Our thoughts and prayers are with those suffering from Hurricane Dorian, especially those in the Bahamas who have survived and are now living in deplorable conditions. In the midst of such a tragedy, I have been heartened by how the cruise lines are pitching in to provide much needed relief. Disney, and Norwegian have donated $1 million dollars each toward relief and restoration. Carnival has promised another $2 million. Royal Caribbean has promised $1 million dollars and is loading their ships with supplies that include generators, water, sheets, and towels. Additionally, they are providing 20,000 meals per day, a very ambitious undertaking. That relief began this week with tugboats and tenders carrying the food to docks. There are others too numerous to mention, including some of the airlines, but right now the Bahamian people can use all the help they can get.
If you are running late to the airport, or arrive and see huge lines inside, you may consider curbside checkin. Those lines are normally not very long, you don’t have far to lug your suitcase, and you can get to security much faster. The only downside is that these skycaps work mostly for tips so it will cost you a few dollars. Your time may be worth it, especially if you are on a tight schedule.
We had a great meeting last week regarding our Poland and Colorado Rockies tours for this coming year. Our Poland tour is now over half full so if you are thinking of accompanying us, don’t delay.
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 We have had a couple of cancellations for Oberammergau so if you are interested, don’t delay. This is a much sought after, once in every 10 year, event.
May 30-June 7, 2020 Paris and Normandy River Cruise A few rooms are still available.
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. Ready for deposit.
June 16-26 Shrines of Italy This pilgrimage will visit The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, San Giovanni Rotundo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario Sanctuary, Vatican City with Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour, St. Mary Major, St. John Lateran, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Although we will not be traveling with this group, we are preparing it for Fr. Anthony Strouse. Deposit now. Early booking discount is in effect.
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. Ready for deposit. 10% early booking discount on this trip!
September 12-23, 2020 Discovering Poland We’ll visit Warsaw, Gdansk, Torun, Wroclaw, and Krakow. Ready for deposit! Check out the itinerary at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/902378
October 6-14, 2020 Autumn Colors We’ll fly into historic Boston and then head to Lexington and Concord where the “shot heard round the world was fired”. We’ll head through the Berkshires, stopping at a historic mill and glass blowing facility. We’ll visit the historic town of Woodstock.Sample some Ben and Jerry’s ice cream at their factory before venturing into New Hampshire and and stunning of views of Mount Washington, the tallest peak in the northeast. We’ll visit Acadia National Park and the beautiful town of Bar Harbor. On our way south we’ll journey past lighthouses, fisheries, and seaside dwellings before arriving at Portsmouth, one of the oldest cities in the United States. This is a very popular trip that will fill quickly and currently has a 10% early payment discount so deposit asap.
January 24- February 8, 2021 Panama Canal Cruise This is a full transit 15 day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to San Francisco. We will visit Cartagena, Columbia; Panama Canal Full Transit; Fuerte Amador (Panama City); Puntarenas, Costa Rica; San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragu; and Cabo San Lucas before disembarking in San Francisco. Taking deposits.
April 2021 Lynn and Lidia’s Sicily and Southern Italy tour with sant’ippolito! Will be ready for deposit late Fall.
September 10, 2021 Rhine, Moselle, and Blissful Baden-Baden Spend 2 nights in the beautiful spa town of Baden-Baden and then board your ship for a cruise up the Rhine and Moselle rivers. We will visit Strasbourg, Speyer, Frankfurt, Rudesheim, Boppard, Cochem Bernkastel and Trier before returning home from Frankfurt. We are taking names now with room requests and will will be ready for deposit late Fall.
Have a great week!