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Historic Queen Mary Is In Dire Straits As Operator Collapses

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/15/2021, 2:00 PM

January 2021 kept people occupied with a few other news headlines, so you're forgiven if you missed this one: The company that operates the famous and irreplaceable Queen Mary filed for bankruptcy. Singapore-based Eagle Hospitality Trust claims more than $500 million in debt. And although Covid-19 has been harsh to the grand old ship, keeping it closed since May 2020, the pandemic isn't fully t...

Airline Waives Mask Rule for Passengers in First and Business Class

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/15/2021, 12:00 PM

First class and business class flyers getting special perks is not news. But it's a shocking development when airlines decide to bend science in an effort to attract big spenders. That's what Hong Kong–based carrier Cathay Pacific is doing. According to Executive Traveller magazine, the airline circulated an internal memo advising that when passengers are lying flat—as in the fully reclining se...

Go Inside Beijing's Forbidden City With Lush Images From This $995 Book

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/12/2021, 1:00 PM

Beijing's imposing Forbidden City complex has been wowing travelers for centuries. Marco Polo called it the "greatest palace that ever was." Franz Kafka, who never visited China except in his imagination, took the very Kafkaesque view that the 180-acre cluster of red walls, gold-capped pavilions, courtyards, and winding corridors inspires both awe and dread. He pictured Ming and Qing Dynasty...

Flash Sale: Two-For-One Tickets On Amtrak For Travel Through August

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/12/2021, 12:00 PM

How does Amtrak celebrate Valentine's Day? Nope, it isn't painting train carriages bright pink or handing out chocolates on the Acela. Instead, the rail service is doing something even more doting by throwing what it calls the "Amtrak Loves You Sale," which will give passengers who book by February 16 the gift of BOGO tickets on travel from February 22 through August 27, 2021. The offer is a...

Eiffel Tower in Paris to Be Painted a New Color for 2024 Olympics

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/11/2021, 3:00 PM

Imagine how strange it would be if San Francisco decided to paint the Golden Gate Bridge lavender. Or if the Great Wall of China was redone in red shellac.  A structure just as iconic is getting a new color, and although the makeover won't be as jarring as those scenarios, the change may take some getting used to. The landmark in question? The Eiffel Tower in Paris, which is going gold.  Of c...

See the World from Home with Amazing Travel Photographer of the Year Images

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/10/2021, 4:00 PM

With travel curtailed since the start of the pandemic, the work of skilled photographers lets us explore the world vicariously and, just as important, reassures us that it's all still there—from the northern lights shimmering in arctic skies to polychrome fish swimming through cathedrals of kelp on the ocean floor.   Any doubts about whether Earth still houses marvels are quickly dispelled with...

1950s School Bus That Once Toured 200,000 Miles Revs Up for New Journey

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/09/2021, 6:00 PM

A 1950s school bus that already racked up more than 200,000 miles on two continents decades ago is going back on the road.  Josh Jackling and Carolyn McKenna spent three years renovating the vehicle, which once belonged to Jackling's grandparents. According to In The Know, the older couple, who have both since passed away, drove the bus throughout North and South America, keeping a guestbook of...

Listen to Live Radio from Around the World with This Melodious Website

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/09/2021, 12:00 PM

There's no replacing travel when it comes to expanding your horizons.   But after nearly a year at home, I'm finding small ways to make my world feel larger—it's kind of like being on a strict diet and rediscovering how sweet common fruits can taste. One of those tiny treats: listening to radio from around the globe. A website called Radio Garden makes that easy to do. Go to the site a...

Yardi Gras! With Parades on Pause, New Orleans Decorates Homes Like Floats

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 02/08/2021, 7:00 PM

In response to the pandemic, New Orleans has banned the following from the 2021 Mardi Gras celebrations in the days around Tuesday, February 16: parades, bars, to-go drinks, and large gatherings.   But if you think that means the citizenry will spend Fat Tuesday sitting in darkened living rooms and hurling strings of beads at their cats, you underestimate the creativity of this uniquely creativ...

Going Maskless on Planes, Buses, or Trains Could Now Cost $1,500 or More

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 02/05/2021, 4:00 PM

For most of 2020, airlines and other travel suppliers urgently told customers to wear masks. But if passengers were unwilling to comply, there wasn't much that could be done. The major air carriers did have the prerogative to ban noncompliant individuals from future travel—some 3,000 names have been added to the airlines' no-fly lists that way—but that's as far as those companies could go. N...

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