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Tickets to Be Required To Enter Cinque Terre, Italy's Most Overloved Region

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 02/18/2016, 12:30 AM

From a distance the sight is idyllic: five cliff-hanging fishing villages, their buildings painted colors usually reserved for blush and lemonade, the dazzling blue Mediterranean sparkling in the background, view-rich hiking trails leading visitors from one  burg to the next. But step on the cobblestoned streets of Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, or Riomaggiore, and you'll e...

Are Cruise Ships Easy Targets for Terrorists?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/29/2015, 4:00 PM

There's no need to be complicated about this answer. Yes. This week, Disney Cruise Line announced that it will no longer stop in Greece, Turkey, or Malta on its upcoming 12-night Mediterranean voyage of the Disney Magic. When asked why, a spokesperson told Frommer's, "We regularly review our itineraries and occasionally make the changes needed to provide the best possible experien...

Are Cruise Ships Easy Targets for Terrorists?

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/29/2015, 4:00 PM

There's no need to be complicated about this answer. Yes. This week, Disney Cruise Line announced that it will no longer stop in Greece, Turkey, or Malta on its upcoming 12-night Mediterranean voyage of the Disney Magic. When asked why, a spokesperson told Frommer's, "We regularly review our itineraries and occasionally make the changes needed to provide the best possible experien...

Counting Down the Top 6 Travel Stories of 2015—And Looking Ahead to 2016

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/15/2015, 1:30 PM

(Photo by Zach Dischner/Flickr) Unusually dramatic events and trends shaped the way we traveled in 2015 and should continue to impact our wanderings in 2016. Counting them down, these stories included: A dramatic drop in the cost of oil: Just this week the Automobile Club of America announced that North America was seeing the lowest cost in gasoline since 2009. A year ago, a gall...

'70s Heartthrob is Now Upscale Cruise Director

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 12/01/2015, 10:30 AM

If you were a North American teenager in the 1970s, you certainly remember Willie Aames. He became a teen magazine cover boy and Battle of the Network Stars fixture by appearing on the dramas Family and Eight is Enough, and when those ended, he became half of Gen X's version of Crosby and Hope by teaming with Scott Baio in the teen sex comedy Zapped! and on the iconic (for Gen X, anyway) '80s ...

There is Increasing Evidence that the River Cruise Industry has been Over-Built, and that Discounts are Now Widely Available from all the Usual Sources

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 11/29/2015, 10:30 PM

Two years ago, the sudden popularity of European river cruises seemed to catch the entire travel industry by surprise.  River boats, and their itineraries, became totally sold out.  A travel activity booked almost wholly by elderly people, suddenly became a trip-of-choice for middle-aged people, and even for a few younger than that.  Families remained  unwanted by the operators of riv...

French Polynesia's Fun New "Passenger Freighter" Tours the Spectacular South Pacific Islands

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 11/05/2015, 8:45 PM

  There was a time when it was relatively easy to take an around-the-world trip using nothing but freighter ships. Accommodations were never plush, but at least they took people to off-the-path ports. In recent decades, shifting economies and security concerns have put a damper on that delightful shoestring-travel underworld.   One place where freighters are still a regular f...

A La Carte Cruise Pricing To Become Even More A La Carte, At Least on Norwegian Cruise Lines

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/15/2015, 8:45 PM

Start boning up on your math. You're going to need those calculating skills to determine which cruise vacation will now have the overall highest costs. I reported last week that Celebrity Cruises was drastically changing its pricing structure for all sailings through spring of 2017. Today, Norwegian dropped a bombshell of its own. It will be charging by the item at some of its a la car...

Are Cruises Becoming All-Inclusive? Kinda. Sorta. Maybe.

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 07/07/2015, 12:30 AM

While those who head to sea are no longer afflicted by rickets (too many citrus fruits on the buffet for that), they do sometimes have to handle noroviruses, seasickness, and that most invidious of miseries: the feeling of being “nickled and dimed” to death. But that may be about to change, thanks to a new program being instituted by Celebrity Cruises. Is this good news for travelers? You...

Forget Bringing Your Own Bottles on Carnival

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 06/12/2015, 4:15 PM

In a move touted as a measure to control contraband alcohol, Carnival Cruise Lines is banning bottled beverages of all kinds at the pier. Bringing your own alcohol aboard a major cruise ship hasn't been kosher for years, partly to avert binge drinking and bad behavior, and partly to force passengers to buy their cocktails from the cruise line—it's a principal revenue stream. But Carniv...

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