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roll with the rhythm of america’s great rivers by barbara broadbent


fter a break of almost 4 years, steamboating adventures will resume through the heartland of America. Starting in April, the AMERICAN QUEEN will proudly sail on her voyages of enchantment. As the only authentic overnight paddlewheel steamboat on the nation’s rivers, she will offer incomparable luxury and modern comforts, unforgettable cuisine and entertainment, thoughtful gracious service…setting a new standard of excellence. Start with an all-inclusive package, including your overnight stay in a luxury hotel in the city in which your voyage originates, plus breakfast, taxes, porterage and transfers to the ship. Once on board you will enjoy top entertainment, a host of complimentary amenities, multiple specialty dining options (all at no additional 2

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charge), daily historical lectures, calliope concerts, shore excursions, spacious exterior staterooms, and gracious friendly service. Routes include the Upper Mississippi (St. Paul, St. Louis, Hannibal, Dubuque); the Lower Mississippi (New Orleans, Oak Alley, Vicksburg, Natchez); the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers (Pittsburgh, Marietta, Louisville, Chatanooga). There are many Theme boating Adventures to match your interests: music, civil war, old fashioned holidays, Kentucky Derby, fall colours, southern culture, July 4th – and more. Voyages vary from 4 to 10 days. Don’t wait, book your unforgettable vacation voyage now!! Call Barbara for details! Phone: (604) 872–0121


consider a staycation for your next vacation by brad hama


ave you ever needed a vacation to recover from your vacation? Jet lag, flight cancellations, border and security lineups, car rentals, lost luggage, vaccinations, passports, visas, and travel insurance are some of the potentially energy draining travel nuisances that come to mind. Experiencing a new culture and the adventure and thrills of travel can be a great experience that provides memories to last a lifetime, but doesn’t the pressure to see everything and do everything evaporate with a well-planned road trip? Remember the times when the journey was part of the adventure, and all the neat stops and photo ops along the way were half the fun, or at least turned into infamous “remember when…” tales down the road? With a trip to La Casa Cottage Resort, you can enjoy fun, sun and relaxation including activities for the whole family. No matter where you’re coming from, there will be some must-see stops along the way. Once you arrive, you’ll be able to relax in your own stand-alone cottage, fully-equipped with full kitchens, balconies, and lake views. The set-up offers you flexibility to enjoy a home cooked meal, or to dine at the resort’s Zocalos restaurant with new head chef, Brian Keyes. Many cottages will even allow your family pet to join you, where on most trips they are left out. Additionally, with the number of cottages available at the resort, it is a perfect setting for great family reunions, or reunions of any type. With a cottage vacation you can replace the mass produced holiday with something more personal and unique, while enjoying the sights and sounds of your own backyard and supporting local communities. We hope you’ll look into Lake Okanagan’s La Casa Cottage Resort for your next staycation. | MAY 2012


paris day trip by gordon mckee


f you have been to Paris a few times, or you are spending a week or more in the city, then you may want to shake things up a bit and head out of the city for the day and a change of scenery. The most popular day trip from Paris, with good reason, is the chateau of Versailles. Louis XIV’s grandiose reconstruction of a royal hunting lodge may be 4

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one of the most spectacular displays of wealth and pomp ever. About 30 minutes driving time from the centre of Paris, in a charming little town, you will find the famous Gallery of Mirrors and dozens of equally sumptuous rooms crammed full of objet d’art and your fellow tourists. But Versailles, big as it is, has always been crowded. Even back in the day competition at court for a good room was something fierce.

After taking in all the interior wonders, the acres of gardens provide a respite from the crowds and really shouldn’t be missed. If you are tired of walking, there are golf carts available to rent. To ensure you get the most out of your visit, make a reservation in advance or use your Museums and Monuments pass to go to the head of the line. A slightly less well known chateau easily accessible as a day trip from Paris is Fontainebleau, about 55km from the centre of Paris. This is another ancient palace transformed. Originally built by Louis VII in the 12th century and expanded by Francis I, it then fell into disrepair by the time of the Revolution. These days, it is mostly associated with Napoleon who renovated it into its present form. If you’ve had enough of palaces, then Claude Monet’s house and garden in Giverny is a relaxing destination a mere 80 km west of Paris. The gardens with the Japanese bridge and lily pond which inspired much of his later work are free to enter and the house with Monet’s collections is certainly worth the entrance charge. You can also visit the village’s impressive Museum of Impressionist Art. And if you still haven’t had your fill of art, a small detour to the village of Auver sur Oise will put you in the world of Vincent van Gogh.

faced or destroyed during the French Revolution but Chartres Cathedral was so beloved that the townspeople protected it from damage. To help you get the most of your visit, Mr. Malcolm Miller has been giving guided tours/lectures since the early ‘80s, and his love and knowledge of the building are profound. It is definitely worth arriving for one of his 1 hour tours at 12:00 and 2:45. If you are looking for some excitement after all that art and culture, perhaps Eurodisney, Mickey’s French home, is the change of pace needed. It is easily accessible in about 35 minutes from the RER Nation train station. You’ll enjoy all the Disney excitement, parades, fireworks, and a castle. It could be a great break for families with kids or bigger kids, too. This is just a sampling of some of the fun you can have within a few hours of Paris. With the great train system in Europe, there’s plenty of options to consider to add to your vacation.

The town of Chartres is about 90 km southwest of Paris with frequent trains available to get you there and back. It is home to Chartres Cathedral, considered one of the finest Gothic buildings in Europe. It’s dazzling stained glass has been amazing visitors since 1271 and is almost completely original. The building holding up the stained glass is quite something as well – adorned with hundreds of statues and is also virtually as it was originally built. Many churches were | MAY 2012


lesli’s lists: best picnic spots in the world!


icnics are a great way to have an authentic travel experience. And nothing influences a picnic more than the spot. All spots are not created equal! Are you seeking solitude or the urban mosaic of a big city or a stellar view? On your next adventure fill your daypack with food stuffs from the local market, add a bottle of wine and enjoy one of these picnic spots to die for! Huayna Picchu, Peru At an elevation of nearly 9,000 feet, the view from atop this peak, which towers over the 15th-century ruins of Machu Picchu, is breathtaking and one is instantly rewarded with a panoramic perspective of the Urubamba River Valley and the famed city of the Inca. Milford Sound, South Island, New Zealand Rain forests hug dramatic cliffs, waterfalls cascade into rivers, and 4,000-foot rocky peaks tower over a deep fjord that has become New Zealand’s most famous destination. Villa Borghese Gardens, Rome, Italy Olives, pizza bianca, marinated artichokes, “salumi”, and—of course—a bottle of wine are all it takes to make a picnic break from the ancient ruins and Renaissance highlights of Rome. The Villa Borghese gardens, near the Piazza del Popolo, is a picnic-perfect landscape for escape. Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes Station, California This spectacular nature preserve located on a 70,000-acre peninsula north of San Francisco is rich in wild-


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life, from raptors to tule elk, and bordered by a coastline favored by elephant seals. Head to the nearby Point Reyes Lighthouse for prime whale watching in January and March and coastal beauty year-round.

sive depression. Then get ready for the volcanic hike of a lifetime; wear layers to deal with the changing temperatures. The descent from the summit is roughly 27 miles, so pack a picnic lunch.

Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Western Cape, South Africa Make a quick green escape from Cape Town for a picnic lunch in this spectacularly rugged and refined space on the slopes of Table Mountain. Pack a bottle of wine from Stellenbosch and some biltong and hike the trails through natural forests and fynbos (“fine bush” or shrubland in Afrikaans).

Aran Islands, Ireland The classic cable-knit fisherman’s sweater may have put the Aran Islands on the sartorial map, but this group of three islands at the mouth of Galway Bay has long been on the picnicker’s map. Pick up some smoked salmon and brown bread— and perhaps some whiskey—before embarking on a scenic ferry ride to the karst limestone landscapes and rough green terrain of Inishmore island.

Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France Fountains, sculptures, two museums and countless comfortable chairs make this garden on the perimeter of the Musée du Louvre a surprisingly tranquil space for staging your own “déjeuner sur l’herbe”. Haleakala National Park, Hawaii How many picnics can you fit into a day? Beat the sunrise and head to the summit of Maui’s Haleakala volcano—to a 10,023-foot peak called Pu’u ‘Ula’ula—to enjoy a breakfast picnic as dawn unfolds over a mas-

National Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. All summer long, the Jazz in the Sculpture Garden series is music to picnickers’ ears. As an extension of the National Gallery of Art, this elegant oasis adjacent to the National Mall garden houses 17 three-dimensional works of art from such notables as Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, and Roy Lichtenstein.

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stage struck in london: november 22 - december 2, 2012 by barbara broadbent


ark your calendars and join us for our 38th London Theatre tour! Enjoy the theatre scene in a venue like no other. Not only will you enjoy the plays, but you will marvel at the sparkling Christmas decorations that light up the streets and stores during this festive season.

London is more focused on the Olympics at this time, rather than what prices will be like in November!! As soon as we have the pricing finalized, we will let you know – and hopefully you will know your own plans by then, and will sign up on the spot.

FOR INFORMATION AND RESERVATIONS, PLEASE CONTACT: Barbara Broadbent (Lloyds Travel) #206 – 906 West Broadway Vancouver BC V5Z 1K7 (604) 872–0121 phone 1-800-800-7252 toll-free

Please join us for a Vancouver Theatre Sports Improv Night! Thursday, July 19th @7pm. For more information or to reserve your spot, please contact | MAY 2012


lloyds welcomes “cruises abroad”


fter close to 23 years in business, Ron and Sharon Woloschuk are taking a well deserved retirement from the dayto-day routine of operating a travel agency. Ron and Sharon opened a ‘cruise-only’ agency in Kerrisdale in 1989 and were ahead of the curve, successfully selling out several full ship charters with Holland America on 3 and 4 day West Coast itineraries. They followed up with a focus on hosting cruise-tours to worldwide destinations and this coupled with great customer service proved to be a recipe for success. To this day they enjoy (and will continue to do so) the opportunity to accompany their clients (many of whom have become good friends) on unique worldwide itineraries. “It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience” says Ron, “Sharon and I had the good fortune 8

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of working with our son Curtis, so it was a real family affair. However, given our passion for travel and our desire to improve our golf game, we wanted to step back now while we are young enough to enjoy the fruits of our labour. In conjunction with Lloyds, we anticipate hosting future travel adventures and as always, client suggestions are appreciated.” “We chose to work with Lloyds, as we had a great relationship with Barbara Broadbent when she owned her own agency (Banner Travel) just around the corner from us in Kerrisdale and the fact that Barbara currently works with Lloyds was to us an endorsement of Lloyd’s integrity and professionalism. Meeting owners, Bruce and Wendy Fougner, convinced us we would be making the right decision as it was really im-

portant to us that our clients be well looked after. We also like the idea that Lloyds offers their own escorted tours (both land and sea)” says Sharon. “A testament to Sharon and Ron was a turnout of close to 70 faithful clientele for a wine and cheese reception held in their honour at our office in mid-April.” states Wendy. “We were also amazed to hear so many great travel stories from those that attended.” So, all of us at Lloyds extend a big welcome to past clients of Cruises Abroad. If you received a paper copy of this newsletter we also have a full colour electronic version that we can email you, so please let us know your preference.

italy’s po river cruise & the venice lagoon july 7 - 14, 2013, escorted by barbara broadbent & ian mcglashan *with optional 7 day northern italy tour offered before the cruise pend 7 nights onboard Uniworld’s floating boutique hotel; the luxurious, newly remodeled RIVER COUNTESS.


workshop here. Find romance in Verona, the city of Romeo and Juliet, and see the ancient Roman amphitheatre, still in use.

In Venice, the “Queen of the Adriatic,”you’ll discover one of the world’s most entrancing cities in all its water-bound splendour. You will cruise the storied Grand Canal, pause at the Bridge of Sighs, and follow the footsteps of the Doges through their historic palace. Discover the glorious, surprisingly modern, frescoes of Giotti in 13th century Padua. Uncover ancient mosaics in Ravenna, the last capital of the Byzantine Empire in Italy.

The cruise ends back in Venice, with a free day for you to enjoy the city and surroundings at leisure.

Savor Bologna, home of the first university in Europe and the culinary capital of Northern Italy. Learn some of the tricks of the trade during a pasta-making

Prices start at CAD $3,271 per person, sharing, including taxes. Prices include: 7 night cruise in riverview stateroom; all meals onboard; Captain’s Welcome Gala and Farewell Dinners; complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks during lunch and dinner; transfers on arrival and departure days; 24hour specialty coffee and tea bar; experienced Cruise Manager, and English-speaking staff; special Signature lecture; use of Nordic walking sticks and bicycles onboard;

local entertainment; excursions in Venice, Padua, Verona, Bologna and Ravenna with Quiet-Vox portable audio headsets ** The pre-cruise tour is being set up as you read this. Details will be available soon. We expect it to include flying into Milan, exploring the Lake District and the Dolomites and ending in Venice at the time of the cruise. ____________________________ For more information, and to find out about special booking discounts, or to book your space on this unique journey, contact Barbara: (604) 872-0121 phone 1-800-800-7252 toll-free | MAY 2012


beautiful burma by Lesli Heron


or some people with wanderlust, the lure of exotic lands and people so unlike home are what keep them going. For others, it’s the opportunity to immerse themselves in history and culture. Luckily, travel to the various regions in Asia satisfies most travel hankerings. One location you might consider adding when travelling to the more well-known travel destinations of Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, is Burma (Myanmar). You can visit Burma throughout the year, but the best time is between October and February when the weather is neither too hot nor wet. There are so many options, including neighbouring countries, to make your trip to the region memorable and as busy, or relaxed, as you like to be on vacation. While in Burma, you might want to ensure you put some of these options on your must-do list: *

Tour the 2500 year-old Shwe Dagon Pagoda, the largest and oldest golden monument on earth, where Burmese kings and queens have donated their body weight in gold to the pyramid.


See the golden throne of the last Burmese king that just might outshine those of emperors, maharajas,


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Charlemagne, Louis XVI, Napoleon, Cleopatra and William the Conqueror. You’ll marvel at the throne’s carvings that depict many a tale. *

Explore Kuthodaw Pagoda at the foot of Mandalay Hill, the home of the white marble Buddhist bible. Inscribed on 729 marble slabs and placed in individual temples within a square, it is an unbelievable site.


Ring the Mingun Bell, a wonder at a height of 26 feet and weighing 90.55 metric tons.


Visit the 2400 year-old miracle Golden Rock, Kyaiktiyo Pagoda. You have probably seen images of this golden boulder precariously balanced on the edge of a cliff.


Tour the amazing floating-islands and row a boat in the highest and largest lake in SE Asia.


See living mummies. That’s right, living mummies. These are the preserved bodies of Buddhist monks that are said to be still growing nails and hair decades and centuries after death.


Feel small by visiting the largest reclining Buddha in the World, the Shwethalyaung – a colossal, 181’ long reclining statue of Buddha. It is said to have been built in 994 AD, lost when Bago (Pegu) was destroyed in 1757, and then rediscovered under a cover of jungle growth in 1881.


If you are pagoda and miracle weary, you might enjoy scuba diving among the coral of the southern Myanmar sea. Or, for the extremely daring, you may wish to climb Khakaborazi Peak, the highest peak in southeast Asia and sister mountain to Everest. If more calming pursuits are what you are interested in, spend a bit of time with a fortune-teller and see your future or enjoy a bit of shopping to get some great deals on jewelry.

Before you go, keep in mind, you will need a visa, so make sure you have that in your trip planning. While there, you will want to refrain from kissing and hugging in public, pointing at things with your feet, sitting with your back to a Buddha image, or acting inappropriately toward a sacred thing such as a Buddha image or touching a monk. And before you leave, make sure you understand what needs to be declared to Customs so you don’t have items confiscated when you depart. For more information, or to book a trip to this unique destination, contact Lesli: (604) 872-5464 phone 1-800-800-7252 toll-free | MAY 2012


autumn vistas: october 19 - november 02, 2012


his voyage juxtaposes the vibrant colors of autumn leaves with the shimmering sands of exotic beaches. Embraced by the golden foliage of Nova Scotia, you will visit historic landmarks such as the Cossit House and the Jost House, colonial homes in Sydney that are now museums. In Maine, you can explore the culturally rich Arts District of Portland and also tour the childhood home of American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, which is the oldest standing structure on the peninsula. Complement these historical experiences with more modern pleasures, as Regatta sails for the pink sand beaches and azure waters of Bermuda before concluding her journey in New York City. NEW YORK TO NEW YORK, 14 Days aboard Regatta of Oceania Cruises Day Port Arrive Depart Oct 19 New York, United States 6:00 p.m. Oct 20 Newport, United States 8:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. Oct 21 Boston, United States 12:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m. Oct 22 Portland, United States 8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Oct 23 Bar Harbor, United States 8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Oct 24 Saint John (Bay of Fundy), Canada 7:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. Oct 25 Halifax, Canada 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Oct 26 Sydney, Canada 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m. Oct 27 Corner Brook, Canada 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Oct 28 Cruising the Atlantic Ocean at sea at sea Oct 29 Cruising the Atlantic Ocean at sea at sea Oct 30 Hamilton, Bermuda 9:00 a.m. in Hamilton Oct 31 Hamilton, Bermuda 3:00 p.m. Nov 01 Cruising the Atlantic Ocean at sea at sea Nov 02 New York, United States 7:00 a.m. Prices starting from $5,037.00 USD Deluxe ocean view stateroom. Price includes: round trip air, 14-day Cruise, transfers, all applicable taxes and fees. Special bonuses: prepaid gratuities and $200.00 shipboard credit per stateroom. Contact Deborah for more information: 604 872-0136 (direct) or 1-800-800-7252 (toll free) or by e-mail 12

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asian treasures: february 4 - 21, 2013


his grand voyage illuminates the most revered sights in Asia, while an abundance of overnight stays ensures you also have time to discover the hidden gems. A night safari ride through the Singapore Zoo offers an astral view of the “Garden City.” Spend the evening in Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong, where an exquisite culinary journey awaits in even the smallest eatery tucked away amidst the maze of streets. Marvel at the majestic colonial-era Reunification Palace in the populous seaport of Saigon. For a mystical escape, explore the land where dragons once roamed according to Vietnamese legend. The limestone rock wonders of Ha Long Bay represent the timeless beauty that can be witnessed in each port of call on this magnificent journey.

SINGAPORE TO HONG KONG, 17 Days aboard Nautica of Oceania Cruises Day Port Arrive Feb 04/05 Singapore, Singapore Feb 06 Cruising the South China Sea at sea Feb 07 Ko Samui, Thailand 8:00 a.m. Feb 08/09 Bangkok, Thailand 9:00 a.m. Feb 10 Sihanoukville, Cambodia 10:00 a.m. Feb 11 Cruising the Gulf of Thailand at sea Feb 12 Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam 10:00 a.m. Feb 14 Cruising the South China Sea at sea Feb 15 Hue/Da Nang (Chan May), Vietnam 8:00 a.m. Feb 16 Hanoi (Ha Long Bay), Vietnam 9:00 a.m. Feb 18 Cruising the Hainan Strait at sea Feb 19 Canton (Huangpu), China 8:00 a.m. Feb 20 Hong Kong, China 8:00 a.m. Feb 21 Hong Kong, China

Depart 6:00 p.m. (on February 5th) at sea 3:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m. (on February 9th) 10:00 p.m. at sea 4:00 p.m. (on February 13th) at sea 4:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. (on February 17th) at sea 6:00 p.m.

Prices starting from $7,589.00 USD Deluxe ocean view stateroom. Price includes: round trip air, 17-day cruise, transfers, all applicable taxes and fees. Special bonuses: Shipboard credit of $200.00 per stateroom. Visa required for Cambodia and Vietnam which can be obtained onboard. Visa for China to be obtained before departure. Contact Deborah for more information: 604-872-0136 (direct) or 1-800-800-7252 (toll free) or by e-mail | MAY 2012


our best suggestions for solo, family & couple vacations by lloyds travel team


lthough we are past spring break, it is a good time to start thinking ahead and making summer/early fall vacation plans. Here in the office, we decided to see what suggestions came to mind when thinking of great trips during the summer and early fall to recommend to others. Since every client’s travel needs vary, we covered families, couples, 14

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and the solo traveler. Perhaps there is an adventure you haven’t experienced yet that would make this a summer to remember.

AZAIA Family: Scotland – castles, Loch Ness, and plenty of other adventurous activities for active families.

Couple: Peru – hiking the Inca trail and visiting Machu Picchu. Solo Traveler: Croatia – gorgeous landscape and beaches, super friendly people, and delicious seafood (I’d go back on my own in a heartbeat!).

BARBARA Family: Get out and explore

our wonderful province of Couple: Paris, of course, and September is actually the ideal BC. Couple or Solo Traveler: Start time to go. a language course for that Solo Traveler: Palm Springs. trip you are planning for next year.

LUISA Family: anywhere in Europe to enjoy history, culture and so many activities.

Couple & Solo Traveler: in Italy, go off the beaten track and Family: grab, or rent, the kay- see the trulli in Alberobello in aks and bikes and head for one the Puglia region - mountains of our FABULOUS Gulf Island and seaside, you have it all. properties.


BRAD Family: Road trip with a great BC vacation rental. Couple: Sandals resort luxury included vacation for two people in love.

Couple: biking, walking and wine tasting in France for a week or two, followed by three Solo Traveler: Guided hunting or more nights in Paris (prefor fishing trip or any adven- erably late summer, early fall). ture travel. Solo Traveler: two weeks with train pass and car rental combo in England and Scotland, or possibly Spain and PortuFamily: Europe for history gal, or.... (preferably late sumand plenty to do for all family mer, early fall). members.


Couple: Early fall in Boston, New York and surrounds for wonderful temperatures, colours, and sports options. Solo Traveler: group tours offer a fantastic way to meet people while enjoying your travels.


SHENY Family: Club Med. Couple: Club Med. Solo Traveler: Club Med – there’s always something for everyone and every type of traveler.


Family: a cottage vacation with your family, perhaps for a family reunion - it’s great for Family: explore the canyon- several generations. lands of the US, walk the rim Couple: Napa valley - ride of the Grand Canyon, ride bikes, drink wine, and go out horses with cowboys on a for fabulous dinners. working ranch, sleep under Solo Traveler: a spa retreat like the stars in Monument Valley. The Hills Health and Wellness Couple: east Africa wildlife sa- in 100 Mile House. fari.


Family: Waterton Lakes Pro- Solo Traveler: cycling in Irevincial Park in Alberta. land. | MAY 2012


timeless wonders of vietnam, cambodia & the mekong october 14 to 30, 2012, escorted by barbara broadbent & ian mcglashan


AST CALL for this wonderful journey to a magnificent part of the world. Experience bustling cities, impressive historical sites and timeless landscapes; two cultures, two countries and two ways of life linked by one river. As you travel the mystical Mekong, you will be offered a unique perspective of life as it was lived centuries ago. You will see an astonishing blend of old and new cities, such as French Colonial store fronts intertwined with modern architecture and soaring skyscrapers. Learn the time-honoured ways of farmers, fishermen, monks and artisans through intimate encounters on the floating villages and at the local old-world markets. Visit bustling Phnom Penh and the magnificent ancient Khmer capital of Angkor, with grand and fabled temples such as the UNESCO World Heritage Angkor Wat. We have 2 cabins left in our allotment – do join Barbara and Ian on this incredible adventure!

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azure coasts: october 16 - 26, 2012 by deborah charles Single-mindedly concentrating on one country at a time before moving on to the next, this splendid voyage presents the region’s true luminaries. In Italy, discover the joy of simply ambling about the streets of gracious Portofino. Watch a fiery sunset over the Bay of Naples, and you will understand why the wealthiest ancient Romans chose Sorrento for their summer homes. Spain tantalizes with sophisticated urban pleasures such as the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art and the more relaxed beach-blessed island of Ibiza. And what better way to see the extravagances of the French Riviera than to stroll Saint-Tropez’s harbor, marveling at the sheer lavishness of the yachts? ROME TO BARCELONA, 10 Days aboard Nautica of Oceania Cruises Day Port Arrive Oct 16 Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy Oct 17 Sorrento/Capri, Italy 8:00 a.m. Oct 18 Amalfi/Positano, Italy 8:00 a.m. Oct 19 Florence/Pisa/Tuscany (Livorno), Italy 8:00 a.m. Oct 20 Portofino, Italy 8:00 a.m. Oct 21 Monte Carlo, Monaco 8:00 a.m. Oct 22 Saint-Tropez, France 8:00 a.m. Oct 23 Provence (Marseille), France 8:00 a.m. Oct 24 Ibiza, Spain 3:00 p.m. Oct 25 Ibiza, Spain Oct 26 Barcelona, Spain 5:00 a.m.

Depart 8:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m.

Prices starting from $4,204.00 USD Deluxe ocean view stateroom. Price includes: round trip air, 10-day cruise, transfers, all applicable taxes and fees. Special bonuses: prepaid gratuities and $100.00 shipboard credit per stateroom. Contact Deborah for more information: 604-872-0136 (direct) or 1-800-800-7252 (toll free) or by e-mail | MAY 2012


christmas cruise 2012 by barbara broadbent


f you’re wondering what you might like to do for Christmas this year, how about gathering up your family (large or small) and sailing with Holland America on a 7-day Western Caribbean cruise ?? It’s a great experience that can cross generational lines (however many of those you may have in your family). On December 23, 2012 you sail from Ft. Lauderdale on the ms Nieuw Amsterdam. The stops will be Half Moon Cay (their own wonderful private island); Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands; and Mahogany Bay, Honduras; then back to Ft. Lauderdale for 30 Dec. The ship is the newest of the Hol18

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land America fleet, carrying a maximum of 2100 guests. Their academytrained professional crew members take genuine pride in making your cruise relaxing and remarkable in every way. We have a group booking on this sailing, so prices are good, and there are special extras to enjoy. There are a multitude of excursions offered : all kinds of sea sports, horseback riding, nature walks, fishing, parasailing, biking, turtle farms, dolphin encounters – to name but a few. You can also just wander the ports on your own…at your leisure. Tantalizing dining room menus change by the day. The breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets in the Lido are one of the many other options. In the evening, a classic Italian restaurant is set up in one area of the Lido.

The Pinnacle Grill and Tamarind are specialty restaurants, with a nominal fee for dining there. Colourful Christmas decorations, great entertainment, a variety of planned activities and the ever-popular casino are there for you to enjoy. Club Hal is a wonderful area for kids- divided by ages. Kids ages 3-7; Tweens ages 8-12; and the Loft and the Oasis for Teens. They have fullytrained counselors, with a wide variety of activities. Also featured are Kids & Teens Culinary Workshops. Hope you can join us .. Barbara and Ian will be there with members of Barbara’s family – four generations in all!!

travel tips & helpful hints by wendy fougner

DID YOU KNOW? Lloyds has an online booking engine on the website? If you haven’t tried it already, you should. You can search for flights, hotels, packaged vacations and last-minute deals. The best part is you get the independence of booking your own travel arrangements while having the security of a travel agent to help when you have questions. And you may be surprised to know, we’ve tested it, that the prices are at or below those found on Expedia. So, when planning your next holiday, do some pre-planning and investigation using our online booking tool.

PASSPORTS Many countries are not allowing

you to travel with a water damaged passport. When travelling make sure you not only protect your passport from theft, but also from liquid damage. You don’t want a note on file that you might be tampering with your passport. It may sound like a broken record, but check your passport, check your passport, and if you haven’t lately, check your passport when you begin your trip planning. Lots of countries are beginning to change their requirements and are asking for passports to be valid for at least 6 months beyond entering the country. You don’t want to be scrambling at the last minute, or, worse yet, be denied entry when you get there. So when you are checking to see if you need a visa for travel, also check and

see if there are specific passport requirements.

TRAVEL INSURANCE Over the last year, our agents have seen first hand why travel insurance is important when traveling. Although no one plans to get seriously injured, or die, while on vacation, it does happen. You don’t want to be incurring huge costs that were never planned for. It doesn’t even have to be you that causes the change in travel plans. What if a loved one gets sick, or there’s some other crisis, and you have to cancel your trip or come back early? The scenarios are endless. Make sure you’re covered. Buy your travel insurance - it’s a small price to pay for peace of mind. | MAY 2012


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Lloyds Quarterly Newsletter - May 2012  

Lloyds Travel quarterly newsletter. Check out all our great vacation options!

Lloyds Quarterly Newsletter - May 2012  

Lloyds Travel quarterly newsletter. Check out all our great vacation options!