Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christmas Greetings

 Newsletter - Dec.  2013

Vol. 2,  Issue #8

        Travel & Cruise News and Items of Interest
               A Newsletter from Rosswin Travel, Courtenay, Vancouver Island, BC
                       Business Opportunity: http://rosswintravelthecomoxvalley.blogspot.ca
                       A Pictorial View of the Comox Valley Blog:  http://bit.ly/XPqzmz 

 Union Bay, BC Winter, by Debbie Salmon


May this coming Christmas Season and
  the New Year just around the corner
Bring you Joy, Happiness and Friendship

Best Wishes for a Joyous and Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year throughout 2014

 A Christmas Card for You 


20 Tips For Safe Holiday Travel
Whether you’re flying south for a vacation in the sun or you're off to visit your family, you'll want to arrive safely. Here are some tips for arriving at your destination without mishap.      
By Elizabeth Dunn for readersdigest.ca

  1. If you have diabetes or take medication using a syringe, get a signed letter from your doctor  explaining that your syringes are a medical necessity. 
  2. Know the generic names of your medications so you can replace them if they are lost or stolen. Your medication will have a different brand name in another country. 
  3. If you have any life-threatening allergies, wear a medical alert bracelet and bring an Epi-pen kit. 
  4. Pack presents in carry-on luggage so they can be more easily checked by security. 
  5. Travel light. Take only what you need and no more. 
  6. Get the address of the local Government of Canada office for the country you plan to visit. These offices can assist you in case of emergencies. Find out if there are any travel advisories for your destination at the Foreign Affair’s Voyage Website
  7. Use covered luggage tags with your office address instead of your home address. 
  8. Make sure your children know their home address and telephone number. Show them where to go in the airport if you get separated, and review the procedure for dealing with strangers. 
  9. Give a family member or friend your travel itinerary and the contact information for your hotel. Make sure someone has your email address and the phone number of the local Canadian embassy as well. 
  10. If you are a single parent travelling with your children, make sure you have a signed letter of permission from the other parent. You could be barred from the plane if you are unable to prove you have the right to take your children with you. 
  11. Leave the bling at home and reduce your risk of getting robbed. The same goes for expensive electronics such as iPods and digital cameras. Buy some disposable cameras to use. 
  12. Do you really need your cellphone on vacation? Chances are you won’t get service. Opt for email to stay in touch with people back home. It will be much more economical. 
  13. Make photocopies of your passports, credit cards and other ID. Leave one copy with a relative at home, and keep another copy separate from your originals.
  14. Travel with only one credit card. Bring a combination of traveller’s cheques and cash in small bills (American money is universally accepted). You should be able to use your debit card as long as the machine has the CIRRUS symbol. You will be charged for each transaction. Try to familiarize yourself with the local currency so your first transaction won’t be so confusing. 
  15. Bring an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses as backup. You don’t want your vacation ruined because you can’t see anything. 
  16. Get adequate medical insurance, particularly if you are planning to do any high-risk adventure travel. Check your policy to make sure your medical expenses abroad will be covered as well as emergency evacuations. 
  17. Go easy on the sunbathing. It can be tempting to spend all day in the sun, but you don’t want your vacation ruined by a bad sunburn or sunstroke. 
  18. Motorcycles and scooters may seem like a fun way to travel, but leave them to the locals who are familiar with the streets and traffic rules. 
  19. Rent a car from a reputable company and check the small print on all contracts. Your hotel will probably have a car rental service. 
  20. Check with Be Aware and Declare, hosted by the Canadian government, to find out what you can and can’t bring back with you. You don't want to be slapped with any heavy fines on your way through customs.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my newsletter this past year and have found some useful information in it. Also a big Thank You for staying on my mailing list. Rhoda


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

If you liked this newsletter please pass it on 

Rosswin Travel,  
1 250-338-6334 / 1 866-517-2113
e-mail: rosswin@shaw.ca
420 Harmston Ave, Courtenay, BC, V9N 2X2

If you do not wish to receive these newsletters let me know by e-mail and you will be deleted from my mailing list. Please put in the subject line “delete"


Saturday, 2 November 2013

SomeI Interesting Travel Abbreviations

Newsletter - Nov.  2013
Vol. 2,  Issue #6

        Travel & Cruise News and Items of Interest
               A Newsletter from Rosswin Travel, Courtenay, Vancouver Island, BC
                       Business Opportunity: http://rosswintravelthecomoxvalley.blogspot.ca
                       A Pictorial View of the Comox Valley Blog:  http://bit.ly/XPqzmz

 The M.V. Francis Barkley
October Notes 
Some interesting Travel Abbreviations
International Phonetic Alphabet 
Artist of the Month

October Notes

Another month is over and the older I get the faster the time goes. Now that November is here we can expect to see the Christmas decorations being displayed in the store windows,    Talking about Christmas have you thought of taking a River Boat cruise to celebrate the Christmas holidays in Europe. Check out your favourite river boat cruise company and see the wonderful holiday cruise's that they offer. 

Earlier this month we went to Port Alberni, BC, and took the M.V. Frances Barkley, a work boat, from Port Alberni to Bamfield and spent what was a beautiful calm day,  seeing the scenery, a couple of bears, seal lions but no whales sorry to say. Also stopped at several settlements along the coast to deliver supplies and pick up or discharge passenger’s.  
The Francis Barkley was built in 1958 Stavangr, Norway and was first named the M. S. Rennesoy  and later renamed the M. S. Hidle. She is able to carry up to 200 passengers and 100 tons of Cargo. Specifications for the Frances Barkley are an overall length of 128 feet, a beam of 24 feet and a draft of 9.5 feet. She is powered by a 400 horse power 8 cylinder Bergen Diesel which turns at 450 r.p.m. and provides a service speed of 11 knots burning 18 gallons of diesel per hour.. The story of how the ship came to be called the Frances Barkley and arrive in Port Alberni in 1990 is quite interesting as is the story of Frances Barkley, a young English women who married Capt. William Charles Barkley in 1786.  Check out the following websites.
http://www.ladyrosemarine.com (see section on the M.V. Frances Barkley)

We were at a Travel Show in Vancouver last week, put on by Vacation.com called “Take the Lead”. There were about 200 or more travel agents attending and we were treated like dignitaries. Good training, a good selection of suppliers and the snacks and meal (BC Salmon) were delicious. This show was held in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. Along with the training we also had Comedian/Motivational Speaker Judy Croon entertain us. A Thank You to Vacation.com and the sponsors for a great day.  

Don’t forget to book your 2014 cruises if you are thinking of taking a cruise next year, Some cabin catagories on some of the ships are already fully booked but they might be able to put you on a guarantee, which means that you will be placed in a cabin of their choice, not yours. At least you would have a good chance of a booking on the ship, and you might even get an upgrade.


Some Pictures of our trip to Bamfield, BC
 Homes on one of our stops

 Cargo being unloaded on dock

 Eagles Nest in tree

 Bamfield Inn, once a lovely old home 

 Post Office building at Kildonan

Some interesting Travel Abbreviations

ABC tour. A playful term for a guided tour that crams in too many historical monuments. The “ABC” stands for “another bloody church.”
back to back ticketing. A strategy used to reduce the cost of a round trip involving no Saturday stay when the cost of two excursions is less than the cost of one unrestricted fare. For example, if a traveler wants to fly from New York to Denver on Monday and return Thursday, he would purchase two excursions, one from New York to Denver beginning on the Monday and the other from Denver to New York departing on the Thursday. The traveler then uses only the outbound portion of each excursion. The itinerary can be designed in such a way that the return portions of each excursion can be used on another trip. A technically illegal practice discouraged by the airlines. Also called "nested excursions."

blackout dates, blackout periods. Dates on which tickets or certain fares are not available. Blackout dates usually coincide with holidays and peak travel seasons.
checkpoint bag. A briefcase or other carry-on item of luggage that has been designed to allow laptop computers to pass through security checkpoints and x-ray machines without having to be removed from the bag.
circle trip minimum. The lowest allowable fare for a circle trip, which cannot be less than any round trip fare between any two cities on the itinerary.
conditional fare. A fare that guarantees passage on the next available flight if the flight for which the ticket was purchased is full.
denied boarding compensation. Payment given passengers who've been bumped from a flight, cruise, or land-tour. May be a free trip, money, or accommodations.
electronic ticketing. A computerized system used by airlines in which no physical ticket or boarding pass is generated.
fare break point. The destination where a given fare ends. Example: The fare break point for a passenger flying from Washington DC to Kansas City via Cleveland is Kansas City.
feeder airline. An air carrier that services a local market and "feeds" traffic to the national and international carriers.
gateway city. 1. A city that serves as a departure or arrival point for international flights. 2. A city that serves as an airline's entry or departure point to or from a country.
guarantee. 1. n. An assurance that a product or service will be provided at an agreed-upon time and/or meet stated specifications, often with a promise that the purchaser will be reimbursed if the product or service fails to meet the guarantee. 2. v. To answer for a product or service meeting agreed-upon conditions. 3. v. To pay for a guarantee of product or service performance.
hub-and-spoke. adj. A system many airlines have adopted to maximize the amount of time their planes spend in the air, thus making money for them. They designate certain cities as hubs, schedule many flights to them, and offer connecting flights from the hubs to smaller cities, which can be served by smaller aircraft.
International Date Line. 180 degrees of longitude. The date is different on either side of this imaginary line located in the Pacific Ocean.
repositioning. The act of moving a vessel, such as a cruise ship, from one area to another, usually at a specific time of year, to maximize efficiency of use. See also positioning.
seat mile. One airline seat flown one mile; a metric used to measure performance standards, for example, revenue or expenses per available seat mile. In Europe, usually expressed as "seat kilometer." See also available seat miles.
tender. A small boat used to supply a larger vessel. A boat used to ferry passengers between a cruise ship and the shore.
through passenger. Any passenger who is not disembarking at a particular stop.
vacation hangover. The letdown or exhaustion that follows a holiday trip.
wait list, waitlist. 1. n. A roster of names of those wishing passage on a full flight or other trip, usually honored in order in case of cancellations. 2. n. A group of people waiting for cancellations. 3. v. To place someone on such a list.


International Phonetic Alphabet 

Did you often wonder about the alphabet the travel agents use??
The International Civil Aviation Organization's alphabet is an international phonetic alphabet used by pilots, air traffic controllers and customer service agents in the airline industry including the travel agents.
In the world of aviation, there is a different way of learning your ABC's. The ICAO Alphabet is not only used by the military, but also by airline employees. It is a great way to make sure you are understood (since a B, P, T, and V sound hauntingly similar when spoken), and an appropriate introduction to airline lingo.

  • A - Alpha
  • B - Bravo
  • C - Charlie
  • D - Delta
  • E - Echo
  • F - Foxtrot
  • G - Golf
  • H - Hotel
  • I - India
  • J - Juliet
  • K - Kilo
  • L - Lima
  • M - Mike
  • N - November
  • O - Oscar
  • P - Papa
  • Q - Quebec
  • R - Romeo
  • S - Sierra
  • T - Tango
  • U - Uniform
  • V - Victor
  • W - Whiskey
  • X - X-ray
  • Y - Yankee
  • Z - Zulu

Artist of the Month

Debbie Salmon
Debbie Salmon graduated from 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 the creative work and 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 has 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 paintings and in everyday life. Her subjects are carefully chosen: she looks for both a challenge and inspiration. She says she never stops learning, just as in life itself. “Art and life is a masterpiece”.
Artist's Comments: Chrome Island is just off the southern tip of Denman Island in Georgia Strait, and about a mile east of Vancouver Island near Deep Bay.


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

If you liked this newsletter please pass it on 

Rosswin Travel,  
1 250-338-6334 / 1 866-517-2113
e-mail: rosswin@shaw.ca
420 Harmston Ave, Courtenay, BC, V9N 2X2

If you do not wish to receive these newsletters let me know by e-mail and you will be deleted from my mailing list. Please put in the subject line “delete"


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Interesting Cruise Information

Newsletter - Oct.  2013
Vol. 2,  Issue #5

        Travel & Cruise News and Items of interest
               A Newsletter from Rosswin Travel, Courtenay, Vancouver Island, BC
                       Business Opportunity: http://rosswintravelthecomoxvalley.blogspot.ca
                       A Pictorial View of the Comox Valley Blog:  http://bit.ly/XPqzmz

Visit my face book page

Make Your Cruise An Enjoyable One
Secrets The Cruise Lines Don't Tell You
11 Ways to Get Booted Off a Ship
Artist of the Month


                        Make Your Cruise An Enjoyable One

   Cruising can be a an enjoyable experience, especially if you do not go with a preconceived idea of what to expect. That way you will accept what is available and will not be disappointed.  If you have previously cruised before and are trying a new cruise line try not to compare the both lines, each cruise line is a bit different and must be accepted as such. 
    A cruise is what YOU make it, if you do not, at least try to join in some of the the activities planned, then you will a sitting wallflower.  My husband and I are inclined to take part only in the activities that interest us, so I shouldn't talk. We have, at times taken part in some that we thought would not be of interest and they have been a lot of fun. They were a great learning experience. 
   On the last few cruise's we have discovered the Art auctions, we have found a wide variety of interests that are available to art lovers, something to suit everyone's taste in art. We enjoy the activity and of course the free champagne and the free print given out at the end of the auction. 
   If you are a reader there is usually a good selection of books in the ship's library. On some of the cruise lines there is a section or box where passengers leave their own books that they have read (or can be exchanged)  
   Check out each floor of the ship, you might be surprised at what you will find.  On one cruise we found a movie theatre tucked away that did not have much signage to advertise it. Lots of small cubby holes if you want a private corner for yourself. 
    You do not have to buy a drink to check out the bars etc and enjoy the entertainment offered.  Check out the various sports activities offered. 
    Chat with someone sitting or standing in line next to you, many new friends can be made on a cruise.
Read your daily bulletin and plan your day.
    I have included some tips and comments in the following articles from cruisecritic.com, 
Enjoy your next cruise. 

Secrets The Cruise lines Don't Tell You
With thanks to Cruise Critic for the following articles

  1. Most cabins are made of metal…and therefore they're magnetic. Bring along some magnets (or buy some as souvenirs) and you can keep all your cocktail party invites, alternative dining reservation notices and daily planners hung up on the walls and doors.
  2. Inside cabins have no natural light. At all. Turn your TV to the bridge cam station, turn off the sound and -- voila! -- you've got an instant nightlight and a way to see if the sun is up.
  3. With all of the electronics we tote around with us these days, most people find cruise ship outlets to be insufficient. You can bring your own charging station or power strip (check to see if these are legal on your cruise line), but you may also want to ask your cabin steward. Sometimes there's an extra outlet hidden behind the TV or under the bed.
  4. Picky about your bedding? Some lines will provide egg crate mattress toppers, top sheets and alternative pillow types by special request. Feel free to ask, before or during your cruise.
  5. Cabin designers are pretty smart about creating as much storage space as possible. Do a little exploring or ask your cabin steward for a tour. You may be surprised to find extra storage under the bed or couch, inside an ottoman or behind a mirror.
  6. If you're feeling queasy, don't run out to a pharmacy before making some calls. Room service can bring you green apples and bland crackers (crewmembers swear by the apple remedy), and often you can get seasickness meds from the purser's desk for free.
  1. You are not limited to one of each appetizer, entree and dessert in the main dining room. You can order two entrees or three desserts if you choose. You can also order appetizer-sized portions of entrees as starters or order a few appetizers for your main meal. It's a great way to try new foods you're not sure you'll like (escargot, anyone?).
  2. Room service is free of charge, except for late-night hours on certain lines, such as Royal Caribbean. It's recommended you tip your delivery person, but in-room dining is not the splurge it is at a hotel.
  3. Most people dine in the main dining room or buffet on the first night of the cruise, and many haven't discovered the specialty restaurants yet. If you book an alternative dining venue for the first night of the cruise, you may get a discount on select lines (like Celebrity Cruises) or have an easier time getting a reservation for a popular venue. Carnival Cruise Lines passengers who dine in the Steakhouse on the first night get a free bottle of wine.
  4. Specialty coffee at the designated coffee shops onboard comes with an extra fee, but the pastries, sandwiches and other food at these venues are often free. While some specialty items (like chocolate-covered strawberries) will have a charge, don't assume all the small bites do.
  5. Like ice cream? Cruise lines will charge for branded licks like Ben & Jerry's and Celebrity's gelato. However, there's always a free version -- whether soft-serve machines on the Lido Deck or hard-serve stations at the buffet. And do your reconnaissance -- Cruise Critic members report that soft-serve machines on either side of the deck can have different flavors.
  6. On embarkation day, most people head straight to the buffet to have lunch and wait for their cabins to open. It's a mob scene. But many cruise ships have alternative venues open -- the main dining room or a mini-buffet in the solarium or atrium area. Ask a crewmember or check your daily newsletter to find an alternative for a calmer first meal. For example, on Princess Cruises, the International Cafe, Pizzeria and Grill are open; on Royal Caribbean ships, Sorrento's, the Solarium and Park Cafes, Giovanni's Table and Starbucks are open on embark afternoon.
  7. Don't know which night to make specialty dinner reservations? The main dining room menus are planned for the week, and the purser's desk often has access to those menus. Ask to see them so you can decide which nights are less appealing and which you don't want to miss, and plan your cruise accordingly.
  1. Drinks

  1. There's no "open beverage" rule onboard. You can bring drinks from a bar or buffet to your cabin or elsewhere on the ship and no one will bat an eye. (Same goes for food.)
  2. It's often cheaper to buy a bottle of wine than a few glasses -- but what do you do if you don't finish the bottle? Cruise ship waiters can mark the bottle with your room number and save it for another night, even for dinner in another onboard venue.
  3. Groups of beer drinkers can save by ordering buckets of beer. You get four or five beers in a souvenir bucket at a per-beer cost slightly cheaper than ordering individual bottles.
  4. On most lines, soda is not free -- but iced tea in the dining room usually is. Save on soda by buying a soda card, offering a set price for unlimited soft drinks.
  5. Most lines let you bring a reasonable amount of nonalcoholic drinks onboard. Save on pricey shipboard sodas and bottled waters by bringing your own.
  6. Some cruisers use their stateroom Bibles for more than spiritual counsel. Cruise Critic members report that they will leave unused drinks cards or coupons in their Bibles. So be sure to flip through yours to make sure a surprise isn't waiting.
  7. Enticed by all those special drinks in a souvenir glass? You can refill those glasses at a discount -- or ask to have the drink of the day in a regular glass to save money. Also watch your daily program for drink specials or happy hours with reduced price beverages.

  1. Casino frequenters can get a hole punched in their room card and a free lanyard from the casino staff for easy play without forgetting your card in the slot machines.
  2. Many lines offer free minutes if you sign up for an Internet package on the first day of the cruise.
  3. Cruise ship spas often offer discounts for first-day and sea-day treatments. Stop by the spa, or check your daily newsletters to find out about deals.
  4. If the port talk is at the same time as your massage, don't worry. Presentations and audience-participation shows are often re-broadcast on the ship's channel on your in-room TV. You can still catch the recording if you miss the live show.
  5. Use of the showers, saunas and stream rooms not located in fancy thermal suites is free. Showering in the spa can often mean access to more clean towels, fancy toiletries and bigger shower stalls -- and prevents fights over who gets cabin bathroom access first. Using the free saunas is also a great remedy for that inevitable vacation head cold that stuffs you up.

Line-Specific Secrets
  1. Celebrity's buffet secrets include delicious ship-made hard-serve ice cream (for free) in the buffet and made-to-order waffles with a choice of toppings. You can also order a cup of candy toppings with no ice cream if that's your treat of choice.
  2. On Holland America, many cruisers don't know that the Pinnacle Grill is half-price

     at lunchtime, and free chocolate truffles make an appearance in the Explorer's Lounge each evening.
  3. Princess ships serve up cookies and milk at 3 p.m. on the pool deck and in the Piazza.
--by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor


                     11 Ways to Get Booted Off a Ship http://www.cruisecritic.com/articles.cfm?ID=1554&et_cid=951173&et_rid=16812849

Only drug smugglers or murder suspects get kicked off cruise ships, right?

Wrong! Ordinary people like you and I can also get the boot off our hard-earned, much-anticipated cruise vacation. Perhaps it's because we lose control and do something stupid. Maybe it's the result of a simple mistake or -- and this stings the most -- is actually through no fault of our own. While it's rare to be debarked mid- or even pre-cruise, it happens more than you think. And if you're the one escorted down the gangway, don't expect a refund for the days you missed onboard. 

To make sure your cruise does not end prematurely, here are 11 things you absolutely should not do. 

1. Get sick. We mean really sick, like a heart attack or stroke or a serious injury that shipboard doctors and medical facilities don't have the ability to treat. If you need hospital-level care, the ship's doctor will have you whisked off the ship at the next port of call and taken to the nearest hospital. It might not be the best hospital, and you might not be able to speak the local language, but if you're quite ill or hurt enough for immediate surgery, you will be booted off quicker than you can say "liability." 

2. Skip the muster drill. It's embarkation day. You're at the pool, cocktail in hand, and you just can't be bothered to get dressed, pick up your lifejacket and proceed to your muster station for a briefing on emergency procedures. You might have heard the spiel 100 times, but if you don't go to muster 101, you could be saying sayonara before you even set sail. Don't believe us? Ask the couple that was kicked off Seabourn Sojourn for failing to attend the second muster drill on their back-to-back sailing. 

3. Bring drugs or other illegal items onboard. You might be approached by shady characters in Jamaica or Belize looking to sell you drugs, but they aren't cruise line-approved vendors. Get caught smuggling drugs, weapons or other illegal items onto the ship, and your glamorous cruise vacation could turn into a drawn-out stay at a local police station. We hope you didn't spend all your cash on the illicit articles because you might need money for bail, lodging (though jail stays are free, we hear) or a plane flight home. 

4. Refuse to go through screening. On a similar note, don't refuse the pre-embarkation security screening because you're worried someone will notice your contraband. If you don't comply with security officers, they do not have to let you board. 

5. Make a bomb threat. No cruise line wants its ship to be the victim of a terrorist attack, and bomb threats are taken seriously. Don't joke about blowing up the ship or releasing harmful viruses into the swimming pool. You could get booted off the ship in custody of the F.B.I. Don't even let anyone joke about it pretending to be you: In 2012, Dr. Jack Kruse (a diet guru) was kicked off a Low-Carb theme cruise because someone posted on Twitter, pretending to be him, that he was threatening a bio-terrorist attack on the Carnival ship. Even after security staff realized it was a prank, he was still refused boarding. 

6. Fail to show correct travel documents. Left your passport at home? Forgot to get a necessary visa? We're sorry to say that your cruise will end before it has a chance to begin. Cruise lines must abide by official rules regarding travel documents. While in certain cases the ship can procure a collective visa so you don't have to get an individual one, if it's your responsibility to have your papers in order and you don't, the only thing cruise staff can do is show you the door. 

7. Buy a minor a drink onboard. Your niece might be a good girl and turning 21 in six months, but if you buy her a few drinks or let her borrow your ship ID to buy her own, your family vacation could come to a sudden end. Cruise lines will not tolerate anyone aiding and abetting an underage person to acquire alcohol. If caught, both the adult and minor involved could be debarked. 

9. Organize your own tours in public. One of the things we love most about Cruise Critic's Roll Calls is meeting other travelers and teaming up to book independent excursions. While a cruise line doesn't mind if you book a private tour with a few friends, they do frown upon passengers booking a 30-person bus and advertising onboard for other cruisers to join them in shunning ship excursions. If you don't want to get forcibly debarked for soliciting, please be discreet in your tour arranging, and do not exchange money at Cruise Critic Meet and Mingles in front of senior officers. 

10. Steal items from the ship. We know that spa products are overpriced, but if you slip some unpaid-for lotion in your beach bag or, worse, make off with some diamond rings or precious art from a boutique, the authorities will not be kind to you if you're caught. So if you'd rather not terminate your cruise mid-trip, we recommend exercising your sticky fingers in more harmless pursuits, such as sneaking another chocolate chip cookie from the buffet or grabbing one extra travel-size bottle of the ship's shampoo as a souvenir. 

11. Be abusive to the captain or his crew. The captain is the king of his ship; the onboard world is not a democracy. Tick off the captain or abuse his staff, and he has the right to send you packing. So be polite. The ship's staff is there to ensure your safety and comfort; there is no reason not to be grateful for the work they do. 

--by Erica Silverstein, Features Editor


 Artist of the Month

Mary Osborne Reed
e-mail: bandmreed@shaw.ca

Mary was born and educated in England. In 1965 she settled in the beautiful Comox Valley which has provided inspiration for most of her artwork.  She took her art training at North Island College.  Over the years she has won several awards at juried shows around Vancouver Island.  Mary's work can be found in local gallery exhibits and in private collections in Canada, Germany, England and USA.
beautiful Comox Valley which has provided inspiration for most of her artwork.  She took her art training at North Island College.  Over the years she has won several awards at juried shows around Vancouver Island.  Mary's work can be found in local gallery exhibits and in private collections in Canada, Germany, England and USA.



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

If you liked this newsletter please pass it on 

Rosswin Travel,  
1 250-338-6334 / 1 866-517-2113
e-mail: rosswin@shaw.ca
420 Harmston Ave, Courtenay, BC, V9N 2X2

If you do not wish to receive these newsletters let me know by e-mail and you will be deleted from my mailing list. Please put in the subject line “delete"