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Travel News for Week of October 9

By October 9, 2022Blog

Hi Everyone,

If you are among those of us who keep track of our Delta frequent flier miles and status, please be aware that Delta will be raising the amount of miles and spend for you to earn or keep your Delta status.  Refer to the Delta site for more information.

If you are thinking of traveling for the holidays, it is not too soon (in fact it’s late) to book something.    According to PwC’s annual holiday outlook, 47% of survey respondents said they would travel for the holidays, a massive increase from the estimated 33% hitting the road before the pandemic.  The study found that 46 percent of Americans  who plan to travel  plan to fly despite ongoing airline problems, an increase from 40 percent in 2021 and 33 percent in 2020. Also interesting is the study found that travelers are particularly prone to changing brands after a bad experience.  Travel related concerns were mostly about rising gas prices, flight cancellations and the potential for weather delays-Travel Pulse

Most of you know that we just returned from a European river cruise.  We were very worried about the water levels on the rivers in Europe but just before we departed, Germany had several days of rain and we had no problem.   On the other hand, the Mississippi River is having problems.  River cruises and some commercial barges are currently being cancelled due to the low water on the Mississippi.   Let’s hope that is short lived.

The same phenomenon that has plagued air travel the past two years in the form of verbal and physical assaults on flights appears to be occurring on some cruises. Last month Carnival imposed an onboard curfew for minors.   The cruise line just added a new paragraph to its ticket contract warning passengers they could be hit with a $500 fine for truly conduct and could be held responsible for any damages caused and any expense with being detained or disembarked before the conclusion of the cruise.  They will also be banned from sailing on Carnival in the future.-  Washington 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.     Collette Vacations

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.  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!!!

Coming Soon:  Milan, Venice and the Jewels of Veneto  Uniworld River Cruise, spring 2024

Have a great week!