Brightline, the Florida rail line, has just announced new Florida service. Service will start this year to connect Orlando with existing stations in Miami, Aventura, Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach.
Pickleball seems to be everywhere these days. Celebrity Cruises has announced that they will join a growing number of cruise lines offering pickle ball courts on their ships.
We have all watched as the storms in California the last few weeks were displayed on the evening news. If you are planning a trip in the near future to the California State Parks or National Parks, please know that they had problems as well. Yosemite will partially reopen this week but the storm damaged roads and facilities so there are parts of the park still unavailable. Yosemite was not the only park damaged so it would be prudent to call ahead for the opening schedules for any California State or National Park to inquire about their status before visiting.
Cruise lines will sometimes offer a promo that includes prepaid gratuities. Those gratuities cover tips for housekeeping and dining room staff members: waiters, room stewards, etc. They also cover people they you don’t see like the people who wash your bedding. Those gratuities do not cover tips for bar service, spa service, or gratuities for local guides and drivers. Some cruise lines automatically tack 15-20% onto bar and spa bills. Some also add automatic gratuities to your check at the extra-fee restaurants on board. If you don’t include prepaid gratuities to your reservation before sailing, the cruise line will generally include the gratuities on the bill you receive the last night of the cruise. Some upscale cruise lines just include gratuities in the price so you don’t have to worry about them at all. It is important, though, to recognize that the people onboard the ship are usually hustling around trying to make life easier for you so however you take care of the gratuities, know that they are really important to the people taking care of you.
Fuller Travel Tours, 2023-2024
May 21-31,2023 Delightful Danube and Prague. Begin your trip with two nights in the beautiful city of Prague and then be taken to your ship, the S.S. Beatrice for your cruise on the Danube. You’llvisit Nuremberg, Regensberg, Passau, Spitz, Vienna and Budapest. This is a beautiful cruise-Uniworld
June 17-23, 2023 Viking Cruise on the Mississippi Join us as we cruise from Memphis to New Orleans on a cruise called Heart of the Delta. I was only able to get 10 cabins as Viking usually does not do groups on this cruise as it is too popular. I have very few cabins remaining. We will begin our journey in Memphis, and sail to Vicksburg, Natchez, St. Francisville, Baton Rouge, and Darrow, Louisiana before arriving in New Orleans. The cabins that I have are balcony cabins. Viking
September 6-13, 2023 Rhine Getaway Explore one of Europe’s best-loved rivers, the Rhine. Discover the turreted fortresses, grand cathedrals, historic cities, medieval towns and spectacular scenery of the Middle Rhine—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste the region’s renowned white wines. Savor the various culinary traditions of Alsace. From Amsterdam and Cologne to Basel, this journey reveals a rich landscape of beauty and culture. Viking
September. 10-18, 2023 Painted Canyons of the West Highlights… Colorado National Monument, Moab, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah’s Scenic Byway 24, Capitol Reef National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, Las Vegas. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1131375 Collette Vacations. If you are interested in this trip, please let me know. I will need to return any unsold seats this week!
September 30- October 14, 2023 Spain’s Classics and Portugal Highlights include Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, Valencia, Paella Experience, Granada, the Alhambra, Seville,Cordoba, Madrid, Prada Museum, Toledo, Elvas, Lisbon, Belem Obidos and much more. Call me for availability! Collette Vacations https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1103746
May 3-12, 2024 Milan, Venice and the Jewels of Veneto Spend 2 nights in the beautiful city of Milan before boarding the ship, the S.S. LaVenezia, in Venice. While in Milan, you will have an opportunity to take a city tour and also view DaVinci’s ‘Last Supper’. Once aboard your ship you will enjoy all that Venice has to offer but the ship will also take you to many of the Venetian Islands such as Burano (my favorite), and Torcello. you will discover Chiogga, a charming port loved by fisherman.You will also have a choice of exploring Vincenza or Padua. Savor the wines and cuisines of the region every step of the way. I only have 10 rooms for this sailing. Uniworld
May 12-22, 2024. Countryside of the Emerald Isle. If you have traveled to Ireland and loved it, this is part two. If you have never been to Ireland, this is an amazing journey that will instill that love for the Emerald Isle. This is not the same tour that we normally do. This explorations tour is limited to 24 people going slightly off the beaten path. We will fly into Dublin and then head south. We will head to the National Stud Farm where you will see amazing thoroughbreds and opulent gardens. Stand at the rock of Cashel where St. Patrick is said to have preached. Visit the coastal town of Kinsale to enjoy the shops and galleries before heading to the Old Midletown distillery, home of Jameson Whiskey. Visit the Garnish Islands and move on to Dingle where you’ll enjoy a drive along the Dingle peninsula. Take a ferry over to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran islands. where we will spend an amazing night. See the Cliffs of Moher from a ship before ending our trip in Ennis and flying home from Shannon. Truly a spectacular trip. Maximum number of passengers is 24 so don’t delay if you are interested. I have a copy of the Zoom meeting we held this week to explain this trip. Contact me if interested in viewing. Collette https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854
Coming soon: September,2024: Lourdes and Fatima with Barcelona. Please let me know if you’d like to be notified when we get our dates and pricing.