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Katarina Line trade show booth

Katarina Line, Croatia’s premier small ship cruise company and DMC, is promoting its strong 2022 season and working with travel advisors throughout North America, Europe, and the UK as it prepares to greet travelers in 2023 and beyond with new cruises, amenities and inland guided tours. The company is also celebrating a surge in advance bookings as pandemic concerns fade into the background and international travel makes a comeback. Katarina Line attributes its success to its strong relationships with travel professionals, who are responsible for more than 98 percent of its business. The company assists its partners with extensive support material, personalized educational seminars, and one of the industry’s most generous commission structures.

“The popularity of small ship cruising continues to increase every year as travelers seek out less crowded experiences that also offer more immersive guided land tours,” said Daniel Hauptfeld, Katarina Line’s marketing director. “Our ships never hold more than 39 passengers and offer generously sized cabins and a spacious sundeck. Guests enjoy unforgettable views of Croatia’s Dalmatian islands and picturesque coastal towns while also ‘going into the heartland’ of the country with guided tours of its ancient towns and UNESCO-listed national parks. A family or small group can charter one of our vessels and have it all to themselves the entire journey if they wish.”

Upcoming Trade Shows and In-Office Presentations

October 11-13: IMEX America in Las Vegas
October 12-14: TTG Travel Experience in Rimini, Italy
October 25: San PATA 6th Annual Cruise Night in San Diego
November 3 – 4: In-person presentations and meetings with travel advisors in New Orleans/Belle Chasse
November 7-9: WTM London
November 13-17: ETAF – European Travel Agents Forum in Madeira, Portugal
November 15-17: NTA Travel Exchange in Reno, Nevada
November 21 – 23: In-person presentations and meetings with travel advisors in Seattle
November 28 – December 2: USTOA Annual Conference & Marketplace

Katarina Line will also be happy to arrange personal meetings with travel advisors and conduct in-office educational presentations before and after its trade show exhibitions.

About Katarina Line
Katarina is the premier small ship cruise company with a fleet of 60 ships and weekly guaranteed departures from the end of April to mid-October. It operates out of the major tourist centers of Opatija, Split, and Dubrovnik. With a growing fleet in six different categories, the company serves more than 110,000 clients that include 30,000 cruise guests of all ages and budgets. Katarina Line itineraries give travelers the opportunity to explore the stunning natural environment and picturesque Mediterranean towns of Croatia while hopping from one island to another, offering guests a unique opportunity to experience the true Croatia. The company enjoys an exceptional relationship with travel advisors, which account for more than 98% of all bookings worldwide. Katarina line is a member of many different travel associations, including USTOA, ASTA, NTA, ACTA, RDA, and STAN. For more information, call toll-free 1-800-485-3121 or visit www.katarina-line.com.

Katarina Yacht

Pico Island in the Azores archipelago.

US travel agents are a key element of SATA Azores Airlines’ sales strategy in North America.  Discover the World has been engaged to enhance and enlarge SATA’s relationship with the travel trade in the USA.  Understanding the importance of the travel agency community in assisting customers with international travel, Discover will apply its vast experience in this area to provide excellence in service and support to SATA’s valued existing travel agency partners and to reach out to new agencies interested in selling the Azores and other SATA destinations Our new North American trade service center will operate Monday to Friday 9 am to 7 pm Eastern Time and can be contacted by phone at 1-800-762-9995 or (508) 677-0555, and via email at support@sata-agents.com.

SATA Azores Airlines currently departs out of New York JFK and Boston, serving destinations in Europe and Africa (Azores, Madeira, Lisbon, Porto, Paris (CDG), and Cape Verde).  The winter schedule for 2022/2023 includes flights from Boston to Ponta Delgada, operating 5x per week. Also, SATA will fly direct from New York (JFK) into Ponta Delgada on Friday and Saturday and directly into Funchal on Thursdays.

About SATA Group
Established in the Azores in 1941, and with more than eighty years of History, SATA Group has at its core the depth of the Azorean soul and is committed to overcoming the archipelago’s isolation.

Composed of two airlines (SATA Air Açores and Azores Airlines) and an aerodrome managing body in the Archipelago of the Azores, the SATA Group has affirmed itself as an international airline that embraces the mission of building Atlantic bridges between the Azores and the world. SATA Airlines currently operates a network of regular national and international routes, playing an essential role in the economic and social development of the Autonomous Region of the Azores.

About Discover the World
Discover the World has earned a reputation as an innovative global sales representation leader in the travel industry through a worldwide network of 85 offices in more than 60 countries. With a portfolio of over 100 clients utilizing its sales, marketing and business process outsourcing services, the work of Discover the World has a direct positive impact on the growth of our clients and trade industry partners every day.

For more information about Discover the World, visit discovertheworld.com, or call (480) 707-5566

Florida Airport Closures From Hurricane Ian

As of today, September 29, many airports in Florida remain closed due to the now downgraded tropical storm Ian.

The storm was a category 4 hurricane when it made landfall in the southwestern region of Florida. The center of the storm headed northeast, coming within 40 miles of Orlando.

Airports affected include Jacksonville, Tampa, and Orlando.

It is uncertain at this time the full damage dealt by the storm, as news is still coming out about the current flooding.

Tokyo, Japan at Sensoji Temple's Hozomon Gate in the Asakusa District in the springtime.

With this week’s news that Japan’s borders will reopen to foreign tourists after more than two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic, global tour operator Collette today announced that booking is now open for its two Japan itineraries. Departures begin this November.

“We’re so excited travelers can once again explore Japan. Prior to the pandemic, Japan was one of our most popular destinations. Nearly every departure we offered was sold out,” said Jaclyn Leibl-Cote, president of Collette. “Our product development team just returned from a three-week review of our two itineraries. Our partners – everyone from hotels to restaurants to local guides – and of course our tour managers cannot wait to welcome travelers back to Japan on two culturally-rich tours.”

Collette’s newest tour to Japan is Japan: Past and Present , which begins at $5,749.00 per person. This small group adventure with just 14-24 guests includes a variety of activities designed to connect guests to Japan’s rich culture, traditions, culinary delights, and natural beauty. Highlights include overnighting amongst Buddhist monks at a monastery on Mount Koya; meeting an individual who experienced the devastating affects of the Atomic bomb firsthand; joining the Ama pearl divers to hear tales about their unique and sacred rights of this women-only profession; and using the public transportation in Tokyo to efficiently explore the city to experience life like a local.

Collette’s popular Cultural Treasures of Japan tour begins at $4,999.00 per person and offers cultural and culinary experiences like a sake tasting, a sushi-making class, a geisha show in Kyoto and the chance for travelers to experience the centuries-old art of the Japanese tea ceremony.

Collette’s guests can book their tours with confidence knowing that when they add Collette’s Travel Protection Plan, they will receive a full money-back refund if they need to cancel – up to 24 hours before departure.

Please visit www.collette.com for more information.

flags of Department of Transportation and USA

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has proposed new rules requiring airlines to disclose any fees in addition to fares for baggage, ticket changes or seating family members together anytime an airfare is displayed.

President Joe Biden, announcing the new rules at a meeting of the White House Competition Council, said,  “You should know the full cost of your ticket right when you’re comparison shopping, to begin with where you’re – what airline you’re going to fly with so you can pick the ticket that actually is the best deal for you.”

Airlines for America, a trade group representing major US air carriers has stated its objections to the new rules, indicating the airline industry is one of the most highly competitive.

The Public Health Agency of Canada has announced that travelers will no longer have to test, or show proof of vaccination, for COVID-19.

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American Symphony Cruise Ship

American Cruise Lines proudly announces that American Symphony, the newest riverboat on the Mississippi, has begun cruising the Upper River for the first time this week. Christened in Natchez, Mississippi, on August 30th, 2022, the brand new riverboat is currently sailing the company’s longest river cruise itinerary, a 22-Day Complete Mississippi River Cruise from New Orleans, Louisiana, to St. Paul, Minnesota.  American Symphony is scheduled to arrive in: Hannibal, MO, 9/24; Fort Madison, IA, 9/25; Davenport, IA, 9/26; Dubuque, IA, 9/27; Winona, MN, 9/28 and Red Wing/St. Paul, MN, 9/30.

American Cruise Lines has been cruising the Mississippi River for over a decade and has specialized in all-domestic cruising for over 30 years. The company has grown to become the country’s largest U.S. cruise line and will have 17 small ships and riverboats exploring 34 states in 2023. American Symphony is the 5th new modern riverboat American Cruise Lines has launched on the Mighty Mississippi in just the past 4 years, indicating the company’s strong leadership and ongoing commitment to the growth and development of ports and communities along the length of the River from St. Paul to New Orleans.

American Cruise Lines regularly offers over 10 different Mississippi itineraries, which include cruises along the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers, plus holiday and theme cruises. The company’s river cruises regularly visit Upper Mississippi ports and towns an average of 28 times each per season. Visits in the region continue to increase as American’s fleet consistently expands every year, adding capacity and itineraries along the Upper River. American’s U.S. fleet has more than doubled in the past 5 years alone.

“American Cruise Lines led the last decade of Mississippi River cruising, and with new riverboats like American Symphony, we look forward to leading the next one. We remain committed to introducing new small riverboats each year which enables us to deliver personalized all-American river cruises along the country’s most iconic river,” said Charles B. Robertson, President & CEO of American Cruise Lines.

In just the past few years, the company has transformed the U.S. river cruise market to compete on a global scale by launching new state-of-the-art riverboats every year since 2018. All ships offer 100% outward-facing staterooms, and the Line’s acclaimed Modern Series riverboats offer 100% private balcony accommodations. American offers 100% domestic itineraries across the country and has aggressively grown its U.S. fleet, but has continued to keep each ship very small—all are under 190 passengers, which is especially important to the experience they deliver on the Mississippi River.

“We have many new luxurious riverboats and a record number of guests who are excited to explore the Mississippi River with us. The demand we are seeing is due in large part to the beautiful new riverboats but also to the long-established relationships American Cruise Lines has with the ports and towns along the entire river. These relationships help us to consistently deliver authentic American experiences, which are curated and led by local experts, guides, and community members whom we have worked with for many years,” said Frank Klipsch, American Cruise Lines Director of City Partnerships & Special Projects.

American Symphony follows the acclaimed 2021 debut of sister ship American Melody, and it will be followed in early 2023 by a 6th Modern Series riverboat, sister ship American Serenade. American Symphony is the 9th riverboat in American Cruise Lines’ fleet for 2022, which includes 4 classic paddlewheelers and 5 modern riverboats, plus 5 small cruise ships.

Accommodating 175 guests, American Symphony features 5 decks and offers 100% private balcony staterooms, including gracious suites and single staterooms. The new riverboat has an elegant design which employs a stunning use of glass, allowing for unparalleled views throughout the ship. American Symphony also showcases American’s Modern Series hallmark—patented opening bow and retractable gangway, as well as the gorgeous 5th deck skywalk with an ellipse skylight, which cantilevers dramatically over the 4th deck café below. American Symphony also offers spacious lounges inside and out, a grand dining room, fitness center, and a wellness-yoga studio.

American Symphony‘s sold-out inaugural cruise followed an 8-Day Lower Mississippi River itinerary which departed from New Orleans and concluded in Memphis, Tennessee on September 3rd. The new riverboat will continue to explore throughout 2022, cruising the Upper Mississippi River through October and returning to the Lower River for seasonal Holiday cruises through December. American Symphony will sail a full Mississippi season again throughout 2023, with an extensive Upper Mississippi season operating from June through October 2023.

Alaska has become a bucket list destination for many travelers, and the reasons why are pretty clear. The 49th state is home to awe-inspiring natural beauty, flora and fauna, the northern lights, a rich culture and history, and welcoming locals. With 39 mountain ranges, millions of lakes, and a surface area of nearly 600,000 miles, there’s much to see when you head “North to the Future,” per Alaska’s state motto.

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Photo of Hurricane Fiona taken from satellite

As winds slammed Puerto Rico at over 100 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center warned of ‘catastrophic’ flooding. Hurricane conditions were spreading across portions of the Dominican Republic, with heavy rainfall and flooding continuing across much of Puerto Rico. At 9:00 UTC (Coordinated Universal Time/GMT) the center of Fiona was located near 18.5, -68.6 with movement NW at 8 mph. The minimum central pressure was 977 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 90 mph.

The storm center has now passed over Puerto Rico. Double-digit rainfall, as much as 20 inches in some places, has been reported. The center of Fiona is now between western Puerto Rico and the eastern side of the Dominican Republic at 9:00  UTC Monday. It is likely the storm will be close to Punta Cana during the early Monday morning hours with heavy rainfall projected. 

The National Hurricane Center projects Fiona to turn sharply northward up the eastern coast of the United States over the next few days.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra
* North coast of the Dominican Republic from Cabo Frances Viejo
westward to Puerto Plata
* Southeastern Bahamas, including the Acklins, Crooked Island, Long
Cay, the Inaguas, Mayaguana, and the Ragged Islands

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* South coast of the Dominican Republic west of Cabo Caucedo to
Barahona

A Hurricane Warning means that hurricane conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case, within the next 12 to 24 hours. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area within 36 hours. A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

 

Southwest Airlines airplane

Southwest Airlines is offering fares as low as $59  available for departures through February 2023. The deep discount applies to select domestic and international flights.   Read the rest of this entry »

Banner ad advertising Eclipse Cruise

UnCruise Adventures launches an extended specialty sailing perfectly positioned for the viewing of the annular eclipse in 2023. The one-time 9-Day cruise will offer magnificent landscapes, natural surroundings, and ocean viewing from a private vessel for the atmospheric event. Read the rest of this entry »

Viking cruise ship collides with cargo ship

Viking Cruise Line Building in Woodland Hills, California

The Viking Kvasir. a 443-foot long vessel accommodating as many as  190 passengers, collided with a large cargo ship near Wesel, Germany, on the Rhine in heavy fog last weekend.  Though several crew and passengers reported cuts and bruises, there were no serious injuries. In May of this year, The Viking Aegir, ran into a pillar of a bridge on the Danube near Slovakia, injuring eleven people.

In May of 2019, the Viking Sigyn collided with a sightseeing boat near Hungary, hitting the small boat from behind. The sightseeing boat sank in just 7 seconds. The Viking Sigyn accident resulted in the deaths of 26 Korean tourists and 2 crew members from the sightseeing boat.

The news was announced by Josh D’Amaro, Disney Parks chair, at Disney’s D23 Expo that their cruise line division would be unveiling a new ship, Disney Treasure. This new ship will be styled like the setting of the Disney movie Aladdin, including a statue of Aladdin and Jasmine riding the magic carpet character and an opulent interior similar to the grand palace of Agrobah (also featured in Aladdin).

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Jungle Experiences Amazon River Cruises was recognized as “South America´s leading river cruise company 2022”, winning the award for the 4th consecutive year.

World Travel Awards, known as the “Oscars” in tourism, distinguishes Jungle Experiences Amazon River Cruises, Peruvian company with more than 30 years of experience in the industry, for its quality and excellence in the service.

One more time, Jungle Experiences Amazon River Cruises has the honor to participate and obtain this great recognition by World Travel Awards, one of the most important awards in tourism, for its vast trajectory of more than 30 years in the industry, as well as the high quality and luxury services offered. Without a doubt, this award motivates us to continue offering unforgettable experiences to each and every one of our passengers.

“Winning for the 4th consecutive year shows the commitment of our travelers and motivates us to continue offering the highest quality service on our cruises. As Jungle Experiences, we are ambassadors of Perú, and our goal is that each experience becomes unforgettable for our guests”.

“For the ones who chose us, we express our profound gratitude for your preference”, mentioned Claudia Rodriguez, CEO at Jungle Experiences Amazon River Cruises.

The evolution of this company is due to the wonderful work of our team, which is continuously trained to adapt to the challenges that happen throughout the way. For that, during the last few years, we have been innovating on our itineraries and included themed departures that offer an added value to the travelers with different experiences, such as self-healing and motivational departures, as well as yoga and wellness departures, activities that are hosted by leaders in their field and allow the travelers to connect mind, body, and soul during their trip through the Amazon, in the ideal location to connect with nature.

Jungle Experiences is strongly committed to sustainability, offering continuous support to local communities, providing them with resources that help them improve their quality of life, as well as using 100% ecological products on board the cruises, hence contributing to the preservation of the environment.

Moreover, Jungle Experiences is an active collaborator with non-profit organizations such as Amazon Forever, taking care of the white sand forests in the Amazon, as well as CREA (Manatees Rescue Center), helping endangered animal species.

Jungle Experiences is the only family-owned river cruise company in Peru, hiring local people only and strongly contributing to the economy in the Peruvian Amazon.

The emblematic vessel in Jungle Experiences is Zafiro, a luxury river cruise, together with La Perla Adventure cruise and Amatista Expedition cruise, offering an array of cruise options for every traveler´s interests.

Zafiro luxury cruise, with an elegant design and spectacular panoramic windows from floor to ceiling, 19 suites for 40 travelers, who can enjoy a spa on board, exercise room and massage room, indoor and outdoor bars, an incredible outdoor Jacuzzi, ideal for enjoying panoramic views of the river and breathtaking sunsets surrounded by vegetation and characteristic sounds of the animals and insects in the Peruvian Amazon.

La Perla adventure cruise, with a capacity for 30 travelers in 14 cabins, has a reading room, bar, a hammocks area with a privileged observation deck to appreciate the flora and fauna as they sail along the Peruvian Amazon.

Amatista expedition cruise is a traditional-looking cruise with 15 cabins, a capacity for 29 travelers, a bar, reading room, and deck. For travelers who wish to live an original experience traveling along the Amazon, as it used to be traditionally, on a historic boat.

All the vessels offer the travelers unique itineraries to sail along the Pacaya-Samiria buffer zone, rivers Ucayali, Marañon, and Amazon, for 4, 6 and 8 days. Two to three excursions a day include birdwatching and searching for animals in their natural habitat from the skiffs, piranha fishing, swimming in the river, authentic blessings performed by a local shaman, always accompanied by naturalist guides that are biologists and know the jungle like no one else can.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) that Eebbers, an 11-year-old explosive detection canine who works at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) in St. Paul, Minnesota, was voted the winner of TSA’s 2022 Cutest Canine Contest.

TSA Cutest CanineThe TSA held a nationwide social media contest on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and encouraged members of the public to vote for the agency’s “cutest canine.” Once all the votes were tallied, Eebbers emerged the winner. The contest was held in recognition of National Dog Day to acknowledge the important role TSA’s hardworking canines play in protecting the nation’s transportation system. Preliminary voting among TSA employees narrowed the field of 92 contenders to the final four canines.

This year’s winner was one of four TSA canine candidates that also included Ava and Messi from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Tom-Magnum from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The canines were nominated by TSA handlers from airports around the country and voted on by dog lovers nationwide.

Eebbers, a Vizsla-Labrador mix, is a passenger screening canine (PSC) who works at ­­­MSP alongside his handler as they screen travelers and their belongings for explosives at the security checkpoint as an added layer of security. Eebbers has worked at MSP for almost 10 years. He was born into TSA’s Puppy Program at Lackland and was named in memory of 19 year old U.S. Army Pvt. James Ebbers who passed away October 14, 2002 in Dijbuoti, Africa while assigned to the 551st Military Police Company, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. He is the last remaining canine from the Puppy Program still working daily for TSA.

Eebbers has assisted with security for two Super Bowls, the Special Olympics World Games, a NCAA National Championship Football game, the Indianapolis 500 and a NASCAR event. He stays very active every day, even during the cold Minnesota winters, and he loves swimming in any of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes in the summer.

TSA utilizes canines like Eebbers in its security operations nationwide. They are trained to detect the scent of explosives or explosive materials. These highly-skilled dogs are paired with handlers who utilize the working canine’s keen sense of smell when on duty throughout busy transportation environments.

Travelers departing, arriving, and walking through the nation’s airports routinely see PSC teams working around passengers. These teams nimbly work through large groups of people to detect the source of a potential explosive. PSC handlers train frequently with their canines and learn how to interpret canine behaviors when the dog detects an explosive scent.

If a dog alerts its handler to the presence of an explosive odor, TSA follows an established procedure to resolve the alarm. The use of these highly-trained canines is an effective tool in deterring and detecting the introduction of explosive devices into the nation’s transportation systems.

Because explosives are known to be the greatest threat to the aviation system, TSA’s working canines are regularly tested to ensure they maintain a high standard of operational effectiveness. This continual training allows for all teams to be a reliable resource in detecting an explosive threat, maintaining proper acclimation within the airport, and mitigating against potential distractions in a busy transportation environment.

Currently, TSA has more than 1,000 canine teams that were trained at the TSA Canine Training Center in San Antonio. They are deployed nationally. While TSA’s canine partners are sociable, they are working dogs and should only be touched and fed by their handlers.

Later this year, TSA will announce the availability of its 2023 Canine Calendar, featuring the top 12 runners up in the 2022 Cutest Canine Contest. Eebers will be the canine featured on the cover of the 2023 calendar. 

American Cruise Lines vessel

American Cruise Lines proudly announces a brand new 15-Day National Parks & Legendary Rivers itinerary for 2023. Following successful product testing this year, the itinerary will be the country’s largest land-cruise package and the first-ever coupling of a river cruise with the mountain states’ national parks. Read the rest of this entry »

Intrepid Travel, the world’s leading responsible tour operator, has introduced 10 new tours as part of their Intrepid Premium range. The new tours come a year and a half after Intrepid launched their inaugural Premium collection, a range of tours appealing to discerning travellers that feature hand-picked accommodations, private transportation, train journeys and an array of signature stays and exclusive experiences. The addition of 10 new tours, which include 6 new trips in Europe and 4 new trips in North and South America, bring the total number of Intrepid Premium trips to 97, giving travellers a more sustainable choice for higher-end adventures. With the introduction of these new itineraries, the Intrepid Premium range will now span across 42 countries and 5 continents. While Africa and Asia have been the two top selling regions for the Premium range so far, the addition of these new trips will help bolster the Premium offering in other key destinations around the world, specifically in Europe. The 6 new Europe itineraries will mark the first Premium tours in the Baltics, Balkans, and Northern Spain, and bring the total Intrepid Premium offering in Europe to 25 tours. The launch will also mark the first Intrepid Premium itinerary in the United States with the introduction of Premium Alaska. It is one of 4 tours being launched across the Americas including Premium Costa Rica and Premium Patagonia. “Trends show that passengers are willing to pay for premium trips that offer an exceptional experience at an excellent value,” says Matt Berna, Intrepid Travel President, North America. “Like all Intrepid trips, these new itineraries are designed to minimize travelers’ environmental footprint and maximize their positive impact for local communities – this is what makes Intrepid Travel so special.” Highlights of the signature stays and experiences on the new tours include: Premium Sicily Spend 2 unforgettable nights in the Sicilian countryside at your Feature Stay accommodation, Baglio della Luna Foresteria, a countryside estate built within a medieval watch tower. Premium Patagonia Spend three nights in a beautiful and sustainable Feature Stay hotel offering fantastic amenities and first-class views of the surrounding mountains and fjord – your gateway to Torres del Paine National Park. Spend the day with penguins on Martillo Island in the Southernmost city in the world. Premium Alaska Take a private transfer to Fairbanks rail depot where you will board your Deluxe Dome rail car for the scenic journey south to the town of Denali, gateway to Denali National Park. Premium Costa Rica in Depth: Learn about the culture of Costa Rica with Premium exclusive experiences: spend time with a local family and learn how to create traditional dishes in their kitchen, and visit Matambu, the only indigenous territory of the Chorotegan people, to learn ancient pottery techniques passed down for generations. Enjoy two nights at your Feature Stay – a stunning and sustainable jungle hotel next to the electric-blue Rio Celeste River. Settle into your cosy casita (bungalow), an exclusive retreat just for you, and surround yourself with the sounds of nature. The 10 new Intrepid Premium tours are: Premium Northern Spain, 10 days starting from $5,575 Premium Baltics, 10 days starting from $3,970 Premium Balkans, 9 days starting from $3,970 Premium Belgrade to Bucharest, 11 days starting from $3,875 Premium Turkey, 8 days starting from $3,060 Premium Sicily, 10 days starting from $4,760 Premium Costa Rica, 9 days starting from $3,340 Premium Costa Rica in Depth, 12 days starting from $5,455 Premium Alaska, 10 days starting from $8,020 Premium Patagonia, 9 days Every Premium itinerary is led by Intrepid’s most experienced leaders and include a feature stay and signature experience that will not be available on any other Intrepid trips.
Photo: Intrepid Travel

Intrepid Travel has introduced ten new tours as part of its Intrepid Premium range. The new tours come a year and a half after Intrepid launched their inaugural Premium collection, a range of tours appealing to discerning travelers that feature hand-picked accommodations, private transportation, train journeys, and an array of signature stays and exclusive experiences. The addition of 10 new tours, which include 6 new trips in Europe and 4 new trips in North and South America, bring the total number of Intrepid Premium trips to 97, giving travelers a more sustainable choice for higher-end adventures.

With the introduction of these new itineraries, the Intrepid Premium range will now span across 42 countries and 5 continents. While Africa and Asia have been the two top-selling regions for the Premium range so far, the addition of these new trips will help bolster the Premium offering in other key destinations around the world, specifically in Europe. The 6 new Europe itineraries will mark the first Premium tours in the Baltics, Balkans, and Northern Spain and bring the total Intrepid Premium offering in Europe to 25 tours.

The launch will also mark the first Intrepid Premium itinerary in the United States with the introduction of Premium Alaska. It is one of 4 tours being launched across the Americas, including Premium Costa Rica and Premium Patagonia.

“Trends show that passengers are willing to pay for premium trips that offer an exceptional experience at an excellent value,” says Matt Berna, Intrepid Travel President, North America. “Like all Intrepid trips, these new itineraries are designed to minimize travelers’ environmental footprint and maximize their positive impact for local communities – this is what makes Intrepid Travel so special.”

Highlights of the signature stays and experiences on the new tours include:

Premium Sicily

  • Spend 2 unforgettable nights in the Sicilian countryside at your Feature Stay accommodation, Baglio della Luna Foresteria, a countryside estate built within a medieval watch tower.

Premium Patagonia

  • Spend three nights in a beautiful and sustainable Feature Stay hotel offering fantastic amenities and first-class views of the surrounding mountains and fjord – your gateway to Torres del Paine National Park.
  • Spend the day with penguins on Martillo Island in the Southernmost city in the world.

Premium Alaska

  • Take a private transfer to Fairbanks rail depot, where you will board your Deluxe Dome rail car for the scenic journey south to the town of Denali, the gateway to Denali National Park.

Premium Costa Rica in Depth:

  • Learn about the culture of Costa Rica with Premium exclusive experiences: spend time with a local family and learn how to create traditional dishes in their kitchen, and visit Matambu, the only indigenous territory of the Chorotegan people, to learn ancient pottery techniques passed down for generations.
  • Enjoy two nights at your Feature Stay – a stunning and sustainable jungle hotel next to the electric-blue Rio Celeste River. Settle into your cozy casita (bungalow), an exclusive retreat just for you, and surround yourself with the sounds of nature.

The 10 new Intrepid Premium tours are:

  • Premium Northern Spain, 10 days starting from $5,575
  • Premium Baltics, 10 days starting from $3,970
  • Premium Balkans, 9 days starting from $3,970
  • Premium Belgrade to Bucharest, 11 days starting from $3,875
  • Premium Turkey, 8 days starting from $3,060
  • Premium Sicily, 10 days starting from $4,760
  • Premium Costa Rica, 9 days starting from $3,340
  • Premium Costa Rica in Depth, 12 days starting from $5,455
  • Premium Alaska, 10 days starting from $8,020
  • Premium Patagonia, 9 days

Every Premium itinerary is led by Intrepid’s most experienced leaders and includes a feature stay and signature experience that will not be available on any other Intrepid trips.

Labor Day Holiday Travel Surpasses Pre-Pandemic Travel

The number of airline travelers over the Labor Day holiday exceeded the number of travelers for the same weekend in 2019, a first for comparisons with pre-pandemic travel.  The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screened more than 8.7 million people over the four-day long weekend. According to the TSA, the weekend travel volume represents 102% of volume for the same pre-pandemic holiday weekend in 2019 and is the first time that a holiday weekend passenger screening volume exceeds that of 2019.

In 2019, Labor Day was on Monday, Sept. 2, and TSA screened 8.62 million passengers. The Labor Day weekend represents the conclusion of the summer travel season. This year, Friday marked the heaviest travel day, as TSA officers screened 2.48 million passengers.

Over the course of the long weekend, 94.9% of TSA PreCheck® passengers waited less than 5 minutes. About 91.6% of those passengers in standard screening lanes waited less than 15 minutes.

During the weekend, Transportation Security Officers intercepted 67 firearms and prevented them from entering aircraft passenger cabins. On average, TSA stopped 17.3 firearms each day at checkpoints since the beginning of the year. If this pace continues, TSA anticipates that firearm catches at checkpoints will eclipse the current full year-record of 5,972 firearms intercepted at the nation’s checkpoints in 2021.

“TSA’s highly trained and dedicated workforce facilitated secure travel for millions of passengers during the busy summer travel season with very little disruptions at the checkpoint,” said TSA Acting Administrator David Pekoske. “We were also able to continue the deployment of new technologies that facilitate stronger identity verification procedures and enhanced security screening for carry-on bags.”

American Cruise Lines Newest Ship

American Cruise Lines christened its newest ship, the American Symphony in Natchez, Mississippi—the new riverboat’s official Godmother City. The christening marks the on-time delivery of American’s 5th new modern riverboat in 4 years and the Line’s continued growth on the Mississippi River. Read the rest of this entry »

businessman at the airport

Throughout 2022, Americans have experienced an unacceptable level of flight delays and cancellations. When these disruptions occur, airlines are required to support passengers based on commitments made in their customer service plans, Read the rest of this entry »

Mount Fuji and Chureito Pagoda at sunrise in autumn, Japan.

Beginning Sept. 7th, Japan will double its maximum number of daily visitors to 50,000. This announcement also comes with the allowance of non-guided package tours, both a huge reversal in COVID-19 restrictions.

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