November 2019 Newsletter

November 4, 2019 by Brenda Fairfax No Comment

Greetings!

This month let’s take a moment and give thanks to our Marines who will celebrate theUnited States Marines Corps Birthday (244 years) on November 10. The celebration continues as Veterans Day is November 11. Please thank all veterans for their service to this nation. This year, Thanksgiving is November 28. We must know every day is Thanksgiving. We hope you will open your hearts and insure some of the less fortunate have a Thanksgiving meal this year. Please start your own campaign by identifying a family or families that you can bless on Thanksgiving. Your heart will feel happy after you have taken this action … be a blessing unto others!

About Nomadic Star Travel, LLC

Nomadic Star Travel, LLC is a full-service travel agency dedicated to giving our clients personal attention to each and every travel request. We are happy to provide one quote free, so sharing your budget and all required details (dates of travel, number of travelers, mode of travel, and destination) are important. We accept all major credit/debit cards and personal checks. Checks must be made payable to the agency (Nomadic Star Travel, LLC) and arrive seven (7) days prior to payment date. 

Our goal is to make your dream of travel a reality with our convenient payment plans which are ideal for most budgets! We offer travel by land (bus/rail), air and sea to all individuals, including individuals with special needs. We specialize in group travel.  Our hours of operation are:

            Monday-Thursday:  9:00am-5:00pm

            Friday:  9:00am-4:00pm

            Closed ALL holidays

There is one exception to our hours of operation – when we have students studying abroad, we are available for the school’s personnel at all times.

Change in Travel Industry – We realize the travel industry has changed so much over the years, and the travel industry has become complex which is one reason we attend formal training to stay abreast of the latest travel trends. Trip planning now involves more than just the basic (air and accommodations) that once made up the bulk of travel agents’ businesses. In the cruise market we can add on airfare, pre and post-cruise hotels stays, transfers to the ship, shore excursions, and please do not forget travel insurance! If you are traveling by air, we can assist you with preferred seating (which costs the client a small fee for extra legroom), specialty in-flight meals, and lounge access. 

Business Trips – Your business trips could involve arranging air, hotel, tours, transfers, car rentals, restaurants, events, and again travel insurance. We can also assist with passport and visa preparation. Businesses we would like to remind you that we can assist with your Meeting Incentive Conventions Events/Exhibitions onboard one of your favorite cruise lines. We can assist with logistics (meeting rooms, dining options) which will allow to bring your staff, family and friends while conducting business during the day and enjoying family and friends in the evenings after your business has concluded.

Our services will save you money; simplify travel planning, and (3 tailor the experience for you.

Cruise Companies Pregnancy Policies

It is important to know these rules before you book your cruise with these cruise lines. Please let your travel agent know if you are pregnant before you attempt to book.

  • Disney Cruise Line.  Due to safety concerns women either in their pregnancy’s 24th week as of their embarkation date or will be in their 24th week of pregnancy during the cruise, will be refused passage due to safety concerns. Forget having a physician’s medical statement or a waiver of liability either. These documents will not be accepted. 
  • Holland America Line. Pregnant women cannot have begun their 24th week of pregnancy before or during the cruise. Pregnant guests must provide their name, booking number, ship and sailing date with a physician’s letter stating the expected due date, medical fitness to travel and the pregnancy is not high risk.
  • Crystal Cruises. Crystal Cruises is unable to accommodate women who will enter their 24th week of pregnancy before or during the cruise.
  • Seabourn. Seabourn cannot accept a booking or welcome any guest who has begun their 24th week of pregnancy at any time before or during the cruise. All pregnant women are required to produce a physician’s letter stating that mother and baby are in good health, fit to travel, and that the pregnancy is not high-risk. The letter must also include the estimated date of delivery (EDD). 
  • Un-Cruise Adventures. Women in their third trimester (greater than 24 weeks, but less than 30 weeks) must submit a letter from their physician granting permission to travel by boat (and for air travel, if applicable).
  • Ponant. Women who are over six months pregnant are not authorized to sail.
  • Star Clippers. Any medical condition or physical disability that may require special attention or treatment must be advised to Star Clippers Americas at the time of booking. Star Clippers, Ltd. regards third trimester pregnancy as a travel risk and reserves the right to refuse passage to pregnant women. 
Carnival to Build New Cruise Port Destination in the Bahamas

Carnival Corporation will develop a new cruise port destination for Carnival Cruise Line passengers on Grand Bahama Island in the Bahamas.

The company has signed the agreement with the government of the Bahamas to move ahead with two major port developments. The other project on the Bahamian island of Little San Salvador, home to Holland America Line’s Half Moon Cay port, will receive a new addition, including a pier.

The new Grand Bahama destination will be located on the south side of the island and will offer guests a uniquely Bahamian destination with a spectacular beachfront and exciting features.

The deal was finalized with papers being signed by representatives from both Carnival Corporation and the local government. The pre-construction phase of these projects to begin early next year, will provide jobs and a major boost to the recovery and rebuilding effort. Once environmental and other permitting processes are completed, construction for both projects are projected to start by mid-2020.

REAL-ID Compliant Identification Cards

The United States Department of Homeland Security will officially begin enforcing the REAL ID Act of 2005 at airports for domestic flights starting October 1, 2020. Americans will have to present REAL-ID compliant identification to go through security.  Other forms of Real-ID include US passports and US military. Americans are not prepared, according to the U.S. Travel Association, the non-profit that promotes travel to and within the United States. All 50 states are part of the Real ID program and will being issuing compliant driver’s licenses this year. U.S. Travel is urging people not to wait to get their Real ID-compliant driver’ license so that state licensing agencies won’t get overwhelmed by requests for new driver’s licenses next summer as the deadline approaches. Please visit www.tsa.gov/real-id for more information.

All-inclusive Resorts include airfare, transfers to and from the resort, accommodations, meals, drinks and all activities at the resort.  A deposit is due for the lodging, but airfare must be paid for in full at time of booking.

Amtrak Offers Discount for Military Veterans. A 10% discount is available for customers who have served in the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard. This everyday discount is valid for travel across the entire national network including the Northeast Regional from Washington, D.C., to Boston, all State-Supported trains, and the California Zephyr, Southwest Chief, City of New Orleans, Cardinal, Auto Train, Coast Starlight, Lake Shore Limited, Capitol Limited, Crescent, Silver Star, Silver Meteor, Palmetto, Empire Builder, and Texas Eagle.

This discount is valid for coach and Acela Business class seats only. Discount is not valid on weekday service on the Acela. The discount is not valid with Saver Fares, non-Acela Business Class, First Class or Sleeping accommodations and 7000-8999 Thruways. These upgrades are permitted upon payment of the full accommodation charges. Fares are one way and no additional discounts apply. This offer is subject to any restrictions and refund rules that apply to the type of fare purchased.

AAA Recommends Travelers Get International Driving Permit


A recent survey taken by AAA revealed that millions of Americans are making international travel plans for the near future, and one-quarter of Americans plan to take an international vacation over the next 18 months. Road trips are increasingly appealing to U.S. travelers while overseas. AAA is recommending that travelers consider obtaining an international driving permit before their next big getaway. 

Valid in over 150 countries and printed in 10 languages, an international driving permit (IDP) is an invaluable form of identification should travelers need to communicate with foreign authorities — even if they are not planning on driving. An IDP is a legal document that translates U.S. driver’s license information into 10 foreign languages. Many countries do not recognize U.S. driver’s licenses without an accompanying IDP, and it is illegal to drive without a valid license and insurance in most places. 

An international driving vacation comes with additional planning considerations and paperwork for which travelers need to be prepared. Travelers can obtain an IDP at any AAA branch. All that is required is to bring a valid U.S. driver’s license, $20, and two passport-size photos that are 2 inches x 2 inches with a white background.

Is a World Cruise on Your Bucket List? Here are some of the best around-the-world cruises departing over the next two years.

Cunard – The Queen Mary 2 is to sail on the traditional East to West direction, while the Queen Victoria will do so on the westbound route via the Panama Canal.

The World Voyage on Queen Mary 2 

Duration: 99 nights

Dates: January 10 to April 18, 2020

Cost: Prices start at around $14,800

Ship: Queen Mary 2

Port of Departure: New York (113 nights) or London (99 nights)

Port of Arrival: New York (113 nights) or London (99 nights)

Crystal Cruises – If these journeys seem too long, passengers can book one segment of the route and complete the other part of the itinerary by air.

Crystal Cruises 2020 World Cruise

Duration: 105 days

Dates: Jan 6 to Apr 21, 2020

Cost: Prices start at $194,000

Ship: Crystal Serenity

Port of Departure: Miami

Port of Arrival: Civitavecchia, Rome

Silversea – Two offerings in this segment with one being a more traditional cruise onboard the Silver Whisper (388 passengers) and an active cruise aimed at more adventurous travelers. The Silver Cloud, a relatively small ship with a 250-passenger capacity and a strengthened hull allowing it to venture into polar waters that are off limits to most other ships. This cruise travels from Antarctica all the way to the Arctic Circle by way of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

The Finest World Tour

Duration: 150 days

Dates: January 7 to June 6, 2021 

Cost: Prices start at £51,000 ($61,700)

Ship: Silver Whisper

Port of Departure: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Port of Arrival: New York

The Uncharted World Tour

Duration: 167 days

Dates: January 30 to July 16, 2021

Cost: Prices start at £77,000 ($93,000)

Ship: Silver Cloud

Port of Departure: Ushuaia, Argentina

Port of Arrival: Tromso, Norway

Seabourn – After a six-year hiatus, Seabourn has brought back its world cruise. Passengers depart Miami in an eastward direction and cross the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean before disembarking in San Francisco, California. 

2020 World Cruise

Duration: 146 nights

Dates: January 4 to May 28, 2020

Cost: From $66,999 per person 

Ship: Seabourn Sojourn

Port of Departure: Miami

Port of Arrival: San Francisco

Regent Cruises – The 131-night 2020 cruise starts in Miami, then goes west across the Panama Canal and the Pacific, up the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean, then returns to Miami. At 117 nights, the 2021 edition is a little shorter. It follows a similar but stops in Barcelona instead of going all the way to Miami. The 2022 edition will be focusing on the Pacific, with a 120-night circumnavigation, not of the whole globe, but of its largest ocean. 

This choice has proven popular, though.  

A World of Luxury

Duration: 131 nights

Dates: January 6, 2020 (or January 24 if boarding in San Francisco) to May 17, 2020

Cost: Prices start at around $66,700

Ship: Seven Seas Mariner

Port of Departure: Miami

Port of Arrival: Miami

Oceania Cruises – The number of places visited by Oceania’s Insignia on its six-month world cruise is one of its strongest selling points — no fewer than 100 ports in 44 different countries on all six continents.

Around the World 2020 

Duration: 180 or 200 days

Dates: January 8 to July 5, 2020

Cost: Prices start at around $43,300

Ship: Insignia

Port of Departure: Miami

Port of Arrival: San Francisco (180-day trip) or New York (200 days)

Princess – Around-the-world cruises depart and arrive from North America. Its 2021 World Cruise features 50 destinations in 32 countries and six continents, with the ship sailing in a westward direction. 

Passengers are given the choice of embarking or disembarking either in Florida or in California.

111-Day World Cruise

Duration: 111 nights

Dates: January 3 to April 25, 2021

Cost: Prices start at $19,999

Ship: Island Princess

Port of Departure: Fort Lauderdale or Los Angeles

Port of Arrival: Fort Lauderdale or Los Angeles

Travel Advisors Should Be Alert to Uninsured Motorists

Roughly 9% of U.S. households do not own a car. That equates to almost 11 million car-free households. Thus, when renting a car as part of a vacation (or business trip), the renting party is exposed to considerable financial risk if the driver injures another person with the rented car, unless the renter has purchased the correct insurance covering the rental.

Some travel insurance companies also do not sell single-use personal liability policies that would protect you against personal injury/death claims arising from an accident with the rental car. As is typical of insurance agreements, the language covering personal liability is technical and legalistic. 

Your travel advisor should be sure to have fully explored with the client the insurance implications of any plan to rent a car on a trip you are selling. If the client has her own automobile policy that provides liability protection when renting a car, this is great. If not, you should at a minimum explain in writing the importance of obtaining such insurance prior to arriving at the rental car location.

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