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Carnival cruise ship, Nassau, Bahamas
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Cheap cruises aren’t hard to find; the real trick is finding one that’s worth the money. Trust us, you don’t want to snap up a $200 cruise only to find you’re on an old ship, bound for a not-so-exciting itinerary. We found five amazing cruises — all under $500... Read More

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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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Ever since former President Obama eased sanctions against Cuba last fall, Americans have flocked to the island. U.S. visitors, however, must still meet the conditions of one of these 12 permitted reasons for travel. For most people, educational or “people-to-people” programs, in which you agree to have a full... Read More

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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Isla Holbox/iStock

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
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
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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flickr/Lex Kravetski

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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 Havana/flickr/Miguel Discart
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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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

Vintage Cars in Havana, Cuba/iStock
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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 Harmony of the Seas/Christina Garofalo
Harmony of the Seas/Christina Garofalo

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. The world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean‘s 5,500-passenger Harmony of the Seas, debuted in Southampton, bringing the latest insane shipboard thrill attraction — the Ultimate Abyss. Those who like heart-stopping fun and/or... 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 / Courtesy of Oceania Cruises
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

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Dr. Birute Mary Galdikas & Orangutans/Orangutan Foundation International

Here’s a quick look at what’s new this week in cruising, and how it could impact your next trip. Silversea‘s passengers will no doubt go ape over renowned scientist and conservationist Biruté Mary Galdikas, who is lecturing on the 120-passenger Silver Discoverer in October. Galdikas is famous for her... Read More