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In Wake of Cuba Ban, Norwegian Cruise Line Slashing Prices to Bahamas

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/10/2019, 12:00 AM

On the day that the Trump Administration abruptly banned all sailings to Cuba last week, some 800,000 travelers were left holding cruise reservations to the island nation for the coming months, according to the Cruise Lines International Association, an industry trade group.  The cruise lines quickly issued cancellation and change policies, followed as rapidly by pretty remarkable deals to fill...

Arthur Frommer: Seaweed is Invading the Mexican Caribbean, But There's a Bright Side

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 05/30/2019, 7:00 AM

Among the current important news of travel is a sudden and mysterious drop in tourist traffic to the so-called “Mexican Caribbean” (Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, Tulum, the Mayan Riviera), an area which usually accounts for half of all tourism to Mexico.     After several speculative guesses as to what is happening, scientists and Mexican officials have agreed that the cause is “sa...

The Caribbean's Newest Resorts are Now North of Cancun, Reports Arthur Frommer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 12/13/2018, 12:00 AM

We Americans tend to have widely divergent views about Mexico. Some regard that nation as a place of constant poverty and problems. Other more perceptive types are aware of Mexico’s skyrocketing rise in the world of tourism.   Mexico is currently enjoying a major increase in its yearly number of international visitors, and similar advances in many other industries. In particular, giant new hotels...

How Bad Will Hurricane Season Be This Year?

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/30/2018, 12:00 AM

Hurricane season officially starts Friday, June 1, but the first named storm of the year has already arrived.  Subtropical depression Alberto made landfall in the Florida Panhandle on Memorial Day and continues to bring the threat of heavy rains, wind gusts, and flash flooding as it moves through the Southeast. The Weather Channel predicts the storm could last through late Wednesday, as what rema...

U.S. Government Makes It Harder for Americans to Visit Cuba

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/08/2017, 9:30 PM

Travel to Cuba gets tougher for Americans this week. New rules released by the Trump Administration ban most independent travel to the island, requiring visitors from the U.S. to rely on authorized "people-to-people" tour companies instead. That's a return to the way things were before President Barack Obama restored diplomatic relations with Cuba in 2015. In June of this year, his successor an...

If You Crave a Caribbean Vacation, Many Areas Escaped Storm Damage: A List

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/10/2017, 4:45 PM

This coming winter, many thousands of Americans will agonize over whether they can enjoy tropical vacations in the Caribbean of the sort they once knew. Should they even bother to apply for reservations in an area broadly damaged by hurricanes?   Fortunately, a majority of these famed islands was either unaffected by storms or else so moderately damaged that they can be restored and repaired...

Not All of the Caribbean was Devastated by Irma: Don't Neglect the Rest

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/15/2017, 6:00 PM

Our hearts go out to those island nations that suffered so badly from recent storms—St. Martin, the Virgin Islands, Barbuda, among them. But by assuming that all such islands were equally affected, and by then canceling our general plans to vacation in the Caribbean, we increase the suffering of that area.     It’s important to realize that some Caribbean islands were totally or primarily by...

One U.S. Virgin Islands Resort Stands a Good Chance of Reopening First

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/15/2017, 5:15 PM

Back in July, it was announced that a new management company had taken over the unique tented community known as Cinnamon Bay on the gorgeous island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  The news was greeted with enthusiasm by the tens of thousands of unpretentious, cost-conscious tourists who, over the years, have used large tents as their beachfront accommodations in St. John.   The new...

Hurricane Season Could Be Worse Than Initially Predicted

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/15/2017, 12:00 AM

Weather watchers were already expecting the 2017 hurricane season to be unusually active in the western Atlantic, including the Caribbean region.  But now researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) think the season could be even worse than initially projected.  The NOAA is predicting 14 to 19 named storms, 5 to 9 of which could become hurricanes. That's up from the ...

Coming Soon: First Nonstop Flights Between U.S. Mainland and British Virgin Islands

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 06/15/2017, 4:00 AM

The first nonstop commercial flights between the U.S. mainland and the British Virgin Islands (BVI) are expected to begin operating sometime this summer. Up to now, most U.S. travelers have reached this floating Caribbean paradise by catching a connecting flight in San Juan, Puerto Rico, or taking a plane to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands and riding a ferry. But if all goes as p...

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