Friday, August 28, 2009

Celebrity Favorite

Vin Diesel has become a favorite celebrity in the Dominican Republic and he is one of mine as well. He seems to be personable and grounded, and a nice piece of eye candy of course. These pics are from his earlier days in entertainment.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

SD Cruising and more...

Pacific Dream (Pullmantur) is departing Santo Domingo for an 8 Day/7 Night cruise of eastern Caribbean this fall and early winter. The cruiseship will make stops in Barbados, Martinica, Guadaloupe, St. Maarten, Tortola and Santo Domingo. A promotional price of US$287.28 plus taxes and charges for Saturday departures in October (3, 10, 17, 24, 31) is being marketed to local passengers originating in Santo Domingo. Other departures are in November (7, 14, 21, 28), December (5, 12, 19, 26), January 2010 (2, 9, 16, 23, 30), February (6, 13, 20, 27) and on 6 March. This is a tour with a Latin feel to it throughout. Alcoholic beverages are included in the prices. Pacific Dream, Pullmantur Cruises' new 46,811-ton ship with capacity for 1,875 passengers, went into service in 2009. In Santo Domingo, contact or call 809 685-0102, Ext. 279

Also, a reader informed me that he has also photographed a model (Marcus) that was featured on Tropical Desires. His work is great and I hope you support him. His prints are truly worthy to be posters or wall art.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Pleasure Cruising

I get many inquiries about cruising in the caribbean. No, not Carnival or Norwegian or Princess. I am refering to land crusing...for guys! I am hoping to get your comments so readers will know the best places to go to find a hot guy. It has been my observation that parks seem to be common ground regardless of where you are. Here is what I know, or have been told:

In Cuba the abandoned armory off of Goat Beach is quite cruisy, as is Jardines de la Polar.

In Santo Domingo the Conde itself is "cruise central," but Independence Park and Duarte Park (at opposite ends of El Conde) offer nice areas to sit and relax while you hunt. Paco's, across from Independence Park, is available for refreshment and many of the customers who loiter there are available as well.

Check the posturing on this soldier. He knows he is being cruised, yes?

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New Rules!

In the latest federal security mandate, travelers are being required to provide their full names, gender and birth date when booking airline tickets with carriers or travel agents, industry and federal officials say.

The data-matching program being implemented by the Transportation Security Administration is aimed at reducing the "false-positive" or misidentified matches between travelers and suspected terrorists.

A match of names with those on the Terrorist Watch List could cause TSA officers to require secondary screening of passengers or prohibit passengers from boarding aircraft, officials said.

The passenger should provide their full name as appears on their government-issued identification along with their birth date and gender. All airlines will be collecting Secure Flight information by early 2010.

The information will be collected during the booking process by airlines and travel agents and relayed to TSA, which will verify names against those on the Terrorist Watch List. The information will be sent to TSA well before you travel, so when you get to the airport there will be nothing different.

Southwest Airlines has started to implement the new requirements, as are Delta and AirTran Airways.

People who use nicknames might have to make an adjustment. TSA officials say the new requirements will be implemented by every airline over the coming months.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Puerto Rico On Sale

For less than it normally costs just to get to Puerto Rico, is offering a four-night stay at the 4-star InterContinental San Juan with roundtrip air for $289 per person. Guests will also receive a room upgrade to a deluxe pool/garden view room (based on availability at check-in during Sept./Oct. only).

The InterContinental San Juan is situated beachfront and just a short drive from the airport. In addition to a large free-form pool, the resort has a casino and several dining options
Departures are valid on select dates through Dec. 20 from the following cities:
Add $0 from Miami
Add $40 from Detroit and Ft. Lauderdale
Add $50 from Atlanta
Add $60 from Philadelphia
Add $80 from Boston, New York City, Tampa and Washington D.C.
Add $100 from Chicago
Add $110 & up from dozens of other cities; see Web site below for details

IMPORTANT: When booking online or by phone, be sure to use promo code 100PR. The pricing above already reflects this discount -- just enter the promo code at checkout.
Book by Aug. 19: Click here to book online.
Maybe you'll see Manual and his friends on the beaches of San Juan.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Nubian Dreaming

It's not too late to get aboard the cruise for this October. Details are at the website. Also, you can reserve a spot now for next years cruise which will be in August 2010.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Another Option

The 9-floor 141-room Holiday Inn, strategically located on Abraham Lincoln in the Piantini neighborhood, smack in the middle of the prime commercial and residential area of Santo Domingo, will be opening 2 September, but a full opening is set for 6 October. The hotel was originally envisioned as an affordable Holiday Inn Express brand with limited services. But studies showed their market demanded the full-services of a Holiday Inn. The hotel will offer a Mediterranean restaurant and bar lounge, business center and four meeting rooms, spa, fitness center, outdoor swimming pool on the top floor. Local company Inverplata S.A. and the international IHG hotel chain are behind the construction of the Holiday Inn Santo Domingo. This is the second IHG property in Santo Domingo. The first IHG property is the InterContinental Quinto Centenario on the Malecon.

So, if you want to be in the middle of things and not necessarily on the Malecon or Conde you may want to try this hotel with familiar branding.

Thanks for voting in the recent poll. Looks like the DR took the top spot by an overwhelming margin! I'm surprised the Virgin Islands did not receive any votes.