Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New Group Cruise - Bombshells in the Bahamas in February 2017!

If you follow Operation Relax on Facebook, it's likely you've seen our posts regarding the upcoming Bombshells in the Bahamas cruise, being led by Atomic Bombshells owner Andrea. The cruise on the Carnival Valor will be leaving Port Canaveral February 5, 2017 and will be hitting up both Freeport and Nassau in the Bahamas. You probably also saw the cool perks of sailing with this group, including being able to show off your fave vintage-inspired looks, a special cocktail party, and a $50 onboard credit per room, all of which are included in the crazy-good prices starting at only $288 per person plus taxes & fees!

But did you know how we determined the date of the cruise?

First, we brainstormed a list of some of our favorite pin up girls from back in the day. The list included notable favorites like Marilyn Monroe, Bettie Page, and Rita Hayworth. Then, we looked at available cruise dates and rates for a few of the months that we felt would be most promising in terms of availability of cabins, lower fares and potentially lower airfares, and months that worked best for a busy entrepreneur's schedule.

Using that information, we were able to narrow it down to one of our pin up girl's birthdays - February 8. Guess who it was? The infamous "Sweater Girl" herself, Lana Turner! Lana's discovery by a movie agent in a soda shop is a Hollywood legend, and her work in They Won't Forget (1937) led to her nickname thanks to a tight sweater and a bullet bra. While she was never fond of the nickname, she was a very successful actress and pin up girl for most of her career.

It was that simple! :) And it can be that simple for you to put together your own group cruise with Operation Relax, too. Right now is a great time to take advantage of group perks and rates, and we'd be happy to work with you! Just head over to and let us know your group idea, whether it is a family reunion, girlfriends getaway, or something else entirely.

Happy cruising!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Guest Post: Traveling from Adelaide to Sydney in Australia

** This is a guest blog post. The views in this post do not necessarily reflect those of Operation Relax**

There are more than 30 flights from Adelaide to Sydney airport in New South Wales on a daily basis, with the vast majority of them being direct itineraries. Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Tigerair all offer a wide range of departure times from 6am to 7pm, and the total flight duration is 1 hour 55 minutes. Travel websites for flights from Adelaide to Sydney include Expedia, Flight Centre and Sydney Flights Accommodation.

In terms of deciding on what is the best flight from Adelaide to Sydney, it might be worth keeping in mind that the latter two of the above mentioned carriers, Jetstar and Tigerair, are low cost budget airlines so the comfort or service levels may vary depending on which one you choose.

As a general rule, the lowest airfare travelling from Adelaide to Sydney can usually be found midweek when the airports are less crowded and there is more availability, and in a similar sense, with there being less availability on the weekends, the prices are most often higher.

This lowest cost of economy airfare can range anywhere between $59 with Tigerair to $109 economy with Qantas although business class with either of Australia’s flagship carriers, Virgin Australia or Qantas, will usually be excess of $450 one way

Flights can be booked direct on any of airline websites but it is often a good idea to check one of the major booking engines or comparison websites to get an overview of what the best flight times and prices are available, are over a particular period.

How to get to Adelaide airport

The airport is a short 6km drive from any city centre accommodation and very easy to reach. If you do not have a rental car, the best way to Adelaide airport is either to take the Jetbus, or alternatively you can opt for the convenience of a taxi.

The cheapest option is the Jetbus which is part of Adelaide Metro and the cheapest option. The Jetbus departs daily until midnight from many key city attractions every 20 to 40 minutes, although the express service is Monday to Friday only. A ticket for the Jetbus is $5.20 and it takes approximately 30 minutes including stops, whereas a taxi from the CBD to Adelaide airport will cost $27 and take only 15 minutes.

Checking in at Adelaide airport

Checking in at Adelaide airport for domestic flights is a straight forward process. There is only one terminal for all domestic check-in, the facilities for which are all located on level 2 of terminal F.

The large information screens in terminal F will always display the relevant gate allocation for each flight making it very easy to know where to go after checking in.

It is recommended to arrive at Adelaide airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights and each airline requires the passenger to be in the vicinity of the appropriate gate at least 40 minutes prior to departure.

Arrival in Sydney

The flight duration from Adelaide to Sydney is 1 hour 55 minutes and upon arrival, there are many ways to reach your Sydney accommodation.

The Airport Link train departs from Sydney airport for the city every 10 minutes at a cost of $17 and takes just 13 minutes to reach the city, whereas the Airport line bus will cost $13 and take slightly longer, 20 minutes.

Alternatively a taxi fare from Sydney airport to the CBD should cost no more than $55 and take 15 minutes depending on traffic.