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By Judy Newell


Mexico Travel News

Interjet Revamps Website, Offers Special Fares

Interjet Airlines has launched a revamped website. To celebrate the new site, the airline is offering special fares. Travelers booking online can score US$72 one-way fares to Mexico through May 31, 2018. Special fares for flights within Mexico are also available starting at US$27.

Interjet not only offers a competitive price, but also free checked bags on select fares, all-leather seats with business-class legroom, free drinks, snacks, and beverages on every flight and a no-overbooking policy.

The announcement of the new website follows the launch of new nonstop flights connecting San Antonio and Houston to El Bajio’s Guanajuato International Airport, starting in June.

Interjet has also recently started daily nonstop service between Chicago and Guadalajara and added nonstop service from San Francisco to Cancun and Guadalajara.

International News

Lindblad Announces Shorter Galapagos Itineraries, Upgrades

Lindblad Expeditions is introducing shorter itineraries to the Galapagos. It’s a first-time move for the line, which has 50 years of experience with the destination.

The new Wild Galapagos Escape itinerary departs twice weekly aboard the 48-guest National Geographic Islander. It includes five days in the archipelago, with a pre-cruise overnight at the Hotel del Parque in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Guests can add another night post-voyage at no additional charge.

Dr Sylvia Earle, marine biologist and explorer-in-residence at the National Geographic Society, will join the first two voyages as a guest speaker. Earle is the former chief scientist for NASA and founder of SEAlliance, which supports global initiatives to restore the oceans. She will be on the November 24 and 29, 2018, voyages.

Departures for Wild Galapagos Escape in 2019 take place in April, May, August, September, and October.

Additionally, a nine-day Wild Galapagos and Peru Escape includes Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and Cusco. Departures take place in December 2018, as well as May, September, and November of 2019.

Lindblad will provide complimentary round-trip charter flights from Ecuador to the Galapagos for guests booking Wild Galapagos Escape or Wild Galapagos and Peru Escape on departures in the above-noted months.

The line is also offering free round-trip air from Miami to Guayaquil for guests traveling aboard National Geographic Islander and National Geographic Endeavour II on select 10-day tours through December 2018. Business Class upgrades are available for US$500 on select departures. Both offers are subject to availability and must be ticketed by Lindblad.

New for 2019 aboard all Galapagos voyages is a complimentary bar (except for certain premium brands) plus one hour of free Wi-Fi per day per person.

Cruise News

Viking Announces 2019 Ocean-River Combos

One if by land, two if by sea. Three if by river and sea.

That is what Viking is offering in a newly-announced lineup of 2019 Ocean and River Voyages. The voyages—three of them—combine a cruise on a Viking Longship with an ocean voyage aboard one of its 930-passenger ocean ships.

Debuting in May 2019, the 22-day Grand European and Viking Fjords itinerary will sail Budapest to Bergen. It combines Viking’s 15-day Grand European Tour (cruising the Rhine and Danube Rivers) with the eight-day Viking Shores and Fjords itinerary between Budapest and Amsterdam (sailing the North Sea).

It will call in six countries and 19 ports. Highlights include Austria’s vineyard-lined Wachau Valley, the castle-filled Rhine, the windmills of Holland, and UNESCO World Heritage villages of Norway.

Departures of the Grand European and Viking Fjords itinerary are set for May 26 and June 2, 2019.

Viking will also offer the 15-day Rhine and Viking Shores and Fjords combination. That itinerary from Basel to Bergen debuts in June 2018. It includes six countries and 15 ports. Highlights include the Black Forest of Germany, the iconic Cologne Cathedral, and Norwegian fjords. The 2019 departure is set for June 2.

Founded in 1997, Viking currently operates a fleet of 65 vessels operating on the world’s rivers and oceans. Cruise fares include shore excursions in each port, complimentary beer and wine with lunch and dinner service, complimentary Wi-Fi, self-service laundry, access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa, and 24-hour room service.

From now through April 30, 2018, Viking is offering US residents a 2-for-1 cruise fare on select ocean and river cruise itineraries.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

Don’t ever live vicariously. This is your life. Live.Lavinia Spalding

Deal of the Week

Viking Ocean Cruises 2-for-1 Cruise and Free Air

Viking is offering 2018 and select 2019–2020 ocean cruises at 2-for-1 cruise fares with free airfare from the US. The offer expires April 30, 2018. Free air is offered from over 150 US cities.

For a limited amount of time, enjoy the discounts on the following 2018 and 2019 itineraries. Fares are in USD and per person, based on double occupancy:


  • Around the Caribbean Sea: 15 days, 7 guided tours, 8 countries. October 18, 2018, New York to Miami, from US$3,499.
  • New York, Bermuda, and the West Indies: 15 days, 9 guided tours, 9 countries. October 24, 2018, from US$3,699; October 8, 2019, from US$3,699.
  • South America and the Caribbean: 11 days, 7 guided tours, 6 countries. November 17, 2018, from US$3,199; February 7, 2019, from US$3,499.
  • West Indies Explorer: 11 days, 9 guided tours, 9 countries. San Juan to San Juan. November 7, 2018, from US$3,699; 2019 sailing date from US$3,399 (January 8, 18, and 28; Feb 17 and 27; March 9 and 19)

Upgrade to Premium Economy air from US$999 per person or Business Class air from US$2,999 per person based on select gateways and dates. Round-trip airport transfers are included when air is purchased with a cruise or cruise-tour package.

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, Carr a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website


Sources: Interjet, Travel Pulse, Lindblad Expeditions, Viking Ocean Cruises


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