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Hornblower in Chapter 11: American Queen Shuts Down, More Tourism Icons at Risk

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/21/2024, 3:45 PM

The United States lost one of its only overnight cruise companies today.On Feb. 12, Frommer's reported that many of the most powerful travel sellers in the U.S. had suspended sales of trips with American Queen Voyages because of reported irregularities in the company's dealings with agents and customers. "We are working to address the situation as quickly as possible," a representative told Frommer...

'One Day' Filming Locations: Where in the UK and Europe the Hit Netflix Series Was Shot

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/16/2024, 7:00 AM

The hit Netflix limited series One Day has garnered millions of views and jerked many a tear since debuting on the streaming service earlier this month. The 14-episode romance, based on a 2009 novel by David Nicholls (previously adapted for a 2011 film starring Anne Hathaway), follows the relationship of Emma (Ambika Mod) and Dexter (Leo Woodall, recently seen in the second season of The White Lo...

These Are the Safest Caribbean Countries Right Now—Some Islands Are Getting Worse

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/02/2024, 5:00 PM

In recent days the U.S. State Department has issued alarming travel warnings for Jamaica and the Bahamas, citing rising crime levels in both countries as reasons for tourists to beware. On the State Department's 4-level travel advisory scale, Jamaica has been bumped up to level 3, which stands for "Reconsider Travel." According to the advisory, "Violent crimes, such as home invasions, armed robbe...

Universal’s Epic Universe: New Details About the Florida Theme Park’s Rides and Worlds

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 01/31/2024, 7:00 AM

Florida's Universal Orlando Resort has at last released the first official details about its hotly anticipated upcoming theme park, Universal Epic Universe. First announced in 2019 and set to open in 2025, the new park—Universal Orlando's fourth, if you count the waterslide park—is still under construction and has been widely reported to be costing Universal parent company Comcast over $1 billion...

Rash of Violent Muggings Plagues Cape Town's Landmark Table Mountain

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/25/2024, 4:30 PM

What can a city do when its most photographed tourism icon gets the reputation as a no-go area?That's the quandary facing Cape Town, South Africa, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. What makes Cape Town so beautiful, in addition to its sublime food and fascinatingly diverse population, is glorious Table Mountain. The nearly perfectly flat, nearly exactly 1-kilometer-tall geological feat...

Lyft Is Charging Customers Extra Fees but Hiding How Much

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/22/2024, 7:45 AM

A warning for travelers who rely on rideshare company Lyft: The company is quietly hiding the true amount it takes in extra fees that are added to your base fare. A recent ride I took from Orlando International Airport (MCO) illustrates the tactic, although the problem could affect Lyft users wherever the service is available in the United States. The Orlando airport recently increased its mandat...

TikTok Travel: 2023’s Most Popular Destinations Named

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/27/2023, 6:30 PM

A national survey released earlier this year found that 60% of TikTok users in the U.S. said they've become interested in visiting a new destination after seeing a TikTok video about it. It's safe to assume, then, that the places on the video-sharing app's list of the most popular destinations in 2023 generated a whole lot of wanderlust. Based on TikTok's data for the year, the country hashtag...

2023 in Review: These Top Travel Trends Were Hot on Frommer's

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/21/2023, 5:15 PM

As 2023 draws to a close, a look back at the year’s headlines shows it was an eventful one in travel—and much of what happened wasn’t great. Wars raged. The planet roasted. Prices soared. A wildfire devastated Maui. A tiny sub carrying passengers to see Titanic wreckage met a similarly tragic end. Higher-ups in various C-suites and statehouses made often mystifying, frequently infuriating deci...

Report: Car Rental False Arrests Not Limited to Hertz

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/07/2023, 5:15 PM

We're sorry to tell you there's a new chapter in the ongoing saga of people renting cars legally yet somehow being accused of vehicle theft anyway—a story Frommer's has been following for a while now. According to a new investigation, the problem is even more widespread than it first appeared. Turns out Hertz isn't the only car rental company reportedly prone to upending customers' lives in thi...

Paris Métro Tickets Set to Double and Hotel Rates to Quadruple During Summer Olympics

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/02/2023, 9:00 AM

The 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris are shaping up to be très cher for spectators. That's French for "a big fat rip-off." This week local authorities announced a plan to nearly double the price of a single ride on the Paris Métro from July 20 to September 8, 2024—a span that covers the dates of the Olympic Games (July 26–August 11) as well as the Paralympic Games (August 28–September 8). During th...

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