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Is world’s largest cruise ship a winner?

It’s been exactly a year since Allure of the Seas, the second of Royal Caribbean’s two giant Oasis class ships, set sail on its maiden voyage, enough time for many of our regular readers to have given it a try. Is the vessel a winner? Cruise Loggers, on this anniversary day, we want to hear […]

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Lawsuit: In-flight meal led to AA flier’s death

The family of a deceased American Airlines passenger is suing the airline, claiming that the man died from food poisoning he got from his in-flight meal. CNN is among several outlets to pick up the story. It reports: The wife and daughter of the late Othon Cortes of Miami are suing the airline and Sky […]

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Heads Up: Art Meets Leisure in Bentonville, Arkansas

Bentonville may seem an unlikely spot for one of the largest museums of American art in the world, but thanks to the Wal-Mart connection, that is exactly what it has become. The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (600 Museum Way; 479-418-5700; crystalbridges.org), which opened to the public on Nov. 11, is the ambitious pet […]

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Buying travel insurance didn’t offer peace of mind

IN MAY, I bought travel insurance from Chartis for my trip to the Maldives. The coverage indicated ‘Asia’ as the area. Subsequently, I received a call from a Chartis staff member asking me to pay more for the premium as the insurer had made a mistake in indicating the area of coverage, which should have […]

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Mixing job travel and family can work

Part of my working life involves travel. My children used to call my business trips “adventures,” even when I only was going to Pennsylvania. As I write this column, I am in a car in China on the way to Nanjing. Today it really feels like I am on an adventure. I’m in a place […]

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Cruise line touts ‘all-you-can-drink’ deal

Yet another cruise line is rolling out “all-you-can-drink” alcohol packages. Oceania Cruises says two different options will be available on its ships by the end of January: a package that includes unlimited beer and house wine with lunch and dinner that costs $29.95 per person, per day; and a package offering unlimited beer, premium wine […]

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Federal budget cuts hit Washington-area hotels

SILVER SPRING, MD. — What does the failure of the bipartisan, congressional “supercommittee” to reduce federal spending have to do with Washington, D.C., hotels? Plenty, says Jim Dinegar, CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade and two local hoteliers. The so-called supercommittee’s failure is part of a one-two punch that already has government agencies […]

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Photo tour: The revamped Braemar

Built in 1993, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Braemar underwent a massive overhaul in 2008 that included the addition of a an extra deck and a 102-foot-long prefabricated midsection. What’s the vessel like today? Click HERE to see our new comprehensive photo tour of the Braemar by veteran cruise writer and ship photographer Peter Knego. Designed […]

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Explorer: Stand-Up Paddle Boarding in the Virgin Islands

I am content here, drifting around Leinster Bay. The rain-clear water is 12 inches deep and the bottom is tufted with sea grass. There are puffy white sea urchins like little couch pillows and Hawksbill turtles that dart away. And the occasional smallish shark. Smaller than my board. Smaller than I am tall. Which is […]

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After American Airlines Bankruptcy, Your Frequent Flyer Miles May Be Worth Less

10 images Photos: The Biggest Airline Bankruptcies Boomer Travel Comes Of Age Deborah L. Jacobs Forbes Staff Is Travel Insurance Worth The Price? Deborah L. Jacobs Forbes Staff The American Airlines bankruptcy may create one more barrier to getting the tickets you want when you want them. When I heard that AMR Corporation, parent company […]

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