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In just a few days, the New Year will dawn – and we all know what that means: Many a resolution will be made. I am writing this now in hopes of urging all couples to make their number-one resolution for 2011 to get the most from their romantic... Read More

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Pool Deck At Sunrise

Two cruise ships couldn’t possibly be more different than Seabourn Sojourn (; shown at left; courtesy of the Yachts of Seabourn) and Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas ( I was recently onboard preview sailings of both as they arrived in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and I can tell you... Read More

Venice Gondolas

I happen to believe that every couple should experience the unique wonder of Venice, Italy at least once – and, ideally, at least once every few years. This amazingly ancient city never gets old for me, perhaps because I always avoid visiting during summer tourist season, when both the... Read More

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Aquapura Douro Valley Ll Resize

SHERMAN’S EXCLUSIVE The Luxury Built into a hillside overlooking the Douro River in one of Europe’s most scenic wine regions, Aquapura Douro Valley clinched a Smart Luxury Award from the magazine in 2008. It has an outstanding 23,600-square-foot holistic spa, but the revamped 18th-century mansion’s strongest asset may be Almapura... Read More

Silver Spirit Resize

There was a time in the not so distant past when the food served onboard most cruise ships – carbohydrate-laden buffets, rubbery pizzas, and greasy burgers and fries – added greatly to the passengers’ gross tonnage by cruise’s end. My boyfriend and I just spent the past week aboard... Read More


Stroll down the cobblestone streets and sunset-glazed alleys of two blockbuster Mediterranean cities. Central Holidays’ Super Bargain packages start from just $721 with a six-night stay in arty Madrid or spell-binding Barcelona (a savings of up to $700 or more), including round-trip airfare from New York City, a four-night... Read More


I am possibly the only woman in America who has not read Eat Pray Love, which hits theaters this Friday, August 13th, as a movie starring Julia Roberts, but I have traveled to all the inspiring places author Elizabeth Gilbert wrote about in her memoir: Italy, my absolute favorite... Read More

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Sailing the storied waters of the Mediterranean offers a sense of romance and adventure on the high seas that is virtually unsurpassed, with its shimmering, cerulean sea providing access to a staggering array of diversified ports, ranging from sleepy old-world fishing villages nestled by coastal cliffs to bustling and... Read More


In a Disney fairytale come to life, the 2,400-passenger Disney Magic picked up some unexpected guests at sea on August 6, while completing a Mediterranean sailing from Gibraltar to Barcelona. The crewmembers received news over the radio system of a vessel that had lost power almost five days prior... Read More


It can’t be easy to create a hotspot destination from scratch. But that’s what Costa Navarino, a new resort community in southwest Greece on the Mediterranean Sea, aims to do. The first hotel to open (in May this year) was The Romanos, the latest addition to Starwood’s Luxury Collection (which... Read More

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The Kimpton hotel group – with 50 outposts in cities across the country from the new Eventi and Ink48 hotels in New York City to trendy Hotel Monaco in Seattle and Hotel Palomar in Dallas – is offering an array of awesome free perks in honor of summer... Read More

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In an era when megaships draw crowds with amusement park entertainment, I ? like so many others ? became intrigued with the idea of returning to an old-fashioned style of cruising which the recently launched cruise line, Voyages to Antiquity, promised to deliver. The concept is simple, yet fresh:... Read More

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Given the staggering array of cruise options today – 200-plus ships operated by 25 North American lines accommodating from 100 to 5,400 passengers – couples shopping for a romantic journey at sea can’t be blamed for feeling confused. And while big ships have their advantages, namely attractive prices and... Read More

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Summer is prime sailing season for Mediterranean cruises, meaning there are plenty of unique itineraries to choose from, but all at higher costs. Average rates on cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, MSC, and Norwegian hover around $800-$1,400 for a seven-night cruise – and the ship will... Read More