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Photo tour: The elegance of Silversea’s new Silver Spirit

Unveiled in late 2009, the 540-passenger Silver Spirit is the newest of luxury line Silversea’s six ships, and the biggest. What’s the vessel like on the inside? Click HERE to see our new comprehensive photo tour of the Silver Spirit by veteran cruise writer and ship photographer Peter Knego. Designed as a research tool for […]

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New York gets a record number of hotel rooms

Start spreading the news: New York will reach a record 90,000 hotel rooms by the end of the year, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced. That’s a 24 percent increase since 2006. More than 7,000 rooms are in the works, about 40 percent of them outside of Manhattan, according to NYC Co., New York City’s official […]

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Carnival Magic delayed in Mexico by technical problems

This item was written by Fran Golden, a cruise expert and Trip Coach for Budget Travel magazine. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. The debut of the 3,690-passenger Carnival Magic from its new homeport of Galveston, Texas, was celebrated Sunday with a […]

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Frugal Traveler Blog: Miami After Dark (Without the Swells)

There are some easy tricks to keeping things cheap in Miami. Before you go, keep an eye out for flight specials and do some savvy hotel room bidding on Priceline. Once you’re there, spend your days on the beaches of South Beach (free) and at the galleries of the Design District (free), while taking your […]

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IDeaS and PhoCusWright Partner to Launch Valuable Educational Offering for the …

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov 15, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — IDeaS Revenue Solutions, the leading provider of pricing and revenue management software, services and consulting, and PhoCusWright, the travel industry research authority, have teamed up to launch the Revenue Management MasterClass. Announced in conjunction with the PhoCusWright Conference in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami, FL, the co-branded MasterClass is a valuable, […]

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Will Rod Stewart sail on a Titanic anniversary cruise?

This item was written by Fran Golden, a cruise expert and Trip Coach for Budget Travel magazine. Golden is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. Rod Stewart is apparently so much into Titanic history that the pop legend is considering booking a cabin on […]

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Forbes names five-star hotels, restaurants and spas for 2012

Forbes Travel Guide has crowned its new five-star winners in the hospitality industry, bringing the total to 57 hotels, 25 restaurants, and 30 spas. The newbies include five hotels, four restaurants and nine spas. Among the big winners: the Mandarin Oriental, with five additions to the five-star list, and the Four Seasons, with three. The […]

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Continental and United merger is ‘on track’

“We are not doing painting and spackling here,” he told a group of business executives in Chicago. Like a large construction project, the integration of United and Continental airlines is having its share of drama: meshing disparate cultures; the issue of new union representation contracts running behind schedule; some disgruntled pilots; customer confusion; and a […]

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Frugal Traveler Blog: My Trip to Madison: Bikes, Brews, Burgers and a B&B

What a great idea — if only I had thought of it: take a trip to Madison, Wis.; stay in a cozy bed- and-breakfast; get around by bike; test out burgers, brats, cheese curds and microbrews; and look for some booze to bring back home. Two weeks ago, I left my travel plans up to […]

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Ally Insurance Offers Travelers Important Tips When Driving In Mexico

MONTERREY, Nuevo Leon, Mexico , Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — November marks the beginning of the holiday travel planning season, and industry experts say travelers from the U.S. to Mexico who plan to drive across the border need to be aware of recent changes to the country’s temporary vehicle import permit. According to Mexico insurance […]

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