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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Mexico among top birdwatching spots in the world

According to Born Free USA, 12 percent of the 9,800 species of birds in the world may face extinction within the next century, including about one third of the world’s 330 parrot species. Causes range from illegal pet trade to habitat loss.

One of the best ways to combat and reverse this trend is through awareness. And one of the best ways to raise awareness is to get out there among these magnificent creatures with a pair of binoculars and your trusty camera.

Top birdwatching spots include: New Guinea; Cape May New Jersey, Alaska; Costa Rica; Ecuador; Colombia; Panama; Peru; Ontario, Canada and Mexico.

Here’s what Born Free USA says about Mexico:

• Of the 4,004 species of birds that were reported in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count this year, 645 species were reported from Mexico — more than any other country.

• Popular Mexican destinations for birders include Veracruz, the Yucatan Peninsula, Oaxaca and Chiapas.

• You’ll find a variety of birds as you explore the country, from loons and the ancient tinamous to hummingbirds and parakeets − proving that spring break in Mexico isn’t just for coeds.

International News

9/11 museum tickets on sale

Tickets went on sale March 26, for the 9/11 Memorial Museum, which will open to the public on May 21. The first day is free to all visitors thanks to Conde Nast, which is sponsoring the historic opening day.

The museum has two core exhibitions. “In Memoriam” pays tribute to the people killed on 9/11 and in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. The other exhibition is more focused on the history of the event and tells the story of what happened on 9/11 at the three attack sites and around the world.

Advance reservations for museum tickets can now be booked at There are various admission discounts available, and admission will be free from 5 to 8pm on Tuesday nights. Admission is free to 9/11 families and 9/11 rescue and recovery workers who are registered with the memorial. General admission to the museum is US$24. Seniors, veterans and college students are US$18. Admission is US$15 for kids age 7 to 17.

Cruise News

Carnival Freedom about to get Seussified

The first-ever Bookville family reading venue – part of the recently launched Seuss at Sea program in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises – will be added to Carnival Freedom during an extensive multi-million-dollar makeover this spring that will add a variety of dining, bar and entertainment innovations that are part of the line’s Fun Ship product enhancement initiative.

Bookville and other “Seuss at Sea” activities are scheduled to be available by May 24. Carnival Freedom will sail a six- to eight-day Caribbean schedule from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and introduce two new five-day Caribbean options.

Carnival Freedom will be the first ship to feature Bookville, a dedicated Seuss-themed play space featuring iconic décor, colors, shapes and funky furniture inspired by the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss. Other “Seuss at Sea” activities include the Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast with the Cat in the Hat and Friends, an interactive reading event called Seuss-a-palooza Story Time, and the Seuss-a-palooza Character Parade along the ship’s promenade.

Save US$1,500 on luxury food and wine cruises

AMA Waterways is offering a savings of US$1,500 per stateroom or a single supplement waiver on all 2014 European Wine Cruises. In additional to all the sights, tours and dining normally included on an AMA Waterways river cruise, wine cruises also offer these activities at no extra cost: exclusive excursions to historic wineries and vineyards; select premium wine tastings from celebrated Europeans and North American wineries; private wine cellar tours; inspired wine and food pairings; exciting lectures and discussions with acclaimed wine experts. Availability is limited.

Deal of the Week

The Aussie AirPass

Four great cities. One great price. The easiest way to experience the best of Australia.

The Aussie AirPass starting from as low as US$1659 per person is designed to make your Australia vacation easy to plan and book. It includes international round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, all taxes, plus two to three flights in Australia.

For an additional cost, you can start your journey from many other US cities including New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Dallas/Ft. Worth. Aussie AirPass prices are valid for travel between April 28, and June 8, 2014, or July 24 and September 17, 2014, but must be booked by April 22, 2014.

AirPass offers include: Icons AirPass − Sydney, Ayers Rock, Cairns and Brisbane from US$1929; Reef AirPass − Sydney, Great Barrier Reef and Brisbane from US$1779; Food & Wine AirPass − Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney from US$1659; and Adventure AirPass − Melbourne, Tasmania and Sydney from US$1659.

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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