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Cruises from San Francisco are here for the remainder of 2022.

Check these out and pick one.  We'll help you GETAWAY FROM YOUR EVERYDAY by sailing under the Golden Gate and beyond.

 

GREAT GETAWAYS

 

7-Day Classic California Coast

 

Starting at: $499

+ $263.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Royal Princess

 

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7-Day Classic California Coast

 

Starting at: $499

+ $268.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Royal Princess

 

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7-Day Classic California Coast

 

Starting at: $499

+ $263.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Royal Princess

 

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7-Day Classic California Coast

 

Starting at: $449

+ $263.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Royal Princess

 

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10-Day Inside Passage (with Glacier Bay National Park)

 

Starting at: $699

+ $295.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess® is a luminous jewel on the seas and a romantic destination in itself. Christened by lovebirds Trista and Ryan Sutter of TV’s The Bachelorette, she offers nearly 900 balconies from which to view the world, an array of entertainment options including Movies Under the Stars,® and sumptuous dining choices from Crown GrillSM to the International Café.

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12-Day Mexican Riviera with Cabo Overnight

 

Starting at: $749

+ $245.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Royal Princess

 

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Mexican Riviera Cruise

 

Starting at: $527

+ $142.29 taxes/fees

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

 

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Hawaiian Islands

 

Starting at: $999

+ $250.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess® is a luminous jewel on the seas and a romantic destination in itself. Christened by lovebirds Trista and Ryan Sutter of TV’s The Bachelorette, she offers nearly 900 balconies from which to view the world, an array of entertainment options including Movies Under the Stars,® and sumptuous dining choices from Crown GrillSM to the International Café.

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Hawaiian Islands

 

Starting at: $1,049

+ $250.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess® is a luminous jewel on the seas and a romantic destination in itself. Christened by lovebirds Trista and Ryan Sutter of TV’s The Bachelorette, she offers nearly 900 balconies from which to view the world, an array of entertainment options including Movies Under the Stars,® and sumptuous dining choices from Crown GrillSM to the International Café.

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Hawaiian Islands

 

Starting at: $1,099

+ $240.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess® is a luminous jewel on the seas and a romantic destination in itself. Christened by lovebirds Trista and Ryan Sutter of TV’s The Bachelorette, she offers nearly 900 balconies from which to view the world, an array of entertainment options including Movies Under the Stars,® and sumptuous dining choices from Crown GrillSM to the International Café.

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Classic California Coast

 

Starting at: $449

+ $256.01 taxes/fees

Ship: Ruby Princess

Ruby Princess® is a luminous jewel on the seas and a romantic destination in itself. Christened by lovebirds Trista and Ryan Sutter of TV’s The Bachelorette, she offers nearly 900 balconies from which to view the world, an array of entertainment options including Movies Under the Stars,® and sumptuous dining choices from Crown GrillSM to the International Café.

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Mexico cruises for this fall that are 7 days or more.

Time to GETAWAY FROM YOUR EVERYDAY South of the Border.

Enjoy the fun and sun that Mexico can offer you.

 

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10-Day Mexican Riviera

Starting at: $749

+ $200.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Royal Princess

 

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10-Day Mexican Riviera

Starting at: $589

+ $185.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Ruby Princess

 

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Cabo, Vallarta & Mazatlan Cruise

Starting at: $317

+ $151.99 taxes/fees

Ship: Navigator of the Seas

 

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10-Day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez

Starting at: $899

+ $130.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Diamond Princess

 

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10-Day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez

Starting at: $849

+ $130.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Diamond Princess

 

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Mexican Riviera Cruise

Starting at: $546

+ $147.24 taxes/fees

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

 

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Mexican Riviera Cruise

Starting at: $427

+ $142.42 taxes/fees

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

 

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Mexican Riviera Holiday Cruise

Starting at: $1,032

+ $137.42 taxes/fees

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

 

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Mexican Riviera Holiday Cruise

Starting at: $527

+ $142.60 taxes/fees

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

 

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Mexican Riviera Cruise

Starting at: $544

+ $147.24 taxes/fees

Ship: Celebrity Solstice

 

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7-Day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez

Starting at: $549

+ $110.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Diamond Princess

 

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7-day Cruise to Mexican Riviera: Cabo & Puerto Vallarta from Los Angeles, California on Norwegian Joy

Starting at: $679.20

+ $170.77 taxes/fees

Ship: Norwegian Joy

 

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7-day Cruise to Mexican Riviera: Cabo & Puerto Vallarta from Los Angeles, California on Norwegian Joy

Starting at: $648.60

+ $191.06 taxes/fees

Ship: Norwegian Joy

 

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7-day Cruise to Mexican Riviera: Cabo & Puerto Vallarta from Los Angeles, California on Norwegian Bliss

Starting at: $654.60

+ $179.60 taxes/fees

Ship: Norwegian Bliss

 

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10-Day Baja Peninsula & Sea of Cortez

Starting at: $1,029

+ $155.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Discovery Princess

 

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7-Day Mexican Riviera

Starting at: $1,084

+ $110.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Koningsdam

 

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7-Day Mexican Riviera

Starting at: $749

+ $133.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Koningsdam

 

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Mexican Riviera

Starting at: $649

+ $145.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Discovery Princess

 

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Mexican Riviera

Starting at: $499

+ $145.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Discovery Princess

 

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Cabo, Vallarta & Mazatlan Cruise

Starting at: $387

+ $132.47 taxes/fees

Ship: Navigator of the Seas

 

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Cabo, Vallarta & Mazatlan Holiday

Starting at: $667

+ $130.36 taxes/fees

Ship: Navigator of the Seas

 

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14-Day Southern / Western Caribbean

Starting at: $1,459

+ $305.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Nieuw Amsterdam

 

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Mexican Riviera: Cabo & Puerto Vallarta

Starting at: $598.80

+ $141.51 taxes/fees

Ship: Norwegian Jewel

 

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An ocean crossing can be just what you need.

Time to explore.  Time to relax.  Time to cruise.

Each fall the cruise lines reposition ships from Europe and this year is no exception.

Check these out and let us know which one you want and we'll get you a stateroom and you can start packing.

 

 

 

18-day Cruise to Transatlantic: Spain & Bermuda from New York, New York on Norwegian Sun

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$978

+ $545.31 taxes/fees

 

21-day Cruise to Transatlantic: Spain, Bermuda & Portugal from Miami, Florida on Norwegian Sun

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$1,033.20

+ $532.96 taxes/fees

 

Spanish Transatlantic Cruise

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$4,025

+ $99.95 taxes/fees

 

9-day Cruise to Transatlantic: Bermuda & Ponta Delgada to New York from Lisbon, Portugal on Norwegian Epic

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$399

+ $118.58 taxes/fees

 

Transatlantic Cruise

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$7,128

+ $148.97 taxes/fees

 

12-day Cruise to Transatlantic: Scotland & Iceland from London (Southampton), England on Norwegian Prima

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$1,559.40

+ $195.92 taxes/fees

 

Spain, Portugal & Azores

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$2,559

+ $121.85 taxes/fees

 

Madiera Transatlantic Cruise

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$644

+ $120.61 taxes/fees

 

Spanish Transatlantic Cruise

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$546

+ $106.43 taxes/fees

 

Transatlantic Cruise

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$1,301

+ $132.98 taxes/fees

 

Transatlantic Cruise

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$1,188

+ $219.27 taxes/fees

 

Spain & France Transatlantic

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$1,808

+ $100.04 taxes/fees

 

Mediterranean Transatlantic

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$1,142

+ $122.40 taxes/fees

 

Western Europe Transatlantic

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$1,981

+ $130.60 taxes/fees

 

15-Day 150th Anniversary Transatlantic

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$2,299

+ $250.00 taxes/fees

 

15-Day 150th Anniversary Transatlantic

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$2,299

+ $250.00 taxes/fees

 

Morocco Passage

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$899

+ $127.32 taxes/fees

 

14-day Cruise to Transatlantic: Spain & Bermuda to New York from Barcelona, Spain on Norwegian Gem

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$699

+ $194.78 taxes/fees

 

Transatlantic: Spain & Brazil

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$598.80

+ $175.39 taxes/fees

 

15-day Cruise to Transatlantic: Bahamas, Spain & Bermuda to Tampa from Barcelona, Spain on Norwegian Dawn

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$599.40

+ $290.89 taxes/fees

 

16-day Cruise to Transatlantic: Italy, France & Spain to New York from Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy on Norwegian Escape

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$979.20

+ $273.23 taxes/fees

 

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Cruise to the ISLANDS OF ALOHA this fall from several west coast ports.

Take the time and relax and enjoy your at sea and in port days in true Polynesian style.

 

GREAT GETAWAYS

 

16-Day Hawaiian Islands

Starting at: $1,347

+ $185.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Diamond Princess

 

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Hawaii Cruise

Starting at: $821

+ $245.43 taxes/fees

Ship: Radiance of the Seas

 

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Hawaiian Islands

Starting at: $999

+ $250.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Ruby Princess

 

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Hawaiian Islands

Starting at: $1,049

+ $250.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Ruby Princess

 

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Hawaiian Islands

Starting at: $1,099

+ $240.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Ruby Princess

 

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16-Day Circle Hawaii

Starting at: $2,279

+ $233.00 taxes/fees

Ship: Koningsdam

 

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Hawaii Cruise

Starting at: $1,049

+ $142.48 taxes/fees

Ship: Quantum of the Seas

 

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12-day Cruise to from Honolulu, Oahu on Norwegian Spirit

Starting at: $2,305.20

+ $205.77 taxes/fees

Ship: Norwegian Spirit

 

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The 5 Top Scenic Train Experiences in Switzerland

Aug 11, 2022

Adventure Travel  Western Europe  

 

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The Bernina Express is one of Switzerland's most storied scenic trains.
Credit: 2022 Rhaetische Bahn/ Andrea Badrutt

It was 175 years ago — in August 1847 — that Switzerland's first railroad line opened. The Spanisch-Broetli-Bahn ran from Zurich to Baden, and was so-named for a specialty pastry (the flaky Spanish bun) from Baden. 

Today, Switzerland’s rail network is well-integrated and easy to use, with more than 3,000 miles of tracks. Trains run frequently and are so punctual that it’s almost frightening. The Swiss rail system also has connections directly from city center to city center, eliminating the hassle of airport queues and check-in procedures.

But Swiss public transport is not just about taking passengers from point A to point B. Riders are encouraged to enjoy the sights, sip a coffee and chat with friends — whether they’re commuting to work or on vacation. 

Train travel is a relaxing way to explore the history, culture and stunning scenery of Switzerland — which is about half the size of Maine — as well as a perfect way for clients to see the country through the eyes of locals. And thanks to comfy seating and large windows that stretch into the roof of the passenger car, Switzerland's panorama trains offer the ultimate way to take it all in.

Here are our top five picks for the best panoramic train experience in Switzerland.

Glacier Express

From the moment the Glacier Express' doors close to when the train arrives 180 miles and eight hours later, clients never lose sight of Alpine peaks along the journey from Zermatt to St. Moritz (or, in reverse). Glacier Express travels across 291 bridges and through 91 tunnels while it passes the source of the Rhine in wild country, skirts immense limestone cliffs, crosses the Landwasser Viaduct and climbs to the Albula Tunnel. 

 

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Glacier Express
Credit: 2022 Glacier Express/ Stefan Schlumpf

Clients seated in Excellence Class enjoy a seven-course lunch and concierge service as the train wends through deep river gorges and scales hillsides. The eastern end of the trip — the Rhaetian Railway’s Albula and Bernina lines — is so epic, in fact, that it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to the brilliant engineering and scenery.

Bernina Express

Climb through Alpine glaciers before descending to swaying palms in Italy on Bernina Express. Part of the Rhaetian Railway, Bernina Express is the highest railway across the Alps, connecting northern and southern Europe. The 4.5-hour journey begin in Chur, the oldest town in Switzerland, then passes through the Schin Gorge and over the Solis Viaduct into the wild Albula Valley. After reaching its highest point, at 7,391 feet, Bernina Express meanders down through the sun-drenched Poschiavo valley and continues to Tirano, Italy — the journey’s end. In non-winter months, clients can extend their exploration on the Bernina Express Bus, which heads from Tirano to Lugano along Lake Como.

Note: Glacier Express and Bernina Express share parts of the same railway network, so it is advisable to only book one or the other. 

GoldenPass Panoramic

One picturesque view follows the next on this two-hour train ride from Montreux to Zweisimmen: cows grazing on lush meadows, traditional wooden chalets and the tall peaks of the Alps in the background. But the best is saved for last: Shortly before reaching Montreux, clients are rewarded with fantastic views of glittering Lake Geneva and its Mediterranean flair. 

Note: GoldenPass Panoramic is part of the GoldenPass Line, and therefore part of the Grand Train Tour of Switzerland.

Gotthard Panorama Express

Until the 2016 opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel — the world’s longest rail tunnel — the mountain route was the only way to reach the canton of Ticino by train. Today, Gotthard Panorama Express takes clients through the many helical tunnels along the 5.5-hour route from Lugano/Bellinzona to Lucerne (or vice versa), as well as the Gotthard tunnel, inaugurated in 1882. The trip is a combination of a steamboat trip on Lake Lucerne and a ride on the panoramic train along the old Gotthard route. 

Luzern-Interlaken Express

See two of Switzerland’s most popular tourist destinations — Lucerne and Interlaken  — from an immersive perspective onboard Luzern-Interlaken Express. Clients travel along the shores of icy-blue Lake Brienz, Lake Sarnen and Lake Lucerne; through postcard-perfect valleys and pastures; and along the base of idyllic mountain slopes, to arrive in the alpine Jungfrau region thoroughly awed by the scenic splendor — all in under two hours. 

Fun fact: Shortly before starting its steep, winding ascent to Bruenig Pass, the train changes to cogwheel drivetrain technology to conquer the steep climb. 

Best Family Hotels in the Caribbean With Kids' Clubs

Jun 16, 2022

Adventure Travel  All-Inclusive Hotels  Caribbean  Family Travel  Hotels and Resorts  

 

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There are many family hotels in the Caribbean that offer kids’ clubs and special programming.
Credit: 2022 Club Med Punta Cana

With the first day of summer just around the corner, families are eager to embark on their long-anticipated summer vacations. But what are the best options for kids in the Caribbean this year?

As tourism continues to recover around the region, families will find an ever-increasing number of possibilities. Caribbean resorts with children’s programs are especially well-equipped to support family getaways, providing kids with lots of fun choices for both play and learning opportunities.

Here are some of the top children’s programs for families vacationing around the Caribbean. 

Anguilla: Zemi Beach House and Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection

Among Anguilla’s upscale, family-friendly hotels is Zemi Beach House, a boutique property on Shoal Bay East where the kids’ club offers activities including arts and crafts, cooking lessons, treasure hunts and even coconut bowling. In addition, children can sign up for Mermaid Experiences, a program that offers swimming lessons in an infinity pool (and, natch, clad in mermaid tails). 

 

Zemi Beach House in Anguilla offers a kids’ club.

Zemi Beach House in Anguilla offers a kids’ club.
Credit: 2022 Zemi Beach House

Also in Anguilla is Malliouhana, Auberge Resorts Collection, where the Mini-Explorers program offers morning, afternoon, or full-day sessions that include activities such as cooking classes, traditional Anguilla-style kite-making, boat racing, tea parties, fishing, make-your-own-salt-scrub classes and snorkeling.  

Aruba: The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino and Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino

Upscale family vacations are easy to arrange at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, where Ritz Kids offers educational activities such as Something Fishy, a program for younger children focused on the region’s marine life; Cultural Exploration, a class that highlights island cultures around the world; and Nature Scouts, a complimentary family adventure activity. 

At Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino, meanwhile, kids can enjoy activities ranging from cupcake-making and marble races on the beach to “dive in” movie nights by the pool. Nearby, Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino hosts scavenger hunts with a mystery prize for the winners. 

Cayman Islands: The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman

Children staying at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman can learn about the Caribbean’s rich natural resources — and how to protect them — when they sign up for the Ambassadors of the Environment family program, which was created by Jean-Michel Cousteau. (This program is also available at Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve in Puerto Rico.) Snorkeling classes, mangrove kayaking and nature photography are just a few of the featured activities — many of which are open for parents to join. 

Dominican Republic: Club Med Punta Cana, Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda and Royalton Splash Punta Cana, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino

Two Club Med properties in the Dominican Republic offer an array of interesting experiences for kids. Club Med Punta Cana hosts activities designed for four age categories, ranging from 4 months to 17 years old. Beach-based sports include windsurfing and volleyball, while the on-site Club Med Circus School offers lessons in acrobatics and the flying trapeze. 

Club Med Miches Playa Esmeralda offers similarly exciting activities as part of its Amazing Family programming, including flying trapeze classes and movies under the stars. There’s also the immersive The Little Gardeners’ House, which teaches young ones about planting, growing fruits and vegetables, recycling and composting. 

Elsewhere in the Dominican Republic, Royalton Splash Punta Cana, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino offers two programs for different age groups: the Clubhouse Kids Club (ages 4-12) and the Hangout Teens Club (ages 13-17).  

 

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Amanyara in Turks and Caicos
Credit: 2022 Amanyara

Nevis: Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies

Kite-making, monkey-spotting tours and dominoes lessons are just a few of the memorable activities featured as part of the recently redesigned Kids for All Seasons program at Four Seasons Resort Nevis, West Indies. In addition, the property has a family-friendly “summer camp” package that includes educational sea turtle activities.

Puerto Rico: Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico and Fairmont El San Juan Hotel

Cultural immersion is one of the interesting draws at Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico, where kids’ classes focus on local cultural traditions such as playing dominoes and bomba dancing. Additional activities include a kids’ pool, tennis and pickleball courts, watersports and adventure outings. 

Closer to San Juan, Fairmont El San Juan Hotel offers activities such as weekly sandcastle-making contests, which take place every Sunday. 

Turks and Caicos: West Bay Club and Amanyara

Among the family-friendly hotels in Turks and Caicos are West Bay Club — home to a children’s program that offers crafts activities with recycled and natural items, along with snorkeling, kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing and more — and Amanyara, where the Science Explorers and Environmental Keepers (SEEK) program debuted in 2021 in partnership with the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami. The program features nature-focused activities for multiple age groups, from lessons about waves and coral reef ecosystems to coastal walks and beach clean-ups.  

 

 

'Micro-cations' Are Rising in Popularity

Aug 02, 2022

Research  Travel News  

 

'Micro-cations' Are Rising in Popularity

A micro-cation is defined as a leisure trip that is at least 100 miles away from home, but lasts four nights or fewer.
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What: Clients Are Saying Goodbye to Long Summer Vacations

When planning their travel, Americans are increasingly favoring “micro-cations,” or leisure trips that are at least 100 miles away from home and are four nights (or less) in length, according to Allianz Partners USA’s 14th-annual Vacation Confidence Index.

More than half of respondents to the survey indicate that their next vacation will fall into this category, and nearly a quarter (23%) are planning multiple micro-cations (a trend also known as “multi micro-cations) this summer. Most people taking a micro-cation average four nights away. Younger Americans lead the charge on this trend (44%), followed by men (40%).

Why It Matters: Micro-cations Satisfy a Desire to Travel, Minus the Logistical Headaches of a Longer Trip

After years of pandemic-era travel restrictions, micro-cations offer travelers a new way to dip their feet back into the travel pond, and they also prove advantageous for those who want to see multiple locales over a short amount of time, rather than spending more time in one place.

Although a micro-cation’s trip length is short and may offer fewer commission opportunities, savvy travel advisors can still prove be vital to the planning process by ensuring that every moment counts. (And when it’s time to plan a longer trip, they’ll be rewarded with repeat business).

Fast Facts: What to Know About Micro-cations and the Allianz Partners USA Vacation Confidence Index

- The term “micro-cation” was coined by Allianz Partners USA in 2019, while “multi micro-cations first appeared in last year’s Vacation Confidence Index.

- The average number of trips U.S. travelers will take this summer is 1.4 (up from 1.2 in 2021).

- Spending habits are unique for this trip type. One-night trips cost an average of $606 per night; two-night trips cost an average of $410; three-night and four-night trips cost $325 and $323 , respectively.

- The Vacation Confidence Index has been conducted every summer since 2010 by Ipsos Public Affairs and this survey sampled 2,011 Americans over the age of 18. It was conducted from May 2-4, 2022.

What They Are Saying: Travelers Are Putting Their Paid Time Off to Use This Summer

“The summer travel season is here, and Americans are taking advantage of those banked vacation days,” said Daniel Durazo, director of external communications at Allianz Partners USA. “Whether it’s a road trip or a getaway to the mountains or to the beach for some R&R, Americans are planning quick getaways, and many are planning multiple trips to help satisfy their desire for travel. For frequent travelers, an annual travel insurance policy covering a year’s
worth of travel is a great idea, offering convenience and value.”

Silversea Cruises Acquires the Former Crystal Endeavor Expedition Ship

Jul 19, 2022

Adventure Travel  Expedition Cruise  Luxury Travel  Travel News  

 

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Silver Endeavor will resume operations in November.
Credit: 2022 Silversea Cruises

Following the news that A&K Travel Group Ltd., the parent company of Abercrombie & Kent, will restart the Crystal Cruises brand with the line’s original Crystal Serenity and Crystal Symphony ships, Silversea Cruises has announced its acquisition of Crystal Endeavor.

Renamed Silver Endeavour, the expedition ship will resume operations in November. Silversea is also throwing a metaphorical life ring to former Crystal clients, as well, whose Endeavour bookings will be honored by Silversea’s parent company, Royal Caribbean Group.

“To honor the spirit of expedition travel, we have renamed the ship Silver Endeavour — paying testament to one of history’s most famous vessels,” said Barbara Muckermann, chief commercial officer for Silversea Cruises. “Onboard Silver Endeavour, travelers will channel the same sense of discovery that guided pioneering explorers, such as James Cook, in bygone eras.”

The acquisition expands Silversea’s expedition fleet to a total of five ships, also including Silver Explorer, Silver Cloud, Silver Origin and Silver Wind. When it begins sailing this year, Endeavour will replace Silver Explorer for the line’s planned 2022-2023 Antarctica season.

The expedition cruising industry is poised to resume accelerated growth, driven by demand among high-end, affluent customers for travel to remote and hard-to-access destinations.

“One of the most luxurious expedition ships afloat, Silver Endeavour will accelerate our strategy of growth, enriching our offering to unprecedented levels and reaffirming our position as the leading ultra-luxury expedition cruise line,” said Roberto Martinoli, president and CEO of Silversea Cruises. “The expedition cruising industry is poised to resume accelerated growth, driven by demand among high-end, affluent customers for travel to remote and hard-to-access destinations. Silver Endeavour will strengthen our polar offering, further diversifying our broad-ranging product. With the ongoing support of Royal Caribbean Group, we are enhancing the cruise experience for our guests, unlocking the world’s most rewarding destinations in a way that only Silversea can.”

Initially constructed to PC6 polar-class specifications, Endeavour will maintain its robust set of adventure and luxury amenities encompassing Zodiacs, kayaks, a remote gimbal camera system and a crew-to-guest ratio of around 1-to-1.

Besides a repainted hull to match the latest Silversea livery, no other modifications to the ship have been revealed. Onboard offerings will still include all-suite accommodations; several choice restaurants, bars and lounges; an inviting spa; a double-decker solarium with a swimming pool and a whirlpool; and convenient indoor and outdoor observation areas.

“We are delighted to offer an additional incentive to all guests who were booked on the former Endeavor to experience the Silversea difference,” Martinoli said. “They are invited to sail on any Silversea ship from our beautiful fleet of 11.”

In fact, parent company Royal Caribbean Group will protect the deposits of clients originally reserved on Crystal Endeavor, transferring their booking to a new one on Silversea, or even corporate cousins Celebrity Cruises or Royal Caribbean International.

What’s more, to the extent Crystal Endeavor guests do not receive their deposits back from Crystal (or other sources), Royal Caribbean Group will refund amounts paid on their new reservation up to the total lost on Crystal deposits.

Silver Endeavour bookings are now open, with the ability to make reservations for its next Antarctica season under Silver Explorer until the website reflects the ship change in the coming weeks.

Crystal Cruises' new owner reveals a bit about renovation plans

By Andrea Zelinski 

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Jul 26, 2022

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The Crystal Symphony is in Trieste, Italy, where Fincantieri will refurbish the ship.

The Crystal Symphony is in Trieste, Italy, where Fincantieri will refurbish the ship. Photo Credit: Crystal Cruises

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Abercrombie & Kent Travel Group's reimagining of the Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity includes creating more butler suites and reducing guest capacity by combining some staterooms. 

That's what A&K CEO Cristina Levis said Tuesday after the ships arrived in Trieste, Italy, where they are undergoing refurbishments by shipbuilder Fincantieri. 

"This will bring a gracious new feeling of spaciousness to the restaurants and public areas," said Levis. 

As A&K prepares to relaunch the Crystal brand, co-chairman Manfredi Lefebvre d'Ovidio formally announced Jack Anderson will return to the brand as president of Crystal Cruises and Bernie Leypold as senior vice president of hotel operations. 

"It is an honor to join the new Crystal Cruises with a commitment to not only recreate but enhance the sophisticated luxury service, cuisine, entertainment, and shore experiences in collaboration with our sister company, Abercrombie & Kent," Leypold said.

The brand said it will give other former Crystal crew members priority in hiring to staff the ships for their expected 2023 release.

Asia uncertainty fuels cruise migration to California

By Andrea Zelinski 

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Jun 22, 2022

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The Carnival Miracle in San Francisco, where the ship homeports.

The Carnival Miracle in San Francisco, where the ship homeports. Photo Credit: Carnival Cruise Line

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Cruise lines are California dreamin' this year, with ports up and down the state benefiting both from Asia's closures and demand for domestic cruising. 

With continued uncertainty about reopening plans in many Asian countries, several cruise lines have pulled those itineraries and redeployed those ships to the California coastline. 

Beyond that, the pandemic has driven a preference for domestic departures, and the Golden State offers several draws, including an ability to attract customers from the western half of the country and itineraries that stretch from Alaska to Mexico.

"It's a great way for consumers to test-drive a cruise vacation," said Vicki Freed, senior vice president of sales at Royal Caribbean International. 

Royal returned to California in November with the Navigator of the Seas, ending a decadelong hiatus from sailing Los Angeles. Freed said Royal was seeing so much demand for those L.A. departures, it moved up its launch by seven months.

Aside from four ships sailing Alaska, Royal hadn't had much presence on the West Coast before moving the Navigator. The ship had received a $115 million renovation in 2019 and now sails a string of three-, four-, five- and seven-day itineraries.

It is among many ships adding to a huge increase in sailings this year from L.A.'s San Pedro cruise port. The port had 124 ship calls and about 650,000 passengers in 2019 and is projected to have 200 calls and up to 900,000 passengers this year. Those numbers are anticipated to grow to more than 1 million cruise passengers by 2023.

Carnival Cruise Line is currently the brand with the most passenger embarkations from California this year; its recent launch of the Carnival Miracle from San Francisco marked Carnival's first time homeporting in the Bay Area in its 50-year history.

The Carnival Radiance and Carnival Panorama are both operating year-round from Long Beach, Calif., on itineraries to the Mexican Riviera.

Moving from Asia to the West Coast

Celebrity Cruises was among the first to announce it would abandon its Asia itineraries in favor of the West Coast. Moving capacity to California was always part of the plan as the line brought on more ships, CEO Lisa Lutoff-Perlo said, but uncertainty about a resumption of operations in Asia sped up that timeline.

"We keep thinking about new places to bring Celebrity that we don't currently go to because we don't have enough ships, and the West Coast was at the top of the list," she said. 

Previously, Celebrity would graze the West Coast when repositioning to Alaska or Hawaii. In April, Celebrity announced it would cancel the Celebrity Solstice voyages from Asia and redeploy the 2,850-passenger ship to the Mexican Riviera when it finishes the Alaska season. Lutoff-Perlo said she intends to make this new investment on the West Coast permanent. 

With California comes the promise of wine country, favorable climates and visually attractive destinations, said Lutoff-Perlo. While travelers from Boston might not be inclined to fly to California for a cruise, she said she expects to be able to source most customers from the western half of the country. 

Princess Cruises also canceled its Asia itineraries and shifted capacity to the West Coast this year. Of its 15 ships, eight of them will sail California during the prime fall season. That's up from 2019, when the line sailed seven ships there, although two of those ships have left the fleet. 

Princess has historically sailed from Japan, Taiwan and Singapore, but it was natural to bring the Los Angeles-based line's ships "home," said Jan Swartz, president of Holland America Group, which includes Princess, and enables the line to build upon its extensive Alaska offerings. 

"We have a whole bunch of really unique experiences all up and down the West Coast that allow us to expand them," she said. 

Princess itineraries range from roundtrip voyages from San Diego, San Francisco, L.A. and Vancouver to one-way sailings between Vancouver and L.A. 

Swartz wouldn't comment on bookings for the West Coast but said that "Alaska and the West Coast of the U.S. will always be crucial markets for Princess and Holland America Line, so we're going to continue to invest in expanding our offering on that coast."

California is not the only place that gained from Asia's loss: Holland America moved the Westerdam to Australia and New Zealand; Norwegian Cruise Line will send the Norwegian Sun to the Canary Islands; and most recently, Windstar will redeploy the Star Breeze to Tahiti. 

All had planned to sail Asian itineraries.

 

Hawaiian Islands say 'aloha' to big ships, and cruise options grow

By Andrea Zelinski 

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May 07, 2022

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Princess Cruises is slated to have the largest Hawaii presence this year, with five ships visiting the Islands.

Princess Cruises is slated to have the largest Hawaii presence this year, with five ships visiting the Islands. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Princess Cruises

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Hawaii dropped its ban on large cruise ships in January, opening the door for cruise lines to redeploy their vessels back to the Islands.

And while Hawaii has never been a major stand-alone cruise destination, with only one large ship offering interisland options, the increase in U.S. domestic cruise options means more sailings to the Islands from West Coast ports. 

Due to cabotage laws, cruise ships of more than 100 passengers must touch a foreign port before visiting Hawaii; the exception is Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America, which is a U.S.-flagged ship. Most ships that leave ports in California call in Ensenada, Mexico, to comply with the law.

Princess Cruises is slated to have the largest Hawaii presence this year, with five ships visiting the Islands, including the 3,560-guest Royal Princess, the first of the line's Royal Class ships to sail to the state. It will visit three ports: Kona, on the Big Island; Lahaina, on Maui; and Honolulu, where it will spend two days.

Hawaii fans will benefit from the line's redeployment of some capacity from Asia. The Diamond Princess, for example, had been scheduled to sail from Japan this year but will instead be based in San Diego through February, offering itineraries that include the Hawaiian Islands.

Holland America Line will offer eight cruises to Hawaii in 2022-2023 on three ships: the KoningsdamZuiderdam and Volendam. Prior to the pandemic, the line offered six sailings. The increase is part of a strategy to offer longer cruises from domestic ports.

The Pride of America, the only U.S.-flagged large cruise ship that sails round-trip Hawaii cruises, resumed its cruises on April 9, making a slow return to the Islands. It was originally scheduled to relaunch in January but postponed that twice. It is now offering seven-day cruises visiting five ports on four Hawaiian islands.

 

 

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United Airlines will launch or resume 30 transatlantic flights from mid-April through early June. This comprises the addition of nonstop flights to five destinations no other North American airline serves, including AmmanJordanBergenNorwayAzoresPortugalPalma de MallorcaSpain; and Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands. The airline is also launching five nonstop flights to LondonMilanZurichMunich and Nice. The airline is also restarting 14 Atlantic routes, besides adding frequencies in six others.

United’s transatlantic route network is expected to be 25 percent larger than it was in 2019. With this expansion, United says it will serve more transatlantic destinations than every other U.S. carrier combined and will be the largest airline across the Atlantic.

United will launch new capital-to-capital service between Washington, D.C.-Dulles and Amman on May 5. Customers will be able to explore the historical sites in and around Amman, besides Petra, the Dead Sea and the Wadi Rum Desert. The airline will offer three times weekly service on a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner.

A third Portuguese destination will be added to United’s global network with the launch of flights between New York/Newark and Ponta Delgada in the Azores starting May 13. This joins the airline’s existing flights between New York/Newark and Porto, and its flights between Washington Dulles, New York/Newark and Lisbon. United will fly a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

United will launch flights between New York/Newark and Bergen starting May 20. Flights will operate three times weekly on a Boeing 757-200. It will offer three times weekly service between New York/Newark and Palma de Mallorca in the Balearic Islands beginning June 2 on a Boeing 767-300ER. This will add to United’s existing services to Madrid and Barcelona. United’s new flight from New York/Newark to Tenerife will launch on June 9. The airline will offer flights three times a week on a Boeing 757-200 aircraft.

In light of the increased demand for European travel, United is also launching new service to several cities in Europe. New daily flights between Boston and London-Heathrow began on April 14. The service is United’s only trans-oceanic point-to-point flight from Boston. This flight complements its nonstop service to London Heathrow from all seven of United’s hubs.

United launched daily flights between Denver and Munich on April 23. The route joins existing service from Denver to Frankfurt and London. United is the only U.S. airline to offer transatlantic service from Denver.

The airline introduced daily flights between Chicago and Zurich on April 23. United offers more nonstop service between Switzerland and the U.S. than any other U.S. airline; it is the only U.S. airline with nonstop service to Geneva.

United will offer new daily flights between New York/Newark and Nice starting April 29. New daily flights between Chicago and Milan, beginning May 6, will join existing seasonal flights between Chicago and Rome. United will be the only airline to offer nonstop service between Chicago and Milan, adding to its existing service between New York/Newark and Milan.

United is also increasing service to European destinations, including: second daily flights between New York/Newark and Dublin, which began April 23; second daily flights between Denver and London-Heathrow, beginning May 7; second daily flight between New York/Newark and Frankfurt, beginning May 26; and a second flight between New York/Newark and Rome five time a week, beginning May 27.

The airline will be adding a third daily flight between San Francisco and Heathrow, and increasing service between New York/Newark and Heathrow to seven daily flights, beginning May 28. With this additional service, there will be 22 daily nonstop flights from the U.S. to London Heathrow.

As part of this transatlantic expansion, United is also growing its presence in Africa. On May 8, it will increase its service to offer daily flights between Washington-Dulles and AccraGhana. The existing seasonal service to Cape Town will be extended to year-round, with nonstop flights from New York/Newark resuming June 5, subject to government approval.

For more information, visit united.com.