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Milan Duomo

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There are many reasons to go across the pond in fall, not least of which are the flight deals that pop up every summer. On our radar this week are two great fares to Europe: $499 roundtrip to Milan on Emirates and $599 roundtrip to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines. But, as common with these types of price slashes, you only have a few days to act.

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Is it possible to plan a budget-friendly European vacation — and one that doesn’t involve endless street food or scenes out of Hostel? Of course it is! We rounded up the cheapest spots across the pond for almost anything, from flights to five-star hotels to macchiatos.

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Star Legend

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 Star Breeze and Star Legend, setting sail in Europe and the Caribbean, we can testify that these assumptions aren’t all 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 Windstar’s newest ships.

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amawaterways river cruise vs ocean cruise


River cruising has been the fastest growing segment of travel for several years — but is it the perfect fit for you? Before you board a river cruise to sail through Europe, Asia, or other destinations with smaller ports that are well-suited for river cruising, consider these 10 differences between small ship and mega-ship sailing.

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Oceanographic Museum, Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monaco Press Centre Photos/Oceanographic Museum

The principality of Monaco gets quite a rep for flashy cars and luxe landmarks like the Casino de Monte-Carlo, the backdrop for many Bond films. But the three-mile-long country (which ranks second-smallest in the world after Vatican City) is more affordable than events like the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix make it out to be. In less than an hour, you can walk from one side to the next discovering some of the more tucked-away treasures the country has to offer — and spend no more than you would on a trip to the Caribbean. Here’s how to make your dollar go the extra mile in Monaco, with or without the American dollar’s current strength against the Euro.

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Viking Fontane longship Elbe River

Viking River 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 Tuesday for trends, new amenities, and money-saving ideas that help you plan a perfect vacation at sea.

When Viking River Cruises christened a dozen new river ships on Tuesday, it brought its river cruise fleet to a whopping 60 ships — maintaining the cruise line’s reign as the largest river cruise line in the world. The 12 new vessels will be sailing along the Rhine, Danube, and Elbe Rivers this year, including a 14-night Grand European Tour from Amsterdam to Budapest. Haven’t sailed with Viking yet? No fear. Six more ships are planned for next year, meaning no want of options for cruising.
July rates for the Grand European Tour start from $4,362 per person, based on double occupancy.

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Deal Alert: 3 Perks Worth Up to $1,350 Value on Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity Cruises

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 CruisesSpring into Savings promotion lets travelers choose one of three perks, from beverages to onboard credit.

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Deal Alert Save 20 on Train Travel between London and Paris or Brussels

Flickr/Joshua Veitch-Michaelis

Want to ditch the crowds of people at the airport this year? Just hop on a train, especially if you’re looking to travel throughout Europe.

Making that notion even more appealing is a deal from Rail Europe that discounts EuroStar standard premier (comfort class) tickets by 20 percent for travel between London and Paris or Brussels, with one-way rates starting at $121.

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Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa in Fiji

Koro Sun Resort & Rainforest Spa

We’re just days away from what some may call the most romantic day of the year, but if you’ve yet to solidify your Valentine’s Day plans, don’t fret. Here’s a look at some special promotions being offered by properties both home and abroad that you can still book.

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5 Best Wave Season Cruise Deals for 2015

Norwegian Cruise Line

For savings-savvy cruisers in search of great value, welcome to “wave season” 2015. Like clockwork, when the new year rolls around, the cruise industry’s incentive-packed annual sales blitz known as wave season kicks in, as cruise lines compete to curry customers’ favor and kickstart the year’s sales. Look for a bevy of great cruise deals running from January through March — offering reduced rates, onboard credits, free upgrades, and plenty of other perks. Here are our top five picks.

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You might have heard this recent story: Several airlines have repeatedly denied a woman’s request to bring her pet hedgehog inside the cabin. In fact, this has spurred a petition urging air carriers to change their stance on pets. According to, the passenger was told that Heloise the hedgehog could chew its way out of the container or cause other passengers to have an allergic reaction.

If you’re looking to bring your fur baby on a plane, the rules can be complicated. We took a look at carry-on policies by airline and collected them here, in one easy reference. Some rules, however, are universal: Passengers flying with pets must make reservations over the phone and check-in must be done at the airport counter. All pets (one per passenger) must be transported in a carrier that is leak-proof, escape-proof, provides ventilation on at least two sides, and fits under the seat in front of you – the carrier also counts as one of your carry-on items. Don’t forget to ask the airline the maximum size carrier it allows onboard when making flight arrangements.

Fido must stay in his carrier from gate-to-gate, and is required to be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down in a natural position inside it. Airlines are not responsible for the well-being of pets, and if there is an emergency in the cabin, oxygen won’t be administered to your pet. Also, your airline reserves the right to deny boarding to pets if they are ill or aggressive towards your fellow passengers. As a precaution, make sure you have vaccination certificates and identification tags when appropriate.

Here’s a quick look at the individual carry-on pet policies of 11 airlines…

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Remember when it seemed like you could reach up and touch the Milky Way, the ribbon of stars that make up our galaxy? Thanks to light pollution, it’s becoming harder and harder to see — unless you get yourself out to dark and remote locales. Here are seven stargazing sites, all recognized by the International Dark Sky Association for their inky-black nights, that offer stellar views of the heavens above.

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yoga - royal caribbean

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, and the Earl of Grantham are, read on. Crystal Cruises has taken the wraps off a two-night, post-cruise trip to the land of Downton, themed after the popular series about early 20th century English aristocrats. It’s an extension of the luxury line’s 17-night cruise departing July 8, 2015 from Reykjavik to London. Cruisers, who will pay $4,600 per person for the land tour (we never said it was cheap), will live like royalty while visiting Highclere Castle, the fictional home of the Grantham clan. They’ll arrive in vintage 1920s cars (chauffeured, of course) and be guests of honor at a private champagne reception and tour, among other Downton-related activities. Cruise fares on this itinerary — which crosses the Arctic Circle on its way to London — start at $1,730 per person if booked by January 2.

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We all love a good art heist, don’t we? They’ve been romanticized in films like Monuments Men, The Thomas Crown Affair, and, of course, the unforgettable, but not-so-great 2004 flick Art Theft. People have been stealing art for centuries. Some pieces have been recovered, others damaged, and many are still are hiding in an attic. Because art theft seems to always be in the news — see: Picasso thieves finally on trial; art recently stolen from Cairo Museum of Islamic Art; and a stolen painting of Elton John from an English pub — here’s where you can see world-famous art that’s been stolen (and recovered) over time.

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In the latest installment of fabulous Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals coming up in the next week, we take a look at under-$100 Caribbean getaways, a 75 percent discount in Panama City, and even a stellar sale for flights to Fiji. Get those credit cards ready…

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