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Travel News for the Week of February 25

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Hi Everyone,

Beginning on Feb. 20, 2024, American  Airlines raised its checked bag fees.

The new fees for domestic flights are:

  • $35 for the first checked bag purchased online
  • $40 for the first checked bag purchased at the airport
  • $45 for the second checked bag purchased online or at the airport

Short-haul international flights, including Canada and Mexico routes, will see a different fee structure:

  • $35 for the first checked bag purchased online or at the airport
  • $45 for the second checked bag purchased online or at the airport

With this move, American now holds the title of the most expensive checked bag fees of all the major U.S. network airlines.-2/20/24.  Typically, when one airline does something like this, the others follow  and as I am writing this I saw an article come across that United is raising their fees as well.

Heading to a Mexican beach this winter?  Keep your eye out  as the Portuguese Man o’ War is in the region.  This is a jelly-fish like marine animal that can deliver a painful reaction if stung.  The good news is the this marine animal doesn’t tend to stay in one place for very long.  If you see one in the water or even washed up on the shore, give it a wide berth.

Portuguese man o' war washed up on a beach.

Photo courtesy of Travel Pulse

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

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.   Nice little video:  Uniworld.    https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

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.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

 Princess Alaska Cruisetour.   This is a magnificent cruise tour. Stay three nights on land to enjoy the beauty of Denali State Park and Denali National Park.  Then take a bubble top train toWhittier to board  the beautiful Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise.   Cruise Glacier Bay and visit the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Princess

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour. Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system for early October, 2025.  I Will publish dates as soon as I have them, Also, America’s National Parks. This is a repeat of one we’ve done before but it is amazing.

Note:  Fuller Travel Service hours:  Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6pm,  Closed on Sunday.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for the Week of February 18

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

If you want a chance to stay at the Tropicana in Las Vegas, time is running out.  The hotel will be closed on April 2 and demolished to make room for a Major League Baseball stadium that will  be built on the site.  The hotel has been in operation for almost 67 years but will make way for the Oakland Athletics new stadium.

TSA Precheck is a great program that usually allows you to get through airport security a little faster without the hassle of taking off your shoes or jackets , or taking your electronics out of your bag.  There, however, is no guarantee that you’ll always be able to use it. However, if your boarding pass does not include your TSA Precheck info you can always ask at the airline’s desk before  going through security to see if they can add it.  TSA Precheck needs to be renewed every 5 years.  When it is time to renew your Pre-check account, make sure that you are dealing with the actual PreCheck website.  Scammers have infiltrated some of these programs  so you want to be sure that you are on the actual PreCheck site.  If you have Global Entry, then you automatically have pre-check and it will renew on the same time line as your Global Entry account.

If your cruise itinerary includes a visit to a the cruise line’s private island, it is fun to get off the ship for a little while.  A nice buffet luncheon is usually included as well as plenty of loungers to enjoy the beach but not much else is free.  You may be able to use your cruise card for drinks or island excursions  but typically there are also small booths set up on the island that are run by locals and you will need your credit card or cash to make purchases from them.

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

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.   Nice little video:  Uniworld. 

https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

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.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

 Princess Alaska Cruisetour.   This is a magnificent cruise tour. Stay three nights on land to enjoy the beauty of Denali State Park and Denali National Park.  Then take a bubble top train toWhittier to board  the beautiful Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise.   Cruise Glacier Bay and visit the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Princess

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour. Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system for early October, 2025.  I Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Note:  Fuller Travel Service hours:  Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6pm,  Closed on Sunday.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

Travel News for the Week of February 11

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

One of the latest scams involves hotel bookings.  Hackers have been targeting hotel booking sites.  They send emails to a hotel asking them to click on a link which downloads malware.  The hacker steals customer reservation data, credit card info, and other details. The imposter then pretends to be the hotel and messages guests with another payment link. For users it is almost impossible to detect that it is not the hotel but a criminal behind the email or message.  The most important thing to remember is that anything can be faked.   If you receive a suspicious email or communication you should contact the hotel directly.  Do not respond to the email and do not use the phone numbers in the communication.  Representatives impersonating hotel staff may make things seem urgent-that is a red flag. -Fodor’s Travel

If you have a Norwegian cruise that visits Venice, you will want to check your itinerary.   Norwegian is cutting the canal city from its cruise itineraries.  “Due to the restrictions on large cruise ships sailing into the Venice Lagoon and dock at the usual piers, large cruise ships calling to Venice are required to anchor outside of the lagoon and utilize tender boats to access the Port of Venice,” a Norwegian Cruise Line spokesperson told T+L. “While we have made every effort possible to maintain these calls to Venice, the tender operation and overall experience this provides our guests has fallen short of the standard we aim to deliver.” -Travel and Leisure

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful places in Italy but it has always been a little difficult to get there due to lack of good air options close to this amazing place.  That will change soon as Salerno prepares to open an airport in July. The airport is 28 miles southeast of the town of Amalfi and only 13 miles from the city of Salerno.

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

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.   Nice little video:  Uniworld. 

https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

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.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

 Princess Alaska Cruisetour.   This is a magnificent cruise tour. Stay three nights on land to enjoy the beauty of Denali State Park and Denali National Park.  Then take a bubble top train toWhittier to board  the beautiful Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise.   Cruise Glacier Bay and visit the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Princess

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour. Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system for early October, 2025.  I Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Note:  Fuller Travel Service hours:  Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6pm,  Closed on Sunday.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for the Week of February 4

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

The US Government tries to keep all of us informed about places that are safe to travel and places that are not.  They use a 4 tiered system:

Level 1  Use normal Precautions.

Level 2  Use Increased caution.

Level 3 Reconsider travel

Level 4 Do not travel

Some of the countries that have been  updated recently include The Bahamas  (Level 2) and Jamaica(Level 3).    It is easy to check on the country you are planning to visit by going to travel.state.gov.Before you get too alarmed, realize that many countries have issued levels of concern for areas of the United States as well.

The US Government also encourages citizens to apply for the STEP program. This is a free service that allows US citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate. You will receive important info from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country to help you make good decision.   It will also help the US Embassy contact you in an emergency or disaster.    Having said all this, millions of people travel the world every day and the great majority never experience any problems.

You may remember that a couple of months ago Delta  Airlines dealt with a serious backlash surrounding its frequent flyer program..  Much of this was centered around the use of Delta’s Lounges.  Delta acted quickly to walk back some of those restrictions but now they are prepared to implement some of those changes next year.  Beginning Feb.1, 2025, Delta Sky Miles card holders will see a cap instituted on the number of visits they will be allowed each year. AMEX Platinum members will be allowed 6 visits a year and AMEX Reserve members will be allowed 10 annual visits.  Already implemented, basic economy tickets will are not longer allowed in the Delta lounges no mature what type of card they hold.   Oh, by the way, the cost of these cards will increase this year.

Please note that you may see a different email when you receive the blog,  It will most likely end: @shared1.ccsend.com.   This is due to the new government regulations regarding large mailings.  The company that I use is called Constant Contact. Be assured  that I write the content.  They just pull my blog each week to send to you.  Nothing has changed except the new ending of the email.   If you need to contact me, always use lynn@fullertravelservice.com.

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

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.   Nice little video:  Uniworld. 

https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

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.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

 Princess Alaska Cruisetour.   This is a magnificent cruise tour. Stay three nights on land to enjoy the beauty of Denali State Park and Denali National Park.  Then take a bubble top train toWhittier to board  the beautiful Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise.   Cruise Glacier Bay and visit the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Princess

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour. Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system for early October, 2025.  I Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Note:  Fuller Travel Service hours:  Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-6pm,  Closed on Sunday.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

 

 

Travel News for the Week of January28

By Blog

Hi Everyone,

Each year Berkshire Hathaway Travel Protection publishes a list of the top safest countries in the world.  In order: 1. Canada, 2. Switzerland 3.Norway, 4. Ireland  5. Netherlands 6.United Kingdom,   7.Portugal, 8. Denmark, 9.Iceland, 10.Australia, 11. New Zealand, 12. Japan, 13. France, 14. Spain, 15.Brazil.

If you are planning a trip outside the US this year, check your passport.  The rule of thumb is that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the end of your trip.  Some countries allow you to travel if you only have 3 months left on your passport but it is always better to go with the 6 month rule.   It is very stressful to pull out your passport a couple weeks before your trip only to find out that it has just expired or will expire in the near future.  Passport processing times are back to normal  but it can still take 6-8 weeks to receive a new passport.  Please remember that you need a passport whenever you fly outside of the US and its territories.  Many people are stunned when I tell them they need a passport for Mexico or Canada.  People are confused as the laws are different when you are flying as opposed to driving.

If you are taking a cruise this year you will have a great time.  It is important to remember that the initial cost of the cruise you choose, may not be what your real cost.    Keep in mind that many cruises now charge for room service delivery, access to the internet, some onboard activities, drinks (alcohol and nonalcohol), excursions, even some items on the regular dining room menu.   Typically, luxury cruise lines include more of these extras but always read the fine print so you know what is and isn’t included.

Just an FYI.  My email has a new extension to conform to new government rules when sending a mass email.  My email remains lynn@fullertravelservice.com   You will only see the extension on any mass email.

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

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.   Nice little video:  Uniworld. 

https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

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.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

 Princess Alaska Cruisetour.   This is a magnificent cruise tour. Stay three nights on land to enjoy the beauty of Denali State Park and Denali National Park.  Then take a bubble top train toWhittier to board  the beautiful Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise.   Cruise Glacier Bay and visit the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Princess

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour. Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system for early October, 2025.  I Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

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.   Nice little video:  Uniworld. 

https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

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.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

 Princess Alaska Cruisetour.   This is a magnificent cruise tour. Stay three nights on land to enjoy the beauty of Denali State Park and Denali National Park.  Then take a bubble top train toWhittier to board  the beautiful Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise.   Cruise Glacier Bay and visit the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Princess

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour. Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system for early October, 2025.  I Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Have a great week !

Lynn

Travel News for the Week of January 21

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Hi Everyone,

Going to Vegas soon?  You should know that standing or stopping is now banned on pedestrian bridges on the Las Vegas Strip.   People often pause to take photos on these bridges but a new ordinance that went into effect this week prohibits people from standing or stopping on the bridges and up to 20 feet surrounding connected stairs, elevators, and escalators. . Penalties could be 6 months in jail or a $1000 fine.-AP

Did you know that you can set a fare alert  to notify you if your airline’s price decreases?   Since the pandemic, most change fees have been eliminated.  When purchasing a flight, make sure you are not in basic economy and that your fare is changeable. Many reservations will say, “changeable but not refundable”.   You can set an alert with Google flights or SkyScanner or other fare alert programs.  You don’t really have anything to lose and may get a nicer fare if you watch that pricing.-Fodors, Laird 1/15/24 

Airline lounges are becoming more and more crowded and lines to enter are getting longer.   You don’t need airline status to get into some lounges as credit card companies have gotten into the airport lounge business.  American Express and Chase Sapphire are two of the companies building lounges for their card holders.    If you have a premium card, it may be worthwhile to check them out.

This week Venice announced a fee for day visitors to Venice, Italy.  The fee is supposed to begin on April 24 and you can get the pass online before travel. Right now it is only for people just visiting for the day but all the particulars have not been released.  Stay tuned.

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

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.   Nice little video:  Uniworld. 

https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

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.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

 Princess Alaska Cruisetour.   This is a magnificent cruise tour. Stay three nights on land to enjoy the beauty of Denali State Park and Denali National Park.  Then take a bubble top train toWhittier to board  the beautiful Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise.   Cruise Glacier Bay and visit the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Princess

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour. Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system for early October, 2025.  I Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Have a great week !

Lynn

Travel News for the Week of January 14.

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Hi Everyone,

Disney has a new dining special for their Disney+ subscribers.  If  you stay at one of the lower priced resorts, you will be able to take advantage of the quick dining.  If you are stay at one of the more expensive resorts you will be eligible for regular dining.  You must purchase at least a 4 day park hopper ticket.  If interested just go to Disney.com for more info and eligible dates.

After several weeks of being shutdown while under threat from nearby volcanic activity, the Blue Lagoon in Iceland hs finally resumed full operations.

When traveling to your destination many people like to book excursions to see areas of interest they may not see from their resort or ship.   These are generally a great deal of fun. You’ll learn a bit about local culture and see more of the area.   One word of caution.  Make sure that whatever company you book an excursion with is licensed and has a good track record.  That guy you meet on the beach who promises to show you the area may at best be unlicensed or at worst, have questionable motives.   Cruise lines and  tour companies hire licensed and insured vendors.  The price may be higher  and things can still go wrong on one of their excursions, but the chance of a  disaster is much lower.

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

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.  A Few rooms remain.    Nice little video:  Uniworld. 

https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

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.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

 Princess Alaska Cruisetour.   This is a magnificent cruise tour. Stay three nights on land to enjoy the beauty of Denali State Park and Denali National Park.  Then take a bubble top train toWhittier to board  the beautiful Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise.   Cruise Glacier Bay and visit the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Princess

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour. Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system for early October, 2025.  I Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Have a great week !

Lynn

Travel News for Week of January 7, 2024

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Hi Everyone,

I hope that all of you had a wonderful holiday season.

One of the most frequent questions I receive is “Do I need a passport to cruise?”   The answer is , “it depends”.   If you are going on a closed loop cruise (departing and returning to the same port in the US), the simple answer may be no depending on the cruise line.  However I would strongly suggest that everyone have a valid passport that will not expire for at least 6 months from your return date.   Why? If there is a medical emergency and you need to disembark early or a family emergency that requires you to disembark and fly home,  it will be very difficult to do that without a passport.  The last thing you need is to find yourself in a foreign country with a problem and no easy way to get home.

Here is a rundown of the baggage fees for  Delta, American and United.    These fees are based on flying in main cabin.

Delta  Domestic flights

All passengers on a Delta flight can bring one carry-on bag and one personal item free of charge. Personal items — such as a laptop bag, briefcase, small backpack, or diaper bag — must fit under the seat in front of you. you’re only allowed a personal item on Delta Connection flights with 50 seats or fewer due to limited overhead space.  Fee for a checked bag is $30 for the first bag and $40 for the second bag.  These fees are different and many times waived for Medallion members or when using certain credit cards.

Delta International flights 1st bag free. Most airlines allow a second bag free as well.

American Airlines Domestic

Fee for first checked bag: $30 for the first bag, Second bag $40

American Airlines International Free for first bag, varies for second bag depending on destination.

United Airlines Domestic    Fee for first checked bag: $35. Second bag $45

United International Typically free for the first bag.  $100 for the second bag.

Similar to Delta, United and American may waive fees for passengers who have status with either a card or frequent flier miles.

Interestingly, The airlines do not recognize Mexico or Canada as international destinations so fees may apply as they do for domestic flights.

The Zoom meeting scheduled for this Tuesday has been cancelled as we are no longer have British Landscapes on our schedule.

 

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

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.  A Few rooms remain.    Nice little video:  Uniworld. 

https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

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.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

 July 10-20, 2024 Princess Alaska Cruisetour.   This is a magnificent cruise tour. Stay three nights on land to enjoy the beauty of Denali State Park and Denali National Park.  Then take a bubble top train toWhittier to board  the beautiful Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise.   Cruise Glacier Bay and visit the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Princess

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour. Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system for early October, 2025.  I Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Have a great week !

Lynn

Travel News for the Week of December 17

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Hi Everyone,

It looks like the TSA is getting into the self serve business.  They are launching a trial of automated self serve security screenings called Screening at Speed which will involve little to no interaction with TSA officers.   The trial will start with Precheck travelers and the initial airport will be the Las Vegas airport.  This complete article can be found on SmarterTravel.com,12/12/23

I stumbled upon this  an interesting article in Travel and Leisure this week.  You may already know this but I did not.  For years, Delta Airlines has been publishing trading cards for aviation enthusiasts.   Each collectible card features a different aircraft in Delta’s fleet corresponding to the type of aircraft each pilot flies.  The cards get a redesign every five years or so.  If you have a desire to start a collection,  ask your Delta pilot very nicely, and if he or she has any, they will share.  Keep in mind that not all pilots carry them.-Travel and Leisure

American Airlines has a new Smart Gating technology to address the issue of waiting for another plane to depart to get to the gate after landing.   Many times we land a bit early only to find another plane is occupying the gate we’ve been assigned. American’s new technology uses real time data to assign planes that have just touched down to the nearest available gate.

If you haven’t signed up for our Zoom meeting on January 8 to hear about our British Landscapes tour,  please see the notes in red below.   It costs nothing and there is no pressure to sign  up for this tour.-Travel and Leisure

Just an FYI: We will not publish our blog on  Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve.  Skip and I  wish you all the best of  this most special season.    We’ll be back on January 7.

 

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

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.  A Few rooms remain.    Nice little video:  Uniworld. 

https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

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.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

 July 10-20, 2024 Princess Alaska Cruisetour.   This is a magnificent cruise tour. Stay three nights on land to enjoy the beauty of Denali State Park and Denali National Park.  Then take a bubble top train toWhittier to board  the beautiful Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise.   Cruise Glacier Bay and visit the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Princess

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I am taking deposits as this is a very popular cruise and I am concerned the cruise will sell out.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour. Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system for early October, 2025.  I Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Have a great week !

Lynn

 

 

Travel News for the Week of December 10

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Hi Everyone,

A few weeks ago I mentioned that Global Entry was developing a mobile app that will help speed you on your way when using.   At that time, there were only 7 airports using the app.  That has now more than doubled with more airports on board.   Detroit is one of those airports.  I looked for the Global Entry App in the Apple Store but did not see it.  I don’t have a PC so didn’t check Google Play.  I suspect it will show up in the near future.  With the App you’ll be able to skip the kiosks when returning to the US. You’ll be able to take a selfie and take it right to an agent who will compare to what they have on file and send you on your way.-The Points Guy

Smarter Travel had an interesting article this week about whether or not you should lock your luggage when traveling.  While we always lock our luggage, we are under no illusion that those small locks will deter anyone intent on opening the luggage.  We lock them in the hopes that they will help the zippers stay together so our clothes don’t end up spilling all over the place.  Most of luggage thefts are crimes of opportunity and if it is a little more difficult to open your luggage instead of the one next to you, the criminals may just move along.– Smarter Travel, Nov, 2023

Most people do not realize that if they are carrying large amounts of money out of the US, that they must declare it when leaving the US.  You cannot take  more  than $10,000 out of the country without declaring it.  That amount is the combined amount of a family traveling together.   If you don’t declare it, and Customs finds it, you will lose your money.-View from the Wing.

Tip of the Week:  If you take a gondola ride in Venice, stay seated.  Some tourists wanting to take pics stood up in their gondola this week and capsized the boat.   The 5 passengers and the gondolier were dumped in the water.  Keep in mind these canals are far from sanitary.  They are cleaned very infrequently and are full of human waste and trash.-USA Today

2024-25 Tours and Cruises

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.  A Few rooms remain.    Nice little video:  Uniworld. 

https://youtu.be/fTlHgKQXKJI

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.  Collette   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1149854

 July 10-20, 2024 Princess Alaska Cruisetour.   This is a magnificent cruise tour. Stay three nights on land to enjoy the beauty of Denali State Park and Denali National Park.  Then take a bubble top train toWhittier to board  the beautiful Sapphire Princess for a seven night cruise.   Cruise Glacier Bay and visit the Alaskan towns of Skagway, Juneau, and Ketchikan.  Princess

August 10-17, 2024 Iceland’s Natural Beauty. Discover Iceland’s majestic shores as you explore this northern isle’s coastal towns. Encounter unparalleled natural beauty and witness cascading waterfalls amid pristine fjord landscapes. Discover Viking heritage as you follow in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Leif Eriksson. Or observe the wealth of wildlife, from puffins to the gentle giants of the sea. Join us for a truly immersive experience that brings you closer to nature and all her splendor.-Viking Ocean

September 10-19,2024 British Landscapes. An adventure fit for a Shakespearean tale takes you from verdant hillsides to bustling British cities rich with culture. Explore The Athens of the North during your stay in Edinburgh. Explore the ruins of a Roman Fort during a visit to Hadrian’s Wall. Enjoy medieval York and its historic Minster. See the picturesque village of Llangolen in Wales. Walk in the footsteps of the Bard, visiting the childhood home of William Shakespeare. Personalize your tour with a choice of included excursions in Edinburgh and Oxford. See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide. Sleepy villages, grassy slopes, mountainside lakes, and cities built upon layers of history – these are the landscapes of Britain. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1184777

We invite you to register for British Landscapes virtual presentation being held on Monday January 8th at 4PM by clicking on this link: 

https://collette.zoom.us/j/82586672643

There is no pressure or obligation attached to this Zoom meeting but the session will give you a good idea of what you will see on this amazing tour.

September 28-October 7, 2024    Best of Greece    Take advantage of group pricing on this amazing cruise.   Visit the ports of Athens, Santorini, Ephesus, Turkey, Mykonos, Volos, Thesaloniki, and Kavala before disembarking in Athens.-Celebrity Infinity.

May 3-11,  2025  Paris and Normandy River Cruise.   This cruise will begin and end in Paris.   Cruise from Paris through Normandy’s countryside, uncovering its many charms: Chateau de La Roche-Guyon, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed Normandy beaches.  Experience a different side of Northern France’s history with a tour of the majestic palace of Versailles, once home to Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.   I will be taking deposits beginning December 1.   This is a very popular cruise so it is important to deposit early.

Coming soon- 2025 Autumn Color tour. Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system for early October, 2025.  Will publish dates as soon as I have them.

Have a great week !

Lynn