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What People Are Saying About Fun & Sun Travel

June 3, 2018

Hi Debbie,

Gary and I just got back from our vacation at the Hyatt Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa, and we must say it was fabulous.  Your recommendation for the location as well as the hotel was spot on and exactly what we were looking for.  The hotel’s proximity to all the activities available in Clearwater Beach made it easy to enjoy and super convenient – perfect location.  Since so many things were within walking distance from this hotel - the beach, trolley, several restaurants. the Beachwalk and Pier 60, we were able to take advantage of these activities without having to get in a car.

The hotel’s service was impeccable, all the staff we came into contact with couldn’t do enough for us, and were all very friendly – making sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed.  The pool area was great and the beach cabanas were perfect.  Everything was well run and organized, and we flowed from one activity to another very easily.  We were on the 14th floor so the views were spectacular, including the gorgeous sunsets every night.  Perfect location for families with children because of the calm gulf waters and great pools and  Camp Hyatt.

We can’t thank you enough Debbie for the great vacation suggestions you always come up for us – truly a benefit for us from your experience and travels.  We love our travel agent!

Patti & Gary

Monroe Township NJ

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April 3, 2018

Dian, 

 
Please excuse ME for not getting back to you earlier.  I have been meaning to send you an email to thank you but yesterday was a CRAZY day at work as there was many issues while I was away, and Sunday I was enjoying Easter as well.   Kenny and I had an amazing time.  Everything was perfect, the resort was awesome, food was great, drinks were plentiful and weather was beautiful :)!!!    Everything went smoothly (except for when I came back into JFK because the wait was 2 hours for me and I couldnt find Kenny afterwards, lol, but that's just because Almeida is such a common Brazilian/Portuguese name).   The fast pass at the Montego Bay airport was so helpful.  I cannot say enough good things about how UNstressful the travel was.  I am so thankful for you setting this all up for us!!    It was an unforgettable trip and an awesome way to start out our life as husband and wife!! 
 
Laura & Kenny

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Nov. 18, 2017

“Thank you so much Yvonne!!!   Thanks to you, our trip to Disneyworld was amazing even with the interruption of our hospital visit!!  You went above and beyond what any other travel agent would do to assure we had a great trip! We would recommend you to anyone and will absolutely use you again ~

Fiona & Gerry

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September 25-October 6, 2017  GROUP TO IRELAND

Hello Deb,

I just wanted to thank you again for all your hard work putting together the tour we just finished in Ireland. It was a wonderful experience, and I had the best time!  The destinations were both beautiful and meaningful, especially for those of us with Irish heritage. The hotels on the tour were lovely and the food was excellent at each one.  What made it all the more special, was our CIE tour guide and driver, Brian Hanrahan. Driver extraordinaire, very knowledgeable and passionate about Irish history, teller of jokes, herder of cats (!) with a beautiful singing voice to boot, he really made the trip more than just a tour. The special little side trips he arranged for us, and his ever willingness to help, accommodate, and make sure we were well taken care of was so much appreciated. I hope CIE realizes what a very special employee he is!

I would be happy to recommend both your agency and CIE to anyone. Thank you again and I hope someday you and your family can come to VT to see our 40 shades of green!
 

Sincerely,


Paulette Malaney 

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My wife Terri and I were most impressed with the CIE custom itinerary Debbie put together for our Ireland group of 40 (9/25-10/6/17) . She "hand selected" the venues and sites to visit as well as the wonderful top notch hotels we stayed at.  You won't be able to get a customized itinerary from the large travel agencies, but you will with Fun & Sun Travel.  Debbie also smartly selected our tour director/bus driver as she had a great previous experience with him with her last group.  Brian was not only very entertaining, funny and attentive to everyone's needs, he shared a wealth of information and knowledge about his wonderful country. His passion for his job exceeded our expectations.  This was a huge benefit for our group. We will be sure to book again with Debbie and Fun & Sun Travel.....hopefully going to Italy next year.

Bob & Terri G. Lake Mary, Fl

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Debbie,
 
As you well know, I bugged you alot with questions and concerns regarding the St. Peter's Trip to Ireland. I have to say you answered all my questions very professionally and eased my concerns regarding our separate airfare. The trip was exceptional, and George and I enjoyed every minute of it. The hotels were excellent, the itinerary was perfect and Brian, our tour driver was absolutely the "topping on the cake". I imagine the trip would have been good if we did not have him, but it was just wonderful because of him.
 
Again, thank you for all your work in making this trip a wonderful memory for us.
 

Maggie & George B., Murrells Inlet, SC

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Hi Debbie,

It was a pleasure getting to know you in person!

We will have great memories about this trip as well as the last one your arranged for our group 2 years ago.

We liked the variety of activities and the scenery along with the folks who hosted us at the various places we went.

We truly enjoyed it and thank you for your part!  It goes without saying (as has been said many times already) that Brian really made the whole trip a real experience by sharing his knowledge, songs, and personality with such passion.  Being with our friends, meeting new friends, the experience and time away was very enjoyable.

A big thank you, Debbie, CIE and Brian for your efforts in making this a very enjoyable trip!

Thank you again from both of us!

Jacques and Pauline C., Westfield, VT

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Three weeks ago I returned from my third trip (in 3 years) to Ireland with CIE Tours International, arranged by Debbie Gorman with Fun & Sun Travel.  Each trip I have had the pleasure to experience (two large groups and one small), was absolutely wonderful.   A huge Thank You to Debbie Gorman for taking the time to research and customize each trip.  CIE and our driver/guides, Brian Hanrahan for the large groups and Tom Costello for the small, were everything we could have hoped for.   Courteous and entertaining all wrapped up into one and always there to make our trip as memorable and comfortable as possible. Especially appreciated were the unplanned side trips that were so touching and special.  We were provided with so much history and insight that we would not have achieved on our own.  Debbie did such a great job lining up our itinerary with first class hotels and sites in the most beautiful and exciting locations.

I began to experience some tooth pain 8 days into the trip that was almost unbearable. So much so I opted out of some of the evening festivities with the group. The next morning was no better, so again I had to stay behind and I had made the decision after the advice of a couple of others to seek dental help.  I was naturally a little nervous being in a foreign country.  I want to give a shout out to the staff at the Killarney Plaza, and the dentist, Dr. Gleason, for making this experience easy as could be.  The front desk promptly provided me with the names of three dentists with easy walking distance and I was able to get right in to the first one I called. I can certainly say the Irish people are as lovely and beautiful as the land they live on. 

I would not hesitate to recommend Debbie at Fun & Sun Travel and CIE.   I look forward to another trip with both in the future.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Cullen Fowler, North Dakota

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Dear Debbie, 


Thank you so much for organizing the September 25, 2017--October 6, 2017 trip to Ireland. I had never been to the country of my heritage and the trip fulfilled all that I had imagined. The accommodations were first rate, the hotel dining was terrific, and the CIE tour bus driver, Brian, was very informative about Ireland's history. The Irish people were warm and welcoming, the tour stops were spectacular, and I enjoyed the other folks on the tour.


You did a great job. I will surely recommend you to others seeking a great vacation!

John

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Just returned from a fantastic trip in Ireland!  Fun & Sun Travel arranged every detail and arranged for a wonderful coach driver from CIE to tell us not only about the many places that we visited, but also the history of the towns along the way. From the historic castles to the medieval prison that we walked thru, I came home with a new appreciation of my ancestors. Many thanks to Debbie from Fun & Sun and Brian from CIE for organizing a trip of a lifetime that was filled with unforgettable memories.

Linda Fort, Piscataway, NJ

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I just returned home from Ireland and can not begin to tell you what a beautiful country it is. Starting with its people, culture and views of its beautiful mountains and land.  Debbie with Fun & Sun Travel made all of our stops on our tour to different counties, which included castles, farms, a 'gaol' and a brewery to name a few, a wonderful experience. Our driver and tour guide Brian from CIE, was a wealth of information about his country. Our hotels and their restaurants were the best! The selections that Debbie made were perfect as they were all very accommodating. Having to put together a tour for 40 people was no small task. I appreciate all of her time and effort in trying to make this trip the best one anyone has been on! Fun & Sun Travel will always be my go to for my family's future travel!
 
Maureen R, East Brunswick, NJ
 
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I'm sending a huge shout out to Debbie fom Fun & Sun Travel for organizing a beautiful trip to Ireland from September 25th to October 6th. I was thrilled to experience and learn about some of my heritage. The hotels, tours and food were amazing.  I met some wonderful people along with our CIE bus driver Brian.  He was very informative and entertaining.  I would definitely recommend Fun & Sun Travel for all your travel needs.
 
Loren C., Edison,NJ
 
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October 1, 2017
 
After many years of handling my own vacation plans, our recent trip to the United Kingdom was far more complex than I was comfortable with. My wife and I both had different must-see items covering a very large touring area, as well as a desire to see as much as possible with a professional guide to point out and explain the amazing beauty and history in this part of the world. The 15 day tour Debbie connected us with CIE TOURS accomplished this in more ways than I can express. The tour was extremely well organized and the guides very knowledgeable. This quickly turned a 15 day vacation with 39 strangers into a wonderful time with people we are still in contact with. Even more important in this was Debbie's attention to details. She was always available by email or phone to answer any questions (and there were many regarding foreign exchange, ways to keep expenses down, how and what to pack, what to expect on the tour as far as food (I'm fussy) and a whole bunch of other stuff). We also requested a flight itinerary change that was handled smoothly and efficiently. On top of this outstanding customer service, Debbie hand delivered our tour credentials when they arrived and took the time to explain to us everything in the package. Thank you Debbie and Fun & Sun Travel for setting us up on the trip of a lifetime.
 
Jim and Donna Farrell
 
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September 22, 2017

Debbie,

We just wanted to take a minute to thank you for arranging our "Spirit of the Desert" tour September 7-18, 2017 with Tauck Tours. As always, our arrangements were flawless. For any of your clients, we would highly recommend this tour.  The National Parks are truly a treasure and should be on everyone's bucket list. Also, thanks for setting up the post stay at The Four Seasons in Las Vegas. The extra days to unwind were just what we needed before heading back to reality. We can always count on you for enhancing our travel experience. Hope to travel again...soon!!

Erin & Rob, Hillsborough, NJ

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September 18, 2017

Hi Yvonne,

The cruise was amazing!   So different than our usual Caribbean ones. It was beautiful, relaxing and fun. We really enjoyed the 
chocolate covered strawberries, they were delicious.


Thank you for being such an awesome, proactive, generous travel agent.  We've used others before and none can even compare.

It's been an absolute pleasure and we'll be looking forward to planning future trips with you.

Thank you,
Carol & Chris, Perry Hall, MD

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May 30, 2017

Sending out a huge Thank You to Yvonne, our travel agent with Fun & Sun Travel.  We had an amazing family/anniversary trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Thank you Yvonne for suggesting the Secrets Royal  Beach, in a Preferred Club room.  We had the whole place to ourselves for the first part of the week.  Wonderful staff and accommodations. Very private dining, beach and pool ..we had the best time!  With all of the highlighted information you gave us we had no problems at all.  Everything went so smoothly... I didn't have to worry about a thing.  Thank you for giving me and my family a perfect vacation to remember!   I have told everyone what a thorough, detailed oriented job you did for us . You know I worried about going so far from home,  and yet you thought of everything.  

In the future any traveling we do I will absolutely go to you!!

Ed, Susan & Courtney, Ewing, NJ

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April 3, 2017 ~ Yvonne's group on the Empress of the Seas~

"Thanks for arranging 52 people and keeping us so organized through the whole process. Your constant emails helped us to make sure we were prepared and ready for our cruise. I will be sure to recommend you to others." ~ Chad Balback
 
"Yvonne, you planned the best trip we could have asked for! You helped us to be prepared for our trip. You are the reason we had the time of our lives this past week!" ~ Scott Reutter
 
"Yvonne, you did an amazing job with planning our cruise! It was because of this that we had an amazing vacation and so many memories" ~ Stephanie Davis
 
"You planned a spectacular Spring Break cruise for 50+ people. Everything went according to plan and we couldn't have done it without you!" ~ Katie Taggart
 
"Everything was better than I possibly imagined it would be. Thank you so much Yvonne" ~ Jenny Chavis
 
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March 16, 2017

Dear Debbie,
 
Thank you so much for planning a wonderful trip. The Grand Palladium White Sand was the perfect fit for our first visit to Riviera Maya, Mexico. It's a beautiful, first class resort with every amenity and excellent service. Every aspect of the trip was well planned and we appreciated your tips and suggestions for restaurants and activities. Again, many thanks for a great vacation!! Well done Debbie!!
 
Clara and Ed Bond, Bayville, NJ
 
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December 8, 2016

Debbie,

We had a great time on our vacation to New Zealand and Australia.  Everything went smoothly, and we appreciated your advice on booking optional excursions in advance. This was the longest trip we ever took, and your help really made our plans worry free. The weather was great the whole trip, and the scenery was spectacular.

We’ll be back for our next trip.

Arlene & Vince, North Brunswick, NJ

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November 1, 2016

Grazie, grazie, grazie - Debbie and her team at Fun & Sun Travel!  You made our vacation to Venice & Florence Italy for our 30th Wedding Anniversary something so special.  From the incredible accommodations, easy transfers and a detailed itinerary there was really nothing for us to do except enjoy ourselves- and that’s exactly what we did.  We have been using your services for decades and each time we are amazed at how effortless it is when you do all the planning.  Your suggestion to visit Cinque Terra was spot on!  It was a beautiful day trip.  

Looking forward to hearing about your ideas for our son and future daughter-in-law’s honeymoon plans in 2017. I think the helicopter idea is such a unique touch. 

Thanks again Deb... arrivederci!

Charles & Stephanie, Braintree MA

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September 21, 2016

Hi Debbie:

Our trip to Ireland was a wonderful experience and one that we will never forget. The Luck of the Irish was truly with us, first by using Fun & Sun, and you as our travel agent, next by booking with CIE Tours (upon your recommendation), and last by having Brian Hanrahan as our tour guide. You guided us every step of the way, arranged for an upgrade in our a accommodations to celebrate our special occasions, which was very much appreciated. CIE provided us with excellent hotels, meals and a great Ireland experience. Brian Hanrahan entertained us along the way, gave us a very interesting and detailed history of Ireland and the Irish people as well as tips on where to dine and activities for our free time. He even arranged tickets for a very entertaining show in Killarney with Irish step dancers and singers. It was obvious Brian enjoys his job and gives 110% to his tours. Jim and I will highly recommend Fun & Sun Travel, CIE Tours and Brian Hanrahan without hesitation.  Thank you for our wonderful trip. You are the best!!

Jim and Maureen, Toms River, NJ

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August 3, 2016

Hi Debbie,

It's taken us a little while to get back into our usual routine. It seems like our vacation was ages ago! But we didn't want to let any more time go by without letting you know what a wonderful time we had on our very special anniversary vacation.

To begin with your knowledge and expertise made it very easy to select the right trip for us. We had a number of options in mind and you were able to help us identify our priorities and not get overwhelmed by all the possibilities out there. Even after the trip was booked you were right there with us to answer any follow up questions and went the extra mile in getting the details sorted out when we were left confused by the airlines. We had never taken a cruise before, but with your help & guidance it was an amazing trip, you were even able to find some discounts we never would have thought of.

Additionally, a word must be said about Viking - they were wonderful. The ship, (Viking Gullweig) was immaculate, the staff was extraordinary in their attention to detail and doing anything they could to make you stay outstanding, the Program Director - Debra had everything under control with ease and grace. Everything about the trip was magical. We will do this again.

So, in closing - we had a wonderful time and thank you and Viking for such special memories,

Ilonka & Larry, Skillman, NJ

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April 8, 2016

Hi Debbie,

We want to thank you for constantly picking the best spot for our vacations for the past 20 years.   My family greatly enjoyed everything about the Hyatt Ziva Cancun. The staff were great, and the food was delicious. The beach is breathtaking... lots of sports to do. The Spa is wonderful and the scenery is gorgeous!     

Thanks again Debbie... as always, we are looking forward to booking our next vacation with you :-)
 

Sincerely,
Leila, Shaun & Family, Somerset, NJ 

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March 4, 2016

Hi Debbie~
 
We wanted to thank you for guiding us to choose Sandals Grande St. Lucia for our annual winter vacationWith your expertise on this resort, we had a great time... just last week!
 
Our room in the Pigeon Island building (#5304) offered us a quiet and beautiful place to rest our heads. It afforded us great views of the surfers in the early evening while getting ready for dinner. 
 
The resort is run like a well oiled machine. Winston does a great job, with the support of very nice people.  We met Christian (F&B manager) who had just started his position. He is warm and engaging and I'm certain a great addition to the staff. All the employees, management included, make you feel that they already know you.
 
The food was excellent all around. Soy sushi, Sasha our waitress and ILDE the chef, kept us coming back on multiple nights. Bombay gave us the opportunity to try Indian food, again, very good. The buffet offered great selections for both breakfast and lunch. Gordons on the pier is top notch and provides unbelievable ambience.  Philip the manager was warm and welcoming.
 
We could never give enough accolades to this property.  This is our 3rd Sandals you have booked for us, and we are confident we will return for another winter getaway to St. Lucia!
 
Thanks again~
Erin & Robert, Hillsborough, NJ
 
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March 2, 2016

Hi Debbie,
 

Thanks for checking in - we had a WONDERFUL time. We didn't meet Lynn, but the ROYAL PLAYA DEL CARMEN resort was gorgeous and relaxing, the service was great, and we got out a little and did some exploring too. Thanks so much for your help and for booking this trip for us.       

It was a perfect honeymoon!

Julia & Steve, NYC

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January 5, 2016

Deb,

Just wanted to take a moment to say thank you again for booking our trip to the Secrets Royal Beach resort in Punta Cana!  Once again, you outdid yourself with our trip arrangements!!! The resort was awesome and everybody was so accommodating !!!

Cannot wait for our next trip, wherever that may be, it is up to you, after 25 years of booking our trips, you have never let us down!!!

Happy New Year!!!

John & Sherry, Middletown, NJ

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November 19, 2015

Deb-
 
We just wanted to take a moment to thank you so very much for booking an amazing trip to the Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic to celebrate our 20th anniversary!  This trip exceeded our expectations on every level. With your meticulous attention to detail, everything from the flight, to the airport transfers, to the hotel choice was perfect for us.
 
I want to thank you for taking the time to email the hotel manager to let her know that you were sending us down, and asking her if she could help to make this trip memorable for our anniversary. Well, Belen and her staff treated us like royalty, and we so appreciated it. Belen personally greeted us as we checked in, and her staff placed us in a beautiful suite, in a great location, close to all the activities and beach. She had a beautiful fruit/cheese and wine platter waiting for us in the room that first afternoon, and when we returned from dinner, there were rose petals leading from the door to the sunken jacuzzi tub filled with a hot bubble bath, with champagne on ice and chocolate covered strawberries waiting for us! We felt so spoiled and blessed.
 
Besides our beautiful room, the beach, pools, spa, golf course, gym, yummy restaurants and grounds at the resort, the real jewel there is the amazing staff. From the manager, to her assistant, to the wait staff (especially Juderka, Pasqual, Wander, and the pool bartenders), to the entertainment staff (Shakey Shakey, Boom, Boom and all the rest), all the staff was so friendly, happy, attending to our every wish with genuine caring. They all put up with our poor attempt to speak Spanish, encouraging us, and helping us get much better by the end of the trip. The food was plentiful, and delicious with an incredible amount of choice, and the drinks were yummy too. Our room was spotless and very comfortable.
 
This resort allowed us to truly relax and enjoy every moment together with no worries.
 
Thank you again Deb, for all the extra attention you poured into booking our trip and making it an incredible memory for us that we will always treasure!!
 
Anne and Stuart, Cheshire, CT
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November 18, 2015

Debbie,
 
We just returned last week from our trip to the Dreams Resort and Spa in Punta Cana. I just wanted to let you know that we had a FANTASTIC time!!! Everything was as planned. We arrived at the airport early from our flight out of Philadelphia on Frontier Airlines. The flight was fine...GREAT landing by the pilot. The seats on the plane were a bit snug BUT for the price..it was great! We were met by the employees of Olympus Tours who immediately put us all (all 9 of us) in our van together and drove us to the resort. The driver was great. I was a bit worried that his driving would scare my mother and my mother in law but he drove just fine. Within an hour we had gone from our seats on the plane to sitting in the resort lobby. It is a BEAUTIFUL resort. Upon driving through the front gate I just knew it would be up to our standards! We were greeted with cold towels and champagne. We were checked in (although our rooms were not ready yet) so we went down to the beach to have some lunch at the Oceana Restaurant. Lunch was delicious, and as soon as we were done so were our rooms. The rooms were all lined up next to each other as requested. We were in building 3 on the third floor. We had a view of the greenery surrounding our side of the resort with an occasional wild horse at the fence (which my kids thought was super cool)! My first impression of the room was that it was a bit out of date. Although VERY clean it could have used some upgrades. After that first impression ..the room didn't bother me at all! Housekeeping was "Excellente"! The one complaint I have is that our little fridge didn't work. Not even a bit cool...our kids did so we just put our stuff in theirs:-)  You had selected the "preferred club" for our stay which ended up being GREAT! There were little perks that came along with being in the preferred club. For one, we got to utilize the preferred club lounge which we did several times a day! There was a bar in the club with bottled domestic beer! There were always little treats set out and also computers to check the internet when we wanted to check back in with the world (which didn't happen until we checked in for our flights the night before departure)! The staff was AWESOME! They always had smiles on their faces and were aiming to please! My mom and I took advantage of the spa and spa credits that came with being in the preferred club. The spa was wonderful...my mom even went twice!
 
The beach!!! I had read a lot of reviews that there was seaweed on the beach. Well...this was true however, the staff was consistently removing it and it didn't really bother us. My kids LOVED playing on the beach and in the water. We spent 90% of our time at the beach. It was lovely. Because we were in the preferred club we had this whole section roped off with large canopy beach beds! It was awesome! Every morning we would go down and set up our towels and that is where we stayed all day long! They had staff out on the beach to bring you drinks and lunch and we loved it! My mom did Zumba on the beach and had the biggest smile on her face the whole time! They gave the kids water balloons and played soccer with them every day which my boys LOVED!
 
We tried every restaurant for dinner (except the French one because it was adults only and we had the kids with us). Our favorite was the steakhouse (we went there twice) and our least favorite was the Italian (poor service and the food was not so great). We mostly had lunch on the beach and for breakfast we did everything from room service to the buffet...all good! We went to two of the shows. The first was the Dominican show where my husband won a bottle of rum! The second was the magic show which was AWESOME!!! They had vendors out at night who were a little pushy but a lot of fun. I did end up buying a few little items for the kids to take home.
The day of departure they picked up our bags outside our room and everything went as planned from there to the shuttle to the airport and home.
 
 
Overall we had a Wonderful time and have already made plans in our minds to do it again next year!  Thanks so much for all of your help!  You did a fantastic job putting it all together...as usual!!!!
 
Michelle, Jeff & Family, Brick, NJ
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June 23, 2015

Debbie,

Thank you so much for referring us to the Hyatt Zilara/Ziva in Montego Bay Jamaica this past weekend.   It was a very nice place to stay. They upgraded our room to a suite which was awesome!  The staff was very welcoming and so friendly and the Club MoBay was just what we needed... no wait coming into the airport and a relaxing wait leaving to come back to the States. For any out of country trips we take that type of service will definitely be required.  I had an such an awesome time that I'm thinking it may be a yearly trip!  So you will be hearing from me very soon.

Thanks again~

Tasha, Toms River, NJ

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Debbie,

My birthday trip to Jamaica was incredible! Jamaica is a beautiful country. I will definitely make the Hyatt Ziva/Zilara Resort my annual getaway!   I also have to say thank you so much for recommending Club Mobay!   Having VIP service on arrival and departure,  I felt like a celebrity lol. Getting Club Mobay was worth it for sure !!

Tanessa, PA

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May 4-14, 2015 ~ VERMONT IRELAND GROUP with CIE TOURS

Hi Debbie,

Thanks again for your wonderful assistance in our trip. Everyone commented that you were always very helpful when they contacted you directly.

No complaints makes my job easier.

Fr. Yvon, Vergennes, VT

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Hi Debbie,

Just wanted to say, thank you for all the work you did putting together our church group trip to Ireland.   It was a trip I will remember for the rest of my life!

The Bus Driver/Tour Guide, Brian was great.   Also, all of the wonderful people who were on the trip, including my cousin, Fr. Yvon.  We all had a wonderful time.

Take Care, 

Catherine R.,  Irasburg, VT

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Debbie,
 
I had so much fun!   The whole trip was the best vacation I have ever had.  We got to know a huge chunk of Ireland. Our guide of course played a major part in immersing us in Ireland.  I can't tell you what a great guy he is. The trip was so well planned!  We got history, current events, culture, sociology, economics, agriculture, folk tails, and climate.  We went to iconic land marks, foundations of religious institutions, enjoyed local entertainment and sensibilities and more.
 
Father and the whole group are warm, generous, forgiving, understanding people. We supported each other and enjoyed each other.  I could not have asked for a better roommate. She was warm, flexible, and tolerant. I love her.
 
As for the horse back riding at the Sheen Falls, it was great.  It did not go off as planned, naturally, but the way things worked out it could not have been better. The hotel staff worked around my needs and schedule changes and I had the best day of the whole trip built around that ride.
 
Thank you so much for your valuable input into the success of this trip. I heard comments from everyone at different points in the trip about how helpful and energetic you were to everyone. We all recognize the skill and commitment you personally put into the joy we all felt.  Thank You for all you did and are apparently continuing to do to make our great holiday.
 
Gloria P., Latham, NY
 
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Hi Debbie,
 
I just want to take a minute to thank you for the great trip arrangements to Ireland, you made for our group with CIE Tours.  It was indeed a trip of a lifetime for us.  
 
I had wanted to see Ireland for years, having grown up with all the tales from both sides of my family.  I believe this trip gave me a chance to visit and see many of the places I had heard about all these years.   These included Dublin, Belfast, Galway, Kerry and Killarney.
 
This trip also was a great history trip thanks to Brian, our superb driver/guide. He made every ride exciting and fun, even on the rainy days.
 
I understand our group is hoping to do another trip and I am sure we will want you and CIE tours to arrange the trip.
 
Thanks again for always being available every step of the way and setting up a superb trip.
 
Kind regards,
 
Bill & Jean, Addison, VT

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May 11, 2015

Deb,
 
We had a great time.   The Viking Tor was beautiful and the food wonderful.  We had quite a bit of rain but we were still able to tour and didn't miss anything.
 
Thank you for the credit you gave us. We used it for an optional tour we took.
 
Once again, thank you so much for arranging this trip for us.
 
Arlene & Vince, North Brunswick, NJ

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April 20, 2015

Deb,

Just wanted to thank you for an absolutely awesome Hawaii trip that you planned for my 50th birthday, once again, you out did yourself!!
 
The Fairmont Kea Lani Resort was fabulous, the service was exceptional, and I could not have had a better birthday!  Thank you for the beautiful hawaiian flowers you sent to our room for my birthday... what travel agent does that? I know, YOU!!!    
 
We do not know what we would have done for the past 20 years if you had not planned ALL of our trips. Words are not enough to express how thankful we are!  Looking forward to our Mexico trip for the New Year.
 
Thanks again,
Love, John & Sherry, Middletown, NJ
 

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April 17, 2015

Hi Dian,

 
I apologize for not responding sooner, but getting back to work and the routine it hard.
 
THANK YOU!!!!
 
We had the most amazing time on the Disney Cruise (as I am sure you know). The girls had a blast meeting all the characters and were fascinated by each show even though Sara fell asleep on my lap every night :)  Josh and I felt that everything was great and were pleasantly surprised by all the amenities that the boat had to offer and the cleanliness of it all.
 
Also, castaway island is to die for. I do not think I will ever step foot on a nicer place than that. The service, the playgrounds in the water, strollers and floats, we loved every second of that day!
 
I am sure one day in the future we will be going again and you will be hearing from us. I am passing your name along to some of my friends as well, so they may be in touch.
 
Once again, thank you for everything!
 
xoxo
Lauren A.

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April 17, 2015

Hi Dian,

 
The Disney Cruise vacation was absolutely amazing. We all had a fantastic time and can't stop talking about it. Thank you for all of your work planning this trip and making sure everything went smoothly. It was our first cruise and we left saying that we would definitely do it again!
 
Thanks again,
 
L.W.
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March 17, 2014

Hi Deb,

I wanted to thank you for once again planning a fantastic trip for us. The Hard Rock Punta Cana was an excellent choice. The hotel is magnificient. From the minute we checked in we were treated like royalty. This was the first time I was handed a red rose when checking in! Our room was the standard room, but it was unmatched by any other. It had a huge bathroom with double sinks, double shower with bench, and the 2 person jacuzzi was an added bonus! The restaurants were delicious and service was superb. No reservations were needed and we never waited more than 10 minutes for a table. The bars were plentiful, and service on the beach was also very good! The beach is huge and very clean. The mall inside the hotel with numerous duty free shops and other shops, the nightly entertainment and casinos were all very nice. There are too many good things to mention.

My only suggestion is one must understand it is a huge property and you have to be willing to walk or take the tram. We never waited more than 5 minutes for the tram; they come frequently and stop at the beach, restaurants, casino, etc.

However, I would not recommend going here during spring break, as it was loaded with spring breakers who were loud and did at times take over some bars and pools!

Thanks again for your planning and patience with me!


Trish R., Somerset, NJ

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December 2014

Dear Deb,

As 2014 ends, one of the highlights of the year was our 14-day trip to Italy with Central Holidays in October that you so meticulously planned.  The flights, tours, accommodations and recommendations all addressed our needs traveling with our elderly parents.  Everything on the itinerary was top notch! You made a dream come true for our parents and made it effortless for us. 

Start planning again because Charles & I will be returning in two years to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. 

Thank you so much, Buon Natale,

Stephanie V., Franklin, MA

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October 28, 2014

Hi Dian -

We just wanted to say thank you again for all of your help planning our trip to Sandals Whitehouse. We had an incredible time, and by far the best things we did were those you suggested. The resort was absolutely beautiful and was a perfect mix of fun activities as well as plenty of space for quiet and rest. Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you soon down in Jersey.

Best,

Matt and Nichole, MA

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September 2014

Debbie,

Elle and I wanted to thank you again for helping us book a wonderful trip. We both agree it was a memorable experience and can't wait to book more vacations with Fun & Sun Travel!   I have been to the Bahamas once before, so I was happy that you were able to suggest a different city for us to explore. The weather was gorgeous and the customer service was great. Since the trip was for my birthday, we arrived to our room with a few surprises!   From the cave tour to horseback riding on the beach, we definitely made great use of our time. Thank you!!!

Kristyne and Elle, NJ

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August 2014
 
Debbie:
 
Rosanne and I wanted to thank you for going out of your way to make our Disney Dream Cruise an awesome, much-needed family getaway. Our two boys enjoyed the verandah/balcony cabin, the activities, shows, events, and all things Disney. We appreciate you spending so much time and effort at getting us a fantastic vacation at a great rate. You kept in constant contact with us and made sure we had everything we needed for our travels with the kids. This was one of the few vacations we have had with the kids that was virtually "stress-free," or as close as you can get to it! This vacation is right up there with our Sandals Jamaica - Whitehouse trip you planned for us for a quiet getaway.
 
You have never let us down and we know we can go on a vacation with no worries, except to enjoy our family time and experiences together. We look forward to our next trip you help us find and book. Thank you!!!
 
Andy and Rosanne, FL

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June 2014

Debbie,

Ashley and I would like to thank you for helping make our Hawaiian Honeymoon better than we could have ever expected! The time and effort it would have taken for us to plan such an amazing trip on our own would’ve been significant and impossible to accomplish.  You helped us every step of the way and made sure our Honeymoon was exactly what we wanted. Your travel expertise is priceless.

You picked the perfect hotels, the inter-island flights were great and the rental cars on both islands were perfect. We were really impressed when we got off the plane and went to the rent a car desk, we had express service, they had everything ready, pretty much handed us our keys and off we went. No paperwork, no lines etc. When we checked into the 3 different hotels throughout our two week stay, the service was the same. They had an envelope waiting, here's your room have a great stay.  We were also very happy with the little treats we received in each hotel, some treats different than others but made us feel good and it was something special.

Your recommendation for which Islands to visit and which excursions to enjoy and sites to see were perfect and fit our personalities very well. Maui was our absolute favorite and the Fairmont in Wailea was the best part of our trip.

We will definitely be using Fun & Sun Travel and Classic Vacations in the future, the only way to plan a vacation.

Thank you again,

Ashley and Joe, Fairfield, NJ

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January 25, 2014

We cannot explain how happy we are that we chose Fun and Sun Travel Center and Central Holidays to help plan our honeymoon! The entire trip went smoothly and was so well organized, I don't know where to begin to thank you! First, the travel vouchers worked perfectly. They were in order, had all the information we needed and every person we met knew exactly how to process them. (and everyone was on time!) In Venice, the guide met us at airport security. It was wonderful! This made the transition hassle and worry free! We really loved Venice and the hotel! The staff was super friendly and generous. They surprised us with a bottle of champagne to celebrate our honeymoon which made us feel extra special. The location was perfect for walking around the entire city. My only regret is that we didn't spend more time in Venice, but you can't stay forever, unfortunately! haha...
 
The trains you helped book for us was definitely 1st class and we traveled in comfort. If you travel with large luggage like we did, the upgrade was super helpful!
Florence is a beautiful city and our hotel was classy. The Hotel Baglione is within walking distance to everything. It's across the street from the train station and only one block away from the tour pick-up which was fantastic for us. We also had a romantic dinner at their rooftop restaurant. Their rooftop restaurant was pricey, but some of the best food we had in Italy. And again, the staff was great. We befriended the bartender there. He liked us so much, he left a goodbye note for us on the day we checked out saying how much he'll miss us. It started to feel like home!
 
We also enjoyed the tours you booked for us! The boat to Murano and Burano was beautiful and our guide was entertaining. Caftours gave us two memorable tours! Our guided tour through Florence was great because we had a gorgeous day, which made all the views even better and the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. The second day tour to Chianti, Siena and San Gimingano was one of our favorite days! Our tour was bilingual and the guide was able to translate for the entire group very quickly so it didn't distract from the tour. She also had a passion for these cities which helped bring all the history to life. We also were able to taste many delicious Italian wines...What a great day!
 
We enjoyed Rome as well and explored as much as we could in a short period of time. Our hotel was different from other Italian hotels because it was very modern. However, we loved it too and all it's amenities. It was located near the Vatican and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful too.
 
One of our vacation highlights was Pompeii and Herculaneum. We loved both of these sites and I would highly recommend to people to make their way there and hire a private guide. Also, some of the best pizza we've ever had was near Pompeii and you can see the island of Capri from the Herculaneum. We didn't make it to Capri this time, but we'll definitely contact you when we start planning that trip! :)
 
Thanks again, Fun & Sun Travel and Central Holidays for helping us start our marriage off with some amazing memories!
 
Steve & Jennifer, San Francisco, CA
 
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October 22, 2013

Dear Debbie,

Jenna and I want to extend a thank you to you and Sandals Grande St. Lucia for making our honeymoon such a memorable one. Everything from the United Club and Concierge Package were terrific. We loved the flowers and champagne in our room when we arrived. Your pointers helped us enjoy our stay and we never wanted to leave.

The room had an amazing view and the food kept getting better and better every night. We even won a gift certificate to Gordon's for a free dinner as well as some banana liquor during the planned events that came with the Concierge Package.

Again, I just wanted to say thank you to you as well as Nadia and the whole Sandals team. We look forward to booking our next Sandals vacation with Fun & Sun Travel in the future.

Love,

Josh and Jenna, Ocean, NJ

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September 16, 2013

Deb,

TRIP OF A LIFE TIME!!!  I can't begin to express how much we enjoyed and were even overwhelmed by the entire trip to Italy. From the moment we were greeted at the airport by the host of Central Holidays to Sergio our tour guide & everyone in between we were given exceptional guidance and a very pleasurable tour. The hotels were great & the restaurants even better. Some of the places we went for dinner were a complete surprise and way beyond our expectations. The mornings had early departures, however it was that very planning that kept us ahead of crowds and on schedule for an incredible itinerary. As you can see, I could keep going on but my time is limited so I am keeping it brief. (Guess I should have started " From the moment I called Fun & Sun Travel").
 
We will be in touch in the future for travel & recommend your business always. Thank you for all of your help, advice & organization.
 
Sincerely,
 
Fred & Susan, Brick, NJ

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September 14, 2013

Hi Debbie,

We had a fabulous time in Italy. The weather was perfect, the food venues were terrific, the hotels were very nice, our main tour guide Sergio was wonderful and was full of great tips. He kept to the schedule and never left you with a feeling that you were missing out on anything. The individual city tour guides were very historically informative. We loved every destination and every meal with wine. There was a great variety in attractions and things to do from city to city with no two cities alike. The stop in Modena to learn about the balsamic vinegar and the stop at the winery were added bonuses. The main tour bus was very nice, comfortable and clean. I can go on and on. We are greatly satisfied with Central Holiday Tours, would absolutely do another tour with this company and will highly recommend it to others. This was truly a trip of a lifetime. It was worth every penny and then some.

Thank you so much for introducing us to Central Holiday Tours. We will definitely call you when we are ready for our next lifetime trip.

Sincerely,

Renee & Ted, Jackson, NJ

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July 16, 2013

Happy birthday, Deb!!! We wanted to thank you for helping us plan an amazing week in the DR! The resort turned out to be exactly what we had wanted for our destination wedding and the whole group had a fabulous time. Thanks to you, travel arrangements were seamless and everyone was prepared for the trip. When we got to the resort, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that you had gotten us upgraded to royal service! What an amazing surprise that only helped make our week even more memorable! We know how much time you put in to helping us and our guests and we really appreciate all of your hard work!

Looking forward to our next Caribbean adventure.

Sincerely,
The Proses, PA

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July 11, 2013

Debbie,

Just wanted to thank you for everything! Michele’s Destination Wedding at the Paradisus Palma Real Dominican Republic couldn’t have been more perfect. From the welcome party, to the rehearsal, the wedding reception and the cruise, every event went so smoothly, it was so very perfect!

We appreciate all the help you gave our guests. You were more than our travel agent as guests called about questions all things Caribbean! You were patient and assisted our guests on so many levels – you went above and beyond and became an honorary member of our family. I think everyone was disappointed that you weren’t at the wedding!

The hotel was magnificent and even those guests who had been to weddings in the Dominican stated how special the Paradisus Palma Real was! Your understanding and guidance concerning choosing a resort that would match Michele and Ryan’s expectations was impeccable. The information you provided about the layout and services available was invaluable as we choose this resort without ever visiting. And the fact that you were able to upgrade Michele and Ryan to Royal Service made their whole wedding experience extra special!

I know it wasn’t always easy getting the necessary information from our guests, but with your persistence and patience everyone managed to get the necessary paperwork and documents to you and all arrived at the Paradisus ready to relax and have fun.

So again, thanks for everything – you helped Michele and Ryan have an unforgettable wedding – we have created memories for each of our guests who attended. And we had a blast doing so!

We are so appreciative.

Sincerely,

Susan Madorma, Mountainside, NJ

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June 4, 2013

Deb,
 
We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for helping to make our Paradisus Punta Cana wedding better than we could have ever expected! Getting our crazy group of 50+ people to a different country was no easy task but you are exceptional and did it with ease.
 
I would recommend the Paradisus Punta Cana to any person traveling to the Dominican Republic. The resort is GORGEOUS, beautifully landscaped and well maintained. Most of our guests stayed in the Jr. Gardenview Suites, and although they are the lowest tiered rooms they were pretty great accommodations. The rooms were spacious and in the center of everything, so going to the pool, beach, or to eat was convenient.
 
We stayed in the Ocean View Royal Service Suite, and all I can say is WOW! We were greeted with champagne upon arrival and given a tour of the resort. We received a cell phone to call our personal butler (Suri,, she was phenomenal!) for whatever we needed. Royal Service guests have access to a private section of the beach with a server on hand as well as a beautiful pool with a swim up bar. We are obviously partial, but Royal Service is definitely the way to go!
 
The food was all very good. The buffets had something for everyone and are close to the pool & beach. Our only advice for dinner is to make sure you make your reservations early in the morning as the restaurants book up fast. Aqua (Italian) and Vento (Mediterranean) were incredible!
 
All in all, every single person who journeyed to the Paradisus with us had a FABULOUS time!
 
Thank you again Deb :)
 
xoxo
 
Kristen & Samantha, PA
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June 4, 2013

Hi Deb,
 
Thanks so much for all of your help with the wedding trip to Punta Cana! I had an amazing time. You took care of everything from the flights to transportation to the hotel, and it all worked out perfectly! You really made it so that all I had to do was send you the money and show up - just how I like it! I will absolutely use you again and will recommend you to anyone looking for a travel agent. Thanks again for all you did!
 
John H, PA

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March 15, 2013

Hi Deb, we are back!!

We had the most amazing time and are totally hooked on cruises. We had such a wonderful Disney experience on the Disney Wonder.  Everything about the whole trip was great. The only reason we were ready to go home is the kids were completely pooped :-) They could not have been a better age for all the fun that was offered on the boat.
 
Everything from our cabin and having the balcony experience and all the activities is really just incredible. We were busy every minute. Since we had already been to Key West and Nassau we only got off the boat for about an hour and did a quick walk around. The boat was perfect those afternoons because it wasn't busy and we got to enjoy the pools with less crowds.
 
The kids loved going to the Kids Camp and never wanted to leave as everyone told us.
 
Thank you for all of your help planning, it was a much loved (and needed :-)) vacation that we all thoroughly enjoyed.
Thank you again!
 
Keep me in the loop with any Disney info. We definately want to do another one in a year or two to the Caribbean.
 
Kelli B., Pt. Pleasant, NJ
 
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July 9, 2012
 
"Deb - thanks for arranging an AWESOME Disney Cruise for us! The kids said it was the BEST vacation they ever went on!! We had an incredible time. Thanks so much!!!!"
 
Liz, Gene & Family, No. Brunswick, NJ
 
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October 22, 2012

Hi Deb,

We arrived safely back in NJ Saturday night. We really enjoyed the cruise and the entire trip. LA worked out very well.  We were surprised at what an operation these cruises are. We had no problems checking in, or getting on/off the ship. Our only real complaints were that the dining room service was slow at times and the quality of some of the dinner entrees. Plus, the day in Ensenada MX was probably better spent as a second day in San Diego.

The weather was nice throughout the week. We really enjoyed the feel of Santa Barbara and of course, Catalina Island. We did a Segway tour in Santa Barbara and snorkeled in Catalina Island.

Thanks a lot for your help planning this vacation! I think we would definitely do another cruise.

Adam and Stephanie, East Windsor, NJ

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September 2010

Debbie at Fun & Sun Travel was my family's travel agent throughout my childhood, and I have so many extraordinary memories from the outstanding trips she planned.  Of course I chose Debbie to plan my honeymoon.  When we decided that we wanted to travel to St. Lucia, Debbie advised us on the perfect resort, Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort.  Since Debbie has traveled so extensively worldwide, she is able to help her clients make the best decision regarding their stay.  Many resorts often seem perfect online, but Debbie's firsthand knowledge helped us to distinguish the resort with the best beach and accommodations in St. Lucia.  In fact, there are 3 Sandals in St. Lucia.  After numerous conversations about what we wanted for our ideal Honeymoon, Debbie recommended the Grande, which was nothing less than perfect. We had the trip of a lifetime during our 10 night stay at the Sandals Grande, and enjoyed many perks that were courtesy of Debbie!   We even had an opportunity to visit the other Sandals properties, but we preferred the Grande to the others and were so glad that we used Debbie's recommendation.  As I reflect on our August 30th  Honeymoon, I can honestly say that we had a PERFECT time during our stay at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian...  the beauty of the island, resort, accommodations, beach, activities, and service from the very hospitable St. Lucians far exceeded our expectations!   We will highly recommend Debbie to our friends and family, as well as the Sandals Grande.
 
Thanks Deb :-)
 
Love,
 
Kimberly & Michael Forino 
 
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September 20, 2010

Debbie,
We can’t thank you enough for all the help you gave us this past weekend. When our flight from Chicago to Rapid City was cancelled we didn’t know what to do. The line at the customer service desk was very long and we were told it would be a 3 hour wait before someone from the airline would be able to assist us. We called you and you were able to make reservations for a flight the following day. You also were able to obtain hotel accommodations for us at a nearby hotel with shuttle service. Your long distance help with rescheduling and making hotel reservations was really above and beyond the call of duty – especially when it was not during normal business hours.
We just wanted to let you know how happy we are to have you as our travel agent.  We value your expertise and guidance with our vacation plans and have always had a great time.  Even when we go with a tour company, we still come to you for help, since you make great suggestions and give us additional information about our destination.  You have always made our vacation trips worry free. We’ve lost track of how many years we’ve been coming to you at Fun & Sun, but we plan on coming back for many more.  Thanks again for all your help.
Arlene and Vince, North Brunswick, NJ

 

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July 12, 2010

My husband and I recently returned from a month-long trip during which we visited 6 different countries in Africa and the Middle East.  To say that it was the trip of a lifetime would be an understatement, and it would not have been possible without Dian, our amazing Fun and Sun Travel agent!  Her meticulous attention to detail, and her ability to care for both our enjoyment and our budget, were key to the success of our incredible journey.  With an itinerary that involved more than 10 flights (some on small charter planes) and numerous lodgings, we knew we needed help and Dian was absolutely fantastic.  Because of her diligence and excellent communication we were able to fully relax on our vacation and really soak in every wonderful moment.  From the desert of Dubai to the islands of the Seychelles, and everything in between (the mountain gorillas in Uganda, game drives in Botswana, soaking up culture in Cape Town and Nairobi...) we were grinning from ear to ear, able to fully absorb the experience because we did not have to fret over the logistics.  I have Fun and Sun to thank for this and I can not recommend them more highly.  They'll make your vacation dreams a reality!  

-Sky Chari, San Francisco

April 23, 2010

Hi Deb

Nancy and I want to thank you for putting together the fantastic return trip to Vietnam we recently completed.  Once again your work with Isram and Rosaline paid off for us with a terrific experience.  This time we were able to complete our tour of Vietnam while avoiding the monsoons - -so we've now seen the entire country from a tourist's point of view.   Across both trips I think we've had only one half day of rain.  So planning the trip to see different areas at different work out extremely well. The tour guides and drivers they used from Indochina services were extremely nice.  They're very skilled, their English is good and they are great at instantly tailoring the itinerary to your specific interests. They know where to stop for unique experiences and where some of the best views for pictures are.  The hotels selected were all top notch and that's pretty important in Vietnam.
 
We want to offer special thanks to Fun & Sun for the selection of the Sheraton in Saigon which we used on arrival and prior to departure.  This was nothing even close to a Sheraton in the US.  In Saigon's Sheraton as long as you reserve the tower rooms you suggested you get a level of room and service we're not used too.  Upon arrival at 11:00 PM we were upgraded from a studio suite to a junior suite - - sitting room, bedroom and separate work area - - with 5 TV's spread around.  The separate tower lounge for breakfast, afternoon tea, and pre dinner snacks and drinks was really nice.  They never let your wine glass even get to empty. So you're happy when you leave either because of the service and great food or the drinks.  
 
Thanks again for a perfect trip and all your hard work in putting a complex itinerary together.  We still have Japan on our list and it will be another for you and Isram to put together for us.  We know how difficult it is to please us because we won't use the tour companies pre-planned itineraries.  Independent travel is our preferred way to go and we want to read travel books and put our own journey together.  This makes your life much harder and requires as much time as putting together a trip for 30, so we want to make sure you know just how much your appreciated
 
Thanks Deb - - -and just a head's up, we'll be back.
 
 
Keith & Nancy, Moultonboro, NH

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May 29, 2010

Hi Debbie,

We arrived safely back in New Jersey. We had such a great time at SANDALS 
Antigua. Thank you for your recommendation and putting together a fantastic trip.

"Sandals did it again." Our trip to Whitehouse last year set the bar high, and our trip to Antigua reaffirmed our feelings towards a Sandals vacation. Everyone there is pleasant, friendly, and accommodating. They continually strive to "make every vacation a perfect 5 in all regards" (I learned something from the management team ;) ). Everything was so
organized from the airport transfer to nightly events to checkout. The director of guest services checked on us a few times during the vacation
to make sure it was going well.

There was a wide variety of food options there, from hibachi and sushi, to Tex Mex, seafood, Italian, and of course, Caribbean fare. All the food was outstanding, especially the fish (made to order). All the restaurants serving lunch allow you to take the food to-go and allow you
to enjoy it on the beach or at the pool side.

The Sandals Select Dinner was fun -- we met a few couples, one that went to Whitehouse as well last year. Gerald Christ greeted us at the cocktail hour. It is amazing how many times some people have stayed there, one couple had over 450 paid nights.

Looking forward planning our Honeymoon with you!

Adam and Stephanie, NJ

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November 14, 2009

This was our fifth trip to the Grand Palladium in the Riviera Maya, Mexico.  This resort is divided into four resorts, and as a guest of the Palladium you have priviliges at each resort, all of the restaurants, the spa, all of the pools (with the exception of one reserved for Riviera guests only), tennis courts, miniature golf, etc.   Every November a small group of us (4 - 14) vacation together and we discovered the Grand Palladium resorts the year after hurricane Wilma destroyed Cancun two weeks before our scheduled vacation.  We have returned to the Riviera Maya every year since. 
 
Although the weather this time was cloudy and rainy the entire time, we were still able to have a very relaxing and enjoyable vacation.  Upon our arrival at the White Sands, along with the traditional welcome cocktail, we were personally greeted by the resort manager.  He made a special effort to meet us when we checked in and also took special care in making sure as returning guests we had exceptional accommodations.  Every couple in our group enjoyed an ocean view suite or junior suite.   The water in both the ocean and pools was warm and we were able to spend a good amount of time relaxing at the beach, pools and pool bars, despite only an occasional crack through the clouds with sun.  With so many ammenities in all of the different resort lobbys, and traveling with a group, we were still able to have a very nice time, despite the weather.  Each evening at least one of the lobby's had a great band for listening and dancing.  Along with the grand buffets that are available through out the day, the Palladium has many a la carte restaurants and the food and presentation seemed to be stepped up a notch once again.  Along with the excellent Italian restaurant, Brazilian BBQ, and Steak house that we have enjoyed in the past, this year we also tried the Mexican, Mediteranian, and Japanese restaurants and were pleasantly surprised with all.  They have expanded to a sea food restaurant on the beach at night, and although we did not attend the traditional Beach BBQ (because of the weather), every other year this is an event not to miss.   Everyone's favorite, however, is always the buffet breakfast with champagne, freshly squeezed and blended fruit and vegetable juices of every kind, omlet stations, and more than you can every imagine for breakfast!
 
We tried some new activities this year such as Casino night, they offered a Manager's reception/cocktail hour one day, and although their nightly shows are not up to Broadway Standards, it is obvious that they have been working on improving entertainment.  The spa and exercise rooms (the Spa is beautiful!!!) are open and available to all guests.  These ammenities (with the exception of personal services such as massages, pedicures, etc.) are included with your stay.  There are top shelf liquor bars such as Hemmingways, where you can enjoy a fine cigar or smoke, as well as Cunninghams, with card tables and a friendly bartender sporting card tricks for your enjoyment. 
 
Traveling with a group allows for an awesome time, rain or shine.  We have yet to find another resort in the Riviera Maya that compares to the Palladium as far as bang for your buck! More importantly, and probably true for anyone who has traveled to this area, we are always overwhelmed by the courtesies and friendliness of the entire staff.  It is obvious that they are there to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.  One thing to keep in mind, the Palladium is a very large property, consisting of 4 resorts.  Although it is not recommended for people who have difficulty with mobility, the staff was ready and waiting with covered golf carts and their lobby-to-lobby "train"  to transport you anywhere you needed to go within the resort (especially to keep out of the evening rain when going to dinner.)
 
We are constantly looking for a new resort to try in the Riviera Maya, however, are always concerned that it might not live up to our expectations.  Althought there are probably more (and less) luxurious resorts in the Riviera, this time with the tropical storm overhead, we were happy to be at the Palladium where we knew we would still find much to do.
 
Sue M., Hillsborough, NJ
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November 9, 2009

Hi Deb,
 
We LOVED the Royal in Playa del Carmen.
 
To start, our flights and transfers were on time and smooth. The rooms and pool were clean. The cleaning service cleaned our room throughly and replenished our towels and refrigerator every day.
 
The food was awesome. We ate at all the places in our hotel and even went across the street to the Itallian place in the sister hotel. There was a lot of variety and we liked everything we ordered. We also ordered room service several times. The food was good and was delivered very quickly. 
 
The staff was great. They were willing to accommodate us in any way. We mostly enjoyed the entertainment team. They were super friendly and entertained us all day poolside. We want to write a review about them because they were so great. If you talk to the manager of the hotel could you mention a few names as being outstanding employees (Oscar, Fernando, Alex, Adan, Hernandez, and David) The bartenders were willing to make us anything we wanted and even made us some drinks that were their own recipes.
 
We swam with the dolphins. What an amazing experience!!!! Just a short 20 min ride from hotel.
 
As for the town of Playa, we were so impressed. We went shopping in the evening and felt completely safe. 
 
The location was WONDERFUL!!!! We walked into town every night. We only took a cab once because it was raining and it only cost $5.
 
We had unbelievable weather on Sun, Mon, and Tues. Unfortunately, Hurricane Ida caused it to rain Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Sat, but we still had a blast. Most of the people there were older than us and in couples, but there were several wedding parties there so we had a ton of drinks by the pool and played volleyball in the rain :)
  
Thank you so much for recommending this resort. We loved it!
 
Kelly Bond
 
Yes, yes, yes! Playa Del Carmen is on my list of favorite vacations!! Kelly said it all, everything was first class and exceptional.  The best part was the location to town.  It was completely safe and full every entertainment need you could ask for. There were restaurants, bars, clubs, and stores in a quaint cobble- stoned area just minutes from our hotel.  The Royal was a fabulous hotel and I too, would recommend it to anyone looking for an unbelievable vacation!! Thanks for all your help Deb!  
 
Christina
 
I couldn't of said it any better. The location and resort couldn't of been more perfect for us and what we were looking for. Also, the price was phenomenal, especially given the resort and all it had to offer.  I was incredibly pleased and would definetly recommend this city/location and resort to others.
 
Thanks for taking care of everything and in the manner in which you did Deb...

Nicole
 
 
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January 17, 2009

Hi Deb, 

Wanted to thank you again for arranging our trip to Costa Rica.  As you know, we returned last night.  I can't say enough how wonderful Passport Tours were.  Of course I was worrying about everything and there was no need to. The day we arrived they had the earthquake. Really didn't expect on ground turbulence. That evening Adolfo from Passport in San Jose called to let us know the tours for the next day were canceled but arranged for us to have another tour and lunch that were great.  All the drivers were on time or even early, polite and accommodating for all our rides.  It was just such a relief that everything went right along like they said it would, greeters, drivers, timing, etc.

Grano de Oro was a wonderful hotel, good food, great staff, if I had to complain the fan in the bathroom needed a can of WD40 but weren't there long enough to make an issue.

Arenal Parasio was nice, good food, didn't care for having to come and down the hills to get to room, pool, reception, and restaurant, note they didn't have ironing board or irons.  Horseback riding to the waterfall was a hoot, the ranch guys were outstanding they made sure they stayed close to me, so funny, and  we checked out the horses to make sure they were in good shape ( I know we are nuts). This part of the trip is for people that like outdoor activities like rafting, hiking,etc.
And the best, the beach at Tamarindo Diria was wonderful, room looked out to the beach, food good, just loved to be able to eat outside looking out to the beach everyday. The snorkling trip aboard the Blue Dolphin was a great time, captain (Carlos) and mates were  fun and personable, had a lot of food and drinks on board and there was about 25 onboard, fun group, would do this again.  Note no iron or ironing board at this hotel also, would have to send out, it really didn't matter unless we had gone out in the evening and didn't want to be wrinkled otherwise who cared.  Would absolutely go back here again!
I think that covers it, thanks again and please thank the Passport people for me.  Receiving a personal phone call from Susan at Passport Tours to make sure we were OK and enjoying our vacation was also a highlight!


Ceil V., Somerset, NJ
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November 12, 2008

Hi Debbie-

Thank you for your email.

Yes, we're back, well rested, tan (although fading as we speak) and back to the grind.

The vacation was wonderful - we absolutely loved the Melia Caribe.....the beach was spectacular, we spent almost all of our time on the beach, literally from 8-5:00 each day). The water is the same color as Aruba - that beautiful Caribbean soft sand & color. Our room was the last room right next to the beach & pool and for us, just perfect. We could actually see the Caribbean a little from our room.

The rooms are older (decor) but very clean. We didn't spend much time in the rooms so they were fine for us. The one thing that was kind of funny - they do not supply rooms with wash cloths. We had asked guest services if we could have a couple and they had no idea what we were talking about (a little language barrier there) - guest services was calling the maid staff asking for them to cut out a piece of material! We told them not to bother & just used our bars of soap - just a little humor during our stay - we
were fine......The staff is wonderful there - they cannot do enough for you. The restaurants were great, all but 1(Americana Grill - go figure) was not that great, but everything else was great. We ate at the buffets for breakfast & lunch (near the beach) and tried each restaurant at night for dinner.

From what we were told, they were 60% booked - at times it seemed crowded and other times, we were the only ones walking around. They have these shuttle trains that have stops throughout the property - good thing - the property is huge - I think our room to the area where all of the restaurants are  located was probably a mile! Casino small but had your basic games and Joe came back ahead so it was good for us.

We did not leave the property - don't think there is too much to do on the island except the water sports, beach & pool. They had excursions (saw brochures) but didn't hear about how they were.

I would definitely recommend this resort to people who really want r & r, very laid back atmosphere. The grounds are well kept, manicured and the staff work on them constantly.

The airport is funny - you get off your plane on the Tarmac - they don't have tunnels. Little crazy with customs filling out paperwork sort of unorganized but tolerable.

The Hilton Garden worked out perfectly the night prior to the flight, and would do it again if it saved us money. We are so ready to go back.....

Thanks again for your help.

Have a good one and hopefully talk to you in the near future!

Linda & Joe, Brick, NJ

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November 1, 2008

Aloha Debbie,

Thank you so much for planning our Hawaii vacation. I wanted to say, everything was perfect. You picked the perfect hotels, the inter island flights were great and the rent a car was perfect. We were really impressed when we got off the plane and went to the rent a car desk, we had express service, they had everything ready, pretty much handed us our keys and off we went. No paperwork, no lines etc. When we checked into the 3 different hotels throughout the weeks, the service was the same. They had are envelope waiting, here's your room have a great stay.  Your recommendation of what Islands to visit was right on. We absolutely loved Kauai.

You saved us a lot of time and stress before the vacation taking care of the reservations and tickets and made our inter island travel a pleasure with everything taken care of there as well. Your travel expertise is priceless.

We look forward to using your services again. I will and have recommended Fun & Sun Travel to my family , friends and colleagues.

Mahalo,

Patty & Tim

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June 2008

Hi Deb -

 We are back from Occidental Grand Xcaret.  What a nice place, very kid friendly.  The pool next to our building had plenty of shallow areas for the kids that you could walk right into and it got deeper as you went.  The chairs sat right in the edge of the water so I could sit right in the water as the kids went in and out.  Same thing with the man made lagoon.  Nice and calm and clean for the kids.  I went in to the kids club a few times with the kids and they had fun playing on the playgrounds and making bead necklaces.  The kids also liked the animals right on the grounds of the resort.  The flamingo pen could be seen from our balcony and the monkeys were right down Ryan's "Secret" path.  Although the grounds were spread out the shuttles came quickly to hop a ride around the resort.  The included tickets to Xcaret park were a great bonus.  We went on the kids dolphin encounter.  We were in the water with the dolphins.  We got to pet, feed and kiss them.  We also did hand signals for them to do tricks.  The negatives of the resort were the bracelets to be worn 24/7 and the restaurants tried to be to upscale.  I could certainly understand having some fine dining but it would have been nice to be able to grab a snack right at the pool or beach without having to sit down with the kids in a restaurant for a quick bite. 

Thanks for making the arrangements - you should definitely recommend this resort. 

Nancy Z.

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June 12, 2007

Hi Debbie~

We’ve been crazy busy since we got back, and we're missing our butler A LOT!!  We had such a great time...we will definitely recommend Sandals Whitehouse to everyone we know! We used our spa credit on a couples massage, went horseback riding on the beach, and Kris booked us a candlelit
dinner for two on the beach! it was AMAZING!  Our butler, Basil was the best.   He drew us a bath, brought us appetizers every afternoon, and desserts at night. I told Kris we'll definitely have to get a butler at Sandals again! From the food, we thought Eleanor’s was our favorite. Jasmins was also very good! We went out on one of the hobbie-cats, aquatrikes, kayaks, and did the glass bottom boat, too. All were great!  We also loved how the Butlers reserve your chairs on the beach or pool each morning with your names and little flowers all over!  We were blown away!!  Most of all, we have to say our favorite part was the swim up pool bar. I'm mostly a beach person...but we literally couldn't leave the pool. It was a dream!  We realized 2 days before we left that we spend all our afternoons at the pool and didn’t even experience the beach at all! We loved Sandals so much because you can do everything or nothing at all and still not feel like you're missing out on anything. It was great!!

Thank you for all your help, Debbie!!! We appreciated it SO much!!! We will definitely let you know when were booking Sandals again!!  (and keep an eye out for a postcard in the mail!)

 Kristen B. ~ PA

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November 17, 2006
Hi Dian,

It was fantastic!! What a beautiful property the White Sands in Riveria Maya. We are definitely going back again. Thanks so much for all your help, everything went perfect right down to the flight arrival times, etc.  Couldn't have been more pleased with the whole package.

Matt & Ellen

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September 1, 2005

Hi Dian,

Our vacation were the best! The resort was amazing!!! Beautiful paradise, friendly people, helpful employees, great food and even great shows at night. Not to miss : the fiesta Mexican at the Hacienda, located at the entrance of the hotel. It's every Thursday night and it's beautiful. The all-inclusive option is the best with the children. Every day, there was a different theme for the buffet but the kid's corner food was always available. We could have a different cocktail every night as well...

Regarding the tours, we truly recommend 2 of them:

  • 1. Mayan Adventure, full day. You go to do snorkeling in sea, then, they take you in the jungle to swim in caves. Lunch is provided, served in a house in the middle of the jungle. And finally, they take you in a place where you can jump from a cliff. Great experience.
  • 2. Xcaret : this is a natural park which is a must to see. We spent the entire day, looking at all the animals (giant turtles, dolphins, parrots, etc...). You can also do snorkeling over there, in open caves for 45 minutes + there are the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. At night, at 7pm, there is a live show in the open theater 2 hours of shows about Mayan civilization and Mexican dances, performed by 300 dancers, actors and musicians. BEAUTIFUL!!!

About the water, there was no problem in the resort but when we had to eat outside, in locals restaurants, we made sure not to have any ice-cubes, and salads.

Well, that's it for the "report". Do not be afraid to recommend the BAHIA PRINCIPE TULUM : it's an amazing place!

Best regards,

Corinne

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February 12, 2005

Dear Debbie:

We want to thank you for a wonderful, relaxing vacation in the Riviera Maya resort area of Mexico.  Your recommendation to stay at the Moon Palace was exactly what we were looking for - and far surpassed our expectations!  This was our first "all-inclusive" vacation - but definitely not our last!!  The accommodations were first class, the grounds were gorgeous, the pool was magnificent - we especially enjoyed the lounge chairs in the pools, and the selection of restaurants was astounding.  The food was always good, and sometimes excellent, depending upon which restaurant we chose to dine in.  We tried to sample all of the restaurants, but unfortunately missed a couple of them.  The abundance of food and drinks was astounding.

The travel company that was on site was very friendly and helpful.  All of our travel plans went smoothly; our transfers were organized and on time.  The excursions were exactly as advertised and well run.

We were most impressed with the gracious, friendly staff at the resort and on all of the excursions we took.  Everyone we met was so friendly, and happy to help, and anxious to make our vacation a pleasant experience.  I have to say that the gracious nature of the Mayan people makes us want to vacation there again.

We truly appreciate your efforts to find the "right vacation" for us.  It's so wonderful in this computer age to be able to interact with a real, live person who listens to what you want.  We found it reassuring to utilize your expertise and travel experience to book a vacation that met our desires.  I'm sure we will thank you by being repeat customers!  What do you think - perhaps the big island of Hawaii??

Regards,

Jimmy & Diane Nixon

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September 27, 2004

Good Morning Debbie; 

We just returned from our trip last week and it was wonderful!   My cousin and I enjoyed it so much that we plan to again in 2006, maybe the same cruise because we were unable to see all points of interest...or we may go to Paris, Venice....etc.

All in all we enjoyed all of the excursions.  Splendor of the Seas is a beautiful ship, and we were treated like Royalty.....I really could have stayed another week!! I don't know when but I will stop by your office...and show you pictures.

Thanks for being such a great travel agent! I appreciate your professionalism..you know how to take care of business.
Next year (2005) I want to fly to Greece, visit Athens, Santorini, and another island...perhaps you can arrange that for me.

Regards, Evelyn

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March 8, 2004

Dear Deb:

As you know I have been fortunate to travel with groups to many beautiful places.  However, last year in Costa Rica and last week in Cancun were two of the best trips that I've been on.  Why?  In great part because of you!

I have been on many trips where the travel agent accompanied our group but didn't even make themselves known to all of the people on the trip.  As I'm 6'-6" tall I have two requirements - a king size bed and leg room on the plane.  You went out of your way and gave my requests your personal attention at both the airport and the hotel and I truly appreciate it.

Your personal service sets you apart from all of the other travel agents I've dealt with. 

Where are we going next year?

Regards,

Robert C. Ring, Vice President
Meyer-Depew
Kenilworth, NJ

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March 3, 2003

Deb,

For the past 15 years you have provided us with the most fun-filled and enjoyable trips for our valued customers.  Our recent trip to Costa Rica was exceptional and customers are already inquiring about qualifying for our next trip.  As usual you have attended to every detail with extreme professionalism.  We have had 50 plus customers on our trips and without exception everyone always has a great time.

We ran a customer survey to gather comments from our customers who were on the Costa Rica trip this year.  The feedback from the survey confirmed the great job you do for us in making everything go smoothly and making it very easy for our customers to work with you and your company.  As a result of how satisfied our customers are on these trips, several also use Fun & Sun to plan their family vacations.

Thanks for all you do to insure that everyone has a great time!  The most frequent comment I hear each year on these trips is how are you possibly going to top this next year.

J. Ricciardi
Regional Sales Leader
Honeywell International

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Sept. 18, 2003

Fun & Sun Travel has been coordinating my travel plans for over twenty years.  Their prompt and efficient service takes the worry and stress out of my business trips.  In addition, beginning with my honeymoon in Jamaica in 1981 right through our 2003 trip to Mexico with our teenage children, Fun & Sun has added the personal touch to our vacation plans.  In this sometimes impersonal computer world, having the travel team of Debbie, Michelle, and Dian to work with is a pleasure.  Their first hand knowledge and caring attitudes make travel what it should be; Fun in the Sun!

-D. Rockhill
President

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August 2002

Dear Debbie,

I have been meaning to write this note to tell you what a marvelous trip we had to Freeport.  Our Lucaya was a perfect place to celebrate.  It's not often you can satisfy 21 people of all different ages.  There was something for everyone, including the pool, beach, water sports and other activities.  We ate in all the various dining rooms, and the food was delicious.  The hotel staff was more than accommodating in meeting our needs.

Thank you for helping us plan this beautiful vacation.

Joan & Skip

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May 5, 1990

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on your nine year anniversary today since you opened the doors at Fun & Sun.

Over the last eight years you have confirmed travel arrangements, for both our company and me personally, which have been on a very professional level.  As you are aware of the extensive amount of traveling that we do, I appreciate your personal concerns for our comfort (suggesting the best times, equipment, seat assignments, frequent flyer miles, as well as airfares).

I would like to thank you and your entire staff for the good service and hope Fun & Sun stays right where it is for a long time.

F. Gumina,
Vice President

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April 27, 1990

As a public relations professional, I know the value of attention to detail and good follow-through.  It is particularly important when you're away from home and traveling in a foreign country.  There is great comfort in knowing that the things you can control have been taken care of in advance, leaving only the variables present in any new situation.

Thanks for helping to make my trip to Spain a pleasant experience.

C. Gilbert,
Director

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Dec. 15, 1989

Once again, we want to pass on our thanks to the best travel agency in New Jersey...when travel was a necessity, it was significantly easier, less frustrating, and a little more pleasant, thanks to you and your staff.

This year is the eighth consecutive year that Fun & Sun Travel has, on numerous occasions, been able to come up with airfares, hotel, and car rental rates that beat any corporate rates used by our clients.  Naturally, these corporations feel they are getting the best rates due to the large staffs they have to oversee the best interest of the company.  Since Fun & Sun Travel often betters these travel rates, we have to thank you for looking out for our best interests.  Also, since we bill travel back to the client on an out-of-pocket basis, these lower costs reflect positively on our company and help build our image.

Once again, thanks for the superb service as we look forward to another great year.

K. Browning
Marketing Development & Analysis Corp.

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HERE'S WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING...

You did another FABULOUS job! This place is awesome & we've done it all... flew over the volcano, stood 5ft. from the lava flow, black sand beach, turtles, swam with the dolphins & it's only day 4!  Mahalo Deb ~ Yvonne & John - October 2002

"New Zealand is absolutely beautiful and the people are great.  This trip has been fantastic." - March 1981

"Debbie...just wanted to let you know of our happiness with your suggestion of a visit to Aruba.  People are pleasant, beaches exceptional, lots of interesting wildlife, excellent restaurants, and a Jazz and Latin music festival." - June 1988

"Debbie, you did it again.  This place is so beautiful and it is good and hot.  Having a ball." - August 1984

"Dear Deb...so far...great, great weather, food, and fun.  This is really like paradise.  It's everything we wanted it to be.  Thank you." - February 1983

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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