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Pre-registration for Italy 2016 is available until February 1. Email us for a form. More information is in the schedule section at the bottom of this page. We need 15 pre-registrations to proceed. So far we have 6.

The Thanksgiving Cruise

What a blast! I could get addicted to cruising for Thanksgiving. The 12 of us who went thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Several people had a temporary setback from sea sickness as we passed through some very rough weather, but everyone bounced back and went on to have a great time. Here's what one traveler said: "My overall experience with booking a cruise with High Travels was effortless. Mrs. Gool and the High Travels team take the guess work out of organizing travel arrangements and accommodations. This allowed me to take a back seat and relax carefree. I really enjoyed receiving updates regarding my Holiday travel plans via email, and more conveniently text messages. I was able to enjoy my Thanksgiving Holiday, spending much needed quality time with family while savoring  the sights of Dominican Republic and Grand Turk. I would definitely recommend High Travels to plan your getaway, hands down. The staff are extremely professional and  provide a high level of customer service. My mother's birthday getaway was a success. Thank you High Travels for pulling everything together!!!" Another traveler said,"Thanks for a very relaxing time. We really enjoyed our time on the cruise."   

Here I am on my balcony, looking at the Miami shoreline (below right) waiting for the journey to begin - away from the cold weather, the cooking, serving, cleaning, entertaining. I love to do all that, but I needed a break and I enjoyed it.
First stop was Grand Turk. We saw a display that told the story of how one of NASA's rockets splashed down in the waters of Grand Turk. It was interesting.
Musicians welcomed us to the town. See the "girls gone shopping" in port! And weddings seem to have been following me on my trips. This is the 3rd High Travels Adventure that I've been on where we ran into a wedding party.
Well, as you know, cruising is all about eating as well as relaxing and having fun. Below, from left to right, see 2 ladies waiting for their "happy meal." Then there's my husband enjoying the fact that dessert's included. Finally, there's Faye all dressed up for the elegant night dinner. We had some great fellowship and very delicious meals, especially on Thanksgiving night.
Below left is Tee taking pictures at dinner. Capturing moments is part of the fun of cruising. The next stop was Amber Cove. It was a port on an island with beautiful scenery (sample below right) and a very interesting history. The Dominican Republic is on the same island as Haiti but they are 2 completely different countries.
 I mentioned we had some rough weather in the beginning. The double rainbow came after. It was an awesome sight. Some of the ladies went to the sauna in the spa and got a close up look at it, because the rainbows "walked" from where you see it below right up to our window. (The sauna had an ocean view.) The rainbows stayed in place for us for a few minutes and then went out back to sea. You can only imagine how thrilled we were! It was an unforgettable moment.  
Each night, There was a different towel animal on the bed to bring a smile as we prepared to retire for the night. Our waiter was so much fun. He is seen below showing us how to spell his name when we complete a survey about our experience. He asked that we use another name - "Babbaloo," if we had anything bad to say (lol). As the sun set each evening, it was like a beautiful painting. Thank God for allowing us to have such a beautiful experience aboard the Carnival Victory Fun ship.
 The Turkey Report

It was an amazing journey for the 16 travelers (pictured above on the shore at Troas where Paul was when he had the vision of a man from Macedonia calling for help) who embarked on a journey to the only country that straddles 2 continents! We began our rigorous trip that led us on walking trails and up and down hills as we discovered treasures from the past. Photos below show our arrival and events of the first evening in Istanbul. We arrived in Istanbul October 6 and, as is the High Travels custom, the ladies stood on the sidelines while the guys took the luggage off the carousel. After leaving the airport, we stopped on the way to the hotel and visited an ancient church to see some interesting frescoes that depicted stories about Jesus and the Bible. Our first hotel offered interesting meals. They were very big on presentation. The fellowship was great. 

At another place we visited for lunch, they brought our meat (fish) selections to the table instead of a menu for us to select before they cooked it. Traveling is always fun for the new cultures you get to experience.    

Cameras, cameras, cameras! It was hard to put them down - so many amazing sights. Everyone was trying to catch photos to share with family and friends. As the saying goes, "A picture is worth a thousand words." Look at this tree that was a few hundred years old. You would think it was dead by the looks of the trunk, but there were fresh leaves above it. As you can see by the photos, the hole was large enough to get several people inside
    1.         Touring an ancient palace was very interesting. We saw fireplaces unlike anything we had seen before. The walls were beautiful, and the way the tiles were made caused them to look new hundreds of years later. We later visited a pottery shop to learn how those tiles and other dishes were made to last forever. 

We visited a famous mosque called the "blue" mosque. All the ladies had to don headscarves to go inside. (below left)
One day we were crossing over a body of water and our bus just drove on to the ferry along with other vehicles and then drove off when we got to the other side. The middle picture below shows one of our travelers and our bus driver standing next to the bus on board the ferry. The photo on the right shows vehicles on board waiting to drive off on the other side.

We visited Troas where Paul had the vision of a man from Macedonia calling for help. We were on the shore where his ship would have come in. After entering the city of Alexandria, Troas, we came to a road where Paul would have traveled. Team members were excited to walk on the Roman road where Paul and other Bible characters walked.
Below left, see our guide (of Jewish background) in the black t-shirt who took us through the ruins of the 7 churches of Asia that are referred to in Revelation 2 and 3. We discovered ancient outdoor theaters, one of which is shown below center, and shopping centers. The one shown below right had a lower level that you can see a couple of our ladies walking through, perhaps imagining what they might be buying there (smile).
    1. Below left, a traveler takes time to view the remains of a school building from hundreds of years ago. In the center, is a photo of ancient men's public toilets! Servants would sit on the cold marble and warm up the seats for their masters. Imagine! On the right, a member of our group stands in the remains of an ancient church. It appears as though she is standing in a spot where the glory is coming down. (smile) I was impressed with the beautiful color of the rays when the photo was taken. 
While sightseeing, we were able to see a newlywed couple (below left) coming to take photos among the ruins of Laodicea. It was not all education. We had some serious fun. Below (center) are 2 of our team members enjoying a natural mud bath in a natural hot springs pool before getting a relaxing massage in the spa underneath the pool. On the right is a shot of 2 of our team members on either side of a fashion model. She joined them in taking a bow after they had just enjoyed some impromptu modeling down the runway of a fine leather store that makes leather coats, jackets, etc. for famous designers like Armani.

On the Go with Lo & High Travels 2015 Bahamas Cruise Trip                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Eighteen travelers took part in our Bahamas Cruise trip September 12-17, 2015. We took 2 vans down to Jacksonville, Florida, boarded the Carnival Fascination and sailed to Nassau, Bahamas. In Nassau, we took a customized tour, looking in areas tourists are not normally shown. Stops included the places where I lived in Nassau, the new high rise hotel (Baha Mar) built by China - yet to be opened, a restaurant to sample Bahamian cuisine, and Junkanoo Beach where cruisers got a chance to meet a couple of my family members and sample bananas ripened on the tree in Nassau.
We stopped at a private island also and enjoyed a wonderful picnic and day at the beach. Photos show the group at dinner, a couple of us with the Maitre D on elegant night, 2 of our travelers who came from a long distance (Texas and Pennsylvania), and my sister with a couple of us at the beach. Linelle, seen on the left of the photo below right is the one who brought us ripe bananas straight from her tree. Group members enjoyed the rare opportunity. Most of us only eat bananas that were picked green, shipped to our city and ripened in the store or at our homes. 
 He is not there! He has risen as He said! Join us if you can on our next adventure in the Holy Land and see for yourself.


Zion Christian Center Celebrates Pastor's Birthday on a Cruise Ship 
High Travels helped Zion Christian Center located in Roxboro, NC take a 5-day cruise to the Bahamas to celebrate the pastor's 50th birthday. Pastor and Mrs. Johnson and 2 of their 3 children are pictured above on the beach in the Bahamas.
The group of 20 boarded the Carnival Fantasy in Charleston, SC August 3, 2015 and sailed to Nassau and Freeport, Bahamas. Here is what their daughter had to say about the cruise: 

"I had never been on a cruise before and was quite skeptical as to whether I would like it or not. To my surprise, I loved the experience! The food was good, entertainment was fun and everyone was full of joy and excitement. The thing that I appreciated the most was the thing that I feared the most, the view of water. I am not a fan of water, but this cruise gave me a new found love for it. The closer we were to our ports, the more my anticipation grew. From sunrise until the time for us to board the cruise ship again, I was on the beach. I enjoyed it more than I can express, but I have the sun burn to prove that I most definitely had a great time."                     





March 7-15

 September 15-22
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