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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

See the world’s largest Harry Potter collection

Until June 30, Mexico City’s Antique Toy Museum will pay tribute to Harry Potter. The capital city’s Museo Del Juguete Antiguo (Antique Toy Museum) is home to the world’s largest Harry Potter memorabilia collection, as certified by Guinness World Records.

According to Roberto Kinoshita, the museum’s creative director, the exhibition has drawn thousands of fans to the museum. The Harry Potter exhibit is showcased in its own unique way. Old furniture from a 1940s drug store and vintage chemical bottles help create a distinct environment for the toys; it looks more like a packed apothecary shop than a traditional curatorial space. Kinoshita said, “We call our exhibits toy habitats. They are art installations made with toys. That’s why we have been featured in The New York Times, Fodor’s and more, as one of the best-kept secrets in Mexico City.”


Adventure at the Maya ruins of Coba

At the Maya ruins of Coba, active travelers can let their imaginations run wild. Located on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula and approximately 90 miles from Cancún, Coba is home to an expansive archaeological site in the heart of the jungle. Visitors can rent bikes and pedal along limestone-paved roads that link to different areas of the archaeological site, all while under the shade of lush jungle canopy and in the company of howler monkeys and other wildlife. Ixmoja, the tallest Maya pyramid on the Yucatán Peninsula, rewards courageous climbers with stunning panoramic views from nearly 140 feet high.


10th annual Restaurant Week in Puerto Vallarta

The two-week Restaurant Week Festival takes place every year May 15-31 and features many of Puerto Vallarta’s and Riviera Nayarit’s most coveted restaurants. Participating establishments offer innovative three-course menus, with three options available for each course. Since the prices are often discounted by up to 50 per cent, dining out during Restaurant Week is not only fun, but also much more affordable. In the upcoming 10th-year anniversary of Restaurant Week, participating restaurants will offer their special menus at 199 or 299 pesos per person, tips and beverages not included.


Cruise News

Princess Cruises summer clearance sale

From April 15 through May 14, save up to 50 per cent on select sailings, plus get up to US$400 to spend on-board when you book a balcony, mini-suite, or suite aboard Princess Cruises. Sample cruises include: Mediterranean, 12 days, July-September 2015, between Rome and Barcelona, save up to 50 per cent. Interior from US$699 (was US$1,349); Balcony from US$899 (was US$1,899). Fares based on Emerald Princess 8/1/15 sailing. Taxes, fees, and port expenses of up to US$135 are additional and subject to change.

Black Sea and Aegean, 14-days, August 2015, between Athens and Rome, save up to 40 per cent. Interior from US$1,799 (was US$2,348); Balcony from US$2,299 (was US$3,448). Fares based on Regal Princess 8/22/15 sailing. Taxes, fees, and port expenses of up to US$195 are additional and subject to change.

Alaska Land and Sea Vacations, 10-nights, July-September 2015, from Vancouver, BC to Anchorage, save up to 40 per cent. Interior from US$990 (was US$1,628); Balcony from US$1,999 (was US$2,588). Fares based on Tour CAX, Grand Princess 8/15/15 sailing. Taxes, fees, and port expenses of up to US$280 are additional and subject to change.

British Isles, 14-days, July-August 2015, round trip London (Southampton), save up to 30 per cent. Interior from US$1,799 (was US$2,199); Balcony from US$2,199 (was US$3,199). Fares based on Royal Princess 7/8/15 sailing. Taxes, fees, and port expenses of up to US$215 are additional and subject to change.

Deal of the Week

Mediterranean cruise, air, and hotel from US$2,311

Start and end your dream 10-day Mediterranean vacation in Rome, the Eternal City. Fly into Rome and board the stunning MSC Divina, which will bring you to the most desired destinations in the Mediterranean. It features exciting late night stays in Palma de Mallorca and La Spezia, allowing you to see more and experience the night life just like the locals. After spending seven nights cruising the Mediterranean, enjoy an additional three days in Rome exploring the most popular sites, from the Sistine Chapel to the Trevi Fountain, all on your own time.

The best part: MSC Cruises has planned all the details! Book now with the Fly and Cruise Package from US$2,311 per person and your flight from the USA, seven night cruise, transfers, and two night post cruise hotel stay in Rome is included. You’ll save up to US$800 versus booking on your own.


Judy Newell heads the travel company Perfect Journeys which specializes 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 Weekly, Visit Mexico, Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board, Princess Cruises, Travel Pulse, MSC Cruises


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