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Movin’ on Up: Princess Rolls Out Upgrade Bid Program

What’s a cruise line to do when it has a few empty suites lying around? Like many others, Princess is trying out a new program that offers them to the highest bidder. Launching first on September 6 on five ships in North America, the new Princess Upgrade program allows guests to bid on a higher-end stateroom…

Tanzania – The Camp Elephant

My son and I arrived at the Tarangire Treetops Safari Camp in the late afternoon. A day of safari through the Tarangire National Park had put us face to face with lions, elephants, baboons and a number of gazellelike creatures of varying types. It had been a terrific first day of exploring Tanzania’s Northern Circuit,…

10 Quirky European Festivals

Who doesn’t love a good party? In Western Europe, however, centuries of culture adds a certain charm to revelry and we have picked ten festivals at random to help demonstrate some the of unusual goings-on that might just tempt you to travel this year or next to participate in the festivities. Read on, and if…

Great Fall Getaways

I like traveling in the Fall! The temperatures have cooled, the air is fresh and fall colors paint the trees. Best of all, prices are often below their peak season heights. So here are some suggestions for some fall trips you may want to consider as you think through your season’s travels. If you see…

10 Great Family Beaches in the United States

Life’s a beach, and it’s hard to find anyone, anywhere who doesn’t love a day at the beach. Even if you are not a sun worshiper, the combination of salt air, surf and the sound of the water, gulls and wind are special any time of the year. We love the beach in every season…

The 10 Best European Christmas Markets

The Christmas season is always a special time of festive celebration, but in Europe visitors get an additional treat: Christmas Markets. Each year around the end of November cities around Europe bring out the colorful lights and decorations and erect stalls in a central location around a Christmas tree. Each city has its own variety…

Great Examples of Religious Architecture Worldwide

Humanity’s fascination with the divine has many facets and throughout history has found expression in architecture. Ancient and modern sites throughout the world attest to our common need to build edifices to the great unknown and unknowable. Here are a few of the many remarkable religious architectural sites around the world. These are a small…

Great Places to Visit in England (that aren’t London)

Many visitors to England never see much beyond the cityscape of London. Don’t get us wrong, we love London and it’s one of the world’s great cities without a doubt. But there is so much more to England: more countryside, more culture, more castles, more antiquities, more pleasant oddities, more of everything. So sit back…

Top Ten Things to Know About Emerald Azzurra

I was invited by Emerald Cruises to experience the brand new Emerald Azzurra yacht that debuted  three months ago. I spent a glorious two weeks sailing her from Dubrovnik to Athens, with port stops in Montenegro, Albania, Greece, and Turkey. It was a perfect mix of well-known ports and off-the-beaten-path destinations where the big ships…

Heathrow extends passenger cap into late October

In a move aimed at reducing the ongoing disruptions caused by the surge in post-pandemic travel and staff shortages, London’s Heathrow Airport has extended the cap on the number of daily passengers through late October to 100,000 passengers per day. Originally, the limit on the number of daily passengers was to be lifted on September…