Travel News for Week of November 12

By November 12, 2017Blog

Hi Everyone,

Delta now automatically checks passengers into domestic flights 24 hours before departure and sends you an email or alert when boarding passes are ready.   You will need to use Delta’s app to acknowledge the mandates on restricted items, purchase bags, or make seat changes.

Disney has published their dates for the annual Flower and Garden Festival at EPCOTt Center, one of the most popular events at Walt Disney World.    Held each day from Feb. 28-May 28, 2018, the Festival’s 25th anniversary event will feature favorites like exhibits, events and tastings including:

  • Disney Character Topiaries
  • 15 Outdoor Kitchens serving creative, flavor-rich cuisine that highlights spring garden offerings
  • Garden Rocks music series – with its classic rock ‘n’ roll stars from the ‘60s, ‘70s ‘80s and ‘90s. Garden Rocks Dining packages will be available for certain EPCOT restaurants – pairing a fabulous meal with reserved seating for your favorite concert
  • Garden Tours – Including Gardens of the World Tour (spring edition); the English Tea Garden Tour; and Royal Tea Garden Tour (extra fee required)
  • New interactive kids play areas
  • And – of course – the millions of extra plants, trees, shrubs, flowers and themed gardens that decorate EPCOT in spring.
  • Also returning will be our Egg-Stravaganza scavenger hunt and hand-crafted and Festival merchandise to extend an already-packed day of adventure at EPCOT.

Universal Orlando Resort revealed this week it has two budget-friendly hotels in the works, starting at less than $100 a night, set to open in summer 2019.  The hotels will be “value-driven,” the company said, adding that rates will be less than Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort and Universal’s Aventura Hotel.   In partnership with Loews Hotels & Resorts, the 750-room and 2,050-room hotels will be built on a 64-acre site at the intersection of International Drive and Universal Boulevard, formerly the Wet ’n Wild water-park land.  The hotel complex will feature three pools, two food courts, coffee bars, poolside bars, fitness rooms, and car rental facilities.

It seems as though the rules for travel to Cuba change on an almost weekly basis.   The Trump administration announced new rules on travel and trade to Cuba Wednesday, impacting individual travel and banning patronage of some hotels and other tourism venues frequented by Americans.  The rules eliminate the increasingly popular individual “people-to-people” educational travel category. Now, travelers will need to be a part of a group licensed by the Treasury Department, like they were prior to the Obama Administration’s freeing up Cuba travel two years ago.  Additionally, U.S. travelers are prohibited from staying at dozens of Cuban hotels, determined by the State Department to be connected to government security services. Some of the properties included under the ban include the Paradisus Río de Oro Resort & Spa, the Royalton Cayo Santa María, the Meliá Cayo Santa María and the Iberostar Ensenachos.   Americans also will be barred from patronizing a wide array of restaurants, stores and other enterprises determined to be owned wholly or in part by the Cuban military and security services. The Trump Administration is hoping U.S. travelers instead will stay with private citizens and eat in private restaurants.  Travelers returning from Cuba to U.S. ports and airports will be required to maintain proof of their activities in Cuba.   Travelers who had already purchased “at least one travel-related transaction” (e.g. a flight or lodging) prior to June 16, 2017, will be grandfathered in and can proceed with their trip

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.   Seat guarantee will expire this week.

June 7-18, 2018   Germany’s Cultural Cities and the Romantic Road   Embark on a guided tour of Hamlin, explore the town of Lubeck famous for its marzipan, join a local guide who leads you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg.   Tour Berlin and Munich’s famed landmarks. Discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval gem in Fanconia.   Tour Nueschwanstein Castle.    Much more.    Deposit now!    I have spots reserved for just a short time on this new tour.

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.

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.   Taking deposits now!

Coming soon

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.    Additional info will be available soon.

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.   Tour is half full.

September, 2019  Canadian Rockies  

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights    We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll see the glacial lagoon at Jokulsarlon and visit one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss, and much more.

May 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:     This tour has a very short enrollment period.  Please call if you are interested.

September 2020   Poland

October 2020  Autumn Colors

Have a great week!