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Seven Seas Explorer

By Judy Newell

México News

Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso

Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso laps the shores of Playa Paraiso and is located only 30 minutes from the Cancún International Airport, adjacent to and offering full access to the magnificent Playa Paraiso Complex.

Enjoy five nights in an oceanfront suite at the all-inclusive, adults-only Iberostar Grand Hotel Paraiso, plus discover Chichen Itza on a private excursion and savor a Columbus Lobster Dinner Cruise, plus receive a $600 resort credit. The five-star property offers unparalleled service, extraordinary amenities, and exceptional cuisine.

5-nights from US $1,563 per person. Book through May 31, 2019. Travel dates November 14, 2018–May 31, 2019.

International News

US Not in Top 100 Safest Countries in the World

Have you ever wondered where the safest country in the world is? For the eleventh year running, Iceland has been voted the number-one haven.

Every year, The Institute for Economics and Peace, an Australian think tank, analyzes 163 countries to determine where the most peaceful one is. To do so, it has formed its Global Peace Index, which takes many factors into account, such as government, corruption, crime, terrorism, weapons, and prison systems.

A country’s peace is then measured by using three thematic domains: the level of societal safety and security, the extent of ongoing domestic and international conflict, and the degree of militarization.

Aside from Iceland, the top ten list is comprised of European countries such as Austria (# 3), Portugal (# 4), and Denmark (# 5). The Czech Republic (# 7), and Ireland (# 10).

New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, and Japan also made the top 10 list.

The United States was outside the top 100, ranking 121. However, the US has actually improved its standing compared to last year—if only by moving up one point. The report cited political polarization, nuclear weapons, external conflicts, weapons exports, and high rates of incarcerations as reasons for such a low score.

Cruise News

Cruise Lines Are Going Totally Kid-Free

As some cruise lines create increasingly sophisticated options for families, several new and existing lines are going in the completely opposite direction. They’re instead focusing their efforts on adult passengers by instituting 18-and-over policies.

When Virgin Voyages launches the first of its three cruise ships in 2020, the 2,860-passenger Scarlet Lady will require that the kiddos stay ashore by installing an adults-only policy onboard.

Last month, Viking Cruises took a similar stand against kids when its river cruise division introduced a new adults-only policy requiring all passengers booked on river cruises to be at least 18 years of age at the time of sailing. The entire line, including both river and ocean cruises, is now adults only.

Earlier this year, U by Uniworld was launched as an adults-only river cruise line with ships that feature rooftop lounge areas and itineraries that include activities such as pub crawls—amenities for the “young at heart” but definitely not for those younger than 18.

The no-kids approach is resonating with a growing number of passengers who are seeking a quieter cruise experience and are interested in itineraries that offer more time to explore the actual ports, rather than focusing on over-the-top onboard amenities.

Currently, while there aren’t any other ocean cruise lines that are truly and totally kid-free, there are several upscale and luxury ocean lines that don’t make courting kids a top priority. Oceania Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, and Silversea often have a note in their kids’ policy section that they do not provide for the care, entertainment, or supervision of children.

Some offer children’s programs during a very limited time of year, such as summer months or holiday periods. These are cruise lines where the percentage of kids on board is likely to be much lower than on very family-friendly cruise lines such as Disney and Norwegian Cruise Line.

In an environment where there appears to be more people seeking the serenity of a kids-free cruise, Viking’s move to go fully adults only is not that risky and maybe a potential competitive advantage.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

With the right mindset and spirit, only the sky is the limit —Anonymous

Deal of the Week

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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 judynewell@perfectjourneys.net. Her office is in Rancho Los Labradores, carr a Dolores Hidalgo. View the latest travel specials on the website www.perfectjourneys.net.

 

 

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