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Three Cunard ships to unite for celebration

The U.K.-based Cunard Line says all three of its ships will unite in the country in June in celebration of the U.K. monarch’s Diamond Jubilee. The company says the Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth will sail into and out of Southampton, England together in formation on June 5 in a rare “Royal […]

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Will independent hotels sell on RoomKey.com?

Will RoomKey.com – the new hotel giant-backed search engine designed to rival Expedia and other independent travel booking sites – offer more than hotels with names such as Hyatt, Hilton and Holiday Inn? We’ll see. Hotel industry tracker HotelNewsNow.com reports that the start-up is now trying to lure groups of independent hotels to expand offerings […]

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The East will get its first Biggest Loser Resort

Shuffle off to the Buffalo area and lose some weight. The Biggest Loser destination spas are expanding to the East Coast, it’s due to be announced today.The Beaver Hollow Conference Center near Buffalo and Niagara Falls will be transformed into the third spa in a growing chain affiliated with the hit NBC TV show. The […]

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Hidden Treasures in Penang, Malaysia

The view from atop 2,750-foot Penang Hill.

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Seniors: Don’t cruise through trip planning

You’re retired, so you can be a little more flexible about travel hiccups. Does that mean you can skip travel insurance? The January grounding of the Costa Concordia provides a wake-up call for one of its key demographic groups — seniors — to re-examine how much insurance to buy, the fine print of legal contracts […]

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20 Unique Drinks to Try Around the World

From pisco sours to painkillers, and from drinks named after animals to drinks with animals in them, these are 20 drinks to add to your travel must-do list ‘; } else { extracss = imageCaption; } document.getElementById(‘bigPic’).innerHTML = ”+extracss; } function hide_it(){ document.getElementById(‘bigPic’).innerHTML = ‘ ‘; } Feb 09, 2012 @ 1:36 PM Posted by BootsnAll, […]

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Carnival Cruise Lines expands in New York

Industry giant Carnival is expanding in New York, even as it cuts back on the West Coast. The line today announced it would reposition the 3,006-passenger Carnival Splendor to the Big Apple from the Los Angeles area in March 2013, boosting its capacity in the city significantly. The Splendor will sail year-round out of New […]

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Marriott lures edgy New Orleans hotel

Just in time for Mardi Gras, Marriott’s Autograph Collection of independent high-end hotels added its first hotel in Louisiana as of midnight last night – New Orleans’ newly-opened, eclectic Saint Hotel. I happened to be on the phone yesterday with assistant general manager Abraham Cox about the Saint’s rooftop bar set to open this spring, […]

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10 great places to get drenched in chocolate

Original Hawaiian Chocolate  Kailua, Hawaii  This family-run plantation in the Kona region of the Big Island offers a rare chance to see every step of chocolate-making from tree to treat. “You see these huge pods and you see the tiny, tiny bean that’s roasted and ground and made into chocolate,” Fernandez says. “The whole process […]

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Practical Traveler: Flying Tips for Older Passengers

“There’s no bill out there for seniors’ rights,” said Jill Rosenberg, the group travel manager for AAA New York, who has watched her mother-in-law and elderly clients struggle with check-in and security lines. Older passengers with serious health issues do have some protections. The Air Carrier Access Act provides rights to fliers with physical or […]

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