“SEZ ME”

Elaine Berger, President

Here we are already in February the month of chocolate! Treat yourself to a nice piece of dark chocolate (it is good for your heart).

Thanks to all Walkabouters and guests who showed up for the Christmas luncheon. While it was too warm for ugly sweaters, it was a gathering filled with much chatter, laughter and delicious food. Marilyn led a short walk after lunch on an absolutely beautiful afternoon. Sympathy goes to all our friends and families living in the snow and cold.

February is also time to take a whale watching trip with Walkabout on Saturday, February 11. I doubt we will be as lucky as the group that went out last week and had a mother whale deliver her calf right beside their boat. That was definitely a once in a lifetime event!

All the recent rain indicates it will be a beautiful flower filled spring here in San Diego. Get out and walk to enjoy all the sights and smells.

WE ARE GOING ON A WHALE WATCHING ADVENTURE

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11
9AM TO 11:30AM

Encounter some of Earth’s most magnificent creatures on a 2 ½ to 3 hour whale-watching cruise in San Diego. The voyage departs right from Mission Bay, so we’ll be out into the open ocean and looking for whales in just 10 minutes. Marine biologists onboard will help us spot whales and dolphins and learn about their life in the deep blue sea, their natural environment. Boat captain and onboard biologists know the best places to look for wildlife. They will be on the microphone explaining exactly what to expect. Meeting and return point is:
San Diego Whale Watch
1617 Quivira Road, San Diego, CA 92109.

Tour Highlights:

• 2 ½ to 3 hour whale watching cruise
• Narration by certified marine biologist
• 149 passenger tour boat
• Indoor and outdoor seating (bench style)
• Onboard restrooms
• Snack bar and beverages available for purchase

Send your check marked Whale Watching for $79 (seniors 62+) or $81 (adults 18-61) per person to:
Walkabout International
2650 Truxtun Road, Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92106

Cost includes priority boarding so we can get the best viewing spots. Sign in with Marilyn B. at ticket booth (8am) to get your ticket prior to boarding the boat. Non-Walkabouters are welcome, so feel free to invite others to come with you. Deadline for us to receive your payment is Monday, 2/6/23.

January 2023

NEW ORLEANS AND WESTERN CARIBBEAN CRUISE

MARCH 2 TO MARCH 12, 2023

We are going to the Big Easy City of New Orleans for a fabulous 3-night stay in New Orleans followed by a 7-night cruise to the Western Caribbean aboard the NCL ship, the Breakaway. Come join us.

Connie Vickers & Janet Fenston will be your walk  leaders in New Orleans. We have a full schedule planned. We will lead walks in the Garden District and the French Quarter where we will visit Bourbon St, Jackson Square and the St Louis Cathedral and cemeteries. There will be a jazz brunch on a Paddlewheel boat and some meals included in the trip

Aboard the ship Breakaway, we will visit 4 Ports of call: Costa Maya, Mexico, Roatan, Honduras, Harvest Caye, Belize and Cozumel, Mexico. On the Ship there will be lots of activity options to choose from.

The price of the trip for New Orleans and an inside cabin will be $1,799 per person, double occupancy.

Airfare & tips are not included.

To secure a spot on this trip call the office at 619-231- 7463, send us an e-mail to Janet@walkabout-int.org with your name and phone number and send a nonrefundable deposit, marked New Orleans, for $800 to:
Walkabout International
2650 Truxtun Rd, Suite 110, San Diego, CA 92106.

Upgrades and single supplements are possible. If you need a roommate, we may be able to help. Make sure your passport is up to date. We’ll be having a pre-trip meeting time and place to be determined.

Travel insurance is not included but highly recommended. Forbes has an on line site with many companies to choose from: https://www.forbes.com/ advisor/travel-insurance/best-cruise-insurance.

Welcome Aboard

As travel restrictions are easing, Walkabout International is looking at ways to again add more excitement to our walks by designing a variety of both local and international walks. 

One event that we are excited to tell you about is a CROATIAN CRUISE along the Dalmatian Coast. We have blocked ten cabins on a small cruise vessel that only has 18 luxury cabins. We already have deposits on five cabins, which include some walk leaders. The trip begin in Dubrovnik, Croatia on 7 October 2023 and end in Split, Croatia on 14 October. 

Our cruise includes airport pick-up and dropoff at the vessel, your luxury cabin, meals, and sightseeing. All cabins on upper and lower deck have wonderful ocean views. 

2023 seems a long way off, but it’s just around the corner. People are “on the move again” and many tours and cruises into 2023 are already booked out, so we have chosen one of the best months to cruise and sight-see in Croatia.

 

 We are using a well-known small-ship cruise line, Zantium Cruises. With just 18 cabins onboard, we will be spoiled by our 8-person crew as we enjoy the scenery, delicious meals, island exploring, and so many extras added. 

We will be responsible for our own air arrangements which allows us to use airline points, our favorite airline and add before/after accommodation, if we individually wish. 

Our cruise has been booked through Viaggio European Tours, who specializes in European walking/sightseeing small-group touring. For full details, www.viaggio-tours.com. On the front page, click “Croatia 2023,” then “M/V New Star.” 

An optional Walking Tour is available at the end of the cruise. Details on this 3 day land-based tour can be viewed at www.viaggio tours.com/extension.

If you have any questions, please text/call our Walkabout Board Member, Carole Ericson at 858- 829-1282. To reserve a cabin, a deposit of $500 per person is required. To reserve your cabin, go to https://www.viaggio-tours.com/contact-us and fill in your information; you will be emailed a reservation form. As this cruise has been booked directly with the cruise line, we are able to invite non-Walkabouter friends and relatives to also join us. An added bonus!

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Due to the CV-19 restrictions, we are having a casual Zoom teleconference each Friday at 10:00 Am PST and all are invited. We share our coping experiences and renew friendships with other Walkabouters. Active subscribers with email addresses are receiving email notices of each meeting. You are welcome to share that invitation with others. 

If you did not receive an invitation, you have come to the right place.  Friday morning before 10:00 you will find a block right below which will allow you to join our Zoom Walkabout meeting. You can also sign up for our newsletter or update your subscription information by going to Subscribe and completing an application.

Unfamiliar with the Zoom experience, please go to https://zoom.us/ and take advantage of the information you will find there. I look forward to seeing you at this valuable experience. Stan F 619.222.344

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