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8 New Ocean Cruise Ships to Add to Your 2020 Travel Bucket List

updated at 02/18/2020 in Anywhere
Have you booked a cruise in 2020? Cruise travel continues its meteoric rise as one of the fastest-growing and most popular ways to travel. No matter your travel style – from luxury, to adventure, to remote exploration or polar escape, to romantic retreat, to tropical or cool climate family vacation – there’s a perfect cruise match out there for you. New,...

Top 7 Things to Do in Pasadena When You're Not Watching the Rose Parade or the Game

updated at 02/18/2020 in Pasadena
All eyes are on this SoCal city every New Year’s Day for two of America’s most iconic annual events. Pasadena, California plays host to the back-to-back morning Rose Parade and afternoon Rose Bowl Game. The game is one of the major bowl games in college football, but the Rose Parade that precedes it is truly one-of-a-kind. The Rose Parade dates back to 1890. Pasadena...

4 Tips for Pre- and Post-Cruise Extensions

updated at 02/18/2020 in Anywhere
Your next cruise vacation shouldn’t just start and stop at the ship’s gangway. Make the most of your holiday by extending your cruise before you board and even after you disembark.Here are some pre- and post-cruise extension moves for every smart cruise traveler.  1. Arrive at least one day earlyThat doesn’t even qualify as a pre-cruise extension. It’s just common sense.We recommend you...

What is 'Wave' and How You Can Save Booking Your Next Cruise Now

updated at 02/18/2020 in Anywhere
It couldn’t come at a better time. The thrills of the holidays have passed, and the bills of the gift-giving season are due.The cold weather, cabin fever, and the doldrums of winter are descending. They’ve even named the 3rd Monday in January ‘Blue Monday’ after studies showed it’s the most depressing day of the year. Everyone needs something to look forward...

10 Amazing Facts about the Tasmanian Devil

updated at 02/18/2020 in Tasmania
Move over, cuddly koalas and cute kangaroos. Meet the Tasmanian Devil. No, not the Looney Tunes cartoon character that travels like a spinning top, drooling, snarling and terrorizing Bugs Bunny's friends. The real animal, found in the wild only in one state Down Under.In Australia's collection of one-of-a-kind creatures, the Tasmanian Devil is a stand out member. So between photo ops with koalas,...

8 Facts About the Panama Canal

updated at 02/18/2020 in Panama City
Panama is one of the fastest-growing destinations in Central America, and the Panama Canal is the country's star attraction. Although it's on everyone's list of things to experience, the canal is more important as a global shipping transit than tourist experience. Whether you sail the canal on your next cruise or watch in action from land, here are 8 things you...

New Cruise Ships in 2017

updated at 02/18/2020 in Anywhere
It will be a full year of breaking champagne bottles against sparkling new ship hulls. Every new cruise ship gives cruise lines the chance to spread their wings and launch design, culinary and entertainment innovations. This year, there are even new-in-class ships never seen before. Here's what's new at sea in 2017. Seabourn Encore:   First out of the gate,...

The Great Blue Hole of Belize

updated at 02/18/2020 in Belize
There's a lot that makes Belize an out-of-the-ordinary travel destination.  It is the only country in Central America with English as the official language (it's a member of the British Commonwealth).  Nearly half - half! - of the land in Belize is either a national park or a nature preserve, making it one of the most eco-responsible countries in the...

Tips for Biking Bermuda's Railway Trail National Park

updated at 02/18/2020 in Bermuda
t may be one of the best ways to see the beauty of Bermuda. The train system in Bermuda was short-lived, but its legacy is a National Park trail that is a gift to islanders – and visitors to the island – for generations. In the '30's and '40's, the train, fondly known as 'Old Rattle and Shake', spanned the...

High-Flying Winter Luxury at Whistler Blackcomb

updated at 02/18/2020 in Whistler
Canada's Whistler Blackcomb ski resort in British Columbia has been rated top in North America for the third year in a row.  The mountain and lifestyle are already legendary for skiers and riders, but Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler is upping the ante this winter with high-flying luxury helicopter mountain adventures that will give you epic memories and stories...