Travel News for Week of November 11

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Hi Everyone,

The TSA is expecting another record Thanksgiving holiday season this year with more than 25 million passengers expected to travel between November 16-26.  The busiest travel days will be the Tuesday and Wednesday leading up to Thanksgiving and the Sunday after the holiday.   Travel Market Report has published some of TSA tips to help you get through security faster.

  • When approaching security have your ID and documents ready.   Be prepared to place your electronics larger than a cell phone in a separate bin.   Better yet, get TSA Precheck so you don’t have to take off our shoes or remove electronics from your bag.   Try not to wear excess jewelry, large hair accessories, large scarves, or large belts.   Put those items in our carry on before you get to security.
  • Use the Ask TSA app.  If you have questions about what you can take this is a great place for information.
  • Pack Smart.  Large liquids, creams, gels, and aerosols should be put in your checked luggage.   If you have a liquid that is medically necessary, alert the TSA agent before starting through security.    Powder has become a suspicious item.  Put it in your checked luggage.
  • Remember to take everything with you when you leave security.   Your loose change, keys, cellphones, or jackets that you put through separately are easy to forget.

These are all good tips for any time you travel but it is especially important at high traffic times.

Southwest Airlines is going to pilot a new process to get people on and off planes more efficiently.   The carrier is going to open doors on either end of the plane to allow people on and off either the front or the rear of the plane.  This is being piloted at 4 airports in California and will then evaluate.

Disney After Hours events have been such a huge hit that more events are set for the Magic Kingdom and for the first time, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom will join the fun.   Disney After Hours allows people to experience the parks for three hours after regular park hours which means little to no wait for attractions, experiences, or character greetings.  Ice cream, popcorn, and select beverages are also included in the after hours admission which is priced separately from daytime park admissions.

2019 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 availability.

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.  Call for availability.

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.   Call for availability.

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.  Time to deposit!   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.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    

May 31, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  We will be ready for deposit next month.  Call for more information!

June 2020   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

November 2020   Panama Canal Cruise

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of November 4

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Hi Everyone,

Marriott and union workers still have not reached an agreement in labor negotiations and workers continue their strike in eight cities across the US.   Strikers in Maui and Oahu joined bellhops, cooks, and other service providers who walked off the job last month at Marriott properties in Detroit, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, and Boston. Not all hotels are affected, but if you have reservations in any of these places you may want to check to see what services will be affected.

Next time you fly, bring the antibacterial wipes.   A recent Canadian study indicated that the germiest places on an airplane were the seatback pocket and the headrest!  The study also found that  bathroom handles, tray tables and seat belts are breeding grounds for infection-causing contaminants.  I’ve always been horrified by the number of people who go to the airplane restroom barefoot, or allow their children to do so.

When you leave your house do you find yourself wondering if you’ve turned off the stove or the coffeepot or any other heat producing item?   Simple solution: grab your phone and take a picture of your stove dials, coffeepot, or anything else you may obsess about.  Can’t remember whether you’ve put the garage door down or turned on the alarm?   Take a pic.   They are easily deleted later.

2019 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 availability.

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.  Call for availability.

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.   Call for availability.

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.  Time to deposit!   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.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    

May 31, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  We will be ready for deposit next month.  Call for more information!

June 2020   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

November 2020   Panama Canal Cruise

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of October 28

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Hi Everyone,

Disney has purchased 784 acres of land on the island of Eleuthera known for its pink sand beaches.  The plan is to develop the island for a second cruise destination in addition to their current Castaway Cay.     Disney is building three more ships so it makes sense that they will need an alternative to Castaway Cay.

Cruising continues to be a very popular vacation option but when planning your vacation, make sure you plan for gratuities.   We have seen many of the cruise lines raise gratuities this week.   We have also seen many lines increase the cost for popular drink packages.  Cruising is still an affordable option but it is always good to keep those extras in mind when planning.

When you get home from a trip do you ever think about cleaning your suitcase?   If not, you may want to think about where that luggage has been.    Our suitcases are parked by the back door until everything is emptied into the laundry room and then we use Lysol wipes on the outside, including the wheels.   Once that is done, a quick clean on the inside with the vacuum and they are ready for the storage room until the next trip.

Delta Air Lines announced this week that it will continue efforts to remove single-use plastic items by eliminating non-biodegradable stir sticks, wrappers, utensils, and straws from the carrier’s planes and Sky Clubs.   That move is expected to eliminate more than 300,000 pounds of plastic waste annually.

2019 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 availability.

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.  Call for availability.

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.   Call for availability.

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.  Time to deposit!   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.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    

May 31, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  We will be ready for deposit late Fall of this year.

June 2020   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

November 2020   Panama Canal Cruise

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of October 21

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Hi Everyone,

The US State Department juror just launched a Safety Campaign for travelers over 55.   The aim is to promote overseas safety and travel preparedness for US Senior citizens in response to a trend that shows an increasing number of older citizens are traveling abroad.    For example, the State Department warns that Medicare does not cover health insurance overseas and recommends third party insurance that will fill that gap.  Also, it is important to remember:

  • Passports need to be valid six months beyond the end of the trip; otherwise, some countries may not let you enter.
  • Keep medications in their original, labeled containers.  Bring enough medication that if you are delayed a few extra days, you’ll be covered.
  • Stay connected through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), where information is stored securely and enables the U.S. Department of State, U.S. embassy, or U.S. consulate to contact the traveler or their family in an emergency.
  • A complete list can be found at http://www.travel.state.gov    Go to international travel and scroll down.

Disney is making news with two new resorts at Walt Disney World.   This week Disney announced a new resort, not yet named, which will be located between the Wilderness Resort and Ft. Wilderness.    This new resort, along with Riviera, previously announced will  have hotels and also include villas which will be additions to Disney’s Vacation Club.    Progress is also occurring on the Skyliner, a gondola system that will link Hollywood Studios and EPCOT to 4 resorts: Caribbean Beach, Art of Animation, Pop Century, and Disney’s newest proposed resort: Riviera.

Everyone knows that I love river cruising but Mother Nature sometimes has a say in whether river cruise ships can navigate rivers.   This has been a particularly difficult fall for most of the river cruise lines.    Europe has had a hot, dry summer and river levels are so low that companies are having to cancel or modify cruises which doesn’t make anyone very happy.    The Danube and the Rhine have been particularly low.   Hopefully, they will get some much needed rain in that area before long.

Someone sent this to me this week.  Not sure of the origin, but pretty funny:

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2019 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 availability.

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.  Call for availability.

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.   Call for availability.

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.  Time to deposit!   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.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    

May 31, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  We will be ready for deposit late Fall of this year.

June 2020   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

November 2020   Panama Canal Cruise

Have a great week!

Lynn

 

Travel News for Week of October 14

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Hi Everyone,

Last year on one of our tours we had someone who had lost her ID and needed to fly.   It was very stressful for her.    You can definitely fly domestically if you lose your ID but it is a bit more difficult.    If you arrive at the airport without your driver’s license you will need to get to the airport earlier than usual as you will be subjected to extra screening.  You’ll need to complete a release form giving information to allow the TSA to check your social security records.   You will then go through an interview to identify you.  Once you’ve been identified you will be allowed to go through the checkpoint.

If you are flying internationally, you cannot fly without proper identification.  If you lose your passport you will need to contact the nearest embassy/consulate.     We always recommend keeping a photo of our passport in a secure place or emailing it to yourself so that you can take that with you to the embassy/consulate.

If you are going on a cruise, CruiseCritic reminds us that there are certain items you must remember to pack:

  •  An adapter. If you are cruising outside of  North America/Caribbean, you will want to remember an adapter.   Some cruise ships have both US plugs and European but if you are staying any time in a hotel,  you must have an adapter.
  • C chargers.
  • Emergency Contact List.   Keep an emergency contact list in a place other than your cell phone.  If you become disabled, it may be difficult or impossible for someone else to get into your phone.
  • Proper ID.
  • Medications.
  • Sweater.   Even if you are going to the Caribbean, dining rooms on cruise ships are notoriously cold.
  • My favorite:  Ziploc bags.    They are useful for a number of things from wet bathing suits to leftover snacks.   We never leave home without some Ziplocs in our suitcase.

2019 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 availability.

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.  Call for availability.

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.   Call for availability.

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.  Time to deposit!   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.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    

May 31, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  We will be ready for deposit late Fall of this year.

June 2020   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 October 7

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Hi Everyone,

Delta Airlines announced last week that they will add free inflight wi-fi to their fleet in the near future.    At the moment, Delta charges $16 to use the wi-fi.   No timetable has been set to accomplish this but Delta is moving in this direction immediately.

If you are thinking of flying for the holidays, don’t delay.   Fares for holiday travel have already increased and I suspect they will do nothing but get worse if there is any availability.    If you are searching for flights,  it is important to be flexible.  Recognize that there are certain days (like the day before Thanksgiving) that everyone wants to travel and plan to travel on a different day.   Recognize that fares are going to be high and now that most major airlines have increased baggage fees, that is going to add to the final price.    Try to use your points if possible.   The holidays are a great time to use points.   We just did exactly that.   Set an airfare alert on your computer as fares can and do change several time during the day.

Paris’s city centre is set to become car-free the first Sunday of every month.  Pedestrians, bikers, scooters, and will be permitted into the city centre from 10am-6pm.   There will be some leeway for residents and care givers but this is an effort to improver air quality and provide public spaces as part of the capital’s Paris Respire initiative.

2019 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 availability.

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.  Call for availability.

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.   Call for availability.

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.  Time to deposit!   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.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    

May 31, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  We will be ready for deposit late Fall of this year.

June 2020   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 September 30

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Hi Everyone,

Disney Cruise Line will soon have a new home port.   Beginning in 2020, Disney will sail from New Orleans.    Disney will also return to Puerto Rico  and  to Hawaii!   The other Disney news is that beginning October 16, Disney World theme park tickets will be priced based on the date you choose to visit.   Apparently, Disney feels that pricing tickets by date will help to distribute attendance throughout the year.

If you are planning to travel to Venice in the near future, be aware that the locals are getting increasingly assertive regarding what they consider to be overtourism.   They are considering fines for sitting in the wrong area, eating pizza or other finger food outside of restaurants, and the latest proposal is a ban on carrying alcohol in the streets, even if it is bagged.    Whether or not any of these proposals actually pass is anyone’s guess but it is very apparent that the citizens of Venice have had enough of the crowds.

In one of the strangest travel news items this week,  a man was arrested at the Dublin Airport for trying to chase down his plane!    He was late for his flight and the boarding door was closed.   Somehow he got out on the taxiway and was running after the plane with his suitcase under his arm.   He was  trying to get the pilot to stop.   He was arrested.

The final language for an air travel bill called the FAA Reauthorization Act has been approved by the US House of Representatives and is expected to get final approval by the Senate.   The new bill would secure funding for the FAA for 5 years and establish new provisions on things like pets on planes, involuntary bumping, and research into minimum plane seat sizes.

2019 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 availability.

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.  Call for availability.

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.   Call for availability.

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.  Time to deposit!   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.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    

May 31, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  We will be ready for deposit late Fall of this year.

June 2020   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 September 23

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Hi Everyone,

Epcot’s IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth will end in the second half of 2019.   Disney Parks Live Entertainment is already working to create a new show to debut immediately following the conclusion of IllumiNations, an EPCOT staple of 20 years.  Disney officials said they will continue the tradition of nightly entertainment on the World Showcase Lagoon. Visitors still have plenty of time to enjoy the attraction before it ends next summer.

This week has seen Delta, United, WestJet, JetBlue, and Air Canada raise their luggage fees to $30 for the first bag on domestic flights. It is a pretty safe bet that the remainder of the domestic airlines will follow suit. The lone holdout is Southwest which continues to allow you to check 2 bags for free.

In other airline news, United will change the number of boarding lanes from five to two, giving customers more space at boarding gates that are becoming increasingly crowded as airline traffic increases. United will now also let passengers know when exactly their flight is boarding through the United App and text messages for those passengers who provide their mobile phone numbers at time of booking. They are hoping to alleviate the congestion in front of gates during the boarding process.  Not sure if this will work, but if it does it would be awesome not to have to fight your way through the crowds to board.

2019 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 availability.

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.  Call for availability.

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.   Call for availability.

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.  Time to deposit!   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.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    

May 31, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  We will be ready for deposit late Fall of this year.

June 2020   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 September 16

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Hi Everyone,

We just finished a great river cruise called Castles Along the Rhine.    This Amsterdam to Basel cruise is an amazing trip down the River Rhine.   Our first stop was Cologne where  we had a wonderful tour of the city and its amazing Cathedral.   We then stopped in the historic town of Koblenz where we had a choice of a walking tour or a visit to the Marksburg Castle.   Wednesday was an amazing day as we sailed along  the stretch of river known as the Romantic Rhine and saw castle after castle.  While enjoying the scenery on a brighter fall day, our crew was cooking up snacks of sausage, sauerkraut,  and pretzels along with plenty of good German brew.   We then went on to the beautiful town of Rudesheim and  a wine tasting at the beautiful Castle Vollards.   Thursday was a special day as we went to vinegar tasting.   You may not think this would be special but it was amazing.   We were then off to a cooking class where a small group of 8 of us cooked a proper German meal (and ate it). Friday was spent in the beautiful town of Strasbourg where we strolled through Petite France and marveled at the soaring Cathedral.   Others in our group went off to the Black Forest.   Saturday we had a choice of visiting 2 Alsatian Wine Villages or  a Colmar walking tour-both good choices.  We opted for an little independent stroll through the beautiful village of Breisach, Germany.    This morning we said goodbye to our shipmates and crew and started the journey back to the USA.

Here is an interesting article from Budget Travel this week: A recent study conducted by Finnish and British researchers reveals that the plastic bins used to inspect personal items at airport security have as much of a 50 percent chance of carrying the viruses that cause upper respiratory infections. Based on swabs taken at Helsinki Airport at three points during the 2015-2016 flu season, the surface of as many as one of every two bins, which are typically handled with a strong, open-palm grip, contain rhinovirus or adenovirus, the culprits that cause cold- and flu symptoms. This is a much higher rate of contamination than toilet seats in airports because bathrooms are cleaned much more frequently. But there is a glint of good news to come out of all this. The scientists write in the paper, which was published in the BioMed Central Infectious Diseases journal, says, “This knowledge helps in the recognition of hot spots for contact transmission risk, which could be important during an emerging pandemic threat or severe epidemic.” Meantime, be sure to wash your hands after you get through security and, out of respect to your fellow passengers, maybe wash them before the TSA check, too. Now, we’d like to know who’s studying the carpet square in the body scan machine that many passengers stand on barefoot?

We are in the air as I write this so our normal blog will resume next week.

2019 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 availability.

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.  Call for availability.

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.   Call for availability.

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.  Time to deposit!   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.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395    

May 31, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  We will be ready for deposit late Fall of this year.

June 2020   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