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Masks Go From Required to Recommended on Most Cruise Ships

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/01/2022, 5:00 PM

It's been difficult keeping up with the changing protocols for shipboard vacations. The United States' Centers for Disease Control updated its Program for Cruise Ships Operating in U.S. Waters three times in February alone, and it lowered the risk advisory from "very high" to "high" during the same month. But now that the chips seem to be falling, cruise lines are finally ditching mask requirements...

Disney Raises Prices Again! Even Die-Hard Fans Now Turning Against Poor Quality

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/17/2022, 6:00 PM

Disney quietly raises theme park prices nearly every year—but this year, it hits differently. The price of tickets for multiday Walt Disney World parks admission, which used to start at $434.83 for four days (and could cost as much as $596.74 on busy days), now starts at $447.70 (the max price remains the same). But that's if you're locked into one park per day. For the ability to switch theme p...

The Best Dinner in Paris and Other Secrets from the Author of Our Brand-New Guide

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 02/17/2022, 9:00 AM

Paris is a perennial dream vacation destination for many travelers. That's one reason why Frommer's has been covering the city for 65 years now, starting with our first guidebook, Europe on 5 Dollars a Day, and continuing with our latest release, a new edition of Frommer's EasyGuide to Paris. The guidebook is fully revised and up to date for those planning to visit the French capital in 2022, fol...

What’s New on the Maine Coast? A Q&A with the Author of Our Latest Guidebook

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 02/15/2022, 4:30 PM

Throughout the pandemic, the coast of Maine has been the sort of place where stir-crazy American travelers want to be: somewhere with abundant outdoor recreation that's within driving distance of major population centers. The state's surging tourism numbers likewise attest to the lures of Maine's seaside towns, dense forests, granite mountains, sandy beaches, and postcard-ready lighthouses. It do...

Concorde 2.0: NASA Prepares "Quiet" Supersonic Jet That Could Transform Travel

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/11/2022, 4:00 PM

If you grew up before the 1990s, you'll remember the quasi-magical, futuristic promise that was evoked by a single word: Concorde. A supersonic jet that could virtually teleport commercial passengers between New York City and London or Paris in under three hours rather than eight, the storied Concorde was sleek and streamlined. Its name alone conjured mental images of easy wealth, indulgence, and ...

The CDC Issues Even Stricter Covid Guidance for Cruise Ships

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/10/2022, 4:00 PM

Much of the world has been easing pandemic restrictions lately, with European countries dropping strict entry requirements and U.S. governor after U.S. governor announcing the end of indoor mask mandates. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appears to be bucking the trend when it comes to cruise ships. This week the federal agency released guidelines for its new voluntary Cov...

It's True: This European Country Has Abandoned Covid Restrictions

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/04/2022, 3:00 PM

Imagine a land with no masks. No social distancing. No entry tests, no quarantine. A place where tourists can do whatever they want as soon as they get off the plane. Imagine, in short, what traveling was like in February 2020. That life is back. It's in Denmark. Head to the website of Visit Denmark, the charming Scandinavian country's official tourism bureau, and you're greeted with this star...

New Zealand Is Reopening, the Headlines Cheer. Don't Get Too Excited

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/03/2022, 3:00 PM

If you were to go by the headlines this week, you'd be planning a vacation to New Zealand tomorrow. New Zealand is "welcoming vaccinated Americans this summer," says USA Today. New Zealand announces plans "to reopen to the world," trumpets CNN and the Washington Post. About that. Living through the last few years should have taught us all a few things. One of the biggest lessons: Always read de...

Dunes Dues: Indiana’s Popular Lakeside National Park Adds Steep Entry Fee

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/02/2022, 9:00 AM

This summer, lazing on the sand at Indiana Dunes National Park will no longer be free. The 15,000-acre swath of forest, marshland, and beaches dotted with towering dunes next to Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana (just southeast of Chicago) is adding an entrance fee. Starting Thursday, March 31, those who enter the park on foot, bicycle, or boat will need to pay $15 per person, up to a maximum $...

Vaccination Is No Longer Enough—a Booster Is Now a Must in These Places

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/27/2022, 4:00 PM

Like a winter snowstorm, it came in a sudden flurry. The list of destinations that now require visitors to have proof of a Covid-19 booster shot in addition to an original vaccination has snowballed in recent weeks. Increasingly, studies demonstrate boosters provide strong protection from severe illness—research released this week in the United Kingdom found they cut the risk of hospitalization b...

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