The ConSeaAir Blog

Keep up with great tips and insights from the ConSeaAir team about air travel and sea charters. We might even share stories of some of our adventures!

Open Your Children’s Eyes to the World

iStock_000004332028XSmallExpose your children to different cultures, food, music and ways of life. International commercial flights tend to be a hassle, with delays, added fees and long lines, especially with children in tow. Why not make it a quick and worry-free flight to your international vacation destination? On ConSeaAir charter flights passengers depart from a private airport, or FBO, that offer small parking lots in close proximity to the FBO, and without parking fees. Passengers then enter the FBO, bypass security screening, and walk out onto the tarmac where their luggage is placed directly onto the plane. Once on board, the aircraft is ready for takeoff. Let’s take a look at a few tips when flying internationally with your children.

Familiarity

iStock_000016849753XSmallTry and pick a country where you either know some people living there or, at least, know the language. International trips are a huge change for children, so it alleviates a lot of the stress if you have some form of familiarity. It’s even better if you know locals that also have a child to create a fun atmosphere and a built-in play date. Fly in and out of the closest FBO to local friends or family with our private charter flights.

You Know Them Best

If your child tires easily, it is best not to plan a hiking trip through the Costa Rican rainforest. Perhaps leave the more adventurous vacation plans for later. Try out ConSeaAir’s air charter service and try out a kid-friendly all-inclusive resort like Barceló Tambor Beach with Barcy Kids Club, a children’s playground and a zoo. This way you can slowly get them outside their comfort zone. Some children like to have predetermined schedule and others go with the flow. Nap times are a must for certain children and can be skipped for others. Keep these particulars in mind when planning your international family trip.

Final Tips for Your International Trip

Be sure to get passports ahead of time in order to avoid additional fees. Find out if shots are necessary for certain countries and get them well in advance. Finally, do some activities that are more adult-oriented, such as touring a plantation, and show your children that every activity is not always focused on them. ConSeaAir’s air charter service will get you on your way to less fuss and more quality family time.

 

Have the Best of Both Worlds

We tend to think a vacation must either be kid-friendly or adult-friendly. Why not have your cake and let your kids eat it too?! We have a couple of anytime vacation ideas sure to please adults and children alike.

Where Dreams Really Do Come True

Disney CruiseChildren want the Disney experience the moment they hear tales of this magical kingdom. The Disney Cruise Line is the perfect combination of childhood-dreams-come-true and adult relaxation for any vacation. Disney storytelling, video game challenges and trivia showdowns are a few of the Kids Clubs activities offered to the toddler, tween and teen groups. Adults can break away to the adults-only Quiet Cove Area, which offers a café, pool, spa & salon and bar. Multiple adults-only lounges, the elegant Palo restaurant and themed parties are other ways the Disney Cruise Line encourages you to treat yourself. Utilize ConSeaAir’s air travel service to get you and your family as close as possible to one of the departure ports and leave the aggravations of commercial flights behind.

Why Knott?

Independence Hall at Knotts Berry FarmKnotts Berry Farm, located in Buena Park, California, offers fun for the whole family. From the Native American dancing and storytelling, to the Calico Mine Ride, to a slow-spinning cabin in the sky, Knotts has it all! For the thrill-seekers in the family, La Revolución swings riders 64 feet in the air with inward-facing inverted seating and the Supreme Scream rockets passengers up an astounding 254 feet into the sky. Hop on a private charter flight this vacation and arrive to enjoy the array of activities at Knotts Berry Farm!

Flying on commercial airlines with kids is no easy task. Save yourself from the nuisances of struggling through a crowded airport while tugging your little ones along the way and inadequate space for you and your family to fly comfortably. The solution to avoiding the crowds and space limitations is to take advantage of our air charter service!

Let the Games Begin!

Football season is around the corner and it looks like there are going to be some great matchups. The NFL released the formal schedule for the upcoming football season a couple months ago, so now is the time to decide which games to attend. If you want to see the best matchups it might require you to travel and ConSeaAir’s air charter service can get you there without a hitch!

ou-texasThe 2013 season brings amazing matchups between rivals and you’ll want to be there to see it with your own eyes. One game no-to-be-missed is the Texas vs. OU for their annual Red River Shootout, October 12th. The rivalry between the Longhorns and Sooners is bigger than either one of their in-state rivals. Take a trip and watch the battle unfold between these archrivals and all its glory.

PanthersWitness the defensive struggle between the Carolina Panthers and the Tampa Bay Buckaneers at their first match-up on October 24th. See if Cam Newton has what it takes to lead the Panthers to victory, regaining their winning position after last year’s close defeat. If you can’t make it, check out the Panthers’ schedule here and book your charter flight accordingly.

It’s All in a Day’s Work

Air Charter FlightSunday football can be a hurdle to fit into a busy schedule. ConSeaAir charter can fly you to the game Sunday morning and have you home by Sunday night, avoiding the wait for a commercial plane Monday morning. Charter flights offer the most flexibility in flight schedule and offer savings with your time, while helping avoid additional travel costs, such as baggage and parking fees. 

You will take off from a private airport, be driven to and from the stadium and we will fly you home. Do some tailgating and watch some great football and let us handle the rest. All you have to do is relax and some fun!

Our team of travel experts bring over 80 combined years of aviation experience to  help you source the perfect aircraft to fit your travel needs and budget. Contact us for more information before you miss the chance to watch your team play!

Holiday Getaways and Weekend Trips

Holidays are the perfect excuse to take a vacation from your everyday life. Weekend trips or extended vacations are always fun! There are plenty of places to visit near Asheville, NC. However, it can be time-consuming researching the best travel options. Luckily we have some spectacular travel suggestions to lighten your load.

July 4th Celebrations

fireworksIf you choose to travel this 4th of July, consider taking a trip to Asheville, NC, where the city will start their festivities at 4PM in Park Square Park. The celebrations include live music, games and a variety of foods from different vendors.

Montreat will have a parade starting at 10:30AM, a barbecue lunch available for $10 and fireworks starting at 7PM.

North Carolina offers countless 4th of July activities. Click here to find out more.

Looking for something Fun for Thanksgiving

New York City is always a popular choice due to the fact that they have hosted the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® since 1924. The parade includes 50-foot balloons, spectacular floats and celebrity performances! Do you know that watching the giant helium balloons get inflated the night before the parade has become a New York tradition?

Union Square Holiday MarketWhile in New York there are a countless number of activities to do. You can go to the Union Square Holiday Market, where shoppers buy gifts from over 100 different vendors. Another suggestion is to try Holiday Under the Stars. The light show features a dozen 14-foot LED stars and more than 16.7 million color mixes in time to classic Yuletide tunes. Take a look at this full list of things to do in New York over Thanksgiving weekend. Consider the ConSeaAir private flight service and take off with a group of family or friends.

If you’re looking for a less traditional vacation spot, check out this list of 20 Thanksgiving destinations.

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Bahamian Getaway

Any holiday is a great excuse to escape on The Silver Queen to Crooked Island in the Bahamas. Aboard this getaway you will be able to go bone fishing, deep-sea fishing, snorkeling and explore Bird Rock Lighthouse. Be sure to check it out on your next holiday or weekend getaway!

Adventure on the Open Ocean

Now that you’ve learned a little bit more about the Silver Queen and where she comes from, it’s time to learn about everything you can do once you step aboard! Below are some of the exciting adventures ConSeaAir offers.

Fight for a Fish

When you board the Silver Queen, the vast ocean lays before you, so it makes sense if you want to take a crack at these virgin waters for the fish fight of your life. Perhaps the elusive bonefish is your bounty of choice.  If so, our guides can take you to the Bight of Acklins, a perfect location for catching that fish. The Bight is a short run from the Silver Queen’s summer base of Crooked Island. Our guides will help you hone your skills to perfect your casting and assist you in your adventure.

If a bigger catch is what you have in mind, try a day of deep sea fishing in some of the best pelagic waters in the Caribbean. Catch big name fish like Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, King Mackerel, and Marlin. Choose which fishing experience suits you best.  Fish directly from the Silver Queen or take your local guide with you as you pursue your catch on our smaller console boat. We even offer a Silver Queen Deep Sea Trolling package where you can watch from the deck as the Silver Queen’s seven-line spread works to gather fish.

Explore A Whole New World

Birdrock LighthouseIf you want to do more than fish, try our Snorkel Tow Tour. A special feature of this Silver Queen tour is that it offers visitors a chance to be pulled across some of the most amazing reefs in the world. We offer two hour or four hour excursions and custom trips with local guides who will assist you as you spear your own lobster or grouper, or find a gorgeous conch shell.

Do you want to get off the boat and stretch your sea legs? Consider taking one of our expeditionary adventures. We offer a tour of the Bird Rock Lighthouse on Crooked Island. Built in 1866, it still stands stoically on a cay off Pittstown Point.

Have you ever wanted to see what Columbus saw when he arrived in the New World? Taking our tour of Samana Cay will satisfy your curiosity. This small, uninhabited island is much the same as it was when Columbus discovered it in 1492. We can pack a lunch for you take along when you enjoy this little piece of paradise. If you’d prefer sitting back and enjoying the scenery to actively exploring, we also offer the very popular beach picnic. Our guides will take you to find the best lobster and conch in the Bahamas. Lunch is then served on the beach with your fresh catch cooked right in front of you!

To plan the ultimate vacation aboard the Silver Queen, contact us today!

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Sail Away on the Silver Queen

SQIn 1969, Huckins Yacht Corporation designed and built the largest sportfishing yacht of the time. At 80 feet in length, this masterpiece was meant for something more than the ordinary yacht. After being owned by a major US corporation for a majority of her life, she was purchased by ConSeaAir.

Home Away From Home

The Silver Queen has seen numerous upgrades over the last 44 years to stay current with the latest yachting amenities. She is fully air conditioned with a large capacity water maker for long hot showers. The Silver Queen also has an updated galley complete with a commercial icemaker. Need to do a load of wash? There is even a complete laundry aboard. Also included in these updates is an entertainment system with speakers throughout the vessel, a large flat screen TV, and satellite radio.

For the fishermen, the Silver Queen’s aft section has a traditional fishing cockpit complete with a fighting chair. With a Master Stateroom complete with a king bed as well as two Steward Staterooms that have queen beds, you and your five closest friends have a place aboard the Silver Queen.

Ready For Action

The Silver Queen is the perfect home base for our Sea Services. While sailing around Crooked Island and Acklins Island, you can spend the afternoon relaxing on deck or try your luck Deep Sea fishing straight from the fighting chair. You can also stretch your sea legs aboard the Silver Queen’s 28-foot Jupiter center-console boat for bonefishing and snorkeling adventures.

We hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about the Silver Queen. Check back next week for an overview on all the activities we offer when you come aboard!

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The Many Ships of Huckins

As you know from last week’s post, Frank Pembroke Huckins was always striving to create the perfect yacht. In this attempt, he and his company, the Huckins Yacht Corporation, were able to break through some huge milestones. Over the last 80 years, HYC has built a total of 457 yachts. Let’s take a look at some of the boats that put them on the map.

A Design to Launch 1,000 Ships

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In the 1940’s having only previously designed yachts, Frank, like the rest of the country, turned his attention to World War II. He took a look at the Navy’s current Patrol Torpedo boats and decided he could create a better model. His first step was to create a balanced outboard rudder that would ultimately be used on PT boats and all postwar boats until the 1970’s. Then, using his Quadraconic® weight-conscious hull, Frank came up with a boat design that was used in the production of every PT boat made during the WWII era.

Bolder, Better, Faster, Stronger

It was in 1969 that Frank’s stepson, Kenneth Archibald, and the rest of the Huckins Yacht Corporation designed and built the largest sport fishing yacht. Measuring in at 80-feet, this yacht towered above of the rest. This record breaker was later purchased by ConSeaAir and named the Silver Queen. Huckins tackled their next record with the largest motor yacht in the US with a fiberglass-cored hull in 1976.

In the next ten years, Huckins designed and built a 50’ Sport Yacht with four outboard engines making it the largest outboard cruising yacht. The company also created and designed the largest yacht in the US to be powered by Arneson surface-piercing propellers in 1986.

Being the first not only in design but also in technology has made Huckins Yacht Corporation one of the best builders in the country if not the world. Be sure to check back next week for more about our favorite Huckins Yacht, our very own Silver Queen.

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A Sea Story: The History of Huckins Yacht Corporation

Established by Frank Pembroke Huckins in 1928, Huckins Yacht Corporation has continued to be a leader in the yachting industry. Their goal is to create yachts that aren’t simply uncommon but positively unique. Huckins focuses not only on world-class craftsmanship but also on ultra-modern engineering to create “yacht perfection.” Let’s take a look at this company’s interesting history to learn more.

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From Yachts to PT Boats

Frank Pembroke Huckins, a native Bostonian, began designing and creating custom yachts in Jacksonville, Florida. While building boats, Huckins created the Huckins Quadraconic hull, the first true planning hull forms. In 1928, David M. Goodrich of the B.F. Goodrich Rubber Company bought the first of Huckin’s yachts.

When the US went to war in 1940, Frank decided he was going to build a better PT boat that would be faster than current PT boats even in high seas.  After competing in a plywood derby, Huckins Yacht Corporation was commissioned by the US Navy to build two PT squadrons. While he did not receive his due credit, Huckin’s design went on to serve as the example for how other company’s PT boats should be made.

All in the Family

Cindy Purcell, Frank’s granddaughter, now runs the company with her husband, Buddy. Though times have definitely changed since 1928, the couple keeps true to Frank’s vision. They have transitioned the company into the modern era with lightweight and fuel-efficient yachts. To this day, Huckins Yacht Corporation remains the oldest family-owned custom yacht builders in the US.

All of us at ConSeaAir are excited to own a piece of this company’s illustrious history through our boat, The Silver Queen. Built by the Huckins Yacht Corp in 1969, she is a great example of the company’s passion for creating the best of the best. To see more of Huckins Yacht Corporation’s history, please visit their website.

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Snorkeling For Beginners

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There’s nothing that beats seeing vibrant reefs and colorful fish close up. A great way to see these creatures outside of visiting an aquarium is to go snorkeling. To prepare for your first excursion, ConSeaAir has great tips to make you a pro in no time.

The Equipment

Your first step is selecting a mask. Since the most important thing you should think about is the fit and comfort, you’ll want to go to a store to try on masks. Remember you want to be sure the mask should not allow any water to leak in so it must properly fit your face. When trying on the mask, Yahoo Voices suggests putting it on your face and taking a deep breath. If the mask stays on for several seconds or longer, than you have a perfect seal. If it immediately falls off, then you should try a different mask.

When it comes to choosing a snorkel, BuzzFeed.com tells readers to go with a dry snorkel. This snorkel comes with a special valve that shuts off if it dips below the sea level thus keeping seawater out of your mouth. Also be sure you look at snorkels that are flexible enough to move if hit by unexpected waves. While fins aren’t really necessary for snorkeling, they do come in handy when you begin to feel fatigued. You can find fins in many different styles so be sure to try on different pairs before purchasing to find the ones that are snug but not too tight on your feet.

Practice Makes Perfect

Now that you have all your equipment, you should try practicing before going out to sea the first time. Go out to your or a friend’s pool and try swimming with everything on. Keep in mind that it will probably take a couple of tries before you get the hang of breathing with the snorkel. If you didn’t purchase a dry snorkel, you will want to practice blowing water out of the snorkel. Practice will help your body become used to the equipment as well as allow you to see if any equipment is faulty.

For more great snorkeling tips, visit ToSnorkel.com. Plan your snorkeling adventure aboard The Silver Queen. Please visit our website for more details.

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Stay Well on Your Next Business Trip

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Business travel can really take a toll not only on your emotional well being but also on your physical health. To keep you feeling your best, ConSeaAir has found some helpful hints to a happier and healthier business trip.

Drink Plenty of Water

While that may seem like an obvious tip, you wouldn’t believe how dehydrated you can become from all the traveling and stress. Amanda Cook, a business travel blogger, says not only will water make your skin look refreshed but it will also help keep your stress level in check. Staying hydrated also keeps your nose and throat moist, which helps strengthen your immune system. Not a big water fan? Stay hydrated with great alternatives like flavored water or nuun tablets.

Visit the Gym

Marie Stempinski, founder of Strategic Communication, suggests keeping up with your regular exercise routine. Taking a jog on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike in the hotel gym will help you improve your stamina, and aid in your sleep. Didn’t bring gym clothes? Then try these take-anywhere exercise moves from Biggest Loser star, Bob Harper. You can also take a quick walk around the block to feel refreshed. Make sure you also get up and move around during your flight to prevent blood clots. LiveStrong.com lists some great exercises to do on your next flight.

Go Germ Free

When you have a minute, wipe down your cell phone, laptop, tablet and other electronics you use for your trip. Fox Business advises readers to make sure to keep electronics fairly clean since you will be in constant contact with them. It also doesn’t hurt to carry around a travel size bottle of hand sanitizer in your bag to use before and after eating.

Pack Lavender Essential Oil

Amanda Cook also tells readers to carry a small bottle of lavender essential oil in their bag. Not only does the soothing lavender help reduce your stress level, but it also can be used as an antiseptic and a sleep aid. You can find essential oils online or in any health food store. When using the oil, remember all you really need is one drop, two at the most, on your temples or wrists. What are some of your tips to stay healthy on a business trip? Share them with us below in a comment.

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