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Travel New for Week of November 20

By November 20, 2022Blog

Hi Everyone,

Disney Cruise Line has confirmed that it will acquire the uncompleted cruise ship, Global Dream, and will reimagine the ship by Disney.   The vessel will be dedicated to global destinations and will be based outside the U.S. It’s anticipated sail date is 2025.

It’s pretty common knowledge that you cannot change a name on an airline ticket.  The main reason is that the airlines do not want people reselling their tickets.  If you find a minor mistake on an airline ticket (a letter added or deleted for instance) , it’s pretty easy to change the ticket if you are traveling solely on that airline.  It becomes much stickier if you are traveling with a partner airline.   You may want to take a look at interesting article on this subject in the November 19 article in

We have seen several destinations try to limit the amount of people visiting each day to try to be able to serve people’s needs without overcrowding and causing stress to the infrastructure that people come to enjoy.  Large cruise ships have been in the cross hairs in many places and the town of Bar Harbor, Maine just approved a citizen’s petition which caps the daily disembarking cruise visitors and crew to no more than 1000 people.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out as Bar Harbor is an important port to enable people to get to Acadia National Park.

Several months ago I mentioned that Europe was going to require U.S. citizens to apply online before travel and get an approved “ETIAS” which is like an electronic visa.  The United States requires much the same of Europeans coming to the U.S.  You will need to apply online and will receive approval the same way.  The ETIAS will  be valid for 3 years  of business and leisure visits  not to exceed 90 days in any 180 day rolling period.  The program was supposed to start in May,2023 but has been put off until November, 2023.  Cost is predicted to be approximately 7 Euros.  ETIAS will be free to those under 18 and over 70.

Fuller Travel Tours, 2023-2024

January 17-February 1   Panama Canal      This is a full transit of the Panama Canal through the new locks from Los Angeles to Ft. Lauderdale.  Ports of call include Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, San Juan del Sur Nicaragua, Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Panama City (Fuerte Amador), Locks transit, and Cartagena, Colombia before disembarking in Ft. Lauderdale.  Princess Cruises

May 4-15, 2023   Discover Croatia, Slovenia, and the Adriatic Coast   Highlights of this trip includeDubrovnik, Choice On Tour, Cilipi Family-Style Dinner, Split, Diocletian’s Palace, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Opatija, Istrian Peninsula, Farm-to- Table Dinner, Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Pletna Boat Ride, and Zagreb.   This is a short sign up period:  I only have 20 seats and must be done with registrations by the end of November.  If you are interested, do not delay.  Call or email asap. Collette Vacations

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.    Let me know if you are interested. Viking

July 11-22, 2023  Alaskan Cruise This is an 11 day cruise beginning in Fairbanks and ending in Vancouver.   You will experience Alaska on land for 4 days and then board your ship for a 7 day cruise to Vancouver.  Call for more info and itinerary. Princess Cruises

September 6-13 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. Collette Vacations

September 30- October 14 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. Collette Vacations  Ready for Deposit!!!

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 

Happy Thanksgiving!! Have a great week!