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Christine Dayao

There’s much to admire on Viking Cruises’ first ocean-going ship, the Viking Star: beautiful decor, all-veranda staterooms, complimentary WiFi, impeccable service, the cuisine, and a friendly staff. But since we returned from our Lisbon-to-London media preview voyage in May, we often find ourselves daydreaming about the beautifully designed sitting areas throughout the ship.

Featuring custom furniture, the seating areas are well-appointed for cozying up with a good book or just watching life pass by — and there’s plenty of seating for the ship’s 930 passengers so it never feels crowded. The furniture is simplistically stunning: Scandinavian-style, characterized by clean lines and soft color palettes — you certainly won’t find any garish neon accents on this ship. Here, a photo tour of our favorite places to lounge on the Viking Star.

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Mi Amor Hotel

Mi Amor Boutique Hotel, situated on a secluded white sand beach in Tulum, Mexico, opened its doors this past winter. To celebrate, the property is offering a new opening discount of 25 percent off the regular room rate when booking between now and October 30.

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Planning a trip to Southern California and can’t decide between Disneyland and LEGOLAND? We break down the differences, and here’s what you need to know. Read more

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Many think that small-ship cruising is the equivalent to private yachting: exclusive, pampering, and out-of-reach. After the recent launch of two of Windstar’s power yachts, the 212-passenger Star Breeze and Star Legend, setting sail in Europe and the Caribbean, we can testify that only two-thirds of these assumptions hold true. A posh experience, yes – Star Breeze and Star Legend’s passenger count indeed makes you feel like a privileged few, and the upgrades lend the ships a refined polish. But — perhaps surprisingly — you won’t be turning out empty pockets after paying for it. Here’s what to expect on two of Windstar’s newest ships.  Read more

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Crowds at New York’s JFK airport. (Photo: AP)

By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel

Until now, travelers had to rely on hearsay to know how good or horrible an airport was. But thanks to TripAdvisor, airport ratings are now just a click away.

The site, which currently offers reviews for restaurants, hotels, and attractions, has announced that it is opening a platform for airport reviews. Now users will be able to rate their airport experiences and help others find the best restaurants, places to sleep, and stores closest to a gate.

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Silversea Cruises

Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? Travel journalist Donna Tunney — ShermansTravel’s cruise expert — has all the latest news. Check back every week for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.

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San Diego has several go-to neighborhoods for food, drink, and fun: Little Italy, Old Town, Del Mar, and La Jolla, to name a few. But, if you want to experience San Diego like a local, add these five neighborhoods to your itinerary. Read more

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Shelley Seale

Picture a vibrant town square lined with red brick buildings, a main historic market, hip boutiques, and art galleries galore — all beneath a backdrop of the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains. That’s Roanoke, a southern Virginia city known for its natural beauty, quality of life, and thriving central core. Here’s an art-filled itinerary for enjoying this charming town, all without breaking the bank.

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Robert’s Maine Grill

There’s some incredible food south of the Mason Dixon line, no doubt. But if you aren’t traveling to that stretch of land anytime soon, you can find some fine options all over the United States. From California to Maine, here are 14 of our favorites.   Read more

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Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

What’s one of the best ways to nab hotel savings in Florida? Go during the summer. If you can stand the heat and humidity of the Sunshine State during the next few months, you’ll be rewarded with ultra-cool savings. Try one of these six deals, from as low as $73 per night.

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Copamarina

Seeking paradise without a passport? Venture off from the overdeveloped city of San Juan on your next Puerto Rican vacation and explore the island’s best affordable resorts. Offering respite from the tourist market, these properties deliver a getaway filled with sandy beaches, copious palm trees, and a perfectly made margarita.  Read more

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Vacations are short, and weekends are even shorter. And when the beach beckons with its sun, sand, and relaxation, you don’t want to spend most of the time stuck on the road. Luckily, you can skip the traffic and get to these great, easy-to-access beaches much more easily by train. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

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Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa

Snug in Florida’s Palm Beach County, Jupiter Beach is a more relaxed alternative to Miami, even though it’s just 90 minutes away. Here, expect the same top-notch dining, water sports, and beach access. To entice you to visit, Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, a 168-room oceanfront property, is throwing in a third night for free when you book two nights through the end of the year.

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With practically the entire summer ahead of us, winter was far from our thoughts — until now. Norwegian Air Shuttle is launching flights from the East Coast to Guadeloupe and Martinique for $79 one-way and $99 for the return flight beginning December 3.

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Kristine Hansen

Last year’s psychological thriller “Gone Girl,” based on the 2012 book by Gillian Flynn, thrust the town of Cape Girardeau, Missouri into the spotlight. Dubbed “the Cape” by locals (and named North Carthage in Flynn’s book), the town of 77,000 lies along the banks of the Mississippi River. Here are the must-do experiences in this small town, including sites from the film.

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