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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

KidZania Go! in Cancun

Families planning a summer vacation now have even more fun reasons to target AAA Four Diamond Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort. From July 6 to August 17, 2016, the Cancun property will transform its 140,000-square-foot Moon Palace Arena Convention Center into a thriving metropolis for kids called KidZania Go!

Designed for youngsters ages 4–12, the educational and interactive recreation adventure sessions are conducted from 10am to 2pm and from 3:30 to 7:30pm. KidZania Go! admission is US$85 per child and US$55 per adult (each child must be accompanied by at least one adult).

Guests staying five nights or more receive $1,500 resort credits that can be used for that admission, along with spa appointments, romantic dinners, room upgrades, and off-site excursions.

Palace Resorts’ popular Kids Stay Free promotion allows children 12 years of age and under to eat, play, and stay for free through August 31, 2016. Palace Resorts’ all-inclusive nightly rates are from US$172 per person, based on double occupancy.

International News

Cuba’s Seldom-Seen Undersea Paradise

A little-known fact is that Fidel Castro was an avid lover of the ocean and was a scuba diver and spear fisherman. Because of his passion for the ocean and its creatures, parts of Cuba’s marine system have been protected and these places boast some of the healthiest coral reefs on this side of the globe.

Cuba’s low population density (about 102 people per square kilometer) and relative isolation as an island have helped limit environmental damage. One of the many reasons why the seas of Cuba are still abundant and full of biomass is the stunted economy that has led to lower levels of development, pollution, and fishing; another is the strong environmental regulation.

As colorful as Cuba is above sea level, it is equally rich in the deep blue. At Punta Francés, part of a national marine park just off the southern coast of Cuba’s Isla de la Juventud, divers emerge from the sea speechless over the gorgeous canyons and gardens of coral and soft sponges, seemingly lasting to infinity. Seagrass beds, mangrove forests, and marine life is abundant—including sea turtles, many species of reef fish, sharks, dolphins, and manatees.

The largest land mass in the Caribbean islands, Cuba is equal approximately to the size of Tennessee, with a population of over 11 million. More than 4,000 islands and cays complement the surrounding sea and bays, and Cuba’s territorial waters extend out 12 nautical miles.

Cruise News

Singles Save on River Cruises

Avalon Waterways is giving solo travelers the opportunity to travel at the same rate as couples, waiving single supplements throughout its 2017 seasons of European river cruises. The offers are available across all European departures and all cabin categories (except royal suites). For departures in 2017, the offer is on sale until July 29, 2016, or until sold out.

Dozens of different cruises are available, with popular itineraries including Romantic Rhine, eight days between Basel and Amsterdam from US $3,416 a person, and Burgundy and Provence, 11 days between Paris and the Cote d’Azur, from US $4,792 a person.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” –Hilaire Belloc

Deal of the Week

Explore Norway with Cruise & Air

To celebrate inaugural direct flights from Miami to Oslo, Hurtigruten and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) are offering a special 10–day package to Norway. From only US$2,440 per person on select departures from October 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017, you’ll enjoy SAS direct flights from Miami to Oslo, a seven-day Classic Voyage North, one of Hurtigruten’s most popular journeys, and pre- and post-cruise hotel stays.

From the fjords to the high Arctic, the essence of Norway’s appeal is remarkably simple: This is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth.

The high Arctic is a special place. This is where you will find the wild beauty of the Lofoten Islands and the Lyngen Alps. And there is more than wilderness here: You will enjoy the atmosphere and culture of towns such as Bergen, Ålesund, and Tromsø—all steeped in coastal history.

Enjoy the Arctic Circle crossing and special celebration. Kirkenes—your final destination—is right on the Russian border. You’ll actually go as far east as St. Petersburg. The tour includes:

Seven-day Classic Voyage North, dubbed by Lonely Planet as “The World’s Most Beautiful Voyage”

SAS flights from Miami to Bergen, and return from Kirkenes, all airline fees, surcharges, and government taxes

One hotel night before your voyage in Bergen and one hotel night after your voyage in Oslo, both including breakfast

All airport transfers and countless amazing experiences

As a special gift to celebrate this new route, any guests who book this tour between June 29 and August 15, 2016, will receive an onboard ship credit of 800 NOK (approximately $100 value) per person to spend on board (maximum two per cabin)

Note: This special package is not available to book online. Please contact Perfect Journeys for details and reservations. Advertised price is based on economy-class flights from Miami. Flights from other gateways and business and premium economy-class seats are available for additional cost. Additional nights in Oslo or Bergen, excursions, and pre- and post-tour additions are available at additional cost. Prices are per person double occupancy in USD.

Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for over 40 years, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She designs journeys that are tailored to suit a client’s interests, abilities, and budget. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on any Travel News topics; cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949 300 3682; email Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, Car. a Dolores Hidalgo; hours Mon–Fri, 11am-4pm. View the latest travel specials on the website

Sources: Travel Pulse, The Huffington Post, Avalon Waterways, Hurtigruten


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