Awesome Trips

This page will showcase some very unique, exciting and out of the ordinary trips. If you are looking for something different from your normal vacation, check out these suggestions. We will be adding more trips on a regular basis. Remember, we are very good at creating specialized vacations. So, if you enjoy fishing, golfing, scuba diving or any other activity, give us a call and let us create your dream vacation. If you can’t wait for the rest of the trips to be posted, call us at 480-830-8822 as we always have some Awesome Trips in mind.


Ready for an Incredible Adventure?



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See the Great Barrier Reef, the Outback with Ayers Rock and the Aboriginal people, Melbourne/the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney/the famous Opera House, have your picture taken with a Koala. Then it is onto New Zealand, Christchurch and the Garden City. Experience dinner in the home of a New Zealand family. Milford Sound, Franz Josef Glacier, Mt. Cook National park, Queensland, watch sheep herding dogs at work and sheep shearing.


Interested in a fantastic river cruise/land tour package?

Contact Departures to check the amazing specials available with Ama Waterways.

One example is a cruise/land tour package to Discover Vietnam & Cambodia. Many more available. |

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Have you considered a trip to Singapore and Malaysia? With so much to do and see, you will wish you booked more time to these fantastic destinations. Contact Departures to find out more.

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Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas is probably my favorite place to go in Mexico. With the many day time activities including shopping, hitting the spa, golf, sport fishing, scuba diving, para sailing, jet skiing or hanging out on the beach, there are always plenty of things to keep you busy. If you are looking for something to do at night, the variety of bars are always fun to visit. From Squid Row to the Giggling Marlon or maybe Cabo Wabo to see if Sammy Hagar has dropped in to play? There are also many fine restaurants including the Trailer Park or Romeo and Juliette’s, which are two of our favorites. If you are not familiar with Cabo San Lucas, stop in and talk to Owen or Donna. We would be happy to talk to you about a 3-4 day weekend get-away or a whole week vacation. It is also a great place to have your bachelor or bachelorette party.


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Departures Travel can arrange for you to follow your favorite AZ team out of town for a game, a series or maybe even the entire road trip. Give us a call and you can be cheering on your team in no time.


Ready for some Italian style cruising out of Florida?

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When MSC Divina arrived in Miami,  it marked the beginning of a first for MSC Cruises — the first time the line has stationed a ship year-round at a North American port. And it offers a number of options that were not available on MSC ships that sailed seasonally here. First, in partnership with Eataly, an upscale Italian chain with restaurants also in Japan and the United States, Divina will have two restaurants and a boutique Eataly marketplace new to North America on board. Eataly debuted this year on Divina’s sister ship, MSC Preziosa. The new dining rooms are the upscale Ristorante Italia and Manzo, a steakhouse patterned after Eataly’s restaurant in Manhattan. In an industry first, Divina will offer classes in Aqua Cycling, the latest fitness craze, which uses bikes in pools. Also new on the ship will be Top 18, an adults-only oasis with personal lounge beds, bar menu and spa services. And available for the first time on the line’s North America sailings will be the MSC Yacht Club, a luxurious section of the ship with personal butler, 24-hour concierge service, complimentary wines and spirits, and exclusive lounge, restaurant and pool. The 3,274-passenger ship, which entered service in 2012, will start Caribbean cruises out of Miami Nov. 20, 2013.




With all the things to do in New York, it is no wonder it is called the city that never sleeps.
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 We offer customized, individual, and flexible New York City deals that include:Exciting New York City Travel Packages with accommodations in centrally located NYC Hotels.
Hard-to-get tickets to Broadway Musicals, Shows and Plays.
A vast variety of popular NYC Sightseeing and Attraction options.
Advance tickets to popular NYC Tours, Harbor Cruises, Museums and Attractions.
NYC Dining reservations at New York City’s world-class restaurants.
Theme trips which include but are not limited to:
Yankees baseball weekend trip, NYC Helicopter Tours, New York City Zoos & Aquariums,  New York City Food Tours, New York City Nightlife and Entertainment tours, Thanksgiving Day Parade, New Years party in Time Square, Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting trip, U.S. Open Tennis Tournament, a fantastic shopping spree trip or maybe a walking or bicycle tour of the city. There are so many options for New York that we can not list them all here. Contact Departures to discuss your customized trip to New York.

If you are visiting New York, you have to include a trip to the 911 Memorial/Museum. I  spoke to a friend that visited the museum and she said it was a very moving and powerful experience. Highly recommended.

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2 photos below courtesy of our clients Sue and Steve Nelson.

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 Are you familiar with Grand Caymans Dive 365 Program?

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Offering a new dive experience for each day of the year. Since launching in 2008, the Dive 365 initiative has highlighted the Cayman Islands’ dedication to providing divers with more opportunities while preserving the precious marine environment. Adding 68 new dive sites around all 3 islands, the initiative has aimed to alleviate the environmental impact of recreational diving at more popular sites while simultaneously offering divers the opportunity to immerse in Caymanian dive culture, opening up the lesser-known gems for safe public use. The 365 sites offer dives for all skill levels and, with new locations including secret spots of some of the destination’s top dive masters.
The initiative has added several high-profile dive destinations over the years, including the Kittiwake, a former US submarine rescue ship sunk off the shores of Seven Mile Beach. The artificial reef houses an abundance of spectacular marine life. Other dive attractions include the wreck of the Russian-built Cuban naval frigate 330 ft. M/V Captain Keith Tibbetts off the coast of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman’s legendary Bloody Bay Wall, a plunging coral wall with a sheer drop of more than 6,000 feet.
Choose your experience from 3 islands with 365 possibilities.
I was in Grand Cayman in March of 2014. I was able to get in 6 exciting dives including one to the Kittiwake.
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Contact Departures Travel to set up your awesome dive vacation. 



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Have you considered an Alaskan cruise? Currently, many of the cruise lines are offering some great deals on 7 to 14 day itineraries. Remember, the sailing season is short in Alaska (mid May to mid Sept.) now is the perfect time to book your 2018 cruise.  So, call Departures to find out more about the Alaskan cruise that would be right for you.


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