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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Acapulco to be Cruise Ship’s Home Port in 2018

Acapulco will be the port of origin for the 1,400 passenger Magellan cruise ship of Cruise and Maritime Voyages starting in the winter of 2018. The roundtrip cruise will depart from Acapulco and make stops in Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas before returning to port.

The boat has 750 cabins, including suites with balconies, bars, beauty salons, casino, club, cinema, library, showroom, and swimming pools.

Interjet Adds Flight JFK-Mexico City

Interjet added a third daily, non-stop flight between New York’s JFK Airport and Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Internacional effective June 15. The added flight will use Interjet’s A320 and increase JFK-Mexico City departures to four. Fares will start at US$388.42 for round-trip service.

Interjet offers expanded legroom between seats, free light snacks and drinks, and no fees for checked baggage on specific fares. Interjet, based in Mexico City, provides air service to 53 destinations in eight countries.

Alaska Airlines to Fly to Mexico City

The US Department of Transportation has approved Alaska Airlines’ planned service to Mexico City from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.

If the Mexican government approves the routes, which Alaska expects soon, the carrier will begin daily round-trip service from Los Angeles and San Francisco on August 8 and daily round-trip service from San Diego on November 6, as well as adding a second flight from Los Angeles.


International News

Savings for Game of Thrones Fans

Game of Thrones returns for its seventh and penultimate season July 16 on HBO. Here’s a great opportunity to take a trip to filming sites. Friendly Planet Travel is celebrating the hit show with US$100 off savings from now until August 15 on destination trips.

Some of the most picturesque places in the world were used to film the series, such as Morocco, Croatia, and Iceland. Excursions in these areas will let you see the epic locales as they are in real life.

The following journeys include airfare from JFK or Newark, and prices are per person in USD based on double occupancy. “Croatia Cruise Adventure,” 11-days from US$2,899, will have you bowing before King’s Landing (Dubrovnik) and Daenerys throne room (Split).

“Discover Spain” offers looks at the Water Gardens of Dorne (The Alcazar of Seville), 8 days from US$2,299. You can also experience “Iceland Adventure,” 5 days from US$1,299 and “Best of Morocco” at US$3,099 for 11 days.


The trips were designed with something for everyone, not just Game of Thrones fans.

Cruise News

Viking Honored for Luxury Ocean and River Cruises

Viking Cruises has been honored as “Best Cruise Line for Luxury Ocean Cruises” and “Best Luxury River Cruise Company” in Luxury Travel Advisor magazine’s 2017 “Awards of Excellence.”

Viking’s win marks the first time the annual “Awards of Excellence” have recognized the same company in both Luxury Ocean and River Cruising categories.

Cunard Crossword Crossing

Cunard and The New York Times are collaborating to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the paper’s iconic crossword. The special sailing will leave on a 7-night cruise departing December 8, 2017.

Passengers on this special trans-Atlantic trip will be able to puzzle their way across the ocean onboard the Queen Mary 2 from New York City to Southampton, England on the Crossword Crossing.


Uniworld Air and Cruise Collection

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection has launched The Masterpiece Collection, a selection of fully inclusive cruise and air itineraries for 2018. The selections, valid through September 30, 2017, apply to all departure dates on select 2018 itineraries, including Gems of Northern Italy, Splendors of Italy, Paris and Normandy, Remarkable Rhine, European Jewels, Legendary Rhine and Moselle, and Bordeaux, Vineyards and Chateaux.

The new collection offers fully inclusive packages with all scheduled transfers, all meals, and beverages onboard, including wine and spirits. Also included are bicycles, Nordic walking sticks, gratuities, onboard fitness classes, WiFi, and exclusive shore excursions in each city.

The Masterpiece Collection starts at US$3,699 per person and varies by itinerary and departure date. Fares are valid from a selection of US air gateways. The inclusive price covers the cost of cruise-tour and air tickets in economy class. Upgrades to business class are available.


Deal of the Week

Sip and Sail on Princess

Whether it’s a tropical cocktail in the Caribbean, a cappuccino in South America, a glass of wine in the Mediterranean, or a beer in Alaska, drinks complement the cruise experience. With all destinations, Summer 2018–Spring 2019, on sale, book your cruise now!


  • Free All-Inclusive Beverage Package when booking a balcony or above
  • Free Unlimited Soda and More Package for additional guests in your stateroom
  • Free Specialty Dining when booking a mini-suite or suite through July 5 only!


Alaska Voyage of the Glaciers, May–Sep 2018, 7-days, Vancouver to Anchorage, balcony from US$1,699, mini-suite from US$1,899.


Alaska Cruisetours, May–Sep 2018, 11-nights, Fairbanks to Vancouver, balcony from US$2,649, mini-suite from US$2,949.


Caribbean, May 2018–Apr 2019, 7-days roundtrip Ft. Lauderdale, balcony from US$1,399, mini-suite from US$1,699.


Mexico and California Coast, Sep 2018–May 2019, 7-days roundtrip Los Angeles, balcony from US$999, mini-suite from US$1,299.


British Isles, Apr–Aug 2018, 12-days roundtrip London (Southampton), balcony from US$2,949, mini-suite from US$3,449.


Majestic Grand Asia, New Ship! Feb–Mar 2018, 14-days, Shanghai to Singapore, balcony from US$2,599, mini-suite from US$2,999.


Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.



Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”—Mark Twain, writer and humorist


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 Agent Central, Interjet, Travel Weekly, Friendly Planet Travel, Travel Pulse, Viking Cruises, Cunard, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Princess Cruises


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