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Travel News for the Week of November 13

By November 13, 2022Blog

Hi Everyone,

Marriott has had an apartment rental presence outside of North America for a long time. They are now expanding into the United States and Canada with Apartments by Marriott Bonvoy.  Marriott says the new brand is designed to meet growing demand from families seeking more space and wider accommodations options.    Apartments will feature separate living room and bedroom, a full kitchen and a washer and dryer. These apartments will be upscale and will be different from their brands like Residence Inn or Townplace Suites which have some traditional amenities like food and beverage options.

During the pandemic, none of us could cruise, but cruising is back.  If you are going on a cruise, these tips may help you:

  • When you board the ship you most likely will not be able to get into your stateroom right away.  Put a change of clothes in your carryon so that you don’t have to spend the day in your travel clothes.
  • Typically, cruise lines will have food available for you when you get on the ship.   Most people head straight for the buffet and sometimes staff are sending you that way.  It won’t be comfortable.  Thousands of people trying to juggle their food and carryons is not a relaxing way to begin your vacation.  See if any of the dining rooms are available.  It will be much more relaxing.
  • Tour the ship to get your bearings.  Start from the top and walk down.  The elevators will be very busy.
  • If you aren’t happy with your dining times or locations, check to see when you can talk to the Maitre’d.   He/she will be happy to help you if they are able. Depending on the cruise line, you may be able to make changes to meal arrangements right on the cruise line’s app.
  • When you do get into your room, make sure everything is in working order and then get unpacked.  Let your cabin steward know if you need extra hangers.  Put your clothes away and your suitcases under the bed so you aren’t tripping over them for the entire cruise.
  • Make sure you go up on deck for the sail away party.   It always feels good to feel the ship underway.
Condé Nast Traveler identified 6 airports that allow visitors to accompany ticketed travelers to their gate. They include Flint-Bishop International Airport, Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, John Wayne Airport in Orange County, CA. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, and Ontario International Airport in CA.  People who are not flying must produce a government issued identification and must pass a background check so this is not something that can be done on the spur of the moment but it can be done.


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 

Have a great week!