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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Jon Bon Jovi at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya opening

All Inclusive Collection went after big names – Jon Bon Jovi and The Kings of Suburbia – for the opening of 1,264-room Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. The opening, scheduled for May 4 and 5, will include a roster of guests, celebrities and VIPs.

The grand opening event will kick off on May 4 with a star-studded red carpet, Hard Rock’s signature Guitar Smash and a performance by Jon Bon Jovi and his New Jersey side band.

A performance by The Kings of Suburbia will be exclusive to hotel and grand opening VIP guests.

International News

Winchester Mystery House to allow overnight guests

If you’ve always wanted to stay at the world-famous Winchester Mystery House, now’s your chance. The haunted and storied Victorian mansion recently received approval from the City of San Jose, California to accommodate overnight guests in one of the surrounding buildings. The only question now is, are the ghosts at the mansion ready to party?

The Winchester Mystery House encompasses 24,000 square feet and includes 10,000 window panes, 2,000 doors, 160 rooms, 52 skylights, 47 fireplaces, 40 bedrooms, 40 staircases, 13 bathrooms, six kitchens, three elevators, two basements and one shower. Mrs. Winchester spent US$5.5 million on the mansion, and the building was worked on 24/7 for 38 years.

Cruise News

No more North Pole voyages for tourists

Is the North Pole on your bucket list? If so, better act fast. The Russian nuclear-powered icebreaker named 50 Years of Victory will stop operating passenger voyages to the North Polar in 2015 and instead focus on clearing the way for cargo ships and scientific expeditions.

Poseidon Expeditions, a company that operates cruises to Polar regions, has opened sales on the last North Pole voyage by 50 Years of Victory in summer 2015. The 128-passenger ship will operate its final passenger voyage July 30-August 12, 2015.

Quark is taking bookings on a June 19-July 2, 2014, departure priced from US$24,995.

They have also opened sales on a 15-day cruise departing June 3, 2015, and 14-day cruises departing June 14 and June 26, 2015.

Poseidon also is selling space on the Victory’s three 14-day North Pole voyages this year, which depart July 14, July 25 and August 5, 2014. Per-person rates start at US$24,995 for the 2014 season and US$25,995 for the final 2015 season.

The 50 Years of Victory is the largest nuclear-powered icebreaker in the world, capable of driving through Arctic ice nearly 10 feet thick. Despite being a working vessel, the ship has a dining room, salon for lectures and socializing, a bow-facing bar and lounge, library, gym, two saunas and swimming pool with heated seawater and it carries a physician.

Air News

Aeromexico increases flights between Mexico and Asia

Aeromexico announces that starting in July it will be operating seven weekly flights to and from Asia, promoting Mexico’s bilateral relations with Japan and China.

Starting in April, Aeromexico will add its fourth weekly flight to and from Tokyo, while in July it will add its third weekly flight to and from Shanghai, consolidating its position as the only Latin American airline to unite these cities with the capital of Mexico.

For more than seven years, Aeromexico has been the only Latin American airline to fly to Asia. The increase in these new schedules will make it possible to meet the travel demand of the Asian market, and provide some 3,500 seats on a weekly basis for the benefit of all its customers.

Aeromexico adds fourth daily seasonal flight between Miami and Mexico City

Aeromexico, Mexico’s global airline, announces the launch of its fourth daily seasonal flight between Miami and Mexico City as of April 11th this year.

All four daily flights will be operated with Boeing 737-700 aircraft configured with 124 seats, including 12 seats in Aeromexico’s Clase Premier front cabin.

Aeromexico is increasing daily capacity to 700 seats  between both destinations.

Deal of the Week

West Africa expedition cruise with 20 percent discount

G Adventures is promoting a West Africa Cruise Expedition by offering a 20 percent discount on bookings placed by April 30. It is a 32-day trip originating in Cape Town, South Africa, and finishing in Marrakech, Morocco. It visits 14 countries along the way. Smaller sections of the trip are also offered as separate purchases.

The itinerary includes visits to a number of remote villages along the way that would be difficult to reach traveling by land. The 32-day package includes two hotel nights, one in Cape Town and one in Marrakech. All meals are included on board the ship.


Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys which specializes in custom-designed independent tours, cruises and travel for couples, singles, and groups of friends. Contact Judy by cell phone at 415-111-8765, by email at, or view the latest travel specials on the website


Sources: Travel Pulse, Travel Industry Wire, Aeromexico, G Adventures


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