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Royal Caribbean Launches Tour-Booking Site for Cruisers and Landlubbers Alike

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/29/2017, 4:00 AM

Cruise companies have been organizing shore excursions for decades in scores of locations across the globe. Now one of those lines is offering tours and activities to everybody—not just cruise passengers. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. has launched GoBe, an online service selling thousands of travel experiences in nearly 900 cities across nearly 100 countries.  You can book a whale-watch...

Interest in Travel to U.S. Down Overall—but Up in Asia

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/28/2017, 4:00 AM

The overall number of international travelers planning to visit the United States has declined slightly over the past year as a result of the political climate, according to an analysis conducted by Brand USA, a public-private organization created by Congress to promote U.S. tourism. Twenty-seven percent of travelers were planning a U.S. trip in March 2016, the group says. That number is a...

Airline Rules on Checked Bags and Wheelchairs Delayed

By Jessica Monsell

Posted on 03/24/2017, 4:30 PM

If you've ever been separated from your checked luggage—or worse, your checked wheelchair—you might wish the government would do something about the problem. Last year, the government did, finalizing a new rule that would shed some light on how well airlines handle checked bags and wheelchairs. And this year, the Department of Transportation, at the request of the major U.S. airlines, undi...

Alaska Airlines Is Doing Away with Virgin America

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/24/2017, 4:00 AM

The highly regarded, much-beloved Virgin America is getting the ax.  Alaska Airlines, which acquired the carrier in a $2.6-billion merger in December, has announced plans to fully absorb the Virgin America brand by the end of 2019.  Seattle-based Alaska Airlines made the purchase in a bid to become the dominant carrier on the West Coast. Though Alaska has been known primarily for its a...

Underwater Tours of Titanic Shipwreck Coming in 2018

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/23/2017, 4:00 AM

Underwater tours of the Titanic shipwreck site will begin heading beneath the waves in May 2018. And just like a first-class ticket aboard the doomed ship's first and only sailing in 1912, the price is obscenely high. Operated by UK tour company Blue Marble Private, the eight-day voyage—which takes passengers from Newfoundland to 2 miles below the Atlantic Ocean and back—costs an incredibl...

Alabama Offering Free Statewide Walking Tours in April

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/22/2017, 4:00 AM

For 14 years, Alabama has been offering a unique way to get to know that state and enjoy the spring weather at the same time: Saturday morning walking tours held throughout the month of April at numerous locations statewide. This year's batch of weekly hourlong tours begins at 10am on April 1 in 28 participating towns, and will continue each Saturday morning in the month, ending on April 2...

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia Surely Merits a Visit

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/22/2017, 12:00 AM

Opening soon in Philadelphia: a museum filled with art and artifacts chronicling America's battle for independence in the 18th century....

Teenager Finds Big Diamond at Arkansas State Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/21/2017, 4:00 AM

A 14-year-old found a 7.44-carat diamond last week at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park, where visitors can look around for gems and keep whatever they find.  The shiny, dark brown rock discovered by Kalel Langford turned out to be the seventh-largest diamond found at the park since it opened in 1972.  Langford, who was visiting the site with his parents, had only been there for ...

A Virtual Avalanche of Websites Renting Short-Term Apartments Has Followed the Much-Publicized Success of Airbnb

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 03/21/2017, 12:00 AM

A host of home-sharing sites, from those offering upscale accommodations to those promising inclusive attitudes, prove that Airbnb isn't the only rental game in town—any town....

Dates for Summer's Cheapest Airfares

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 03/20/2017, 4:00 AM

As you plan your summer travels, here's a day to circle on your calendar: June 6. That's when airfares should be at their lowest during the period from June through September, according to an analysis of thousands of flights, conducted by CheapAir.com.   The company's CEO, Jeff Klee, told Condé Nast Traveler that flights throughout the summer are expected to be less expensive than last...

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