Friday, August 31, 2018

Lonely Planet Publishes Books on Cruise Ports

In May 2018, Lonely Planet released its first-ever guidebooks about cruise ports. Titles available are "Cruise Ports Caribbean," "Scandinavia & Northern Europe," and "Alaska."

Each book has information on sights in and around the port cities, advice on booking excursions and cultural information. The guides cost $19.99 each.


Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Cruise Ships Leaving Home Fleets

Two well-known cruise ships will be leaving their fleets in 2019

Built in 1988 and holding 835 passengers, Holland America Line's Prinsendam will join the fleet of German cruise company Phoenix Reisen in July 2019.











Built in 1995 and holding 1,822 passengers, P & O Cruises' Oriana will exit in August 2019. No word yet on future plans for the ship.

Monday, August 27, 2018

New Roman Museum in Nimes, France

With more than 5,000 pieces on display, the Musee de la Romanite opened on June 2, 2018, across the street from the Arenes de Nimes, the ancient Roman coliseum located in that city.

Among the displays is a large mosaic, unearthed during the museum's construction, depicting the Theban king Pentheus being murdered by his mother.

Open daily at 10 a.m. Closing varies from 6 to 8 p.m., depending on the season. Entrance is € 8 (about $9).

Friday, August 24, 2018

Frankfurt "Old Town" Being Rebuilt

Before it was destroyed by Allied bombing in 1944, the Altstadt (Old Town) in the city of Frankfurt-am-Main was home to the largest collection of wood-frame buildings in Germany. A new, reconstructed "Old Town" has been built, with a grand opening scheduled for Sept 28-30, 2018.

The site contains 15 buildings constructed according to the original plans plus another 20 buildings (shops, restaurants, etc) in the appropriate style.

A guided tour in English can be booked at any Frankfurt Tourist Information Office for € 12.90 (about $15). 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Change to Belarus Tourist Visa

Minsk Academy of Sciences
On July 25, 2018, Belarus increased the number of days that some visitors can stay visa-free from five to 30.

To qualify, you must be a citizen from one of 80 counties (the US is among them) and enter the country through Minsk National Airport (MSQ). You also must present evidence that you will be flying out of MSQ within the allotted time. 

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Limits To Stays on Easter Island

As of August 1, 2018, tourists who visit Easter Island (Rapa Nui) are limited to 30 days.  The previous limit was 90 days.

In order to board a flight to Rapa Nui, the traveler must present a passport, a ticket showing return within the 30-day limit, proof of hotel or other accommodation and the provided Immigration form stamped by the Chilean Police Investigations Division.

Stays of longer than 30 days can be applied for in advance. For info contact the Chilean tourist office.