If you are a cruiser, you know that internet is not the same aboard a cruise ship as it is at home. Cruise lines have worked hard to bring more stable and faster internet but it has been a struggle. Typically, internet signals beam down from satellites circling the Earth. It was been a challenge to have stable signals from a moving ship. Starlink, an internet service developed by Space X, employs a constellation of thousands of satellites. and they are having some success. Several cruise lines, notably the Royal Caribbean Group, are experimenting with Starlink and have reported faster speeds and better bandwidth. -Travel Weekly
Prices seem to be increasing in every area of our lives. Friday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced that membership in their Pre-check program would decrease from $85 to $78. Renewals will remain the same at $70. Not a huge savings for sure, but it’s a good time to get into this expedited airport security screening program if you’ve not done so yet. Of course, if you have certain credit cards, this program may be free for you although you must still apply.
In the past couple of years, car rentals have been expensive and a bit dicey. There is no real guarantee that the car you have reserved will be waiting for you when you arrive. Holiday periods are the worst. You may consider prepaying for your rental to help insure that you have a car upon arrival. Sign up for membership with the company you are using. Make sure you enter your airline and flight number when you reserve to increase th chances that your car will still be waiting for you if you are delayed. Airport rental services will be very busy if you are traveling during the holidays. You may consider a rental car agency off airport property. It is definitely not as convenient but may be worthwhile in price and service.
- Wear comfortable clothes that you can layer. Make sure your shoes aren’t too tight. Loosen the laces.
- Don’t sit near the restrooms. It can become uncomfortable when a line forms. Sit away from the restroom and when you do need to use it, take that opportunity to walk and stretch.
- Try to avoid checking the time. I love that little screen map that shows you where you are but it only makes you realize you have a long way to go.
- Makes sure you bring ear plugs and a good neck pillow if you plan to sleep.
- Have some access to entertainment: a book, crossword puzzles, a movie, etc.
- Try to select your seat in advance. If you intend to sleep, choose a window seat if possible. Avoid that middle seat if you can. Try to upgrade to economy comfort and get a little more legroom.
- Get up and walk around. It is really important for your circulation.
- Bring some snacks. -Huffington Post
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. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1131389 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. https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1131375 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!!! https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1103746
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!