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Delta Airlines plans to roll out recharging stations in 19 airports across the U.S., including its seven domestic hubs, to assist passengers seeking a spot to recharge their electronic devices.

From early 2011, two Delta recharging stations will be available at each passenger gate area, featuring six standard, 110-volt outlets and two USB ports. Recharging pads designed for smartphones and mobile devices will be available in all domestic Delta Sky Club locations.

Gate area recharging stations will be installed at Delta hubs in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York Kennedy and Salt Lake City.

Recharging stations will also be installed at airports in Boston, Columbus, Ohio; Hartford, Conn.; Indianapolis; Los Angeles; Nashville; Norfolk, Va.; Omaha, Neb.; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; Seattle and St. Louis.

Celebrations International Travel offers a wide range of international airline tickets at competitive fares.  Contact us to book today!


In many ways, booking a stateroom onboard a cruise ship sailing is much like booking airline seats.  The pricing can change literally by the minute, due to changes in availability.  Simply stated, the principles of supply and demand are constantly at work.

Sidebar: I’m sure many of you remember taking Economics at some point, so if this post conjures up images of a teacher drawing grids on the board while trying to drill the concept of supply and demand into your head, my apologies!!

Availability is often the biggest factor that affects the price you pay, whether it’s a cruise, airline seat, or any other form of travel.  To help cruisers out in this regard, at Celebrations International Travel, we’ve reserved space on a wide variety of sailings in different regions.  This way, when you call us with cruise requests, more likely than not, our agency can book you into a stateroom in our reserved inventory.

The advantages to booking your cruise this way are:

1) The cruise fares and stateroom types we have reserved are protected for the time that we can offer them. This means not having to take your chances on the type and/or location of your stateroom.  We’ve reserved some great ones, or we can help you choose if you’d prefer something different.

Because we secure our group space far in advance, you’re guaranteed a great deal!  As other cruisers surf the Web and watch cruise fares hike because availability has become limited, you’ll have none of those worries when booking with Celebrations!

2) Value & Savings: By reserving blocks of space on so many sailing dates and itineraries, we are able to offer couples, families, and any cruisers the same savings enjoyed by large groups of cruisers.  On particular sailings, our clients may also be offered additional complimentary add-ons or special amenities.

3) We’ll Accommodate You: Whether your cruise is a getaway for the two of you, a full-scale family reunion, or a company-wide event, if you’re booking into any of our reserved space on sailing, we will work with the cruise line to adjust our inventory so that everyone traveling with you can be accommodated at the best possible pricing.  Need different stateroom types or space for a private party or meeting?  We can take care of that too!

Contact us for a great deal on your next cruise vacation!

All the cruises on which we have reserved space will be posted on the Celebrations Web site soon.

Watch for more updates on the blog!

As a culinary travel specialist, food is obviously very important to me.  So a tweet about this article on airline food caught my attention:


Airline food (along with dorm food, in many cases) has long been the brunt of many jokes and sour faces.  As this article says, a number of airlines are now collaborating with chefs in an effort to improve the food offered in business and first-class cabins.  Unfortunately, I guess it means we economy travelers will continue to either bring our own food onboard or buy one of those often over-priced, generic meals offered in some version of a cardboard box.

Don’t get me wrong, I applaud the airlines for making an effort where their passengers in premium seats are concerned, but I am still not a fan of airline food, regardless.  Sorry, but vacuum-packed food that’s been through two ovens just doesn’t make the grade.  I’d prefer to save my money and just get to my destination so I can enjoy all the great food and wine that awaits me there!

What are your thoughts on airline food and beverage service?

For our international travelers, new words of advice:  Pack light and check the airline’s Web site for updates on checked baggage fees and policies.  I came across this link to a USA Today article on Twitter: http://goplanit.com/l/1dv

At my agency, Celebrations International Travel, we’ve found the surge of new baggage policies, weight limits, etc. all to be so confusing and ever-changing, we simply remind travelers to check the airline Web sites for their most up-to-date information before they pack their bags.

As much as airline travel costs these days, it’s a shame that your bags can’t travel free even overseas anymore.  But maybe a little creative packing and space-saving will help you avoid some of the cost of checking that extra bag.  Or maybe traveling with a partly-empty bag will give you room to bring home souvenirs!

Do you have packing or international travel tips you’d like to share?  Post them here, and I’ll also share them on Twitter.  (We’re on Twitter @CelebrationsInt.)

Celebrations International Travel offers air ticketing for most destinations around the world.  Contact us for more information.

Earlier this week, I answered a call that came in to our agency.  Here’s the conversation:

Me: Celebrations!

Caller: Is this the travel agency?

Me: Yes, may I help you?

Caller: How do I get my friend from Nairobi to here?

I have to admit this question actually rendered me speechless for a couple of seconds.  I didn’t know exactly how to respond.  Questions start swirling in my head:

– Is she asking for flight routing, as in how would we go about bringing someone here from a logistical standpoint?

– The passenger is in Nairobi–Is she asking how to bring this person here in terms of immigration and/or entry requirements?  I’m not an immigration expert, I’m just a travel agent!

In the mundane sense, I’m also thinking to myself:  Buy a ticket! But get your travel documents in order first!  I fought the urge to laugh at my own sarcastically humorous thoughts.

Not exactly sure what she wants to know, I give her overview answers from both perspectives, just in case.  Unfortunately for me, as I’m explaining the booking and ticketing process, she cuts in to verify the general information Web site address I gave her, then hung up.

I thought to myself:  Yes ma’am, that’s correct.  Glad I could be of service as your personal Web guide this morning.

As much as travel agents like myself are weary of having our brains picked, at least it gave me something rather amusing to talk about here!

In case you’re wondering, Celebrations International Travel offers international airfares to most destinations worldwide.  (Airfares to Africa are limited.)

Happy Travels!

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