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For Summer Road Trips, a Smartphone App That Avoids Traffic and Finds the Cheapest Gas

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/28/2013, 3:15 PM

Last week, at the Webby Awards, which is like the Oscars for online ventures, an interesting travel app took home the "Best Connected" prize. Here's what it can do: If you leave it running while you drive, it uses data from everyone else who also has it open and it determines the fastest route to your destination. So if there's an accident between you and your goal, when it finds out, it r...

Viking River Cruises Are Moving Into Ocean Cruising--And With a Different Approach That May Cause the Other Lines to Mend Their Ways

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/27/2013, 6:00 PM

        In an interview which we conducted yesterday on the Travel Show (wor710.com)  with the marketing vice-president of Viking River Cruises, we learned about plans they have to correct one of the most controversial policies of the longer-established ocean-cruising companies.  A great many travel pros were surprised by last week's announcement of Viking River Cruises that it is building...

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...

San Francisco's Bay Lights Are a New Tourist Attraction and Hotels Take Notice

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/24/2013, 1:00 PM

Since March, San Francisco's Bay Bridge has been bursting with light nightly from dusk to 2am. At 1.8 miles long and in places 500 feet tall, the Bay Lights is now the largest LED light display in the world. It's been a big year for moving LED displays on American landmarks. Last fall, New York City's Empire State Building got its own dancing display, although it is usually static and rare...

San Francisco's Bay Lights Are a New Tourist Attraction and Hotels Take Notice

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/24/2013, 1:00 PM

Since March, San Francisco's Bay Bridge has been bursting with light nightly from dusk to 2am. At 1.8 miles long and in places 500 feet tall, the Bay Lights is now the largest LED light display in the world. It's been a big year for moving LED displays on American landmarks. Last fall, New York City's Empire State Building got its own dancing display, although it is usually static and rare...

SeaWorld Unveils 'Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin,' Its Big Summer 2013 Attraction

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/24/2013, 1:30 AM

On Friday, SeaWorld opens its new attraction, the multimillion-dollar Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin, which Frommers.com named one of the most hotly anticpated amusement park additions of the season. Although it is at heart an animal habitat for some 250 gentoo, Adelie, king, and rockhopper penguins, the faux-icy pavilion also hosts a ride that, at least in execution, is an Orlando innovati...

Time to Rethink Tropical Travel Plans for Summer? Federal Forecasters Issue Their Hurricane Predictions

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 05/23/2013, 10:30 PM

"This is your warning," said Kathryn Sullivan, administrator of the The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And what a warning it is: today, the NOAA is prediced 13-20 named Atlantic Storms for the upcoming months. It's saying that 7 to 11 of those could become hurricanes, with 3 to 6 of those reaching 111 mph and higher (which are the worst categories of hurricanes). How sure...

Pennsylvania's Crayola Experience, a Family Favorite, Revamps in Time for the Summer Season

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2013, 4:45 PM

On Memorial Day, the newly renvoated Crayola Experience, in Easton, Penn., on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, reopens with brand new slate of hands-on family activities.  Crayons aren't really made at this 60,000-square-foot Crayola property — that's in another Pennsylvania town. But this family destination, located on the main town square of a town with Revolutionary War roots,...

Pennsylvania's Crayola Experience, a Family Favorite, Revamps in Time for the Summer Season

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2013, 4:45 PM

On Memorial Day, the newly renvoated Crayola Experience, in Easton, Penn., on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, reopens with brand new slate of hands-on family activities.  Crayons aren't really made at this 60,000-square-foot Crayola property — that's in another Pennsylvania town. But this family destination, located on the main town square of a town with Revolutionary War roots,...

Disney World in Orlando Rolls Out Its Own User-Generated Reviews: A Good Idea?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2013, 2:15 AM

Walt Disney World in Orlando has just turned on its new beta site, Reviews.DisneyWorld.Disney.Go.Com, where the vacation giant is soliciting user-generated reviews from customers. Right now, most of the reviews are glowing, which in Disney's Cyber World means a rating of — you guessed it — five Mouse Heads. "For a moment, you feel as if you are in Italy," gushes one review of an Italian re...

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