Travel News for Week of December 16

By December 16, 2018Blog

Delta Airlines  announced Monday that it would  be updating its policies to ban emotional support animals from flights scheduled to last longer than eight hours.   Also, support or service animals under 4 months old will not be allowed on any flight.   Delta’s decision comes after an 84 percent increase in reported incidents involving  service and support animals since 2016 including urination, defecation, and biting. 

Delta also announced that they will be implementing a new boarding procedure and have aligned boarding by the type of seat you have.   Delta One passengers will board first followed by Delta Premium Select, Delta Comfort Plus, Sky Priority, Main Cabin 1, 2 and 3, and Basic Economy.   On flight without Delta One or Premium Select, boarding will start with First Class.  Delta will introduce a color scheme designed to distinguish its fare products and will eventually display that color online for shoppers, and on boarding passes and jetway screens . 

In 2018, the US Department of State introduced a new travel advisory system.    Instead of travel warnings and alerts every country has an overall Travel Advisory Level with levels of advice from 1-4.    

  1.   Level 1: Exercise normal precautions.     
  2.   Level 2: Exercise increased caution.  Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security.   
  3.   Level 3: Reconsider travel.   Avoid travel due to serious risks of safety and security.
  4.   Level 4: Do not travel     Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security.  It is not a ban, but it is advice and comes with a warning that the US may be limited in their ability to provide assistance in an emergence.                                  

The travel advisories will also provide a clear reason for the level assigned and will be updated based on any changes that may occur.  The Department of State also provides icons that indicate the risk:                                         

  • C: Crime
  • T: Terrorism
  • U: Civil Unrest
  • H: Health Issues
  • N: Natural Disasters
  • E: Time Limited Events
  • O: Other

For further information visit http://www.state.travel.gov

2019 Tours

April 22-May 5  Lynn and Lidia’s Italy My number 1 guide and good friend will take us on a journey through Italy to some of our favorite places.  We’ll visit Rome, Pompeii, Sorrento,Isle of Capri, Assisi, Venice, Padua, Lake Maggiore, Lucca , Florence, San Gimignano and more.  Call for availability.

June 6-20, 2019 Viking Homelands   This cruise will take place on the Viking Sea. This cruise will visit Sweden, Norway, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, Poland,and Berlin.  Call for availability.

August 11-21,  2019  Delightful Danube and Prague   Join us as we spend three wonderful days in the beautiful city of Prague before boarding the S.S. Beatrice in Nuremberg for a seven night cruise down the Danube.    We’ll visit the towns of Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna before ending our journey in the amazing city of Budapest.   Call for availability.

September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home.  Time to deposit!   See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/861057

2020

May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.   Check out the itinerary:   https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/817395  

May 30, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  We are ready for deposit.   I only have 20 spots for this cruise.   Call now!

June 2020   Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park, and Mesa Verda National Park. We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

September 12-23, 2020  Discovering Poland     Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378

October 2020  Autumn Colors

November 2020   Panama Canal Cruise

Have a great week!

Lynn