Saturday, 3 March 2012

Rosswin Travel Newsletter #1

“Time Out” - for Travel

Painting by Finlay Ross, 2007-08,
grade 2, S. J. McLeod Public School,
Bainsville, Ontario      
A monthly newsletter with travel tips and more from
Rosswin Travel, March 2012 - Vol. 1, #1
Travel Facts ...Pg. 1
One Night Cruise .. Pg. 2
Cruising.. Pg. 3
Booking Travel .. Pg. 4
On-line Shopping Portal.. Pg. 5
Travel Tips .. Pg. 5
St. Patʼs Day .. Pg. 6
Up Coming Events .. Pg. 7
Artist of the month.. Pg. 8

A monthly newsletter with travel tips and more from  Rosswin Travel - March 2012 - Vol. 1, #1
Hi,  My name is Rhoda Ross, I live in Courtenay, BC but formerly from Bainsville, Glengarry County, Ont., 
I am also a genealogy nut along with my husband Alex. W. Fraser.
My goal is to publish a monthly newsletter which will mainly be travel related and to keep you informed of any updates or changes that I am aware of. I will be glad of any comments or corrections or if you wish to see something that is of interest to you please let me know.
I hope you will enjoy reading my first newsletter, although it is mostly about travel you might just find something else of interest.  Rhoda

Travel Facts - From
 Mexico City - Mexico City meanwhile is sinking at an average rate of 10cm a year, 10 times faster than Venice. The reason? Building on a soft lake bed then pumping out subterranean water reserves, isn’t a good idea. The alarming descent is evidenced in the cracked pavements, wonky buildings and the 23 extra steps up to the iconic Angel of Independence monument; added because the city has subsided around it. Fight that sinking sensation by floating on the ancient canals at Xochimilco. Each weekend this World Heritage Site transforms into fiesta-filled waterways packed with party boats, musicians and marimba players. Xochimilco is 28km south of Mexico City – hop aboard the light rail train from Tasqueña Metro station for the 40-minute trip  

Uluru, Australia
It’s curious to think that without a little rust, Uluru wouldn’t be red at all. This extraordinary rock formation rears abruptly from the heart of Australia’s dusty, russet desert and famously glows a fiery orange-red, especially at sunset. As you hike round the base of what’s probably the world’s largest monolith, think also about Uluru being made up of arkosic sandstone. This acquires its distinctive reddish hue when exposed to oxidation and the iron in the arkose rusts. So what colour would this iconic, vivid chunk of rock be without a little chemical decay? A dismal, rather dull grey.
Visit between April and October to avoid the scorching 45ºC heat of mid-summer.
Venice, Italy
It’s one of those totally touristy things that you really can’t resist: gliding around Venice in a gondola. But as you go grandly down the Grand Canal, ponder a few factoids. Each elegant craft is made from 280 pieces of eight different types of wood. The left side is larger than the right by 24cm, producing a 
list to starboard, while the slender, raised bow means increased manoeuvrability. Most intriguingly, the parts of a gondola represent bits of this baroque, lagoon-laced city: the front echoes its six districts, the back is Giudecca Island, while the lunette is the Rialto Bridge. The first Sunday in September sees Venice celebrate the Regatta Storica, a procession of decorated craft followed by a race for expert gondoliers;
Popular one night Cruise coming soon 
as low as $53.90 per person plus taxes
One Night Cruise Vancouver to Seattle / Seattle to Vancouver
Living near or on the west coast of Canada or the US, going to be on vacation or business in the Vancouver/Seattle area, never cruised before, would like to try it without spending a ton of money, Try a one night cruise between Vancouver and Seattle, or Seattle to Vancouver,
Upcoming cruises from Vancouver to Seattle: Prices quoted are the lowest cabin category and all can be upgraded. These fares sell out fast and prices cannot be guaranteed, so if you are interested book as soon as possible.
Vancouver to Seattle

May 5, 2012 - May 6, 2012: Holland America, MS Oosterdam,
Price as of Feb. 21st, 2012, price is per person, taxes are extra.
Interior, $108.90; Ocean View, $141.90; Veranda, $196.90
Oosterdam - Built 2003, tonnage, 85,000, passengers, 1,844, crew, 1,000, large ship category


Vancouver to Seattle
May 11, 2012: - May 12, 2012: Holland America, MS Westerdam
Price as of Feb. 21st, 2012, price is per person, taxes are extra.
Interior, $86.90; Ocean View, $108.90; Veranda, $163.90.
Westerdam - built 2004, tonnage 82,000, passengers, 1,848, crew 1,000, large ship category

Vancouver to Seattle
May 17, 2012 - May 18, 2012: Holland America, MS Amsterdam 
Price as of Feb. 21st, 2012, price is per person, taxes are extra.
Interior, $53.90; Ocean View,$64.90; Veranda, $108.90.
Amsterdam - built, 2000, tonnage 61.000, passengers, 1,380, crew, 658, small ship category
Seattle to Vancouver
 Golden Princess

Sept. 22, 2012- Sept. 23, 2012:  Princess Cruise Lines, Golden Princess  
Price as of Feb. 21st, 2012, price is per person, taxes are extra.
Interior, $79.00; Ocean View, $8900; Balcony, $129.00 
Golden Princess, built 2001 - 109,000 tons 
refurbished 2009 - Passenger’s, 2,600 - Crew  
Movies Under the Stars, Tennis Court, Pool, etc.

NOTE: There is a gratuity charge of Aprox. $10.50 per day per person on most cruises (prices vary with different cruise lines), this cover tips to be shared with the onboard crew.  

Cruise price is based on 2 people in cabin, single supplement available.
For more information on the above cruise ships or any other cruise line go to 
Cruising has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday, for the family vacation, the romantic getaway or just for the girls. Endless activities
Something to please and entertain every member of the family, from grandkids to grandparents.
As a YTB Travel agent I can compare many cruise lines pricing and itineraries to ensure we find the holiday that is best suited to your budget and your preferences.
Lasting memories ready for you to make!
Benefits of a Cruise:
World Famous Chefs and Cuisine
Cruises as individual as you are
Dinner when and where you want
Movies for the entire family
Full internet access on most ships
Nightly Performances
Bingo - Karaoke

Grand Finale (the night before disembarkation)
Cruising is just like an all-inclusive vacation only itʼs on the Water. With the opportunity to get off the ship at different ports you really do have the best of both worlds. The Adventurer will enjoy the first hand experience of our Travel Agents . They can build you the trip that you want, when you want to go, what you want to see and where you want to go! After all it is your Holiday!
Some restriction apply to all cruises:
- Your passport will need to be valid for 6 months from the end of the sailing date, 
- You must have a valid credit card.
  • On most Cruise lines (if not all) if you are under 21(some might have a higher age restriction, check with your travel agent) you must have an adult over that age booked into your cabin. 
  • On the Disney and Oceania Cruise lines the age restriction is 18.
  • Married couples under 21 are allowed on the Royal Caribbean, Norwegian and Carnival cruise lines (they may ask you to show your marriage certificate). Check the other cruise lines to see what their policy is. 
  • Travel Cancellation & health Insurance is recommended.
  • Depending on the cruise line Babies must be 6 to 12 months or older especially for trans-ocean crossings. (Check the cruise line policy as some have no policy in place) Exception is Disney Cruise line where babies must be at least 12 weeks old. 
   The following article is from the Baby Center web site,   
Traveling by cruise ship when pregnant
Most cruise lines don't allow pregnant women to sail during their third trimester or so. To sail with Carnival or Royal Caribbean, for example, a mom-to-be must be no more than 23 weeks along at any time during the cruise. Specific policies vary, however, so check with the cruise line before booking.
Even if the cruise line doesn't require it, it's a good idea to carry a letter from your healthcare provider stating your due date, your fitness for travel, any medical conditions, and any medications you're taking. That way you can avoid unpleasant surprises at the boarding dock.

 Travel Tips
The Groupon Guide to: Vacation Packing
Inadequate packing for a vacation can ruin an otherwise tolerable trip. This holiday season, take a vacation from thinking by blindly
following these simple packing tips:
* Pack light so that you can fill extra luggage space with free magazines and emergency-procedure pamphlets from the airplane.
* If you donʼt own any luggage, wear every item of clothing you want to take, and keep toiletries under a tall hat.
* Suitcases are called suitcases for a reason. Thatʼs where suits go. Not socks. Take them out.
* Pack a separate bag for every climate that exists, just in case the plane accidentally lands on an iceberg instead of inside a volcano.
* Do not pack live lobsters to eat on your vacation. Riding in a plane gives them diabetes, and if you eat them, you get double diabetes.

Travel Tips - Packing
- First of all pack what you think you will need on your trip. Then take out half of what you have packed, then take out half of that again.  
- Roll clothes before packing, this helps keep out crease’s and saves space in your suitcase.
- Tuck small items like socks in your packed shoes and under the lining at the bottom of your suitcase. 
  • Keep medication in original containers and carry them on board with you, if your  medication’s are in a bottle over the 3 oz limit then ask the druggist to make up smaller containers for you and have him label them.
 From  “Luggage Online”
Liquid and gel toiletries in 3-ounce containers or smaller are allowed if they are in a clear plastic, quart-size or smaller ziplock bag. Larger containers that are half-full or rolled-up toothpaste tubes are not allowed. One ziplock bag per passenger.
(more tips on travel in next month’s newsletter)
Check the following web pages before traveling
Do you live in Canada and are going to a different country check out the Public Health Agency of Canada for the latest updates. 
US citizens before booking and traveling can check out the latest health notices and Current Travel Warnings at
                Happy St. Patrick's Day
With March 17th just around the corner why not think about a trip to Ireland 
When planning a vacation to Ireland you will find that Ireland has something for everyone. Fishing Golfing, Touring etc. Ireland has been known for its idyllic countryside, rugged coastline and traditions, Irish music, culture legends & leprechauns to Monuments & Castles, and don’t forget the family genealogy if you have a bit of the Irish in you.   
Walking home - Irish Joke
     Paddy and Mick are walking home after a night on the tiles. They've got no money to get a taxi and are staggering all over the place when they find themselves outside the bus depot. Paddy has a brainwave and says to Mick "Get in there and steal a bus so we can drive home and I'll stay out here and look out for the police". Mick duly breaks into the garage and is gone for twenty minutes while Paddy is wondering what the hell he's doing. Eventually Paddy sticks his head around the door and sees Mick running from bus to bus and looking very worried.
"What the hell are you doing Mick, get a move on!" Paddy shouts.To which Mick replies "I can't find a number 7 anywhere Paddy".Paddy, holding his hands to his head in disbelief, shouts "You bloody eegit Mick, steal a number 9 and we'll get off at the roundabout and walk the rest of the way!".
You can do anything you want to do; all you have to do is set your mind to it allowing time & effort for its accomplishment.
Up Coming Events
“Millionaire Mind Intensive Course”
Learn how to make money

If you are living near or in the Vancouver area take advantage of the free admission to the T Harve Eker  ”Millionaire Mind Intensive Course” taking place in Burnaby at the Hilton Hotel near Metro-town on Friday March 16th to Sun. March 18th.  For free admission contact Alex Fraser at or phone 1-866-517-2113, or get tickets on line, here is the link to reserve your seat.
Listen to the audio scroll down to reserve seating.  General admission seating no cost.
The next one in Canada is in Calgary in April. MMI Location.

Are you in Network Marketing, why not join the best in the business on the next MLM Cruise, Nov. 25th to Dec. 2nd, 2012, on the Carnival Freedom roundtrip from Miami, Florida. Some of the speakers on the last Nov. Cruise were Tom “Big Al” Schreiter, Art Jonak, Ken Seto, Medley Johnson, Jordan Adler of Beach Money, Richard Fenton & Andrew Walsh of Go For No & Million Dollar Year Book,  Dakota Rea, etc. There were people there from Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, Canada & USA, Switzerland, and a group of 90 from Hungry. Rhoda & Alex are both in this MLM group photo .  This was our 2nd MLM Cruise, Both of which we enjoyed and met people from many countries.
Come Experience the mlm group. For more information contact Alex Fraser @ or 
go to web site
Hotel or Time Share
Have you ever thought about renting a “time share” instead of going to a hotel?  Why not check out the cost of a time share and compare it to your hotel cost, more amenities and cost effective. We have a “time share” for rent so send us an e-mail with the location of your vacation destination and we will see if we have one available in that area and what the amenities and costs are.  
Artist of the Month  
Debbie Salmon, Union Bay, Vancouver Island, BC,  
Debbie Salmon graduated form Kwantlen College with a diploma in Graphic & Communications, and has taken fine art lessons at the University of Concordia, Montreal, as well as privately. She began her art career at a textile company in Burnaby where she made logos and drew caricatures to be 
silkscreened on t-shirts, caps and jackets and sometimes sports bags. Three years later, Debbie accepted a job as a creative ad designer at one of the large newspaper chains in Vancouver.
She enjoys being creative, seeking new ideas to make ads look special but her true passion is to sketch and paint.  Debbie also freelanced her skills by drawing illustrations which she sold to a high quality clothing company in Gastown to be silkscreened on their clothing.  Her artistic talent became known at an early age; her mother still had the picture that Debbie’s kindergarten teacher was most impressed with.  Debbie Salmon  has lived in the Comox Valley since 1992.
She has painted in oils and acrylics for over twenty-five years and is diverse in both subject and media.
She focuses her energy on what is most important to her - inner peace - through her painting and in everyday life.
Her subjects are carefully chosen; she looks for both a challenge and inspiration.  She say she never stops learning, just as in life itself.
“Art and life is a masterpiece”.

Romance in Venice by Debbie Salmon
Go to to view Debbie’s work. 
I will be glad of any comments or corrections or if you wish to see something that is of interest to you please let me know. Thanks, Rhoda
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Thank You.
With thanks to Alex W. Fraser for his support and help with this newsletter. 
Alex is a distributer for the Bi-tron and NatureLine Solutions products.
Chemical free cleaning products for your home, Natureline shampoo, conditioner etc, and Macha based green tea with 17 super foods as well as fuel additives for your car.  you can contact Alex at

 With the price of fuel jumping in Courtenay, BC over this past week end with about 45 cents a gallon jump we now pay $125.9 a litre. It will pay you to get acquainted with these excellent Bitron products. Alex had been using them in our 1997 1/2 truck now for over 106,000 miles. These Bitron products have taken my mileage from an average of 17 mpg to 24 mpg average these past 13 years. In my case the Bitron products have paid me back for using the product.   Why use Bi-Tron?
By reducing friction, Bi-Tron can improve the efficiency of your vehicle's engine and drive train, allow more complete fuel combustion thereby releasing more energy and improving efficiency, while reducing harmful tailpipe emissions.
Check out the Bitron videos on this page
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