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Goodbye winter. Hello spring!

This month we have prepared an article of two fantastic cities that have inspired the filming unforgettable movie love stories.

Escape to a secret underworld of turquoise pools where Mayans communicated with the gods non other than in the Mexican Caribbean. Swim in crisp mineral-rich waters inside magical caves called cenotes and feel lost in another time.

We also have a special destination in store; check our video.

Plus, as of this minute, every time you make a reservation by phone or through our home page, you will receive an email confirmation in seconds. Feel free to call your Holiday advisor for more info on this.

Lastly, look for attractive offers on our home page and rip the benefits of reserving online.

We wish you a happy vacation!

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Memorable love stories filmed in NYC and Paris

“Love is in the air.”

What would be of the film industry without incredible locations where love stories and romance happen? The streets, parks, restaurants or skyscrapers where characters interact not only do they play a major role in romance but the city where love unfolds becomes a character as well with its own identity, thoughts, conflicts, feelings and emotions. For decades, New York and Paris have been the favorite cities for cinematographers to shoot a love story. Here are 7 movies where NYC and Paris have starred in.

hearth Midnight in Paris (2011)

Written and directed by Woody Allen, this romantic comedy-fantasy film won both the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Awards for Best Screenplay. is set in Paris.

While on a trip to Paris vacationing with his fiancée’s wealthy, conservative parents, a successful but creatively unfulfilled Hollywood screenwriter (Owen Wilson) finds himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight.

They go to a party for Jean Cocteau where the astonished Gil realizes that he has been transported back to the 1920s, an era he idolizes. He encounters Cole Porter, Alice B. Toklas, Josephine Baker and Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, who take him to meet Ernest Hemingway.

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hearth Amélie (2001)

Amélie is a shy waitress in a Montmartre café in Paris. After returning a long-lost childhood treasure to a former occupant of her apartment, and seeing the effect it has on him, she decides to set out on a mission to make others happy and in the meantime pursues a quirky guy who collects discarded photo booth pictures.

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hearth Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Is there anything more special than finding true love atop the Empire State Building on Valentines Day? If you are into romantic movies, you’ll love this one, inspired and filmed in NYC.

Annie’s (Meg Ryan) relationship with her straight-laced fiancé Walter (Bill Pullman) is unlike her dream love life in the movie An Affair to Remember (1957).

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Jonah (Ross Malinger), Sam’s son, is also looking for a new mother, so when Jonah puts his father on national radio, hundreds of women write to him.

Annie writes to Sam (Tom Hanks) proposing they meet atop the Empire State Building on Valentine’s Day. Finally, Annie meets Sam and Jonah atop the Empire State Building on Valentines Day. When Sam meets Annie he realizes it’s the same unknown woman he had spotted a few times in Seattle.

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hearth When Harry met Sally (1989)

Harry Burns (Billy Crystal) and Sally Albright (Meg Ryan) meet when she gives him a ride to NYC after they both graduate from the University of Chicago.

The film jumps through their lives as they both search for love, but fail, bumping into each other throughout life. Finally a close friendship blooms between them and both are confronted with a question: “Can a man and a woman be friends, without sex getting in the way?”

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hearth Manhattan (1979)

This American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Woody Allen opens with a montage of images of Manhattan and other parts of NYC, with Isaac Davis (Woody Allen) narrating drafts of an introduction to a book about a man who loves the city.

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Isaac Davis is a twice-divorced 42-year-old comedy writer who dates a 17-year-old girl (Mariel Hemingway) but falls in love with his best friend’s mistress (Diane Keaton).

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hearth Casablanca (1942)

Casablanca is a 1942 film about an American expatriate owner of an upscale club and gambling den in the Moroccan city of Casablanca who meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. It’s one of the most romantic movies of all times.

“What about us?” Ilsa asks, not wanting to board the plane without him.
“We’ll always have Paris” he says, meaning they’ll always be together in their memories.

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We hope you enjoyed this trip down memory lane of the best love stories in the history of movie making. Better yet, we hope you take advantage of your Royal Holiday membership and get to visit NYC and Paris: two destinations where love eternally blooms.

Introducing a new travel assistance card

Even though 2016 has just started you are still in time to book your next vacations, either to the Caribbean or wherever your heart desires.

If you prefer Europe, London has something for everyone: from history and culture to fine food and good times. Read our article with the must-see London attractions and sights.

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Introducing April, your new travel assistance card in case of an emergency or unexpected contingencies during your vacation. Read about the many advantages of this travel assistance card on an article we prepared for you.

Lastly, feast your eyes on our video of the month. Remember, there are a lot of benefits if you book your reservations online. Check for Royal Holiday specials on our website.

Happy vacations!

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April, your Travel Assistance Guardian Card

Introducing April, your personal travel assistance guardian card ready to help you in case of unexpected contingencies or emergencies when you are on vacation. It’s provides you with year-round assistance, any time and anywhere you travel.

Because your safety and peace of mind comes first,  this insurance card will cover you for up to $50,000 USD per emergency*, for just $3,65 USD a day.

April’s year-round benefits!

  • Cancellation policy. You can cancel your April Assistance Travel Guardian card any time, no questions asked. You will get reimbursed partially or in full based the insurance card you acquired.
  • It covers you in case of an emergency or unexpected contingencies when you are travelling.
  • Assistance for travelers up to 85 years of age travelers,
  • Life insurance in case of sudden death or accident regardless of the circumstances.
  • Covers immediate expenses for personal needs in case your luggage gets lots or delayed.

Sign up for your April, Travel Assistance Guardian Card today! Talk to your Holiday Advisor.

* Ask your Holiday Advisor about different coverage. Terms and conditions apply.

Isla Mujeres A spell bounding “Isla Bonita”!

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Discover the mystical island of Isla Mujeres, a gem off the coast of Cancun lying peacefully in the Mexican Caribbean. Magic is precisely how you will hear isleños -island residents- and visitors describe this island. This Isla, endearingly called by most residents, is 5 miles across the bay from Cancún. Catch the ferry that leaves from Puerto Juárez or Playa Tortugas.

10 must-do activities in Isla Mujeres

1. Venture out to Garrafón Park, a special area for ecology, nature and adventure. Enjoy this tropical treasure through more than 20 activities such as snorkeling, diving, kayaking, zip lining, trekking, swimming with Dolphins to name a few.

2. MUSA snorkel offers you the chance to know one of Cancun’s top attractions: Cancun’s Underwater Art Museum. Admire + 460 Jason DeCaires Taylor’s statues while snorkeling in a guided tour. No experience, no problem, the guides will take care of you! The total museum installation will one day form an artificial ecosystem where various fish and marine mammals will thrive.

3. The Dolphin Royal Swim is definitely the best swim with dolphins program and one of Cancun best things to do. The Dolphin Royal Swim is done at Isla Mujeres, where you’ll be able to swim with dolphins in their natural habitat not in a pool. Enjoy more than 7 different dolphin behaviors including the “Foot push” and “Dorsal Tow”. You’ll also be able to handshake, hug, and kiss and have free time with the beautiful dolphins.

4. Once you reach Playa Norte, the island’s main beach, you won’t want to leave. Its warm, shallow waters are the color of blue raspberry syrup and the beach is crushed coral. Unlike most of the island’s east coast, Playa Norte is safe for swimming and the water is only chest deep even far from shore.

5. Tortugranja (turtle farm) is a government-sponsored hatchery for endangered sea turtles. At this Turtle Farm, eggs are deposited into safe, caged areas to keep them safe from predators. Once hatched the baby turtles are moved into ponds until they grow big and strong enough to be released into the sea. Easy to find, the turtle farm is located on Sac Bajo (North of Playa Paraíso).

6. Swim with Whale Sharks. Immerse in the Most Amazing Adventure in Isla Mujeres swimming with the Biggest Fish in the World and experience these humbling gentle giants up close. Also enjoy the crossing where you can see playful dolphins and stingrays in their natural habitat.

7. Tropical fish in El Garrafón de Castilla. Not to be confused with “Garrafon Park”. A golf cart will get you here. Hardly any tourists seek it out or visit it. It’s a great family beach and a protected snorkeling area. To make it interesting, buy some fish food, stand still or float, and friendly colorful fish will envelope you looking for lunch.

8. Catamaran Isla Mujeres. Don’t miss the chance of spending a wonderful day sailing through the Caribbean Sea and to Isla Mujeres in a catamaran. Enjoy the sun and the breeze while sailing to the reef where you will have the opportunity of snorkeling and admire hundreds of colorful fish.

9. If you are into archaeology, at the southernmost point tip of the island you’ll find a religious center that dates back to the 12th century dedicated to Ixchel, the Mayan Goddess of Fertility. The temple has another purpose, as it was used as a lighthouse for the Mayan ships travelling along the coast.

10. Before you catch the ferry back to Cancún, you can rent a bike or golf cart and cruise the Island. At the south tip you’ll find a small lighthouse from where you can appreciate the stunningly beautiful turquoise clear waters of the Mexican Caribbean.

Remember that Royal Holiday has several hotels in Cancún, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen to make your stay in the Mexican Caribbean an unforgettable one. Reserve now!

Scuba diving in Cancún: explore the silent underwater wonders of the Caribbean

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Usually when we hear about the Mexican Caribbean what comes to mind is sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and fun in the sun. However, Cancún, Isla Mujeres and the Riviera Maya are some of the most exciting places to scuba dive and snorkel in the world.

The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef north of Cancún extends over 600 miles from the northern tip of the Yucatan Peninsula to the Bay Islands in Honduras, and is the second largest coral reef in the world; it contains over 500 species of fish, sea turtles, manatees, dolphins and whale sharks. The Cancun, Riviera and Costa Maya boast over 186 miles of underwater life, ideal for aquatic sports.

South of Cancún (51 miles) is the Island of Cozumel, an excellent vacation destination year round. If you are a scuba diver or snorkeler, diving the waters of Cozumel really is exceptional and breathtaking; the dive sites look different even if your return to the same spot in the same week. Water temperature averages 78 degrees.

If you are an experienced diver, head to Puerto Morelos (36 km south of Cancún), where you can explore submerged shipwrecks like the General Anaya and the Juan Escutia. The Mexican navy intentionally sunk these ships in the 1980s in order to create an artificial reef to preserve biodiversity in the region. Other points of interest include Puerto Aventuras, Tulum, and the Sian Kaán and Xcalak biosphere reserve.

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The Cancún Underwater Museum, located in Isla Mujeres, has a total of 500 submerged sculptures, each with its own personality and human features. The sculptures were created with ecological materials to become artificial reefs and avoid harming the ocean, sea life and reefs.

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For those who want to experience the most thrilling dive in the world, Bull Shark Diving in Playa del Carmen is the place to be. Bull sharks measure 11 feet, are not shy and do make passes close to the divers; it is strictly for advanced divers with more than 30 logged dives. The warm water and good visibility allow us to appreciate the beauty of these predators between November and March.

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As you see, the Mexican Caribbean boasts some of the most exciting places for aquatic and extreme sports; and through your Royal Holiday membership you can plan to stay at Park Royal Cancún, Grand Park Royal Cancún Caribe, Grand Park Royal Cozumel or at the Grand Riviera Princess in Playa del Carmen. Enjoy your vacation in paradise!

New Year. New life. New Voyages

The New Year is the best time to make fresh new beginnings. Get the most out of your membership and plan in advance your 2016 vacation.
We have prepared some fun articles to can help your choose your next destination. Read everything about the advantages of the All Inclusive plan ; and make sure to read 12 cities you must visit at least once in your life with Royal Holiday. Plus, learn about the reasons why you should get an All Inclusive Plan on your next vacation.

To complement our recommended 12 Travel Resolutions, feel free to watch our video of the month. We hope you enjoy it.

Wishing you a blessed Happy New Year.

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Year-end, new beginnings!

December is here, and with it Christmas and the holidays. We have an article prepared for you, with six of the most beautiful cities in the world for Holiday Lights and Decorations.

Use your Royal Holiday membership to stay at a centrally located hotel in any of these Christmas fairytale looking destinations.

If you fancy the beach, Los Cabos is home to one of nature’s most spectacular sights. Every year about 26,000 migrating gray whales, take a 10,000-mile journey from the Arctic Sea south to the warm water lagoons of Baja California. You can admire these giant fascinating mammals by staying at Park Royal Los Cabos.

The year is almost over. It’s the best time to start planning next year’s vacation.  Browse our home page with special offers to travel the first trimester of 2016.

Have you been to Orlando? It’s one of our most popular destinations, famous for the several theme parks and Royal Holiday offers you the possibility to stay at the High Point World Resort, with a very convenient location. Check the video here.

Finally, all of us at Royal Holiday with you happy holidays!

See you next year!

Warmest regards,

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Angie Vela
Member Service Director
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Enjoy the fall like you never did before!

Remember, your Dream Vacations package comes with exciting certificates and exclusive benefits and you can use them also to reserve a Cruise. So, if you’re going on a cruise, read our special article on how to choose the perfect cabin when you take a cruise.

Remember to activate your vacation certificates through our website. It’s very easy to so, plus it will save you time to plan the perfect vacation.

Speaking of which, have you entered our Halloween “Trick or Trip” contest?  Hurry and participate for the chance to win a trip to the beach. For more info enter our  Facebook page.

Happy vacations!

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Angie Vela

Member Services Director
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