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World’s largest cruise ship still at a premium

Waiting for prices to come down before booking Royal Caribbean’s much-ballyhooed Allure of the Seas? You could be waiting for some time. A year after its debut, the 225,282-ton vessel and its slightly older sister, Oasis of the Seas — the world’s largest cruise ships — continue to command significant price premiums versus most other […]

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Will Disney still build stand-alone hotels?

The Orlando Sentinel takes an in-depth look at Walt Disney Co.’s progress building stand-alone hotels in light of last week’s news that Disney abandoned plans to build one. Since it scrapped plans to build a hotel in suburban Washington D.C., Disney doesn’t have a single stand-alone hotel project in its publicly known development pipeline, Monday’s […]

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Delta: Buy up to 10,000 elite-qualifying miles

Delta frequent-fliers may not have to make that end-of-the-year mileage run after all. That’s because the nation’s No. 2 carrier is selling Medallion Qualifying Miles (MQMs) that count toward earning elite status. MQMs are miles that count only toward earning elite status within Delta’s frequent-flier program. They cannot be redeemed for frequent-flier awards. Delta is […]

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Practical Traveler: As Airlines Cut Back, Hotels Step In

Your Own Concierge A few years ago, the Peninsula Beverly Hills hired Jimmy Bardolf as the hotel’s director of transportation and resident “airport concierge.” Mr. Bardolf, along with his staff of five, meets guests at Los Angeles International Airport, gets them access to airline lounges and helps solve all manner of problems, including securing better […]

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It’s Too Late to Buy Travel Insurance to Protect Your American Airlines Ticket, Warns Squaremouth

The recent bankruptcy announcement of American Airlines has many travelers looking into travel insurance to protect their expenses. According to Squaremouth.com, a site for comparing and purchasing travel insurance, travelers should not buy a travel insurance policy to cover their American Airlines ticket. “Although many travel insurance policies can cover someone in the event their […]

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WeGoPlaces Tourism Researches Vacation Habits of US and CN Travelers

ShareThis Email PDF Print WeGoPlaces – Things to do vacation ideas We are once again surveying travelers in the United States and Canada, in order to find out what their vacation preferences are in order to improve our vacation wizard (PRWEB) November 30, 2011 WeGoPlaces Tourism, a leading U.S. and Canada travel planning website, has […]

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Protesters block cruise ship in Hawaii

A small cruise ship scheduled to visit the Hawaiian island of Molokai over the weekend was blocked by protesters worried about its impact. American Safari Cruises’ 36-passenger Safari Explorer canceled a stop at Molokai on Saturday after encountering protesters on boats and surfboards while approaching the island’s Kaunakakai Harbor. The vessel instead spent the day […]

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Kansas City mayor: ‘We need a new hotel’

In the Kansas City Star‘s QA today with Kansas City Mayor Sly James, hotels take center stage. “We need a hotel,” he told the paper. “The last one we built was 1985. Our stock in terms of hotels is ancient, relatively speaking.” TWITTER:  Follow Hotel Check-In reporter BarbDeLollis James says the city needs a new, […]

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Airports offer holiday travelers discounts and diversions

To ease the stress and help keep passengers in good spirits, many airports offer holiday entertainment, promotions and contests as well as discount offers at shops and restaurants throughout the terminals. Here’s a taste of what’s on tap for this holiday season. For more, keep your smartphone handy when you travel: Many performances and special […]

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In Transit Blog: A Pastry From Brittany Making Waves Stateside

Brendan Spiegel Who could pass up something billed as “the fattiest pastry in all of Europe”? That’s how the kouign-amann, a specialty of Brittany in France, was described to me when I visited the region this summer. Kouign-amann (pronounced kween ah-MON and derived from the Breton words for butter and cake) is something like a […]

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