Craving a bit of travel right now? While we may not be able to travel far at this particular moment in time we'll soon be there--passport in hand. Are you dreaming of a road trip through a national park? Perhaps a trip to one of the world's most famous museums? Have you recently felt the urge to simply to pack your bags and set off on a solo trip? We have inspiration for you. Keep dreaming and when you’re ready we'll be here to take you from virtual to reality; before, during and after your travels.
Dreaming Doesn't Stop
DREAMING DOESN'T STOP
For many of our clients this Great Pause of 2020 has allowed time for reevaluating what what we want to gain and give back through travel. It’s been a time to research new destinations, adjust the old ‘bucket list’ and to remember the familiar vacation spots. Having a local connection to help plan out these can add value to the trip and make sure all the details are taken care of. Whether it be a honeymoon, multigenerational get-together , a corporate trip to India or a 7 day Caribbean cruise, we have the expertise and tools to bring you the trip you’ve dreamed of.
Nothing can stop our hearts and minds from wandering.
As the world reopens and our lives take on some resemblance of normalcy once again, one thing is certain - we'll be ready to travel. Our country has deserts, mountains, seas, rivers, lakes, big cities, small towns and many different cultures--all calling to be explored. When the time is right, you’re invited to discover parts of America you haven’t seen.
Slow down with the Slow Down
RIVERS ARE CALLING
American Queen Steamboat Company understands that travel is different today than it was yesterday. That is why they want to show you the comfortsthat lie within U.S.-flagged, American-staffed paddle wheelers. America the beautiful is waiting to be rediscovered.
Come travel the waters that our first explorers paddled. There is so much American history along the banks, around the bends and beauty and grandeur are commonplace.
Feel the rhythmic pulse of the paddle wheel and indulge in the mesmerizing tempo of the rivers’ currents as bend by bend, America reveals itself.
For over forty years Margaret Centers has been building relationships, not only with clients, but also with luxury tour companies, river boats, ocean cruise liners, the world's finest hotels, all-inclusive resorts and airlines—she has contacts all over our world. Margaret's Travel is ready…whether you are a first time or experienced traveler, looking for a vacation, corporate trip or adventure, you will receive personalized services that are tailored to your tastes and goals. She will have your best interests at heart.
TRAVEL MADE EASY
We will continue to help you navigate the new waters and lands since COVID-19
Bucket List Adventures
Are there still places in the USA you've yet to discover but keep reading about? Our clients can embark on guided history tours, trips to the vineyards, and more to experience the nation’s changing face with help from our local guides.
Dreams to Reality
No Worries! Your honeymoon can still be a time of bliss and relaxation. Though travel has changed the romantic dream escape. awaits. We know all the hidden domestic gems.
Bespoke Luxury Travel
We take the time to listen, plan and edit your trip so that it is a perfect fit for you. Our local connections and years of experience allow for a true journey of a lifetime.
Discover the magic of the world
even from home!
Get a front seat performance at Vienna Opera House right from home.
Explore the music capital of the world with live opera performances from the Vienna Opera House.
Now that you can’t travel to Vienna to experience their traditional opera, we are bringing it to you. Close your eyes and let yourself be transported directly to Vienna with a daily dose of free opera.
Vienna is the music capital of the world - the place the classical musicians ran to, the birthplace of “Viennese Waltz King” Johann Strauss and his waltz that has become the city’s anthem (On the Beautiful Blue Danube). It’s where Mozart lived (the house behind St. Stephens cathedral can still be toured for 10 Euro) and where the Vienna Boys Choir call home.
In Vienna, everyday life has a soundtrack. It’s everywhere: wafting through cafes as you sip your Wiener Melange (a speciality coffee with steamed milk); proudly coming from the strings of a violinist at The Opera house; or booming from the telltale chimes of the Anker, an Art Nouveau clock where 12 carved historical figures rotate through the peekaboo window telling the city’s history to the tune of their respective era.
Chats with Julia Child's
French Master Chef
French born American Master Chef Jacques Pepin is best known for his 1999 PBS series Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home. He is also a bestselling author of over 30 books and the Executive Culinary Director of Oceania Cruises and the mastermind behind many of the delectable dishes guests enjoy onboard. The publication Bon Vivant met with Master Chef Jacques Pepin and we want to share the article with you on the importance to travel to expand one’s culinary appreciation.
Has travel always been a part of your life?
I’ve been very lucky to have travelled the world over, and it’s one of the most important experiences you can have in life. See new places, meet new people, try new foods. Life is too short to live in a bubble, you need to travel the world and create and collect memories.
Where has your career taken you? Any favourite destinations?
My favourite destinations are New York, San Francisco, Florence, Madrid, Paris, Lyons, and St. Remy de Provence. I have had the good fortune to travel a great part of the globe during my career including South America, a great deal of Europe and Asia. I love to cruise as it is such a convenient, safe, and easy way to see the world.
What role do you think food and drink play in the travel experience?
They’re integral. I am convinced that to have a great travel experience, you must have great food and wine experiences. Culture is so heavily weighted to food, as it becomes the centerpiece of social interaction.
Tell us about your thought-process and what vision you have in mind when crafting menus for Oceania.
We always use fresh, top quality ingredients. You can be the best chef in the world but if you are working with sub-par ingredients, you’re not going to get anywhere. I want guests to have options and choices, and I want them to be excited for each meal. The menus need to excite you, but they also need to be welcoming – you should know what you are eating or thinking of eating. So, food that is not that fussy but is creative, inventive, flavourful, and colourful.
What inspires you in your work?
Smiles. Seeing smiles on the faces of the chefs as they create dishes, the servers as they serve them, and the diners as they take the first bite.
What destinations do you see as leaders in food and drink, and why?
There are probably too many to name at this point – but all of the major metros such as New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, London, etc., will always remain at the forefront. In Europe, many old-school dishes and traditions are being resurrected – “retro cuisine,” if you will. Throughout France, Italy, Spain, etc., you are seeing many new takes on old favourites.
Travel with Your Taste Buds
Explore Central and South America with these Latin-inspired recipes.
We’re inviting you to try some of these contemporary recipes at home and offer a whole new experience to your taste buds.
SERVES 8 (Pair with Sauvignon Blanc)
• 1 1⁄2 pounds fresh, sashimi-grade tuna, cut into 1⁄4-inch dice
• 1 1⁄2 cups fresh lime juice
• 1⁄2 cup minced roasted red bell pepper
• 1⁄2 cup minced cilantro (leaves and tender stems)
• 1⁄2 cup seeded and minced plum tomatoes
• 1⁄3 cup minced red onion
• 1⁄4 cup minced jalapeño peppers (seeded and deveined if less heat is desired)
• 1⁄4 cup minced chives
1. Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2. In a large nonreactive bowl (preferably glass), combine the tuna, lime juice, bell peppers, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, jalapeños, and chives. Stir well to combine
3. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour (up to 4 hours)
4. Season with salt and pepper and serve well chilled
5. Garnish with boiled sweet or yellow potatoes “stir sticks” to soak up the marinade. Can also be served on the ends of endive leaves
Awe-Inspiring Irish Films
Experience the magic of Ireland on screen
With Hollywood blockbusters, world-renowned TV series and fabulous landscapes, Ireland has become a showbiz legend! Whichever genre suits you best, here are a few suggestions of what to watch to travel to the Emerald Isle from the comfort of your living room! Check out our
Star Wars: The Force Awakens & Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Star Wars: The Force Awakens smashed box office records and introduced the world to the savage beauty of Skellig Michael, the legendary island off the coast of Kerry, where Rey finally tracked down the long-lost Luke Skywalker. While filming the movie along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, actors Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill could be found walking the steep cliffside steps of the island. Known for its medieval beehive huts, stunning wildlife and ocean waves, this UNESCO World Heritage Site casts a spell in one of cinema’s biggest franchises.
And not only once, but twice… You can be transported back to the Wild Atlantic Way in Star Wars: The Last Jedi as well! Filmed in some of the most spectacular spots on this coastline, from the very tip of Donegal down to the rocky shorelines of Clare and Cork, the film continues the epic story of Rey, Luke and their battle against the Dark Side. Discover this cosmic coastline for yourself in the movie, and keep in mind that you’ll later be able to celebrate your love of all things Star Wars at the May the Fourth Be With You Festival in Kerry...
P.S. I Love You
Starring Gerard Butler, Hilary Swank and Kathy Bates, A 2007 movie relating the story of a 22-year-old widow who discovers that her late husband has left her 10 messages intended to help ease her pain and start a new life. This romantic drama is a bit like a love letter to Ireland, too. Featuring some of the most stunning locations on the east coast, including The Sally Gap and picturesque lakeside village of Lacken, and enchanting views of the Wicklow Way.
Imagine a world where single people are given 45 days to find a romantic partner and fall in love, or otherwise be turned into animals and sent off into The Woods. With such a synopsis, no wonder the 2015 absurdist dystopian black comedy, The Lobster, made waves when it won the Jury Prize at the 68th Cannes Film Festival. This star-studded movie – starring Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz among others – was co-produced by Ireland, the U.K., Greece, France and the Netherlands, and was filmed in a number of atmospheric Irish locations in County Kerry, including Dromore Woods and the breathtaking Beara Peninsula.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
In this fun adventure, wizard Harry Potter begins his sixth year at Hogwarts, where he discovers an old book marked as “Property of the Half-Blood Prince,” and begins to learn more about Lord Voldemort's dark past, leading him and Dumbledore on a mission to unlock the defenses of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. The setting of this search: The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare, one of Ireland’s most famous attractions. Even a muggle can see the magic in this place: on a clear day, you can spot the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara.
I've Known Margaret since the 80s. She has helped me and my family in both domestic and international travel including India and Italy. Her years of experience are truly beneficial to us.
Great travel agency!! I cannot say enough positive things about Margaret and Beth. They are both wonderful, knowledgeable travel agents and give spot on recommendations. It is always wonderful doing business with them I strongly recommend them for business or leisure based travel.
Over the years we have used Margaret to book multiple cruises ranging from the Caribbean up to Alaska. She has always found us great trips, given us great advice and each cruise was always a great vacation.