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Royal Caribbean unveils dining deals

Royal Caribbean has unveiled new dinner packages that will trim the cost of eating out on four of its ships. Announced on Monday, the packages cost from $50 to $120 a person and include dining at three to five restaurants apiece, for savings of at least 25% over the normal cover charges at the eateries. […]

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ESPN’s Erin Andrews files $10 million suit

Remember the hotel nightmare of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, who three years ago was spied upon and secretly filmed nude by a since-convicted man from outside her guest rooms? Well, Reuters this evening is reporting that Andrews has filed a new lawsuit seeking payback – $10 million, to be exact – citing invasion of privacy. […]

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Harry Potter’s world is expanding

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which has attracted record numbers to Universal Orlando Resort, is coming to Universal Studios Hollywood. And fans can expect the Boy Wizard’s realm in Orlando to expand. The announcement was made official on Tuesday by Warner Bros. Entertainment and Universal Parks and Resorts, though it was thin on details. […]

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In Transit Blog: In London, a Festival for Chocolate Lovers

Yael RoseVarious types of cocoa beans, celebrated at the Chocolate Festival in London. London A lifelong lover of chocolate, Yael Rose is as happy sipping a cup of hot chocolate as she is nibbling sea-salted caramel or cocoa nibs. “To be honest, I think it’s an addiction,” she said. “There’s something about the smell and […]

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Dear Tricia helps with life insurance, pensions and travel insurance

Q When my husband recently passed away, I found he had a number of life insurance policies.  When these pay out, will there be any tax to pay? A Sorry to hear of your loss. Life assurance policies are an excellent means of protecting against financial problems that can arise through death. The proceeds are […]

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Tuesday Travel Ticker: Cycle through Temecula’s grapevines

Mt. Gamalama erupts, thousands flee Smoke rises from Indonesia’s Mount Gamalama, which erupted on Monday. It spewed … Smoke rises from Indonesia’s Mount Gamalama, which erupted on Monday. It spewed lava and ash across Ternate island. Residents watch with worry as cold lava flows towards their homes. Thousands evacuated but many returned only to see […]

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NCL to send four ships to Europe in 2013

Norwegian Cruise Line will send four ships to Europe in 2013 — the same number as in 2012. The line today announced the Norwegian Epic, Norwegian Jade and Norwegian Spirit, all scheduled to sail in the Mediterranean in 2012, will be back in the region for the summer of 2013. The line says the Norwegian […]

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NYC hotel restaurant bets against $100 steaks

NEW YORK – Is it a sign of the times? When Hilton’s luxury Conrad New York hotel opens early next year at Goldman Sachs’ headquarters, the highest-end restaurant there won’t have $100 Kobe beef on the menu. Highly paid investment bankers will still be able to get a good steak dinner at the North End […]

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FAA chief resigns after drunken driving arrest

By David Goldman, AP FAA administrator Randy Babbitt resigned Dec. 6.

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Frugal Traveler Blog: Travel Lessons From the World of Academia

Academic research supports going to Oyster.com’s “Photo Fakeout” series before reserving a hotel room. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it thousands of times: “Substantial Amounts of Domain Importance Heterogeneity exist in the contribution of vacations to people’s Quality of Life.” All right, I’ve never actually said that. It’s a quote from Sara Dolnicar, […]

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