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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Delta and Aeromexico launching five new routes

The new joint venture between Delta and Aeromexico will begin five U.S-Mexico routes in the fall. Pending government approval, Delta and Aeromexico will jointly schedule and operate flights between Atlanta and Mérida; Atlanta and Querétaro; Los Angeles and Leon; Seattle and Mexico City; and Portland and Mexico City. The carriers didn’t give starting dates or frequencies for the flights. Delta and Aeromexico also said they would expand service between Los Angeles and Los Cabos; New York and Cancun; Atlanta and Leon; and Atlanta and Guadalajara. By the end of the year, the carriers said they would increase trans-border seat capacity by 10 percent.

Cruise News

Tauck River Cruises’ single supplement waived and reduced

As Tauck River Cruises begins its 2017 season, the company will be welcoming solo travelers by waiving the single supplement on its Category One European riverboat cabins. The waived supplement applies to every Category One cabin on every Tauck riverboat, on every departure of every Tauck river cruise itinerary. In all, the single supplement is being waived on over 230 Tauck river cruise departures for the coming year. In addition, Tauck is reducing the single supplement by up to US$1,000 on 187 departures of 64 itineraries to five continents.

Tauck is also taking US$1,000 off the price for solo travelers booking Category Four and Five cabins on 47 departures of 16 different river cruises. Elsewhere in Europe, Tauck has also reduced the single supplement by up to US$400 on 66 departures of 21 different land tours.

The company has also taken up to US$300 off the single supplement on 50 departures of 19 itineraries in North America. Within its exotics portfolio, Tauck has cut the single supplement from US$600 to US$300 on 24 departures in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Tauck offers river cruises with a fleet of nine riverboats on the Danube, Rhine, Rhone, and Seine rivers. Each boat carries no more than 130 passengers in suites and cabins, including the 300-square-foot Tauck Suites. Guests can also choose from a selection of themed river cruises including experiential and culturally immersive experiences in France, Germany, Austria, Budapest, and Prague.


Kid’s Film Characters Join Carnival Cruises

Carnival Cruise Line is adding “Carnival Playtime” to Carnival Imagination’s activity list for children cruising to Ensenada, Mexico. Kids will get an opportunity to meet and take photos with characters from the Transformers film franchise and “My Little Pony.”


“Beam me aboard, Scotty”

Norwegian Cruise Line is offering two “Star Trek” cruise events for fans in January 2018. Stars from the “Trek” universe will join host George Takei on the Norwegian Jade, which will depart from Miami and call in Mexico, Honduras and Belize.

Vantage 2-for-1 Holiday Cruises ‒ Plus up to 2-for-1 Airfare

Vantage prides itself in offering the best value in deluxe travel with 5-star river cruises. You’ll enjoy the best value and travel experience with free Wi-Fi onboard, free included tours and excursions, and free wine and beer with dinner.


Heart of Germany: 2-for-1 cruise, plus up to 2-for-1 airfare.

Koblenz • Wurzburg • Bamberg • Nuremburg • Regensburg. Weekly dates from Nov 24 – Dec 22, 2017. 8 days from US$1,599 per person.

Extend your adventure: Cologne, Germany, 3 days from US$479 per person. Prague, Czech Republic, 3 days from US$499 per person.

Free Single Supplement on single occupancy cabins ‒ limited availability.


Danube Waltz: 2-for-1 cruise.

Budapest • Bratislava • Vienna • Wachau • Linz • Passau. Weekly departures from Nov 17 – Dec 15, 2017. 8 days from US$1,799 per person.

Extend your adventure: Budapest, Hungary, 3 days from US$349 per person. Prague, Czech Republic, 3 days from US$499 per person.

This promotion is for first-time Vantage travelers only, and is applicable to new reservations made prior to Jun 12, 2017. Payment in full is required at time of booking. Port charges and gratuities are additional. Additional restrictions apply.

International News

Save more than $2200 a couple in Fiji when you book this seven-night package at the 4.5 star Qamea Resort and Spa Fiji, a small island resort off Taveuni.

The package price includes all meals, seven nights for the price of five in a Beachfront Bure, transfers, afternoon tea, and one “Night of Decadence Spa and Dinner Package.” This package includes a Fijian Warrior Escort from your bure to the private Jungle Spa, a Tropical Sugar Glow body treatment for two, candlelit outdoor shower, a choice of massage or facial, and dinner with a bottle of Champagne and serenading.

The price is US$3,899 per person twin share and the package must be booked by Jun 30, 2017. Valid for travel from Nov 1–Dec 20, 2017 and Jan 1–Mar 31, 2018.


Deal of the Week

Rare Family Summer Savings in Galápagos

No time to waste! Bring your family to the Galápagos this summer with Lindblad Expedition’s 50th Anniversary savings offer. Book by Jul 1, 2017 and the first child travels free and the second at 50% off on select departures.

Make one-of-a-kind summer memories in the coolest place on the planet: snorkel with sea lions, hang out with giant tortoises, hike next to iguanas and blue-footed boobies, and kayak in the most idyllic bays. You’ll do, see, and learn more with the most experienced Expedition Team in the islands. These voyages are expected to sell out quickly.

Yacht-scale expedition adventure aboard National Geographic Islander, 10 days, 48 guests, expeditions year round, from US$7,330 to US$14,160 per person.


Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“We don’t remember days, we remember moments.” – Cesare Pavese

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 your interests, abilities and budget. Please contact Judy for reservations or further information on 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 Agent Central, ASTA Smart Brief, Norwegian Cruise Line, Vantage Deluxe World Travel


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