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  • Destinations 0

    Unique New Alaska Travel Options

    Alaska travel season begins in May, traditionally kicked off here by news of a Holland America Line ship being first to arrive in the land of the midnight sun.  Rightfully so, between Holland America and sister-line Princess Cruises, more travelers visit Alaska than all other cruise lines combined. We’ll come back to them shortly.  First, some unique new Alaska travel options to know about ...

    On March 22, 2017 / By
  • Airlines And Airfare 0

    Several Ways Around Electronics Ban On Flights

    A recent electronics ban on flights to the United States from a number of Muslim-majority countries prohibits laptops, tablets and other portable electronic devices in the aircraft cabin. Still possible: packing those banned items in checked luggage. Reality: packing a laptop in checked luggage is a horrible idea, as we found out first-hand years ago. Good news: there are several ways around this. If ...

    On March 21, 2017 / By
  • River Cruising 0

    Our Viking Anniversary Adventure Year Begins

    In September, we travel with Viking River Cruises on a 13-day voyage that promises to “reveal the real Russia as never before”.  It’s a special Viking Anniversary adventure that sails where the popular river cruise line began, 20 years ago.  After a number of sailings with Viking River Cruises, we know the drill: they deliver what they promise and then some.  Knowing the quality experience ...

    On March 21, 2017 / By
  • Planning 0

    France On Sale Via Limited Time Promos

    The tragic November 2015 Paris Attacks were Europe’s worst in over a decade.  Over 100 people were lost their lives that Friday the 13th, causing travelers to reconsider visiting the city of light as well as other European destinations. Understandable.  Inflow of travelers from North America slowed considerably. Travel companies found themselves with excess inventory ranging from seats on scheduled airline flights to ...

    On March 20, 2017 / By
  • Experience 0

    Transformative Adventures Bring Notable Advantages To Cruise Travel

    When sailing with any cruise line, what we do off the ship often makes the difference between a good and a great travel experience.  It makes sense to invest some time noting what we will find at each stop along the way.   Considering organized tours is one way to guide our shoreside plan. Cruise lines and third-party tour operators make short work of deciding what to do, ...

    On March 19, 2017 / By
  • Travel Gear 0

    Travel Gear Review Rejects

    We can make a travel product out of just about anything.  Headphones made for serious gamers?  Those also block out screaming babies on planes and work for pretty good ear warmers when traveling to cold weather climates.  When packing space is an issue, we found compact products meant for some other use to keep travelers warm, keep valuables close but never wear ...

    On March 18, 2017 / By
  • Ocean Cruising 0

    Carnival Ecstasy Update Brings New Features

    Carnival Ecstasy has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation that has added a variety of new dining and beverage innovations during a two-week dry dock in Freeport, The Bahamas. Following the Carnival Ecstasy update, the Charleston, S.C.-based ship resumed its year-round schedule of four- to 10-day departures. Added during the Carnival Ecstasy update: Guy’s Burger Joint, a free-of-charge poolside venue developed in partnership with Food ...

    On March 17, 2017 / By