Newsletter – February 2018

February 2, 2018 by Brenda Fairfax No Comment

Greetings,

Yes, the month of February has slipped in fast, and as it is still winter, the chill/freeze is in the air. So far we have survived the snow and ice, and hope your plans for travel will take you to warmer climates with the assistance of Nomadic Star Travel, LLC.

The owners of Nomadic Star Travel traveled to Seffner, Florida to spend time with their RV Group (Blue Ridge Discoverys). The outing was hosted by the Mason Dixie Chapter at Seffner RV Resort. We had an enjoyable time. Temperatures ranged in the high 60s and mid 70s the entire two weeks which definitely was much better weather than most places on the east coast. This should remind us that climate change is for real!

Effective immediately, when requesting a quote from Nomadic Star Travel, LLC your quote will be provided verbally and not in writing. Only quotes with a service fee and/or deposit will be provided in writing due to the dedicated amount of time agents at Nomadic Star Travel provide to your individual requests.

All travel requests can be submitted online though the website’s Reservation or Contact link. The requests come directly to our inbox and one of the agents responds within 24 hours of receipt acknowledging your request with follow-on questions, if necessary.

The hours for Nomadic Star Travel, LLC are:

  • Monday – Thursday, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Friday – 9:00am-4:00pm

Tourism Update on Puerto Rico (5 months after the hurricane season) Puerto Rico’s cruise ports are forecasting 1.7 million visitors this season, as recovery efforts are bringing more tourism infrastructure back online, including new and renovated hotels representing about 2,600 rooms.

  • This winter season, 14 vessels – four more than the previous season – are now homeporting in San Juan, including Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas, the Windstar Pride, Silversea’s Silver Wind, and Viking Sea. The 2018/2019 cruising season is set to witness a record-breaking 1.7 million passengers (including more than 1 million by the end of June), which is expected to generate roughly $250 million in revenue for the economy.
  • Today, there are on average 110 daily flights at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport, representing about 391,000 seats per month. By July 2018, seat capacity will increase by 81,000 more seats per month, with the island expecting to reach last summer’s levels.
  • Currently, there are more than 120 hotels in operation, representing about 12,460, with another 2,670 more rooms undergoing renovations at the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort, the Ritz-Carlton Reserve and El San Juan Hotel. New hotels in the pipeline are the JW Marriott, Aloft San Juan Convention Center, Aloft Ponce, Serafina Hotel, and Four Seasons Cayo Largo.
  • El San Juan Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, Puerto Rico’s premier luxury lifestyle property, announced this week that it will officially reopen its doors on Oct. 1, 2018, following its closure in September 2017 due to Hurricane Maria.
  • The Puerto Rico Tourism Company said 13 golf courses, 4,000 restaurants and 15 casinos are open, and there is $1.9 billion in investment in Puerto Rico’s lodging development pipeline, creating 3,500 new jobs.
  • The country recently hosted the Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the 15th coming together of this important regional tourism event, and a number of organizations are continuing with plans to host big-ticket events in Puerto Rico through the first six months of the year, including the PGA, Ironman, and Major League Baseball.

Passports Price Increase Starting April 2018 Starting on this spring, getting a passport will cost $10 more for all U.S. travelers. The Department of State announced this week that the passport execution fee will be $35 starting on April 2, which means that adult passport books will now cost $245, up from $135, while child passports (aged 16-years-old and young) will now cost $115, up from $105.

According to the Department of State, the increase is due to the fact that two studies done by the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and the U.S. Postal Service determined that the cost of processing a passport was “higher than the current fee of $25.”

The passport execution fee will be $35 starting on April 2, 2018. This rule increased the fee $10 from the previous $25 fee. Individuals who apply for a passport renewal by mail will not see a fee increase. Most of the $135 fee for adult passports and the $115 fee for child passports is the passport’s application fee. The State Department said that there will be no changes to that fee at the moment. The $10 increase does not apply to people renewing their passports through the mail.

Meanwhile, passport cards for travel to Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean, will now cost $65 for adults and $50 for children.

Passports. Please check the dates on your current passports. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of six (6) months after the last day of your travel.

Identification for Flights. Check with your airlines. In a few months some states will no longer accept your driver’s license as formal identification when you enter the Transportation Security Administration’s line for flights.

Tips – security preparedness when flying. You may want to consider applying for the TSA Precheck or other trusted travel programs. Tweet or Message AskTSA to receive information on items that are allowed through security. Avoid overpacking your carry-on bag, and always consider checking bags when feasible. Have your valid ID and board pass readily available. Follow the liquids rule for liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes – they must be 3.4 ounces or less.

Top Selling Destinations for 2018

Alaska has been hot for years and with the economy doing well, more people can afford Alaska. Florida is visited for its beaches and theme parks. The history in Charleston, South Carolina is unmatched … visiting Charleston during any month is a great time. We enjoy the Low Country Jazz Festival over the Labor Day weekend. Do not forget Savannah, Georgia … filled with history.

Travel Warnings – International Travel. The U.S. Department of State introduced a new travel advisory system for sharing information with travelers. Instead of travel warnings and travel alerts, every country will have an overall Travel Advisory level, with levels of advice ranging from 1 to 4. This is the meaning for each level.

  • Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions – This is the lowest advisory level for safety and security risk. There is some risk in any international travel.
  • Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution – Be aware of heightened risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory.
  • Level 3: Reconsider Travel – Avoid travel due to serious risks to safety and security. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory.
  • Level 4: Do Not Travel – This is the highest level, due to greater likelihood of life-threatening risks. During an emergency, the U.S. government may have very limited ability to provide assistance. The Department of State advises that U.S. citizens not travel to the country or leave as soon as it is safe to do so. The Department of State provides additional advice for travelers in these areas in the Travel Advisory. Conditions in any country may change at any time. A Level 4 travel advisory is not a ban on travel, but advice. North Korea is currently the only country under a geographical travel restriction.

All-inclusive Resorts. If you are interested in booking travel for all-inclusive resorts (adult or family), the airfare must be paid for in full within 24 hours, plus a $100 deposit per adult. It is important to provide the following, and a personalized quote will be provided:

  • Complete names as appears on passport (no initials for middle name)
  • Complete birth dates
  • All adult or family resort
  • Airport interested in departing from
  • Type room (garden or ocean view)
  • Interested in insurance

Membership with Travel Leaders Group. Being a member of the Travel Leaders Network provides access to whatever our agency needs

  • CruisePro where we can easily search, compare, book and manage cruises online through an all-in-one platform
  • Amenity departure dates provides an exclusive group space cruise program with special amenities like shipboard credit and prepaid gratuities
  • Culinary collection with food and wine-themed cruise itineraries on premium and luxury sailings with bonus amenities
  • Distinctive voyages provide exclusive packages that include Distinctive Voyages Host, exclusive shore event and private cocktail reception
  • Hotels are booked using our hotel booking tools

Solo Travelers on Cruises. Often we are asked about cruise lines for solo travelers. We are happy to share some of he best cruise lines for solo travelers where you are able to wander the world and contemplate life on your own terms! Just think, you do not have to be responsible for anyone’s pleasure but your own! If you are interested in your “time” here are some of he cruise lines that we recommend you considering booking your next cruise through Nomadic Star Travel, LLC as we have conducted business with all of these cruise lines:

  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Holland America Line
  • Royal Carribean International
  • Silversea
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Seabourn
  • Cunard

Travel is a huge investment … let us help you please.

Nomadic Star Travel would like to be

“Your Passport to Adventure”

 

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