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Travel News for the Week of February 18

By February 18, 2024Blog

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.

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

 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 !