Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Nov. 14, 2007

MEXICANA AIRLINES said it would launch nonstop, daily flights from Los Angeles to Puerto Vallarta starting Dec. 2. The new service will bring the number of Mexicanas flights from Los Angeles to Mexico to 11. The new flights will depart Los Angeles daily at 10:05 a.m. and arrive in Puerto Vallarta at 2:55 p.m. Return flights will depart Puerto Vallarta at 4:05 p.m. and arrive in Los Angeles at 5:25 p.m. The new service will be operated aboard an Airbus plane with room for 12 in business class and 108 in coach. In other news, Mexicana Airlines instituted a fuel surcharge Nov. 12 for all flights between the U.S. and Mexico. The charge is $10 one-way or $20 roundtrip.

GOGO WORLDWIDE VACATIONS is offering reduced prices on air-inclusive packages to 10 Cancun resorts when booked by Nov. 19. The promotion includes such things as free nights, room upgrades and resort credits for travel from Jan. 5 to March 8. Seven-night packages start at $789 per person, double, at the Omni Cancun Hotel & Villas, including roundtrip, midweek air from Miami. From New Yorks Kennedy Airport, a seven-night package at the Gran Melia Cancun gets you two free nights, with prices starting at $889 per person, double. Call (800) 229-4999 or visit www.gogowwv.com.

CRUISE WESTS refurbished, 138-passenger Spirit of Yorktown will make its debut in Mexico this winter during the companys Sea of Cortes sailings. The refurbished ship will include four new balcony-category cabins, a new lobby and lounge and a new art collection. Sea of Cortes sailings begin Jan. 5 with a John Steinbeck-inspired cruise exploring the writers travels in the region, journeys that led him to write The Log From the Sea of Cortez. Prices start at $2,399 per person, double, including shipboard activities, lectures and guided excursions. Call (800) 296-8307 or visit www.cruisewest.com.

THE HEART OF FRIDA, a collection of more than three dozen letters and drawings by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, will open Jan. 11 at the Queretaro Art Museum in Queretaro, in central Mexico. The letters, written during the last four years of Kahlos life, dwell on her relationship with her artist husband Diego Rivera, on her politics and on the pain she endured as a result of more than 30 orthopedic surgeries. The exhibit was seen by more than 5,000 visitors when it debuted last year at the Casa Maxwell Gallery in San Miguel de Allende.  Kahlos letters have been translated into English and appear next to the originals. Heart of Frida will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays from Jan. 11 to Feb. 24. Visit www.frida2007.com.

OASIS HOTELS & RESORTS is offering an Early Bird Plus promotion for customers who book travel by Nov. 30 for stays at any of 10 all-inclusive Oasis properties in Mexico from Jan. 1 to May 31. The discount is available only through wholesalers and tour operators selling the resort company. Depending on the property, the savings range from $20 to $35 a night, per person. Call (800) 44-OASIS or visit www.oasishotels.com.

Mexico E-Letter Editor: Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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