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The Best Cities in Mexico and Central and South America

Every year for Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards survey, the magazine asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe—to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. Readers rate cities on their sights and landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping, and overall value.

The No. 1 Best City in Mexico, Central and South America for 2016: San Miguel de Allende. Score: 91.191

“The city has seen a significant transformation in the past few years, drawing in expats and tourists with its global food scene and beautiful Spanish-colonial architecture. A UNESCO World Heritage site, San Miguel de Allende possesses a certain mountain-town charm that not all cities have: its friendly local feel is matched only by its energy and festivals. As one T+L voter described, ‘the plaza is their living room. [It’s] an art lover’s paradise.’”

Others in the top ten: No. 2 Cuzco, Peru; No. 3 Oaxaca, Mexico; No. 4 Mexico City, Mexico; No. 5 Merida, Mexico; No. 6 Antigua Guatemala, Guatemala; No. 7 Mendoza, Argentina; No. 8 Guadalajara, Mexico; No. 9 Bogota, Columbia; No. 10 Buenos Aires, Argentina.

International News

Own the Penthouse at Dallas’s W Hotel

For those who can’t get enough of hotels, the penthouse of W Dallas Victory’s residences on the hotel’s 29th floor is for sale for US$10 million, offering “sublime and staggering views of Dallas,” according to Haute Living. The suite features five bedrooms and seven full bathrooms, and the owner is entitled to top-notch services at Starwood hotels around the globe.

Cruise News

Christmas in July

Guests booking reservations in July onboard the new flagship 150-passenger ship Louisiane, for travel prior to December 31, 2016, will save up to US$420 in pre-paid onboard gratuities per stateroom. The cruise line’s special “Christmas in July” promotion is intended to highlight French America Line Louisiane’s inaugural year sailing the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland, and Red rivers.

Paul Gauguin Cruises Awarded “#1 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line”

As operator of the highest-rated and longest continually sailing luxury cruise ship in the South Pacific, the m/s Paul Gauguin, Paul Gauguin Cruises is pleased to announce that the line was awarded “#1 Midsize-Ship Ocean Cruise Line” by readers in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards.

Cruise ships were rated in categories of cabins/facilities, restaurants/food, service, itineraries/destinations, excursions/activities, and value. The full list of World’s Best Awards winners is available in the August issue of Travel + Leisure magazine.

AmaWaterways’ New Chef’s Table Tasting Menu

AmaWaterways has enhanced its onboard culinary offerings, revamping the menu in its signature Chef’s Table Restaurant. The reinvented Chef’s Table will feature a tasting menu with three appetizers, a champagne sorbet intermezzo, three main courses, and three desserts, serving up a variety of regional specialties and traditional dishes.

At the Chef’s Table, which seats 28 guests per evening, a demonstration kitchen is part of the entertainment, as passengers can watch the chef prepare a multi-course dinner. Each course is paired with a hand-selected regional wine.

Princess Throws in Free Drinks with New Bookings

Princess Cruises has a new promotion that brings a free, all-inclusive drinks package with new bookings. The “Sip & Sail” offer is available to customers booking a balcony cabin, mini-suite, or suite on one of more than 350 sailings scheduled for the summer of 2017 and beyond.

Customers who book a mini-suite or suite will also receive free dining in specialty restaurants that normally come with an extra charge. As part of the promotion, Princess is also reducing the deposit required to hold a cabin to US$100 per person.

Cabins must be booked by August 31, 2016. The offer is only available to residents of the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and Mexico.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” –Danny Kaye

Deal of the Week

Turner Classic Movies Cruise

TCM announced the star-studded lineup joining Turner Classic Movies hosts and movie lovers for an unforgettable voyage November 12-19, 2016, on the TCM Classic Cruise.

They are honored to have Leslie Caron, Mitzi Gaynor, Jerry Lewis, and special guest Kim Novak joining on board the luxurious Disney Fantasy. Other exciting guests this year include Dick Cavett, Diane Baker, and Alex Trebek.

Join TCM for this unique vacation experience with these very special guests as they set sail aboard the award-winning Disney Fantasy for seven nights, watching films, speaking with the actors, hearing stories from behind the scenes, enjoying special presentations, and sharing the experience with other passionate movie fans.

Voted the Number One Large Ship Line in the 2015 Condé Nast Traveler Readers Poll, the Disney Fantasy is the newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet. It is a masterpiece of design and engineering, boasting Art Nouveau allure alongside modern technological advancements. Home to 14 decks, it overflows with unique restaurants, relaxing pools, well-appointed staterooms, state-of-the-art venues, and more.

Feel the sand between your toes and the sun on your shoulders as you sail from Port Canaveral, Florida, with stops in San Juan, St. Maarten, and Disney Castaway Cay. Deluxe Oceanview with Verandah staterooms are from US$2,800 per person. Interior staterooms and Concierge Suites are sold out. Staterooms are going fast. Book soon.

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 MonFri, 11am–4pm. View the latest travel specials on the website

Sources: Travel + Leisure, Haute Living, French American Line, Paul Gauguin Cruises, AmaWaterways, Princess Cruises, Turner Classic Movies


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