Red Carnation Hotels is a sister company to Uniworld Cruises, the river cruise company that I normally use. This video is telling us about how they are cleaning their hotels. They are using this exact method< Premium Purity, on their Uniworld so I thought this would be interesting to see. It is just a little over a minute long so not to worry.
If you are thinking of a winter vacation this year, the US Dept. of State has changed its travel advisory from a Level 4 (do not travel) to a Level 3 (reconsider travel). Traveling to the Caribbean is also allowed but the requirements of each island vary significantly. I have been watching them closely and you almost need a spreadsheet updated daily.
When going through airport security most people show up with their passports and keep it on them until they get to their gate, but some people make the mistake of putting it in their carry-on luggage before boarding the plane. Remember that when flights are completely booked, airlines may try to expedite the boarding process by asking passengers to check their bags at the gate. That could be a disaster if you check your bag with your passport in it as you probably will not have access to your bag before customs so make sure you passport is always with you. –Travel and Leisure.
I spoke about this in a blog a few weeks ago but it is important to understand what’s going on with travel insurance right now. Many, if not most, countries will not allow you entrance unless you can show proof of insurance. Several islands and even resorts are offering you (sometimes at no charge) insurance so that if become ill while on vacation, their hospitals will have some way of recovering your costs. Keep in mind that this insurance does not cover everything. It is really meant to protect their infrastructure. I would strongly recommend that you purchase regular travel insurance and if you must purchase a small policy from a country or if they give it to you, consider it a bonus.
April,6-17, 2021 Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with Sant’ippolito! Join us as we fly to the Sicilian Capital of Palermo. where we will spend 2 nights exploring the city. There will be an opportunity to take optional tours to Cefalu, Monte Pellegrino, and the goal market. We will then travel to Taormina by way of Agrigento to visit the Valley of the Temples. Once in Taormina we will take a walking tour of the Corso Umbreto and on to the Piazza for a panoramic view of the bay. The next day, explore Taormina at leisure or maybe take an optional trip to Mt. Etna and Savoca, home of the “Godfather”. We will then cross the Straits of Messina and on to Calabria. Here you will have an opportunity to visit your family villages located outside Cosenza. After a stay in Calabria we head to Matera, Alberabello, and San Giovanni Rotundo to see the shrine of Padre Pio, and then make our way to Rome for our departure. Taking deposits!
May 9, 2021 Shades of Ireland One of my favorite trips: Enjoy Dublin,Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Limerick, and Galway. Ride a jaunting car, kiss the Blarney Stone, and visit a family farm. Our last night’s stay is in a castle. http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/101529
May 30, 2021 Uniworld River Cruise Paris and Normandy This cruise begins and ends in Paris. Some of the highlights of this river cruise are a visit to the home and gardens of Claude Monet, the Normandy beaches, the American cemetery, Honfleur. See the spot where St. Joan of Arc was martyred in Rouen, take an excursion to Versailles, and finish with a panoramic tour of Paris.
New Date !! June 12, 2021 National Parks of America Join us as we fly into Scottsdale Arizona. We will then make our way up to Lake Powell, stopping on our way in beautiful Sedona, AZ. We’ll enjoy a scenic breakfast cruise on Lake Powell and then be on our way to the Grand Canyon where we’ll have time to relax and enjoy the spectacular scenery. Next up are Bryce and Zion National Parks. Next, we’ll take time to enjoy the Temple Square and visit the Salt Lake Temple, home to the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. We are then off to Jackson Hole Wyoming and the spectacular Grand Tetons. Enjoy a traditional chuck wagon barbecue. Our next stop-Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy the spectacular scenery and marvel at Old Faithful! From Yellowstone, we’ll cross the Big Horn Mountains and journey through the territory of the Old Sioux Nation. Our last stop will be in Rapid City to see the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mt. Rushmore. I have done this trip before and it is an awesome look at our nation’s most popular parks. http://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1036588
July 17, 2021 Alaska Cruisetour: Join us as we take an 11 day southbound cruise tour. We will fly into Fairbanks, visit Denali Wilderness Lodge, Denali McKinley Lodge, and then take the train to our cruise ship for a 7 night southbound cruise. Experience the Hubbard Glacier, cruise throughGlacier Bay National Park, and visit Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver. This is an amazing cruise tour. Although there are spaces on the ship, the lodges are getting full as they serve more than one ship at a time. Do not delay.
July 28, 2021 Spectacular Canadian Rockies This is a rescheduled tour from 2020. We will begin this awesome tour in Vancouver, and travel to Victoria Island, Kamloops, Jasper National Park, the Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, and Banff National park. I have very few seats available so let me know asap.
September 10, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers. We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from Frankfurt. Taking deposits now!
New Date! September 25, 2021 Discovering Poland We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow. Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378
February 11, 2022 South American and the Chilean Fjords This 18 day cruise will begin in Buenos Aires for a two night stay. We will then travel to Montevideo, Uruguay. Enjoy a day at sea before arriving Puerto Madryn where we will learn of this city’s Welsh heritage. After another day at sea we will arrive in the Falkland Islands and Port Stanley. Come face to face with penguins as you explore the rugged beauty of these islands. We will then sail the Beagle Channel and Cape Horn where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans meet. Our next port is Ushuaia where we can enjoy the tranquility of this end of the world city or visit Tierra del Fuego National Park. From there we will sail to Punta Arenas. We’ll cruise the Amalia Glacier and the Chilean Fjords before arriving at Puerto Montt where we will discover the Germanic traditions and scenic landscape dominated by the Osorno volcano. Our last two days will be spent in Santiago, Chile before boarding our plane for the return to the U.S.b This is an ocean going ship but is much smaller than your typical ocean ship. This cruise will sell out quickly. If you’ve cruised with Viking in the past you will receive a double past passenger discount in June.
Coming Soon. March/April, 2022 Tulips and Windmills
See everything from tulips to windmills on this journey during the season of rebirth. From the canals of Amsterdam to the belfry of Bruges, you’ll discover the best of the Netherlands and Belgium. Stroll through colorful acres of tulips at Keukenhof Gardens to get a sense of the Netherlands’ extraordinary connection to these blooms. Then visit the 19 UNESCO-designated windmills of Kinderdijk to better understand how these mighty structures have been used to protect the Low Country from ever-rising water levels for hundreds of years.