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3 NCL Alaska Cruises to Consider for 2020 & 2021 Norwegian Cruise Line

3 Alaska Cruises to Consider for 2020 with Norwegian

Journey to Alaska to experience the wonder and awe of being up close with some of the most impressive glaciers in North America. Explore the natural wonder of the rainforest. Look out for the many varieties of Alaskan wildlife, including wolves, harbour seals, humpback whales, and more.

Set out on an unforgettable adventure to some of the most rugged beauty in the world. Norwegian Cruise Line offers a variety of enriching Alaska cruise options for 2020 and 2021. Here are some of the best Alaskan cruises to book right now.

1. 7-Day Alaska Cruise from Seattle

This seven-day Alaskan cruise sets sail from Seattle on one of the newest ships in the Norwegian Cruise Line fleet — Norwegian Joy, which started sailing to Alaska in 2019. Enjoy spacious and well-appointed accommodations. Norwegian Joy features brand new Concierge staterooms that feature some of the most luxurious touches on any of Norwegian Cruise Line’s ships. Among the included amenities are private dining, concierge services, and priority embarkation throughout the duration of your cruise.

While aboard Norwegian Joy, check out the virtual world of the Galaxy Pavilion, where you can immerse yourself in interactive video walls and thrilling simulator rides. The Galaxy Pavilion is perfect for everyone in the family. Other highlights of the Norwegian Joy include a quarter-mile oceanfront promenade, the most thrilling racecourse at sea, and awe-inspiring acrobatics.

After spending a whole day discovering everything that the Norwegian Joy has to offer, you’ll arrive at Ketchikan, Alaska. This town is the gateway to the Misty Fjords National Monument, which offers postcard views of cascading waterfalls, icy blue lakes, and snow-capped mountain peaks. These dramatic sights can only be reached via boat or plane, which is why you’ll want to take the Misty Fjords & Wilderness Explorer tour.

After leaving Ketchikan, you’ll visit Juneau, one of the most famous towns in Alaska and the most scenic state capital in the United States. Next, you’ll cruise overnight through Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, followed by a day at Icy Strait Point. This is a truly special place, as this region has more wildlife than people.

Cruise to Hubbard Glacier, Alaska with Norwegian

2. 7-Day Alaska Cruise with Inside Passage from Seward

This Alaska cruise on Norwegian Jewel takes you through the Inside Passage of Alaska. You’ll discover some of the most scenic destinations in North America along the way. You’ll embark the ship in Seward, Alaska, which is home to a variety of sea mammals and marine life. Seward offers plenty of chances to enjoy fun outdoor activities, from sea kayaking to dog-sledding.

The next sight to see on this itinerary is Hubbard Glacier, a giant tidewater glacier that is more than 6 miles wide where it meets the ocean. This glacier is the longest tidewater glacier in the world.

After viewing the beauty and wonder of Hubbard Glacier, you’ll visit Icy Strait Point, Alaska. Icy Strait Point offers a true Alaskan experience for anyone who wants it, including wildlife encounters. Take a small ship cruise to Point Adolphus, which is one of Alaska’s best destinations for viewing humpback whales. You’ll also want to keep your eyes open for bald eagles, seals, and sea lions.

As you sail into Juneau, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful mountains and glaciers galore, including the Mendenhall glacier, which is 12 miles outside of town. Book a glacier trek, dog sled, or even a helicopter tour to experience this glacial gem. Next, you will sail through the 31-mile Endicott Arm fjord and Dawes Glacier, one of Alaska’s most majestic fjords with abundant waterfalls, towering granite walls, and beautiful hemlock and spruce trees. Once you reach Dawes Glacier, get your camera ready as this active glacier is often “calving,” so you’ll have the chance to photograph some impressive icebergs.

As you sail into Juneau, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful mountains and glaciers galore, including the Mendenhall glacier, which is 12 miles outside of town. Book a glacier trek, dog sled, or even a helicopter tour to experience this glacial gem. Next, you will sail through the 31-mile Endicott Arm fjord and Dawes Glacier, one of Alaska’s most majestic fjords with abundant waterfalls, towering granite walls, and beautiful hemlock and spruce trees. Once you reach Dawes Glacier, get your camera ready as this active glacier is often “calving,” so you’ll have the chance to photograph some impressive icebergs.

Witness Wildlife Up Close in Alaska with Norwegian

3. 15-Day Alaska Cruise from Vancouver

This 15-day Alaska cruise starts in Vancouver, British Columbia offers the most authentic experience of Alaska. All Norwegian Cruisetours are completely escorted by experienced local Alaskan guides. This cruise features a visit with an Iditarod Sled Dog Musher and guaranteed animal sightings. It also features travel on an authentic Alaskan railroad, as well as a riverboat cruise and tour of Fairbanks.

After a day at sea, the first of your five Alaskan ports is Juneau. Kayak one of the state’s many protected waterways, cruise along Tracy Arm Fjord, trek Mendenhall Glacier, and more. Next, spend a day sailing through Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of Alaska’s most beautiful scenery can be found here. You’ll be surrounded by magnificent snow-capped mountains, mesmerizing glaciers, and plenty of wildlife.

After departing Glacier Bay, you will head to Icy Strait Point, one of the most pristine places left on earth. The last two Alaska ports on this itinerary are Sitka and Ketchikan. Sitka is a charming town with no shortage of historical sites and countless wildlife sighting opportunities. Be sure to visit the Raptor Centre, where you can see various birds of prey, including bald eagles.

After departing Glacier Bay, you will head to Icy Strait Point, one of the most pristine places left on earth. The last two Alaska ports on this itinerary are Sitka and Ketchikan. Sitka is a charming town with no shortage of historical sites and countless wildlife sighting opportunities. Be sure to visit the Raptor Centre, where you can see various birds of prey, including bald eagles.

Ketchikan is known for its lush wilderness, tasty salmon, and rich culture, giving you plenty of options for excursions. Aside from noted attractions like Misty Fjords, you can visit an oyster farm, learn about totem culture, fish for salmon or halibut, depending on the time of year, or attend a lumberjack show.

Trying to decide which Alaska cruise is right for you? Be sure to visit Norwegian’s Cruise Deals and sign up to get the latest specials and deals delivered right to your inbox.

 

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Visit Britain – Local Flavours in Britain I Travel For... Local Flavours in Britain

 

I Travel For… Local Flavour in Britain

Relax on the coastline of Cornwall and sink your teeth into a rich Cornish pasty or visit the home of cream tea, Devon, for some scones and clotted cream. Head up north to Scotland to embark on the infamous Malt Whiskey Trail and for any cheese lovers out there a trip to Cheshire is in order for an evening of cheese and wine tasting.

You do not need to venture far within Britain to savour both traditional and international cuisine. You will find regional specialties and a range of gastropubs to Michelin-Star restaurants wherever you go. With the addition of 28 new British restaurants added to the 2020 Michelin Star awards’ list, there is no shortage of great tastes. Experience local flavours with food tours that allow you to bring the taste of Britain home. If you are keen to sample the best of Britain’s alcohol, there is an abundance of incredible festivals for beer, wine and spirits to enjoy throughout 2020.

Regional Specialities

Take a look at our interactive map of regional and national specialties to plan your food adventure in Britain! Just a sample of the regional delicacies mentioned on our map includes Scotland’s national dish of Haggis and a Welsh vegetarian dish called Glamorgan sausage.

Food tours and experiences

For a true taste of Wales, discover the capital city and try its culinary delights as part of a tour from Loving Welsh Food. You can sample traditional and modern Welsh dishes in locations across Cardiff as part of a food tour while meeting local suppliers and discovering more about Welsh culture.

Discover the beauty of England’s National Parks while learning new skills through foraging and wild cooking experiences, like discovering edible treats in Northumberland National Park.

The Scotch Whisky Experience in Edinburgh is a great introduction to Scotland’s national drink and provides an excellent insight into the process of whisky making.

Afternoon Tea experience, B Bakery, London, England.

New British additions to 2020 Michelin Star Awards’ list

London saw numerous new establishments awarded their first Michelin accolade, namely Nuno Mendes’s Mãos in Shoreditch, Dysart Petersham in Richmond, Endo at The Rotunda in Shepherd’s Bush, and Da Terra in Bethnal Green, with the city showing once more why it’s one of the world’s hottest destinations for foodies.

Top UK festivals for beer, wine and spirits

Having cemented its place as a leading whisky festival, the London Whisky and Spirits Weekender has added an array of other spirits to the mix for 2020.

When? 15-17 May

The acclaimed Sussex Gin Fest returns to Borde Hill Garden in July, a celebration of Sussex, British and global gin distillers set in more than 200 acres of stunning parkland.

When? 11 July

Shake off the winter blues with Sunwing tips Posted by Sunwing

The third Monday of January, otherwise known as Blue Monday, is often considered to be one of the gloomiest days of the year. From frigid temperatures and a lack of sunlight to failing New Year’s resolutions, many Canadians begin to experience a serious case of the winter blues at this time.

The good news is that shaking off the winter blues might be easier than you think. According to a survey recently conducted by Sunwing, 95% of Canadians agree that vacations have a positive impact on their wellbeing. We compiled some of our top tips to help you get out of the blues and into the sun this winter. From boosting your mood by booking early to spending some much-needed time in the sun, read on for their top advice on shaking off the winter blues.

Two young girls standing in front of a water park

Book Early and Get Excited

There are plenty of clear advantages to booking your vacation early – you’re more likely to get your preferred departure date and resort and you can score a better deal – but did you know that booking early can also boost your mood? While you’ll definitely feel an upswing in your mood when you step off the plane in paradise and smell that fresh island breeze, over 75% of Canadians say that they get excited about their upcoming vacation the moment they book and the week before they depart – proving that the ‘holiday halo effect’ starts long before you depart and can continue even after you’ve returned home. Booking early will extend the holiday happiness bubble, giving you something exciting to look forward to and making those chilly winter commutes much more bearable.

You’ll have a lot to look forward to when you plan your getaway to Grand Memories Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. This popular resort includes access to one of the largest resort water parks in the Caribbean with a wave pool, seven “monster” slides and two mini slides for kids. Remember to book early to start counting down to paradise and to secure your preferred suite – there are even options that sleep families of five or more.

Swim-up bar and pool overlooking the ocean surrounded by lush palm trees

Fly South to Make Winter Fly By

The dreary winter weather, gloomy skies and shorter days back home in Canada can negatively impact your wellbeing. Booking a vacation to a tropical destination can help make the winter season go by faster! Although all vacations have a positive effect on our wellbeing, over 80% of Canadians agree that where you choose to vacation makes a difference and believe that vacationing somewhere tropical can make the dreaded winter season fly by. When you choose a sunny and warm locale for your next vacation, you’ll get your much-needed dose of vitamin D and facing the rest of the cold weather will be a tropical breeze, with fond memories of your time away and the ‘holiday halo effect’ helping to keep you warm for months (or years!) to come.

After a stay at the top-rated family resort Riu Vallarta, you’ll be ready to take on whatever winter has in store. This newly-renovated property in Riviera Nayarit is nestled on the pristine shores of Playa de Flamingos where you can soak up some much-needed sunshine by the sprawling pool complex or try out a range of water sports by the beach.

Two people on dual ziplines flying high above the coast

Try Something New and Memorable

Sunwing’s survey found that if money was no object, most Canadians (especially millennials) would choose to splurge on experiences and making memories over anything else, including VIP upgrades or luxury items. Excursions are a great way to have a unique experience and make the most of your time away, with memories that will last a lifetime. Not only will you have a blast in the moment, but you’ll also have something positive to look back on over the cold winter months. Excursions are a great way to get outside of your comfort zone and try something new. Whether you want to spend the day on a private island, learn about your destination’s history and culture or race ATVs across the desert, Sunwing Experiences offers something for every traveller – making checking things off your bucket list easy.

Try out exciting new adventures when you stay at Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica, with the resort’s exclusively-curated PH Experiences. Zipline high above the treetops of Guanacaste on the Canopy Congo Trail, unwind in relaxing hot springs after a horseback ride on the Mega Combo Buena Vista adventure, explore nearby Nicaragua’s only active volcano on the Discover Nicaragua excursion and meet sloths and monkeys on the Adventure Pass tour.

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Top 5 Unique Cruise Destinations in 2020

With so many options to choose from when looking into planning a cruise vacation, one can often get lost in the “go-to” destinations that every other traveller is going to. Cruise lines have stepped up their game for 2020, bringing us new experiences and new itineraries for all of the explorers out there. They are taking travellers to corners of the globe that are barely touch, we know, hard to believe! We have collected the top 5 cruise destinations that we are sure any traveller would enjoy!

1. Asia

Asia has been climbing on many top destinations lists, now more than ever, it is the perfect time to experience it from the comfort of your favourite cruise ship. Visit the ancient temples of Cambodia, the relaxed island life in Thailand or the bustling city of Hong Kong. If you feel like moving a little closer to the culture and traditions, a river cruise is the best option. The Mekong River runs through China, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam – a journey along this river will take you to some of the most majestic and unique corners in Asia! Unpack your bag once and check off multiple countries from your travel list, all while being fully emerged in ancient Asian culture.

Sail 9 nights around South East Asia with Royal Caribbean onboard Quantum of the Seas, October 2020
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2. Galapagos

 

This untouched region of nature is crawling with unique animals and endless “awe” experiences for all ages. Make your way to one of the most unique areas of the world, filled with magical moments and wildlife that will blow you away. Celebrity Cruises recently introduced the evolutionary Celebrity Flora, this luxury mega yacht is based in the Galapagos and designed to immerse its guests in the destination. If you want something more intimate, there is a long list of smaller cruise lines that will help you get up close and personal with the Blue-Footed Boobies, ancient tortoises and playful sea lions.

Sail 11 nights in the Galapagos with Celebrity Cruises onboard the Flora, March 2020
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3. Iceland

If you want to dig deep and really feel connected to a destination, Iceland is the best pick! Although you might only be visiting the one country on this cruise itinerary, it will feel as though you are exploring a whole new world. Cruise lines will fill your excursion list with black sand beaches, natural hot springs, active volcanos, and captivating waterfalls. If visiting during the fall, you may be lucky enough to check off the Northern Lights from your bucket list or if passing by in the summer months, experience the perfect time for whale watching! *Fun fact: There are long, dark winters, and summers lit by the Midnight Sun.

Sail 14 nights around Iceland & Norway with Princess Cruises onboard the Grand Princess, June 2020
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4. Pacific Region

Islands, islands and more islands! We couldn’t just choose one beautiful Pacific island with crystal blue waters and the whitest sand you will have lay eyes on… so we decided on them all. Whether you want to explore some of the small pieces of an island paradise or make your way down under, cruising the south pacific is the best way to experience these breathtaking islands. With itineraries that will take you around the entire circumference of Australia or zig-zag your way through islands like Fiji or Bora Bora.

Sail 13 days from Australia to New Zealand with Holland America onboard the Noordam, February 2020
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5. Africa, Seychelles & Madagascar

Head off the beaten path and into the wild! As you make your way to unique islands like Madagascar and Seychelles. Spend some time exploring the untouched beaches before making your way inland on a memorable safari. An exotic and incredible Africa itinerary will take your breath away, not to mention the endless wildlife sightings!

Sail 20 nights around Exotic South Africa + Islands with NCL onboard the Spirit, March 2020
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Australia Bushfire Update – Support Australia through Travel Posted by Goway Travel - January, 2020

All across the world, people stand in solidarity with Australians in the midst of the heartbreaking bushfires that have spread across parts of the country. At Goway and TPI, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families and communities affected. We hope for an end to the fires and a speedy recovery for the impacted townships and natural landscapes. We also commend the fearless efforts of first responders who are combating the fires and working to restore their communities.

Some have voiced concern over whether Australia remains safe for travel at this time. To that end, we must stress that while the seriousness of the bushfires in Australia has not been overstated, many parts of the country of interest to international tourists are unaffected and remain open for travel.

To be specific, some key regional areas in New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia, including western Kangaroo Island, have been affected and are currently not recommended for travellers. However, many previously affected regions have since re-opened to tourism. For instance, touring of the Blue Mountains in New South Wales has resumed and Kangaroo Island is also still accepting visitors in the unaffected eastern towns of the island.

Please know that our primary concern is ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our travellers, whether in Australia or elsewhere. We are constantly monitoring the bushfire situation in conjunction with our Sydney office and local partners and have been proactively contacting and successfully relocating all the travellers whose plans have been immediately impacted by these fires.

If you are booked to travel Downunder in the near future, reach out to your Travel Advisor to assist you by answering any of your questions and concerns or by making any necessary modifications to your clients’ vacation.

For up-to-date information on Australian weather and wildfires, check out the Australian Government’s Bureau of Meteorology, which provides weather updates for all parts of Australia, as well as the latest fire warnings.

TPI and Goway, value your safety above everything else. We also value supporting local communities in Australia in any way possible. We firmly believe that travel changes the world for the better. One major way to support Australia at this time is to travel to the country as planned and explore the many regions unaffected by the fires, where tourism is still open.

There’s so much to see and do in Australia and now is the perfect time to support it. Click here for ways you can help.

Where To Go When: The Best Places To Go On Holiday Posted in Condé Nast Traveller by Laura Fowler

 

One person’s idea of the best holiday destinations in the world differs wildly from the next’s. It all depends, of course, on what you want from a holiday. Whether your idea of fun is taking off as many clothes as is humanly decent and lying down for two weeks, or standing ponderously before Giotto’s candlelit frescoes in Assisi, or hacking through rainforest to discover the indigenous tribe that has never clapped eyes on an outsider. Why every day thousands make the pilgrimage that is the three-hour queue at Madame Tussaud’s to see a bunch of famous dummies, and they can’t get enough of it.

Some places in the world, however, are so unequivocally brilliant, so indisputably incredible, that it would take extraordinary effort to not love them. Places that have everyone from belligerent old uncles to jaded been-there-done-it-alls about what a simply WONDERFUL holiday they had. So here is the ultimate holiday calendar to help you find out where to go when, top holiday destinations whether you want beaches or wilderness, safari or city breaksskiing or winter sun; whether you want to know where to go in October, or where to escape the crowds at Easter: the 10 best holiday destinations for every month of the year.

 

BEST HOLIDAY DESTINATIONS CALENDAR

Where to go on holiday in January
Kick-off the New Year somewhere amazing and uplifting – our top 10 holiday destinations for January are all epic and give a much-needed dose of winter sun to beat the post-holiday party blues.

 

Where to go on holiday in February
February is possibly the best month for winter sun in the tropics – the January crowds have departed, prices have dipped, the weather’s still hot and sunny – and it’s carnival time! These are our Top 10 destinations for holidays in February

 

Where to go on holiday in March
March is often a good time for cheap holidays – a shoulder-season month between the Christmas and Easter crowds when it’s heavenly in certain long-haul destinations and you can find early spring sun just four hours’ flight from the UK.

 

Where to go on holiday in April
Sure-fire-fantastic ideas for holidays in April, as spring warms up the Med and Europe’s greatest cities come out from hibernation – and a few far-flung under-the-radar destinations you might not have considered but will definitely love. Plus where to safari in April, and where to ski in April.

 

Where to go on holiday in May
May time, playtime: not one but two bank holidays for weekend breaks; where to find spring sun in Europe; why May is our favourite month in these North American destinations; plus the little-known islands with year-round sunshine just a four-hour flight away.

 

Where to go on holiday in June
Summer’s here – quick, take a summer holiday before the schools break up! Here’s where to find the best beach holidays in June, a few excellent city breaks, plus an epic trip of a lifetime.

 

Where to go on holiday in July
Holidays in July where you can beat the crowds, from Great British beach holidays to a few beach holiday destinations in Europe you might not have thought of – and some epic long-haul destinations at their absolute best in July.

 

Where to go on holiday in August
Where to go in August when the world and his wife are on holiday? These are our top 10 holiday destinations for August to escape the crowds, where you can still find a quiet beach and a table at the best restaurants in these good-time cities.

 

Where to go on holiday in September
Sunshine, lower prices, quieter beaches – why September is the best month to go to Santorini, IbizaSicily, and more of our favourite Mediterranean islands, top beach destinations, and some of the best cities in Europe

 

Where to go on holiday in October
Holidays in October are ideal for the last blast of sunshine in southern Europe where it’s still hot and sunny. It’s a top month for nature shows, too, from the fiery autumn displays to wildlife in a few of the world’s most extraordinary islands. Read our top 10 holiday destinations for October here.

 

Where to go on holiday in November
Time for a long-haul holiday, a burst of winter sun. You can still find warm weather in Europe, if you know where to look; while South America, the Caribbean and the Antipodes are perfect for beach holidays in November, with prices low before the Christmas rush. Read our top 10 holiday destinations for November here.

 

Where to go on holiday in December
Some of the world’s best winter-sun destinations are in their prime in December. So which is the best Caribbean island at Christmas? Where are the best places to spend New Year’s Eve? Plus the top holiday destinations for winter sun in December, and where to ski at Christmas.

 

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Why Book With a TPI Advisor?

Have you ever checked into a hotel and had your favourite bowl of candy waiting for you in your room or sat down for dinner and had the waiter already know that you are allergic to the peanut sauce? If the answer is no then you probably don’t book your trips with a travel agent. Many people are beginning to think that with the ever-expanding internet, travel agents are going to be phased out, but they are wrong.

 

Yes, we are seeing more booking platforms online which are available to assist travellers with their reservations, but where we see the negative in this is the personalization and extra touches that a website can not offer. With a travel agent, you have access to a real person available just for you and who has real relationships with suppliers around the world. These relationships can lead to early check-ins, special treatments, and even unexpected lower rates.

 

Book with your TPI Advisor and truly experience personalization at its finest. We have access to exclusive amenities, upgrades, and unique experiences from our trusted preferred partners. Being a part of the exclusive network of Virtuoso, this allows us to be experts in connecting you with the perfect itinerary while providing the best value for your money and time. We understand that time is the most important thing for our clients, and to have you trust us with this important commodity is what pushes us to go the extra mile to create the most memorable trips for you.

 

Next time you are thinking of booking that weekend getaway or bucket list trip, remember how much value booking with your TPI Advisor would add to your experience.

 

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5 Reasons to Book a Viking Ocean Cruise

Ask us to point to the best thing about Viking Ocean Cruises and you might be met with a blank stare. Not because there isn’t anything to recommend the line, though — it’s quite the opposite actually. With Viking, every detail — from the decor and atmosphere to the food and itineraries —is special and it is the experience as a whole that makes these cruises truly remarkable. So we couldn’t possibly choose just one best thing.

If you’ve enjoyed the company’s sister line of river cruises,you are sure to be impressed by their spectacular ocean line. And if you’re new to Viking cruises, well, you’re in for a treat. Here are our top five reasons to book a Viking Ocean Cruise today:

#1: Viking is at the top of its game

Ranked as the World’s Best Ocean Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure for two years in a row (2016 and 2017), Vikingoffers an incredible experience aboard its beautiful vessels. There’s no better time to discover what all the fuss is about. Among the top luxury cruise lines, Viking has the youngest fleet of ocean liners, including two brand-new ships. This means you’ll be sailing on the newest vessels with a company proving to be the very best in its class.

#2: Clean and serene experience

Feeling stressed? Overwhelmed by work? There’s nothing like a quiet vacation to clear the head. Viking offers an exceptionally serene environment aboard its ocean vessels. Uncluttered spaces, light-filled rooms and a decidedly un-mega-cruise-ship feel are the hallmarks of a Viking voyage. The well-designed ships keep to a clean Scandinavian aesthetic and maxes out at just 930 passengers. What a breath of fresh air.

#3: Inspiring itineraries

On a Viking voyage, the itineraries are as important as the onboard experience. Viking is able to take advantage of its smaller-sized ships to bring passengers into ports other cruise ships simply cannot navigate. And being closer to the main destinations — as opposed to out-of-the-way ports — means less hassle and more time to explore.

But beyond just the convenience of the smaller ships, Viking really shines with its port-rich innovative itineraries. The hardest part is deciding which itinerary to head out on first.

 

#4: Immersive Cultural Experiences

 

One of Viking’s stated goals is to provide travellers with an immersive cultural experience in every port — and the company really delivers. Not only does each stop include one free excursion, but Viking likes to curated experiences that give travellers a glimpse into local life and culture. Onboard, passengers have further opportunity to explore the cultures they are visiting through optional lectures, art exhibits, shows and food/wine tastings.

#5: Inclusive Pricing

 Nothing can ruin a vacation vibe faster than having to think about money all the time. On Viking, almost everything is included: from all dining options and wine with meals to shore excursions and unlimited wi-fi. Want to eat dinner in your room? No problem — room service is available free of charge any time of day or night. You can even visit the luxury spa pools (treatments are extra of course) and do your laundry without having to reach for your wallet. Now that’s something to celebrate.

 

Five ‘Life-Saving’ Items to add to Your Regular Packing List

You’re getting ready for your next trip. The suitcase is open on the bed, and you’re going down the list of everything you’ll need to take with you.

Sandals? Check. Wind breaker? Check. Sunscreen? Check.

Duct tape? Wait….what?

You read that correctly. A small roll of duct tape takes up a tiny bit of space, but can save you in tons of different ways. Patch a tear in your shoes, jacket, or trusty bag. Baby proof a hotel room in ten seconds by covering outlets and taping drawers shut. Hem your pants. Use as a bandage in an emergency. The list goes on and on.

Here are four more things that should become part of your regular packing list:

External USB battery charger. Nothing is more exasperating or panic-inducing than finding yourself lost and needing to pull up that email with directions, or that map to your hotel, or make a phone call — and having your smartphone conk out on you. Save outlet space in airports, hotels, train stations, and other oft-traveled places. Always have a way to charge up your phone, tablet, or other USB powered electronic device, even if there are no outlets available.

The humble safety pin can be an amazing asset. Aside from the usual functions — holding your pants or shirt together, for example, when you lose a button — they also can serve to bundle small items like jewelry orkeys, to keep everything organized and in one place. Discretely place a pin on the inside hem of a slip or s
atin jacket lining to eliminate static cling. Use them to attach easily-lost things like mittens to the zipper or hood of your kids’ jackets.

 

A few strips of chamois (or other absorbent fabric) in different sizes. You can keep them all in a zip-lock bag (along with a couple of other bags for temporarily storing used cloths until you can wash them) — but having different sizes helps for different situations, and it’s best to choose fabrics that are also quick-drying. Small squares for cleaning glasses. A washcloth for bigger spills or for freshening up at a rest stop. Use a bandana-sized piece to tie back your hair or, when dampened, tie around your head on a hot day to keep cool. A long, narrower strip can serve as an emergency belt, hair tie, ace bandage, or even a way to tie a bag closed if a zipper breaks. They even make fantastic travel towels, because they roll up into a compact size, suck up the liquid, and dry completely in no time at all.

 

My contact information. As your travel agent, my job doesn’t end when yourtrip starts!

It’s not common, but sometimes complications arise while you are traveling, and I am always available to youto assist wit
h sticky situations you might find yourself in. (This is, of course, just one of the many perks of working with a travel agent!) Before your trip, you can make a “favorites” list in your phone of all trip-related contact info — my number and email address, hotel, car rental, reservations, etc. — for easy access. That way, I’m always just a call away. To find out more about the benefits of working with me and to plan your next trip, contact me today.

 

Why use a TPI Travel Advisor to plan your trip?

There used to be a time when travel was so daunting for ordinary people that experts were consulted whenever someone needed to book a train or steamer ticket. Nowadays, the Internet makes it possible to plan a trip with the click of a mouse, and many people are taking on travel by themselves.

However, as the travel world gets more accessible, it also becomes more saturated. Every destination includes a dizzying wealth of information, from the best time to visit to the cultural dos and don’ts, while choosing a hotel can mean wading through endless websites and online reviews. Add tour guides, attractions and restaurants to the mix and suddenly, planning your annual getaway takes way more than just a few keystrokes – it becomes rather overwhelming.This is where a travel advisor comes in handy. These worldly experts make it their business to trot the globe in search of the next great adventure or luxurious retreat, and they’re dedicated to giving you the trip you’ve always dreamed about – no matter what that entails.

Here are some reasons why you can’t put a price on expert advice:

A TPI Advisor knows people!   Sure, anyone can book a three-night deal at the Ritz. But can you secure an upgrade that includes breakfast, a spa credit and private city tours? Your agent can; she not only knows the general manager, she also sends the hotel a lot of overnight guests each year, meaning the Ritz wants to keep her happy. The best agents have long-standing relationships with companies and professionals around the world, and they’ll gladly share those hard-won connections with you, giving you access to perks you couldn’t get on your own.

A TPI Advisor is an expert and knows things based on experience and feedback! If this is your first time in a new destination, planning an itinerary on your own often includes relying on the suggestions of Internet strangers. Such guesswork can be risky, especially if you’re hoping for a unique experience, so why leave it up to chance? Your travel advisor has been where you’re going (probably more than once), and can recommend must-do activities, upcoming events, and even attractions to avoid – all tailored to your taste and budget.

TPI Advisors truly care about your trip as much as you do!  Our travel advisors are not only passionate about making your vacation dreams come true, they also know that a satisfied client is a client who returns – and makes recommendations. Advisors are just as invested in your trip as you, and will do everything possible to make it memorable – including designing an itinerary for your exact specifications, being available throughout your trip in case things don’t go perfectly to plan, and even arranging little extras along the way.

In the end, using a TPI Travel Advisor really comes down to value. Whether you’re looking for an elegant escape or somewhere new to explore, their expertise and insider access is guaranteed to bring you more bang for your buck – along with perks, flexibility and securities you’ll never find anywhere else.

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