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Orient Express

By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

The Airline with the Most Legroom

With 34 inches of seat pitch across all its planes, Interjet is the unexpected international airline with the most legroom. The Mexico-based, low-cost carrier flies between a handful of US cities and lots of destinations in Mexico, plus a few in Central and South America, including Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, and Guatemala. Interjet says it foregoes about 30 seats on each plane to give its passengers more space.

New Nonstop Flight San Diego‒Mexico City

Alaska Airlines has begun nonstop service between San Diego and Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport. San Diego is the third West Coast city to see nonstop service to Mexico’s largest metropolitan city, with Los Angeles and San Francisco added in August 2017.

Alaska Airlines is now offering more than 100 flights a week to Mexico from California, more than any other U.S. carrier. The year-round, nonstop service to Mexico City is the ninth destination Alaska Airlines serves in Mexico.

International News

Tahiti and Moorea Winter Escape

Escape to the islands of Tahiti this winter on this incredible value deal. You will save US$2,000 per couple on this air-inclusive trip that combines Tahiti itself with Moorea, often said to be one of the less “touristy” islands in French Polynesia, for an experience that is as Polynesian as it is relaxing.

The 9-day trip includes round trip airfare Los Angeles to Tahiti on Air Tahiti Nui, arrival meet and greet, all transfers, including round trip ferry from Tahiti to Moorea, 3 nights’ at Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort, 5 nights’ at Sofitel Moorea, and breakfast daily.

Select 2018 departure dates: January 17–25; January 31–February 8; March 7–15; March 28–April 5; April 18–26. The offer must be booked by December 31, 2017.


Cruise News

AmaWaterways Brushes Up on Its Spanish

AmaWaterways will offer 10 special Spanish-language friendly cruises in 2018 entitled “Sailings with a Latin Touch.”

Each of the sailings will be hosted by a bilingual Cruise Manager who will present daily briefings in Spanish as well as English. Additionally, there will be one shore excursion daily with a dedicated coach transfer and Spanish-speaking guide.

Also onboard, each day’s cruise program, as well as all menus, will be available in Spanish. The Spanish itineraries will be featured on a variety of riverboats.


Scheduled 2018 “Sailings with a Latin Touch” are as follows:

– Melodies of the Danube: April 20, August 17

– Enchanting Rhine: May 12

– Legendary Danube: July 14

– Taste of Bordeaux: August 23

– Captivating Rhine: August 27, September 10

– Paris & Normandy: October 11

– Iconic Christmas Markets: November 25

– Christmas Markets on the Rhine: December 1

AmaWaterways is no stranger to customizing its river cruises to fit the needs of specific markets. It partners with Adventures by Disney to deliver superb family-friendly travel experiences.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.”—Robin S. Sharma

Deal of the Week

Orient Express Limited Time Offer

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, the 1934 novel that has lived in the collective imagination for nearly 85 years, will no doubt charm moviegoers even more now with the Johnny Depp-starring blockbuster movie by the same name that opens this month.

Luxury rail travel is synonymous with glamour, sophistication, impeccable service, and iconic journeys. Experience pure comfort, opulent interiors, fine dining, and convivial company along the tracks as you relive the “golden age of rail travel.”

Venice Simplon-Orient Express is offering a US$200 onboard credit per couple for current bookings. Rates are per person in US dollars for March through October 2018.


Paris to Venice and Rome: Experience an incredible vacation combining the historic cities of Venice and Rome and the elegance of traveling on board the Orient-Express for 8 days from US$3,579. Package includes:

  • Overnight accommodation on the Orient Express
  • 4-course dinner and continental breakfast on board
  • 2-night hotel stay with breakfast in Paris
  • 2-night hotel stay with breakfast in Venice
  • 2-night hotel stay with breakfast in Rome
  • Standard class rail travel as specified in the itinerary
  • Shared transfer from the station to your hotel in Venice

Venice to London: Enjoy three nights exploring Venice, returning to London in style with an overnight trip onboard the Orient-Express, one of the world’s most luxurious journeys. Travel past the Swiss Alps, rolling through French countryside and Paris for 7 days from US$4,049. Package includes:

  • 2-night hotel stay with breakfast in London
  • 3-night hotel stay with breakfast in Venice
  • Overnight accommodations aboard the Orient Express
  • 3-course lunch, afternoon tea, 4-course dinner, and continental breakfast on board


Venice to Paris: Be enchanted by the canal-side sanctuary of Venice, the luxurious accommodations of the Orient-Express and the romantic city of Paris. Enjoy fine dining, impeccable service, and incredible scenery through the Swiss Alps on board for 7 days from US$3,379. Package includes:

  • 2-night’ hotel stay with breakfast in Paris
  • 3-night hotel stay with breakfast in Venice
  • Overnight accommodation aboard the Orient Express
  • 3-course lunch, afternoon tea, 4-course dinner, and continental breakfast on board


Florence to Venice and London: A seven-night holiday combining two of Italy’s most treasured destinations with the luxurious trip of a lifetime aboard the Orient-Express for 8 days from US$4,099. Package includes:

  • Eurostar and onward train travel in standard class
  • 1-night hotel stay with breakfast in Zurich
  • 3-night hotel stay with breakfast in Florence
  • 3-night hotel stay with breakfast in Venice
  • Shared transfer from hotel to station in Venice
  • One night aboard the Orient-Express
  • 3-course lunch, afternoon tea, 4-course dinner, and continental breakfast on board

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 further information on Travel News topics and around-the-world travel; 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: Smarter Travel, Alaska Airlines, Goway, AmaWaterways, Venice Simplon-Orient Express


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