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Exterior of The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana
The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana

Cuba is arguably the hottest destination for travelers right now, but there’s a catch: lodging. From shabby-yet-expensive government-owned hotels to unattractive hostels, the country’s accommodation situation hasn’t caught up to the demand for tourism. Perhaps it’s why airlines such as American and Jet Blue have scaled back service to... Read More

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When it comes to savings, we always have our eye on a bargain. Here are the most value-packed places to travel in 2017. Orlando It’s time to think beyond those expensive Orlando theme park tickets. While three-figure passes at Disney World and Universal Resort are the norm, much of what surrounds... Read More

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Fathom Adonia/Facebook

It took a half-century for a passenger ship to sail from Miami to Cuba, an event that took place last spring. But now growth may be coming fast and furious. In the past week, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean Cruise Ltd. both received permission from the Cuban government... Read More

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St. Pancras Clock Tower Guest Suite/Courtesy Airbnb

There’s something to be said about immersing oneself in a local culture, and while many hotels strive to integrate, few can match the authenticity of a home stay. With Airbnb, Homestay, VRBO, and a host of other sites making it easy for owners to rent their abodes to wanderers... Read More

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Cuba is lustful — especially for the solo traveler. From late-night dancing, to epic historic sites, to people-watching along Havana’s seawall, Cuba is the sort of place where you could easily find yourself in a transformative journey. But navigating Cuba can present unique challenges. There’s the confusing dual currency system... Read More

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Frank Del Rio, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, is expecting a call any day giving final approval from the Cuban government for several of the company’s ships to cruise to the island. The ships will come from the Oceania line, but ships from the flagship lines... Read More

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Vintage Cars in Havana, Cuba/iStock

If you are seeking a Caribbean vacation with a serious dose of culture, then Cuba makes for a great getaway. And it’s never been more accessible, thanks to regularly scheduled flights from the U.S., which are expected to begin in the fall. My trip was amazing. For now, it’s still... Read More

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Cuba/flickr/Nick Kenrick

Since the U.S. and Cuban governments began their rapprochement process in December 2014, a record number of American travelers have taken trips to Cuba. The number jumped 77 percent from 2014 to 2015, and so far, more than one million Americans have visited Cuba in 2016, according to a New... Read More

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Sirena/Oceania Cruises

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. The MV Adonia, operated by Carnival Corporation’s Fathom brand, sailed from Miami to Havana this week making history as the first ship to travel the route in decades. The 704 passengers... Read More

Your flight to Cuba is booked (finally)! Now the question is: Where should you stay? Travelers will find two main options: A traditional hotel or casas particulares, often described as Cuban B&Bs. Here, we break down where to find them, how to book, and more. ... Read More

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Cruise Tracker: Cuba Sailings in December & 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. Dreaming of Cuba like everyone else? This December through... Read More

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As avid travelers, planning future trips is a pastime. But, going beyond the usual dream destinations, there are a few less likely places that we want to visit… but just not quite yet. Here are five cities we are looking forward to visiting… a few years from now: ... Read More

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For a minute, let’s remove those Cuban stereotypes – you know, Castro, communism, and Teddy Roosevelt riding through Santiago, Cuba like the mustached maven portrayed in Night at the Museum. For decades, while America upheld its embargo on Cuba, millions of tourists from Canada and western Europe have flocked to... Read More

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The world’s top race car drivers, and the gamblers who love them, convene in Monaco this week for the annual Grand Prix. From May 23–26, the winding roads of Europe’s glamorous principality will be overtaken with automotive enthusiasts of every stripe. While the Grand Prix is arguably the world’s most famous Formula... Read More

Hosting the Olympic Games is a prestigious honor that cities around the world compete for with as much stamina and finesse as any world-class athlete. But just as with the sporting events they hope to celebrate, there can only be one winner, and when it comes to choosing a... Read More