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By Judy Newell

México News

Royal Residence at Le Blanc Spa Resort

The five-star Le Blanc Spa resort in Los Cabos is offering a beachfront, four-bedroom, 18,428-square-foot Royal Residence. It includes a private fitness center, movie theater, butler service, outdoor terrace and views of the Sea of Cortez.

International News

Orient Express to Feature Ultra-Luxurious Suites

Belmond’s art deco-style Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, with stops in Vienna, Prague, and Budapest, is already luxurious. But three Grand Suites coming in 2020 will top that, offering luxury in the neighborhood of US$7,800 per person per night.

Cruise News

Carnival Ends Complimentary Room Service

Carnival Cruise Line is ending complimentary room service on its entire fleet beginning later this month. Carnival will offer separately priced menu items.

Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

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

Deal of the Week

Free Round-trip Airfare on Europe River Cruises

Don’t miss your chance to experience some of AmaWaterways’ most popular and scenic river cruise itineraries in 2020! Book your cruise on any of the 2020 departures listed below, and fly free to Europe on select spring departures when you book by July 31, 2019. Receive free economy airfare from more than 60 US and Canada gateways. Prefer an upgrade? Now you can receive two-for-one savings on business-class seats on select 2020 departures.

Featured Destinations with free economy airfare or two-for-one business-class airfare:

Tulip Time: Seven-night cruise round-trip to and from Amsterdam. Celebrate spring in the Netherlands and Belgium when the Keukenhof Gardens and Floralia come alive in the storybook atmosphere of the region. Seven cruises in March and April 2020, from US$2,799. It can be combined with two nights in Amsterdam  pre-cruise.

Taste of Bordeaux: Seven-night cruise round-trip to and from Bordeaux. In France’s legendary wine capital, find iconic châteaux, timeless vineyards, and delicious wine tastings. Three cruises in April 2020 from US$3,699. It can be combined with two nights Bilbao and two nights San Sebastian  pre-cruise, two nights in the Loire Valley, and one night Paris Charles De Gaulle post-cruise.

Paris & Normandy: Seven-night cruise round-trip to and from Paris. Visit Monet’s Gardens, Rouen’s Cathedral of Notre Dame, and the charming harbor town of Honfleur. Walk the unforgettable beaches of Normandy where Allied forces landed during WWII’s D-Day invasion. One cruise on April 20, 2020 from US$3,899. It can be combined with two nights in Paris  pre-cruise.

Romantic Danube: Seven-night cruise from Vilshofen to Budapest. Travel through Old World Europe into the very heart of the continent, to cities like Vienna, Bratislava, and Budapest with grand abbeys and fortresses perched high above the Danube. Six cruises in March and April 2020 from US$2,899. It can be combined with two nights in Munich or three nights in Prague  pre-cruise.

Melodies of the Danube: Seven-night cruise from Budapest to Vilshofen. Indulge in four magnificent capitals: Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, and Prague. Let the hills come alive with the sound of music in Salzburg and the Austrian Lake District. Six cruises in March and April 2020 from US$2,799. It can be combined with three nights in Prague post-cruise.

Legendary Danube: Seven-night cruise from medieval Nuremberg to Budapest. Sailing from Nuremberg to Budapest, explore medieval Regensburg and visit Vienna. Get a feel for the land by biking and hiking, then sample delicate wines and hearty beers. One cruise on April 10, 2020, from US$3,099. It can be combined with three nights in Prague  pre-cruise.

Blue Danube Discovery: Seven-night cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg. From Budapest, journey to Bratislava, Vienna, Passau, and the 2,000-year-old town of Regensburg. Visit Baroque abbeys, sample Vienna’s sachertorte cake, and experience the the Wachau Valley winemaking region. One cruise on April 3, 2020, from US$2,999. It can be combined with two nights in Budapest  pre-cruise and three nights in Prague post-cruise.

Europe’s Rivers & Castles: Seven-night cruise from Luxembourg to Nuremberg. Prague and Paris bookend this perfect journey that combines three beautiful rivers. Cruise along the meandering River Main to the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, with castles dotting its shores, to the vineyard-clad hills of the Moselle. Enjoy Europe at its most picturesque. One cruise on April 16, 2020, from US$3,199. It can be combined with three nights in Paris  pre-cruise and three nights in Prague post-cruise.

Captivating Rhine: Seven-night cruise from Amsterdam to Basel. Cruising the legendary Rhine, experience the allure of Strasbourg. Discover Breisach rising above the vineyards of the Rhine and enjoy picturesque Freiburg, gateway to the Black Forest. Journey from Amsterdam’s colorful canals to the majestic Swiss Alps. One cruise on March 29, 2020, from US$2,899. Can be combined with two nights in Amsterdam  pre-cruise and two nights in Lucerne and two nights in Zurich post-cruise.

Enchanting Rhine: Seven-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam. Grand cities blend historic past and progressive future in perfect harmony. Zurich’s medieval houses offer a striking backdrop to its ultramodern metropolis. Amsterdam’s Golden Age melds seamlessly with its lively cafes and glorious museums. One cruise on March 22, 2020, from US$2,799. It can be combined with two nights Zurich and two nights Lucerne  pre-cruise.

Vineyards of the Rhine & Moselle: Seven-night cruise from Amsterdam to Luxembourg. Drink in the beauty and history of the Rhine and Moselle river valleys’ iconic vineyards. Soar above them by gondola or hike among the grapes in Rüdesheim and Bernkastel. One cruise on April 9, 2020, from US$3,099. It can be combined with two nights in Amsterdam  pre-cruise and three nights in Prague post-cruise.

All rates are per person in US dollars based on new double occupancy reservations. Reservations must be booked and deposited by July 31, 2019, for the free airfare offer. Free economy airfare and two-for-one business airfare promotions are based on round-trip, trans-Atlantic airfare departing from select gateways and based on availability.

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.

Sources: Travel Pulse, CNN Travel, AmaWaterways

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