Travel News for Week of July 7

By July 7, 2019Blog

Hi Everyone,

Delta is adding some amenities to those flying economy internationally.   Beginning in November, passengers will be met with warm hot towels, and after take off, will be treated to Bellini cocktails.    The menu is also being refreshed and will be served with upgraded flatware and silverware. The meal will also include coffee, tea, wine, or water.     Another hot towel service will be provided after the meal and chocolates will be offered as the plane begins its descent.   Passengers in economy will also receive a flight kit consisting of a sleep mask, dental kit, ear plugs, and cleansing towelettes.  

Airlines have been doing a much better job of getting bags to their rightful place these days.  On average, 2 bags for every 1000 passengers are temporarily “misplaced”.  Your bag does not become lost for 21 days once it is misplaced.   The airlines that do the best job of getting your luggage to you on time are: Delta, Frontier, and Spirit.   If you happen to be one of the 2 out of a 1,000 whose bag did not get off the plane with you, the most important thing to remember is that you should not leave the airport without filing a claim.   Some airlines specify that you must report a “misplaced” bag within four hours and it is much better to do it at the airport. If your bag is delayed on a connecting itinerary involving more than one airline, deal with the airline that flew you to your destination.   Give them your baggage receipt but if they want to keep it, write down the numbers before turning over.   Complete the forms given to you and get tracking numbers, and airline phone numbers.  Get the name of the agent you deal with and note the estimated time of your bag arrival.  Make sure the airline knows how to find you to get the bag to you. 

Disney has been celebrating 90 years of Mickey and Minnie across all of their destinations.   At Disney World, Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration features new entertainment, merchandise, and specialty food and beverages at Magic Kingdom.   You can dance with your favorite Disney characters during the street party in front of Cinderella’s Castle.    At Disneyland,  there are still a few weeks to enjoy Mickey’s Soundsational Parade and the Disneyland Forever fireworks spectacular.   Mickey and Minnie’s Surprise Party at Sea kicked off on the Disney Fantasy and continues on select Caribbean and Bahamian sailings through the end of August. 

2020/2021

January 26-February 5  Princess Cruise, Eastern/Southern Voyager   This cruise will depart from Ft. Lauderdale and will visit Antiqua, St. Lucia, Barbados, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, and Grand Turk before returning to Ft. Lauderdale.  Group pricing is available. 

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 We have had a couple of cancellations for Oberammergau so if you are interested, don’t delay.   This is a much sought after, once in every 10 year, event.

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  A few rooms are still available.

June 13-21 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.  Ready for deposit.

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.    Although we will not be traveling with this group, we are preparing it for Fr. Anthony Strouse.  Deposit now. Early booking discount is in effect.

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.    Ready for deposit.  10% early booking discount on this trip!

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

October  6-14, 2020  Autumn Colors   We’ll fly into historic Boston and then head to Lexington and Concord where the “shot heard round the world was fired”.  We’ll head through the Berkshires, stopping at a historic mill and glass blowing facility.   We’ll visit the historic town of Woodstock.Sample some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at their factory before venturing into New Hampshire and and stunning of views of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast.  We’ll visit Acadia National Park and the beautiful town of Bar Harbor. On our way south we’ll journey past lighthouses, fisheries, and seaside dwellings before arriving at Portsmouth, one of the oldest cities in the United States.   This is a very popular trip that will fill quickly and currently has an early payment discount so deposit asap.    

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 2021    Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with sant’ippolito!   Stay tuned for more information. Have a great week! Lynn

May 2021   Budapest to Bucharest River Cruise   Will be ready for deposit late Fall.

Have a great week!

Lynn