Many of us use hotel reviewing sites to help make decisions on where to stay This week I read an article that gave some good advice: Sometimes the bad reviews do not tell the truth of a particular situation. But the replies from management can. When you’re looking at past guest reviews, take a look at the reply from management to any criticism raised. A “lack of management response” to guest issues is very telling. Many times there is no response, but when there is, these responses should give the sense that problems are handled swiftly when brought to light and that customer service is paramount.
Walt Disney World will begin allowing some park goers to purchase additional FastPass tickets to guests staying in Club-level rooms. Through the pilot program, Club Level resort guests who purchase a park ticket of three-days or longer, or an annual pass holder, will be able to purchase three extra fast passes for $50 per person, per day, to be used once per ride. The program will be in addition to the standard FastPass+ system, which has allowed park guests to avoid long lines by reserving ride times in advance and entering through a special FastPass+ line. The extra fast passes will be able to be reserved 90 days in advance, as opposed to the traditional 60 days in advance, through the My Disney Experience app. The new option also includes preferred seating at one of the park’s nighttime shows, once per day and at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, or Hollywood Studios.
If you are planning a trip out of the country, take a minute and check the expiration date of your passport. Most of the time, passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the last date of your upcoming travel. Several times this past year, I’ve had people call in a panic because they pulled their passport out a few days before travel, and it was either expired or close to expiration. This is one anxiety producing situation no one needs.
One of the most irritating things about flying is the reclining seat. Due to shrinking legroom, when passengers recline their seat, it really impacts the person in back of them. Some airlines have plans to do away with the reclining seat or at least to limit the recline. That won’t happen for a few years, but in the meantime, airline etiquette is to recline your seat the least amount you can to make yourself comfortable, and bring your seat back up during mealtimes.
Fuller Travel Escorted Tours
April 25-May 5 Shades of Ireland Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway. Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/764793 Call for availability.
May 16-24, 2018 Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse. Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these mostimportant Christian sites: Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem. Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross. Call for availability.
July 29-August 8 Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess. Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge. From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey. We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship. We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver. Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom. Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of our profit from each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects. Call for availability.
September 8-16 Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River. This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries. Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers. Call for availability.
October 5-10 Washington DC and Gettysburg This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg. This is a bus tour-no air involved. $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel, motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, all sightseeing and gratuities. $200 reserves your spot. Call for availability.
April, 2019 Lynn and Lidia’s Italy My number 1 guide will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places. We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Florence, and more. We will be ready for deposits later this week!
June 6-20, 2019 Viking Homelands This cruise will take place on the Viking Sea.This cruise will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland,and Berlin. We are taking deposits now!
August 11-21, 2019 Delightful Danube and Prague Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube. We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest. We are pre-registering now for this trip. We are only holding 20 rooms.
October 2019 Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice We’ll visit Reykjavik, before traveling the Golden Circle. We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur. We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields. We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition. We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion. We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.
May 17-28, 2020 Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play. Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle. Because this event in Oberammergau only occurs every 10 years, I have a very short time to take deposits for this trip. Even though it is a long way out, tickets are very scarce. Check out the itinerary: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395 Please call if you are interested.
June 2020 Canadian Rockies
September 2020 Poland
October 2020 Autumn Colors
Have a great week!