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5 ways to snag a deal on world’s largest ships

Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Allure of the Seas, has been a hot option for vacationers since it set sail on its maiden voyage one year ago this week. Ditto for the vessel’s nearly identical sister, Oasis of the Seas, which is turning two. As we reported earlier this week, the much-ballyhooed cruise ships — the […]

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Weekly Top 10: Breakfast buffet thieves at top

By far and away, the No. 1 most-popular piece on Hotel Check-In last week was the story about locals crashing hotel breakfast buffets for some free eggs, bacon, yogurt, cereal and juice. In tough times, the story notes, locals of all kinds – including corporate park workers – try to fit in undetected at buffets […]

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Security spending for London Olympics to double

The Associated Press reports that British Olympic officials have doubled security funding for the 2012 London games – at least in part to boost hotel security. The total cost of security for the July 27-to-Aug. 12 games will now top $1.6 billion, the story says. TWITTER:  Follow Hotel Check-In’s BarbDelollis Another $424 million has been […]

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Explorer: The Island From a Board

Sarah Swan, with an Arawak Expeditions group, demonstrates paddle boarding off  St. John in the United States Virgin Islands.

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ScotiaLife Financial Launches New Travel Insurance Product Suite

TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2011 /CNW/ – Scotiabank announced today the launch of its new comprehensive ScotiaLife Travel Insurance Program developed to better meet the travel needs of its customers. “Scotiabank has provided its customers with travel medical coverage for years. Through the new ScotiaLife program, we’ve expanded our product suite to provide customers broader coverage […]

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Gingrich: His Ideas on Work ‘distorted’

Citrus County has been working closely with the “Mission in Citrus” homeless shelter, along with other community partners, to achieve their goals of self-sufficiency.

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Cruise invasion lands Alaska town on EPA list

The explosive growth of Skagway, Alaska as a cruise destination over the past 25 years has been a boon for the local economy. Alas, it hasn’t been nearly such a positive for the community’s sewage system. As Alaska’s Juneau Empire reported on Thursday, the historic Gold Rush town’s wastewater treatment facilities have been strained by the […]

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San Francisco W hotel objects to museum wing

The hip, arts- and design-loving W hotel chain’s San Francisco location is trying to block the city’s beloved San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from building a new wing, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Adjacent to the Third Street museum, the W hotel claims that the museum “failed to properly explain how building its 230,000-square-foot […]

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Hotel lobbies become multi-use spaces

But since Courtyard by Marriott redesigned its lobbies with semi-private booths, better technology and a late-night food menu, he’s been holding court there, instead. “Meeting in rooms or a restaurant was awkward,” says the chief operating officer of a computer software training company, who lives in Lee’s Summit, Mo. “This concept makes it much more […]

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SURFACING: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Atlanta Neighborhood on the Upswing

DURING the height of the civil rights movement, the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood of Atlanta, where  the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  was born, lived and is buried , was a bustling hub of middle-class black life. But as Atlantans raced to the suburbs, this stretch of factories and shotgun houses east of downtown […]

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