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VOA 33-day cruise

By Judy Newell

Mexico Travel News

New Underwater Museum Coming to Cancun

Cancun opened its first underwater museum in 2010, the Museo Subacuatico de Art—known as MUSA—and now the resort destination is developing a new underwater attraction. Announced in February, it is now underway, according to a report in Riviera Maya News.

The museum will be made up of three areas: The first is a Mayan city with replicas of ruins, approved by the National Institute of Anthropology and History. Another part of the museum will be made up of sculptures, including 90 molds of angels. The third part will include a submarine snake.

As Cancun creates its second underwater museum, the US just opened its first: the Underwater Museum of Art, which is located in Grayton Beach State Park in South Walton, Florida, has officially opened to the public.

Cruise Travel

Magical European Holiday Experiences

Aboard Crystal River Cruises, you can save up to US$1,000 per guest, plus enjoy an exclusive $200 shipboard credit available through Perfect Journeys.

Stroll through the artisan stalls, shopping for gifts as the smells of gingerbread fill the air at the Christmas Markets. Celebrate merriment of the season and the magnificence of European rivers, along the Rhine or the Danube. Take in the seasonal sights, scents, and sounds of the holidays on a truly magical, once-in-a-lifetime voyage.

13-Days Christmas and New Year’s Eve Along the Danube, Crystal Mozart, December 20, 2018–January 2, 2019. Vienna and Melk, Austria; Passau and Vilshofen an der Donau, Germany; Linz, Austria; Budapest and Esztergom, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; Vienna, Austria. Exclusive Amenity: US$200 per person shipboard credit. From US$4,915 per guest, includes Book Now Savings of US$500.

10-Days Rhine Christmas Markets, Crystal Debussy, December 17–27, 2018. Amsterdam, Netherlands; Cologne, Koblenz, Rudesheim, Speyer, Kehl and Breisach, Germany; Basel, Switzerland. Exclusive Amenity: US$200 per person shipboard credit. From US$6,110 per guest, includes Book Now Savings of US$500.

11-Days Grand Danube Celebration, Crystal Mahler, December 22, 2018–January 2, 2019. Budapest, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; Vienna, Krems, Melk, and Linz, Austria; Passau, Regensburg, and Nuremberg, Germany. Exclusive Amenity: US$200 per person shipboard credit. From US$5,790 per guest, includes Book Now Savings of US$500.

13-Days Blue Danube Celebration, Crystal Ravel, December 22, 2018–January 4, 2019. Vienna and Melk, Austria; Passau and Vilshofen an der Donau, Germany; Linz, Austria; Budapest and Esztergom, Hungary; Bratislava, Slovakia; Vienna, Austria. Exclusive Amenity: US$200 per person shipboard credit. From US$4,915 per guest, includes Book Now Savings of US$1,000.

Book Now Savings promotion applies to new bookings made by August 31, 2018, on featured 2018 and 2019 Crystal Cruises voyages only. Book Now fares do not include taxes, fees, or port charges.

Air News

Kenya Airways’ Nonstop NYC–Nairobi Flight

Kenya Airways first nonstop flight between New York City and Nairobi is scheduled to kick off from JFK Airport on October 28.  It will make Kenya Airways the first airline to offer a nonstop flight between East Africa and the United States. It will also mark the airline’s entry into North America.

For travelers who combine multiple countries for their visit to Africa, Kenya Airways has arranged the new flight’s schedule to allow for connections to and from more than 40 African destinations through the Nairobi hub.

Tourism from the US to Kenya has been growing approximately 20 percent per year over the past few years, with forecasts calling for 100,000 US visitors this year. The new flight, which will run daily, will add approximately 90,000 seats over 12 months.

The approximately 14-hour flight will be operated on Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners with a capacity of 234 passengers, 30 in Premium World (the airline’s business class), and 204 in Economy.

Words of the Wise and Well-Traveled

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.” —Jennifer Lee

Deal of the Week

Islands of the Indian Ocean and South Africa

Jungle landscapes and Buddhist temples give way to tropical islands and big-game parks on this 33-day voyage from Asia to South Africa, taking you to Sri Lanka, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Mauritius, and Reunion Island before included wildlife safaris and three nights in Cape Town.

Save up to US$7,000 per stateroom on this voyage aboard the MV Aegean Odyssey on February 10–March 13, 2019. Hosting just 350 passengers, the ship offers a superb selection of amenities, including two dining venues, several comfortable lounges and bars, a relaxing spa center, and a well-stocked library. Thirty-nine cabins across a range of categories (including balcony) are set aside for solo travelers at low supplement.

In Sri Lanka, experience the legacy of Colombo’s colonial history and the city’s more modern cosmopolitan side.  Then meet the beautiful animals of the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

Sail across the Indian Ocean to a true island paradise, the Maldives, followed by the perfect beaches and coral reefs of the Seychelles.

Spend the evening ashore in Mauritius and explore Reunion Island, a tiny piece of France in the Indian Ocean. In South Africa, you’ll enjoy two included safari adventures in search of iconic wildlife in the nation’s best game parks. In Durban, learn more about the rich culture and history of the Zulu nation.

Nestling in the shadow of the spectacular Table Mountain, enjoy three nights on board in Cape Town, giving you plenty of time to appreciate all the charms of this exciting city with a fascinating past.

This 33-day voyage covers six countries and includes 14 shore excursions and wildlife safaris, transfers abroad, all meals and wine with dinner on board, gratuities on board, and a guest-speaker program. Prices in US dollars start at: Inside $7,950, Outside $9,850, Balcony $14,895, Junior Suite $17,695, and Single US$8,495.

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, Travel Leaders Network, Travel Agent Central, Voyages to Antiquity


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