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By Judy Newell


Mexico Travel News

Tulum Hotel Getting Noma Pop-up

Colibrí Boutique Hotels has teamed up with Copenhagen culinary heavy hitter Noma. From April 12 through May 28, Noma Mexico will take up residency just steps from La Zebra boutique hotel in Tulum. The Noma Mexico pop-up will see Rene Redzepi reunite with friend and former sous-chef Rocío Sánchez to develop a new and original menu using only local ingredients.

Cruise News

Christmas Cruise Deals to Stuff Those Stockings

Cunard Line

The “Upgrades on Us” promotion from Cunard Line is running until February 28, 2017, and will extend free double upgrades from inside to balcony cabins, 50-percent-reduced deposits, complimentary drinks in Grill Suites, and free gratuities for previous guests applied toward select cruises.

Itinerary examples in US dollars include the following rates per person:

• Transatlantic crossings rates from US$1,499

• New England and Canada rates from US$1,549

• Caribbean rates from US$2,499

• Northern Europe rates from US$1,399

• Mediterranean rates from US$1,299

• Iberia and Canary Islands rates from US$1,399

Holland America Line

Holland America Line is currently running its “View & Verandah” promotion on select 2017 and 2018 sailings and Alaska Land+Sea Journeys. Travelers who reserve by February 28, 2017, will get a cabin upgrade, an onboard credit up to US$500 per cabin, and up to 10 percent off select Journeys Ashore tours. Plus, those booking a suite will get prepaid gratuities. Eligible cruises are from March 30, 2017, to April 28, 2018, except Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage segments.

For the upgrade, a passenger can reserve an ocean-view cabin for the cost of an interior one or a verandah for the cost of an ocean-view stateroom. Discounts on over 1,500 Journeys Ashore tours can be had through March 15, 2017.

Norwegian Cruise Line

Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Free at Sea” promotion continues with an opportunity to choose complimentary shore excursion credits in unlimited ports of call through January 16, 2017.

Cruisers who reserve a new 3-day or longer voyage in an oceanview, balcony, or mini-suite category cabin can choose two of the five free perks. Inside and studio stateroom guests can select one of the benefits, and suite or The Haven by Norwegian guests will receive all five.

The “Free at Sea” offers include:free unlimited open bar; free Specialty Dining package; US$50 per cabin toward shore excursions in each port; a free 250-minute WiFi package; or Norwegian’s Kids Sail Free special for third and fourth guests in the same stateroom.

Oceania Cruises

For “Snowbirds in Residence” Caribbean cruises on Oceania Cruises’ Riviera sailing December 2, 2017, for 116 days, or January 13, 2018, for 74 days, guests receive up to 66 percent savings, complimentary economy or reduced first class airfare, free laundry services, and a choice of one of the following OLife Amenities:

• Up to US$6,800 onboard credit

• Up to 68 complimentary shore excursions

• Free beverage package

Plus, cruisers on the 116-day sailing will automatically jump to Silver Level Oceania Club status and get prepaid gratuities.

Princess Cruises

Travelers wishing to escape to the Caribbean, Mexico, and the West Coast can take advantage of Princess Cruises’ new “Great Getaways Sale” for rates beginning at US$349 per person. Additionally, reduced deposits are just US$50 per person, and third and fourth guest fares start at only US$99 per person.

Sample deals in US dollars per person, are as follows:

• 4-day West Coast Getaways—US$349 interior or US$449 balcony

• 6-day Western Caribbean—US$499 interior or US$699 balcony

• 5-day Cabo San Lucas Getaway—US$499 interior or US$699 balcony

• 3-day Pacific Coastal—US$299 interior or US$499 balcony

Star Clippers

For Mediterranean cruises, Star Clippers is extending complimentary pre- and post-cruise hotel stays, valued at more than US$500, on Royal Clipper and Star Flyer 2017 sailings. Weeklong cruises with a 2-night hotel stay, breakfast, and transfer begin at US$1,240 per person.

Examples of 2017 “Cruise & Stay” rates on select itineraries in US dollars, per person:

Royal Clipper

• Nice: April–October—1 free hotel night for 7-night cruises, plus breakfast and transfer, Hotel Ellington Nice, from US$1,810

• Cannes: April–October—2 free hotel nights for 7-night cruises, plus breakfast and transfer, Radisson Blu 1835 Hotel Cannes, from US$1,810

• Rome: June–September—1 free hotel night for 7-night cruises, plus breakfast and transfer, Hotel Mediterranean Rome, from US$1,810

Star Flyer

• Athens: April-October—2 free hotel nights for 7-night cruises, plus breakfast and transfer, Electra Hotel Athens, from US$1,240


Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“He who would travel happily must travel light.” ¾Antoine de St Exupery


Deal of the Week

Princess Anniversary Sale

Celebrate the holiday season with this special offer. During the Princess Anniversary Sale, you can choose from all destinations sailing summer 2017 through spring 2018, including select Cruisetours.

With up to US$600 free Onboard Spending Money per stateroom, now is the time to indulge in new Princess experiences―from savoring exquisite dishes at Share by Curtis Stone, to wine tasting at Vines, to rediscovering your sense of adventure on award-winning shore excursions, to refreshing your spirit with a massage at the Lotus Spa. And receive free Specialty Dining when booking a balcony, mini-suite, or suite.
Promotion dates: December 6, 2016–February 28, 2017

Voyages: 6–60 day Cruises and Cruisetours, sailing summer 2017–spring 2018

Destinations: Alaska, Americas, Europe, Exotics, and Majestic maiden voyages in Europe and Asia

Deposit: US$100 refundable deposit per guest


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. View the latest travel specials on the website


Sources: Travel Weekly, Travel Pulse, Princess Cruises


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