In This Issue
Getting to Know Us
An Invitation for Ladies Who Love to Travel!
Have Groups - Will Travel
The Gift That Keeps on Giving
Why Cruise?
Getting to Know Us

Meet the Owner of Firstworld Travel
Dennis Hein
Dennis Hein


Dennis Hein has owned and operated Firstworld Travel and Cruises since 1996. He started working at the office in 1990 while he still was employed at UCSD as a Microbiologist. Dennis graduated from Gradwohl School of Medical Technology in St. Louis, Missouri in 1973. He worked in Medical Labs in St. Louis until he moved to San Diego in 1990. Although he enjoyed his work in the medical field his true passion was travel. He attended Travel School in Missouri in 1987 and worked as an independent travel consultant in addition to his work in the Medical Lab. After he moved to San Diego, he worked as an independent travel consultant at Firstworld until he purchased the business from Ruth Schimerling, the original agency owner.

Dennis has had the opportunity to travel extensively while working in the travel industry. He has been on 20+ cruises as well as tours to Mexico, China, Greece and much of the European continent. One of his favorite destinations is Branson, Missouri. He has taken several groups there and hopes to put together one in the not too distant future. He is looking forward to Firstworld's group tour of Turkey in March of 2012. Additionallly, he will be hosting Firstworld's Mexican Riviera cruise aboard the Carnival Spirit, February 4 - 12, 2012.


An Invitation for Ladies Who Love to Travel!


WHY sit home dreaming about Holland while he watches the Holiday Bowl?

WHEN can you have some hands-on travel experiences, with a small group of like-minded explorers?

HOW can you meet intelligent, fun, interesting traveling companions?

WHERE in the world do you want to go next?

W.H.A.T! Meet the other Women Having Adventurous Travels!


Find out how exciting it can be to truly experience your next vacation. This group is for women of all ages and backgrounds, from busy moms to singles, and executives to retirees. Make new and lasting friendships. Come alone or bring your friends, your mother, your sister or your daughter.

Look for our official January 26, 2012 Get-Together Invitation to arrive in your email and start the New Year out right!


"Travel is not a spectator sport!" 





 Have Groups - Will Travel


Imagine a family reunion where nobody had to clean - nobody had to cook - nobody had to give up their bed. All you had to do was show up.

Imagine a family reunion where children of all ages were entertained, while the adults entertained themselves. Imagine a family reunion where you could spend as much (or as little) time with everyone as you choose, yet still share some fabulous experiences and stick to a reasonable budget.


All of this and more is possible when you plan your next reunion on a cruise ship.


Imagine your next business conference - on a ship - including rooms, meals, audio/visual setups and entertainment - moving from one exotic destination to the next - with your captive, but never bored, audience.


Perhaps your group is less formal - maybe your book club, baseball team or bridge group. Renew your vows - Celebrate a milestone birthday - Get married - Define next year's business plan- Catch up with long-lost cousins - Discover your heritage - the possibilities are unlimited.


Traveling with a group can save everyone money, time and stress. Ask us how we can help you get the most for your group and the biggest bang for your buck!


Give the Gift of Travel


The Gift That Keeps on Giving 


There are few gifts more precious than travel. It is one of those special gifts that keep on giving. You are giving not only the trip itself, but the wonderful time of anticipation and the never-ending memories after the trip is over. It is a gift of knowledge, understanding, patience, and discovery. It is appropriate for all ages, shapes, and interests. One size does not fit all, but there is something to fit everyone.


A Gift For You Too

Make it a pleasantly selfish gift by including yourself as a part of the package - Washington D.C. with grandma and grandpa, a three-generation cruise, a weekend in the mountains for the whole family. The possibilities are endless. Take someone you love to a place that you love. Share a part of yourself.


Let Your Travel Agent Do the Work

Your Firstworld Travel agent is prepared to help you make holiday memories to last a lifetime. Frequently people shy away from giving travel because it seems too complicated to plan while keeping it a secret from the recipient. Actually it is simple. Discuss your plan with your travel agent who will help you choose a gift certificate for either a specific trip with dates to be determined or for a specific amount of money with destination to be determined. We will meet with the recipient after the holidays to arrange the details.


Holiday Surprises Come In All Sizes

Does this sound like a budget-breaking experience? It doesn't have to be. We have day trips starting at just $59.00 per person. A weekend trip for 2 can be as little as $100-200 for a special hotel night. Be creative! Use a gift certificate from Firstworld Travel to start a savings plan for that ultimate trip. How about a hydrofoil to Catalina or a car trip to Palm Springs? These trips can be done in a day but are perfect for a one or two night stay. Santa Barbara and Solvang are both great train trips for two or three nights. Each of these trips is small in terms of travel, but big in relationship building and memories.


A Gift for All Occasions

Remember that travel is a gift for every event, not just Christmas. It makes a wonderful gift for birthdays, anniversaries, and especially graduations. Whatever the celebration, we at Firstworld Travel are here to make your special gift one that will always be remembered and cherished. We are happily awaiting your call.


We do layaway!



Why Cruise?


If you've never been on a cruise, now is a great time to discover why many travelers are hooked on this mode of travel and repeat the experience frequently!

  • Pay one price for everything: accommodation, food, transport, entertainment and more!
  • Visit numerous wonderful destinations in one trip.
  • Enjoy unbeatable cuisine and service.
  • Only unpack once ~ your hotel follows you!  

You can do it all on a cruise:

  • see the world from your floating hotel
  • party hearty
  • relax and unwind  
  • enjoy pampering at the spa
  • try your luck in the casinos 
  • watch world class entertainment
  • experience exotic new locations 
  • engage in soft or hard adventure

Our Favorite Holiday Desserts 


Walnut Rum Pie

Courtesy of Merrie Williams


3 large eggs

teaspoon salt

1 cup walnuts coarsely chopped

cup dark rum

1 cup brown sugar

4 tablespoons melted butter

cup light corn syrup

1 unbaked 9" pie crust (not deep dish)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Beat eggs thoroughly. Add remaining ingredients (except crust) and stir until sugar dissolves. Pour the filling into the pie shell and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the filling is firm. Cool before serving. 


Milk Tart: A South African FavoriteMilk Tarts

Courtesy of Patricia Dunlop 



6 oz butter

8 oz flour

1 T sugar


Rub butter and flour together and add sugar. Only add water if necessary.



2 ounces butter                  

pint milk

4 ounces sugar

2 eggs

cinnamon sticks

1 ounce cornstarch


Bring milk and cinnamon sticks almost to boil. Add butter and sugar. Cool. Beat egg yolks, add cornflour. Add to cooked milk. Heat, stirring continually till thick. Cool. Strain thru sieve. Add stiffly beaten egg whites. Bake at 400F for 30 minutes.


German Almond Lebkuchen

Courtesy of Dennis Hein



Makes 40 cookies

4 eggs

1 cup sugar

2 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

14 oz almonds, ground - about 3 cups

1/4 cup each candied citrus peel and orange peel, chopped fine

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp allspice

1 egg yolk, for the glaze

40 almonds, brown skin removed, for decoration



Beat the eggs and the sugar until foamy. Sift the flour with the baking powder, then add it to the egg/sugar mixture, together with the candied peel, almond meal, and spices. Mix until a stiff dough forms, then place it, wrapped, in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Heat the oven to 350 F. Roll out the dough about 1/2 inch thick on a floured cutting board and cut it into 2"x3" rectangles with a knife. Transfer to a cookie sheet. Mix the egg yolk with a little water and paint it onto the rectangles. Place an almond half on each cookie.

Bake for 20 min. or until set and light brown. Cool on a cooling rack.


Apfelstrudel (Apple Strudel)

Courtesy of Rosie Verdugo


StrudelA favorite at our house during the Holidays. After our trip to Central Europe this fall, (where we ate Strudel every day) we tried it with peaches for Thanksgiving and it was delicious! You can also substitute cherries or apricots.  



2 - 3 sticks butter - no margarine

1 cup plain crushed breadcrumbs (not seasoned!)

1-2 Lemons - 2 tbsp grated lemon rind

Juice the lemons. Place juice in a small bowl. (No juice used for peaches)

3/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

3/4 cup ground almonds                                                

6 Granny Smith apples (about 6 cups of fruit)

1 Box Phyllo Leaves (thaw in refrigerator overnight before use)

Optional - 1 cup raisins, soaked overnight in rum



Brown the breadcrumbs in a pan with 1/4 cup ( stick) of butter, set aside. Mix the lemon rind, sugar, cinnamon, raisins and almonds together in a large bowl.Peel and slice the apples, brush lightly with the lemon juice to prevent browning and then pour apples into cinnamon mixture. Mix well so apples are coated.

Melt two of the sticks of butter. Dampen one or two cotton dishtowels with cold water and wring out. Lay out flat on the counter and cover with two 24" long sheets of cellophane wrap. Overlap the two sheets of wrap lengthwise at the long the edge to cover the towels. This will be your work area. Lay one Phyllo leaf on the cellophane wrap and brush it with melted butter. Lay another leaf on top of it and brush it with butter. Continue until you have used 5 leaves. (Don't leave the extra Phyllo leaves out in the air too long or they will dry out.)Sprinkle 1/3 of the breadcrumbs over the entire leaf. Pour a third of the Apple and cinnamon mixture onto the leaf along one of the short edges. Mound it evenly in about a 3" ribbon. Don't take it all the way to the ends so you can turn up the edges.

Use the cellophane wrap to roll the leaf up like a jelly-roll. Crimp the ends together so the mixture doesn't come out during baking. Use a little butter here like "glue". Brush the roll with butter and sprinkle some cinnamon on top. Repeat for two more Strudels. Place on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Makes 3 strudels, 6-8 servings each.


Fresh Berries with Dark Chocolate SyrupChocolate Berries 

Courtesy Of Debbi Sturch

For a dessert beverage option, stir the syrup into coffee or milk.

4 cups mixed fresh berries
1/2 cup Dark Chocolate Syrup, warmed

slivered almonds or chopped pecans/walnuts
Optional garnish: fresh mint

Place 1 cup berries in each of 4 glasses; spoon each with 2 tablespoons sauce. Sprinkle nuts (not shown) Garnish with mint, if desired. Makes 4 servings. 


The Glories of Turkey: March 21 - April 4, 2012Ephesus  

Fifteen days in Turkey for just $2,599 per person, including airfare and insurance.


Turkey is a country of many delights. Turkey combines the history and culture of an ancient land with the natural beauty of its colorful and fantastic landscapes. Whether you visit for the natural beauty, glorious beaches, extensive history, exotic culture, superb food, or just to pick up a hand-woven rug, Turkey will leave you breathless with wonder.


Click here for complete details.  


Refer a Friend and Receive $25*  

For every friend you refer who signs up and travels on The Glories of Turkey Tour, March 21 - April 4, 2012, you will receive a check for $25, upon completion of the tour. 

Sign up yourself and get a FREE Bosphorous Cruise and Spice Bazaar Tour!
Offer Expires: December 31, 2011


Happy holidays to you and your loved ones. May 2012 bring happiness, joy and prosperity.


Dennis Hein

Firstworld Travel and Cruises


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