Hello, Ladies, and Happy New Year.
 
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are staying safe and well.
 
As we continue to hunker down and dream of future trips, the recent news about the new COVID vaccine gives us hope for healthy days to come.  Stay positive and know that the good times will return.
 
After 20+ years in the same location, Becky’s Travel Store has relocated to a home office in Hernando.  You can still reach her at the same phone number as always 352-527-8855.
 
This change will not affect Lady Journey Seekers in any way.  Becky’s will still be our host agency and her expertise and support will always be there for us.  Just know if you have dropped off registrations at Becky’s in the past, you will now need to mail them directly to Val.
 
In November 2020, the Lady Journey Seekers actually completed a Collette Southern Charm trip to Charleston, Savannah, and Jekyll Island.  We had lots of fun together including a funny mask contest (congratulations, Donna!)  The tour was perfect and we were fortunate to visit these amazing places safely with very few tourists in the areas.  The food was excellent and most importantly, everywhere we went, people wore masks and practiced social distancing.  We all returned safely with no COVID issues but with many special memories to enjoy in the days to come.
 
Unfortunately, due to COVID, our 11-night Celebrity Panama Canal cruise that was scheduled for March 8, 2021, was canceled.  Refunds were returned to all.
 
Our next scheduled trip departs May 4, 2021, on our Avalon European River Cruise from Amsterdam to Basel.  We are monitoring the situation closely and are keeping in touch with Globus for important updates.  If you are booked on this trip, keep an eye on your email inbox for any new information.
 
We also have a Celebrity Baltic cruise departing in August of 2021.  If you are booked on this trip, sit tight.  We still have time to see how things play out in Europe in 2021.
 
If you were booked on our Royal Caribbean Alaska cruise tour for 2020, you know that cruise tour was canceled.  The good news is that we have rebooked the same cruise tour for August 13 – 26, 2022.  For those who were previously booked on the 2020 cruise, you will have the first opportunity to rebook for 2022.  Keep an eye out on your email inbox for details coming soon.
 
The cruise will be going southbound this time beginning in Fairbanks and ending in Vancouver.  This will eliminate our need for an overnight stay in Vancouver which will save us time and money.  If you were not previously booked on this cruise but are interested, please let Val know and you will be in the second group to receive details.  We have a very good rate but are only allocated 16 cabins at this price.
 
In light of the COVID situation, several Lady Journey Seekers indicated they would like to stay within the U.S. for upcoming trips until things go back to normal internationally.  Therefore, I have booked an interesting six-night guided Collette tour departing November 28th, 2021, Spotlight on Santa Fe Holiday.
 
We will fly out a day before the tour begins and stay all 6 nights in a luxurious hotel located in the heart of the city within walking distance of many of the major attractions.  Each day we will branch out by motorcoach to different parts of New Mexico so that we can totally absorb this fascinating area.  You will also have plenty of free time.  Since our stay will be during the holiday season, you should know that Santa Fe is listed on the Conde Nast Traveler magazine list as one of the best U.S. cities to visit for outstanding Christmas lights.  The city offers midnight mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis de Assisi, holiday exhibits at the New Mexico Museum of Art, a spectacular lights display at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and seasonal shopping at the Winter Indian Market.
 
Here is the link to our trip:  https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1045573
 
If you are interested or want more details, please email Val.  It is comforting to have a festive trip such as this to look forward to in 2021.  We already have 14 ladies who have committed and we’d love to have you join us.
 
Considering the state of travel these days, please know that we are always looking out for our best interest by using the most solid cruise lines and tour operators which afford us the confidence to protect ourselves both safely and financially.  Collette Vacations, Royal Caribbean, and Celebrity Cruises have consistently provided us with excellent support during these difficult times. 
 
Know that while things are changing in the travel industry, Becky and I have been keeping up to date with these changes and travel trends.  During these quiet days, we continue to take online courses and read industry news to be sure your LJS travel plans are secure.
 
Until we can travel again, let’s take this time to enlighten our lives.  Our libraries are open and I encourage you to wear a mask and go for a visit.  Check out some books, take home some movies, or just go and sit quietly to do a puzzle or browse through some travel magazines.  It’s a great place to be.
 
What a wonderful thought it is that some of the best adventures of our lives haven’t yet happened. 
 
I miss you all and look forward to when we can be together again.  ~Val