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Travel News for Week of September 4

By September 4, 2022Blog

Hi Everyone,

Amid months of mass flight cancellations and delays, the Department of Transportation has launched a customer service dashboard to  help vacationers ahead of the travel-heavy Labor Day weekend.  Travelers can check the dashboard to see what kinds of guarantees, refunds or compensation the major domestic airlines offer in case of flight delays or cancellation.  It’s designed to enable travelers to shop around and favor those airlines that offer the best compensation.   The dashboard is part of an extended pressure campaign from the U.S.  Transportation Secretary who has publicly challenged major carries to improve service and transparency after a summer marred by cancellations and flight delays.  The website can be found at  transportation.gov.   If you scroll to the first article on the website,  you can check it out.

Adult Americans  should be able to renew their passport online as soon as next year according to news from the Department of State.  You  will have to meet some fairly simple requirements, and if eligible,  you’ll be able to renew online instead of having to mail your passport  and forms.   Although it may not reduce the wait time, you will be able to track your progress through the system.

The Walt Disney Company is reportedly considering a membership program that would offer discounts and perks for combining streaming services, theme parks, resorts, and merchandise purchases.  According to the report, Disney executives are working on a program similar to Amazon Prime.  Sources said it remained unclear how much the service would cost or when it would debut if they do implement it. -Wall Street Journal

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2023

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

April 29- May 10, 2023     Discovering Poland     We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow.   Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378      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. 11-18, 2023   California Dreamin’    Visit Monterey,  take a  17 mile drive along to wonderful Carmel, visit Yosemite,  Lake Tahoe,  Napa Valley Vineyard tour and wine tasting, before ending our tour in San FranciscoCollette Vacations  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1084131

September 30-October 14, 2023 Spains’ 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 Gems of Northern Italy  Uniworld River Cruise, spring 2024

Have a great week!

Lynn