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Travel News for the Week of October 30

By October 30, 2022Blog

Hi Everyone,

Airlines are not the only place where passengers take swings at one another.  We are starting to see that behavior on some cruise ships.  In the last month Carnival has had to impose a curfew on passengers under 21, and this week they put a limit on how much alcohol can be consumed for passengers with the popular onboard beverage packages.   Many cruise lines offer these prepaid packages that allow passengers to purchase a package of unlimited alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages.  I suspect those causing the problem are not using their package for coffee, tea, or milkshakes.

Travel and Leisure reports that airfare rose 42.9% ifrom September 2021 to September 2022 and started to creep up again in September.  Experts predict holiday prices will reach the highest they’ve been in five years, especially over Christmas.  If you are traveling over the holidays, the sooner you get air, the better.

My favorite river cruise line, Uniworld, has added rail packages to their offerings.  These are luxury trains that you can take before or after your cruise.  Uniworld  has found partners for their Cruise & Rail journeys that bring the Uniworld standard of luxury to the private train experience. Both Golden Eagle Luxury Trains and the Maharajas’ Express are top-notch, with stylish design, excellent service and daily local excursions. And of course, it’s all-inclusive.

If you are a Delta Sky Miles member you will want to take a look at Delta’s new Sky Miles policy which will go into effect on January 1.  Some enhancements will benefit those in the upper tier of membership but it looks like it will be more difficult to get to that upper echelon of Sky Miles membership.


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!