Think February and you automatically think of romance. This year resolve to surprise that special someone with a romantic vacation and celebrate your love. Whether it's a destination wedding, honeymoon, anniversary, renewal of vows or other celebratory occasion, we can help with the arrangements:
  • Cruises - Choose to cruise for romance. Secluded beaches, en suite dining on a balcony overlooking the ocean and spa services for two are just some of the romantic pursuits available. Cruise tranquilly through the heart of Europe, America's nostalgic rivers, Asia's exotic waterways or, explore the mighty Amazon.
  • Hotels and resorts - Pamper yourself and someone special at one of our cosmopolitan hotels, luxurious resorts, country estates or unique places. Our portfolio includes nearly a thousand properties. When you reserve through us, you will enjoy exclusive VIP privileges and benefits to enhance your experience. You may never leave.
  •  Destinations and getaways - Where in the world do you want to go? There are some places that simply make you want to fall in love. We have knowledge and contacts to make sure that you and your loved one have the dream getaway you desire - your special place to pledge your love for each other.
Feeling enamored is something we all seek and Holiday Cruises & Tours has just the right travel options to set the mood.

Happy Valentine's Day and Presidents Day,

Phil and Carol Swartz

My daughter, Bayley, and I just completed an 8-day Eastern Caribbean cruise and we had so much fun enjoying the ship's atmosphere while playing bingo, the many trivia challenges, super fun deck parties, air hockey in the arcade, wining some cash in the casino, killing some karaoke, or just relaxing and watching the seaside theater or the waves.

The food is delicious and we love it when our waiter always brings us hot chocolate at the end of our meals without asking!  Bayley is my favorite cruise buddy is always up for fun as we snorkeled, got kissed by a stingray, toured the islands on an open trolley, watched the planes land at Maho Beach in St. Maarten, enjoyed tasty local meals, and did lots of shopping! 

My heart is full when I remember the amazing mother-daughter talks we had while swimming in beautiful, crystal clear Caribbean waters!  Cruising has brought us unforgettable memories that we will cherish always!

The Gaynor Sisters Experience
a Transatlantic Cruise
We had an absolutely wonderful time on our Princess transatlantic cruise. The weather was unseasonably good in every port, including Copenhagen, Norway, Scotland and Ireland.

We were a bit nervous about rocky seas on the transatlantic crossing, but any worrying was needless. The Captain made a slight turn to the south to evade a brewing storm and the water was like glass the entire crossing.

Your thoughtful gifts were a great surprise! We loved the wine and the sweet delights that were delivered to our room. Thank you very much for that VIP treatment!

Friends Share Weekend Cruise
on the Carnival Paradise

A group of 12 friends decided to share a weekend cruise, to help brighten the spirits of one friend, as she approached the Christmas Holidays. These collective friendships spanned across the years from 3 - days to 60+ years and lots of fun was had by all. 

Carnival Paradise was the selected cruise ship and it served its purpose well. The ladies enjoyed a plethora of things to do from massage therapy, to quiet time when needed, dancing and great eating on the Lido Deck, breakfast in bed (so to speak) great shows and wonderful dining times in the Dining Room in the evenings.

The dining experience was highlighted as all 12 friends were seated together at a humongous round table, right at the front of the Dining Room. But of course we were the liveliest table there and the center of "positive" attention. One of the friends met her match with the Head Waiter as they sang and serenaded each other every night; as both were blessed with awesome voices.

From the car-pooling down to the Pier in Tampa, slumber party the night before sailing and laughs all the way back home, fun was had by all! Thanks to Chynell for making this an easy access trip. We've all promised to share more fun times on the "Fun Ships" in the days to come!


Disney is truly the most magical place on earth.  In December, my son returned to Disney after 16 years as a daddy. I was blessed to be able to experience my favorite place through the eyes of my grandchildren.

My sister who came along and my son are December babies, so they were treated to many birthday wishes as well as free fast passes, free backpack, free cake. It was super amazing.

We were rewarded with fast passes due to extra-long wait at check in. We used those on the new Frozen attraction. This was especially rewarding as there were no Frozen fast passes available the entire week of our stay.

Disney truly goes the extra mile for guests! From the parades to the characters Disney is amazing to experience this time of year!

Shirlynn White is a Travel Consultant at Holiday Cruises & Tours and a Disney Enthusiast!

Holiday Cruises & Tours is an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner.
by Phil and Carol Swartz
The word "Lux­­­ury" can mean many things to many people and it's no different when it comes to hotels and resorts. When you hear the word luxury, you may think high-brow or stuffy. Maybe pampered or even spoiled. Or you may think of luxury as being able to do what you want to without the normal impediments such as waiting in line.

Carol and I spent the last few days as invited guests at a resort that I think brings all the best features of luxury together in a very relaxed and friendly way-­­­I'll call it "Bare-foot Luxury". We were at the One and Only resort near Cabo San Lucas in Mexico's western peninsula. Here, One and Only serves up all the best of what a luxury, five star experience should be. I'll not bore you with ALL the details ...
Join Phil and Carol Swartz
on a French Waterways
River Cruise
With 2 Days in Paris 
Departs April 5, 2017

Meet us on the Champs Élysées for a welcome dinner at Fouquet's, a Parisian Brasserie long known as a celebrity hangout... walk through "Le Marais," a city neighborhood with stylish galleries and peaceful squares and  twisting streets that have witnessed the marks of history.

Travel via high-speed TGV train to Lyon, where eating well is a time-honored tradition. Visit Vieux Lyon (old Lyon), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the 19th-century Basilica of Notre-Dame de Fourvière.

Set off on your Rhône River cruise through one of the first wine-producing regions on earth, stopping to explore villages along its banks; here ancient roots meet contemporary charm. See a 14th-century palace designed for papal splendor, Roman ruins, a medieval abbey or a game of pétanque (similar to bocce).

En route, taste an aged Beaujolais, a Côtes du Rhône direct from the source, world-renowned chocolates, and superb cheeses.

The Ark Encounter & 
Creation Museum 
Motorcoach Tour

The Ark Encounter and much more will make this tour to the Cincinnati area a smash hit! On this Ark Encounter 
trip, you will go inside a life-size recreation of Noah's Ark, built to the specifications in the Bible! See jawdropping exhibits inside the Ark and experience pages of the Bible like never before.

This tour also takes you to the Creation Museum - prepare to believe as you are inspired by state-of-the-art exhibits and stunning gardens. Experience a variety of sea life at the amazing Newport Aquarium, including over two-hundred feet of tunnels through stunning underwater exhibits. Finally, visit the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, voted one of America's top zoos, to make this trip to The Ark Encounter and Cincinnati complete.  
on Holland America's 'Koningsdam'
Hosted by Bill Duzinski
    From Tallahassee June 9 - 25, 2017

Join Bill Duzinski on this round-trip cruise and tour from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Honningsvåg Norway, situated above the Arctic Circle at the famous North Cape.
The Vikings once sailed these fingers of sea on the way to foreign lands. Today, these traces of indigo between emerald slopes belong to you. En-route this cruise will call on: 
  • Stavanger - Where cobblestone streets wind past colorful houses in this delightful town on Norway's western coast.
  • Flam - Explore steep-sided fjords, sweeping valleys and meadows. You'll find frozen-in-time churches as well as traditional farms where geitost or brown goat's-milk cheese is made.
  • Bergen - Gateway to fjord country, beautiful Bergen is surrounded by steep, forested mountains and has the lively feel of a university town. Visit its famous fish market on the colorful pier.
  • Sailing Sognefjord - The Sognefjord is the longest and deepest fjord in the world. Imagine 205 majestic winding kilometers of snow-topped mountain peaks, cascading waterfalls and panoramic views.
Onboard, partake of Holland America's legendary cuisine and relax in your elegantly appointed stateroom.
Best of Alaska 2017
Cruise & Tour 
Roundtrip from Tallahassee
Land hosted by Phil & Carol Swartz
Cruise hosted by Brad Baldwin
12 Nights Departing July 4, 2017

Experience the real Alaska up close - this package has it all, the historic interior lands 
has it all, the historic interior lands followed by a Inside Passage cruise. 
Beginning with air from Tallahassee to Fairbanks Alaska where you will you explore the Tanana and Chena Rivers aboard the Riverboat Discovery, see the Alaska Pipeline and enjoy an Alaska Salmon Bake.

Embark on a land tour to include Denali National Park to experience Alaska's backcountry where  large animals roam and hopefully get a view of Mount McKinley (renamed Denali). Continue by rail to the historic mining town of Talkeetna and by motorcoach to Anchorage.

Travel through the remote southern Kenai Peninsula to the small scenic fishing town of Seward. Here you can explore this town and visit the Alaska SeaLife Center, a non-profit research institution and public aquarium, where you will have close encounters with puffins, octopus, harbor seals, sea lions, and other marine life. Or, take an optional tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park where the ice age lingers. Nearly 40 glaciers flow from the Harding Icefield. Wildlife thrives and lush forests thrive around this vast expanse of ice. The native Alutiiq people have relied on these resources to nurture a life entwined with the sea.  

This afternoon, you will board the  Holland America Line's Noordam for a 7-night cruise through Glacier Bay and calling on the quaint Alaskan towns of Haines, Juneau (the state capital) and Ketchikan. Then onward via the Inland Passage to Vancouver, British Columbia where you will transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Canadian Rockies and 
Glacier National Park
Hosted by Judy Bell
Round-trip Tallahassee 
August 19 - 27, 2017

This Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park tour delivers the pristine wilderness of several national parks and the soaring beauty of the Rockies on both sides  of the Canada/U.S. border. This tour offers alpine scenery where jagged mountain peaks, deep green forests, pristine lakes, and meadows dominate the landscape. A breathtaking experience indeed!

Enjoy a made-from-scratch piece of huckleberry pie or ice cream. Or how about entertainment by a local cowboy poet in Calgary? The region's Western heritage comes alive through the cowboy poet's stories and songs. 

From the stunning scenery to the fun experiences, this Canadian Rockies vacation has it all! 

Grand Canyon, Las Vegas,
& the Hoover Dam
Motor coach Trip
September 20, 2017
Hosted by Chynell Jefferson

Experience three of our country's most exciting destinations in one trip: the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, & the Hoover Dam. You will enjoy a full day in Grand Canyon National Park as part of this vacation package, including the IMAX Grand Canyon movie. 

Next, you tour Las Vegas, one of the world's ultimate gaming destinations - plus, its dazzling spectacular hotels, unique shows, lavish meals, and much more, making it an unforgettable trip for non -gamers too. 

Last, but not least, marvel at the engineering and scale of the Hoover Dam and then take a guided tour of the spectacular Valley of Fire State Park. You will never forget three of America's premiere destinations. 
Christmas on the Rhine

16 Night Grand European River Cruise including Christmas Markets
Hosted by Phil and Carol Swartz
November 17 - December 3, 2017 

Our grand journey starts with an overnight in Amsterdam followed by the grandest of voyages along Europe's mightiest rivers - the Rhine, Main and Danube aboard the Crystal Mahler, your all-inclusive, all-suite Crystal river yacht, where luxury knows no bounds. In each stateroom, cruisers will find large bathrooms with twin sinks, walk-in closets and king beds. A single deck will serve as the hub for all public areas, comprising a glass-domed hub area called Palm Court, a library, a gym and a spa. She was launched this year.

Drifting slowly between Amsterdam and Budapest, prepare to explore the capital cities and quaint villages of Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. We will call on the Bavarian city of Nuremberg, famous for its bratwurst, dark beer and spectacular Christmas Market.

Departs Tallahassee June 8, 2017
Hosted by Chynell Jefferson
Hosted by Paulette McLin
Departs Tallahassee July 27, 2017
February 13th
Hawaii by Land or Sea 
February 28th
USA & Canada Travel
March 14th
 Viking River Cruises &
Viking Ocean Cruises
March 28th
Adventures by Disney and  
Disney Cruise Line


Iceland is at the juncture of the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans. The main island is entirely south of the Arctic Circle , which passes through the small Icelandic island of Grímsey off the main island's northern coast

Iceland is closer to continental Europe than to mainland North America; thus, the island is generally included in Europe for historical, political, cultural, and practical reasons. Geologically the island includes parts of both continental plates.

Iceland is the world's 18th largest island, and Europe's second largest island after Great Britain. Many fjords punctuate Iceland's 3,088-mile long coastline, which is also where most settlements are situated. The major towns are the capital city of Reykjavík, along with its outlying towns of Kópavogur, Hafnarfjörður and Garðabær, nearby Reykjanesbær where the international airport is located, and the town of Akureyri in northern Iceland.

Iceland has three national parks: Vatnajökull National Park, Snæfellsjökull National Park, and Þingvellir National Park.[49] The country is considered a "strong performer" in environmental protection.

Welcome to the most exclusive resort destination in the Caribbean - Casa de Campo Resort and Villas-a stunning 7,000-acre hotel, resort, and residential community in La Romana on the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic.

Our tropical playground features a unique array of amenities, including an expansive marina, tennis, and polo facilities. Casa de Campo is also one of the most sought-after Dominican Republic golf resorts featuring three championship golf courses - including Pete Dye's masterpiece, Teeth of the Dog, the #1 ranked course in the Caribbean and number 39 in the world.

But more than anything, Casa de Campo is a state of mind and a way of life rather than just a mark on the map. For new guests, we welcome you to experience our warm hospitality. And for those who have already experienced our incredible resort, we can't wait to welcome you back.

Imagine awe over discovering fantastic vistas in The Last Frontier. Imagine exhilaration while exploring the wilds of Alaska. Imagine relaxation upon finding your slice of paradise in The Caribbean. 

That's what you'll experience when you vacation on Norwegian Cruise Line. Soak in every stunning moment, from bald eagles soaring over glaciers to dolphins splashing through warm turquoise waters. Come aboard and experience the best dining, entertainment and amenities at sea against a backdrop of unrivaled natural beauty.

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