Travel News for Week of April 22

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Hi Everyone,

One of the difficult things to sort out when traveling is what the differences are in formal wear, smart casual, or casual wear.   Royal Caribbean is at least attempting to give some guidelines to their passengers which is actually somewhat.

  • For formal nights, the cruise line recommends “suits and ties, tuxedos, cocktail dresses or evening gowns.”
  • For smart casual nights, “think of this as a step up from your typical dinner wear” and wear “collared shirts, dresses, skirts and blouses, or pantsuits.”
  • For casual nights, Royal suggests “jeans, polos, sundresses and blouses” but asks guests to “keep swimwear to the Pool Deck.” Shorts and tanks will be accepted for breakfast and lunch, but not in the main dining room at dinner.

MagicBands have functioned as a room key at Disney World hotels for the past five years, and soon guests will get another digital key option — their smartphone.   To use their digital key, guests must opt in and activate the feature on their check-in day through a brief set-up process in the My Disney Experience app. To enter their room, guests tap the “Unlock Door” button and then simply hold their phone against the door lock.  Guests can also use their digital key to unlock the hotel entrance gate and common area doors requiring a key, which may include pools, fitness centers, elevators and club level lounges.  The smartphone key is coming later this month to Disney’s Wilderness Lodge and to other Disney World hotels in the coming months. Guests will be able to use the MagicBand and their smartphone key during their stay.

Universal Orlando Resort, which last November announced the construction of two budget-priced hotels, will name them the Surfside Inn and Suites and the Dockside Inn and Suites. Loews Hotels & Resorts will manage the properties. Universal said both hotels’ daily rates will be as low as $73.   The Surfside Inn and Suites is slated to open in 2019 with 1,450 rooms. More than half of those rooms will be two-bedroom suites that can accommodate as many as six people and will have kitchenettes and dining areas. Rates for the two-bedroom suites will start at $111 a night.   The Dockside Inn and Suites is scheduled to open in 2020.

 2018  Tours

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019 Tours

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

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.

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

September 8-16   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.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of April 15

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Hi Everyone,

We all know that going through security at the airport is necessary but also a bit stressful.   It is usually busy and somewhat chaotic as officers are shouting directions, you are looking for bins, and trying to make certain you have removed anything that could cause a problem.   The security lines, however, are one of the places you are most likely to lose something.   Most of us are relieved to get through the lines, but before you leave the area, take a minute to make sure you have your belongings.   The most common things left at security include glasses, belts, phones and tablets, jewelry, passports, and children’s toys,

If you want to increase your chances of getting through the airport quicker, here are some things that will help:

  • Get the airlines’ app.   It will alert you of delays or gate changes.
  • Check in online.   If you are flying internationally, you may need to go to the desk to show your passport but if you are flying domestically, check in 24 hours ahead and save yourself time at the airport.   Most airlines now have bag drops or expedited lines if you’re already checked in,  so if you are checked in, drop your checked bag at the drop and just proceed through security.
  • Bring some snacks with you.   If you do get held up and don’t have time to find something to eat before boarding, that sandwich you brought from home will save the day.
  • Be particularly cautious about using free wifi.   Free does not mean safe.  Don’t go anywhere  online where you need to enter any of your passwords.
  • Make sure you put identification on your suitcase.  When all those cases come out of the chute many of them look alike.  I usually give my clients a luggage grip that will help them identify their possession, but it’s always a good idea to put your name and phone number on a luggage tag with a covering so that a casual passerby can’t read it.   That will also prove helpful should your bag get lost.   It will help airline personnel identify it and return it to you.
 2018

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

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.

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

September 8-16   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.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

Travel News for Week of April 8

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Hi Everyone,

This evening I thought I’d just list a few little things that you can do to make your travel a little more comfortable:

  • Throw a dryer sheet in your suitcase.  It will help keep your suitcase smell a bit fresher.   If you don’t have any dryer sheets, just grab one of those little bars of hotel soap and throw that in the suitcase.
  • Eyeglass cases make great storage for cables and chargers.
  • When choosing seats for yourself and your traveling companion choose the window and the aisle.  Most people hate the middle seat.   If it stays empty you’ll have more room.  If someone does sit there and you want to be seated together, most people will give up the middle seat in a heartbeat and you’ll be able to trade.
  • For a little piece of mind in your hotel room, purchase an inexpensive door stop and wedge it in your closed door.   Just don’t forget to take it with you.
  • Forget your charger?  Most hotel TVs now have USB ports.
  • If you are using a number of different hotels on your trip, grab a business card from the front desk before you go out.  If you get turned around or forget the name of your hotel, you’ll be able to pull out the card and ask for help.
  • Don’t change your money at the airport-they typically have a terrible exchange rate.

In other news:   Do you like big, bustling cruise ships that are chock full of activities? You’ll love Symphony of the Seas, the new floating mega-resort from Royal Caribbean.   Symphony is the largest cruise ship ever at 228,081 tons  and it’s packed full of  attractions such as a thrill slide that plunges nearly 100 feet and a Bionic Bar with a robot bartender.  The ship boasts three main pool areas, a water slide complex, an adults-only solarium, an ice skating rink, two rock climbing walls, a basketball court and a mall-like indoor promenade with shops, bars and eateries. Like Harmony, it also has an open-air, tree-lined area called Central Park with restaurants, bars and upscale shops such as Bulgari.

 2018

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019

We are taking deposits for all of next year’s tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

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.

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

September 8-16   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.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

September 2020  Discover Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for Week of April 1

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Hi Everyone,

If you want to speed through TSA at the airport, there are some things you can do to lessen your chances of being questioned and subjected to additional searches.  A pretty good article by RJ Wilson reminds us of the following:

  • Any unusual items  Tell screeners about unusual items, and be prepared to undergo additional screenings as a precaution. An unusual item is anything the TSA agents won’t immediately recognize. Keep your carry-ons well organized and uncluttered so that agents can easily check for unsafe items.
  • Random Checks  Don’t assume that every random check is a constitutional violation. The best thing to do is just comply.   Complaining is just going to hold you up and everyone behind you.
  • If you’re traveling internationally, do your homework.   Go to the                            State Department’s website,  They’re always putting out information about things not to take abroad, along with processes and procedures for different countries. The State Department’s really good about giving travelers the information they need.  Make sure to have proper identification. Carefully research what you’ll need to get through customs, and when traveling with children, make sure that they know what to expect.
    If you’re traveling with kids, know that they are subject to slightly different checkpoint guidelines. While traveling within the United States, children under the age of 18 don’t have to provide identification,  and kids 12 and younger can leave their shoes on during screenings.When deciding which line to get in, don’t just look at the longest one, check out which line is moving faster.   Business travelers who fly frequently know the procedures and tend to move through much more quickly.
In other news, Delta has made a change to their SkyMiles policy:   Effective immediately,  SkyMiles award tickets for travel that doesn’t begin or end in the U.S. or Canada must be booked at least three days in advance.   Most of us do begin or end our travel in the US but for those who travel overseas, they will they lose the convenience of close-in booking,  and they’ll also lose access to award availability, which often opens up close to the departure date as the airline releases unsold seats to award travelers.

2018

2018 tours are almost full.  If you are interested in any of them, please call asap.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019

We are taking deposits for next year’s spring and summer tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

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.

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

September 8-16   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.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for Week of March 25

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Hotels go through a lot of linens!   Westin has found a great way to recycle those.  The company has created a new industry-first sustainability program called Project Rise: ThreadForward, which will collect, process and reweave hotel bed linens, transforming them into thousands of pairs of children’s pajamas.  The pajamas will then be distributed to children in need whose circumstances can contribute to shortened and more fragmented sleep.  The new program kicks off April 16 and will give the gift of better sleep in cities around the world, from New York to Toronto, to Mexico City and Cape Town.

Disney World is gearing up for summer.   They announced a new promo for select Disney Resort hotels.  With this offer, you can save on rooms at select Disney Resort hotels for stays most nights June 11 through August 1, 2018:  Save up to 25% on rooms, when you book by May 22, 2018.  Save up to 20% on rooms, when you book by August 1, 2018.   This offer is limited to select Disney hotels.

I read an article this week by a noted travel writer, Richard Turin, that I thought was fiction at first.  It is definitely not fiction.   The municipal water department in Paris, in concert with the mayor, has embarked on a new project called Fontaine Petillante, the aim of which is to encourage Parisians to drink more healthful water and to reduce the number of plastic water bottles in the city’s landfills.    The result of this initiative is that every single neighborhood in Paris will have at least one, free for all, sparkling-water fountain. The water has been tested, and it is of Perrier taste and quality. Parisians, and those fortunate enough to spend time in their city, will now have large supplies of sparkling water available in public fountains.   It will be available everywhere, and one need only hold a container beneath the tap to enjoy what one critic described as “cool, but not icy, extremely fizzy with a really fine prickle of bubble mousse.”     The aim of this initiative is two fold-encourage people to drink water and reduce the amount of plastic in their landfills.

Just an FYI:  If you are looking for a January rental on the beach next year, let me know as a friend has a great 2 bedroom condo for rent on Marco Island.

2018

2018 tours are almost full.  If you are interested in any of them, please call asap.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019

We are taking deposits for next year’s spring and summer tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

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.

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.

June New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

September 8-16   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.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

 

Travel News for Week of March 18

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Hi Everyone,

Disney announced this week that they will institute a parking fee at their resorts,  effective for reservations after March 21, 2018.  Complimentary self-parking is available while enjoying select dining, shopping, entertainment, and recreation experiences at Disney Resort hotels.

Standard Overnight Parking charges per Resort Category: Disney Value Resorts: $13 per night;
Disney Moderate Resorts: $19 per night; Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts: $24 per night

Complimentary standard parking is available to Guests staying at Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. Each campsite provides parking space for one (1) motorized vehicle.

Las Vegas long ago instituted resort fees, but last week, two popular hotels, the Venetian and the Palazzo, raised their so-called resort fees to $45 a night. That’s up from $39 a night previously, and now the highest such fees in Las Vegas.several properties announced a hike in those as well.   Many of the upscale properties on the strip are at $39 a night.

The cruise lines continue to upgrade and expand.  An article in Travel Weekly gave us a glimpse of what what Royal Caribbean is doing.  They are upping the ante on amenities, facilities and services across its land-based private islands and ships in what company officials described Wednesday as a “multibillion-dollar” effort.   Royal Caribbean’s initiative is highlighted by the debut of a new, $200 million “Global Private Island Collection” at the company’s private island in CocoCay, Bahamas in 2019. CocoCay will be the company’s first private island to offer Royal Caribbean cruisers a “Perfect Day Island Collection,” a series of “unrivaled and exclusive” private island destinations around the world.    Royal Caribbean will eventually expand the program to include its private islands in Labadee, Haiti and at ports of call in Asia and Australia, said Michael Bayley, Royal Caribbean’s president and CEO. “We said, ‘let’s apply the same expertise we did in building our Oasis-class ships to our private islands to create the perfect day,’” he said.   Upon its 2019 premiere, guests will find a new CocoCay, transformed with a series of new attractions. The Thrill Waterpark will feature two water towers with 13 slides, which company officials say are the most slides at any waterpark in the Caribbean.   There will also be a large freshwater pool, a helium balloon float, and over the water cabanas.

One of my friends and fellow traveler passed an article to me from Travel and Leisure regarding steps you should take just before leaving for a trip.   We have talked about some of these in previous blogs but it never hurts to repeat them, and some of the things on the list are brand new:

1. Alert your credit card company.  2. Alert your mobile phone company to insure you have the correct plan for travel.  3. Notify your home security system operator.    4. Confirm your reservations.   5. Make advance payments on bills that will arrive while your are gone. 6.  Check the weather  7. Clean out the refrigerator and run the disposal.   8.  Leave an itinerary with family or a friend.  9.  Clean out your wallet.  10.  Hold your mail. 11.Bring in outdoor furniture. These are all really good tips.

2018

2018 tours are almost full.  If you are interested in any of them, please call asap.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019

We are taking deposits for next year’s spring and summer tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

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.

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.

June New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

September 8-16   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.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

 

 

Travel News for Week of March 11

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Hi Everyone,

After American last week said it would start selling basic economy tickets for flights to Europe, starting in April, Delta said it is also expanding its basic economy on U.S.-Mexico flights. The carrier says it is already selling the cut-rate tickets on half of its flights between the countries, and will now expand it to more flights to Mexico City, Guadalajara, as well as leisure destinations like Cancun and Puerto Vallarta.    Delta is already selling these fares on over 50 percent of its flights to Canada and Europe, also to stay consistent with its partners Air France-KLM and Alitalia, which have come out with their own versions.   As with the domestic version of these fares, basic economy customers cannot reserve a seat in advance or make ticket changes. You will also have to pay a fee for checking a bag, although they can bring a carry-on without charge. In addition, making any changes to a basic economy ticket is extremely difficult once it is issued, even for a fee.

We have always told people that you can travel anywhere if you remember to carry with you three important items:   your passport, your medicine, and your credit card.    Anything else you may forget you can most likely purchase at your destination.   That’s probably a little oversimplified, but you don’t need to carry everything you own with you when traveling.  It does help, though, to take a few things to make your life easier: hand sanitizer, extra glasses, trip confirmations, snacks for the airline or bus.   It may be helpful to take a small night light and a travel alarm clock.    Give your wallet a cleaning.   Get rid of all the credit cards you don’t need or can’t use.   They are just something that will be a pain if you lose your billfold.  Do not take items of sentimental value or your expensive jewelry.  The old advice of putting all the clothes you intend to take next to your suitcase, and then putting half of them back in the closet is good advice.

The morning of disembarkation from a cruise ship can be very busy.   To help make things go smoother, take care of the following before that last morning:

  • Take care of your bill
  • Buy your photos
  • Check your safe
  • Make sure you lay out some clothes the night before so when you set your suitcase out to be taken down to the terminal you have something to wear (don’t laugh, I’ve seen it happen).

2018

Our 2018 tours are almost full.  If you are interested in any of them, please call asap.

April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland      

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.  

September 8-16    Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg

2019

We are already taking deposits for next year’s spring and summer tours:

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy     My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.    Call for pricing and enrollment information!

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.

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.

June New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

September 8-16   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.  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

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.   First com, first served.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395       

June 2020   New!!  Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park,  and Mesa Verda National Park.   We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!

Lynn