U.S. Consular Agency in San Miguel accepting passport renewals
The United States Consular Agency in San Miguel de Allende is now accepting applications for renewal of some adult, regular 10-year validity passports. They will also accept applications for the exchange of limited validity emergency passports for regular full passports (within one year of emergency passport issuance).
They are scheduling appointments at the U.S. Consular Agency, located at Plaza La Luciernaga, locales 4 y 5, Libramiento Manuel Zavala 165, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato 37745. To request an appointment, please email ConAgencySanMiguel@state.gov.
The Inca Trail is open to tourists
The famous 4-day trek to Machu Picchu known as the Inca Trail reopened to visitors on July 15. Adventurers can make reservations now with Metropolitan Touring. In addition, they will advise you about the bio-security protocols of this route.
The opening dates of the tourist attractions of Huayna Picchu and Machu Picchu Mountain will be published soon.
A New Uniworld 46-night cruise
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is launching a 46-night Rivers of the World Cruise in 2023 that will take travelers from Egypt to Portugal via nine countries on five different ships. It is the company’s longest and most action-packed sailing to date.
It’s a first-of-its kind itinerary from Uniworld and comes on the heels of AmaWaterways this spring announcing the launch of two 45-night, seven-river European cruises in 2023.
The Uniworld trip combines both river and land, starting in Egypt, with a 2-night stay in Cairo followed by a weeklong cruise aboard the company’s new ship, the Sphinx. Guests will then cross the Mediterranean and fly to the Swiss Alps to spend two nights in the lake town of Lugano, followed by two nights in Milan prior to boarding La Venezia for a weeklong cruise along the Venice Lagoon and Po River.
From there, the trip continues on the Danube from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, aboard the Maria Theresa, followed by a sailing in northern France on the Seine aboard the Joie de Vivre.
The trip ends in Portugal with a Douro cruise aboard the new Sao Gabriel, followed by three nights in Lisbon.
Prices start at US$38,999 per person.
Viking added cruises in Bermuda, Iceland
Viking began offering cruises from Bermuda and Iceland in June and added sailings from the United Kingdom, where it launched in May. All of Viking’s sailings will be available only to vaccinated passengers.
The Viking Orion will operate the 8-day Bermuda sailings from Hamilton, and the Viking Sky will homeport in Reykjavik and offer 8-day cruises. The Viking Venus launched in May for U.K. residents only.
Disney celebrates new cruise ship by donating $1 million dollars to Make-A-Wish
During the unveiling of Disney Cruise Line’s new Disney Wish ship, the Walt Disney Company announced a $1 million dollar donation to the Make-A-Wish foundation.
The Make-A-Wish foundation will accept the Disney donation and apply the funds to children with critical illnesses from all backgrounds, supporting the company’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Disney and Make-A-Wish joined forces in 1980 and have helped grant life-changing wishes for more than 145,000 children around the world.
The fifth Disney Cruise Line ship sets sail next summer.
Deal of the Week
Find your Norway
Norway is a place like no other, surrounded by fantastic fjords, majestic mountains, the Northern Lights, the Midnight Sun, curious wildlife, and more.
Named one of the most beautiful cruises in the world, Hurtigruten’s Norway coastal voyages by small ship connects 34 key Norwegian communities as it sails north and south. Hurtigruten welcomes you to join as it continues their nearly 130-year tradition of the Original Norwegian Coastal Express.
The roundtrip voyage
You will discover the entire original coastal route with 34 ports of call, sailing past more than 100 fjords and 1,000 mountains. You will see the brilliant colors, magical light, and fascinating culture of Arctic Norway during autumn and spring cruises.
- Discover our entire original coastal route with 34 ports of call, sailing past more than 100 fjords and 1,000 mountains.
- Cross the Arctic Circle and hunt the northern lights in winter or enjoy 24 hours of daylight under the midnight sun in summer.
- Spring and autumn cruises showcase the brilliant colors, magical light, and fascinating culture of Arctic Norway.
- Wide choice of optional excursions and onboard Hurtigruten guides who lead included activities and interpret the cultural and natural treasures on your cruise.
12 days, regular departures year-round, price from US$3,231. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.
Northern lights promise
If the Northern Lights do not appear on your roundtrip coastal Norway cruise, they will give you another 6- or 7-day Classic Voyage free of charge. The promise is applicable on select voyages between October 1 and March 31.
Solo traveler offer
It’s now more affordable for solo travelers to visit Norway, by reducing the single supplement to zero on select Norway Original voyages.
Kids save up to 50%
Young Explorers save up to 50%
Judy Newell, an international travel consultant for 50 years, heads Perfect Journeys, and specializes in unique travel experiences to destinations around the world. She custom designs journeys that are tailored to suit client’s 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sources: US Consular Agency San Miguel de Allende, Metropolitan Touring, Travel Weekly, Viking Cruises, Travel Pulse, Hurtigruten