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DreamWorks to Build Riviera Maya Theme Park

DreamWorks has gained the green light from Riviera Maya officials to build a theme park in the Mexican tourist destination. The park will be built on 7.5 hectares in the Punta Maroma area with construction beginning next year. Estimates put the initial investment for the amusement park at US$800 million.

Tourism officials believe that the new DreamWorks theme park will draw tourists from South America who will bypass parks in the United States in favor of the attraction in Riviera Maya.

DreamWorks is still waiting for the final permits to clear, but initial plans indicate the theme park will be similar to the company’s attraction inside American Dream Meadowlands in the New York/New Jersey area.

It’s expected to feature rides, theaters, restaurants, and retail shops and will have a bounty of appearances and themes from DreamWorks’ roster of popular animated characters, including stars of hit movies like Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar.

450-Year-Old Mexican Church Emerges from Reservoir

The ruins of a 16th century church have emerged from the Nezahualcóyotl reservoir in Chiapas state. The water level has dropped by 82 feet because of a drought in the area. The church, known as the Temple of Santiago or the Temple of Quechula, has been under water since 1966. It was built in approximately 1564 by Spanish colonists and was abandoned after plague hit the area between 1773 and 1776.

Air News

“Spectre” Themed Planes

The Mexican airline Interjet has teamed with filmmakers to offer a unique opportunity to fly in a plane designed with logos from the new James Bond movie Spectre. EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment partnered with Interjet in the modification of two airplanes using themes from the new 007 film.

The two aircraft—both Airbus 320s—are adorned with logos from the Spectre movie and made their first flights October 30. One plane will fly an international route from New York to Mexico City, and the other will handle flights to Huatulco and Culiacan in Mexico and to Bogotá, Colombia.

In addition to the paint jobs, the flights to and from Mexico will also feature behind-the-scenes materials from the new James Bond film that will be accessible to passengers for six weeks following the release.

Cruise News

LGBT-Dedicated Cruise Line Launches

Anteros Cruises, a new cruise line dedicated to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, announced it will launch service with Mediterranean and Caribbean sailings in April 2017. The cruise line will cater to all LGBT members as well as their families and friends with a brand promise to be “as inclusive as it is exclusive.”

The Miami-based line said sailings would be onboard an intimate, 400-passenger luxury yacht-like ship featuring celebrity-designer interior spaces, attentive service from a greater than average crew-to-guest ratio, fine dining, signature amenities, custom shore excursions, and itineraries in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

The small ship will sail 5-14 day journeys with a wide range of cruise fares to accommodate many budgets. During the summer, Mediterranean homeports will be Barcelona and Piraeus (Athens), and during the winter, Caribbean homeports will be St. Maarten and Colon, Columbia. Itineraries are being developed to coincide with LGBT events such as PRIDE.

Cunard Offering Three Nights Free Hotel in NYC

Cunard guests booking a Transatlantic Crossing on board Queen Mary 2 before December 14, 2015, can receive three nights’ complimentary hotel accommodation in New York. The “New York on Us” offer applies to participating crossings made between May 2016 and May 2017.

 

Cunard ships have crossed the Atlantic every year since 1840. The voyage represents one of life’s greatest travel experiences that can be enjoyed in luxurious surroundings on board Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2.

Guests booking a balcony stateroom on any of 21 crossings starting next spring and running until May 2017 will enjoy three nights (room only) at the stylish Hilton DoubleTree, a stone’s throw from some of the “must see” attractions such as Central Park, Times Square, and Rockefeller Center. Cunard Grills guests can enjoy their three free nights at the exclusive 5-star Langham Place Hotel, Fifth Avenue.

“New York on Us” fares start at £1,449 (US$2,204) per person in a balcony stateroom rising to £2,939 (US$4,485) per person for a Princess Grill suite.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”–Marcel Proust

Deal of the Week

Uniworld Boutique Cruises 2016 Cruise + Air Savings

Uniworld has announced new additions to Cruise + Air Savings for 2016, available on select itineraries and departures. Save from US$1,000 to US$1,500 per person when booking economy class or save from US$2,000 to US$2,500 per person when booking business class air. Limited time offer—book by November 30, 2015—available on select 2016 itineraries and departure dates, including:

• Holland and Belgium at tulip time, Brussels to Amsterdam, eight days

Departure dates: Apr 10, 17

• Enchanting Danube, Budapest to Passau, eight days

Departure dates: Apr 3; May 1, 8, 29; Jun 26; Jul 17, 31; Aug 7, 21, 28

• Portraits of Eastern Europe, Prague to Istanbul, 21 days

Departure dates: Apr 23; May 23; Jun 4; Jul 4, 16; Aug 15

• Paris and Normandy, Paris to Paris, eight days

Departure dates: Mar 20, 27; Apr 24; May 1, 8, 22; Jun 5, 12, 26; Jul 17; Aug 7, 14, 28; Oct 2

Other departure dates and itineraries available

 

 

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 judynewell@perfectjourneys.net. View the latest travel specials on the website www.perfectjourneys.net where you can book your hotels, tours, and cruises online.

Sources: Travel Pulse, The Guardian, China National Tourist Office, Travel Weekly, Cunard, UniworldSouth African Airways Vacations, Travel Pulse, AmaWaterways, Oceania Cruises

 

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