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By Judy Newell


Mexico Travel News

Aeromexico’s fifth daily flight Houston/Mexico City

Aeromexico’s new flight on the route Houston/Mexico City started last December 19, totaling its direct flights to five daily between these major destinations. The flight is operated with 99-seat Embraer 190 aircraft allowing customers to go and return the same day.

International News

National Geographic unveils global hotel collection

National Geographic has launched Unique Lodges of the World, a group of hotels geared toward showcasing authenticity in design and sustainable tourism practices, in conjunction with the company’s new Private Expeditions product. The 24 founding hotels include Fogo Island Inn in Canada, Mashpi Lodge in Ecuador and The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana.

Tanzania, Mozambique among 2015’s emerging hotspots

Conventional safari destinations in Africa are giving way to lesser-known destinations, tour operators say. Tanzania’s rising high-end safari camps have made it an attractive option for affluent travelers going into 2015, while Zimbabwe and Zambia are overtaking Botswana as more budget-friendly safari destinations. Mozambique enhances the safari experience with its beach scene and unique African-Portuguese culture.

Cruise News

Incredible cruise deals offered for Wave Season

Cruise lines are offering incredible cruise deals as Wave Season kicks into high gear. From up to US$1,000 in credits, to 7 nights Caribbean cruises from US$299, there has never been a better time to get away from the cold. However, you better act fast.

MSC Cruises – MSC is offering the “Greatest Cruise Sale Ever” with 7 nights Caribbean cruises starting at US$299 per person. Kids 11 and under sail free and deposits are reduced to only US$100 per person. Also included is up to US$200 in stateroom credit and a free beverage package with the Fantastica Experience. Sale runs until February 15, 2015.

Norwegian Cruise Line – Norwegian is offering 3 great offers: 1. free dining package, 2. up to US$300 in stateroom credit, 3. free beverage package. Book an oceanview or higher stateroom and choose one offer. Book an oceanview or higher stateroom on cruises to Hawaii and Europe and choose any two offers. Passengers who book suites or The Haven will receive all three. Valid on all sailings 5 nights or longer.

Holland America – Holland America is offering free stateroom upgrades, up to 10percent off select shore excursions, 50percent reduced deposits, and reduced fares for 3rd/4th guests on select sailings to Europe, Canada & New England, Bermuda, and Alaska.

Azamara Club Cruises – Azamara is offering the choice of US$1,000 per couple in onboard spending credits, US$1,000 per couple in ChoiceAir Creidts, or a stateroom upgrade worth approximately US$1,000. Offer ends on March 31, 2015.

Seabourn – The luxury lines’ Signature Savings Event brings reduced rates on dozens of voyages, a free upgrade from an ocean-view to a balcony cabin, and an additional 15percent savings when customers book select back-to-back sailings. Seabourn also is offering a US$1,000 per suite shipboard credit to customers booking a penthouse or premium suite on select sailings. The promotion is valid with more than 70 sailings departing between April and October.

Crystal accepting reservations for 2017 sailings

Crystal Cruises has unveiled its 2017 itineraries and opened bookings for the cruises two years in advance ‒ a first for the cruise line. Crystal’s 2017 schedule includes 32 first-time port calls and first-time voyages to destinations including Doha, Qatar; and New Guinea.

Air News

Qantas retains title as World’s Safest Airline

Well, year over year, the Dustin Hoffman character in ‘RainMan’ continues to be right – Qantas Airways really is the world’s safest airline. announced its annual top ten safest airlines and top ten safest low cost airlines for 2015 and Qantas was again at the top of the list. The Australian-based carrier has never had a fatality in the history of the jet era.’s rating system takes into account a variety of factors related to audits from aviation’s governing bodies and lead associations as well as government audits and the airlines’ fatality records. Its editorial team also examined airlines’ operational histories, incident records and operational excellence to arrive at its top ten safest airlines.

Deal of the Week

Crystal Cruises: Up to US$1,500 onboard credit

Set sail with the World’s Best Cruise Lines as voted by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler. Up to US$1,500 in onboard credit per stateroom; 2-for-1 cruise only fares;  unlimited wine, beer and alcohol; and complimentary gratuities on select all-inclusive sailings booked between January 12 and February 6, 2015. Featured 2015 departures include:

Mystical Malaysia & Myanmar, Singapore to Singapore, February 24, 13 days, Verandah fares from US$7,650, Onboard credit: US$750 per person

Pacific Coast Collection, Vancouver to Los Angeles, May 11, 7 days, Verandah fares from US$3,875, Onboard credit: US$250 per person

White Sea Exploration, Reykjavik to London, July 8, 18 days, Verandah fares from US$11,700,

Onboard credit: US$500 per person

A Mermaid’s Tale, Copenhagen Round-trip, August 16, 7 days, Verandah fares from US$3,740, Onboard credit: US$400 per person

Ionian Inspiration, Rome to Venice, August 30, 7 days, Verandah fares from US$3,635, Onboard credit: US$400 per person

Brazilian Holiday, San Juan to Rio de Janeiro, December 19, 15 days, Verandah fares from US$9,765, onboard Credit: US$700 per person

Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys that specializes designing independent tours, cruises and travel for the discerning traveler. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any of the Travel News topics; cell phone 415 111 8765;Vonage: 949 300 3682; email: or view the latest travel specials on the website where you can book your hotels, tours and cruises online.

Sources: Travel Industry Wire,, Travel Weekly, Travel Pulse, Crystal Cruises


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