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Kate Gosselin cruise

This item was written by Larry Bleiberg, former travel editor of The Dallas Morning News and Coastal Living magazine. Bleiberg is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. There’ll be room for Kate plus thousands more this August on a special theme sailing on the […]

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Hotel industry’s elite gets ready to meet in L.A.

In about two weeks, the hotel industry’s biggest players will gather in downtown Los Angeles for the 11th annual Americas Lodging Investment Conference (ALIS). And in a sign of optimism that the industry’s continuing to recover, ALIS organizers say this year’s attendance is on track to attract the second-biggest crowd since 2007 – the year […]

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The push for a big casino resort in Queens

Vegas gaming kingpins are looking into getting in on the action to build a big casino resort at Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, N.Y., The Wall Street Journal reports. The newspaper says Las Vegas Sands Corp. (The Venetian and Palazzo) and MGM Resorts International (most of the big-name Strip resorts in Vegas including Bellagio, MGM Grand […]

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36 hours: 36 Hours: Vienna

Friday 4 p.m.1. EXPLORING THE QUARTIER Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the MuseumsQuartier, the former Hapsburg stables turned culture plaza. Mumok (Museumsplatz 1; 43-1-52500-0; mumok.at), the museum of contemporary art housed in a basalt lava cube on the plaza, has a new director, Karola Kraus, who has already made her mark with a […]

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The Perils Of Traveling While Sick

Slideshow: Airline Fees Slideshow: Survive A Plane Crash Survey: Have Checked Bag Fees Limit? Survey: Pay Extra For Comfy Seats? If You’re Sick, Considering Staying Home Or Carrying Wipes (CNN) — Pat Conroy is a road warrior, rarely getting sick as he travels three to five days per week for his job as head of […]

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photo of the day: Play peek-a-boo with a panda

Michael Taylor / UGC Panda at the San Diego Zoo, Calif. Michael Taylor brings us this adorable photo of a panda at the San Diego Zoo in California. Taylor, who lives in San Jacinto, Calif., took this shot in 2006. “There was a lot of people there and it was difficult to get in a […]

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Alaska Dream Cruises adds little-known ports

This item was written by Larry Bleiberg, former travel editor of The Dallas Morning News and Coastal Living magazine. Bleiberg is serving as Guest Editor of The Cruise Log while USA TODAY Cruise Editor Gene Sloan is away. For most Alaska cruises, the Last Frontier is often limited to the same few ports of call. […]

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Four Seasons’ new website bets on social media

The Four Seasons luxury chain today unveiled its overhauled its website, giving it a new look, new functions and more current content. With the new site, Four Seasons also takes on the ambitious goal of trying to please today’s tech savvy, social-media-using luxury customer. ALSO ONLINE:  Marriott’s Autograph Collection launches new websiteALSO ONLINE:  Can a […]

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High winds force some flights from Europe to stop for fuel

The stronger-than-normal winds led to the diversion of 43 of 1,100 flights headed to Newark and Washington’s Dulles Airport, United-Continental spokeswoman Megan McCarthy says. That’s more than three times the 12 fuel stops the airline was forced to make in December 2010. Similar weather has led to 14 diverted flights this month. The detours most […]

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In Transit Blog: Palazzo Farnese Now Offers English Tours

Zeno ColantoniThe ceiling of the gallery in Palazzo Farnese, with frescoes by Annibale Carracci.  Rome For years, the only way to get inside the Renaissance-era Palazzo Farnese and see its finest gem — ceiling frescoes rivaled in Rome only by the Sistine Chapel — was to attend a prebooked tour, in French or Italian. That […]

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