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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

St. Regis “Krug Christmas” Holiday Celebration

Want to really impress your friends and family this holiday season? The St. Regis Mexico City has announced a holiday offering in partnership with Krug Champagne.

The ”Krug Christmas” package, exclusively available on Christmas Eve, includes a one-night stay in the Presidential St. Regis Suite, a private in-suite gourmet experience by La Table Krug for up to six guests, two bottles of Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, and a traditional Christmas Brunch at Diana restaurant for up to six guests.

The St. Regis Mexico City will offer its “Krug Christmas” guests a tasting menu curated by head chef Oscar Portal Huguet. The exquisite dinner will be paired with Krug Clos d’Ambonnay, a special edition of Pinot Noir, from the well-regarded champagne house in the world.

Passionate gourmands and discerning travelers can book “A Krug Christmas” for US$13,600 per  night.

International News

Must-See Destinations for 2018

National Geographic Traveler magazine has revealed its “best-of” list for where to go in 2018, including the 21 must-see destinations of the year divided into three categories: cities, culture and nature. The list is curated by the magazine’s global staff.

National Geographic Traveler will focus on three Best of the World designations in its upcoming issue: Dublin, Ireland; Oaxaca, Mexico; and Oahu’s North Shore, Hawaii.

NatGeo calls Dublin “Europe’s largest village,” saying that the “intimate capital exudes a friendly, village vibe.” Visitors can explore the city’s pub culture, unique museums, and historical sites scattered throughout.

Oaxaca, Mexico, is on the list for its ancient art of natural yarn dyeing, and visitors covet the region’s exquisite textiles. After a devastating earthquake, the magazine is encouraging travelers to support the Mexican town where visitors are more welcome than ever.

National Geographic is also encouraging visitors to experience the increasingly encroached-upon rural North Coast of Oahu. Local farms are helping “Keep the Country Country” by cultivating homegrown crops and agritourist experiences.

Must-see cities include Dublin, Ireland; Malmo, Sweden; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; San Antonio, Texas; Santiago, Chile; Sydney, Australia; and Tbilisi, Georgia.

Top cultural destinations include Cleveland, Ohio; Friesland, Netherlands; Harar, Ethiopia; Labrador, Canada; Oaxaca, Mexico; Tetouan, Morocco; and Vienna, Austria.

Nature destinations to visit in 2018 include Albania; Jordan Trail, Jordan; Jujuy Province, Argentina; Madagascar; Oahu, Hawaii; Ruaha NP, Tanzania; and Seoraksan National Park, South Korea.


Cruise News

Waive the Single Supplement with AmaWaterways

This holiday season, AmaWaterways is offering a Solo Traveler Promotion. Guests traveling by themselves can now reserve a spot on over 145 departures in 2018 (including 24 wine cruises) throughout Europe and Asia, without having to pay a single supplement. (Note: The Solo Traveler Promotion applies to all stateroom categories excluding suites A+ and AA+).

In addition, solo guests booking a base category stateroom on any departure will enjoy a waived single supplement fee with AmaWaterways’ Solo Traveler Program. Both offers are combinable with the Past Passenger Privilege and Onboard Future Cruise Benefit Programs; guests are encouraged to book early to access the widest choice of itineraries and departure dates.

AmaWaterways also offers a third option for solo travelers on four ships—AmaDolce, AmaDante, AmaLyra, and AmaCello—which have a limited number of specially designed single­-occupancy staterooms with a French balcony and require no single supplement.

Solo travelers receive an invitation to an exclusive Welcome Cocktail Reception and to dine at the Captain’s table in the main dining room, in addition to assistance in choosing from up to 20 complimentary shore excursions offered each week.


Seabourn Featuring Dr. Andrew Weil

Seabourn Cruises has announced two exciting new Wellness Cruises featuring Dr. Andrew Weil. The two sailings to Alaska or Greece are perfect for those interested on focusing on holistic-spa and mindful-living experiences when they travel.

Each voyage will feature engaging experts in the field of Integrative Medicine, as well as celebrated physician and best-selling author Dr. Andrew Weil, who partnered with us to create “Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil,” our exclusive and very popular mindful-living program at sea.


12-Day Wellness in the Wilderness with Dr. Weil on Seabourn Sojourn, June 16‒28, 2018, travels from Vancouver, British Columbia to Seward, Alaska.


14-Day Origins of Wellness with Dr. Weil, October 6‒20, 2018, cruising roundtrip from Piraeus (Athens), Seabourn Odyssey will take in sights and scenes of the southern coast of Greece, including Mykonos, Crete, Naxos, and Rhodes, as well as Syracuse, Italy; and Valletta, Malta.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“The pleasure we derive from journeys is perhaps dependent more on the mindset with which we travel than on the destination we travel to.”Alain de Botton


Deal of the Week

New Zealand on Sale

Best of New Zealand with Sydney, from $4,299: Airfare from Los Angeles, 15 days/12 nights, hotels, transfers, and tours. Explore New Zealand on a vacation that includes 2 nights in Auckland, 2 nights in Rotorua, and 4 nights in Queenstown before heading to Sydney for 4 nights.


Cook Islands, Auckland, and Queenstown, from $3,759: Airfare from Los Angeles, 15 days/12 nights, hotels, transfers, and tours. Experience some of the South Pacific’s best kept secrets, the Cook Islands, and the “Land of the Long White Cloud,” New Zealand, on this fantastic vacation that includes 5 nights in Rarotonga, 3 nights in Auckland, and 4 nights in Queenstown.


Auckland, Rotorua, and Queenstown, from $2,539: Airfare from Los Angeles, 13 days/10 nights, hotels, transfers, and tours. Experience the ambiance of three classic cities on your New Zealand vacation that includes 4 nights in Auckland, 2 nights in Rotorua, and 4 nights in Queenstown.


All packages can be customized to suit your needs and interests. Prices are per person in USD.

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: Luxury Travel Advisor, National Geographic Traveler, Travel Agent Central, Seabourn Cruises, Down Under Answers


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