Moritz; and the Bernina Pass Train, which takes you into Italy. Cruise across two of the most scenic lakes in the world, Lake Como and Maggiore. Relax in some of Europe’s most stunning and exclusive resort villages, including Zermatt, St Moritz and Lago Maggoire, Italy. Explore Lucerne, the “Swiss Paradise on the Lake.” Spend time at a family-owned farm where you sample their handmade cheeses paired with wine. Enjoy traditional regional cuisine and Italian delicacies.  And don’t forget about that Swiss Chocolate……

  • Cruise Lake Como on a traditional open-air commuter ferry.
  • Stroll the lakeside boulevards of Lucerne, St. Moritz and Como.
  • Journey through the Bernina Pass on one of the world’s most scenic railways.

One of my favorite places to visit on this tour is Zermatt, which sits at the foot of the dur Matterhorn.  Zermatt has no motorized vehicles.  You travel by electric golf cart or horse and carriage.  One of the most beautiful alpine towns I have ever visited.  You will love Zermatt as I do once you visit.

Now for the details…..

August 13-22, 2018-10 days  (12 meals included) tours included in each town, round trip airfare (prices based on RDU departures…other departures available upon request) complimentary home pickup and return, transfers in Switzerland and Italy.  Includes an optional gondola tour of Mt. Pilatus.  $5296.00 per person.  Please give me a call at 919.708.8217 for more details on this escorted Collette tour.

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