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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Connecting Querétaro with the World

Beginning October 1, Aeromexico began operating two daily flights between Mexico City and Querétaro. From the Mexico City hub, passengers will now be connected to the United States, South America, Europe, Asia, and Aeromexico’s extensive domestic network

The new route, strategically chosen to connect passengers from the Bajio region to over 80 destinations in Mexico and around the world, will be served by 50-seater Embraer 145 airliners, on the following schedules:

Mexico City-Querétaro, Daily

AM 2460, 9:00 am-10:05am

AM 2462, 6:00 pm-7:03pm

Querétaro – Mexico City, Daily

AM 2461, 10:30 am -11:23 am

AM 2463, 7:25 pm -10:22 pm

Air News

Mezzanine to Seat Plane Passengers on Top of Each Other

A patent has been filed by Airbus, one of the world’s biggest aircraft manufacturers, for the design of a second level mezzanine row of seats on planes to make the most of vacant space. A number of different designs show how seats built into an upper level could allow space for reclining chairs on both levels, with bunk bed-style steps lead to the upper seats.

The patent filed with the European Patent Office by Airbus’s Hamburg-based inventors, explained: “In modern means of transport, in particular in aircraft, it is very important from an economic point of view to make optimum use of the available space in the passenger cabin.

Passenger cabins are therefore fitted with as many rows of passenger seats as possible, which are positioned with as little space between them as possible.”

There is no guarantee, however, that such an invention will ever make it past the design stage. Airbus said the patent is one of several hundred the company files each year.

Cruise News

Save up to US$1,500 per Couple on 2016 Europe River Cruises

The river cruise industry’s first (and only) Open-Air Balconies were designed by Avalon Waterways. These wall-to-wall windows—in every Panorama Suite—open 7-feet wide and invite the outside to come in.

Book a select 2016 Avalon Waterways Europe river cruise and receive US$750 off per person on the cruise/land or cruise only price. The booking must be under deposit and the discount applied by November 10, 2015, for travel in 2016. The offer is not valid on Suites.

71-Day Cruise Around South America in 2017

One voyage of note in the 2016-17 Winter Collection of Regent Seven Seas Cruises is a 71-night cruise around South America onboard the 700-passenger Seven Seas Mariner. The cruise will depart from Miami on January 17, 2017, and make its way around South America for a complete circumnavigation of the continent.

The 71-night trip will include several interesting stops and ports of call, including traveling through the Panama Canal to the Pacific Ocean, visiting Machu Picchu in Peru, and making multiple stops in Chile before turning around at the base of the continent.

During the journey north in the Atlantic Ocean, passengers will visit unique and beautiful cities like Stanley in the Falkland Islands, Buenos Aires in Argentina, Rio de Janeiro and Recife in Brazil, and even Devil’s Island in French Guiana.

To finish off the journey, guests will make their way through the Caribbean, stopping in Bridgetown, Barbados; Castries, St. Lucia; and San Juan, Puerto Rico, before returning to Miami on March 29, 2017.


As for how much an excursion of this length will cost, Regent is offering two-for-one all-inclusive fares that start at US$42,999 per person. The price includes complimentary roundtrip airfare and unlimited free Wi-Fi.

During the announcement of Regent’s 2016-17 Winter Collection, the cruise line also revealed that moving forward it would be offering complimentary Wi-Fi access to everyone onboard its ships.

Words of the wise and well traveled

“We do not take a trip; a trip takes us.” John Steinbeck.

Deal of the Week

Stunning South Africa on Sale

Experience stunning South Africa on this 5-star itinerary from Lion World Tours including 10 nights of luxury accommodations from US$4,899 per person, air included from the USA. Visit Cape Town, ride on the luxurious Blue Train, and never forget your 5-star safari.

You will spend four amazing days in iconic Cape Town at the Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, a Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best award winner. Cape Town is home to Table Mountain, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and many cultural attractions. Then indulge in the elegance and luxury of the Blue Train, renowned as one of the world’s leading luxury trains, on an overnight trip.

On safari, you will explore Kapama, one of Africa’s premier private game reserves, home to a vast array of wildlife, including Africa’s “Big 5” – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard. Kapama’s luxurious Southern Camp is a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award winner.

Trip Highlights

•Roundtrip international economy airfare on the award-winning South African Airways from New York (JFK) or Washington, D.C. (Dulles) to Cape Town, South Africa

•Daily game viewing activities at the Kapama Game Reserve

• Four nights at the luxury Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa in Cape Town

•One night on the magnificent Blue Train, a moving 5-star hotel

•Three nights at Kapama Southern Camp in a luxury suite

•Meals: eight Breakfasts/four Lunches/five Dinners

The offer is valid for select departure dates in July and August 2016.

Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for 44 years, heads Perfect Journeys which specializes in crafting personalized cruise and land itineraries. She designs trips that are carefully tailored to suit a client’s interests, ability and budget. 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 View the latest travel specials on the website where you can book your hotels, tours and cruises online.

Sources: Aeromexico, The Telegraph (London), Avalon Waterways, Travel Pulse, Lion World Tours



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