All posts by Kayla Becker

After a year of traveling and teaching English in France, Kayla became ShermansCruise’s New York City-based editorial assistant. She has also written for Ladies’ Home Journal and This Old House.
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St. Maarten, Sonesta Resort, pool
Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa in St. Maarten

If you’re cruising to the Caribbean or DIY island-hopping on a budget, here’s a little secret from the travel pros: skip the pricey shore excursion and head to the resorts. One relatively inexpensive way to soak up sun is to purchase a day pass that will give you access to... Read More

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Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Sky, cruise ship exterior
Norwegian Sky – Norwegian Cruise Line

We searched high and low for the best cruise deals of the week and found seven with incredible value, starting as low as $199 (yep, you read that right). So, whether your sights are set on the palm-fringed islands of the Caribbean, the towering glaciers of Alaska, or any... Read More

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Acapulco, Mexico, beach
Acapulco/rafal_kubiak

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. Acapulco, Mexico will no longer be a stop on Holland America Line cruises through 2018 due to security concerns. Over the past few months, there have been several drug- and gang-related... Read More

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Cozumel, Mexico, beach
Ricraider

It’s easy to see why this island off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula is a frequent stop on Caribbean cruises. With white stretches of sand and turquoise water that’s optimal for snorkeling, it’s a delicious dive into the Caribbean. But beware — Cozumel has its share of tourist... Read More

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Celebrity Cruises, Celebrity Edge, Magic Carpet
Celebrity Edge’s Magic Carpet

Celebrity Cruises, known for having some of the most stylish cruise ships at sea, just announced design details for their newest class of ships in almost a decade, and we knew it would push the boundaries. Celebrity is among our favorite cruise lines for lots of reasons, especially because it... Read More

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Hotel San Cristóbal Punta Lobos, Todos Santos, Baja Mexico
Bunkhouse Hotel San Cristóbal Punta Lobos

The small Mexican beach town of Todos Santos on the Baja peninsula is considered a “Pueblo Magico” — an official designation for historic and particularly beautiful Mexican towns — for a reason. Framed by the Pacific and the Sierra de la Laguna mountains, it has great surf, hiking trails... Read More

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Royal Caribbean, Symphony of the Seas
Symphony of the Seas

When Royal Caribbean’s newest ship, Symphony of the Seas, launches in April of 2018, it will be the largest cruise ship in the world. Just how big is it? Definitely larger than some small cities, carrying a whopping 6,780 passengers in 2,775 staterooms — that’s 28 more rooms than the... Read More

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Adventures by Disney, AmaKristina, river cruise
Adventures by Disney

Calling all Disney fans: You can now take a “Beauty and the Beast”-themed river cruise along the Rhine. Adventures by Disney announced six sailings inspired by the Disney classic for 2018 (on ships from river cruise line AmaWaterways) that will take you through France, Switzerland, Germany, and the Netherlands, including... Read More

Cherry Blossoms, Washington D.C.
Flickr/Ron Cogswell

What’s better than seeing 3,000 cherry blossom trees blanket the capital in a sea of pink? Seeing them for less. Amtrak is offering 25 percent discount on trips to Washington D.C. during this year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival when you book 14 days in advance. The discount applies to the Northeast... Read More

Royal Caribbean, Labadee
Royal Caribbean zip lining in Labadee

If you’re thinking about booking a cruise, now is a seriously good time to do it. The months of January, February, and March (known as Wave Season) always come with great discounts and offers from cruise lines — and this year that includes a sweet deal from Royal Caribbean. The family-friendly... Read More

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Oasis of the Seas
Oasis of the Seas/ Royal Caribbean

Pools can get hectic on a cruise ship. Think about it: up to 6,000 passengers, free flowing alcohol, and no formal supervision. But this past weekend, one cruise line took steps to quell the chaos — and hopefully the risk of injury. Oasis of the Seas became the first Royal... Read More

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iStock

Finding a good travel app can change the way you see the world — and even better, it doesn’t take up room in your suitcase. We searched the app store for the very best, from those that make booking hotels easier, to an app that helps you to get... Read More

Norwegian Escape
Norwegian Escape

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. There seems to be no slowing down when it comes to Cuba cruises. Carnival Cruise Line is the latest mainstream line to be approved to sail to this hot new destination... Read More

RL Hotel Brooklyn
RL Hotel Brooklyn

Staying in New York City isn’t cheap. But if you’re willing to expand your hotel search to the outer boroughs, you could find more affordable prices — and cooler vibes. Case in point: Hotel RL, a new hotel by Red Lion, is opening in the heart of the Bed-Stuy neighborhood... Read More

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    Holland America Westerdam/Holland America Line
    Holland America Westerdam/Holland America Line

    Oprah Winfrey has never been to Alaska, but she plans to change that this year — on a cruise with Holland America Line. As part of a new partnership between Holland America and O, The Oprah Magazine, Winfrey is bringing her commitment to personal growth and connection through travel to... Read More