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One of the great things about Walt Disney World is that it’s accessible to travelers with just about any vacation budget. However, we’ve recently noticed that the resort is pulling out all the stops with its newly launched, pricey add-ons that aim to enhance your visit. From additional-fee transportation... Read More

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With 2017 comes an onslaught of new cruise ships taking to the seas. In fact, 26 vessels — ranging from small ships to ones of the mega variety — will debut in the New Year, promising new features, luxuries, and at-sea experiences. Here’s what we’re looking forward to the... Read More

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Princess Cruises/Facebook

Shore excursions are a major source of profit for cruise companies, which is why first-time cruisers are sometimes skeptical about booking the tours. They aren’t sure they’re getting a good deal. Princess Cruises is seeking to put everyone’s mind at ease with a new shore excursion Best Price Guarantee. Sister... 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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 AC Hotel Barcelona Forum by Marriott/Facebook
AC Hotel Barcelona Forum by Marriott/Facebook

When was the last time you actually used the clock radio in your hotel room? Or needed help getting the bag you carried on to the plane into your room? That’s what we thought. Which is exactly why you wont find a clock radio or a bell desk in... Read More

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Perfect Storm, Harmony of the Seas/Royal Caribbean

The next couple of weeks are big in the U.S. cruise world: Three major new ships will make their way across the pond for the first time. Together they will bring next-level amenities, including wild waterslides, swanky seafood restaurants, and the first floating brewery in North America. Plus, one happens to be... Read More

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Illuminations Planetarium/Queen Mary 2

I just received the info packet for Star Trek: The Cruise, departing in January from Miami. The first official cruise themed after the science-fiction franchise will be hosted by William Shatner and will include a Starfleet’s Intergalactic Gala (What to wear?!). I am hardly the only geek hitting the high seas, though. The... Read More

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Holland America Line/Facebook

This week, Holland America Line said it would implement a new smoking policy, which should have non-smoking cruisers breathing a (clean) sigh of relief. The cruise line was one of the last to still allow passengers to smoke on cabin balconies. For non-smokers, here’s the issue: You pay extra for a stateroom with a... Read More

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Carnival Cruise Line/Facebook

Carnival Cruise Line just signed a deal to build its two largest ships ever — twin 180,000-ton behemoths that will carry more than 5,200 passengers. To put that in perspective, a dozen ships in the line’s 25-strong fleet are less than half that size (and they were considered big for... Read More

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 On select Disney Magic and Disney Wonder sailings, families enjoy “Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends,” a family-friendly interactive deck party featuring the famous royal sisters of Arendelle and their fun-loving Nordic companions. The celebration culminates with a “Let it Go” sing-along, complete with a touch of magic courtesy of everyone’s favorite ice queen, Elsa. (Kent Phillips, photographer)
“Freezing the Night Away with Anna, Elsa and Friends”/Disney Cruise Line/Kent Phillips

Name brands keep popping up on cruise ships and there’s a reason: Brands excite people, which means they may inspire more people to cruise. Royal Caribbean has Starbucks for grownups and Shrek (and other DreamWorks characters) for kids, while Holland America Line attracts music fans with its floating B.B. King Blues... Read More

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Havana/flickr/Miguel Discart

It’s news enough that commercial flights will soon be departing from U.S. soil and landing in Cuba, but JetBlue isn’t satisfied. Instead, the airline is offering spectacularly low fares on its initial flights, no doubt to draw interest and intrigue from folks who have casually considered visiting the island... Read More

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With the Summer Olympics kicking off in Rio de Janeiro, many travelers are questioning if it’s safe to head to Brazil and other countries affected by the Zika virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t recommend that most people cancel their travel plans. Still, there’s concern... Read More

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Beijing/flickr/MacPepper

China, a bucket-list destination for many, is super cheap to reach right now. While last week’s shocking $348 roundtrip San Francisco-Hong Kong airfare (spurred by a United-Delta price war) is gone, terrific deals to other Chinese cities on United Airlines — with flights as low as $492 — remain through early fall. United offers... Read More

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Havana/flickr/Marika Bortolami

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

Universal Orlando Resort entrance in Florida
Universal Orlando Resort entrance/Christine Dayao

Across the country, theme parks are rolling out new additions for summer — and the Universal Orlando Resort is certainly no exception. From the opening of its fifth hotel to its fresh take on King Kong, here’s what you can expect there this season. 1. Redesigned rooms at Loews Royal Pacific... Read More