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By Judy Newell

México Travel News

Marinas of the Riviera Nayarit

Four large marinas and one boutique marina in the Riviera Nayarit area can handle craft that range anywhere from 26 to 400 feet in length.

Marina Nuevo Vallarta, located in the El Chino estuary, offers all the services of a world-class facility. Close-by, the Marina Paradise Village is in a naturally protected lagoon ringed with elegant residences.

A few minutes away lies the small, discrete Boutique Marina Pueblo Naútico. To the north, the Marina Riviera Nayarit is located in the town of La Cruz de Huanacaxtle. And the Marina Fonatur is located in the historic Port of San Blas.


International News

Istanbul’s Massive New Airport Opens this Month

On October 29, Turkey’s Republic Day, the first phase of Istanbul’s new airport will open 22 miles north of the city center. While the project will be completed in four phases, the first phase will open with three runways and a terminal that can accommodate up to 90 million passengers annually.

Once completed, the 29.5 square-mile Istanbul New Airport will be larger than the island of Manhattan. With six runways, it will be able to accommodate up to 200 million travelers per year, making it the busiest airport in the world. Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport currently holds that title.

The aging Atatürk International, Istanbul’s current flight hub, is overloaded. Once the new airport is opened, all flights will be transferred over to it and Atatürk Airport will eventually be converted into a public park that will be called the “People’s Garden.”

The new airport’s terminal is being built to reflect the style of Istanbul’s domed mosques and baths, while the air traffic control tower’s shape is inspired by a tulip, one of the traditional symbols of Istanbul. The new airport—which is expected to cost almost US$12 billion—is reflective of Turkey’s recent economic boom.


Cruise News

The Best Small Ship Experiences in the Mediterranean

Sailing on an intimate ship has many benefits, from being able to reach harder-to-access ports to smoother disembarkation. These destinations and brands are ideal for this style of cruising.


The 64-passenger Le Ponant, the original ship of French cruise operator Ponant, regularly visits this French, Italian, and North African-influenced island. On the southeastern coast, you’ll see the limestone cliffs of the Gulf of Santa Manza before sailing north to Cargèse, famous for its historic churches. Seven-night sailings from US$4,970 per person, all-inclusive.


SpainSeaDream Yacht Club

SeaDream Yacht Club, which operates two 112-passenger vessels, now runs Wine Voyages, a showcase for the Med’s top producers. The seven-night Barcelona-to-Málaga itinerary, leaving October 12, 2019, is slated to include a sherry-pairing dinner in Puerto Banús with Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla and an excursion to Anima Negra, a top Mallorcan winery. From US$4,726 per person, all-inclusive.

French and Italian RivieraSilversea

Many Mediterranean cruises are a week or longer. But if you’re short on time or want to combine a sailing with time on land, Silversea’s 5-day voyage on the Silver Shadow, leaving May 22, 2019, is ideal. You’ll get time to explore the grand hotels in Cannes, France; the casinos; and the Monaco Grand Prix, the world-class car race in Monte Carlo. You’ll also see the beautiful architecture of Italy’s Cinque Terre. From US $4,770 per person, all-inclusive.

Spain and MoroccoScenic

With ten restaurants and bars for just 228 guests, as well as a heated indoor pool and Pilates studio, the Scenic Eclipse is poised to revolutionize the luxury cruise market. In April 2019, during its first Mediterranean season, it will offer a Tenerife to Barcelona cruise that also hits up the Moroccan cities of Essaouira and Casablanca. From US$7,795 per person.

French and Italian RivieraWindstar Cruises

The 310-passenger Wind Surf—a true sailing vessel and the flagship of Windstar Cruises—was voted the Number 1 Midsize Ship Cruise Line in the 2018 World’s Best Awards. The vessel will be making several seven-day “Yachtman’s Harbors of the Riviera” sailings next year, visiting Portofino, Monte Carlo, Cannes, and Sanary-Sur-Mer, some of the Med’s most glamorous ports of call. From US$3,199 per person.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.”— Anita Desai


Deal of the Week

Veranda Stateroom for the Price of an Interior

Double Upgrade! Enjoy a Veranda Stateroom for the price of an Interior onboard Azamara Club Cruises. Plus, book any 2019 voyage and receive/ an exclusive $200 shipboard credit.

With overnight stays and docking at smaller, less-traveled ports, Azamara Club Cruises invites you to step ashore as an insider and experience more destinations after the sun goes down. Because it’s not enough to see something—you have to smell it, hear it, taste it, and most of all, feel it. More time to explore? It’s the Azamara difference.


Australia and Indonesia Voyage, 14-nights, departing March 2 on the Azamara Quest. Club Veranda Suite starting from US$3,699. Exclusive Offer: Receive up to $200 shipboard credit per stateroom.


Tall Sails and Remembrance Voyage, 14-nights, departing May 28 on the Azamara Journey. Club Veranda Suite starting from US$5,399. Exclusive offer when booked through Perfect Journeys: Distinctive Voyage host, a private cocktail reception, and an exclusive shore event in Rouen, France.


Dalmatian Coast to Athens Voyage, 9-nights, departing June 10 on the Azamara Pursuit. Club Veranda Suite starting from US$3,599. Exclusive offer when booked through Perfect Journeys: Distinctive Voyages host, private cocktail reception, and private car and driver in Dubrovnik or Kotor.


Offer applies to new bookings created by November 30, 2018. Taxes, fees, and port expenses are additional. All cruise dates are in 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: Riviera Nayarit CVB, Afar, Luxury Travel Advisor, Azamara Cruises


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