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By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

Resort in Cancun adds Lifeguard Drone

The Seadust Cancun Family Resort announced the addition of a lifeguard drone buoy to ensure the safety of guests staying at the property.

The drone will lend aid to lifeguards already working the resort’s beaches by supporting safety equipment and providing emergency floatation devices. With the addition, Seadust becomes the first property in the popular Mexican tourist destination to utilize a lifeguard drone.

The NORAS Performance company’s U SAFE drone is a lightweight lifesaving float that is remote controlled and can easily maneuver through the water to bring aid to struggling swimmers. It has a top speed of around 18 miles per hour.

The drone can be controlled from three miles away, making it ideal for deployment from the shoreline. It is expected to arrive in August.

Mexico Is Top LGBTQ Travel Destination

New figures from the World Tourism Organization revealed the number of LGBTQ travelers is growing at one of the fastest paces of all demographics.

Around 180 million LGBTQ travelers are hitting the road each year. Madrid, Paris, London, and Mexico City are some of the top destinations for these tourists.

Mexico’s LGBTQ National Association of Trade and Tourism revealed there are more than 9.5 million LGBTQ travelers visiting Mexico, with a purchasing power of US$65 billion per year.

As for particular areas of interest, the beaches of Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, and the Riviera Maya are the most popular, thanks to their lodging options, restaurants, clubs, spas, and cultural and entertainment activities focusing on the LGBTQ community.

International News

Hello Kitty Bullet Train

West Japan Railway just unveiled their newest bullet train, which is entirely Hello Kitty-themed. The adorable pink and white cartoon character has been a beloved figure in Japan since Yuko Shimizu created her in 1974.

Hello Kitty is on the exterior of the train, and inside there are Hello Kitty rugs, headrests, and window shades. There’s even a giant Hello Kitty statue that passengers can pose with.

The bespoke train, which shuttles between the Japanese cities of Osaka and Fukuoka, will only have a three-month run. But, it’s not just Hello Kitty fans that should be looking to book their tickets—Osaka and Fukuoka are two beloved culinary cities worth visiting.

Cruise News

Suite Savings for AmaMagna’s Inaugural Season

AmaWaterways announced a special offer providing savings of up to US$800 per person to guests booking AmaMagna’s SA or SB suites during the ship’s first season along the Danube River in 2019.

With this offer, guests can upgrade from a base category stateroom to a more spacious 355-square-foot SB suite with a supplement of US$2,999 per person. AmaMagna’s SA and SB suites include full outside balconies, open seating areas, and bathrooms complete with marble-clad walk-in showers and double sinks.

Six Grand Suites (474-square-feet) and an Owner’s Suite (710-square-feet) provide more amenities with separate seating areas and spacious bathrooms complete with spa-like bathtubs.

All suite guests receive a Suite Amenity package that includes:

  • Welcome gift, including a bottle of champagne.
  • A mobile Wi-Fi device for unlimited Wi-Fi while exploring on shore.
  • Unlimited complimentary laundry service.


At nearly twice the width of traditional river cruise ships, the AmaMagna offers a total of 98 staterooms—most of which are suites measuring between 355 and 710-square-feet. There are four restaurants aboard.

Passengers can enjoy a complimentary daily excursion program, including escorted hiking and biking tours and group fitness classes lead by a trained Wellness Host. Additional highlights include a large sundeck swimming pool, a Zen Wellness Studio with massage, hair and nail salon services, and a Water Sports Platform.

Travel Trivia

What is the Continental Divide?

·         A mountain pass in the Rocky Mountains.

·         The border between two continents.

·         A boundary separating a continent’s waterways.

·         A series of mountains that separates hemispheres.

Odds are if you’ve been hiking in the Rocky Mountains you’ve heard of the Continental Divide of the Americas, aka the Great Divide. This line marks the separation of a continent’s river systems. Each river system feeds into a distinct ocean basin, bay, or sea.

In the case of the Americas, the Great Divide separates those waterways that drain into the Pacific and those that drain into the Atlantic. Most continents have several divides, but the Great Divide of the Americas is notable since it spans multiple continents and is marked by several famous mountain ranges.

This divide runs from Alaska, through western Canada along the crest of the Rocky Mountains to New Mexico. From there, it follows Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental and extends to the tip of South America along the Andes Mountains.

Words of the Wise and Well-Traveled

“Blessed are the curious for they will have adventures.” Anonymous

Deal of the Week

French Canada and Great Lakes

2-for-1 rate on a 10-day cruise on the St. Lawrence River. Enjoy a new ship with no single supplement! The Inaugural Cruise is July 27–August 5, 2018 (9 nights) onboard the brand new 202-passenger m/v Victory II.

Montreal—Quebec City—Kingston—Toronto—Niagara Falls—Cleveland—Detroit

Victory Cruise Lines is a great choice for immersive and all-inclusive coastal cruising. Its shore excursions are led by knowledgeable local guides and provide meaningful opportunities to uncover the rich history and fascinating cultures of the destinations you visit.

From US$3,100 per person double occupancy plus US$399 port charges. Gratuities are US$15 per person per day. Price reflects 2-for-1 offer per person and no single supplement.

Rate includes: Shore excursions in each port of call; wine and beer; soft drinks and spirits; Wi-Fi.

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: Travel Pulse, Vogue, Travel Agent Central, Travel Trivia, Victory Cruise Lines


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