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In Sharp Contrast to Other European Travel Products, Mediterranean Cruises Are Slow to Sell This Summer, Opening Up All Sorts of Opportunities for You

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/25/2013, 8:15 PM

     "Carnival Cruises is pulling out of the Mediterranean".  That was the surprising headline of several days ago, indicating that the world's largest cruise line is facing tough sledding in selling cabins on its cruises of the storied Mediterranean.  Though the pull-out willl not occur until the spring and summer of 2014, the fact that Carnival is already acknowledging defeat is a big item o...

How, When, and Why, I Learned Not to Rely on "User-Generated Content" in Publishing My Travel Guides

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/20/2013, 2:15 PM

     The letter seemed to be legitimate.  It was hand-written with great sincerity by a reader of "Europe on $5 a Day" who was eager to pass on a secret of smart travel to his fellow Americans.  It told about a nightclub in Paris with a spectacular stage show and a sky-high admission charge for persons seated at tables.       But, he wrote, if you stood at the bar and simply ordered a chea...

It's Only by a Yen or Two, But the Trend Seems Clear: Japan's Currency and Costs are Getting Cheaper by the Day

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/17/2013, 1:30 PM

       No sooner did the Yen decline to a rate of 100 to the U.S. dollar, than within a short while it fell to 101.  And yesterday it dropped to 102 plus a fraction.  With a rate of 103 and 104 to the dollar appearing inevitable, the fall in value of the Japanese currency seems destined not only to aid Japan's export of electronics and cars, but to give a dramatic boost to its incoming tou...

Carry Less, Board First: American Airlines Revises Its Highly Debatable Boarding Policies Again

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/17/2013, 2:15 AM

  Again from Pauline Frommer: Boarding a plane nowadays is like being caught in a Saturday Night Live skit. You patiently wait, as the "platinum" and the "double platinum" and the "elite this and that" passengers board, listening to announcement after announcement, swearing inwardly that there can't be another class before yours...and then there is. Well, it's about to get even mor...

Carry Less, Board First: American Airlines Revises Its Highly-Debatable Priority Boarding Policies Again

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/16/2013, 7:45 PM

  By Pauline Frommer Boarding a plane nowadays is like being caught in a Saturday Night Live skit. You patiently wait, as the "platinum" and the "double platinum" and the "elite this and that" passengers board, listening to announcement after announcement, swearing inwardly that there can't be another class before yours...and then there is. Well, it's about to get even more absurd....

Advice from Pauline Frommer: Don't Get Taken for a Ride in Las Vegas (Let That Cabbie Know That You Know the Score)

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/15/2013, 2:00 PM

  15 to 20 minutes. That's about how long it should take a passenger to get from the Las Vegas Airport to their Strip hotel in Las Vegas, most times of the day. Heck, you can see the Strip right under you as you land in the plane (it's one of the great sights in aviation). The two are not far apart. And yet, according to industry news publication Travel Weekly, some 22.5% of passen...

Addicted to "Downton Abbey"? Dreaming of "High Tea" There? Virgin Vacations Will Sell You a Luxury Package to the Real Thing

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/14/2013, 6:00 PM

  It only took until Season Four. Virgin Vacations has added to its fall lineup a visit to the United Kingdom that includes a trip to the real-life set of the upstairs scenes of PBS's Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle.  The seven-day trip includes round-trip flights, airport transfers, three nights' hotel in London and two in Bracknell, near the house. That's an hour west of London...

A Participant in Our Valuable "Forum" Has Unearthed a Round-trip Airfare to Paris, in June, for only $620

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/14/2013, 6:00 PM

     From Arthur Frommer:  First, a word about our Forum.  Some users of Frommers.com are unaware of its existence.  Go to the heading "Community" at the top of our main menu page, click on it, and then click on "Forum", and you'll encounter a service that posts readers' questions and other readers' answers (including answers by editors of this website).  It's an extremely valuable method of h...

An Aviation Reporter for the Associated Press Has Condensed All of Travel Wisdom Into Six Basic Rules for Approaching a Summer Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/12/2013, 10:30 PM

       On the Travel Show this past Sunday (see wor710.com for a "podcast" of it, start of the second hour), Scott Mayerowitz of the Associated Press gifted us with six all-important rules for approaching a summer vacation.  They are all so important that I'm repeating them here:      (1)  When should you buy your air tickets?  Answer:  Four to six weeks in advanc...

With the Japanese Yen Now Selling at an Astonishing Rate of 101 to the U.S. Dollar, Japan Has Once Again Become a Moderately-Priced Travel Destination

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/10/2013, 2:30 PM

       Yesterday was the Big Day, the time when the Japanese unit of currency--the Yen--crashed through a  longtime psychological barrier and begun trading at just a nano less than 101 to the U.S. Dollar.  It sold at 80 the Dollar (a 25% difference) just two years ago.  Following a course of deliberate inflation, a policy totally at odds with the one championed by various stodgy bankers in...

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