Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cruises: Overnight Land Excursions

Overnight Excursions


One of the down sides of cruising is that you have limited time in each port which in turn limited how far outside of these port cities you can go.  Many passengers want to get outside of the port city and explore neighboring areas.  Well passengers have spoken and the cruise lines have listened and now several cruise lines are offering overnight land excursions.

Passengers on Regent Seven Seas Cruises can tke overnight excursions to the Taj Mahal.

Holland America Line is offering overnight trips to Sri Lanka.

Guests on Silversea Cruises can spend the night in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Hurtigruten will take guests reindeer sledding where they will spend the night in a Sami tent.

Royal Caribbean International is offering two day overnight excursions in ports in Greece and Tikal, Guatemala, where guests will rejoin the cruise ship at the next port.

Crystal Cruises offers more than a dozen Overland Adventures on its 102 day Grand Pacific Panorama where guests can spend between one and four nights hundreds of miles from port.

What's New in the Cruising World

New Ships

River cruises

In 2017 cruisers will see a number of new ships.  Silversea Cruises will be introducing their 596 passenger Silver Muse, their largest ship ever.  This ship will do away with the main dining room and replace it with eight dining choices, three of which will be open-air.

Seabourn Cruise Line will be launching their largest ship, the 604 passenger Seabourn Encore which will feature a whole new look.

MSC Cruises' 4,500 passenger MSC Meraviglia will carry more passenger than any other cruise ship in the world.  This "smart ship" will allow passengers to access their staterooms, locate their children and more all by their smartphones, braclet or cruise card.

MSC Cruises 4,140 passenger MSC Seaside will also be launching in 2017 and will feature cluster cabins.  Guests can book up to three connecting cabins that accommodate up to ten passengers which make them a great option for family's and small groups of friends.

Viking Ocean Cruises' 930 passenger Viking Sky and Viking Sun will allow the cruise line to expand their itineraries worldwide.

AmaWaterways will be partnering with Disney next year on their 158 guest AmaKristina as well as adding more cabins for families.

Crystal River Cruises will launch the 110 passenger Crystal Bach and Crystal Mahler.  They have already made their mark on the river cruising industry with their choice of three dining rooms, room service and king size beds.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will unveil its first "super ship." The 128 passenger Joie de Vivre will sail the Seine River and is scheduled to debut in March.

CroisiEurope will be introducing four new ships in 2017 and will be moving into Africa's Chobe and Zambezi rivers with  the 16 passenger African Dream.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

United's New Basic Economy

United has announced its new low  cost "basic economy"  for budget minded travelers.  Basic economy passengers are not allowed to bring a carry on bag other then a purse or computer bag, They are also unable to pre-select a seat and will be the last to board the plane.   However if you are on a tight budget this could be a good low cost option for you.

United Basic Economy

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Corinthia Hotel, London Offers Dollar for Pound Rates

It has never been a better time to visit London and now Corinthia Hotel London is delighted to offer all our American customers a guaranteed US Dollar Rate.

Book from 16th November through to 23rd November 2016 for travel until 30th December 2017 and Corinthia Hotel London will honour $1 US DOLLAR = £1 GBP for this very special promotion. Promotion code must be quoted at time of booking. 

Subject to availability.
Black out dates apply (eg. 31st December 2016).
Full prepayment at time of booking.
Not applicable and combinable with any other offer or rate.
Valid on new bookings only.
Corinthia Hotel London

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Retro Pan Am Experience

Retro AirlinesHave you ever seen a movie that featured a scene showing an airline from the 70's and you think how cool it looked.  With the Pan Am stewardess in their baby blue uniforms carrying their bags with the famous Pan Am logo on it.  Service on the plane was top notch and passengers actually got dressed up when they flew.

Well now you can go back in time and experience all the glamour for yourself.  Air Hollywood in
Retro AirlinesLos Angeles, the world's largest aviation themed film studio, has re-created an exact replica of a Pan Am 747 interior as it would have appeared in the 1970's.  Every other weekend it comes to life in the Pan Am experience, a re-created dinner that re-creates everything right down to the menus and service items.  On board guests will be serviced food and drinks from that era off the original menu's.  The experience also includes a period fashion show and "in-flight" triva game.  All guests receive luggage tags and the winners of the trivia games receive Pan Am bags.  Around the cabin guests will find fake cigarettes to complete that real 70's feel and the extensively trained stewardesses are always on hand should you need anything.

Many of the guest dress in period clothing.  First class upper deck cost $355 and first class main deck $295.  13240 Weidner St, Los ANgeles, Ca. (818) 890-0444

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

TripAdvisor To Stop Selling Animal Encounter Excursions

TripAdvisor and Viator are no longer going to be offering, booking tickets or receiving revenue for any attractions that do not meet the current animal welfare policy.  This includes traveler’s experiences with endangered species, such as elephant rides, tiger petting and swim-with-dolphin programs.

TripAdvisor will continue to display the listings and publish consumer reviews however, the website will be introducing an educational portal linked from the listing on the animal welfare practices.  

Friday, October 21, 2016

Hanging Out with a Local in Dublin, Ireland

If you are heading to Dublin you and a guest can meet up with a local for a drink or some tea and get to know the city from their point of view.  The City of a Thousand Welcomes ambassador program, sponsored by the Little Museum of Dublin, will arrange for you to meet a local for free.

Go to and pick your date and fill out the application.