Travel News for Week of March 24

By March 24, 2019Blog

Hi Everyone,

Cruise lines are always developing new avenues to entice people and Princess has come up with a nice option.  Princess EZPay gives people the flexibility of spreading the cost of their cruise over time.  They now allow you to make automatic monthly payments toward your cruise without interest or additional fees.  Something to consider so that you don’t have a huge bill at final payment.    

US airports with the most flight cancellations in 2018: New York’s LaGuardia, Norfolk International, Charleston, Greater Rochester International, and Philadelphia.   US airport with the least amount of cancellations:  Salt Lake City.   Keep this in mind when booking or when looking at connections.

Whenever I travel, I am always cognizant of that “Ugly American” tag as, I believe, many of us are.   I have read numerous articles about what not to do in another country.   I think it is just as important to remember what you should do:

  • Try to learn a few phrases in the local language.   Even if you are not fluent, people will appreciate that you are trying.
  • Remember that just speaking louder does not make anyone understand your language any better.
  • If you want to take a picture of a local, ask first.   Many cultures do not like their pictures taken. 
  • Make sure you know what the tipping custom is.   Some cultures do not tip, some find it offensive, and many do enjoy a tip although hardly any culture expects as much for a tip as we Americans do. 
  • Enjoy the culture.   It will be different from home, but that’s why we travel!!

2019

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. A few spots remain!  See the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/86105

September 16-26 Greek Island Hopper I have a couple of vacancies on our Fall Greece trip. If you are interested, call asap.

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-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Check on availability.

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.

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.

September 12-23, 2020  Discovering Poland     Ready for deposit!  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