Travel News for Week of February 4

By February 4, 2018Blog

Hi Everyone,

Starting this spring, getting a passport will cost $10 more for all U.S. travelers.The Department of State announced this week that the passport execution fee will be $35 starting on April 2, which means that adult passport books will now cost $145, up from   $135, while child passports will now cost $115, up from $105.  Meanwhile, passport cards will now cost $65 for adults and $50 for children.

Since launching last spring, Mobile Order in the My Disney Experience mobile app has been a popular service. Currently offered at 23 locations throughout the theme parks and Disney Springs®, this convenient service allows customers to order meals and snacks on demand, pay in advance and skip the line at select quick-service food and beverage locations.  With a recent My Disney Experience update, Guests with Disney dining plans can redeem meals and snacks in Mobile Order, providing them with more free time to enjoy all of the attractions and entertainment experiences throughout Walt Disney World®Resort.  Mobile Order will accept any of the three Disney dining plans: the Disney Quick-Service Dining Plan, the Disney Dining Plan and the Disney Deluxe Dining Plan. To access Mobile Order, Guests can tap the “Order Food” button under “My Plans” in the app.   If a party has a Disney dining plan included in a package and linked to their reservation, it will automatically appear as a payment option during the ordering process. Please note that Disney gift cards and discounts are not accepted through Mobile Order at this time.

The Transportation Security Administration today announced the addition of five new airlines to its TSA PreCheck trusted-traveler program. They are Air France, Brussels Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and World Atlantic.  The additions bring to 47 the number of airlines participating in the program, including all major U.S. carriers.

Parking used to be free at Las Vegas hotels but a couple of years ago, many resorts started charging.   This week MGM announced an increase in parking fees for their 12 properties from $12-24 per day.

 

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

2018

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.  Two rooms remain.

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.

2019

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.   We are ready for deposits.   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.     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.   Deposit Now!!

 September , 2019  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.

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.

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.     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!

Lynn