Welcome to travel time with -- with your host chair and Duncan and owner of -- cruises and tour. Get ready to visit some exotic places at home and around the world and find out how to make your next vacation the experience of a lifetime. Now it appears here. Good afternoon welcome to its travel time with Caron. I'm Karen Duncan owner of peaks cruises and tourists. The leisure travel provider here in Austin area and we have been in business for eighteen years. This past December we'd love helping our clients find their perfect destination vacation experience to help them have memories our life time I'm also. An adjunct professor of travel and tourism Matt Austin community college. I have a bachelor's and recreation and leisure studies and a masters in recreation sports and tourism management and believed everyone deserves some -- Additional time. I hope you enjoy the show last week where we gave a little bit of background about who we are and what we do so this week we'll just get started with some interesting travel news we're gonna start when -- found the biggest story of 2014. Which will be the reduction of air service to many small and midsized cities in the US. Some of them are actually former former airline hopes. As well as rising airfares. Across the US which is what we -- all expected this year. Am with the reduction in airlines and that the emerges of some of the the larger airlines we all kind of expected that the air -- were gonna go up this year so. They've pretty much admitted that. Some of the transit started with the reduction of air hubs. Started in Cincinnati and in Saint Louis and 2012 as far back as then senate -- a couple of years ago. But Milwaukee being missing picks berg could. And even some smaller cities like Jackson Mississippi and how many New York will be losing some flights this year. Some of the things that are going to take its place or take the place of the airlines. Going into these cities are gonna be the inner city bus lines. Especially for cities or trips that are under 400 miles. It's logistically an economically viable -- alternatives for you guys to think about taking buses from destination to destination. Southwest Airlines is one the first ones to decide that they're going to stop. Airline air flights to Branson. Missouri. Key West airport. And they're -- also stopped flights in Florida. International airport in Mississippi are gonna be stopped. So you'll need to start making some -- plans if you wanna get to Branson Missouri. From these destinations. And -- trying keep you posted throughout the year on of their air airport closings. Or when their stopped. Doings and airport. Some flights. Anyway let's talk about some fun stuff that was all but dead down and out. And dirty stuff concerning flights this year let's talk about the new Ritz Carlton in Aruba. That hotel is at 300 into any room hotel that opened in November. On Palm Beach on the island's north West Coast it's the Carlton is fifth hotel in the Caribbean. And the brand has also opened two hotels in Puerto Rico. And one in saint Thomas and one in grand Cayman. The hotel has or restaurants the largest spot and the Caribbean at 24 hour casino. Two pools private beach cabana -- meeting space. The Ritz Carlton kids' club. And that 35 room club level on the seventh floor. Another one that I'm really excited about is the sandals. Acquisition this year on Key West village which is in Turks and caicos. They now have. Several properties. Done in their beaches brand. Sandals also opened Barbados. Which was formerly vote couples Barbados that open on November the sixth. And sandals list source and Grenada. Which is on target. Which opened December the twelfth. So those are two very good to. Exciting openings as far as I'm concerned because of a big sandals fan. Sandals has also agreed to operate at beaches resort in the site. Up on the beach village on Barbados. Barbados is a very family friendly friendly island. And they were having a little heart -- about two. Adult only resorts coming on to the island but sandals is gonna go ahead and open their beaches which is their family friendly resort product. There's no date set for that opening yet but as soon as we find out we'll let you know. In Grenada at the sandals resort we've got several -- Exciting restaurants that -- chop house restaurant is gonna open up. This some for as southern comfort restaurant in Key West village in beaches. And they've got their first Indian restaurant in the restaurant and the resort chain which will open at sandals Barbados. And believe it or not they also are gonna have some soaking tubs and balcony pools. Now I'm gonna have to go book me a room. And with one of those soaking tubs and get back with -- on on my thoughts of how Beckett became Mattie sitting out on the balcony pool. And just watching the sunset. We'll have to check it out a manual to a group trip and all go down there together. The other thing that's pretty interesting about sandals it is they are. Installing elevators at the resorts. What we give back from our break we're going to talk to our guest that's in the house today mr. Tito con who's with the Austin jazz alliance. And he's gonna talk to us about a little get together he's put together or October 2014. See you only get back. Picks green and Jewelers has partnered with Austin jazz alliance holds the first annual Texas jazz jam leaving Galveston on October 5. 2014 you know what -- navigator to see live music workshops and lots of network -- fine since this is right after the for the holidays pixels often a payment plan and hope you get on hold. Pay a deposit to reserve responds and -- were approved and make payments to that end of July visit our website to give more details that. -- suggestion crews battle. Well welcome back to the show business it's travel time with Karen and we had in the studio today with us. Vito con who's executive director of Austin jazz alliance. And he's putting together the first. And you -- takes his jazz jam crews and we're here to interview him on net and some details about that hello -- -- Karen thanks for having me. Vito -- had the privilege of knowing him for about twelve years our kids were involved enact an organization together for a young entertainers and veto as a jazz percussionist and jets this year not know who started the jazz alliance in 2009. So let's find out from feet know what the alliance and the crews are all about so feet out tell us about the jazz alliance. Well just alliance. Was started. Like you say -- in 2009 as I as a because of the way of getting. The word out about the jazz community we work our grassroots organization. And at the time we realize that. -- just community was very splintered there wasn't any. Cohesive. Group there's a lot of small groups and it was hard to find. Where you could listen to jazz in Austin there's maybe one or two places so. We got together and decided to form an organization called -- and just alliance and we've pulled together. All of these various jazz organizations. And try to. Come up with some ideas of how we can promote jobs and Austin so. The jazz alliance website is this kind of the I guess that's focal point for that now we have. A very comprehensive -- calendar so if you're looking for jazz and Austin now you can go to one place. And find out what's going on in as far as jazz and in Austin and Scott are all the different venues it's got all the different artists. And then we also decide -- how else can we help -- -- community and and and jazz musicians especially. So we've got things like CD reviews. -- we have a 24/7 streaming radio station that plays nothing but local jazz. And we also have no a it's called book of jazz band and it's a form. That she can fill out our online and see if you're looking for a jazz band for a different event. You can actually thought this -- goes to all of our members and our members with a response using. It's a way of getting the band's. Cooked up directly with the people they're looking for jazz music that's been real success we've had. Lots of people using that service system to book -- That's that's a great idea so why -- jazz -- quell the jazz cruise came about. Because. -- talking with people. I kept hearing that you know why aren't there any jazz cruises out of Texas and so we started doing some investigation and we realize. I'd be kind of a cool thing is let's let's let's look into that and so. We decided we're going to. Launch the first cruise out of Galveston to seven day cruise. But it's gonna have a different twist it's it's actually a jazz jam and so what's -- jazz jam was just so jazz jam. So instead of going on a cruise and listen to all these different bands we decide what we're gonna do this we're going to. Make this a cruise for musicians to take a vacation because musicians usually don't take vacations. -- was playing. So the idea is to invite musicians to go on this cruise and if they wanna bring their instrument they can and they -- they can play along we did we've got up. How spans of excellent musicians and so. These musicians can elect to get up on stage and jam with -- spend. -- your senior trumpet players sucks for player you bring your instrument and in addition the non musicians get to enjoy. Jam jazz jamming every night. So it's kind of a win win for them for the jazz lovers -- for the jazz musicians. That's sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun. And this is a fund raiser correct so there was this benefit. Well what we eat what we decide to do is. Make this a fundraiser. For some of the local jazz organizations in town so. The Austin -- society. Is one of these organizations. The Austin traditional jazz society which. It's kind of confusing but the traditional just society -- that they're the guys to play the the Dixie -- New Orleans -- Jazz. And then women in jazz which is another organization that supports. The women engines to those with the organizations and are we getting receiving funds from the from the cruise. Wow so where are we going. Thomas -- well this first cruise is gonna go to our. Aboard. The navigator of the -- such -- premiums. Beautiful huge ship and it's it's just an amazing ships it's going to be a great great way to cruise and travel. And you kind of touched a little bit about big jam session that was going on. That night and whether things are going to be going on on the ship. Well we were were planning on having workshops during the day for musicians and for non musicians -- you may want to. Take a workshop on the history of jazz or on. The difference between swing and Bebop or something like that or you if you're a musician you may wanna take -- trumpet class or saxophone class from one of the or when the instructors is going to be on the other -- Well that's sounds really good that we're gonna take short break and when we get back who will continue talking to feet -- about Austin jazz alliance first inaugural cruise. -- green and Jewelers has partnered with Austin jazz alliance holds the first annual Texas jazz -- growing leaving Galveston on October 5. 2004 -- you know -- -- navigator to see live music workshops and lots of network on -- this is right after the holidays pixels offered a payment plan and hope you get on hold. Pay a deposit to reserve response and often proved and make payments to the end of July visit our website give more details that. Taking suggestions crews battle. We're back -- travel time with Karen and we have -- O'Connor in the house with us today to talk about the Texas jazz jam cruise I am going out of Galveston this October. We're gonna ask a few more details so pretty U three guys out there that are. Our jazz aficionados. -- you'd like to listen to jazz or you dislike the crews come go with -- -- game. So Vito you got some special guests on this carries. Actually -- we do we. We've we're very fortunate to to have doctor James Pope coming on the cruise and and for those who you know local jazz you recognized name doctor James spoke. But doctor James -- was the 2012 jazz hero. Award. Winner and here and here in Austin. And security. You may not know the peace. He played with the Ray Charles orchestra. As an organist pianist and as a writer arranger and conductor. So he's he'll be on the cruise and and we're hoping that. Kill us in -- -- and jam with us a little bit and also I think he's going to be maybe hosting a couple of -- -- so. And that's about that that's a real special and what about the house Danny mentioned there's a house -- We if -- were also very fortunate to have some amazing musicians as a as our house band. The music director is Paul Klemperer -- played with. Max -- -- Copeland Marcia ball look Fabulous Thunderbirds. He's a composer he's a teacher here in Austin and then. Very well known and and is that all around great guy. And then we've got Evan are dawned on base parents played with Ray Charles and Kurt -- them. We've got Dwayne Duncan on drums wings played with for the corporate kings and with Willie Nelson. Rich hardee's. In. Awarded best songwriter. Best composer of the year best male jazz vocalist. And then -- guitar we've got to inner exception he's played with people like Eddie Harris so a great. Well rounded. Jazz -- cool are you gonna play any time. Thinking about maybe as joining in playing the percussion and we will see that's the exciting are you gotta have a -- vocal work that we're gonna have of locals. You know what's one thing that I'm hoping is that we get a lot of people coming that one of seeing and they can come in and and sit in with the band -- there's of -- of perform on the website where you can fill out performance I wanna play on this night and went missing the song in the the band will work up the music so when you get up here there's the battery knows which were playing in and the and you to sing along to to be a lot of fun so I'm hoping that we get some some vocalist. And an -- he talked a couple of said yeah we went we went into the stimulus funny one about amateur vocalist of I get that debt up to it acted join me and I -- -- I think I think that's desk it gets going to be an interesting. Call. We're gonna let pol and that's why I'm gonna let Paul -- handle that value you you will have to probably submit some sort of sample of. Work before you get there. And you probably don't on the didn't and I think the talk show since. So how often do you play and do this -- well we're hoping. I would to do this every year we're actually. Can start planning the 2015. Crews. In the next couple months. That the hope is to do this. -- annually. -- And how can people sign up around the easiest way to sign up -- to go to to the web -- Texas jazz jam cruise dot org. And all the information is there from from the band to the itinerary. There's a registration link. There's that pretty much all the information you need to -- is on the on the web site. And the costs I'm sure most people are disinterested and what it's gonna cost yet we've got a great. Deal with Royal Caribbean with. Cabin inside cabins start start that 1275 pretty inside cabin. And they -- two you get a balcony cabin for 1515. Per person. And that includes all meals it includes taxes includes gratuities. So it's a great deal for her for seven days of of cruising in and listen to jazz to almost holing closer to almost all inclusive debt is there's still space. There is still a few spaces I think we're hoping to be. Filled out and and sold out by may be the end of February but there's still space and there's still times I would I would encourage people to. Look at some music that could because you can you can book and hold your space and then that there's even a payment plan so. Yeah so that so don't hesitate guys I know is just after Christmas and everybody's money is funny but. And this sounds like a great opportunity for the jazz cruise this coming October and you've got time to make payments on it. Am so it's is going to be an exciting things so deposits need to be made. Immediately. As soon as she can't correct. Correct yeah as the sooner the better because -- shall go fast you know we only have us a certain blocker rooms and then after that. Prices will go up and and so yeah I encourage people to. To get the room is as soon as they can. Well thanks BO for coming into the studio -- data talked to us and let NASA know about this exciting -- -- that's gonna take place we appreciate it. And now we're wishing you great luck with that this endeavor and remember guys it's a fund -- to support local jazz. -- organizations. And the Austin area. And you don't have to live and Austin to go on the cruise you can come from anywhere in the world if. If you would like is long as we can get you to Galveston. -- you can get on the cruise and listen to us some great Austin jazz. Actually it's Texas jazz because they'll be musicians from all over Texas. Yes yes and hopefully where we're gonna have people from all over the world coming on the cruise. So thank you for for having me and thank you for inviting me to share that information -- Absolutely. And we're gonna pay some bills and have another commercial break and after that we'll talk about some of our picks of the week. And just got engaged are you planning their spring or summer away. That peaks cruises and -- provide that peace of mind you need for a honeymoon war destination wedding -- want to stay local or travel to an exotic destination we represents some the most romantic and popular resort destinations and crucial in the world that specialize in romance we even offer honeymoon registry. Let us make this part of your planning and Marines already Mirren with -- would -- would probably -- or milestone event and -- -- and tours travel that picture of passions. Welcome back to travel time with Karen I'm -- thirteen seven. Once again here's your host Karen Duncan. All right this is its travel. Time with Karen and I'm gonna talk to you about some fun stuff right now. Some on my top picks last week I ran at a time when I was talking about Barbados and I know you say is all she knows about now I know about other places. But I want to make mention about a sound fantastic tour company that I had the privilege of working with when I was there last year. It's eco adventures in Barbados and Victor cook and his wife owned this tour company in Barbados. And they picked up myself and some students I did a study abroad trip -- with Austin community college last year to Barbados. And our very first day in Barbados we get the opportunity to go on victors. Day cruise. Mean tour across the island. Satan Osama pulled date tour almost of their entire island. And our students. Thought it was fantastic. He taught us about -- houses. What to Chatham house well I'm allege she looked at a I think it's a very interesting and concept that happened years ago when. When they were day laborers and workers and on the island of Barbados and and this is where they lived and they basically could pick their houses up and move it to be different. Areas of the island where they needed to live to work. So check those out on line. We also went out and saw some pottery being made they have a fantastic. Pottery. Organization. And in Barbados day at the arts and end. It's a beautiful beautiful. Opportunity for you -- arts. And in person and watch people make their pots right there at their location. -- he also took us to some local beaches of course and we aided the one of his favorite local restaurants. They were on time and very professional. Super knowledgeable about island and it's culture of course. We saw spots of -- island am sure you don't get to see on the more commercialize two hours. So it was really had a super impressive -- plus rated tour. In my book. So I thought I'd let you know about that and local -- -- a lot of talk about one of our local tourist because we tend to. Not want to do so many things that tourists do when they come to our own our own city. And we took our meet up group on the Austin debt two hours adventures last year. And I don't know if you've ever done that here in Austin but it was great fun we had a bunch of adults we didn't take not one child. And we had -- blow on those crackers just like the kids do as people walked down the street. But that Austin got two hours is so. Hydro terra vehicle. It's unsinkable. It was used by US Coast Guard. And it actually rolls down the street a Boston. And then they take you on. The lake lake Austin so that you can. See the views from the late so yes it has wheels. And then you can actually go into the water with this vehicle and it kind of scary when you first drop off in there because you just -- -- not follow land but it's it's really a cool situation. 75 minutes of sightseeing includes a historic six straight the state building Bob Bullock music and. The governor's mansion and then like Austin and both of these two hours are great for the entire family and but they're fun -- children of all ages. So if peace deal a little silly on that Duck Tour it's really OK I promise you. When you have family come into town our friends. Recommend that she tried Austin -- tourists. Just do something different rather than just sit around or eating at some of the local restaurants this is a fun opportunity. So let me talk about. One other item that I think you'll be intercity and I'm gonna give you -- feel of these. These categories this week and then will continue it next week because I'm not gonna have any time but. Did you know that there are personality types for travelers. There are. Where the year traditionalists or dream where there's a vacation. This suits you best. So we're gonna start with a couple of these this week and then we'll talk about some at this squad if you love them and figure out where you are. So the classic traveler. Is a person that loves organization inconsistency. And they're not really good at flat by the -- your pants. And for that reason daylight. A new place with a plan what they don't like -- but without a plan. They think that's pretty stressful. So the best place for person that's considered a classic traveler would be Tuscany Italy. See if you fit that category the next one is the harmonious traveler. At place the harmonious traveler. Likes great value on peace and harmony so when their everyday lives at mile deep responsibility to others. So it eco friendly resort to would be great for the harmonious travelers eco lives in Morocco. So those -- the top two -- this week we'll continue this trend. Next week when we return. The real quick I'd like to talk to you about what next week's show it's going to be about we're gonna continue the music payment talk about some international music festivals going on. Throughout the Caribbean. And we're gonna have -- Garcia who is the regional sales manager from Royal Caribbean and Oz mark cruise lines. And he's gonna come in and talked to us about. The ship's. I'm cruising in general. Why ruled Caribbean or -- Mara. And maybe he'll talk about their -- -- has going on and he talked about earlier in the show. So it's and I like to say thanks for listening ends its busiest travel time. I'm with parents and there's no better time than now.