By Judy Newell
Hilton debuted its lifestyle Canopy by Hilton brand in the Caribbean and Latin America with the new Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla, which officially opened this past month. The new, 174-room urban hotel is set in Cancun’s Hotel Zone overlooking Nichupté Bay.
Amenities include the Wander Rooftop Bar, an outdoor pool, a shallow chaise lounge soaking pool, and a variety of activities, including rotating art exhibits and live music performances. Guests can also take advantage of hammock swings and, in the evening, fire pits.
In the center of the hotel is the Azulinda Café and Bar, serving a menu inspired by Mexican gastronomy and culture. Canopy Central serves as a gathering area for guests and locals surrounded by communal dining tables, sofas, and chairs. Each guestroom is adorned with artwork curated by local muralists, and a mural sits prominently above the Canopy Central bar.
Canopy by Hilton Cancun La Isla also offers a complimentary 24-hour oceanfront fitness studio and Transfer Lounge, a space in which guests can store personal items and freshen up if they are arriving early or departing late.
The adjacent LaIsla Entertainment Village is a shopping, dining, and nightlife destination. Attractions such as Mayan ruins and Delfines Beach are also nearby, and Cancun International Airport is 20 minutes away.
Earth Day 50th Anniversary
On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22, as the world engaged in a collective pause to deal with a pandemic, the planet has seized the opportunity
to heal and renew itself. Pollution is lifting from some of the world’s great cities to reveal beautiful vistas.
Curious deer are exploring city streets, sea turtles are returning to nest in now-deserted beaches, and dolphins are frolicking in Venice’s once-busy waterways. All of this represents a rare gift to humankind, a glimpse of a cleaner, more beautiful Earth. To mark this special Earth Day, let’s reflect on what each of us can do to make this gift enduring, for our own health and for the sustainability of our world.
Book Your Safari and Defer for a Year ‒ No Penalty
If you’ve been thinking of a safari, you now have more peace of mind and flexibility in booking than ever before.
Better rates and flexible dates: airlines, hotels, camps, and lodges are currently offering discounted rates as well as flexible policies allowing you to postpone your travel up to a year without penalty.
More availability: many of the top safari properties currently have excellent availability – if you book now, there’s a good chance you might get a spot at that bucket-list camp or lodge. And if you are unable or unwilling to travel at that time, you’re able to move your dates without penalty per the above.
Carnival Plans Phased Relaunch starting August 1
Carnival Cruise Line recently advised its plan to phase in resumption in its North American service beginning on August 1, with a total of eight ships from Miami,PortCanaveral, and Galveston.
Carnival’s pause in operations will be extended in all other North American and Australian markets through August 31. All North American cruises from June 27 to July 31 have been canceled.
Carnival said that any resumption of cruise operations, whenever that may be, is fully dependent on the cruise line’s continued efforts in cooperation with federal, state, local and international government officials and will also include whatever enhanced operational protocols and social gathering guidelines that are in place at the time.
All Carnival SpiritAlaskan cruises from Seattle have been canceled, as well as the Carnival Spirit Vancouverto Honolulu cruise on September 25 and the Honolulu to Brisbane transpacific cruise on October 6. All Carnival Splendor cruises in Australia from June 19 to August 31 have been canceled.
$49 Deposit & Cruise Assurance
MSC is offering a reduced deposit amount of just US $49 per person on all new bookings made prior to June 30, 2020.
They have also extended MSC Cruise Assurance, which allows cancellations just 48 hours prior to departure, through September 30.
Words of the Wise and Well-traveled
We must think that we are one of the leaves of a tree, and the tree is all of humanity. We cannot live without each other. – Paul Casals
Deal of the Week
Saudi Arabia ‒ Nabateans & Rock Art
Saudi Arabia is opening up to the world. This 12-day tour explores its incredible history at the ancient petroglyphs at Al-’Ula, discovers the extraordinary rock art at Jubbah, explores the old town of Al-’Ula and the historic Roshan in Jeddah, visits the Rub’ al-Khali desert and lets you gaze in awe at the UNESCO-listed Nabatean rock-cut tombs at Hegra.
Alongside its history, you will be exploring Saudi’s spectacular desert environments. Outstanding guide lecturer Roger Harrison will be leading this Saudi Arabian trip in January 2021.
There is one departure only, January 13 -24, 2021. Secure your place with a low deposit of £99 (was £590) and save up to £750 by booking early! Early Bird rate from £7,995 (was
£8,695). Activity Level: Active tour, 4 out of 5 difficulty level, come prepared for long days and ones that fit more in – more walking, bigger distances covered, and more energy.
- Gaze in awe at the UNESCO-listed Nabatean rock-cut tombs at Hegra, reminiscent of Petra
- Discover the extraordinary UNESCO rock art at Jubbah dating back as early as the 10th millennium
- Explore Al-’Ula Old Town inhabited from the 13th century AD and later abandoned
- Visit Rub’ al-Khali desert, also known as the Empty Quarter, the world’s largest area of continuous sand
Perfect Journeys Office Is Closed
The office of Perfect Journeys, located in Rancho Los Labradores on the Car. a Dolores Hidalgo, temporarily closed on April 1. It is planned that the office will re-open in the same location. Meanwhile, Judy is working from her home and requests that clients contact her by telephone or email for help with any future travel planning.
Judy Newell, an international travel consultant since 1971, heads Perfect Journeys and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She custom designs journeys that are tailored to suit your interests, physical abilities, and budget. Please contact Judy for further information on Travel News topics and around-the-world travel. Cell phone 415 111 8765; Vonage 949 300 3682; email email@example.com.
Sources: Travel Agent Central, TRO, APTA, Carnival Cruise Lines, MSC, Andante Travels