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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

International Film Festival returns to Los Cabos

Los Cabos will be seeing Hollywood luminaries later this year when the third annual Los Cabos International Film Festival (formerly known as the Baja International Film Festival) kicks into high gear from November 12 to 16. The festival will feature premieres from international and Mexican directors, in addition to including indoor and outdoor film screenings, gala events and parties.

The festival, which brings filmmakers, celebrities and A-list personalities from Mexico, the US and Canada to Los Cabos, is designed as a platform for cultural and business exchanges in the film industry. It will feature 30 to 40 films from Mexico, the US and Canada. All films will have English subtitles. The 2014 film festival will also include a musical dimension.

International News

London readies to raise the curtain

On any given night, some 3,000 performers take to 241 various stages across London. No strip, not even Broadway, compares to the West End because theater is more than entertainment in London; it’s the soul of the city.

The Society of London Theatre (SOLT) recently published a report that measured the enormity of theater in London. The report showed that theater earned more money than movies. In the period of study, the 2012/2013 season, London’s theaters took in 40 percent more than Premier League football matches.

London’s 241 professional theaters have a total capacity of more than 110,000. They range in size from the 30-seat Lord Stanley Pub in Camden to the Hammersmith Apollo, which has a capacity of 3,600.

Attendance at London’s theaters outstripped Broadway by about 20 percent. While many reasons were given for the West End’s preeminence, from more comfortable theaters to more ground-breaking plays, the fact is that London’s identity, rooted in the Elizabethan Age that made England a global power, is tied into theater. This year the city celebrates the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, who more than anyone else created the essential soul of London.

And of course, when talking Broadway versus the West End, there is price. The report found that the average price paid for a London theatre ticket in 2012/13 was £27.76 (US$45.76 at today’s exchange), down by more than £1 (US$1.65) from a year before. London is not a cheap city and yet it costs less to see theater in London than New York.

A strong season is coming up. Theater lovers will find plenty of innovation in productions like the Henry IV at the Donmar using an all-female cast of women whose lives have been affected by the criminal justice system. Phyllida Lloyd, who directed Meryl Streep in the film Iron Lady, also used an all-female cast for Julius Caesar.

Lindsay Lohan will join Richard Schiff and Nigel Lindsay in David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow at the Playhouse Theatre in October. Other hot shows include Harold Pinter’s Sunny Afternoon; The Scottsboro Boys previews at the Garrick from October 4; Memphis at the Shaftesbury Theatre on October 23; Made in Dagenham at the Adelphi opens November 15; King Charles III at Wyndham’s Theatre on September 11; Electra at the Old Vic on October 1.

‘In the Footsteps of Shakespeare,’ the fundraising theater tour for the new San Miguel Theater Company, features theater in London and Stratford-upon-Avon. It can be taken on any date in 2014 and 2015 with a minimum of two people. The cost is from US$3,915per person for two people and goes down for more people traveling together. Contact Perfect Journeys for full information, email judynewell@perfectjourneys.net.


Cruise News

Crystal invites travelers to sleep in

The need to choose between catching up on much-needed sleep and embarking on a great adventure while on vacation is no more. This fall, in an industry first, Crystal Cruises will debut new Crystal Adventures planned especially for late-risers, offering the same enriching experiences in the world’s most stunning and significant destinations, beginning later in the day.

With the line’s acclaimed excursions typically departing the ship within 30-60 minutes of docking or tendering —as early as 8am—the new “Late-Risers Adventures” will begin closer to 11am or noon, depending on the itinerary. The start times are designed to complement the line’s Late-Risers Breakfasts, served from 10-11:30am on both Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony.

The new, later excursions will be offered beginning with Crystal Serenity’s September 19 Boston-Québec sailing, and on Crystal Symphony’s September 27 Hamburg-Lisbon sailing.



Deal of the Week

Enjoy two free nights in a luxurious palace

Budapest is home to dozens of jaw-dropping sights, and AMA Waterways wants their guests to have enough time to see them all. So they’re giving you the opportunity to explore even more by extending your deluxe river cruise experience with a free two-night stay at the luxurious five-star Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace when you book one of the itineraries below.

Staying at Four Seasons Gresham Palace is nothing short of a royal experience. With lavish guest rooms, vintage architecture, modern services and incredible views of the Danube and the Old City, it’s no wonder why it is known as one the most luxurious five-star hotels in all of Budapest.

Melodies of the Danube, seven-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen, November 8, 2014, starting from US$2,799.

The Romantic Danube, seven-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest, November 15, 2014, starting from US$2,699.

Christmas on the Danube, seven-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen, December 20, 2014, starting from US$2,799.


Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys which specializes designing tours, cruises and independent travel for discerning travelers. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any of the Travel News topics; cell phone at 415-111-8765, email judynewell@perfectjourneys.net, or view the latest travel specials on the website www.perfectjourneys.net where you can book your hotels, tours and cruises online.

Sources: TravelAge West, Travel Plus, AMA Waterways


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