Accent on Travel Newsletter 1st Edition - February 2019

 

 

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        2019 rolled out quickly this year but we did have time to reflect on what a great 2018 we had, as we hope you did as well. We helped our clients explore every continent to create lasting memories with their friends and families. We wish you all a prosperous travel-filled 2019, and look forward to sharing exciting news and tips and office updates in our NEW monthly Newsletter!  A big “Thank You” to Sofia Hedman, Accent On Travel Group Travel Coordinator & Scandinavia Specialist, for making this happen! 
 
 
Accent On Travel Staff News
 
     Accent On Travel welcomed 5 new staff members to our team in the past twelve months!  Jill Lokoff, working primarily at our Rehoboth Beach location, is heading up our new Solo Travel Club, assisting clients with expedition journeys and vacations to some of her favorite destinations including Iceland, Africa, Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico destinations. Sarah Crimian, Vacation Department Mgr and luxury travel expert for North America destinations, worldwide hotels, and award-winning specialist for Italy and Costa Rica, joined us in the fall with her background in the hotel & national parks management. Sarah is primarily working out of our new Wilmington, DE office.  Sarah is joined by 38-year veteran travel advisor, Lisa Whitmarsh, who can virtually 'do it all'.  Lisa is an award winning romance, honeymoon and  family/friends group travel specialist.  New to our group department to assist Annette Stellhorn & Sofia Hedman is previous convention planner, Mary Anne Crawford. And last but not least, is Amanda Wobeter our Travel Office Coordinator. Amanda assists us with our local events, travel industry management visits, and keeps our offices and communications running smoothly.  

        Last year, Accent On Travel advisors toured fabulous destinations ranging from glacier viewing in the Arctic and Alaska, to Australia and New Zealand, to Italy's Piedmont and Tuscan wine regions to floating down Europe's Danube, Rhine, and Rhone rivers aboard luxury river cruises, part of our practice of staying on top of destination knowledge & travel tips. Each advisor took over 400 hours of travel industry training, certifications and award requirements.  Six of our team were awarded national “Top Travel Advisors” for river cruises, safari, romance travel, Italy, Costa Rica, and Alaska destinations.  It is wonderful to be recognized for the accomplishments.  
  

        We have grown in many ways!   Announcing our newest office opening!  In January we opened an office in Wilmington DE's Independence Mall (less than 1 mile off 95 on Concord Pike (202).  If you live in the area or know someone in the Northern DE or southern PA area, please let them know we are available for appointments in that location.  On March 6th, we will celebrate with a Grand Opening Open House Party from 1 PM – 7 PM where guests can Mix & MIngle with our team & the sales management of over 14 different cruise & tour company managers – Seabourn Cruises, Holland America Line, Oceania Cruises, Viking Cruises, Apple Vacations, Insight Vacations, AMAWaterways, Cunard Line, Celebrity Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Club Med (grand prize provider). Come join us and bring your friends who love to travel!  Please spread the word – RSVPs are greatly appreciated by emailing .

        As a reminder, we are very busy working on vacation plans.  Appointments are highly recommended so we can give you the time & attention your vacation deserves.  We highly suggest you call or email any time to reserve time with one of our travel experts.  

 
 
Travel Industry News
 
     ANNOUNCING - Southwest Airlines will begin flights to Hawaii, nonstop from the west coast / connecting flights from BWI & PHL. 
    
     
The cruise lines are busy building ships (over 50 new ships being launched in the next five years).  Regardless of your preference in cruising – ie large ‘adventure park’ style cruising, river cruising, ultraluxury, small boat or sailing ship, or the fastest growing - expedition cruising, there are even more options to choose from.  Of course, all of the cruise lines have wonderful marketing departments that make it challenging to find the differences in these ships and experiences.  Besides having 'contracted' discounts & amenities that are unavailable when dealing with the cruise lines directly, our cruise experts are here to help you differentiate the onboard and port experiences you will receive.  Please keep in mind all of our contracted 'perks' are combinable with your past traveler and 'onboard booking' bonuses.    

        NEWest Midsize Ship Review: Agency owners Annette and Rick Stellhorn were invited to attend the inaugural event for Celebrity Cruises, the Celebrity Edge (pictured above). Annette says it is the “perfect big ship cruise experience for travelers who typically like small ship cruising”. The Celebrity Edge is the first ship to be designed by digital imaging from the bottom up. It also hosts new features never before seen on cruise ships such as the “infinite veranda” and the “magic carpet”.  She will sail in both the Mediterranean and the  Caribbean. Any of our travel advisors can help you if interested in cruising on the Edge.  
     
       Please keep in mind Accent On Travel has thousands of ‘better than direct tour, cruise, and business class air' offers – you can visit our website to explore all the cruise line ships and review exclusive offers for 2019 – to some 2021 at www.accentontravel.us or call one of our cruise experts for assistance in planning your next cruise.
 
 
Group Trip Feature! (see our complete list below)
 
Join Annette and Rick Stellhorn, Accent On Travel agency owners in the Galapagos this October. With so much to see in the world, Annette rarely visits a destination more than twice, but this is one destination she recommends animal lovers visit more than once. The trip features 3 nights in Quito with a true cultural immersion aspect. Then they head to the Mashpi Lodge which has been recognized as a Nat Geographic Unique Lodge of the World. This lodge is settled in a rain forest, and you have options ranging from hiking with naturalist guides, visiting waterfalls, sky bikes, night walks and more. All of this is an incredible way to start your journey in Ecuador, before heading to the Galapagos Islands. Once in the Galapagos, they will be boarding a 16 passenger yacht which will explore all that the islands have to offer with our own Ecuadorian Galapagos licensed guide.  Landings on the islands and opportunities to see incredible wildlife like sea lions, lizards, sting rays, sea turtles, and the famous blue-footed boobies are included.  If this destination has been on your travel list, then they invite you to join them!  Four staterooms (312 sq ft) still available / must be booked by March 1st, 2019. 
 
Join AOT on a Hosted 2019 or 2020 Group Trip - Current Offerings
 
July 2019 Imperial Waterways of Russia with Annette and Rick Stellhorn
September 2019 Discover the Canadian Rockies by Rail with Sofia Hedman
October 2019 Discover the Galapagos Islands with Annette and Rick Stellhorn
February 2020 Egypt Nile River Cruise/Tour hosted by Annette & Rick Stellhorn
March 2020 Caribbean Sailing Adventure with Mary Anne Crawford

Contact for interest in joining one of our current group trips or to start your own family, friends or organizational group vacation!
 
Featured Accent On Travel Team Member
 
Katie Pickering – Luxury Travel Advisor.  Katie will be celebrating her 14th anniversary with Accent On Travel this month and over 30+ years selling travel.  For those of you who have worked with Katie, you know she is meticulous with the details and with her traveler’s needs.  She and her husband Don, travel as often as possible but when not traveling, she enjoys spending time with their 2 children and 2 grandchildren – with another on the way!  Katie is one of your ‘go to’ advisors for ocean, river, sailing, or expedition cruising, custom tour planning to Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, luxury hotel & resort stays, and guided / escorted tours worldwide.  
 
Featured Travel Tip
 
Want to pack light?  Consider travel advisor, Katie Pickering’s suggestion to pack red, white, blue and black for mix and match usage. Or, as Annette Stellhorn would suggest, “Pack for 5”.  When traveling for 5 days or more, regardless of how many, pack for 5 and repeat your wardrobe each five days getting laundry handled every 3-5 days journey depending on availability.  Ask your travel advisor for the best packing tips during your pre-travel consultation.   
 
Featured Destination: ALASKA
 
Some of our travel advisors have visited Alaska  5+ times.  Why?  Because of the ease of travel, scenic beauty, wildlife, sightseeing & experience options from 7 – 25 days.  It is also a great destination for family trips offering lots of fresh air experiences to burn off that extra ‘kid’ energy.  Each February, the tour companies and cruise lines offer the best pricing on what is left for the year, so if you have not made your summer plans yet, consider Alaska on all-inclusive Regent Seven Seas, sailing Windstar, traditional cruise/tours on Holland America Line or Princess Cruises, or totally ‘nontraditional’ Un-Cruise Adventures experiences.  Talk with our award-winning Alaska Travel Expert, Bryan Clement.
 
Featured Accent On Travel Service
Your "Pocket Travel Consultant"
 
Mobile reservations & itineraries via our exclusive Pocket Travel Consultant App – if you have not enjoyed this service yet, consider how convenient it is to have all of your travel plans downloaded on your mobile device on an app where you can add dinner reservations, spa appointments, get flight alerts, and even communicate with your Accent On Travel advisor.  To request the FREE App, talk to your Accent On Travel trip planner. It is like having the whole world in your pocket!
 
Referrals remind us we are appreciated!  Please keep our name on the tip of your tongue when telling others about your great vacation experiences!    Many thanks from all of us at Accent on Travel. 
 
Information and pricing is subject to change without notice, including changes in the currency exchange rate. All prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Prices may vary by day of travel, season, duration and are subject to availability at time of booking. Certain blackout dates may apply. Airfares are not included except where noted. Air, immigration and/or other fees and taxes are not included unless noted. All efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein. Should an error occur, we reserve the right to correct it.
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