Disney Announces 2020 – Return to Greece & Dubrovnik & New Ports of Call

It is official, after a five-year hiatus  Disney Cruise Line will be returning to Greece the summer of 2020.  Disney will be heading back to Greece with three new Mediterranean voyages, departing out of Rome.  Guests will have the opportunity to choose a 9-night or 12-night adventure aboard the Disney Magic, where guests can marvel at the beautiful landscapes and archeological wonders of destinations like Piraeus, the gateway to Athens; Katakolon, near ancient Olympia; and the islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Crete.  These amazing itineraries also include other incredible destinations in the Mediterranean region such as Messina (Sicily), where guests can visit landmarks such as Mount Etna, the highest most active volcano in Europe, or Piazza del Duomo, the city’s historic center.  The “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik, Croatia is also an option on the 9-night sailing.

There are also additional new ports of call in Europe include Gdynia, Poland; Nordfjordeid, Norway; Plymouth, England; and Zeebrugge, Belgium. This new collection of destinations is part of the Disney Magic’s grand tour of Europe in the summer of 2020, which begins with sailings through the Mediterranean and Greek Isles before heading to northern Europe in late summer for cruises to the Baltic, the British Isles and Norwegian fjords.

Alaskan Adventures
In 2020, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season, opening up a world of breathtaking natural vistas, magnificent glaciers and awe-inspiring wildlife. These seven-night itineraries depart from Vancouver, Canada, with visits to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point and Dawes Glacier.

Tropical Travel to the Caribbean and Bahamas
In addition to seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, near Orlando, Florida, the Disney Fantasy will embark on a variety of itineraries to the Caribbean and Bahamas throughout the summer of 2020. These include five- and nine-night Caribbean sailings, along with three-, four- and five-night Bahamian cruises, two of which feature two stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.

The Disney Dream will provide even more opportunities for guests to visit Castaway Cay in the summer of 2020 with three-, four- and five-night Bahamian cruises, including a series of cruises with two calls on the private island paradise.

Guided Experiences with Adventures by Disney
In summer 2020, Disney Cruise Line guests can enrich their cruise vacation with a variety of add-on packages from Adventures by Disney. Highlights include brand-new ways to experience the Caribbean, a return to Alaska and popular packages in northern Europe and the Mediterranean.

When To Book Summer 2020 Itineraries
Platinum, Gold or Silver Castaway Club members, can take advantage of the opportunity to book summer 2020 itineraries before they go on sale to the general public on March 7, 2019. Book either online or by phone during the designated booking window.

  • March 4, 2019: Platinum Members
  • March 5, 2019: Platinum and Gold Members
  • March 6, 2019: Platinum, Gold and Silver Members
  • March 7, 2019: all Guests

How to Book

 

How Air Travel Will Change in 2019

 

 

by:  Kristen Leigh Painter (Conde Nest Traveler)

For the past five years, it’s been boom times in U.S. air travel as passengers benefited from highly profitable airlines in the form of low airfares and a rapid expansion of new flights. In 2018 alone, many U.S. consumers faced an onslaught of discounted fares—$99, $59, and even $19 one-way—and the industry celebrated a bounty of “firsts,” like the first nonstop flight from Chicago to Africa on Ethiopian Airlines, and Kansas City’s first non-stop flight to Europe on Icelandair. With 2019 just weeks away, the new year looks to be full of its own surprises, bringing new elements like biometrics and more (!) bag fees to the travel experience. International trade policies and fuel prices are wild cards that could throw a wrench in it all though—possibly driving up prices and driving down the number of flights.

Biometrics Will Be Here, There, and Everywhere

Travelers can expect to see greater use of human biometric data—like facial recognition and other physical characteristics—to board airplanes, pass through customs, and drop bags in 2019. Delta Air Lines led the movement, opening the first biometric terminal in Atlanta this year, but others, including JetBlue and Lufthansa, have piloted biometric boarding processes in Boston, Detroit, and Los Angeles. Delta is also testing facial recognition technology to self-check bags at Minneapolis-St. Paul. Orlando International Airport plans to use facial scanning on all inbound and outbound international flights by the beginning of the year (U.S. citizens can opt-out, though that’s not widely advertised). Clear, a biometric technology company, is now in more than 25 U.S. airports and has partnered with Hertz to speed up car rental pickup and with Delta for quick entry to its airport lounges with a thumbprint ID. But with the growing prevalence of biometric data, privacy concerns will continue to bubble, too. (Read more about that here.)

Cathay Pacific unveiled “The Deck,” a massive new lounge, at Hong Kong International Airport, in March 2018.  Courtesy Cathay Pacific

Tailor-Made Everything Is The Thing

Travelers will have more options than ever before—including basic economy, standard economy, premium economy, business class, or first class—to customize their flight experience in 2019. Premium customers will see the rosier side of customized travel. Carriers are investing heavily in upgrading airport lounges at hubs across their networks and adding more luxurious, front-of-plane cabins, like United’s Polaris, American’s Flagship First, JetBlue’s Mint, and Delta’s One suites. “Airlines are curating and tailoring their pricing and experiences based on loyalty and frequent flying,” says Katie Raddatz, a senior director with Carlson Wagonlit Travel, which manages business travel for companies. “The days when people pay different costs for the same experiences are going away.”

But with more delineation, certain things we’ve come to expect as included in our fare just won’t be. (And it’ll likely cost more.) Spirit Airlines, for one, has pioneered “dynamic pricing” for its bag fees, which—in simplest terms—means customers will pay more for their luggage during more desirable times of day (like Monday mornings or Friday afternoons), seasons (winter when travelers tend to pack bulkier items), or for longer trips. There’s even no longer a luggage price matrix to reference on Spirit’s website because there are too many variables on an individual’s flight itinerary that must be calculated.

Who will follow? “I think more airlines will try it this year because, quite bluntly, there’s a lot of money in it,” says Bob Mann, a Port Washington, New York-based airline consultant. Though legacy airlines used to turn up their noses at the ultra-low-cost carriers like Spirit and Allegiant for nickel-and-diming customers with fees, those same carriers are now adopting and adapting many of these methods, from the rise of basic economy to higher bag fees, and calling it “customization.” These incremental changes will increase in 2019 as airlines leverage data to promote special offers, upgrades, and add-ons to customers based on their flying history.

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Airfares May Get More Expensive (Sorry)

Fuel is a major expense for airlines, and ultimately affects the cost consumers pay to reach their destination. As airlines in recent years benefited from low fuel prices, which bottomed out in early 2016, they were able to price tickets more competitively. That all looked to be changing this summer as crude oil rose to its highest level since 2014, and experts began to brace consumers for rising airfares next year. But then the cost of oil dropped again this fall, creating volatility and leaving airfare forecasts in flux, says Raddatz. Moral of the story? Stay tuned.

The Ultra-Long Haul Flight May See Some Struggles

This fall, much fanfare was made about Singapore Airlines’ relaunch of the world’s longest nonstop flight—18.5 hours between Singapore and Newark. And competition is heating up: The advent of more fuel-efficient planes has led several airlines to start new ultra-long-haul flights, defined as more than 8,000 miles one way. In the past few years, United launched its 17.5-hour Houston to Sydney flight, Qantas Airways started flying 17 hours from Perth to London, and Cathay Pacific Airways began a 17-hour nonstop from Hong Kong to Washington, D.C. In 2019, United will fly nonstop from San Francisco to Delhi and Singapore Airlines will fly nonstop from its home country to Seattle. “There was a thirst for it and there was a lot of great marketing and promotion behind it,” says Raddatz of Carlson Wagonlit. She calculates there are currently 19 in service around the globe, which is three times as many as a decade ago.

But an airplane on a 15- or 16-hour flight uses nearly 40 percent of all its onboard fuel just to carry the weight of the fuel it takes to go that far, Mann says. Both Raddatz and Mann agree that for these flights to make financial sense, an airline needs to be carrying predominantly premium-class passengers to pay the heftier fees to cover the fuel costs. Singapore Airlines has configured its long-haul aircraft with just premium economy and business class seats—something Qantas is now taking into consideration for its ultra-long-haul aircraft of the future. If fuel prices rise too steeply next year, we will probably be saying “sayonara” to some of these super-long-haul flights.

Travel by Rail

Travel by rail is definitely trending for 2019.  One of our Virtuoso Travel Partners, Ker & Downey has named train travel in Europe as one of the top trends for 2019.  According to the World Rail Market Study, conducted by Roland Berger and commissioned by UNIFE (organization that represents the European rail industry) the rail supply market has grown by 1.2% between the years of 2013-2017.  The study also predicts a steady growth for rail products over the next six years.

There are many advantages to traveling by rail in Europe.  Check out a few below:

  • You are able to enjoy the flexibility of moving around the train, comfortable seating,
  • You are able to explore multiple destinations on just about any budget,
  • You are able to save time traveling, when you factor in the time you spend at the airport (checking-in, security, boarding).
  • Train schedules tend to be more frequent, allowing more flexibility.
  • Train stations are centrally located within cities, meaning only a quick taxi, Uber or walk to your hotel.
  • Traveling by train can mean not needing a vehicle and the potential hassles of driving in a foreign location.  No need for International Driver License.
  • Traveling via train discourages over-packing.
  • The scenery is sometimes breathtaking.  You are able to see parts of the country that you would have not seen had you flown.
  • Your travel advisor has access to the experts to plan your itinerary.

Let’s get your adventure by train itinerary started today.

 

2021 River Collection – Crystal River Cruises

Crystal River Cruises has released their amazing 2021 cruise collection and it is open for booking.  Remember to book with Wheels Up Adventures to receive your exclusive amenities.

This award-winning fleet of five all-suite, butler-serviced ships will offer a rich collection of 183 all-inclusive voyages ranges from 7 to 16 days in 2021 with many combinable options. Itineraries showcase dozens of UNESCO World Heritage Sites with many overnight stays and late departures allowing for immersive exploration on complimentary experiences ashore, including full-day overland adventures to places like Salzburg and Český Krumlov. A new “Eastern Danube Discoveries” voyage debuts, and other special itineraries include springtime “Tulips & Windmills” sailings, fall/winter Christmas Markets voyages, and picturesque “Enchanting Moselle” journeys.

Click the link below for the 2021 River Collection.

2021-River-Collection by Crystal River Cruises

Contact us www.wheelsupadventures.com/ or by email at marnie@wheelsupadventures.com

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Why do you need me as your travel advisor?

You can absolutely research and book your next adventure on your own, but why would you, when you have me to assist you?  As a Virtuoso travel advisor, I have the ability to find you the best adventure utilizing my knowledge, my teams experience, and global connections to put together a trip that will be second to none.   With a portfolio of over 2,000 top hotels, cruise partners, tour operators and more, Virtuoso represents the upper echelon of our industry.

Knowledge & Experience

Just as you might use an interior designer, financial planner or personal trainer, it makes perfect sense to use a travel advisor when booking your vacation.  Not only have I traveled extensively but actively research and educate myself on the industry, trends, destinations, products and more.  I also have an incredible partner in Virtuoso that offers that best training in our industry.  I am constantly scouting out the best hotels, tours, restaurants and more for my clients.  I am able to see the nuances in every trip.  From the big-picture aspects (where to go – and when) to the details that matter (rooms with the best views, or best gelato in Florence) Why not use my knowledge and experience and save some time.  Using me doesn’t mean you don’t get to do some research, it just streamlines it for you.  Your time is a super valuable, let me give you some time to spend on other things.

Personal Attention To Your Needs

As your advisor I understand what is most important to you and design an itinerary based on what is key to you and your traveling companions.  You may want to see the Vatican on a private tour, celebrate an anniversary in a special way, experience a wellness vacation to recalibrate or let your kids experience seeing lions & giraffes in the wild.  As an advisor, I can make plenty of suggestions that will work best for you. I may also help you think creatively about a destination that you have not thought about, or give you ideas on new ways to experience places that you have already visited but want to return.

Added Value

As a travel advisor I can secure benefits that are not available to an online travel agency or a direct booking with a cruise line, hotel/resort or tour.  Booking with Wheels Up Adventures allows you to take advantage of preferred rates and exclusive amenities such as room upgrades, early check-in & late check-out, shipboard credits, daily breakfast, specialty dining, pre-paid gratuities, and many more exclusive amenities.

Advocate

Issues are bound to pop up during any trip and I am your personal help line with the backing of the best team and travel consortium in the business, Virtuoso.  Let me take care of things so we can get your trip back on track.

Let me use my passion, knowledge, experience and team to share the world with you.  It would be my pleasure.

 

 

 

Our Best Offer Yet – U By Uniworld

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IT’S BACK.

Why was Uniworld named the “#1 River Cruise Line” in Travel + Leisure’s 2018 World’s Best Awards? It might have something to do with our one-of-a-kind floating boutique hotels, such as the newly renovated S.S. Beatrice and award-winning S.S. Joie de Vivre. It could have also been due to our delicious farm-to-table comfort cuisine or choice of carefully curated experiences or outstanding service or all-inclusive amenities.

No matter what the reasons were for receiving such an honor, one thing’s for sure: we want you to come experience an ultra-luxurious Uniworld river cruise for yourself—for less.

SAVE UP TO 30% ON SELECT CRUISES WITH OUR BEST OFFER.*

 

Our Best One Yet Promotional Flyer

*Our Best Offer is valid for new, individual bookings on select 2019 itineraries and departure dates only, made between 11/1/2018 and 12/31/2018. Offer applies to full-fare bookings only. All fares and savings CST #2075415-20 listed are in US Dollars. Fares featured are for cruise or cruise/tour only, per person (unless otherwise noted) based on double occupancy. Rates for single guests are available upon request. Rates and savings
vary by itinerary, departure date and category of accommodations. Offer is not combinable with any other promotional offer. Offer is capacity controlled and may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Other
restrictions may apply. For complete details, general information, and terms and conditions applicable to all Uniworld trips, please visit Uniworld.com.

 

Join Hurtigruten in Iceland & Fly Free

Our 12-day expedition begins and ends in Reykjavík, and circumnavigates the entire country of Iceland in between. Book before November 30, 2018 and you can fly for free!

During May and June of 2019, you’ll have four opportunities to join us as we spend 12 full days exploring this island nation, home to fascinating and dramatic geological features, as well as a tremendous amount of wildlife. You’ll explore some truly astonishing landscapes—spectacular waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, lava fields, and even active volcanoes. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest in Europe. And, if you book your trip before November 30, 2018, you’ll get to fly for free! *contact us for all promotion details.

Sailings:

Travel Dates Product Name Ship
18 May 2019 – 29 May 2019 MS Spitsbergen
29 May 2019 – 09 Jun 2019 MS Spitsbergen
09 Jun 2019 – 20 Jun 2019 MS Spitsbergen
20 Jun 2019 – 01 Jul 2019 MS Spitsbergen

 

Ventures by Seabourn Antarctica

 

Experience a new, fresh look at Ventures by Seabourn’s Antarctica. See penguins, whales and other diverse wildlife, kayak around icebergs and massive glaciers, hike along the majestic continent and see the wonders of Antarctica up close through our optional Ventures program, only on Seabourn.

Request information on this cruise line or any destination at Request for Information Form

The Seabourn Difference
  • Intimate ships with a private club atmosphere
  • Intuitive, personalized service provided by staff passionate about exceeding guests expectations 
  • Curated voyages to all seven continents delivering award-winning experiences
  • All ocean-front suites, luxuriously appointed
  • Complimentary premium spirits and fine wines available on board at all times
  • Welcome Champagne and complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences 
  • Tipping is neither required, nor expected 
  • Finest resort at sea that is masterfully designed
  • World-class dining, further enhanced through a culinary partnership with Chef Thomas Keller
  • All dining venues are complimentary, dine where, when and with whom you wish
  • Seabourn Conversations, connecting with visionary experts
  • Ventures by Seabourn™, optional shore excursions, enhance and extend your experience in select destinations
  • Select purposeful and sustainable travel experiences in partnership with UNESCO
  • Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, featuring an exclusive mindful living program
  • An evening entertainment experience in collaboration with Sir Tim Rice