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Burgundy & Provence

By Judy Newell

Mexico News

Six New Hotels Planned for Quintana Roo

Six new hotels are scheduled to open in Quintana Roo in 2019, bringing more than 1,000 guestrooms to the region. Quintana Roo is home to popular destinations such as Tulum and Cancun.

AMResorts and Tafer Hotels plan to invest US $800 million in constructing properties that will be spread throughout the districts of Benito Juárez, Islas Mujeres, Puerto Morelos, and Solidaridad.

In addition the hotel consortium is planning three properties under the Garza brand. A company based in Puerto Vallarta, Tafer has been expanding along the Mexican coasts.

International News

Classic TWA Plane to Be Transformed into Cocktail Bar

A vintage TWA Lockheed Constellation airplane is en route to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, where it will become a one-of-a-kind cocktail bar at the highly anticipated TWA Hotel. The US$265 million hotel and 1960s-themed airplane cocktail lounge are scheduled to open next year.

Built in 1956, the special Lockheed Constellation, known as the “Connie,” entered service in 1958 and was operated by Trans World Airlines for three years before becoming a bush pilot plane in Alaska, then a drug-running plane in South America in the 1970s. It was eventually abandoned in Honduras, then brought to the United States.

The TWA Hotel promises to restore the magic of Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 TWA Flight Center. In addition to rooms boasting views of JFK’s runways and the TWA Flight Center, the hotel will feature meeting and event space, six restaurants, eight bars, a rooftop observation deck with pool, and a fitness facility.

An onsite museum will be devoted to the Jet Age, TWA, and the mid-century modern design movement, among other highlights. No mention is made of the Jetsons as yet.

Cruise News

Exclusive Offers through Perfect Journeys

Oceania Cruises: 2-for-1 cruise fares and free Internet. Plus, exclusive prepaid gratuities or Distinctive Voyage amenities: the services of a Distinctive Voyages host, a private welcome reception, and an exclusive shore event. OLife Choice includes airfare plus choice of one:

  • Free shore excursions
  • Free beverage package
  • Free shipboard credit.

Bookings can be made through December 31, 2018, for travel between May 15 and June 18, 2019.


Ponant Yacht Cruises and Expeditions: First-time Ponant guests enjoy US$600 per person savings on any sailing booked and deposited by December 31, 2018. Travel dates for promotional voyages are:

  • Voyage to Green and Gentle Lands: May 13–22, 2019
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  • Antarctica and Climate Change: December 10–20, 2019

Azamara Club Cruises: Double upgrade—Enjoy a Veranda Stateroom for the price of an Interior on select 2018 and 2019 sailings. Plus, book any 2019 voyage and receive an exclusive $200 onboard credit per stateroom. Book by November 30, 2018.

Cunard: Three-for-All Offer: Free upgrades, free gratuities, US$150 reduced deposit. Grill Suite guests also receive free drinks. Plus, enjoy the services of a Distinctive Voyages host, a private cocktail reception, and an exclusive shore event. Book by November 19, 2018, for travel valid through 2019.

Explore the Amazon

With floor-to-ceiling windows in your cabin, you won’t miss a thing as you cruise down the Amazon on a Delfin River Cruise. Its Delfin II is a river cruise that’s perfect for families, thanks to its 14 large guest suites, four of which can be interconnected to accommodate multigenerational travel. Children seven years old and up are welcome on the ship.

The three- or four-night itineraries take you deep into the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, one of the world’s largest protected flooded forests. Experienced naturalist guides teach passengers about the immense biodiversity of the area via excursions and activities that include swimming with pink river dolphins, fishing for piranhas, bird watching, rainforest hikes, feeding manatees, and more.

For a truly unique adventure, take a nighttime safari to experience the intense sounds of the jungle at night and watch beautiful star patterns stretching across the sky.

Travel Trivia

What countries do not have an official language?

There are many reasons a country might not take up an official language. Religious and ethnic differences often play a role. Ethiopia, for example, has 84 languages spoken within its borders. Giving one a privileged status could cause tension and conflict. It could also be a way of protecting minority languages from disappearing. And while 58 countries claim English as their official language, neither the UK, US, or Australia officially recognize it as theirs.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

“Take every chance you get in life, because some things only happen once.” —Karen Gibbs

Deal of the Week

Exclusive Wine Lovers Cruise

Emerald Waterways is delighted to be welcoming some esteemed names from the world of wine onboard the Emerald Liberté Star-Ship next July for a one-time sailing through the renowned wine-producing region of Provence in the south of France.

This exclusive river cruise—featuring international wine experts—is the perfect choice for wine lovers as they will be treated to private wine tastings, on-board wine master classes, and informal Q and As. The experts onboard this special cruise include British Master of Wine, Tim Atkin; Australian Master of Wine, Andrea Pritzker; Canadian wine expert, DJ Kearney; and American wine expert and talk show host, Robin Stark.

And, as with all of our European River Cruises, you can enjoy airport/ship transfers, meals, excursions, gratuities, and much more are all included in the price.

The Flavor of Burgundy and Provence is an eight-day cruise sailing between the Roman city of Arles and France’s gastronomical capital of Lyon. Guests will enjoy a collection of guided city tours, hikes through vineyards, and special wine experiences. July 27–August 3, 2019, from US$3,295 per person.

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, Nexion, Reader’s Digest, Emerald Waterways


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