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  • The Things We Do For Love
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    11/23/2022 3:04:08 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment



    Spear fishing on the Isla Mujeres


    Love is an essential part of the human experience. It drives people to do incredible things — for better and for worse — and when you’re in it, there isn’t much that you wouldn’t do to keep it. And its love’s powerful allure that has driven people since the beginning of time to find ways to profess their tenderheartedness to those that they hold dearest in a variety of passionate and sometimes strange ways.


    Today, travelers can honor their deepest desires when they partake in these romantic customs around the world. Whether they’re hoping to attract a partner, wanting to pledge their eternal commitment or looking to amp up their chances of conception, these celebrations of love might just do the trick.


    To See and Do


    Pont des Arts Bridge, Paris, France

    What better place to begin our journey than the City of Love? Picture the scene: twinkling lights flicker as you stroll the ancient cobblestone streets, the smell of freshly baked goods wafting through the air. You stop to admire a boat passing through a nearby narrow canal, and a local Parisian throws you a wink. Pretty romantic, right? All of this is to say that it’s no surprise that Paris — and the fairytale-like atmosphere that it exudes — has acted as a muse for artists and romantics alike for centuries. And of all the city’s iconic monuments — the Eiffel Tower, the Lourve Museum, Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris — Pont des Arts Bridge is one of the most romantic.



    The victim of shipwrecks and WWII bombings, one might be surprised to find that this symbol of amour has suffered a somewhat tragic history. However, after its reopening in 1984, Pont des Arts began its legacy as a place where couples and lovers professed their undying love to each other in the form of initial-engraved metal padlocks. Today, travelers who traverse Pont des Artes can admire over 700,000 ‘love locks’ placed by visitors past. Interestingly, while sentimental, the locks are beginning to cause some trouble as their combined weight is roughly the same as 20 elephants. For this reason, tourists are discouraged from adding to the collection, but that doesn’t make Pont des Arts any less romantic as it is the perfect place to snap a cute photo or enjoy a picnic at sunset during the summer.


    Casa di Giulietta, Verona, Italy

    A staple in literary history, many travelers are familiar with the story of Romeo and Juliet, a pair of star-crossed lovers who paid the ultimate price in the name of love. However, travelers might not know that you can visit the very same home that is said to have inspired the infamous tale — Casa di Giulietta. Located in Verona, Italy, Casa di Giulietta, also known simply as ‘Juliet’s House’, attracts nearly two million visitors each year.



    While its Shakespearean connection is what puts Casa di Giulietta on the map for many tourists, the historical home also attracts a sizeable crowd of honeymooners and lovers looking to leave their mark on the world in the form of sticky notes and love locks. The story goes that if you leave a message with your name on it and post it beneath Juliet’s famed balcony, she will cast a lucky spell on you, binding your love for eternity. Another popular tradition on the premises includes writing letters to Juliet where travelers disclose their deepest desires to the young maiden, sometimes burning the edges of the paper to mimic the look of medieval parchment. Finally, for good measure, a life-like bronze statue of Juliet sits in the courtyard, and it is rumored that those who touch her right breast will be lucky in love and fertility.


    Baths of Aphrodite, Latchi, Cyprus

    If anyone were to know the ins and outs of matters of the heart, it would undoubtedly be Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty. And when travelers visit Cyprus, they can explore the backdrop that inspired the legends that tell of Aphrodite’s life, escapades and romantic encounters. Of particular interest to lovebirds are Cyprus’ Baths of Aphrodite, a collection of crystal-clear spring water pools hidden amongst foliage and fig trees that are said to bless all those who enter with the gift of eternal beauty, youth and fertility.



    Unfortunately, thanks to a family of electric eels and other concerns, swimming in the Baths of Aphrodite is strictly prohibited. However, travelers can still enjoy a splash of the famed waters from a nearby fountain that spouts the same enchanted liquid.


    To Celebrate


    Kanamara Matsuri, Kawasaki, Japan

    Well known for its quirkiness, travelers may be unsurprised to learn that Japan plays host to the annual Kanamara Matsuri festival — aka, the festival of the steel phallus. That’s right, those who visit Kawasaki on the first Sunday in April can expect to find a bounty of penis-shaped statues, gifts and other various paraphernalia as residents celebrate reproductive health and fertility. The collection of phalluses is also said to ward off STIs, which begs the question, is there anything more romantic than a clean bill of health?



    Whether they have babies on their minds or just want to experience the obscure celebration for themselves, travelers will find that they aren’t the only foreigners in the crowd as Kanamara Matsuri attracts plenty of tourists each year. Visitors can enjoy penis-shaped snacks, admire festivalgoers in colorful costumes, pray for fertility and good fortune at one of the three shrines or snap a picture next to the famed pink phallic statue.


    Wife Carrying World Championships, Sonkajarvi, Finland

    Couples looking to test their relationship can take their love to the next level when they compete in Finland’s Wife Carrying World Championships. A yearly affair, this wild competition follows husband and wife duos from around the globe as they attempt to conquer a 250-meter course — including a one-meter deep pool — dotted with various obstacles. And to top it off, there’s a catch: all husbands must carry their wives on their backs in one of three ways — piggyback, over the shoulder or Estonian-style.



    Considered one of the seven most bizarre ‘feats of strength’ events in the world, the Wife Carrying Championship has amassed quite the fanbase since its beginning in 1992. After all, nothing says, “I love you,” like taking home the gold.


    To Mourn


    Museum of Broken Relationships, Croatia

    Let’s face it, every good love story leaves a few broken hearts in its wake. From amicable splits to unrequited love, sometimes things just don’t work out. But what do you do when that special person is no longer in your life? And more importantly, what do you do with all their stuff? That’s where the Museum of Broken Relationships comes in. Described as ‘a physical and virtual public space created with the sole purpose of treasuring and sharing your heartbreak stories and symbolic possessions,’ this unique collection is an ever-evolving ode to love, heartache and pain.



    Travelers hoping to experience — or contribute to — the Museum of Broken Relationships can find permanent exhibits in Los Angeles and Zagreb, Croatia amongst smaller pop-up installations around the globe.


  • Cruise Ship Weddings: What You Need to Know

    11/14/2022 3:44:17 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    When it comes to destination weddings, locking in the perfect venue is one of the most important pieces of the planning puzzle. And while some couples may find their bliss on a white sand beach or within a lush tropical jungle, others may find that their big day daydreams point toward a vaster, bluer location — the ocean.


    Luckily for water-loving lovebirds, cruise ships happen to make for a fabulous venue to celebrate the happiest day of their lives. However, before they hop on board, there are a few things to consider, here’s what travelers should know.


    Location, Location, Location


    The first decision seafaring couples will need to tackle is determining where their ceremony will take place — during embarkation day, at sea or in port. Ceremonies that take place on embarkation day are popular amongst couples whose friends and families can’t all commit to a full-length cruise but still want to be there for their special day. Most weddings are celebrated on board during embarkation day. This allows attendees who aren’t sailing with the couple to visit the ship for the ceremony.


    Alternatively, couples with a refined guest list, or those who are rolling solo, might find that a wedding at sea makes for the perfect backdrop to tie the knot. Many cruise ships are happy to play the role of a wedding venue and offer a variety of packages for lovebirds to choose from. However, while the crew will be more than ready to help couples celebrate, something to keep in mind is that, unless crewmembers are a judge, notary public, justice of the peace or minister, travelers’ seaside vows will be symbolic, not legal. To make sure things go off without a hitch, travelers can work with a travel advisor or one of the cruise line’s wedding planners ahead of time to ensure that the proper parties are present when they say “I do.”


    Similar to a ceremony at sea, travelers hoping to get married at a port of call or on a cruise line’s private island will need to get their ducks in a row before the big day (preferably through the cruise line’s wedding coordinator or a travel advisor). While they can require more planning, in-port weddings are absolutely gorgeous and are a great way to incorporate a special destination into one’s nuptials.


    The Guestlist


    When it comes to the guest list, many cruises cap out at around 150 people. However, that doesn’t mean that’s the average size of a cruise wedding party. In fact, in the same article with The Points Guy, Princess Cruises shared that two-thirds of its weddings have less than 10 attendees and that the average group size is around 25 guests.


    It appears, as far as cruise wedding trends go, that smaller, more intimate ceremonies are on the rise as both the wedding and cruise industries continue to bounce back from COVID-19.


    The Price Tag


    While this may surprise some couples, a cruise wedding is actually rather affordable with the average cost ranging between $7,000 to $20,000. For comparison, wedding website Zola notes that many couples plan to spend anywhere between $5,000 to upwards of $100,000 to tie the knot in 2022. How much love birds spend on their big day at sea will depend on their cruise line of choice, which wedding package they choose and any additional add-ons they select. From casual and celebratory to all-out luxurious, the possibilities run the gamut.


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  • Save The Date

    11/3/2022 12:30:19 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

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  • A FREE Wedding In Paradise

    10/18/2022 2:17:19 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Love Don't Cost A Thing

    Who said the perfect wedding has to cost a fortune? At Sandals and Beaches Resorts a wedding is even better than you imagined, it can also be FREE.


    The complimentary package features: Dendrobium Morchid Bouquet, Dendrobium Boutonniere, a two-tier Cake, Decorative Centerpiece & White Table Linen. This wedding gift is free when you stay 3 nights or longer.


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    We encourage you to dream differently about an event that is all you own. Whether you choose our FREE wedding option, use one of our new inspirations as a guide, or decide to fully customize your wedding events, our talented and professional Wedding Entourage will happily bring your vision to life. What’s personal for you is priority for us.


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  • Why You Should Create a Honeymoon Registry Instead of a Gift Registry

    10/7/2022 2:33:59 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    As exciting as weddings are, we can all agree that the honeymoon is something we’re all looking forward to afterwards. When researching destinations and planning out a dream itinerary, you think of all the wonderful things you and your partner can do on this unforgettable trip. However, one thing that may be in the back of your mind is planning for the expenses, especially after that amazing wedding.


    Traditional registries are great for couples who may be in need of household items and other essentials. But maybe you want to switch it up and try something that will be more meaningful for you and your partner. What better way to do that than to create an opportunity for a dream honeymoon! You can either have your guests donate money instead of gifts or add items to your honeymoon itinerary.


    WHAT IS A HONEYMOON REGISTRY?


    You may be asking what exactly a honeymoon registry is and how it’s different from the typical gift registry. To keep it simple, a honeymoon registry gives an opportunity for couples to ask their guests to take part in gifting experiences, rather than traditional household items. Honeymoon Wishes provides the platform to do so and allows the process to be fun and simple. With easy-to-use tools and over 850 destinations to choose from, we provide a seamless experience for both gift givers and couples.


    WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?


       •    Diverse Gift Options : Having the ability to offer unique experiences, incredible adventures, and dreamy hotel accommodations provide guests more options when choosing their gifts. With traditional gift registries, you can get stuck when it comes to diversifying your gift choices. However, when it comes to a honeymoon registry, you’ll find that there are tons of great options to choose from.


       •    Easy to Use : One of the many great things about having an online honeymoon registry is how easy it is for guests to contribute. By listing your honeymoon registry on your website, guests can send over contributions with just a few clicks. Rather than stressing about finding the perfect gift, this makes it a seamless and overall, more convenient experience for gift givers too.


       •    Funding Something More Meaningful : The memories you make on a honeymoon will last a lifetime. As you and your partner share a wonderful trip together, you’ll create special stories to tell for years to come. Make sure to put as much detail as possible when creating your registry in order to tell your guests how much this trip means to you.


    HOW TO ASK FOR HONEYMOON MONEY INSTEAD OF GIFTS?


    The great thing about Honeymoon Wishes is we take away the stress and hassle of asking for gifts directly. Rather, you are able to simply add items instantly from our website to your registry for guests to contribute. We offer many unique experiences and ideas that you and your partner can choose from. You can also personalize the experiences and add them into your registry as well. There are endless possibilities to choose from and your loved ones will be able to pick which they would love to contribute towards. The more options, the better!


    IS IT MORE EXPENSIVE?


    Since you are in control of your wedding registry, you can determine how much a guest can contribute. As experiences and gifts vary, you can edit each gift amount. In the end, guests can always choose how much they would like to give. It’s also important to note that the funds can be used in any way you and your partner would like. As we mentioned earlier, this kind of flexibility is one of the main highlights of creating a honeymoon registry.


    You can still go that route if you and your partner believe you would benefit from a traditional gift registry. It all depends on your goals and needs at the moment. The choice is always yours. However, when it comes to making a honeymoon registry, nothing beats the excitement you get when building up your list of activities and daydreaming of all the wonderful things you can do. Having the chance to go on an unforgettable trip creates so much thrill and something to look forward to even after your wedding.


    GET STARTED & CREATE YOUR HONEYMOON REGISTRY


    Even if you’re still on the fence, we recommend heading over to Virtual Honeymoon.com to see what may catch your eye. From destinations like Bali, Bora Bora, and Mexico, the opportunities you and your partner have are endless. When making your decision, take into account what would matter to you both in the long run and see what choice is right for you!


  • The Real Love Boat

    9/26/2022 4:16:27 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment


    45 years ago, Princess created a cruise sensation as the setting for the Classic TV series The Love Boat. And now it is once again the star of the little screen as the host of The Real Love Boat airing starting Oct 5 on CBS. The Real Love Boat - Starting Princess Cruises


    The Real Love Boat is an adventure dating reality series that follows couples as they search for love on the high seas. Recently filmed in the Mediterranean on Regal Princess®, the show is hosted by Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn, married, first-time cruisers and now Princess® fans. Be sure to watch the The Real Love Boat, airing on CBS Wednesdays at 9 p.m., and start thinking about where you want to sail next! Visit our Love Boat Sale at https://bit.ly/3fme33v!


    To read about the The Real Love Boat Crew click here.


  • Fall Honeymooning

    9/21/2022 4:06:07 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    With peak wedding season coming to a close and bags from summer travels being stored for next year, the beginning of fall marks an ideal time for honeymooning. After the summer heat has dwindled, autumnal months bring opportunities for couples to share intimate settings with smaller crowds, more options for accommodations, and the perk of off-season rates.


    Why a fall honeymoon just might be perfect for couples in 2022


    For couples looking to chase the sun this fall, consider a visit to one of these five tropical honeymoon destinations.


    Nothing quite says honeymoon like swaying palm trees, tropical breezes, crashing waves, and exotic cocktails. With so many alluring destinations vying to be the ultimate honeymoon destination, it can be a bit overwhelming to decide which one to choose. Whether it’s waterfalls you’re chasing, plunge pools you’re seeking, or just a secluded beach to sink your toes into; here is a round-up of some of the top tropical honeymoon destinations for 2022 – 2023.


    What Do You Do On A Tropical Honeymoon?


    The opportunities are endless now that you’re married to your perfect match. But if you’re looking for inspiration for relaxing things to do while away at your tropical honeymoon destination, here’s a few ideas to help get you started.


          Share a Couples Massage
          Sunset Dinner on the Beach
          Take a Catamaran Cruise
          Have a Beach Day
          Sunrise Yoga


    5 TROPICAL HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS AROUND THE WORLD

    Author: Kimberly Richmond


    JAMAICA


    Rockhouse Hotel Negril


    Full of contrasts and contradictions, this small island nation has a big personality and very spirited culture. The hospitality of the locals is really what makes this Caribbean nation sparkle. Teeming with hidden waterfalls, captivating jungles, enchanting caves, and a “bottomless” Blue Lagoon that defies explanation- Jamaica is an ideal honeymoon destination for adventure seekers. Average year-round temperatures of 80 degrees, easy flight accessibility, and a wide variety of resorts are just a few of the reasons honeymooners flock here from around the globe. Visit http://bit.ly/2FQXvO5 for vacation packages.


    INSIDER TIP: to avoid crowds (and hurricane season), the best time of year to plan a visit is between January and April.


    MALDIVES


    Riu Palace Maldives


    With lavish resorts on secluded islands that are only accessible by private jet, The Maldives is the epitome of a luxurious honeymoon. Surrounded by the gleaming, azure water of the Indian Ocean, the Maldives are a series of some of the most Instagrammable islands on the planet. The quintessential honeymoon haven is ideal for beach-loving newlyweds seeking the ultimate in luxury accommodations, complete relaxation, and complete privacy. Overwater bungalows and white sand beaches bring couples from all over the world to this pristine tropical paradise. With weather that stays within the 80s F year-round, it’s an ideal destination for newlyweds searching for a warm escape no matter when they decide to travel. Visit https://bit.ly/3S4IFV8 for vacation packages.


    INSIDER TIP: get two unforgettable honeymoon experiences in one, by continuing on to nearby India, Sri Lanka, or Nepal after a week at the beach.


    HAWAII


    Hawaii Shoreline


    Although you don’t need a passport to get there, Hawaii feels like a different world. Ethereal mountains, lush jungles, and dazzling beaches check all the proverbial boxes for couples seeking a true beach honeymoon. The islands’ natural beauty, laid-back vibe, and variety of accommodation options ranging from world class resorts to low key beach cottages and private villas have made Hawaii a consistent top honeymoon destination. There is also no shortage of things to do. For pairs who are also willing to travel during their stay, island hopping is also fairly easy and affordable to do. Flights between the islands can be as low as $50 one way and are relatively quick trips. Visit https://bit.ly/3aS3z5t for vacation packages.


    INSIDER TIP: if you go to Maui, make sure to plan a visit to Haleakala Summit to watch the sunrise! It is definitely worth the early morning wake-up call.


    BERMUDA


    Mark Twain said it best, “You can go to heaven if you want to. I’d rather stay in Bermuda.” Pink sand beaches, eclectic blue water, and notoriously friendly Bermudians truly make this place feel like heaven on earth. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the British territory that sits in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean exudes laid-back luxury, barefoot elegance, and old-world charm. Despite its popularity with tourists, you won’t find cheesy souvenir shops or fast-food chains (amen!) What you will find are pristine beaches, fabulous resorts, world-class dining, and high-end shopping. Bermuda also sits just 600 miles off the coast of North Carolina, making it a very quick trip for couples traveling from the east coast. Bermuda offers an extensive selection of beach resorts for newlyweds that are seeking coastal luxury resorts. To learn more visit https://bit.ly/3f4vc1h.


    INSIDER TIP: the best way to explore the island is by Twizy (a small, motorized car.) If you do rent one, remember they drive on the left side of the road in Bermuda!


    TULUM, MEXICO


    The beachside town of Tulum on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has managed to keep a slow, relaxed, and low-key vibe despite its growing popularity over the years. Trendy restaurants, boutique hotels, eco-resorts, and swanky beach clubs dot pristine beaches with lush jungle backdrops. A sexy, tropical destination, Tulum is the perfect spot for couples who want a mellow honeymoon with the option to sprinkle in a little adventure by exploring nearby Maya ruins or snorkeling in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Throw in a Mojito and a hammock and you may never come back! To learn more visit https://bit.ly/3f7zEfz.


    INSIDER TIP: Since many resorts in Tulum are eco-friendly, they don’t all have air-conditioned rooms. Something to keep in mind if you’re going during the summer months.


  
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