Delta Air Lines announced it will become the first global carrier in the United States to offer free mobile messaging. Starting today, Delta will offer its customers the opportunity to access free mobile messaging via iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. The service will be available on more aircraft than any other carrier. American Airlines is going to do the same but I haven’t seen the start date for them.
October is Plan a Cruise Month and the cruise lines are offering a variety of special promotions. If a cruise is in your future, this is a good time to take advantage of some of the specials.
If you are planning a Caribbean cruise in the near future and are worried that none of your ports will be open, you may be worrying for nothing. Tourism is the number 1 industry in most islands so getting up and running is critical to the health of the population. It is absolutely true that Puerto Rico has been devastated and it will be some time before they are back to normal. Our prayers are with the people of Puerto Rico as they continue to struggle to get the aid they need. The US and British Virgin Islands have also been hard hit but they are working hard to get back up and running. The western and southern Caribbean islands were mostly untouched by the hurricanes so those ports are just fine. Cruise ships are adjusting their itineraries on a daily basis to insure that things run as smoothly as possible. Most importantly, there are a lot of islanders that have had their homes demolished, and their livelihoods disrupted. When it is safe to return to an island, cruise ships and tour operators are doing so, and the sooner that happens, the quicker people’s lives can be put back together.
If you are thinking about holiday travel, Smarter Travel reminds us that there are certain days that you will need to avoid:
Thanksgiving weekend is the busiest time of the year for airlines. The worst days to fly are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (this year, November 22) and the following Sunday (this year, November 26). The further away from these days you can travel, the better off you’ll be.
The biggest year-end holidays fall on Mondays in 2017, making for a plethora of “worst” holiday travel days. For Christmas they’re Friday, December 22, plus the 23rd and 24th. For New Year’s avoid Friday, the 29th, and Tuesday, January 2nd.
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 Early payment discount expires this month. 6 seats left.
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 most important Christian sites: Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem. Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross. Call now for reservations.
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. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/769444
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 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.
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!
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, 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. Will open for deposits September 27.
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: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395 We are in the process of scheduling an information meeting for this trip very soon.
September 2020 Poland
October 2020 Autumn Colors
Have a great week!