Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#clientlove


#clientlove
Since our 2018 Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Experience is almost SOLD OUT, we’ve been reminiscing about all of the amazingly wonderful UTC feters that we’ve served over the years.  And of course, we thought we would share this trip down memory lane with you!  Enjoy...
My favorite memory was the Sunny Side Up Breakfast party. Lawd have mercy! How on earth did I make it into the bubble machine and multiple times at that?!? I need to know what that secret ingredient is that they put in everybody's drink...
I especially liked the up-front information about fetes and accommodations and the fact that the group is always together, so there seems to be minimal risk of emergency situations that can't easily be resolved.
I enjoyed all of the laughter and partying and dancing and eating and walking and sweating and drinking…did I miss anything???!!!  Lol I am glad that I decided to do this trip alone!  I am all about supporting black businesses and so far (sadly) this is the best customer service I’ve received from a black owned business…EVER!!!  I appreciate everything UTC has done for me.  I was so happy to get to meet you all – I will be back!
De original UTC crew! #throwback
I loved the personable service and attention given to the travelers by the coordinators and the follow-up with travelers through out the booking process.  There were also great activities planned through out the trip.
Hmmm...let's see what I liked. 1. The fact that we got there on Wednesday and STARTED PARTYING on Wednesday. 2. Watching everyone get twisted on the first night. 3. Sunny Side Up party - partying until the sun came up. 4. J'ouvert!! 5. The food that Sharon cooked; daayum.... 6. Maracas Beach - that was the best bake and shark. 7. The beauty and craziness of Carnival Tuesday! 8. The food -- did I say that already?
Party done!  Thanks UTC crew.  Another fabulous Carnival on the books.  Tomorrow will be the first time in 6 days that I will be sober :)
Headed back home and I’m SAD!! I actually started tearing up but my friend told me not to cry otherwise she’d start crying.  How do you go back to “normal” life when your perspective has shifted so much?  How do you not miss an incredible group of people who encouraged you and had your back every step of the way through an INCREDIBLE experience?  I am FOREVER GRATEFUL that God allowed my path to cross with each of you and I will always remember the UTC crew!
Thanks soooo much to Esha for organizing a great trip!  To the UTC crew – Khalvin, Simone, fabulous Fabienne and Greg who looked out for us through the entire trip.  Big up for all the hard work!
I want to thank UTC – my new extended family for such an amazing time and overall great experience.  I will have great lasting memories of TnT Carnival…safe travels!
Fun at Sunny Side Up - voted the best fete by our feters every year!
I am a self-proclaimed party animal and soca junkie, so absolutely loved every aspect of the trip. I was nervous about working with someone I didn't know, with all the scam artists you hear about these days but Esha was great! The thoroughness of the pre-trip planning/info calls/FB group is what made me feel at ease and trust that this thing was legit! I would have to say my favorite memories are partying until the sun was up at Sunny Side Up and J'ouvert! Many times I have partied until the sun came up but never as the sun was rising!! It was as if someone knew all of our personalities and hand-picked the group. I could not have asked for a better group of people to hang out with!! When I'm next able to get to Trinidad...Esha, I will definitely contact you! Many thanks to you!
The best part about working with UTC was that everything is done for you.  Transportation, accommodation, fetes, etc. and still enough free time to enjoy on your own. I liked that we had the schedule and you just show up at the appointed meeting place at the right time. I was also very happy that everyone in the group looked out for each other while we were out at the events.
Awww man. I feel like crying. I loved so many things that I really miss being there. Just the sheer HAPPINESS experienced by everyone in and outside of our group will never be forgotten. And as I already shared in the Facebook group, the love and support of our group. This entire experience helped me break through body issues I had for years and I am FOREVER GRATEFUL to have these moments to look back on as a time in my life where I was TRULY FREE TO BE ME!
*sigh* the Nylon Pool in Tobago...
In addition to this #clientlove, here are the main reasons our feters gave for choosing to work with us:

  • Felt confident in our expertise.
  • The price was right and they got more for their money (especially quality of accommodations).
  • Liked our package concept.
  • Wanted someone to take care of everything for them.
  • We came across as professional and organized.
WOW!!  We're blushing...want to join us next year?  Visit our website by clicking here.
Next up – we’re letting you in on the top 5 must have Carnival eats!  Yep, it’s okay if your mouth is watering already (ours is)!  As always…


Til de next lime,













Esha and Tarik


Call us at (919) 697-8772

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Our 2018 costume obsessions



Our 2018 costume obsessions

We’re in #costumeheaven!  Our costume provider of choice, YUMA has launched their 2018 presentation called "Fatal Attraction" and we’re all in the blissful process of choosing the costume of our dreams.  We’re also very excited to offer all of our 2018 Ultimate Trinidad Carnival feters a FREE Midline costume Upgrade, so they’ll get more feathers, more bling and more “Carnival Diva” for their money.  Yep, you read that correctly…don’t you want to be with UTC?

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Still coming down from your Carnival high?


Still coming down from your Carnival high?

With Carnival after Carnival happening over the past few weeks, we’re sure many of you out there are looking for your next Carnival fix.  Why not step your Carnival game up with Trinidad Carnival?  It’s only 7 months away and if you’ve never been, you’re in for a real treat!  There are many reasons why over 50,000 people around the world make Trinidad Carnival THE annual Carnival they must go to!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Got FVD’s? [Frequently Voiced Doubts]

Our clients had FVD's (Frequently Voiced Doubts) before traveling with us too!
FVD’s – Frequently Voiced Doubts - about experiencing Trinidad Carnival

As a spin off to our popular FAQ’s blog, which you can read about by clicking here, we decided to write about the many FVD’s (Frequently Voiced Doubts) that we get every day via our website.  Read on…chances are someone has the same doubts that you do!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Top 5 Carnival makeup must haves

Get your Carnival makeup to last through all de bacchanal!
Top 5 Carnival makeup must haves

Our super special vlog is here!  In June, we had a video chat with Ayisha of Carnival Makeup Kits, a makeup artist and entrepreneur based in Toronto, Canada and the results are AWESOME!  Every Carnival masquerader is interested in upping her makeup game to have her face look as fantastic "on de road" as her costume and this vlog will go a long way towards helping you do that.

To give you some background, we had the absolute pleasure of working with Carnival Makeup Kits to provide their kits as “swag” to our 2017 UTC clients in their Carnival Survival Kits.  Our clients loved the quality of the Carnival Makeup Kit products!  We also honestly could not be more pleased with the level of service and the quality of products that Carnival Makeup Kits provided to us.

Check out the video below to learn more and check out the names and links to purchase the products that Ayisha recommends below.  We also have details below about getting in touch with Carnival Makeup Kits just in case you’d like to purchase your own Carnival makeup kit.  With all of the summer Carnivals coming up, you’ll need to get your face right!


**We apologize for the sound quality; we were laughing a lot!  The video has been closed captioned just in case some of our words aren't audible.

Products and links
Carnival makeup must have #1: Primers


Carnival makeup must have #2: Long wearing foundation


Carnival makeup must have #3: Waterproof, liquid eyeliners and lip colors

Another beautiful Carnival Makeup Kit client "road ready"!
Carnival makeup must have #4: Setting sprays


Carnival makeup must have #5: Your Carnival Makeup Kit!
Contact Carnival Makeup Kits to learn more:

To learn more about Ultimate Trinidad Carnival and how we can get you to Trinidad Carnival with a stress-free, all-inclusive experience, visit our website.

Now over to you: what's your fave Carnival makeup must have?  Tell us in the comment box below!

Thanks as always for watching and reading...

Til de next lime,















Esha and Tarik

Call us: (919) 697-8772

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

You (truly) don’t know what you don’t know…

Feeling like this planning your own Trinidad Carnival trip?
You (truly) don’t know what you don’t know…

Ever traveled somewhere and you were surprised or caught off guard by a situation, place, additional cost or circumstance that you didn’t expect or anticipate?  That’s certainly happened to us during our personal travels and it seems to be a part of life.  However, if you’re planning your own Trinidad Carnival trip, the opportunities for these “snags” can be multiplied tenfold due to the following:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The real secret of Trinidad Carnival

What's the secret of Trinidad Carnival?
The real secret of Trinidad Carnival

After the release of our latest AMAZING client video, we’ve been thinking.  What’s the real secret of Trinidad Carnival?  What makes people from around the world, from all walks of life, travel to experience this festival on a tiny island in the Caribbean?  

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Spotlight Series (the remix)


Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Spotlight Series (the remix)

Ready for the spotlight?  It’s time for a remix of our Spotlight Series!  This 4-part series was 1 of our most popular blogs last year and featured some of our Ultimate Trinidad Carnival feters talking all about their Carnival Experience.  Click on each of the links below to read on…we also have a little surprise for you at the end :)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

After Trinidad Carnival...give me some Tobago Love!

The Nylon Pool is just ONE of the many reasons to go to Tobago!
After Trinidad Carnival...give me some Tobago Love!
One of the questions that we get from our clients and also from others interested in Trinidad Carnival is, “What’s the deal with Tobago?  Why should I go?”  There are sooooo many reasons why, but we’ll try to make this blog as short as we can (smile).

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Read me first if you're thinking about planning your own Trinidad Carnival trip...(the remix)

Think you'd be this FREE by planning your own Trinidad Carnival trip?  Think again...
Read me first if you're thinking about planning your own Trinidad Carnival trip...(the remix)

Another one of our most popular blogs was our "read me first" about planning your own Trinidad Carnival trip.  There are many who have tried and tried and (somewhat) succeeded with A LOT of time invested, hair pulling, and general frustration with the process.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thinking about solo travel?


Trinidad Carnival is the PERFECT solo trip!
Thinking about solo travel?

If you’ve never traveled solo, then let us share with you why Trinidad Carnival is the perfect trip to do this:

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The top 10 things to experience during Trinidad Carnival (the remix)


The top 10 things to experience during Trinidad Carnival (the remix)

One of our most popular series on this blog is the top 10 things to experience during Trinidad Carnival.  Our own Ultimate Trinidad Carnival clients and friends always ask, “What can I do during Trinidad Carnival that’s so different from any other vacation?”  And in true form, we wrote an entire blog series about it!

Monday, May 8, 2017

What’s the big deal about Trinidad Carnival?

If you've never been to Trinidad Carnival, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about!
What’s the big deal about Trinidad Carnival?

We always get these questions from the truly uninitiated to Trinidad Carnival, “What’s the big deal about Trinidad Carnival?  Isn’t it just like New Orleans Mardi Gras or Brazilian Carnival?”  The short answer is, “Ummm, no.” 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

We ready now!

UTC feters havin' a ball on Carnival Tuesday
We ready now!

We've launched our 2018 Ultimate Trinidad Carnival packages and the response has been overwhelming!  Thanks for all the love...

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

How was Ultimate Trinidad Carnival 2017?


De Ultimate Trinidad Carnival 2017 crew!

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival 2017 recap

Okay, so Carnival tabanca is REAL!  We’ve got it, our 2017 feters have it and we’re all dreaming about 2018 Trinidad Carnival…

In case you were wondering about Ultimate Trinidad Carnival 2017 and how it went, read on:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival 2017 soca love - week of Jan 9-15



Here we go again!  Your 2nd installment of soca love.  It's going to continue to be manic every week until Trinidad Carnival, so be sure to subscribe and stay tuned!  Press play to see the video below or - you can read on (but we think the video is more fun)...plus you'll get to hear Esha's confession!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival 2017 soca love – week of Jan 2-8


We’re here to help you sift through the hundreds of new soca releases coming your way over the next 46 days to Trinidad Carnival.  No seriously, it’s amazing the volume of music that’s released each year during the Carnival season.  Trinis are seriously creative and there’s always lots of new music to make you lose your mind during Carnival! 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Get crafty (part 3) - Create your own custom Trinidad Carnival Monday wear



The start of my Monday wear journey...

Happy New Year!  It’s your Trinidad Carnival Ambassador, Esha here and I’m continuing with my quest for customized (and more affordable) Monday wear.  This blog and the next blog will continue with the decorating of the top.  

But before I get into that, the Ultimate Atlanta Carnival Experience being held in May 2017 is here!  If you haven't checked out your opportunity to have some Trinidad Carnival fun in the US of A (a.k.a. stateside bacchanal), check it out by clicking here.  Okay, back to the Monday wear.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Get crafty (part 2) - Create your own custom Trinidad Carnival Monday wear



The inspiration for my Monday wear!

Get crafty (part 2) - Create your own custom Trinidad Carnival Monday wear

Okay, Esha here again!  After a quick trip to San Francisco for Christmas, it’s nice to be back home and (of course) to continue with my Monday wear series.  If you missed part 1, click here to read it.  To fill you in briefly, I got bitten by the crafty bug this year and have decided to create my own Monday wear!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Get crafty (part 1) - Create your own custom Trinidad Carnival Monday wear



Esha here, one half of Ultimate Trinidad Carnival.  One of my *hidden* talents is that I sew.  I love to sew clothing for myself (yes, I’m a selfish seamstress lol)!  While looking at the pricing of Monday wear that other designers are posting out there, it occurred to me that I could create my own Monday wear (duh). 

Friday, December 16, 2016

#1 of the top 5 things to experience during Atlanta Carnival

#1 - De masquerader experience

Having experienced Atlanta Carnival ourselves this year, we were really impressed with the entire masquerader experience.  For a carnival parade held in North America, we thought that it was very much like Trinidad Carnival in these 3 areas:

Friday, December 9, 2016

#2 of the top 5 things to experience during Atlanta Carnival




#2 - Front of the de line access

And we're back with our Atlanta Carnival countdown!  If you’ve been to any fete (aka party for the newbies) in North America, then you know this one:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

#3 of the top 5 things to experience during Atlanta Carnival

#3 - The city of Atlanta (aka stateside bacchanal)

Our next thing on the list is visiting the city of Atlanta itself!  We’ve been to Atlanta several times, have family and friends who live here and it really is a cool and fun place to visit.  [personal plug] - We've opened up our Atlanta Carnival packages to our advance access list and the response has been overwhelming!  We're so excited about Ultimate Atlanta Carnival!

Okay, back to the reason we're writing today :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

#4 of the top 5 things to experience during Atlanta Carnival

#4 - Meet new friends
One of the many hats that we wear as Ultimate Trinidad Carnival is that of a connector.  We didn’t think this was the case in the beginning when we started back in 2011, however when you take over 150 amazing people to Trinidad Carnival (and counting), you’re bound to have folks create and develop long lasting friendships.

Monday, November 14, 2016

#5 of the top 5 things to experience during Atlanta Carnival



#5 - Travel with de Carnival pros
This one goes without saying, but if you’re just learning about us (Ultimate Trinidad Carnival), then here are some stats for you:

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Spotlight Series - part 4


Cecilee - dutty at J'ouvert!
UTC Spotlight Series - part 4
And now it's on the the final part of our Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Spotlight Series.  We've enjoyed sharing our client stories, feedback and experiences with you!

This week we're sharing our talk with Cecilee, a UTC veteran who's traveled with us for 2 years in a row!  Hailing from Toronto, Canada we were so excited to have a conversation about her Trinidad Carnival experience.  See what she had to say:




Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Spotlight Series - part 3

UTC Spotlight Series - part 3

Here we go again!  It's our continuation of the Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Spotlight Series.  In this series, we've put the spotlight on our wonderful clients.  These are actual conversations that we've had with them about their AWESOME Trinidad Carnival Experiences!

Next up is part 2 of our conversation with Rayven Michelle.  She had so many great things to say about her Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Experience, that the spotlight is on her again (smile).  Read on to hear what she had to say...

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Spotlight Series - part 2

It's time for part 2 of our Spotlight Series where we bring you snippets of our talks with UTC clients!  You may have some concerns or questions about our Trinidad Carnival packages - perhaps some of the same ones our clients had - so we hope this is helpful to you.  We only have a few spots left, so visit our website today to learn more!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Spotlight Series - part 1

If you’ve been following our blog, then you’ve heard us say time and time again, “We love our clients!  And they love us back!”

Krystal
In the Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Spotlight Series, we’re sharing with you a series of interviews that we’ve had with our clients.  You’ll read about their experiences with Ultimate Trinidad Carnival, some of the concerns they had before they became a UTC'er and (of course) what a great time they had!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Ultimate Trinidad Carnival's frequently asked questions



It's time for another installment of the questions that we get asked the most - enjoy!

What happens if I get lost?

One of the benefits of group travel and especially traveling with Ultimate Trinidad Carnival is that we travel with you.  Our Ultimate Trinidad Carnival 2017 team consists of 5 hardworking individuals who are there with you at every fete, at the Carnival parade and all of the events on your itinerary.  We’ll be with you connected via our private Facebook group and you’ll also have all of our phone numbers in case you get separated from the group.  We all also do our “rounds” during each event where we ensure that we take the time to check in with you from time to time during all events.  You’ll also be sure to make friends while with our group and they’ll look out for you too!


What if none of my friends want to come with me?

No problem; we got you AND we’ve actually written a blog about this (lol).  Click here to check it out.


What if I don’t want to wear a costume?

If you’re self-conscious about your body, understand a couple of things first.  Trinidadian culture celebrates curves!  Women reign supreme in all shapes and sizes during the Carnival parade.  Secondly, you won’t be the only one in full costume.  Thousands of people will be playing mas right alongside you “on de road”, so you’ll fit right in.  If you’re still feeling shy, then we can customize a package without a costume for you.  Click here to contact us.


Are my meals included in your packages?

Most of your meals are included in our packages.  From the all-inclusive fetes (food and drink), to our privately catered group dinner, plus a daily and delicious breakfast buffet at the Hilton Trinidad, we have you covered.  On average during our 5-night Premium Experience, you’ll need to purchase 3-5 meals on your own.  Food in Trinidad is very affordable and delicious, so choose your meals wisely!  Read our blog about the food in Trinidad here.


What should I pack?

This is a question that many Carnival goers get (just a little) nervous about!  We've gotten so many questions about it that we decided to write a blog about this exact topic.  We’ve provided you with a packing list of what to bring with you and even included a link to Evernote where you can check the items off of your list!  Access the Ultimate Trinidad Carnival packing list here.


What can I access while I’m in Trinidad and how?

If you’re very attached to your devices, the Hilton Trinidad offers free Wi-Fi with your package.  We strongly recommend purchasing either a SIM card to use with your unlocked phone or a local phone to use while you’re in Trinidad during Carnival time.  With a smartphone, you can access Trinidad’s mobile network, access your social media accounts and check email and messaging.


In regard to accessing your money, you can easily use most debit or credit cards while traveling in Trinidad and Tobago.  Don’t forget to let your bank know that you’re traveling so they don’t impose any international blocks to your account.  We don’t recommend using traveler’s checks.  Banks during Carnival are extremely busy since Carnival Monday and Tuesday are national holidays. The last thing you want to do is spend your day waiting in a bank when you could be partying!


Is Trinidad and Tobago safe?

We get this question quite often.  The combination of being within a group of professionals like you, having access to high end fetes in Trinidad and traveling during Carnival time, can make Trinidad Carnival one of the safest times for you to travel there.  Ultimate Trinidad Carnival has been traveling with groups during Carnival time - with no incidents - so we have a 100% safety record!  We prepare our travelers with common sense tips before getting to Trinidad to ensure that they’re all taking extra precautions while away from home.

Your Ultimate Trinidad Carnival Experience can be stress-free!  As a part of our bonuses, we take extra care to prepare our clients with a members-only website, monthly info calls, a private Facebook page and more!  Why NOT travel with us?  Check out what we have to offer you by clicking here

We hope you enjoyed our FAQ's.  Have a question?  Feel free to comment below!  As always...

Til de next lime,












Esha and Tarik