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Grand Classica slated to sail from Port of Palm Beach April 13

Grand Classica, a 1,680-passenger ship, will join its sister ship Grand Celebration at the Port of Palm Beach as it begins sailing from the port to Freeport, Bahamas on April 13. Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, the only cruise line at the port in Riviera Beach, announced Tuesday that reservations for Grand Classica are open with a buy-one, get-one free booking offer. The two ships expect to carry approximately...
Two local resorts win top marks from Forbes Travel Guide

Two local resorts win top marks from Forbes Travel Guide

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Manalapan and the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach have been named Five-Star hotels by Forbes Travel Guide.  Both Palm Beach County resorts also won Five-Star designations for their spas. Forbes unveiled its annual list on Tuesday. The travel guide rates properties in 50 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle...
Disney announces when Toy Story Land will open

Disney announces when Toy Story Land will open

Fans of the “Toy Story” film franchise now know when they’ll be able to “shrink down” to the size of Andy’s toys and experience the immersive world Walt Disney Imagineers have been building. Guests to Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios will officially be able to visit’s Andy’s backyard playsets starting June 30.  >> Read more trending...
All aboard: Disney Cruise Line looks for workers to man its ship kid clubs

All aboard: Disney Cruise Line looks for workers to man its ship kid clubs

If you’ve dreamed of working on the high seas, then Disney is looking for you. The cruise line that Mickey built is hiring youth activities counselors to live and work on its fleet of cruise ships, Metro reported. >> Read more trending news  The hours are long, according to Metro, at 80 hours a week, but the job offers fun and amazing ports of call in Mexico, Barcelona and...
Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

Florida beach named nation's best in TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice awards

A Florida beach has been named the nation's best in TripAdvisor's annual Travelers' Choice awards. The travel website announced Tuesday that Clearwater Beach was the best in the U.S. in 2018, climbing from No. 4 in 2017. The beach also topped the national list in 2016.  >> Read more trending news  Meanwhile, Grace Bay in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, took the award for...
Switzerland-Italy train ride traverses different worlds

Switzerland-Italy train ride traverses different worlds

It takes 27 minutes to pass through the Gotthard Base Tunnel. It’s something of a dreamlike experience: you’re on the train hurtling through lush Swiss scenery — trackside haystacks and farmhouses, small villages with a single towering steeple, distant mist-crowned mountains, and dramatic landscape unfolding in more shades of green than you knew existed. Then all of a sudden, everything...

Denali National Park welcomes its first, and last, luxury hotel

One of the most luxurious lodges in Alaska, and one of the most remote anywhere, has just opened on a rocky glacier outcropping, or nunatak, smack in the middle of Denali National Park. From its wraparound windows, the resort's guests-a maximum of 10 at any given time-can watch the aurora borealis dance around the sky or survey an endless horizon of jagged peaks blanketed in untouched snow. The only...

Travel dilemmas: Vietnamese currency tips

Question: I will be traveling to Vietnam. Am I legally permitted to bring Vietnamese currency into Vietnam from the United States?  —Joe Joffino, Torrance, Calif.   Answer: You may take Vietnamese currency into Vietnam from the U.S. and vice versa.   Just for background: The dong is the national currency issued by the State Bank of Vietnam, the central bank. It is one...

In Chengdu, finding peace in parks and heat in cuisine

“Now, that bear is definitely not white,” said the Dutch tourist next to me. The giant panda turned in our direction at that moment and let out some kind of loud sneeze or snort as if to say, “Give me a break, pal.” It was raining and muddy, after all, and even slightly smudged, the panda bears at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding were still absurdly adorable...
Viking joins Miami’s fleet of ocean-going cruise ships

Viking joins Miami’s fleet of ocean-going cruise ships

Typically, it’s the biggest cruise ships that grab the headlines, the ones that could carry the entire population of a small city, have more restaurants than Ocean Drive, and claim the most thrilling recreational amenities at sea. But a smaller class of ships is becoming popular, vessels that have a more intimate feel, can get into smaller harbors than the big ships can and offer neither Broadway...

Talk Travel: What to pack on a cruise and other travel questions answered

The Washington Post's Travel section writers and editors recently discussed stories, questions, gripes and more. Here are edited excerpts:  Q: I (a mid-20s female) am going on a four-day Carnival cruise to the Bahamas in a couple of weeks with friends (all female, same age as me), with ports of call at Nassau and Princess Cays. As this is both my first time going on a cruise and to the Bahamas...

A New Orleans restaurant offers creativity between bread slices

Plenty of people regularly ate sandwiches as kids. But few, if any, have spun that experience into culinary gold like Mason Hereford, whose restaurant Turkey and the Wolf in New Orleans was lauded by Bon Appétit as the best new U.S. restaurant in 2017.  “I sure enough ate my share,” said Hereford, 31, who grew up in Charlottesville, Virginia, before moving to New Orleans in...
5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

5 wine tours a lot closer to home than Napa

You can take some of the most lavish, expensive wine tours in the world in the Napa Valley, where wines are all about heritage, taste and sophistication. These days, though, even the snootiest oenophile can find a worthy wine tasting in places far from California. And the same goes for the Napa-style custom of wine tours. Travelers in the South or Southeast have lots of pleasurable wine tours...

A pilot program allows Walt Disney World resort guests to check in with Fido

At sunset on a warm January evening, I walked my dog along the edge of a man-made lake at Walt Disney World's Art of Animation Resort. She sniffed the grass and marked her territory while I kept my eye out for alligators and staffers' ubiquitous golf carts hauling guests' luggage to and from their rooms.  Six months ago, this would have been impossible. Annie Oakley Tater Tot is not a service...

You're going where? Indianapolis

When I think of Indianapolis, I think about art. That may not be true for everyone who visits the "Crossroads of America," a place often associated with fast cars (the Indianapolis 500), sports fanaticism (the Pacers and Colts, for starters) and towering monuments. (The capital city of Indiana ranks just behind the District of Columbia in number of memorials and monuments.) But beneath the...

Google really wants to take you there

Flight delay predictions, mobile trip-planning, automatic itinerary management, language translation through Bluetooth earbuds, and a smartphone that enables users to learn about landmarks by tapping an icon and aiming the phone at them: These are among the travel innovations Google has been introducing in recent days and weeks. While a Google Pixel 2 smartphone costs upward of $650, the company&rsquo...

US passport ‘execution fees’ to increase in April

U.S. travelers who will need a new passport in 2018 can potentially save themselves a few dollars if they avoid waiting until the last minute to apply.  According to the U.S. Department of State, passport “execution fees” will increase from $25 to $35 starting April 2, 2018. The fee change will bump the total cost of a U.S. passport to $145 for adults and $115 for children 16 and...

Vatican to combat crowds with second entrance

A visit to Rome would hardly be complete without touring the Vatican.  But while a tour of the Vatican to see its stunning art collection, including Michelangelo’s famous masterpieces, may be forever memorable, so are the notoriously long lines to get into its galleries.   About 25,000 people visit the Vatican each day, according to Lonely Planet, and the wait in line can sometimes...

Small-sized is big on the current RV landscape

MINNEAPOLIS — It took a camper the size of a fish house to address Ron Salargo’s midlife crisis.  To celebrate his 50th birthday last year, the Hopkins resident quit his full-time job as an accounts payable manager to hit the open road in a medium-sized Ford SUV. To affordably and comfortably circumnavigate the country in 82 days, he towed a teardrop camper so light and compact that...

They’re Disneyland superfans. Why a lawsuit is alleging gangster-type tactics against one social club

ANAHEIM, Calif. — They stroll through Disneyland in packs of 20 or more, motley crews that resemble a cross between the Hells Angels motorcycle gang and a grown-up Mickey Mouse Club with their Disney-themed tattoos and their matching denim vests strewn with trading pins and logos.  Disneyland social clubs, by most accounts, are harmless alliances of friends and family who meet up at the...

Hoping for better customer service, travelers turn to Facebook's Messenger

When Karen Korr wanted to change part of her European itinerary, she didn't call Travelocity, her online travel agency. She didn't send an email or a text message, either.  Instead, Korr, who works for a nonprofit organization in San Diego, clicked on Travelocity's Facebook page and sent the company an instant message. She asked if she could make arrangements to stay in Lagos, Portugal, for a...

The acceleration of #vanlife

Years before #vanlife took on a life of its own across social media in the United States, Bill Staggs was onto something.  He had fond memories, dating to his late-1950s childhood, of family trips in a Volkswagen van. In the early 2000s, he started thinking that others might like to dip their toes into that nomadic lifestyle, chugging along behind the wheel of a rented classic vehicle with a...

A bridge now crossed less freely

We were both headed to the bridge, in her case so she could cross back to Mexico after a long day of work, and in mine so I could eat and drink at one of the places I used to go when people still did things like go across the international bridge to eat and drink.  She was an older woman, maybe in her mid-60s, and like so many others she lived in Matamoros and worked in Brownsville, Texas. My...

Climber's death on popular Oregon peak underscores dangers

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's tallest peak rises above the streets of downtown Portland, its gorgeous snow-capped slopes luring 10,000 climbers a year.  The picture postcard view of Mount Hood makes it one of the most visited snow-capped peaks in the U.S., a destination to check off during any respectable visit to the City of Roses.   "It just stands there and calls...

A new shuttle service, minus the 1980s frills

The announcement by American Airlines seemed to hark to another era: The airline would be adding shuttle service between New York and Chicago this spring — and serving free beer and wine, no less.  But the American shuttle is a “shuttle” in only the narrowest definition: It will adhere to a regular, frequent schedule.   In the glory days of air shuttles, a few decades...

This is the year of the Mountain Coaster in Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — By the tracks of North America’s longest alpine coaster, all faces are smiling. But above, skiers rise on Steamboat Resort’s Christie Peak Express lift, and some look down to shake their heads and frown.  Like it or not, 2018 is the year of the coaster in Colorado ski country. The trade association with that name represents four resorts that have either...

Ski resorts hope for a lift from going green

In the peaks near Lake Tahoe, the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts are hoping to draw skiers and snowboarders with some upgrades that have nothing to do with snow.  The two resorts, owned by the same Colorado parent company, plan to become the country’s first resorts to operate entirely on renewable energy by December. Squaw Valley also plans to build a mountain-side structure...
Jazzed about New Orleans

Jazzed about New Orleans

There are close to 100 stations on my Pandora playlist, ranging from classical and folk to rock and hip hop. Despite the selection of artists and songs at my fingertips, I always seem to find myself choosing jazz. It’s comfort music, soothing my soul at the end of a long day, beckoning a liberal pour of red with a side of couch collapse and longneck candles. My “go to’s” are...
Boutique inns giving second life to LA’s historic office buildings

Boutique inns giving second life to LA’s historic office buildings

LOS ANGELES—The Bank of Italy once owned one of the finest office buildings in downtown Los Angeles, a 12-story neoclassical monument built in 1923 with towering Doric columns, an ornate, gold-ceilinged lobby and marble floors. By the late 20th century, however, it had fallen into neglect and for several years it was a shuttered eyesore — before reopening in January as the ritzy NoMad...

Medieval meets modern in charming Kilkenny, Ireland

On a sunny Friday afternoon in April, the sleepy city of Kilkenny, Ireland, began to wake up. Chattering students filled the sidewalks, their book bags slung across school uniforms, many of the boys carrying the short, hockeylike sticks used in hurling. Locals hurried through Butter Slip, a narrow passage between two streets where butter vendors set up stalls in medieval times. And shoppers ducked...

Two cities, two countries, common ground

“Please don’t write another story about drugs,” Sigrid Maitrejean, a volunteer guide at the Pimeria Alta Museum inside the old city hall in Nogales, Arizona, beseeched me in a playful tone. It was not the only time during my three-day visit to the region that people would make a similar plea: enough of the endless media stories and political rhetoric about the supposedly dangerous...

A region on New Zealand's North Island is the Southern Hemisphere's take on Yellowstone

I'd been warned about the stink. It hit me the instant I stepped off the plane in Rotorua: a mix of bad egg and warm sewer gas that has earned this city on New Zealand's North Island the nickname "Sulphur City" - or, less kindly, "Rotten-Rua." I sucked in a deep breath and smiled. That subterranean scent meant I would soon be soaking in curative hot springs, smothering my body...
WATCH: United Airlines plane loses engine cover on way to Honolulu, makes emergency landing

WATCH: United Airlines plane loses engine cover on way to Honolulu, makes emergency landing

Passengers aboard what one woman called the "scariest flight of my life" are breathing sighs of relief after making a safe landing following a midair engine problem. According to CNN, United Flight 1175 from San Francisco lost an engine cover over the Pacific Ocean less than an hour before it was set to land in Honolulu. "There was a loud bang ... and then the plane really started shaking...
Fiji pride: Where paradise is more than sand and sea

Fiji pride: Where paradise is more than sand and sea

TAVENUI, Fiji — If Fiji was nothing more than sand and sea, palm fronds and flowers, it wouldn’t matter which South Pacific beach resort you visited. Every vacation would be just another ho-hum adventure. But after 15 years and as many visits to this 333-island nation, I’ve got a pretty good idea why each destination promises a unique experience. What’s the secret? It&rsquo...

Family travel: Historic national park gems

Plan ahead for your National Park family vacation. (The best lodging fills quickly.) Choose from these historic gems to add a layer of history to your outdoor adventure:  Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park   There are few places on the planet as stunning as Glacier National Park. And one could argue that the historic Many Glacier Hotel is the ideal venue from which to appreciate...

Wanted: A yurt with a view

Vacation lodging used to mean a room with four walls in a hotel or motel. Today, travelers are increasingly seeking — and easily finding — accommodations that allow them to be more in tune with their surroundings, be it a forest, a beach or a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.  Airbnb’s booking data for the beginning of this year suggests that more travelers are interested...
Hard driving and smooth sailing in Coastal Connecticut

Hard driving and smooth sailing in Coastal Connecticut

Because there are no city-sized theme parks in Southern Connecticut, you must find your thrills there in real life. I had just come from helping to herd a crew of second-graders through the Visitor Center at the PEZ factory in the town of Orange—a fragrant, colorful diversion for the nation’s devoted army of “Pez Heads” and for civilians like us, who just like popping dispenser...

In Philadelphia, a medical museum puts the human body on display

"Where are the shrunken heads?"  Any day you get to ask that question is a good day.   When the answer could easily be "Go right at the orangutan's brain, and they're just past the leper's leg," that's the best day, because that means you're at the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.   The Mütter (pronounced MOO-ter) is...

New York's best new hotels: The Whitby, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

New York's already stellar hotel scene has gotten some serious upgrades of late. Visiting finance types looking to base themselves in lower Manhattan may be tempted to book into the retro-inspired Beekman hotel or the minimalist Four Seasons Downtown, which looks straight onto Calatrava's stark-white Oculus-and both would be wise choices. But way-downtown can feel sleepy once the sun goes down, so...
DOT reveals which airlines ranked highest for complaints in 2017

DOT reveals which airlines ranked highest for complaints in 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation received 18,148 complaints about air travel in 2017. It was a year when airline incidents were in the headlines, including a United passenger dragged from a plane and a Delta passenger mauled by an emotional support dog. >> Read more trending news  The number of complaints about air travel to the federal government last year — which...

Three Washington, D.C.-area airports offer plenty of choices, plenty of potential for confusion

Amid the usual queries at the information counter at Reagan National Airport - Where's the bathroom? Where's the Cinnabon? Where's my gate? - Leanne Omland gets a version of this whopper about once a day: Where's my airport?  It often falls to Omland to break the bad news to someone who has stumbled into the dark side of having three major airports serving one city: 1. You are at the wrong one...
BREAKING: Man arrested at PBIA after loaded gun found in bag

BREAKING: Man arrested at PBIA after loaded gun found in bag

A man trying to get through security Monday at Palm Beach International Airport was arrested after a loaded handgun was found in his carry-on luggage, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.  Deputies arrested Christopher Himschoot, 55, of Lehigh Acres after a TSA agent operating an X-ray machine reported that there was a gun in Himschoot’s bag. Himshchoot faces...
Flying with germs: 3 things you never want to touch at airports, on planes

Flying with germs: 3 things you never want to touch at airports, on planes

We know that airplanes can be a breeding ground for germs and other nasty things that could get you sick, but did you ever think about what you’re exposing yourself to before you even get to the jetway? A study that was recently released found that the airport itself is a haven for germs and bacteria and it is enough to make those who aren’t germaphobic squirm and grab the hand sanitizer...

The most bacteria covered surfaces at the airport

Be careful what you touch the next time you’re at the airport.  According to recent tests conducted at a handful of the United States’ top airports, self-check-in screens are covered in germs.   The same goes for the armrests on the chairs near airline gates, and water fountain buttons throughout the airport.   Over the recent holiday travel season, insuranceQuotes...

Easy travel with medications

When Kim Everett’s family travels, their carry-on luggage is filled with all the necessities for a fun-filled vacation, as well as quite a few epinephrine auto-injectors.  These are life-saving medications in case an Everett family member has a deadly allergic reaction, otherwise known as an anaphylaxis. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, anaphylaxis occurs in approximately...

Travel Tips: Exercise your desire for fitness

Think you won’t have time to exercise on your next vacation? Not according to Annette Lang, a certified personal trainer based in New York. “You can actually maintain and even improve your fitness level when you’re on the road,” she said.  Here are some travel tips she offers her clients.   — Experience Your Environment Through Activity: Think about how...

The most useful item in a hotel room, plus other travel secrets

Those of us who love to travel always want to make sure we're doing it right. So we're talking to globe-trotters in all of our luxury fields - food, wine, fashion, cars, real estate - to learn about their high-end tips and off-the-wall experiences. These are the Distinguished Travel Hackers.  - - -   Samantha Brown was a breakout star on the Travel Channel in the early 2000s, when she...

Disneyland resort raises prices as much as 18 percent

The Disneyland resort raised prices over the weekend, several months before the park plans to unveil a remake of its boardwalk-themed area at the California Adventure Park.  The prices rose the highest for annual pass holders, up as much as 18 percent. Daily tickets rose nearly 9 percent. By comparison, the consumer price index rose 2.5 percent in the 12 months ending January 2017.  ...

Antarctica is such a trendy vacation spot that Chinese officials made a don't-touch-Penguins rule

Last summer's news that a behemoth iceberg detached from one of Antarctica's largest floating ice shelves has sparked a sense of urgency among tourists eager to check the continent off their travel bucket lists.  That's especially the case for Chinese tourists, so much so that the Chinese government on Thursday established a new list of rules for people visiting Antarctica: No hunting. No leaving...

Review: Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa, Bristol, England

Check In  Rates: Doubles from 165 pounds (about $233).   Basics: The 42-room, four-story Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa provides a dose of 21st-century chic to Bristol’s Old City and its stately Victorian and Georgian facades. The British-based Harbour Hotels has turned two ornate bank buildings, including one inspired by a 16th-century Venetian library, into stylish accommodations...
Disney raises ticket prices again in Florida, California

Disney raises ticket prices again in Florida, California

If you have plans to go to the Happiest Place on Earth, be prepared to pay more for the privilege.  Disney officials have announced that both American parks have increased ticket prices. The increase went into effect Sunday at the theme parks at both Disneyland in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, The Associated Press reported. >> Read more trending news  Take...
Solomon Islands: A deep dive

Solomon Islands: A deep dive

If a remote South Pacific destination with lots of World War II artifacts and world-class diving appeals to you, check out the Solomon Islands. This 992-island archipelago sits northeast of Australia, about 6,100 miles southeast of Los Angeles. Most of its 550,000 citizens are Melanesians and almost everyone speaks English. But among themselves they often speak Pidgin, a language devised in the 1800s...

A fare sale to Australia and a two-for-one price on Cuba cruise

This week's best travel bargains around the globe.  Land   - On The Go Tours has a two-for-one sale on two trips in Europe. The Barcelona to Madrid trip starts at $1,998 per person double (was $3,995) and includes seven nights' lodging in three- and four-star hotels, with breakfast; two dinners; guided sightseeing in Barcelona, Zaragoza, Pamplona, San Sebastian, Bilbao, Burgos, Salamanca...
Don’t hate Miami because it’s beautiful. The city has brains too

Don’t hate Miami because it’s beautiful. The city has brains too

MIAMI — I have often said that I think Miami is America’s sexiest city. The sun-kissed metropolis is the United States’ answer to jet-setting hot spots from Monte Carlo to Marrakesh. There’s South Beach and its continuous parade of socialites and stars, models and millionaires, who make Ocean Drive pulse with activity 24/7. There’s upscale Coconut Grove, hugging Biscayne...

Houston Livestock Show: A lively roundup for all

If you love horses, barbecue and live music, one of the world’s largest livestock shows and rodeos, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, is happening from Feb. 27 to March 18 at NRG Park.  The event, which began in 1932, welcomed more than 2.61 million visitors last year.   “Anyone from little kids to great-grandparents can have a good time because there is such a diverse...

Travel items that make great Valentine’s Day gifts

Looking for something special beyond hearts and flowers for Valentine’s Day? Think outside the (chocolate) box for some offbeat options that are still sweet surprises.  A toothbrush might not seem like an obvious choice for a Valentine’s Day gift, but the ergonomically designed ISSA Hybrid sonic toothbrush ($199.99) is not only pretty in pink — cobalt blue, mint and cool black...

A guide to eating your way through Latin America

My job is to cover the stock market. I do this with the mindset of a trader, something I honed while working at Bear Stearns and JPMorgan Chase & Co. As any sell sider knows, the physical act of trading is only half the job; the other half is taking care of clients and picking up the tab at dinner. Last summer, work took me to South America and Mexico, where I kept a running journal of all the hot...
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