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Medieval Croatia

By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Where to See Live Concerts and Entertainment in Mexico

The area around Cancun is, by far, the leading Mexico beach resort destination when it comes to offering large-scale live entertainment. Palace Resorts, in particular, lures travelers with marquee-worthy names.

Moon Palace Cancun wrapped up its year of live performances with two shows by the Backstreet Boys on Dec 29 and 30 at the 140,000-square-foot Moon Palace Arena. Ticket prices ranged from US$89 to $459.

Through Jan 3, 2018, the arena is also hosting a show called “The Illusionists 2.0,” which features the talents of seven illusionists.

Other performance-friendly hotel brands in the area include Sandos Cancun Lifestyle Resort, where live music is part of its “Rhythm Experience,” and Oasis Hotels and Resorts, which hosts live musical performers in various venues.

One of the company’s main venues, the recently expanded Oasis Arena at Grand Oasis Cancun, is home to the annual Oasis Jazz U event, which this year is hosted by jazz performers Esperanza Spalding and Marcus Miller. In addition, the Oasis Arena hosts four weekly shows that are free for hotel guests.

Fans of Cirque du Soleil, the fantastical Canadian-based acrobatic performance group, should head to the Riviera Maya, where “Cirque du Soleil: Joya”—the first resident show in Mexico—is featured at Vidanta Riviera Maya. Vidanta’s Cirque-related appeal will grow in 2019 when a new theme park will open at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta in the Riviera Nayarit.

Travelers seeking an intimate musical experience might consider checking into Hotel El Ganzo in Los Cabos, where a fall concert series is part of its artist-in-residence program. A lineup of musicians has signed up for stays that last about a week, allowing guests to actually meet them and enjoy the products of their talents in the hotel’s recording studio. At the end of each stay, guests enjoy a free live concert on the rooftop.

A variety of large, non-hotel venues also host live entertainment in Mexico’s larger destinations. Forum Mundo Imperial in Acapulco hosts live music, dance, and theater year-round, with well-known performers such as the Gipsy Kings and the Amalia Hernandez folklore ballet.

It’s no surprise that big-name acts are a regular feature in the nation’s largest metropolis, Mexico City. Vendors such as Ticketmaster are often the most reliable source of information at the city’s top venues.

A potentially big selling point for music lovers is the price. The cost of a concert ticket in Mexico is often a fraction of what fans pay in the United States. Budget-friendly concerts can make the idea of combining vacation and live entertainment music to your ears.


International News

Mykonos Escape

Enjoy 2 nights in Athens and 5 nights in Mykonos, 8 days, from US$1,099 per person. Don’t miss this sale! Limited availability. From April through October 2018.

Plan your dream vacation to Mykonos, the most famous of the Greek Islands, where you can walk the whitewashed streets, enjoy the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean, partake in the exciting nightlife, and explore all the beauty this island has to offer.

Included features: 5 night in Mykonos at the deluxe San Marco Hotel in a sea-view room, including buffet breakfast daily; 2 nights in Athens at the deluxe Athens Plaza Hotel, which also includes breakfast daily; a one-way domestic flight Athens to Mykonos; a one-way high-speed ferry from Mykonos to Athens; airport and port transfers; hotel taxes and service charges; a 24-hour emergency hotline, and more.

Full payment must be made upon booking. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Triple occupancy and children prices are available upon request.


Air News

Delta’s basic economy fares: No more free checked bags to Europe

Basic economy tickets, the less expensive, no-frills tickets traditional airlines are selling to compete with discount carriers, are getting even more restrictive.

Delta Air Lines plans to start charging basic economy passengers checked baggage fees on flights to Europe. The airline plans to charge US$60 for the first bag and US$100 for the second bag, a change that will apply to tickets bought after Dec 6 for flights departing Apr 10 and beyond.

Delta and other major airlines have long allowed at least one free checked bag on flights to Europe. That policy will remain for other types of tickets, the airline said. Checked baggage fees have been in place on domestic flights since 2008.

WOW Air, Norwegian, and other low-cost carriers that have been adding a flurry of cheap flights between the United States and Europe already charge passengers checked baggage fees.

Basic economy travelers generally don’t get advance seat assignments and board last. American and United don’t allow economy travelers a carry-on that doesn’t fit underneath the seat.

American and United Airlines are the other carriers offering basic economy tickets. American does not currently offer basic economy fares on flights to Europe.


Words of the Wise and Well-Traveled

The universe was placed here for us to explore and appreciate. – Ray Bradbury,


Deal of the Week

Medieval Croatia & Montenegro: A Woman’s Travel Group

Travel with a special women’s only group to visit “A Thousand Islands in the Sun” on Jun 6–16, 2018. The 10-night tour-cruise includes 3 nights in Dubrovnik and 7 nights aboard the MV Amalia. Land and cruise arrangements using upper deck cabins are US$2,550. A single room supplement is US$935 additional.

Highlights: Dubrovnik, Hvar & Korcula guided tours; Montenegro & Mostar guided coach tours; Wine tastings in Bol, Korcula, Vis & Hvar; 3 nights in a 4-star hotel in Dubrovnik; 7 nights Katrina’s MV Amalia; Welcome & Farewell Dinners; Captain’s Dinner; Breakfast daily + 6 lunches; All transfers, entrance fees and porterage.

Aboard the MV Amalia enjoy fine food, excellent wines, a sun deck, and, above all, the gorgeous landscape. Cabins are simple yet comfortable, with air conditioning, private bathrooms, and views accessible only by small ships.

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: Travel Age West, SITA World Tours, USA Today, Homeric Tours


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