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This month we have some interesting information about Credit Card Travel Insurance, a great story from Travel writer Jane Jeffries about New York and "I've booked a Cruise"..
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New York

The Big Apple 


Jane Jeffries, PTC client, travel writer and blogger took her daughter (newly graduated from University) on a mother and daughter trip to the US to visit the Big Apple with stopovers in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Jane has kindly shared with us her experiences.

New York, here we come

It dawned on me while planning this trip, how special it was going to be. A traveling companion can define an experience so although I have been to New York many times I’ve never been with my daughter.
Here are a few tips and highlights from our wonderful trip.  Read more.......

 

 

Credit Card Travel Insurance

 

Credit Card Travel Insurance
 – are you really covered??

When paying for travel many of us want to pay by credit card not only to get points, but also for the travel insurance which is often attached to the card. 
The Private Travel Company advisors tell clients who want to use credit card insurance to check they are covered.  Imagine swanning off on your expensive vacation 
without actually checking your policy, your eligibility and emergency contact details – Scary!  
Recently a client read their fine print. They found they needed to send the insurance company a copy of their itinerary for approval prior to travel as they were going to Cuba.
Another client thought she was covered for the 32 days of her holiday but she was only covered for 30 days.  Also her dependent daughter was travelling with her but returning at a later date so wasn’t covered.
I decided to investigate travel insurance so contacted my own credit card companies..... Read More
 
Seabourn

 

CRUISING 

“I’ve Booked a Cruise”  
by Mandy Brown

I’ve done it, I’ve booked my husband and I on a Cruise.  We have always been a sailing couple, both of us growing up with family yachts, sailing small boats to cruising many places in New Zealand and around the world.  My husband dives and we love spending time on and around the ocean.
Over the past year I have spent some time with the very knowledgeable people from Cruise World learning a great deal about cruising and the different types of cruises.  The Private Travel Company’s very own Cruise Master, Sandra Barclay-Graham has also been a wealth of information about different Cruise Companies.  One thing that always comes up in conversation is “there is a cruise for everyone”.

Having considered many cruise companies we made the decision that the one we would definitely consider was Seabourn.  When Seabourn released a special recently of an upgrade to a Veranda Suite on select cruises we had a look at the cruises available and cruise dates, deciding that 10 days in the Caribbean would be a great first cruise experience for us.  Kerry, our Travel Advisor, has made the booking and we depart in late October.  Looking forward to it.  

It's not too late to cruise this year Seabourn has just released a new one week sale, there is limited availability. Contact us and we can find a cruise for you. Scroll down for details on Seabourn's Sale.

 

Seabourn
Seabourn is having a One Week Sale starting Monday July 22nd and ending on Monday July 29th featuring the following products:

·        Mediterranean Voyages from US$2,499
·        Caribbean Cruises from US$2,499
·        Holiday Sailings from US$3,699
·        SE Asia Voyages from US$3,999
·        Canada/New England Sailings from US$4,999
·        World Cruises from US$6,999

Select voyages offer a Shipboard Credit of $500USD per suite on several Med, Caribbean & SE Asia and $1000USD on the Antarctica Voyage.

Contact us for full details and prices.
 
Muse Restaurant - Hunter Valley

Restaurants Recommended

New Zealand
Bistro Lago at the Hilton Taupo  -   Taupo  
P: +64 7 378 7080  http://www.bistrolago.co.nz/
Vine Eatery   -   Taupo    P:  +64 7 378 5704  
http://www.vineeatery.co.nz/

USA
Katana   -   West Hollywood, California   
http://www.innovativedining.com/restaurants/katana
Otto - Manhattan, New York  
http://www.ottopizzeria.com/
Amali  - Manhattan, New York   
http://amalinyc.com/
Greenwich Project Manhattan, New York   
http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/04/greenwich-project-what-to-eat.html
The Mercer Kitchen - Manhattan, New York  
http://www.themercerkitchen.com/
Merc Bar - Manhattan, New York  
http://www.mercbar.com/
Innovative Travel / Abercrombie & Kent
Innovative Travel and Abercrombie & Kent have both released new brochures and specials. Contact us and we can send a brochure and put together an itinerary for you.
Abercrombie & Kent  “Luxury Small Group Journeys” 

Innovative Travel  “India Vietnam Laos Cambodia Myanmar 2013/2014”




Air New Zealand has listened to your feedback and made positive changes to seating, upgrades and cabin baggage for Gold, Gold Elites and Star Gold Travellers.  Your Travel Advisor will point these out when you next contact us or you can check online.

 

Song Saa Private Island

Song Saa, Private Island  -  Cambodia

Escape to your own private island paradise from July to September this year and save 50% on our best available rate for four-night stays.
Green Season is a stunning time to visit Song Saa Private Island, and for a few short months, it’s more accessible than ever.
Book a four-night stay between July 11th and September 30th and only pay for two nights.  For full details and pricing contact us

 

Mombo Camp

Mombo Camp 

Fantastic news – Mombo Camp (including Little Mombo) is ranked No. 1 on the Travel + Leisure 2013 World’s Best Awards list of Top 100 Hotels!
Private Travel Company's Kerry Graham has travelled to Botswana with Wilderness safaris and stayed in Jao and Vambura Plains camps – the other two Premier Camps in the Okovango Delta like Mombo.
For more information about amazing safaris contact us.
 
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"I get out of the taxi and it’s probably the only city which in reality looks better than on the postcards, New York "
-  Milos Forman



 

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