Travel News for Week of January 28

By January 28, 2018Blog

Hi Everyone,

A few packing reminders:

  • Never put our essential medications in your checked luggage.  Always carry medicine in your carry on.  When traveling outside of the country, it is wise to keep a  few days worth of  prescription drugs in a second purse or carry-on in case one is lost or misplaced.   If you have a traveling partner, you can always put some in their carry-on.
  • When traveling with my husband, I always put an extra outfit in his suitcase and he in mine just in case one of our suitcases goes astray.
  • Use an eyeglass hard case to pack jewelry. Cases are small,easy to pack, and do a good job of protecting jewelry. It’s also easy to find the jewelry you’re looking for.   However, I would caution you against bringing too much bling.  It just makes you a target.   Never pack jewelry with sentimental value.

Disney Cruise Line will bring back its popular Star Wars Day at Sea and Marvel Day at Sea itineraries in 2019 on two Disney cruise ships, sailing across the Caribbean and Bahamas.  From January to early March 2019, nine seven-night Disney Fantasy sailings will feature a full day of Star Wars activities, including a deck party fireworks display, Star Wars-themed family and youth activities, special food and beverage offerings and merchandise. Characters from the saga including Jedi, Wookiees, Droids and Stormtroopers will also be at the day-long celebration.  Star Wars Day at Sea will only be offered on nine Disney Fantasy seven-night Caribbean cruises sailing from Port Canaveral, Florida.

For Marvel fans, Disney will offer 10 five-night Disney Magic sailings to the Caribbean and Bahamas, with a day-long celebration of the Marvel Universe, from the comics to movies and TV shows. Marvel Day at Sea will boast the largest collection of Marvel superheroes and villains assembled on a cruise ship.  The event features all-day entertainment including interactions with some of the mightiest Marvel superheroes and the menacing foes who oppose them, an extraordinary deck show spectacular, Marvel-themed youth activities, special merchandise, and unique food and beverage offerings.

We will be hearing a lot about biometric technology, such as face scanners,  in the months to come.   Airlines are finding that their use can speed up boarding and eliminate human error, helping to prevent passengers from boarding flights for which they are not ticketed. British Airways last week used purely biometric boarding on a flight departing from the US, checking in 180 passengers in less than 20 minutes. We will begin to see much more of this in the near future, eliminating the need for things like boarding passes.

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.      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.


April 22-May 5  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,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.


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:       Please call if you are interested.

June 2020   Canadian Rockies

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!