Savvy Travelers to meet January 8 at Cottonwood Country Club

Jim Kane and Kathy Forester at Christmas Markets in Germany

Jim Kane and Kathy Forester at Christmas Markets in Germany

Jeanette Rajamaki

The next Savvy Travelers meeting is January 8 in the Phoenix Room at 6:30 p.m. at Cottonwood Country Club. Come join us and learn about South African Airways Vacations. Jerry Lankin and his wife Sherry run the operation in Tucson. They have just returned from nearly three weeks in South Africa so they have good insight in everything going on and changing in this part of the world.

The Lankins are bringing some South African wines for a wine tasting, lots and lots of photos and information on the safety of travel in South Africa. They will also present a preliminary itinerary for those interested in traveling independently or as part of a group.

February 12 – Viking Cruises: All about the new cruise ships launching in 2015 and new itineraries in river cruising; also, Viking is coming to the Mississippi in 2016!

Please contact Vic Hermann at 480-883-3897; email [email protected]; contact Jeanette Rajamaki, our resident travel agent in Oakwood at 602-909-2000; or email [email protected] for questions or brochures.

Below are travel plans – The new Viking Sun launches in Early 2015; many sailings are totally sold out so call Jeanette at 602-909-2000. Think about planning for 2016 when Viking Cruises will have a total of three of these 900 passengers, all balcony ships.

Celebrity has some excellent promotions right now with choice of gratuities or beverage package but if sailing in Europe you get both.

January kicks off the official cruise season so lots of specials are coming your way.

March 9, 2015 –12 nights Panama Canal Cruise– Unique sailing Miami to Caldera Costa Rica; $200 onboard credit with gratuities included! All beverages included with a full day to explore Panama City.

May 28, 2015 – 12 nights Mediterranean – Roundtrip Barcelona w/overnight in Venice – $100 onboard credit. Hosted by Bob Duhon.

June 11, 2015 – Russian River Cruise – Viking Akun– 13 days – Moscow to St. Petersburg on Volga River with optional extension to Helsinki. Finland for three days. Hosted by Tami Bogdanoff.

September 26, 2015 – 7 nights – west coast sailing includes Monterey, CA with San Francisco overnight on Royal Caribbean Jewel of the Seas.

October 15, 2015 – Israel and Petra, Jordan 13 days/11 nights land tour; includes two nights in Tel Aviv, one night in Haifa, one night in Tiberius, five nights in Jerusalem, one night in Petra, one night in Amman. Join Ray and Jeanette Rajamaki.

Cuba – coming soon!