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Cruise lines resume January promotions

(Jan. 1, 2012) — Just how much could cruise fares decline in the wake of the Costa Concordia disaster? Cruise fans got a glimpse today as Princess Cruises announced a promotion for summer voyages in Europe and Alaska. Princess’ new “Sizzlin’ Summer Sale” is similar to a promotion the line was running before the Jan. […]

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Egypt’s new blow: U.S. tourists snatched

The abduction of two American women and their Egyptian guide at gunpoint along a major highway in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula Friday is the latest blow to the country’s crucial tourism industry, already in tatters as violence escalates a year after the revolution that ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak. The two tourists, who were released into army […]

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Journeys: 100 Miles From Los Angeles, True Solitude on Santa Rosa Island

We were all by ourselves, except for a few dozen elephant seals. A misstep might have gotten us mauled by these surprisingly speedy beasts (males can weigh up to 5,000 pounds). Especially frightening was a Jabba the Hut-size male, who twisted his monstrous frame with surprising agility, looked at us with bottomless black eyes and […]

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Animal Control officials travel to Austin to bring ideas back to Amarillo

AMARILLO, TEXAS — Amarillo Animal Control officials and the president of Texas Panhandle Pet Savers traveled to Austin last November to visit the new municipal shelter and get ideas on how to improve the lives of the animals in the Texas Panhandle. The municipal Austin Animal Center is a $12 million no-kill facility, a concept many people would like […]

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Carnival tightens cruise cancellation policy

Industry giant Carnival this week tightened its cruise cancellation policy for voyages of six nights or longer, excluding European sailings. As of Monday, customers who cancel such voyages with fewer than 56 days notice only will get back half of the fare they paid. Until this week, passengers only had to give 46 days notice […]

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Hotels enlist Cupid Concierge for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up and some hotels are dedicating staff to make sure guests have the most romantic stays possible. The Opus Hotel Vancouver in Canada last month brought on a “Cupid Concierge,” as first reported on ShermansTravel.com. If you’ve got an anniversary, plan to propose, or just want to have a romantic getaway […]

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Chicago’s Wit hotel throws Super Sunday bash

CHICAGO – Want the chance to hold a real Vince Lombardi trophy on Super Sunday? If you’re going to be in the Windy City, then you’re sort of in luck. TheWit, the edgy Doubletree by Hilton hotel here, is hosting ESPN’s Super Bowl party with a fun touch: a Lombardi trophy from the Chicago Bear’s […]

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Single in the Caribbean Sun

“Gimme, gimme your heart …” they sang to “Hands Up,” madly waving their arms. Then, suddenly, the purple sky opened and a hard rain sent them scurrying to a covered bar. Hours after checking into the Club Med in Turks and Caicos, I had yet to acclimate. As I would quickly learn, this particular Xanadu […]

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Royal Caribbean says new cruise bookings hurt by Concordia tragedy

By Clay Clifton and Arlene Satchell Sun-Sentinel Post a Comment E-mail Print Larger Type Small Type The capsizing of a mega cruise ship off the coast of Italy last month has slowed demand for new cruises at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., the world’s second-largest cruise operator. New reservations for cruises from North America were down […]

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With bookings down, will cruise fares drop?

Will the drop in cruise bookings since the Costa Concordia accident force cruise lines to lower fares? Maybe it will, and maybe it won’t. Even top cruise line executives are unsure. In a conference call with Wall Street analysts on Thursday to discuss quarterly earnings, executives at industry giant Royal Caribbean and sister line Celebrity […]

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