Month: May 2016

ALCATRAZ CRUISES HONORED WITH TOURISM FOR TOMORROW NOMINATION

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Alcatraz Cruises was recently honored as one of three candidates for the Environment category from World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Tourism forTomorrow award.

The award, which was presented at a special ceremony during the 16th WTTC Global Summit in April, showcases business leadership in sustainable tourism and ground-breaking initiatives.

WTTC has been committed to promoting sustainability in the travel and tourism industry ever since it was established over 20 years ago. The WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are aimed at recognizing best practices in sustainable tourism within the global industry, based upon the principles of environmentally friendly operations, support for the protection of cultural and natural heritage and social and economic well-being of local people in travel destinations around the world.

“We are honored to have been nominated in WTTC’s Environment Award category,” comments Alcatraz Cruises’ General Manager Scott Thornton. He continues, “As one of three nominees in this global campaign, we are proud to be in the company of fellow nominees The Botswana Rhino Conservation Project and Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fund.” Thornton comments, “We are proud of our colleagues at The Botswana Rhino Conservation Project for their victory and celebrate all of the candidates’ initiatives to practice sustainability in all their efforts to service the global tourism industry.”

David Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC says, “The 2016 candidates for the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards are truly inspirational examples of tourism that have a long term vision. In a world of shrinking resources, with increasing pressure on cultural heritage and local traditions, these organizations are living proof that Travel & Tourism can be a force for good. These companies are showing clear leadership in the industry.”

In addition to the Environment Award, nominations and winners were named in these additional categories: Community; Destination; Innovation; and People.

Alcatraz Cruises actively promotes sustainability efforts in San Francisco and throughout the maritime industry.  Alcatraz Cruises was the first to run hybrid ferry service in the country, had the first fleet in North America and the first passenger vessel company to consistently reach recycling diversion rates of 94%-96% consistently for the third year in a row, landfill diversion as verified by audits. Additionally, Alcatraz Cruises is certified under numerous international standards of the International Standards Organization (ISO) because the company has always and continues to perform at the highest levels for health and safety, quality and the environment.  According to Margaret E. Foster-Roesner, Director of ISO, Training and Sustainability, the company’s Respect Our Planet program initiatives are weaved throughout the entire organization and activities of Alcatraz Cruises.

For more information, visit www.alcatrazcruises.com, call(415) 438-8342 or email mfoster-roesner@respectourplanet.com.

Alcatraz Cruises is the National Park Service concessioner of ferry service to Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay.  Alcatraz Cruises hosts nearly 1.5 million visitors annually.  Alcatraz Cruises designed, built and operates the first hybrid ferry in the United States.  The Hornblower Hybrid’s revolutionary design has reduced fuel consumption by 75% and has already begun to be implemented in other parts of the country.  For more information visit: www.alcatrazcruises.com.

PACIFICA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES 14th ANNUAL TASTE OF PACIFICA

According to Pacifica Chamber of Commerce CEO Vickie Flores, this beach-front destination will be hosting its 14th Annual “Taste of Pacifica” event on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from Noon to 3:00 p.m. at the very cool coast side location Surf Spot Restaurant. Their outside dining area will be a great backdrop for this event as ocean views can be seen from their accessible roof top balcony.

“Taste of Pacifica” features many local restaurants that will offer culinary samples, which can be enjoyed alongside a variety of wines and live music.  Some of the participating restaurants include: A Grape in the Fog; Beach Monkey Café; Colombo’s Delicatessen; Farmers Market; Devils Slide Tap Room; Guerrero’s Taqueria 2; Kenny’s Chinese Food; Luigi’s Fine Italian Ristorante; Moonraker Restaurant; Nick’s Seashore Restaurant; Oceana Market & Deli; Pacific Java Café; Paisanos Trattoria & Pizzeria; Salada Beach Café; Sun Valley Fine Foods; Surf Spot; and Tam’s Cuisine of China.  

Throughout the event, wine tasting will be offered by A Grape in the Fog. Also during the event, there will be a silent auction, which features everything from dining and gift baskets, getaways and attractions to sports and entertainment memorabilia. Musical entertainment will be provided by the Off Shoots Band. They will also have a surprise for our guests.

Proceeds will support the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center’s ongoing strategic efforts in focusing on the core needs of the membership and marketing Pacifica as a tourist destination. All this combined to keep Pacifica thriving as a vital and vibrant community.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the door.  To purchase tickets in advance, call the Chamber of Commerce office at (650) 355-4122 or visit http://www.pacificachamber.com.

For those who want to make a weekend out of the festivities, Pacifica offers six lodging options in the low budget to moderate price range and all are within a short drive to Sam’s Castle and within walking distance to Pacifica’s beaches.

Four properties are located at Rockaway Beach. The largest with 97 guest rooms is the Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel, a full-service hotel situated on Rockaway Beach with spacious accommodations, beautiful ocean views, a swimming pool and the upscale Moonraker restaurant. The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Pacifica provides very comfortable accommodations with ocean views and a complimentary hot Express Start Breakfast Bar, which has an outdoor deck overlooking beautiful Rockaway Beach Cove. Offering a dash of Victorian charm is the pet-friendly Pacifica Motor Inn and adjacent to Nick’s Restaurant is the Sea Breeze Motel, which is very convenient for those looking to dance the night away at Nick’s.

Situated across from Linda Mar Beach is another full service hotel called the Pacifica Beach Hotel. Under new ownership, the hotel now includes several remodeled rooms, offering spectacular ocean view rooms, Jacuzzi tubs, indoor swimming pool and the new Peruvian Restaurant, Puerto 27. Further north near Sharp Park is Americas Best Value Inn, which is a short walk from the Pacifica Pier and the Sharp Park golf course.

Accommodations:

America’s Best Value Inn Pacifica: (877) 784-6835/www.pacifica-bestvalueinn.com

Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel: (650) 355-6300/ www.bestwesternlighthouse.com

Holiday Inn Express & Suites: (650) 355-5000/www.hiexpresspacifica.com

Pacifica Beach Hotel: (650) 355-9999/www.pacificabeachhotel.com

Pacifica Motor Inn: (800) 522-3772/www.pacificamotorinn.com

Sea Breeze Motel at Rockaway Beach: (650) 359-3903

Travel Tip:  For more information about Pacifica, log onto VisitPacifica.com.

Background: Pacifica. California

The natural beauty and unparalleled serenity of Pacifica, California has attracted travelers to this coastal gem for more than 100 years. Located just 15 minutes south of San Francisco, Pacifica feels worlds away but is convenient to some of the most vibrant, international communities on the West Coast.  Easily accessible from Highway 1, Pacifica’ rich cultural heritage and bohemian personality make it a unique destination worth discovering.

Pacifica’s ethereal beauty is enhanced by its Mediterranean style weather. Refreshing temperatures range from 15-20 degrees cooler than the central coast, drawing visitors to Pacifica’s shoreline to ‘cool’ off during the hot summer months with its natural air-conditioning and attractive oceanfront accommodations.  Likewise, Pacifica’s equally-appealing winter travel season provides a dramatic setting for those interested in off-season values and romantic departures.

Of the many diversions, Pacifica boasts some of the most breathtaking panoramic vistas atop a wide range of hiking trails and walking adventures along the expansive beaches dotting the destination’s shoreline.  Additionally, the destination features a range of recreational options, including surfing, boating, scuba, fishing and paragliding, birding, cycling, golf, tennis, archery and horseback riding.

According to the National Marine Sanctuaries of the West Coast, Pacifica is known to be the fourth richest area in the world for marine mammal life.

For more information about the destination of Pacifica, California, please visit http://visitpacifica.com.

Maligne Lake Cruise in Jasper National Park!

Brewster Travel Canada is thrilled to announce the Maligne Lake Cruise in Jasper National Park will officially open for the season on Saturday, May 7, 2016!

Maligne Lake Cruise Hours of Operation 

Dates
Maligne Lake Cruise Departures   
Hours of Operation 
May 7 Saturday Hourly 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
May 8 – Jun 4 Daily Monday – Sunday Hourly 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Jun 5 – Jun 30 Daily Monday – Sunday Hourly 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Jul 1 – Sep 4 Daily Monday – Sunday Hourly 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sep 5 – Oct 2 Daily Monday – Sunday Hourly 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

We encourage you to reconfirm your reservations 48 hours prior to travel by contacting Dianne Scott atDscott@brewster.ca. Please feel free to contact your Sales Manager directly or email sales@brewster.ca for additional information or any questions or concerns.

Caribbean Most Popular Cruise Destination This Month for Contemporary / Premium Lines with Europe Most Popular for Luxury & River Cruises

CruiseCompete has released its CruiseTrends™  report for the month of May 2016. This report is sponsored by © EyeforTravel Ltd.

We have mined our wealth of data to provide information on the most popular cruise trends among consumers, including the top ships, lines and travel dates for premium, luxury and river cruising.

The CruiseTrends™ report for May 2016 is detailed below. To see more topics and data, please visit CruiseCompete’s pressroom or click here to see the entire May 2016 report.

Most Popular Cruise Lines
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each cruise line in the given month)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Carnival Cruise Lines
2. Luxury: Oceania Cruises
3. River: Viking River Cruises

In second place is Royal Caribbean International for premium/contemporary, Cunard for luxury and American Cruise Lines for river. More…

Most Popular Cruise Ships
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each ship)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Oasis of the Seas
2. Luxury: Queen Mary 2
3. River: Viking Ingvi (changed from Emerald Waterways Ships last month)

Next in popularity are Norwegian Escape for premium/contemporary, Crystal Serenity for luxury and Scenic Cruises Europe for river.  More…

Most Popular Cruise Regions
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each region)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Caribbean
2. Luxury: Europe
3. River: Europe

Next in popularity are North America for premium/contemporary, Mediterranean for luxury and North America for river. More…

Most Popular Cruise Departure Ports
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each departure port)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Miami, Fla. (changed from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. last month)
2. Luxury: New York, N.Y. (changed from Miami, Fla. last month)
3. River: Budapest, Hungary (changed from Amsterdam, The Netherlands last month)

Next in popularity are Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for premium/contemporary, Miami, Fla. for luxury and Amsterdam, The Netherlands for river.  More…

Most Popular Cruise Ports Visited
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each port visited during cruise itineraries, excluding departure ports)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Nassau, Bahamas (changed from Cozumel, Mexico last month)
2. Luxury: Bora, Bora, French Polynesia (changed from Dubrovnik, Croatia last month)
3. River: Cologne, Germany

Next in popularity are Cozumel, Mexico for premium/contemporary, Kotor, Montenegro for luxury and Vienna, Austria for river. More…

Most Popular Countries Visited
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each country visited during cruise itineraries, excluding countries of departure)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Mexico
2. Luxury: United States (changed from Italy last month)
3. River: Germany

Second are Bahamas for premium/contemporary, Italy for luxury and Austria for river.  More…

Most Popular Cabin Types
(Based on the total number of quote requests for each cabin type)
1. Premium/Contemporary: Balcony
2. Luxury: Balcony
3. River: Outside (changed from balcony last month)
More…

Number of Cabins Requested
(Based on most popular number of cabins per request)
1. Premium/Contemporary: 1
2. Luxury: 1
3. River: 1

Second are 2 cabins for premium/contemporary, 2 cabins for luxury and 2 cabins for river.  More…

Most Popular Cruise Itinerary Lengths
(Based on most requested itinerary lengths)
1. Premium/Contemporary: 7 nights
2. Luxury: 7 nights
3. River: 8 nights

Second are 5 nights for premium/contemporary, 10 nights for luxury and 15 nights for river.
More…

Most Popular Sailing Months Requested
(Based on the most requested months)
1. Premium/Contemporary: May 2016 (changed from March 2016 last month)
2. Luxury: July 2016 (changed from May 2016 last month)
3. River: July 2016
More…

Other data available at the May 2016 CruiseTrends™ report:
• Number of cabins requested
• Most popular cruise itinerary lengths
• Travel insurance requested
• Cruise line past passenger status requested
• Booking window of time

This cruise trend information is available monthly from CruiseCompete and can be insightful, especially for financial analysts and travel writers. To see 12-months’ of cruise trend data, please click here: http://www.cruisecompete.com/cruise_trends.php.

For purposes of the CruiseTrends™ report, cruise lines recognized as premium or contemporary are grouped together as premium/contemporary. The CruiseCompete CruiseTrends™ report is sponsored by © EyeforTravel Ltd.

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The Giants are in Full Swing and Pacifica is at Home Plate with Affordable Accommodations and Convenient Access

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Pacifica is just a stones’ throw away from AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. And, with easy access to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), which can get visitors close to the ballpark without driving, this ocean-front destination is the ideal playing field for anyone interested in economizing when they come to the Bay Area for a baseball and outdoor getaway.

As the Giant are in full swing right now with the 2016 season, Pacifica features affordable accommodations, free parking and a plethora of outdoor adventures to complement baseball enthusiasts’ need for fanfare.

Featuring everything from world-class surfing, mountain biking and hiking to fishing, scuba diving and hang gliding, Pacifica is an ideal getaway for anyone interested in spending their leisure time on a fresh outdoor vacation.

Interested in getting away?  Here’s a Top Ten List of the most popular Pacifica attractions ~

  1. Surfing: -Pacifica is home to some of Northern California’ best surfing beaches, including Linda Mar State Beach, Rockaway Beach and Sharp Park Beach.   
  2. Biking:– Pacifica is known in the bike community for its network of trails that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Whether pedaling a road bike or mountain biking, Pacifica features everything from leisurely rides along the paved coastal trail or ascending the flanks of Montara Mountain, towering 2000 feet above Pacifica.
  3. Hiking: -There are over a dozen trails spanning many miles of ocean view treks for beginners to the most advanced. From the leisurely Mori Point coastal walk to the more advanced terrain of Sweeney Ridge, there is a hike for every level of fitness.
  4. Fishing: – Some of the best fishing in the United States can be found in the inshore waters off Pacifica. In addition to salmon, striped bass often frequent the surf along with kingfish, sharks and perch. Although rare, sturgeon, barracuda and bonito frequent the coastal waters of Pacifica.
  5. Crabbing: Pacifica Pier is the only place in the Bay Area where the public can crab for free. During the winter, Dungeness crab, which are not available elsewhere in the Bay Area, are abundant off the pier; in the spring, catch perch at Linda Mar Bay; in the fall, go rock fishing off Pedro Point.
  6. Scuba Diving: Linda Mar Beach is an intermediate-to-advanced beach entry scuba-dive site with a diverse aquatic life, such as seals, fish and rays. In May and June, halibut come into Linda Mar Bay, which attracts many divers spearfishing for this prize fish. At Pedro Point, two wrecks lie on the ocean’s bottom in approximately 30 to 40 feet of water.
  7. Golf: Sharp Park Golf Course is located just off the Pacific Coast Highway at the intersection of Sharp Park Road and Francisco Boulevard. The famous golf architect Alister Mackenzie designed the 18-hole course.
  8. Archery: San Francisco Archers is a non-profit organization that promotes archery at all levels of ability and age. The club is open to the public every day.
  9. Segway Tours: The many well-maintained and level trails along Pacifica’s beautiful beaches lend themselves to Segway rides. Begin your ride at Rockaway Beach and the trail wends through a rock quarry to climb up 12 scenic switchbacks over Pacifica’s Strawberry Hill to Linda Mar Beach and beyond.
  10. Beaches: Pacifica features seven miles of spectacular Pacific Ocean beaches that are perfect for a whole range of recreation, including Linda Mar Beach,

Rockaway Beach, Sharp Park Beach and Mussel Rock Beach

At the end of action-filled days in Northern California’s coastal playground, visitors will want to enjoy one of Pacifica’s many popular restaurants before laying down for a quiet night’s sleep. Recommendations for dining and accommodations are listed below:

SunsetSuggested Restaurants:

A Grape in the Fog: (650) 735-5854/www.agitf.com

Moonraker: (650) 557-7025/www.moonrakerpacifica.com

Nick’s Seashore Restaurant: (650) 359-3903/www.nicksrestaurant.net

Puerto 27: (650) 733-7343/www.puerto27.com

Surf Spot: (650) 355-7873/www.surfspoteats.com

Accommodations:

America’s Best Value Inn Pacifica: (877) 784-6835/www.pacifica-bestvalueinn.com

Best Western Plus Lighthouse Hotel: (650) 355-6300/www.bestwesternlighthouse.com

Holiday Inn Express & Suites: (650) 355-5000/www.hiexpresspacifica.com

Pacifica Beach Resort: (650) 355-9999/www.pacificabeachhotel.com

Pacifica Motor Inn: (800) 522-3772/www.pacificamotorinn.com

Sea Breeze Motel at Rockaway Beach: (650) 359-3903

Background: Pacifica. California

The natural beauty and unparalleled serenity of Pacifica, California has attracted travelers to this coastal gem for more than 100 years. Located just 15 minutes south of San Francisco, Pacifica feels worlds away but is convenient to some of the most vibrant, international communities on the West Coast.  Easily accessible from Highway 1, Pacifica’ rich cultural heritage and bohemian personality make it a unique destination worth discovering.

Pacifica’s ethereal beauty is enhanced by its Mediterranean style weather. Refreshing temperatures range from 15-20 degrees cooler than the central coast, drawing visitors to Pacifica’s shoreline to ‘cool’ off during the hot summer months with its natural air-conditioning and attractive oceanfront accommodations.  Likewise, Pacifica’s equally-appealing winter travel season provides a dramatic setting for those interested in off-season values and romantic departures.

Of the many diversions, Pacifica boasts some of the most breathtaking panoramic vistas atop a wide range of hiking trails and walking adventures along the expansive beaches dotting the destination’s shoreline.  Additionally, the destination features a range of recreational options, including surfing, boating, scuba, fishing and paragliding, birding, cycling, golf, tennis, archery and horseback riding.

According to the National Marine Sanctuaries of the West Coast, Pacifica is known to be the fourth richest area in the world for marine mammal life.

For more information about the destination of Pacifica, California, please visit http://visitpacifica.com.