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Travel News for the Week of April 14

By April 14, 2024Blog

Hi Everyone,

If you are thinking of going to Brazil next year,  from April 10, 2025, you will need a visa to enter the country.  You will be able to apply online instead of visiting a consulate.  The cost will be $80.90 for a visa valid for 10 years.   You will also need to provide additional info.  A letter of intent should detail the purpose of the trip, the dates, and cofirm where you will be staying. Proof of US residence and return tickets must be provided.  The biggest irritation is that you will have to provide proof of income in the form of the last three checking or savings account statements or your last 56 payslips.  Travelers will need an average of at least $2000 showing in their account or get a sponsor to sign for them.  The amount would not be an issue for the average visitor but that requirement seems very intrusive to me.  Applicants will also need to provide additional information, according to the Brazilian government’s website..  I can’t imagine the tourism won’t take a hit with thieve onerous requirements.

Several people have asked if they need to apply for a visa for Europe.  They were referring to the ETIAS that was supposed to begin this year for countries in the European Union.  That requirement has been moved to next year

This week Princess Cruises announced that they will be enhancing their dining options across its fleet to give guests more flexibility and choices. They will be offering three table service options:  Traditional (early or late dining), Reservable, or Walk in any time.   The changes will go into effect September 14.  Dining reservations that have already been made for voyages sailing September 14 or beyond for any ship except the Sun Princess will be cancelled.  You will want to go the Princess app and choose your dining choice.  Voyages before September 14 are not affected.


2024-25 Tours and Cruises

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

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.

January 19-31, 2025   Grand Hawaiian Adventure   Join us for this magnificent tour of Oahu, Kona (Big Island), Maui, and Kauai.   This trip is a leisurely tour of four of Hawaii’s magnificent islands.  We understand that you don’t want to spend all day on tour buses when you go to Hawaii so this tour has an easy pace with free time built in for a some beach time or individual exploration.    Collette

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.  Uniworld River Cruise

September, 2025. America’s National Parks. This is a repeat of one we’ve done before but it is one of my favorites.  We will tour the Tetons, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion Canyons, and Mt. Rushmore among other places.  Collette is not quite ready for Fall of 2025 but we are in the system and I will publish the dates as soon as I have them.

October  2025 Colors of New England.   This is the same situation as American’s National Parks.  I will publish dates and pricing as soon as I have them.

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Have a great week !