THE DESTINATION GAZETTE-WINTER 2018

 

 

The New Year has begun and with it new stories to unfold.  In early February, I will attend the Travel & Adventure Show in Chicago; it is the first year a special program was designed specifically for travel consultants.  Also, I will attend an event sponsored by Rail Europe in which I will meet several product & sales managers for the Eurostar, Thalys, & TGV trains & the Eurail France Pass.  In April, I am off on another adventure; the above picture will give you a hint of one of the places I will visit.  It is a beautiful village (originally a Roman town) filled with cobblestone streets & buildings covered with painted frescos, where day trips can take you to see stunning castles and where cable cars ascend over glaciers up to mountain peaks over 9,000 ft.  It is only the beginning of a journey and I look forward to making new memories.  What journey are you going to unfold this year?

I hope 2018 will be your best year yet!

"May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and may every window open to great possibility."  -Mary Ann Radmacher

 

NEW ITINERARIES

Tradesco Tours-Specialists in independent, escorted & hosted tours to Central & Eastern Europe since 1985, Tradesco Tours has a new itinerary for 2018, “Island Hopping-Croatia”.  It is a wonderful 8 night independent private tour which visits Split, Hvar, Korcula and Dubrovnik.  The program includes accommodations (2 nights in each city), buffet breakfast daily, transfers, taxes and service charges.  The program operates March 1 to October 31, 2018.  Please call Pam for complete details. 

Princess Cruises-The Royal Princess will join sister ship Regal Princess in New York City for Princess Cruises most robust Canada and New England deployment ever.  On 10 and 11 night cruises from New York and Quebec, these ships will call at such ports as Newport, Boston, Portland, Saint John, Halifax, Sydney (Cape Breton Island), Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island) and others.  The Royal Princess cruises will have an overnight at Quebec City and the 11 night cruises will also feature an overnight in Boston. 

NEW RESORT-The newly opened RIU Dunamar is located on Costa Mujeres Beach in the continental part of Isla Mujeres.  It is an all-inclusive contemporary resort with a fresh and light color palette.  The resorts 700+ rooms are perfectly appointed with the best amenities.  Guests can enjoy five outdoor swimming pools with lounge chairs and umbrellas, swim-up pool bars, aquatic sports, such as kayaking and snorkeling or the resort's Splash Water World.  The resort's entertainment includes live shows and music, the RIU Land Kid's Club, the RIU Fit program, the sauna & Jacuzzi and the Renova Spa.  Gastronomic offers at the resort include Italian, Asian, a steakhouse and a gourmet a la carte restaurant.  There is FREE Wi-Fi throughout the resort.

 

DID YOU KNOW

The travel industry recently held their own “Oscars” night; it is the Travvy Awards.  The Travvy Awards highlights our industry’s biggest and brightest stars and awards are given across the categories of destination, cruise lines and tour operators, & hotels and resorts.  One tour operator was a huge winner; Funjet Vacations was awarded gold trophies for Best Vacation Packager Overall, Best Caribbean Vacation Packager, Best Vacation Packager in Mexico and Best Vacation Packager for Families.  

More cruise lines are home porting or calling at Asian ports, as well as, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.  The Cruise Line Industry Association cited a record number of 66 cruise ships which were deployed in Asian waters in 2017.  If you want to fulfill a bucket list vacation of a lifetime or looking for an exotic vacation, now is the time to reserve a cruise vacation. 

 

TRAVEL SPECIALS (All specials are based on availability, subject to change & restrictions apply.)

Funjet Vacations-Plan ahead and save.  Now is the time to plan your summer vacation to save up to $150 and enjoy Funjet Vacations Best Price Guarantee, plus up to 60 pct. off featured hotels & resorts, included airport transfers, kids stay free and more!  Travel dates are 06/01/18-09/30/18.  Don’t’ wait, book and save today!  Book by 02/08/18.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection-Back by popular demand is the “Our Best Offer Ever” sale.  Until March 31, 2018, you can enjoy savings of up to 30 pct. on select 2018 voyages.  ***Exclusive amenities: Virtuoso guests receive $200 per person shipboard credit on all new 2018 bookings.  Plus, on select 2018 departures you will receive a complimentary Virtuoso Voyages custom excursion plus the services of an onboard Virtuoso host.

Trafalgar and Brendan Vacations-Save 7.5 pct. on worldwide Trafalgar and Brendan guided vacations.  Take $400 per couple off Europe flights with guided vacations.  Receive $200 per couple off Europe flights with CostSaver trips and Brendan independent packages.  Must be booked and paid in full by 02/28/18.

Insight Vacations-Receive 7.5 pct. trip savings with Early Payment Discount.  Plus, $200 per person economy/premium air credit.  Must be booked and paid in full by 02/28/18. 

Princess Cruises-During Princess Cruises Anniversary Sale enjoy up to $600 FREE onboard spending money per stateroom and FREE specialty dining for all guests.  Choose from select 6-60 day cruises and cruise-tours sailing summer 2018 to spring 2019 to Alaska, the Americas, Europe and the Exotics.  Book by 02/14/18.

 

VIRTUOSO TRAVEL MAGAZINE

Virtuoso Traveler February/March

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