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Norway in a Nutshell

By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Historic Port of San Blas

The historic port of San Blas, located in the Riviera Nayarit, is the type of destination that is perfect for a weekend getaway with family and friends. Visiting San Blas is like stepping back in time, to a time when things moved slower.

The origins of San Blas date back to the late seventeenth century, when the port was constructed as a shipyard and point of departure of the colonization expeditions of the Spanish Crown.

Today San Blas is a quiet fishing village and is best known as the most popular destination for birding in Mexico. The town is also famous for La Tovara National Park, an amazing network of estuaries and canals surrounded by lush vegetation.

International News

Delicious Savings to Japan

Travel with four guests and save $1000 per couple on the September 29th culinary tour of Japan. You will travel nine days from bustling Tokyo to majestic Kyoto, including the ancient spiritual paths of the Kii Peninsula. Book by June 30—space is limited!


  • Two Japanese cooking classes: learn to make soba noodles and cook a hearty farm-to-table meal
  • Dine on fresh seafood straight from the fisherman’s net on the Kii Peninsula
  • Sample the renowned street food of Osaka
  • Explore Kyoto’s Nishiki Market on a tasting tour
  • Take part in an ancient tea ceremony
  • Enjoy a traditional Buddhist vegetarian lunch at Tenryuji temple


Accommodation: 8 nights in hotels and traditional Japanese Ryokans

Food: All breakfasts, five lunches, and six dinners

Duration: 9 days

Dates: May–November 2018

Max group size: 12

Prices from: US$6,390 per person


Marriott Launches Home Rentals

Marriott International recently debuted a six-month home rental trial program with the UK-based company Hostmaker. Called Tribute Portfolio Homes, the program opened with 212 London-area homes.

All of the homes will have at least one bedroom and will include both a full kitchen and in-unit laundry facilities.  Nightly rental prices range from USD$144 for a one-bedroom in a “charming, open plan duplex” in West Hampstead/Kilburn to USD$923 for a five-bedroom “modern oasis of style with garden” in Maida Vale.

Marriott loyalty members can earn points on bookings and will be able to redeem stays with accumulated points.

Other hotel companies have invested in the home rental business. In the past two years, AccorHotels has acquired Onefinestay, Squarebreak, and Travel Keys. Last month, Hyatt reached an agreement with serviced-home provider Oasis in which World of Hyatt loyalty members can both earn and redeem points.

Cruise News

New England Summer Fun & Lobsters

American Cruise Lines is sailing through New England this summer with the newest small cruise ship on the Eastern Seaboard, American Constitution. The Line’s renowned 11-day Grand New England itineraries will feature complimentary authentic New England-style lobster bakes, visits to captivating seaport destinations, and Yankee fun both on board and on shore.

The line currently has savings of up to US$1,200 per stateroom on select summer 2018 sailings from late May to early September.

This brand new, intimate 175-passenger ship, will dock in the heart of each historic harbor amidst the most popular New England destinations from Southern New England to Maine. At every port, guests will enjoy guided shore excursions and ample leisure time to explore whaling and maritime museums, visit unique shops, and walk along sandy beaches and scenic bluffs.

Each cruise will be highlighted with onboard historians and experts, nightly entertainment, and complimentary cocktails every evening.  The cruises feature exquisite regional cuisine, from fresh Penobscot Bay lobsters to the best chowders in New England.

American Cruise Lines’ ships have the largest staterooms in the industry with private balconies and full-sized bathrooms. Every ship in the fleet has gorgeous comfortable lounges with panoramic views and warm open-air sundecks.


11 days/10 nights roundtrip from Boston from US$6,360 per person.

Air News

JetBlue Adds Flights to Mexico City

JetBlue announced it will start flying two new daily nonstop flights to Mexico City from Boston’s Logan Airport and New York’s John F Kennedy Airport on October 25, 2018. That will increase JetBlue’s total daily flights between the US and Mexico to six.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“You can shake the sand from your shoes, but it will never leave your soul.” —Anonymous

Deal of the Week

Ultimate Norway in a Nutshell

Discover the best of Norway and the spectacular Norwegian fjords on this seven-night ultimate vacation. Eight days from US$1,489 per person!

Your journey begins in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, where you’ll experience all the top attractions of the beautiful harbor side city. Then take an unforgettable rail journey to Flam on the Flam Railway, voted the most scenic rail journey in the world. Spend two nights in beautiful Flam seeing all the sights, eating delicious local cuisine, and taking an unforgettable journey by safari rib boat through the UNESCO Word Heritage listed Aurlandsfjord.


From Flam, take another scenic journey by ferry through dramatic fjords to colorful Bergen for two days of sightseeing and scenery. From Bergen, return to Oslo on the famous Bergen line for a final night in the city.

Package includes:

  • Rail, bus, and boat travel in standard class
  • 3 nights hotel stay with breakfast in Oslo
  • 2 nights hotel stay with breakfast in Flam
  • 2 nights hotel stay with breakfast in Bergen
  • Oslo Pass
  • Three-course dinner and drinks in Flam
  • Fjord Safari boat trip from Flam
  • Bergen Card


Independent tours and rates are available for daily departures through March 2019.

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 custom 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: CVB Riviera Nayarit, Central Holidays, Travel Research Online, Travel Weekly,

American Cruise Lines, Travelmarket Report, Railbookers


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