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These Upcoming Cruises are Selling from $65 a Night

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/08/2014, 12:00 PM

Periodically, we ask our friends at AllThingsCruise.com to fill us in on the best bargains in cruises at the moment. Here's what they suggested, where to book them, and what, in the opinion of the sellers, makes each one a steal. Unless specified, all prices are the lowest possible for an inside cabin, and they are based on double occupancy. These specials may include other extras ...

Book a Resort Room, Get a Sofabed? How Third-Party Bookings Can Go Wrong And How to Fix Them

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/07/2014, 6:15 PM

Last week, I used a discount hotel app to book a room in Orlando. The property I chose, the Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek, is a major resort on Walt Disney World property, a few years old, with 400 high-quality rooms to fill each and every night. Which is why it turns to the discount hotel apps, which shore up occupancy rates and reduce the load of unsold rooms. ...

What’s New In Las Vegas? Everything! (So What Else is New?)

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/03/2014, 9:00 PM

The world spins a bit faster in Vegas, though it’s no longer the swoosh of the roulette wheel that’s powering change in Sin City. It’s demographics. “Las Vegas is getting much younger crowds than it used to,” says Rick Garman, founder of Vegas4Visitors.com (and the author of the Frommer’s EasyGuide to Las Vegas). “They’re not coming for the casinos, they’re coming for the concerts and the ...

Four North American Museum Exhibits That Will Be Worth Traveling to See This Summer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/03/2014, 7:15 PM

Thousands showed up when relics from King Tut’s tomb toured; and museum-goers slept overnight on the pavement to see the designs of Alexander McQueen when they were exhibited at New York City’s Metropolitan Museum in 2011. But a show doesn’t have to be a blockbuster to make it “trip worthy”. Here are my picks for four museum shows that are definitely worth planning a vacation around (in no p...

The Eyes Have It: Observation Wheels Are Going Up Everywhere, But Do You Care Anymore?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/24/2014, 11:15 AM

The New York Wheel, now in planning Washington has a brand new attraction. The new, 180-foot-tall Capital Wheel just opened in the DC area. If it wanted to corner the market on DC views, it's five days late. The Washington Monument just re-opened this week after being repaired from damage from the unexpected 2011 earthquake. Actually, it's about 15 years late. Lon...

The Eyes Have It: Observation Wheels Are Going Up Everywhere, But Do You Care Anymore?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/24/2014, 11:15 AM

The New York Wheel, now in planning Washington has a brand new attraction. The new, 180-foot-tall Capital Wheel just opened in the DC area. If it wanted to corner the market on DC views, it's five days late. The Washington Monument just re-opened this week after being repaired from damage from the unexpected 2011 earthquake. Actually, it's about 15 years late. Lon...

New York City's New 9/11 Memorial Museum: A Review

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/23/2014, 11:45 AM

For well over two millennia, humans have been telling one another stories of the dangers of looking back at evil or death. Lot’s wife turned to a pillar of salt because she dared glance over her shoulder into the maw of destruction. Orpheus lost his beloved forever for the same reason: he turned around before he’d reached the realm of light. And in a case of real life imitating, well, iconic...

In Terms of its Controversial Social Policies, Amsterdam Remains One of the Most Interesting of European Cities--You'll Want to Schedule a Stay

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/22/2014, 3:15 PM

In a long-ago time when Amsterdam was thought to be "quaint", a place of tulips and wooden shoes, I wrote a travel guide called "Surprising Amsterdam", whose point was that Amsterdam wasn't quaint or super-annuated at all.. In it, and in associated lectures I delivered, I argued that far from being quaint, Amsterdam was a devilish, in-your-face, unexpected center of red light di...

Ever Heard of the "Upper West Side"? It's My Own Favorite Stomping Ground, Which Apparently Stamps Me as Something of a Square

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/22/2014, 1:15 PM

Let me start with a disclaimer: I am well aware that visitors to New York come here for the city's most famous sights: the U.N., Broadway Shows, Rockefeller Center, Ground Zero, the "Met", Museum of Modern Art, the Opera, the Empire State Building, Fifth Avenue. But they miss something, in my prejudiced view, by failing to sample the unique New York life that several major neigh...

But I Usually Prefer Paris to Everywhere Else on Earth. Why is That?

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/14/2014, 9:00 PM

It always happens. Towards the end of every TV, radio or newspaper interview, I am asked, "If you could vacation in only one place in the world, where would it be?" And I disappoint the questioner by responding not with an exotic or colorful choice--like New Guinea or Montevideo--but simply with the city of Paris. And while the deflated interviewer changes the subject, I go ba...

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