THE DESTINATION GAZETTE-SPRING
Every year, I embrace
the spring season as an opportunity to increase my travel knowledge. I
like to travel in the off-season and in late April I left for “The
Emerald Isle”. I wanted to revisit some familiar places, but, more
importantly, to discover some new ones. I was excited to visit the
Titantic Experience museum and the Game of Thrones Exhibition in
Belfast, the Dark Hedges in Ballymoney (an avenue of beech trees planted
by James Stuart in 1775), the beautiful Wicklow Mountains National Park
& Glendalough (early Medieval monastic settlement founded in the 6th
century by St. Kevin) and the Powerscourt Estate which included the
Powerscourt Gardens (voted #3 in the World’s Top Ten Gardens by National
Geographic). I also met with the International Sales Manager at the
Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa for a private tour of this amazing 5 Star
property. On my last day, I purchased rail tickets and traveled to the
beautiful, medieval city of Kilkenny.
Although my daily
travels took me to both Northern Ireland & various areas south of
Dublin, I only packed and unpacked once. I stayed at the boutique
Wynn’s Hotel Dublin just off of O’Connell Street on the north side of
the River Liffey and did half & full day excursions. The Wynn’s Hotel
Dublin had an excellent location, a friendly and helpful staff, a nice &
comfortable room and a wonderful breakfast. Most of the historical
sights of Dublin and its two rail stations were within easy walking
When my travels came to an end & I checked in for my flight back home to
Chicago, I proceeded to the U.S. Preclearance facilities at the Dublin
Airport. In March 2019, an amendment to an existing agreement between
the United States and Ireland was added. The U.S. Preclearance (USCBP)
facilities in the two main airports of Ireland are purpose built and
allow US-bound passengers to undertake all US immigration, customs, and
agriculture inspections at Dublin Airport prior to departure. The
benefit is that preclearance allows passengers to avoid immigration
queues upon arrival and pick up their bags and go. It was a great
end to an amazing trip.
My spring newsletter
includes exciting updates, current specials, an opportunity to make a
difference on your vacation, information on Midwest summer festivals and
our winner of the 2019 John F. Klimek Memorial Scholarship
“Congratulations” to all recent and upcoming June graduates for 2019.
We wish you success in all of your future endeavors. Best wishes to
everyone for an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend and a beautiful summer
full of sunshine and relaxation.
Avalon Waterways will begin offering four, five and six day river
cruises in 2020. These sailings can be booked alone or can be combined
with land package from either Globus or Monograms (Avalon Waterways
The itineraries include
a four-day “Tastes of the Danube” cruise between Budapest and Vienna,
with price starting at $1,099.00 per person. A five-day “Taste of the
Rhine” cruise between Mainz, Germany and Amsterdam starting at $1,999.00
per person and a six-day “Heart of Germany” sailing along the Main River
and Main-Danube canal which starts at $2,099.00 per person.
this month, Royal Caribbean began to welcome guests to the Thrill
Waterpark on Royal Caribbean’s Perfect Day at CocoCay. The Thrill
Waterpark is the cruise industry’s first full-fledged waterpark and was
built on a rocky outcrop in the middle of the ocean, 150 miles from
Miami. It was truly a feat of logistical and engineering ambition.
Many of Royal
Caribbean’s guests disembark their ship and head straight for the
tallest waterslide in North America, “Daredevil’s Peak”, which starts
atop a 135 foot tall Daredevil’s Tower and winds around in a 20-second
descent to the ground. Beside “Daredevil’s Peak” there are twelve
additional waterslides, the largest wave pool in the Caribbean, a helium
balloon ride which can travel 450 feet up in the sky for great photo
shots, over-the-water cabanas, a 1,60 ft. zipline ride & more. There is
a fee to enter the Thrill Waterpark and the exact pricing varies sailing
to sailing, as well as, some of the island’s new features.
Just outside of the
fee-extra Thrill Waterpark are complimentary venues such as Oasis
lagoon, the largest freshwater pool in the Caribbean; Splashaway Bay
aqua park, with fountains, pools and drench buckets; and Captain Jack’s
Galleon loaded with slides and water cannons.
A peaceful oasis can be
found at several enhanced beaches, Chill Island and South Beach. Also
the number of rentable cabanas on CocoCay has increased to 49 and that
number will increase by 20 when the overwater cabanas of the Coco Beach
Club open in December 2019.
recent World Travel Awards considered Portugal the “World’s Best
Destination”. Central Holidays, a tour operator since 1972. met the
challenge of the increasing popularity of this travel destinations &
developed new vacation opportunities to experience Portugal’s history &
culture, wine making & gastronomy scene & beautiful beaches. New for
2019 are: The North of Portugal, The South of Portugal & The Best of
Portugal (all private deluxe chauffeur driven programs), Lisbon & Porto,
a Portuguese Food & Wine Experience (an independent cooking program) and
Madeira, the Island of Eternal Spring (an independent program). They
also offer fly & drive programs, Azores Island Hopping and the Pousadas
Madeira is an autonomous
region of Portugal, an archipelago comprising of 4 island off the
northwest coast of Africa. It is a year-round destination which
enjoys a warm, subtropical climate. The main island of Madeira is
volcanic, with lush greenery, pebble beaches, scenic moutain peaks and
rugged beauty. The capital city of Funchal is known for its
excellent food and wine scene, local folklore, wine cellars, open-air
markets, beautiful botanic gardens and picturesque harbor.
Dotted around the island of
Madeira are vineyards and wineries producing sweet, fortified Madeira
wine. Visitors can enjoy hiking along old aqueducts or in the
mountains, golfing, surfind and scuba diving at sites such as the
Garajau Marine Nature Reserve.
The new Madeira, The
Island of Eternal Spring is a wonderful 5 night package which includes
accommodations, daily breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner followed by a Fado
show, guided tours, liqueur tasting and arrival and departure
transfers. Please contact Pam for complete details on any of Central
Holidays offers to Portugal.
MIDWEST SUMMER FESTIVALS-Summer
is just around the corner, so plan your next long weekend getaway now.
June 15 & 16, Summer
Solstice Lavender Festival. The month of June is the perfect time to
visit Peaceful Acres lavender Farm in Martinsville, Ohio. Information
can be found at:
June 22 & 23, Indian Market
and Festival. Artists and performers from more than 50 Native American
tribes gather at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis for a weekend-long
celebration of Native arts and cultures.
July 4 to July 7,
African/Caribbean International Festival of Life. Washington Park in
Chicago comes alive during this weekend-long celebration of African,
Caribbean and South American cultures.
July 19 to July 21, Lincoln’s
Festival on Route 66. History comes alive on Route 66 during this
festival honoring the Great Emancipator, our 16th president.
Explore the trails, rails and roads from Bloomington to Normal. It was
here that Abraham Lincoln rose on his own merit, becoming a respected
lawyer and politician.
July 26 to July 28, Pierogi
Fest. The charming city of Whiting, IN. gets a lot livelier for a few
days in July during Pierogi Fest. Dance the polka to live music, load
up on pierogis and sausage and watch the colorful Polka Parade.
August 8 to August 11,
National Blueberry Festival. Experience the joy of harvest season by
spending a few days at South Haven’s annual blueberry celebration.
Enjoy live music, crafts and family-fun events.
HELP TO MAKE A
lovers can take advantage a unique opportunity to spend their Island
experience with Hawaii’s loveable and adoptable shelter dogs. The
Humane Societies of Kauai, Maui and Hawaii Island offer “field trip”
opportunities for their adoptable canines, where you can take a shelter
dog out just for the day. Visitors can fit in some dog time while also
providing these loveable pups with some essential socialization.
Take your new furry friend hiking,
exploring or to the beach and we bet you’ll have trouble saying goodbye
at the end of your day together. And who knows? They might meet their
future forever home on their adventure with you.
JOHN F. KLIMEK MEMORIAL
winner of the 2019 John F. Klimek Memorial Scholarship is Ms. Anna
Bruno, a sophomore at Providence Catholic High School. We recognize Ms.
Bruno on her outstanding achievement in academics, community service and
Catholic religious studies. Congratulations Ms. Bruno!
on availability, restrictions apply, and subject to change.
During Avalon Waterways biggest sale of the year, you can receive free
air plus save $500.00 per couple on select 2020 Europe sailings or save
up to $2,000.00 per couple on select 2020 Mekong & Ganges sailings. You
must book and deposit by August 27, 2019.
Holland America Line.
Explore each fascinating destination offered by Holland American Line
and continue your adventures on boards. Book your next cruise adventure
during their “Oceans of Extras” sale and enjoy up to $600 onboard
spending money. Plus, suite guest also receive a beverage card and
Signature Dining Package. Eligible cruises include select summer
2019-winter/spring 2020, excluding Grand Voyages and Grand Voyage
segments. Book by 06/30/19.
Soak up the sun and the savings during the “BOGO 50 + Kids Sail For
Less” event. Buy one guest, get second guest 50 pct. off. 25 pct.
savings for 3rd & 4th guests. Select sailings to
the Bahamas departing on or after June 8, 2019. Book by 06/02/19.
Book a flight and hotel package to select resorts in Mexico and the
Caribbean, and get up to $300 in instant savings at the time of
booking. Travel dates: now to 11/01/19. Book by 06/03/19.
Escape to Hawaii, the world’s greatest vacation playground. Enjoy warm
ocean waters and spotless sandy beaches, majestic volcanoes, surfing,
diving, golf, hiking and much more! Book an air and hotel package and
save $100 off per booking. Travel now through 12/14/19. Book by
06/02/19. A 3 night minimum stay is required.