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By Judy Newell

México News

Cancun’s Newest All-Inclusive Adults-Only Resort

Grand Sens Cancun will open in November 2019. Experience opulent romance on the north end of Cancun’s hotel zone, where powdery white sand meets the calmest Caribbean waters. It will feature a rooftop lounge, gourmet dining, outstanding entertainment, oceanfront infinity pool, and suites with private Jacuzzis and plunge pools.


Hotels Are Making Signature Wines, Rums

Hotels worldwide are working to distinguish themselves with exclusive libations, and with ingredients that reflect their locale. Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa crafted its own Seven Mile Rum with Cayman Spirits Co. craft distillery, while México’s Hotel El Ganzo’s signature red wine is made at the nearby Valle de Guadalupe.


International News

Surprising Countries Where US Citizens Need an Advance Visa

US passport owners have the privilege of being able to visit various countries— among them Canada, México, France, Italy, Belize, Iceland, New Zealand, and more—without needing a visa. However, a number of international destinations do require that travelers with US passports purchase tourist visas before entering the country. Here are a few of the more frequently visited countries that require visas from US citizens upon arrival:


Australia – Bolivia – Cambodia China Cuba – Egypt – Ethiopia India – Jordan – Laos – Myanmar – Nepal – Paraguay – Russia – Rwanda – Tanzania – Turkey – Uganda – Venezuela – Vietnam Zimbabwe.

Subscription Gives You Unlimited Stays in Luxury Resorts

Luxury travel company Inspirato is introducing a new pass that lets travelers book stays around the world without paying nightly rates, taxes, or fees.

Pass holders get unlimited access to more than 60,000 vacation homes, hotels, and resorts around the world. The price: a flat fee of US$2,500 a month.

How it works: Pass holders pick an available trip or property from a list of thousands in over 150 locations around the world. Once they check out, they can select their next reservation. The list of available trips and properties updates daily, and new choices are frequently added.

Of course, you still need to get from place to place, and the $2,500 a month does not include transportation or incidentals.

Inspirato also gives pass holders access to the company’s group offerings, for example cruises around Europe, and African safaris—and Inspirato’s travel specialists help with booking and assisting guests during their stay.


Barcelona Cracking Down on Expansion
Ada Colau, the mayor of Barcelona, has vowed to crack down on the number of cruise ships that can dock in the fabled Mediterranean city, as well as put the brakes on airport expansion. She said: “We don’t have infinite capacity.” She has also promised to improve air quality in a city where pollution levels regularly flout World Health Organization regulations.

Cruise News

Exploring the Seychelles Couldn’t Be Easier

Experience five-star tropical expeditions to the earth’s last sanctuaries. Island-hop in the Seychelles with Ponant and wake up every morning in a new paradise. Plunge into the jade waters of the Indian Ocean to discover the rich and astonishing sea life, sheltered by the coral reefs resplendent in their shimmering colors.

While on board one of Ponant’s new Explorer ships, with your favorite cocktail in hand, have the unique experience of observing this tropical wonderland below the waterline from the Blue Eye Lounge.

Highlights of Ponant’s Seychelles Expedition:

•Swim, dive, and snorkel in spectacular coral reefs among the best-preserved marine environments in the world, home to exotic fish, rays, and turtles.

•Encounter endemic wildlife up close, such as the Seychelles sunbird, the Zanzibar red colobus monkey, Madagascar’s ring-tailed lemur, the giant land tortoise, and the tiger chameleon.

•Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites like Aldabra Atoll, the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, the ruins of Kilwa Kisiwani (Zanzibar’s Stone Town), and the Pitons of Reunion Island.


Seychelles special offer: Save over US$500 on flights.


The Essential Seychelles: 9 days/8 nights, round-trip Victoria, Mahé. Departure dates: Dec 6–19, 2019; Dec 26–Jan 3, 2020; Jan 3–11, 2020; Jan 11–19, 2020; Jan 19–27, 2020; Jan 27–Feb 4, 2020. Fares from US$4,440 per person.


Words of the Wise and Well-traveled

I have found out that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. —Mark Twain


Deal of the Week

Europe’s Legendary Landscapes

Savings up to US$1,000 per suite with Crystal River Cruises.


Explore an enchanting world of castles, medieval towns, and UNESCO treasures on Crystal’s Rhine River cruises. You’ll relish the signature luxury hallmarks of Crystal Bach and Crystal Debussy and enjoy guaranteed all-inclusive value with the world’s best when you book by August 31, 2019.


Romantic Rhine: Crystal Bach. Ports: Amsterdam (overnight), Cologne, Koblenz (overnight), Rüdesheim, Mannheim, Strasbourg, and Basel. Includes up to US$1,000 Book Now savings per suite.

Seven nights, fares from US$3,299 per guest.

2019 departure dates: August 8, 22 | September 19 | October 3.


Legendary Rhine: Crystal Bach & Crystal Debussy. Ports: Basel, Strasbourg, Germersheim, Mannheim, Rüdesheim (overnight), Koblenz (overnight), Cologne (overnight), and Amsterdam (overnight). Includes up to US$1,000 Book Now savings per suite.

Seven nights, fares from US $2,999 per guest.

2019 departure dates: August 15, 19, 29 | September 22 | October 9, 10, 26.


Crystal River Signature Hallmarks:

•Europe’s only all-suite river ships, featuring king-sized beds and personal butler service in every suite.

•Farm-to-table dining, featuring Crystal’s innovative and acclaimed Michelin-inspired cuisine.

•Unlimited fine wines, champagnes, premium spirits, and beers.

•Unmatched complimentary and optional Crystal Destination Discoveries experiences in each port.

•Twice as many staff per guest as the industry average, and all staff are Crystal employees.

All gratuities included, shipboard and shore side.


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: VAX, Forbes, Afar, Travel+Leisure, Lonely Planet New, Ponant, Crystal



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