I just read a very interesting story about how cruise lines are assisting Ukrainian refugees. For the last six months, Holland America’s Volendam has been home to Ukranian families who fled the war with Russia. Those families have now been settled with relatives or moved to more permanent accommodations in the Netherlands. Captain Ryan Whitaker said: “We are sad to see the Ukrainian families leave, but also hopeful for them that this move to more sustainable housing helps them adjust to their new life in the Netherlands.” While the families were onboard, the Salvation Army and ship team members worked to make the ship feel as homey as possible. Crew members who spoke Ukrainian were added to the ship, children’s play areas were added to the deck, and the ship’s entertainment stage was transformed into a creative learning area. Many of the adults found jobs in Rotterdam and the children attended local schools. I know other cruise lines are doing their part too but this was a great story to start my day!-Insider Travel Report
The cruise lines keep building bigger and better ships. Princess just announced that they will welcome the Sun Princess to their fleet in 2024. The ship will be the biggest ship in Princess line and will be capable of carrying 4300 guests. Meanwhile, Disney just announced that the Disney Treasure is under construction and the interesting part of this is that the Treasure will sail to Hawaii and the South Pacific, a new area of the world for Disney ships. Viking is building new ocean ships as well, two of which will be equipped with hydrogen fuel cells to produce power.
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year, we saw the 5 largest U.S. airlines cancel more than 29,000 flights and saw more than 336,000 flights delayed. Things were much better this Labor Day although there were still some weather related headaches. Fall normally brings a lighter load for the airlines until the holiday season begins. We will still have a labor shortage at that time and that problem will take a long time to solve. If you have to travel during the holiday season, hopefully, you already have your flights. Try to fly as early in the day as possible. If something goes wrong, there may be a back up. Go a day early if possible. That is especially true if you are cruising. In most cases,The cruise ship will not wait for you. Really think about whether you need to check a bag. If you do, then consider purchasing some Air Tags. Download your airlines’ app. It can be a very good source of information if you have problems and can give you an early warning that things may not be going smoothly.
Take a good look at the two new tours below: Painted Canyons of the West, and Discovering Croatia, Slovenia, and the Adriatic Coast. This one is on a very short reservation timeline. I can only hold seats on this tour until the end of November, and I only have 20 seats.
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
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
Coming Soon: Milan, Venice and the Jewels of Veneto Uniworld River Cruise, spring 2024
Have a great week!