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An extravagant journey aboard the Regent Seven Seas Explorer
For those who seek the ultimate in luxury cruising, look no further than Regent's Seven Seas Explorer. Currently in its inaugural season, the Explorer is described as the most magnificent cruise ship on the sea. Adelman's Director of Vacation Sales, Deana Crouch who recently traveled on the Seven Seas Explorer agreed saying, "This ship is the most beautiful ship I have ever seen and I've been on 64 cruises." The Explorer features lavish public spaces elegantly decorated with marble, tasteful works of art and fresh flowers, stunning showplaces and a spa operated by Canyon Ranch. The luxurious guest suites are well-appointed and spacious. They also feature expansive balconies that are perfect for relaxing while taking in breathtaking views of the many picturesque sights experienced throughout the cruise.
With just 750 guests on board, the Explorer offers an excellent staff-to-guest ratio. Regent's highly trained and professional team is known for providing exceptional service; from your suite steward and butler to your pool attendant and waiter, they remember your preferences and anticipate your needs. Deana found this to be the case noting that, "the staff was truly amazing!"
For those who seek culinary delights, the Seven Seas Explorer is sure to please. Eight specialty restaurants offer a variety of cuisines including Asian, French, steakhouse, Mediterranean and Italian, each offering an intriguing menu. The ship's flagship restaurant, the Compass Rose, features a sumptuous variety of Continental cuisine. "The food was indeed incredible," Deana said.
Other exclusive gourmet experiences offered by the Explorer include the ship's Culinary Arts Kitchen and Gourmet Explorer Tours. At the beautiful Culinary Arts Kitchen, guests can learn, hands-on, how to prepare a variety of exquisite dishes in a relaxed atmosphere that is reminiscent of a prestigious cooking school. The ship's unique Gourmet Explorer Tours offer a variety of opportunities that will delight your palette. Immerse yourself in culinary culture while in port by shopping at markets accompanied by a local expert and the Culinary Arts Kitchen's Chef Instructor. Learn the secrets of how to shop for the best produce, fresh fish and exotic spices, witness demonstrations by local chefs and enjoy local cuisine at premier restaurants.
The Seven Seas Explorer will not only transform your cruise into a culinary adventure, but the ship's other distinctive opportunities and amenities create an extravagant experience that guests will truly savor. Deana noted, "My time aboard the Seven Seas Explorer was the most fabulous experience on a cruise that I have ever had!"
It's time to get on board with your vacations plans. Give one of our professional travel counselors a call at 800-749-7116.
Inspiration is just a couple of days away
Join us on Saturday, Oct. 15 from 10am to 2pm for our fall travel show at our Milwaukee headquarters (6980 N. Port Washington Rd.) Visit with our vacations counselors, meet with any of the 16 travel vendors and learn about some amazing travel opportunities. Also be sure to enter our drawing for a chance to win some great travel prizes, which include a three night stay at an AMResort, two Delta Air Line tickets or $300 vacations voucher from Delta Vacations.
Next up, another Epic opportunity...
Nov. 5 is our annual travel show and photo contest in Springfield, MO. This popular event will be held at the University Plaza Hotel and will also feature visits with our vacations consultant team, our travel partner representatives and prizes! Photographers, start looking for one of your great vacation shots to enter into our photo contest. For more information please visit our website at www.adelmanvacations.com.
Through a partnership with Gogo, a leading provider of inflight Wi-Fi and entertainment, Air France-KLM will offer high-speed internet access using 2Ku technology. Airline officials expect that all 124 long-haul aircraft will be equipped by 2019.
In other news, KLM will bring back nonstop service between Amsterdam and Minneapolis/St. Paul starting March 27, 2017. The route will be operated in cooperation with the airline's joint venture partner Delta.
As of Nov. 3, American will become the first U.S. carrier to offer a true premium economy cabin compared to other airlines offering a premium economy product that simply gives travelers some extra leg room and a bit more recline. American's Premium Economy will debut on the airline's new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on routes from Dallas-Fort Worth to Sao Paulo and Madrid. The new cabin will offer wider seats with an extendable footrest, leg rest and adjustable headrest along with a 38" pitch. Each seat will have an individual in-flight entertainment system with a larger screen than can be found in coach. Premium Economy passengers will also receive noise-reducing headphones, amenity kits and complimentary beer, wine and spirits.
In response to customer feedback, British Airways said it will launch a new a la carte menu that will offer a wide variety of items that customers can purchase on short-haul and domestic flights. The new food service option, which will replace complimentary basic snack service, is being implemented through a partnership with famous U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer. The food service conversion will begin with flights from London Heathrow and Gatwick on Jan. 11 but will be expanded to flights from other airports by summer of 2017.
Delta Air Lines
Delta will become the first carrier to bring lie-flat seats to the Washington National ? Los Angeles market. Airline officials note, "As the only airline to offer full flat-bed seats between these markets, our customers will arrive rested and productive and it's that premium distinction in the customer experience that differentiates Delta." The daily round trip service will begin on April 24, 2017.
Delta also unveiled other route additions including new daily nonstop service between Washington Dulles and Salt Lake City starting April 24, along with new flights from Boston to Dublin and New York-JFK to Lisbon and Berlin staring May 25, 2017.
United will launch seasonal service to Key West from Chicago O'Hare and Newark. The Saturday-only flights from Chicago will run from Jan. 7 to April 29, 2017, while the daily service from Newark will begin Dec. 16, 2016, and will end May 4, 2017. United is also adding Saturday-only seasonal service from San Francisco to Kalispell, Montana, which will be available from Dec. 17, 2016, until April 1, 2017. Finally, starting June 8, 2017, United will offer daily service from San Francisco to Cincinnati and Detroit.
ADELMAN HOTEL COLLECTION
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
Adelman customers can now receive a 15 percent discount off the Best Available Rate at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel when booking through Adelman by Oct. 31, 2016, for stays through March, 31, 2017.
Ideally located on Michigan Avenue, the newly restored Chicago Athletic Association Hotel offers guests a truly unique experience. From its grand marble staircase and many historic architectural details, to the newly constructed glass atrium of Cindy's rooftop restaurant and bar offering stunning views on the iconic Millennium Park, it will be a stay to remember.
The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel offers well-appointed guestrooms, three executive board rooms that can accommodate meetings from 2 to 30 people and the Game Room, which offers complimentary billiards, a bocce court, shuffle board, and a variety of table games along with a great snack menu, beer, wine and classic cocktails.
In addition to Cindy's and the Game Room, the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel offers several other wining and dining options including the Cherry Circle Room, which features elevated regional classics, the Milk Room, a prohibition-era speakeasy and a Shake Shack famous for its burgers and shakes.
For reservations at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel or for help with any of your other hotel needs, contact your professional Adelman travel consultant.
Global Entry adds airports
The Global Entry trusted-traveler program, which enables members to avoid long lines at U.S. customs and immigration checkpoints, will be coming to nine more airports over the next six months. The new airports include Kansas City and St. Louis, Houston Hobby, New Orleans, Fairbanks, Burlington, VT and Oakland, Sacramento and San Jose in California. In addition to expedited customs and immigration processing when returning to the United States, Global Entry members are also automatically eligible for expedited security screening under the Transportation Security Administration's PreCheck program.
To apply for a five-year membership in Global Entry, travelers must complete an online application, pay a $100 fee, and then visit an enrollment center for an in-person interview. A picture and fingerprints will be taken at that time.
For more information on Global Entry visit www.globalentry.gov For tips on speeding up the Global Entry application process see our Tips section below.
ON THE ROAD
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Enterprise is bringing its operations to Latin America. New airport locations are available in Buenos Aires, Bariloche and Mendoza in Argentina along with Asuncion, Paraguay and Willenstad, Curacao. Enterprise's sister brands National and Alamo already operate in 29 Latin American countries.
Uber and Lyft
After months of negotiation, Uber and Lyft drivers will soon be allowed to pick up passengers at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson airport. City officials wanted rideshare drivers to be fingerprinted and background checked similar to taxi and limo drivers, a stipulation that both ridesharing companies opposed. Under the new program, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017, companies like Uber and Lyft that use their own private background checks will be subject to a $2.35 per ride security surcharge. In addition, the airport will charge a $1.50 pickup fee per ride. Taxis also are subject to the $1.50 airport pickup fee.
City officials note that until the new legislation goes into effect on Jan. 1, ridesharing pickups from the airport are still illegal and Atlanta police will continue to "enforce the laws that are currently on the books."
Tips for getting Global Entry faster
Now that you have decided to enroll in Global Entry, chances are that you want to get it accomplished quickly. Filling out the online application in the Global Entry Enrollment System (GOES) does not take very long if you have your personal information handy including previous addresses up to 10 years back. The in-person interview usually takes less than 30 minutes depending on your individual situation. The long part of the process is waiting for the application to be approved and then securing your in-person interview.
According to the GOES FAQ, application approval can take from four to six weeks.
Once you submit your online application you will need to monitor your GOES account for notification of conditional approval because you will not be contacted by phone or email that your application status has changed. Once your application has been approved, you must schedule your in-person interview within 30 days of your conditional approval.
There are many anecdotal reports saying that the wait times for an in-person interview can be "unreasonably" long. Once you have made your initial interview appointment, you can modify it if you find something better. With some flexibility and some perseverance wait times can be reduced by trying these strategies:
- Check the interview appointment page frequently as changes are happening all the time.
- Consider alternate cities that you may be traveling to. A list of Global Entry interview locations and hours can be found at http://usa.immigrationvisaforms.com/travel/global-entry-interview-locations
- Has your flight been delayed or do you have a long layover? Try a walk-in interview as last minute cancellations and no-shows do happen. Once you have a scheduled appointment on file you can try a walk-in interview at any GOES interview location.
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