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Travel News for the Week of February 4

By February 4, 2024Blog

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 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:   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

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 !