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By Judy Newell


Mexico Travel News

Celebrate the Sacred Mayan Journey This May

Experience this ancient tradition which has been replicated for the past eleven years. Four hundred canoers will depart from Xcaret Park after months of preparation. They will cross the sea on traditional canoes to Cozumel Island, to receive the message of the Mayan goddess, Ixchel.

The Occidental Cozumel and Allegro Cozumel will each have their own events at the end of May, starting May 26 with the canoes’ arrival at Chankanaab Park. Free events to hotel guests include Mayan myths and legends, a fire night show on the beach, a Mayan treasure hunt rally, Yucatan food tasting, and a Mayan typical dance presentation. The events end on May 28.

International News

President Trump Donates Initial Salary to National Parks

Donald Trump followed through on another campaign promise. He donated the entirety of his paychecks for the first quarter of the year to the National Park Service. At a press briefing, Sean Spicer presented a check for US$78,333.32 to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

The gesture is largely symbolic. The National Park Service is facing steep budget cuts imposed by Trump to the tune of $1.5 billion.

Still, Zinke noted that he was “thrilled” with the donation and said that the money would go to the “infrastructure of our nation’s battlefields” which needs $100–$229 million in deferred maintenance.

Zinke also discussed his department’s plans for coal in the parks. He noted that, for the country’s national security and job creation, it was important to open up the national parks to coal mining.

Environmental agencies are already contesting the new coal policy.

Cruise News

Oceania Cruises Offers New Vegan Menus

Oceania Cruises announced the debut of a new vegan menu along with a cold-pressed raw juice and vegan smoothie bars. The juice and smoothie bars are currently available onboard Marina and Riviera, and the vegan menus are available fleet wide on the brand’s six ships, RegattaInsigniaMarinaRiviera, and Sirena.

The vegan menus will be offered in the Grand Dining Room at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, totaling more than 250 dishes including appetizers, soups, salads, entrees, and desserts.


The Cruise Deals Keep Rolling In

Azamara Club Cruises

The Twice as Nice Deal is currently in effect now through May 31, allowing guests to save US$1,000 and spend US$2,000 on 2017 and 2018 sailings, amounting up to US$3,000 in value.

Guests who reserve a Club Veranda stateroom or higher will get US$1,000 off and a US$2,000 shipboard credit, while guests in a Club Interior or Club Oceanview stateroom will receive one or the other.

Delfin Amazon Cruises

To experience its latest ship Delfin III, Delfin Amazon Cruises is taking 20 percent off all cabin categories with an inaugural offer good towards certain 2017 dates booked through May 30. Rates begin at US$1,920 per person for three nights in a suite, and solo travelers can take advantage of waived single supplements with special fares. Additionally, there’s an early bird special for reservations on January–April 2018 cruises, also available through May 30, 2017.

Peregrine Adventures

Peregrine Adventures is offering a number of adventure cruise deals. A 45 percent discount is available towards two May and one June, 2017 Spain and Portugal voyages. There’s also a 20 percent discount offered on two June 2017 departures to the Seychelles.

The 8-day Cruising Spain and Portugal itinerary is currently priced from US$1,515 per person. And the 8-day Cruising the Seychelles itinerary is now priced from US$2,132 per person.

Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Through May 31, Regent Seven Seas Cruises is offering a Book Now Bonus for up to US$500 onboard credit per suite on any 2017 sailing. The full US$500 can be acquired on Mediterranean and Alaska bookings. For all other regions, the amount is US$250.

The Book Now Bonus offer can be combined with the doubled Ambassador Offer for 25th Anniversary cruises and Seven Seas Society savings.

Star Clippers

Star Clippers is offering up to 65 percent savings off its brochure rates currently available. A variety of 6–14 night Caribbean cruises on the Royal Clipper or Star Flyer departing between April 2017 and March 2018 and beginning at US$1,245 per person.

Victoria Cruises

Victoria Cruises is offering a 40 percent discount off Executive Suites through May 31. Plus, its 2-for-1 deal on Superior Staterooms has been extended to the same date. Both specials apply to its Three Gorges Highlights program. Fares on Executive Suites can thus be reduced from US$1,272 to US$804 per person, and those on Superior Staterooms can drop from US$880 to US$440 per person. To receive the discounts, passengers must purchase a US$90 per person shore excursion package.


Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”¾Neale Donald Walsch

Deal of the Week

AmaWaterways 7-Night Mekong River Cruise for US$1,299

Travel to Southeast Asia with AmaWaterways and take in the sights and sounds of the Mekong River onboard the AmaDara. Select Mekong River cruises are available for $1,299 per person.

Embark on your exotic Mekong cruise in Prek Kdam, Cambodia. Visit rural villages, historic pagodas, floating markets and a Buddhist monastery along the way. Stay overnight in Phnom Phen, capital of Cambodia. Conclude your cruise in My Tho Port, outside of Ho Chi Minh City.

On this itinerary, you will enjoy an extensive lineup of included tours. AmaWaterways includes a large variety of activities so that you can choose how you want to explore.

7-night cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City or reverse. Available now through August 1, 2017. Cruises visit Vietnam and Cambodia. Pre- and post-cruise options explore Hanoi, Siem Reap, Ho Chi Minh City, and more.


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; e-mail Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, Car. a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website

Sources: Travel Pulse, Travel Agent Central, AMA Waterways


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