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 The Viking Sea christening on the Thames/Courtesy Viking Cruises
The Viking Sea christening on the Thames/Viking Cruises

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip… In London, Gammel Opland aquavit and a Viking battle-axe were used to christen the second ship in the Viking Ocean Cruises fleet, the Viking Sea. The 930-passenger ship became the largest ever... Read More

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A road trip is the ideal all-American vacation, and summer’s the time to get behind the wheel. Bonus: Gas prices are still exceptionally low, so fuel up the tank and hit the road. Here are five trips to add to your itinerary. 1. Pacific Coast Highway State Route 1, known for its... Read More

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Tony Knowles Coastal Trail/Nilina Mason-Campbell

500 miles miles to the north of the contiguous 48 states, Alaska’s remoteness can add a pretty penny to your vacation’s price tag. But that doesn’t mean that an affordable trip isn’t possible. Our suggestion? Base yourself in Anchorage, the Last Frontier’s largest and most accessible city, which hugs... Read More

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Sunset in Thomas Bay, Alaska/Mark Byzewski via Flickr

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising and how it could impact your next trip. Seabourn heads back to Alaska: Luxury cruise line Seabourn is returning to Alaska in 2017 for the first time in 15 years, because big-spending travelers are expressing a new interest in seeing glaciers... Read More

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Ketchikan, Alaska/iStock

Everyone really does need to visit Alaska at least once in a lifetime. And unless you’re made of very strong stuff, like “Running Wild” star Bear Grylls or “Expedition Wild” naturalist Casey Anderson, touring Alaska on a cruise ship is an easy way to go, at least for your first... Read More

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Summer — and the heat that comes with it — is just around the corner. Escape the ever-escalating temperatures with a vacation in one of these cool small towns. Durango, Colorado: Situated along the San Juan Mountains, this railroad town offers a pleasant escape from the Southwest’s blister summer temperatures.... Read More

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Deal Alert: 3 Perks Worth Up to $1,350 Value on Celebrity Cruises
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For savvy seafarers in search of savings, spring is shaping up to be an opportune time to book your next cruise. From now until March 31, Celebrity Cruises‘ Spring into Savings promotion lets travelers choose one of three perks, from beverages to onboard credit. ... Read More

Rendering of the Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas
Royal Caribbean Harmony of the Seas

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

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Margerie Glacier, Tarr Inlet, Alaska cruise
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An Alaska cruise is a bucket-list trip for travelers who love the great outdoors. Cruise ships typically sail weeklong northbound and southbound trips, often between Seattle or Vancouver and Anchorage. Expect to find unbelievable scenery along the way, at points such as Tracy Arm Fjord and Glacier Bay, not to... Read More

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

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

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What’s your preferred stress-buster: pampering at the spa, or hopping on a pair of skis or surfboard? With this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, we say you’ll afford to do both. We found deals for surfing in Southern California, skiing in Telluride, spa-ing in the Arizona desert... Read More

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The best things about birdwatching? You can do it at almost any time of the year, it can be a relaxing break from a packed travel itinerary, and it’s often a fairly low-cost activity. With migratory birds on the move or already at the their winter habitats, now is... Read More

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It’s fair time! As we mourn the end of summer, the nation’s great state fairs give us something to look forward to in the fall. And we suggest getting out your calendars, because some of the best fairs are either under way right now or coming up soon. Here... Read More

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The National Park Service, which turns 98 this August 25, will be celebrating by waiving admission to its parks across the country on its birthday. Tagged as “America’s Best Idea” in a PBS series for its part in preserving our natural landscape, the NPS now protects 84 million acres... Read More