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New Jamaica cruise port to open, finally, sort of

New Jamaica cruise port to open, finally, sort of The first cruise ship will call at the new port of Falmouth, Jamaica next week, months behind schedule and not fully operational. The port construction is a joint effort between between mega-ship maker Royal Caribbean International and the government of Jamaica....

One great cruise port: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

One great cruise port: Ocho Rios, Jamaica In the Caribbean, many ports of call feature turquoise-blue water, sandy beaches and a year-round temperature that makes traveling there attractive, especially in the Winter months from cold-weather climates. Some islands are better than others for scuba-diving or...

Top 3 stupid things to do on a cruise

Top 3 stupid things to do on a cruise A cruise vacation can be a great way to travel. Once on the ship, you're in a closed environment that is protected from many of the potential dangers that await those traveling some other way. But while cruise lines say things like "Do whatever you want to, it's your...

Cruise lines slash prices, buyers cash in

Cruise lines slash prices, buyers cash in Maybe its a bad news spotlight or maybe just some last-minute bargains but cruise lines are slashing prices on everything from short 2-night sailings to longer 7, 10, and even 16-night cruises . Make it a quick getaway or long, relaxing escape, cruise lines have some of the...

Feds threaten: cruise line pollution must stop

Feds threaten: cruise line pollution must stop New emission rules for cruise ships and other large vessels are set to go into effect in late 2013. A United Nations plan to control emissions from ships sailing within 200 nautical miles of the U.S. and Canadian coasts initially excluded the U.S, Virgin Islands and...

Hotels.com offers three and four-star hotels for $99 or less

Hotels.com offers three and four-star hotels for $99 or less Hotels.com® just launched their $99 or Less promotion, which offers many travelers an awesome break on three and four-star hotel prices. Featuring nearly 2,000 hotels in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, and the Caribbean, travelers who book by November 1 and travel by...

Three extraordinary Caribbean hotels for under $150

Three extraordinary Caribbean hotels for under $150 Yes, the Caribbean is awfully hot right now. And yes, faithful watchers of weather, hurricane season is indeed upon us. But for the next several months, visitors to the Caribbean will benefit from low-season rates that make the region a great value for cost-conscious...

Hotel cooking classes let you savor travel memories at home

Hotel cooking classes let you savor travel memories at home You know what they say..."take only pictures, leave only memories." But what if you want to take it home with you? That searing pad ka prow that leaves a film of sweat on your brow, a fragrant bouillabaisse, schnitzel so thin and crisp it practically floats? What you need...

Trade Mocked

Trade Mocked You were a cheerleader, you dated a cheerleader, or you hated the cheerleaders. As I recall, that's how high school worked. Thanks to travel PR, that same primeval paradigm lives on long after graduation. That miniskirts-shouting-slogans thing still works, whether you're...

Daily Pampering: Go bobsledding in the rainforest

Daily Pampering: Go bobsledding in the rainforest Did you enjoy watching the bobsledding in Vancouver this year? Well, why not make the bobsled part of your next island vacation? Rainforest Bobsled Jamaica at Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, should be high on your list. You don't need snow to bobsled, and they've...

Daily Pampering: Club-level at the Ritz-Carlton, Caribbean & Mexico

Daily Pampering: Club-level at the Ritz-Carlton, Caribbean & Mexico You're going on vacation. You're heading to the beach. You've got umbrella drinks and room service on your mind, and you're debating staying one more night... but should you? Could you? Yes, you can! The Ritz-Carlton hotels in Mexico and the Caribbean are offering...

International female team reaches South Pole

International female team reaches South Pole Back in November, a group of seven women from a variety of countries around the globe set out on a long, and challenging journey. Calling themselves the Kaspersky Commonwealth Expedition, they left Patriot Hills, along the Antarctic coast, and over the course of the next 39...

American Airlines jet skids off Kingston runway - breaks in two

American Airlines jet skids off Kingston runway - breaks in two Details are still quite sketchy at the moment, but late last night, an American Airlines jet landed at Norman Manley airport in Kingston, Jamaica. It then skidded towards the end of the runway, and split in two. Passengers reported that the plane made a large "bang", then...

Explore five cities with a "bad rap"

Explore five cities with a I grew up in Detroit. I love my city and will be the first tell anyone who thinks it's nothing but a boarded up hellhole just how wrong they are. But I know Detroit's bad rap comes not only from suburb-dwellers and business travelers who just breezed through, but also from...

Get out and go: Events around the world (October 21-25)

Get out and go: Events around the world (October 21-25) Here's a travel factoid for the day: Did you know that it was 32 years ago today that three members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd were killed in the crash of a chartered plane near McComb, Mississippi? ...But don't let that fact prevent you from traveling and experiencing...

Ten musical destinations that will rock your world

Ten musical destinations that will rock your world Music has a way of taking you on a journey. Like any great trip, the songs that inspire us are filled with joyous highs and sobering lows, unexpected revelations and exotic uncertainties. It's only natural then that each of us seeks out music during our travels. Whether...

And the happiest place on Earth is ...

And the happiest place on Earth is ... ... not Disney World! Despite the theme park's claim, Costa Rica actually takes the top spot, according to the New Economics Foundation. This Britain-based independent research firm uses the "Happy Planet Index" to determine and rank the countries with the happiest people....

Big up Kingston - Pirates & Parrotfish in Port Royal

Big up Kingston - Pirates & Parrotfish in Port Royal It's June 1692, and you're a resident of Port Royal, a thriving settlement in the harbor of modern-day Kingston. As you gaze at the cerulean-blue harbor, your eyes linger on the silhouettes of several privateer ships. The English crown has given these ships free reign to...

Big up Kingston - The Spanish Court Hotel

Big up Kingston - The Spanish Court Hotel Hotels provoke strong reactions among travelers. Stay at a really terrible, cookie-cutter property, and it's likely to color an entire trip. Just the opposite is also true - when a traveler finds himself at truly unique hotel, aligned with the rhythms and particularities of...

Big up Kingston - Sunday brunch with a view

Big up Kingston - Sunday brunch with a view Sunday brunch is an institution in Jamaica. After church services (around 65% of Jamaicans are Christian) it's perhaps the second most popular Sunday ritual. Families gather together to enjoy a leisurely meal of Jamaican culinary specialties and enjoy each other's company....

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