In the Most Recent of Nominations, a Distinguished Magazine Has Named Its Choices of "Best Cruise Line" for Various Needs

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/05/2016, 12:00 AM

U.S. News & World Report releases its annual list of the best cruises for value, families, luxury, and more...

Princess Cruise Lines Slapped with Record Fine for Deliberate Pollution

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/02/2016, 9:15 PM

The Department of Justice has fined Princess Cruise Lines a whopping $40 million for deliberately polluting oceans and then trying to cover it up. The fine is the largest criminal penalty ever given for such actions.  In a statement, the Justice Department says that Princess—a subsidiary of Carnival Corp.—illegally dumped contaminated waste and oil from its Caribbean Princess ship for a pe...

For Americans, the Conditions for International Travel Are Better Now Than They Have Been for Years

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/02/2016, 12:00 AM

From plunging airfares to a strong dollar, things couldn't get much better for Americans abroad....

This Year's Loss of Great Barrier Reef Corals Is the Worst on Record

By Shakeema Edwards

Posted on 12/01/2016, 6:30 PM

It might be time to move the Great Barrier Reef to the top of your bucket list.   The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies has reported that about 67% of the corals in the northern section of the reef died in 2016 due to bleaching, a result of prolonged exposure to warm water temperatures.   Fortunately for the thousands of species living in the 1,430-mile reef, cor...

Watching the Sunrise at Maui's Haleakala Volcano Will Soon Require a Reservation

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 12/01/2016, 5:00 AM

One of the most unforgettable—and most popular—sights in Maui is about to get a little more difficult to experience.  Starting February 1, you'll need a reservation to hike to the top of the Hawaiian island's Haleakala volcano to watch the sunrise. Citing large crowds and safety concerns, Haleakala National Park officials say that those who want to reach the top of the 10,000-foot peak...

You Can Now Download Netflix to Watch Later

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/30/2016, 6:00 PM

  Hooray! Tedious airplane trips just got a lot sweeter. Netflix is finally—finally!—rolling out the ability to download shows to your device to watch later, which means that soon, you will not require a high-speed internet connection if you want to be entertained. For many people, this could spell doom for the lousy or overpriced entertainment options on flights, and for many oth...

Bite-Sized Volunteer Vacations

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 11/30/2016, 5:15 PM

How to Do Good on Vacations That Aren't Only Devoted to "Voluntourism"...

Japan Plans Spa-Themed Amusement Park with Hot-Tub Roller Coaster

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/30/2016, 5:00 AM

If you've ever taken a relaxing soak in a hot spring and said, "Gosh, this is nice, but I wish there were some way to throw in the heart-racing thrills of a roller coaster ride," we'd think you were being completely ridiculous. There's a time for everything, we'd tell you, and the time for speeding along a track with sharp turns and sudden drops is not while you're sitting in a pool of steamin...

Trump Still Threatening to Reverse Obama's Cuba Policy

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/30/2016, 5:00 AM

President-elect Donald Trump continues to threaten that he'll undo President Barack Obama's 2014 deal to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba. Following the November 25 death of Fidel Castro, Trump tweeted on Monday, "If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban-American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal." Trump used s...

Carnival Nixes Social-Impact Cruises in the Caribbean

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/29/2016, 5:00 AM

Carnival Corporation has announced that the company is pulling the plug on Fathom cruises, a one-ship line introduced just last year. The point of the brand was to offer "social-impact cruises," incorporating sightseeing as well as volunteer projects and cultural exchange, with stops in the Dominican Republic and Cuba. Carnival was hoping to capitalize on the possibly overhyped volunto...

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