Travel News for Week of January 19

By January 19, 2020 Blog

Hi Everyone,

In the last couple of years there has been a push for mainstream cruise lines to get into the expedition market.  Viking Cruises is the latest cruise line to throw their hat into the ring. They have  announced that they are building a line of exploration vehicles capable of  travel to Antarctica and the Arctic, and also to the Great Lakes in the winter, beginning in 2022.  Viking Octantis will sail the Great Lakes in January of 2022 and reservations are being taken already.  The ships are designed to fit through the narrow locks on the St. Lawrence River and will carry 378 guests.   Because the itineraries are in cold destinations, the cabins will not have balconies.   On the Great Lakes, the 13 day Canadian Discovery will include stops in Toronto, Quebec, Cap-aux-Meules, Halifax, and New York.  The Niagara itinerary will include Toronto, Detroit, Traverse City and Milwaukee.

One of the chores to accomplish before leaving on an international trip is to find a place to exchange money into the local currency of your destination.  There are some countries that readily  accept the US dollar though, either because they’ve adopted the currency, or it is used alongside the local currency.   Here are just a few:  Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands, Panama, Barbados, Belize, and Costa Rica.

News out of Venice, Italy:  After suffering from extreme high tides just a few weeks ago, Venice is now dealing with extreme low tides. According to the BBC, the canals right now look more like mud trenches.  The low tides are not as rare as the once-in-a-lifetime flood from last year.   I hope that Venice is able to get back on track quickly.

Disney Cruise Line is offering travelers who book their sailing by February 14 the chance to pay only half the required deposit when booking.   To qualify, travelers must book a 4 night or longer Disney cruise departing between June 2-May 31, 2021, with the remaining deposit balance due at final payment.    While this doesn’t really save you any money, it does allow you to hold onto it for a little longer.



May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau   Taking waitlist requests.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Call for availability.

June 16-26  Shrines of Italy   This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour,  St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica.   Deposit now.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.  Stunningly beautiful scenery.  Enroll now!

September 12-23, 2020     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.  Deposit now!   Check out the itinerary at

October 6-14 Autumn Colours  Join us as we fly into Boston and weaver our way through the Freedom Trail with stops in Lexington and Concord.  We’ll travel through the towns of Pittsfield, Quechee and Woodstock on our way to the White Mountains where we’ll stop in Conway and up to  bar Harbor and Acadia National Park.   On our way back to Boston we stop at historic Portsmouth as we work our way down the coast to Boston.   Enroll now!

NEW October 31-November 9, 2020  Sunny Portugal   This is an amazing tour at offseason pricing.   $2999  per person double occupancy includes air from Detroit. Visit Lisbon Cascais, Obidos, Sintra. Enjoy the stunning coast of the Algarve and enjoy Lagos where Moorish and Renaissance influences meet towering cliffs. Explore Faro, the gateway to the Ria Formosa lagoon landscape, and much more.   I only have 20 seats for this tour.

NEW November 14- November 22, 2020 Spotlight on the French Riviera   Enjoy this wonderful tour while staying in the same hotel.   You will be based in the beautiful city of Nice but will have an opportunity to explore a different area each day.  You’ll explore Nice but also Grasse, St. Tropez, Monaco, Monte Carlo Casino, Cannes, Antibes and St. Paul deVence among other areas.   You will be home before Thanksgiving!  Again, this trip is $2999 per person double occupancy including air out of Detroit.  Again, limited amount of seats.


January 24- February 8, 2021 Panama Canal Cruise   This is a full transit 15 day cruise from  Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco.  We will visit Cartagena, Columbia; Panama Canal Full Transit;  Fuerte Amador (Panama City); Puntarenas, Costa Rica;  San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragu; and  Cabo San Lucas before disembarking in  San Francisco.  Taking deposits.

April,6-17, 2021    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with Sant’ippolito!   Join us as we fly to the Sicilian Capital of  Palermo.  where we will spend 2 nights exploring the city.  There will be an opportunity to take optional tours to Cefalu, Monte Pellegrino, and the goal market.    We will then travel to Taormina by way of  Agrigento  to visit the Valley of the Temples.   Once in Taormina we will take a walking tour of the Corso Umbreto and on to the Piazza for a panoramic view of the bay.  The next day, explore Taormina at leisure or maybe take an optional trip to Mt. Etna and Savoca, home of the “Godfather”.   We will then cross  the Straits of Messina and on to Calabria.   Here you will have an opportunity to visit the your family villages  located outside Cosenza.    After a stay in Calabria we head to Matera, Alberabello, and San Giovanni Rotundo to see the shrine of Padre Pio, and then make our way to Rome for our departure.  Taking deposits!

Coming soon!  May, 2021  Shades of Ireland

Coming Soon!  August, 2021  Charming French Canada

September 10, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden    Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers.  We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from  Frankfurt.  Taking deposits now!

Have a great week!