FLEETRIDGE TRAVELER Fleetridge Travel Service A Message from Melita “Airfares are going up, the dollar a tremendous value. We have Volume 17 is at an all-time low” that’s what some very unique cruises to of- SUMMER we hear whenever we turn on fer you for 2009 listed in this 2008 the news these days. Fortu- newsletter. nately, the travel industry has I recently returned from a trip to Galapagos Islands some great products with real the Dreams Resort Puerto Val- anyone?… value available and it is during the current tough economic larta. This is a great, all inclusive Here is your chance. times that travel consultants like property, ideally located on a We have limited myself and my associate, secluded beach 10 minutes availability on a 10 Marilyn, can assist you to find south of downtown. 5 different day all inclusive just the perfect cruise or tour for gourmet restaurants to choose cruise Nov. 29, 2009 you. By now our clients know from, and never a bill, just a aboard the 90 pas- that we don’t just book tickets. friendly smile from your waiter - senger Expedition. Just think of us as your advo- tips and all drinks were also in- Rates start at $3655 cluded in one price. This is a per person includes 3 cate, personal assistant, friend great place for couples and fami- nights hotel in Quito and more. lies. Please call me if you like and transfers. With today’s currency fluctua- more information. tions, especially the decline of the value of the dollar against “I haven’t been everywhere, Inside this issue: the euro, European cruise vaca- but it’s on my list” - quote from tions prepaid in dollars become Susan Sontag Viking River 2 Cruises... Companion Travels 2 Free……. No Air required……… Insider’s travel tips….. 2 Oceania Cruises- 3 As fall is getting closer, so is the per person plus tax and fuel sur- Worth a Try…... next Mexico cruise season. Hol- charges, 10 night Sea of Cortez land America Line will again and Mexican Riviera trips are It’s time to go to 3 Europe….. have several ships home based offered from $799.00 per person. right here in San Diego. Cruise You can also chose a 15 day Maximize your $$$.... 3 rates for a 7 day Mexican Rivi- Hawaiian Islands cruise from era Cruise start at only $499.00 $1499.00 per person. Summer Savings…. 4 Page 2 FLEETRIDGE TRAVELER VIKING River Cruises-A Unique Experience: If you read my newsletters regularly, you know All rooms offer panoramic river views with a con- that I love River Cruises. I have sailed on the tinuous change of scenery. The ships are designed Mighty Mississippi, the Rhine, Mosel, Rhone and with a flat bottom which means that there is no roll- Saone, the Danube and the Nile. The big attrac- ing and pitching and therefore no worry about mo- tion for me is that these ships are not only smaller tion sickness. and more intimate than the deep water cruise The itineraries offered blend capital cities with ships, but the itineraries are very different as well. charming towns as well as folkloric entertainment A River Cruise vacation is all about the destina- and chances to try local dishes. Viking River tion. They go right into the heart of the city, dock- Cruises also includes 95% of all shore excursions, ing only steps away from the downtown attrac- 3 wonderful meals per day and plenty of entertain- tions. You step off the boat for a leisurely stroll or ment. some lines now provide you with a bike to ride The new 2009 itineraries just arrived with up to around town. $1200.00 early booking savings. So don’t delay The ships themselves offer a casual atmosphere. and call me for more information 619-275-6555. On VIKING Your Companion Travels Free…….. If you act quickly you can take advantage of spe- Burgundy & Provence 8 days with 7 guided cial savings on selected 2008 European sailings tours from $2680.00 per couple. 7 departures with Viking River Cruises: available. Paris and the Heart of Normandy 8 days with 7 Remember that all meals are included. Don’t de- guided tours from $2480.00 per couple. There lay, offer expires July 10, 2008 and availability is are 7 departure to choose from. limited. Paris to Prague 12 days with 11 guided tours Interesting web sites: The ultimate source for from $3980.00 per couple. 4 departures in Au- airplane seating, in-flight services and airline gust, 1 in September and 2 in November. information check out: www.seatguru.com Insider’s Travel Tips …... I found these 5 tips for finding hidden treasures when 3-Have a conversation. The best way to find out what traveling in the spring addition of “Bon Vivant” life is like in a country is just to ask. Even if you don’t speak the language, there are many ways to commu- 1-Get up early! It’s often the best time to see local life. As the sun is rising, the world is getting ready for an- nicate. other day. 4-Take a walk. Get off the beaten path and explore. 2-Visit a Market. You’ll learn so much about how a 5-Keep your eyes open. Often the most memorable community lives just by strolling through the local mar- experiences are found where least expected. Always ket. And you might discover a new favorite fruit. be ready for the extraordinary and you’ll often find it! Volume 17 Page 3 OCEANIA CRUISES…….worth a try! Oceania was founded in 2002 and is now consid- costs. All itineraries are designed to showcase ered by many the world’s largest upper premium some of the most rewarding and enriching desti- cruise line. Currently they operate 3 intimate nation experiences possible. ships with a maximum passenger capacity of 684 The “foodies” among you will appreciate the gour- passengers. The 400 staff members guarantee met cuisine offered aboard. There are 4 restau- personalized service unmatched by any other rants to choose from, all offering open seating line. The ships are refurbished every 2 years to where you can dine when and with whom you keep them looking new without wear and tear. wish. The menus are designed by renowned Oceania offers fabulous itineraries visiting ports master chef Jacques Pepin who is the Executive all over the world and can often dock at piers the Culinary Director of Oceania Cruises. There are larger vessels cannot access. You will also find no cover charges at any of these restaurants. many overnight stops in popular cities where you Please check out our special group departures will overnight aboard ship and avoid pricey hotel for 2009 below: OCEANIA is ready to take you to Europe: Sail the INSIGNIA and experience some new the sites where gods and goddesses ruled over ports. Cruise along the Dalmatian Coast visiting ancient civilizations of Greece and the Mediterra- Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, nean . Start your 12 day exploration with a 2 day Malta, Italy and France. This 16 day cruise starts visit of Venice on October 17, 2009. Rates for on May 15, 2009 in Venice and ends on May 31st this cruise start at $3499.00 per person includ- in Rome. Just imagine enjoying a cocktail on ing airfare. In addition to these special rates all deck or on your private veranda while watching our group members will also receive a welcome the glittering lights of Venice…. bottle of champagne, prepaid gratuities and Rates start at $4299.00 per person and include shipboard credits. airfare from over 100 departure cities in the US. Space is selling fast so please call me now for Or you can hop aboard the NAUTICA and visit more information at 619-275-6555! Maximize your $$$$ : Do you have Dreams about traveling to warm world-class spas and great bars. 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Suite B San Diego, Ca 92110 Phone: 619-275-6555 or 800-617-0171 Fax: 619-275-6558 email:firstname.lastname@example.org Website:www.fleetridgetravel.com Your Cruise and Travel Specialists Melita Hein and Marilyn Bohle are looking forward to hearing from you CA-CST# 2063522-50 Summer Savings: Are you savings with fares starting from -Tired of long transatlantic only $999.00 per person. flights? Choose a 6 day eastbound sailing -Tired of missed connections and from New York to Southampton missing luggage? on either July 22, August 7, Sep- tember 4 or October 16, 2008—or -Tired of bad airline food and a 6 day westbound sailing from service? Southampton to New York on Here is your solution for an op- July 16, August 13, 29 or Novem- portunity not to be missed : ber 15. 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