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Sir Richard Branson Applauds Airline Complaint Letter

Sir Richard Branson Applauds Airline Complaint Letter Jul 2nd, 2013 at 3:00PM: Paul Kane, Getty images Sir Richard Branson, the self-made billionaire of Virgin fame, must have some spare time these days. The business mogul has taken it upon himself to applaud a humorous airline complaint letter that went viral. Written by tennis pro Arthur Hicks, the sarcastic letter thanks Caribbean carrier LIAT for taking him on a tour of the islands. Dear LIAT, May I say how...

Tired Of Caribbean Islands? No Problem: We'll Make More, Say Cruise Lines

Tired Of Caribbean Islands? No Problem: We'll Make More, Say Cruise Lines Jun 27th, 2013 at 5:00PM: breezy421/Flickr After a few sailings in the Caribbean, North American cruise travelers can get tired of going to the same islands. Their cruise vacation may be a great value and easy to do but they want more. The problem is that ships can only go so far before having to turn around and get back in a week, the time most travelers have for vacation. The answer: make more islands. While the...

Unique Themed Cruise Brings Wine, Stars And Seminars

Unique Themed Cruise Brings Wine, Stars And Seminars Jun 10th, 2013 at 5:00PM: payhere/Flickr Themed cruises are becoming more popular all the time as fans of (insert almost anything here) gather at sea. Music fans dominate the offerings with ships setting sail sold out with fans of Kid Rock, KISS, Blake Shelton and others each hosting their own theme cruise. Then there are fans of movies like the Turner Classic Movies cruise, now in its third year. Another one that caught...

New Cruise Line Sets Sail In 2014 With Small, Luxury Ships

New Cruise Line Sets Sail In 2014 With Small, Luxury Ships May 13th, 2013 at 1:00PM: New cruise lines are about as rare as new hotel chains; there is just not a lot of action on that topic. Like hotel chains, airlines and other travel-related companies, most cruise lines have been around for a long time too. Still, there are those who see a need in the marketplace that existing companies just can't fill. Such is the feel of new Pearl Sea Cruises, which will set sail in 2014...

Beyond The Floating Hotel, Travelers Find Value Ashore

Beyond The Floating Hotel, Travelers Find Value Ashore Apr 13th, 2013 at 9:00AM: If I say "cruise," odds are good that the first thought that comes to mind is that of a big floating hotel that ambles from island to island in the Caribbean. That's not totally wrong either; a lot of cruise ships do just that. But looking at a cruise ship as a mode of transportation, like a commercial airliner that flies from airport A to airport B, should bring different thoughts. Thinking of...

The Beach Snob's Guide To Cancun

The Beach Snob's Guide To Cancun Mar 25th, 2013 at 1:00PM: So you're not the Cancun type. That's no reason to pass up a cheap flight to its airport, a gateway to lots of anti-Cancun destinations. The area has more than 80 miles of white-sand Caribbean beaches, and only a few of those are confined to the cheesy place you've been avoiding. I'm a certified beach snob, and Cancun-area sands are some of the best for the money and the time it takes to...

Adventure Safari Brings Easy Way To Give Back

Adventure Safari Brings Easy Way To Give Back Mar 6th, 2013 at 3:00PM: Traveling almost anywhere around the world, we see people in need. Many struggle to survive in endangered areas or in a place where an earthquake, tsunami or another natural disaster has occurred. But those in need can be located at stops along our way in the Caribbean, South America, Europe or some other areas too. In the past, it has been hard not to feel the need to help, but often more...

Stricken Cruise Ship Passengers Make Most Of Bad Situation

Stricken Cruise Ship Passengers Make Most Of Bad Situation Feb 13th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Life on board stricken cruise ship Carnival Triumph is far from the travel brochure promise of sandy beaches and warm Caribbean nights. As the ship is being towed to shore after an engine room fire knocked out the ship's propulsion, passengers have had quite a different experience than what they bargained for. Still, experienced travelers know that not everything goes as planned and making the...

Low-Cost Travel Insurance Offered For Adventure Travelers

Low-Cost Travel Insurance Offered For Adventure Travelers Feb 8th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Start talking about anything even remotely related to the topic of travel insurance and odds are the conversation will be short. This is not something that travelers dream about, plan for or share with their social networks. No one we know of has a scrapbook of insurance mementos picked up along the way or has written a song about it. To many travelers, travel protection is an annoying,...

Haiti Bills Itself As The Next Caribbean Vacation Hotspot

Haiti Bills Itself As The Next Caribbean Vacation Hotspot Jan 30th, 2013 at 5:00PM: The Caribbean nation of Haiti is launching an ambitious campaign to market the country as a vacation hotspot. Unlike other islands in the region, which draw huge numbers of leisure travelers seeking sun and surf, Haiti is largely overlooked by tourists. The country is one of the poorest in the Western hemisphere with around 80 percent of its people living in extreme poverty. It was thrown...

Video Of The Day: Little Corn Island, Nicaragua

Jan 16th, 2013 at 5:00PM: I was recently researching Little Corn Island, Nicaragua. I instantly became charmed by the island and obsessed with the idea of visiting it as soon as possible. But it's difficult to find footage online featuring the tiny island. Situated 43 miles east of Nicaragua's Caribbean coast, the island only encompasses 1.1 square miles. The island's highest point is only 125 feet. Little Corn Island...

Good Winter Travel Season Deals Still Available

Good Winter Travel Season Deals Still Available Dec 24th, 2012 at 3:00PM: Before, during or after winter travel season, the nation's regions offering ski adventure travel options have something for everyone. The idea of climbing, hiking, camping or trekking through diverse areas had many travelers planning a 2013 winter vacation about this time last year. But those with no plans have options too. "Put in now for end-of-January trips, but don't expect deals around...

Photo Of The Day: Puerto Rico Vista

Photo Of The Day: Puerto Rico Vista Dec 21st, 2012 at 6:00PM: This beautiful Puerto Rico vista, snapped by Flickr user trishhartmann, was taken in Guzmán Arriba, Río Grande, toward the eastern end of the Commonwealth territory. With temperatures dipping and daylight at a premium in the north temperate zone, this image is a reminder of the near-magical appeal of the Caribbean, and the tropics in general over the winter. If you don't sort...

No Hassle Flying Act To Save Time, Safely, For Some

No Hassle Flying Act To Save Time, Safely, For Some Dec 14th, 2012 at 5:00PM: Cutting down on the hassle of flying internationally, the No-Hassle Flying Act of 2012 aims to eliminate excessive security screening of connecting baggage at U.S. airports. Currently, checked baggage on all inbound international flights has to be re-screened before being transferred to connecting U.S. flights. To help with holiday travel, congress has a plan. "As thousands of Americans travel...

Around Cuba's Bay Of Pigs In A 1929 Ford Model T Convertible

Around Cuba's Bay Of Pigs In A 1929 Ford Model T Convertible Dec 12th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Let's play a quick word association game. I say "Bay of Pigs," you tell me what comes to mind. Fidel Castro? Communism? Failed CIA missions? When I think of the Bay of Pigs, I think of crystal clear water stretching out as far as the eye can see. I think of black sand beaches and snorkel rentals. I think of a beautifully restored 1929 Ford Model T convertible, driven by a young man in a...

Barbados Rum Festival, Industry In Jeopardy

Barbados Rum Festival, Industry In Jeopardy Nov 12th, 2012 at 4:00PM: The Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival invites visitors to enjoy cooking demonstrations from a lineup of international and Bajan chefs, wine and rum tastings and pairings from wine and spirits experts. Sound like a good time? Better go this year. Barbados and other Caribbean islands may be out of the rum business before long, and for an unexpected reason. "Any discussion about rum is a...

Trinidad And Tobago Host Celebrations, Beautiful Beaches

Trinidad And Tobago Host Celebrations, Beautiful Beaches Oct 19th, 2012 at 3:00PM: The dual-island Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, just off the north coast of South America, offers a distinct blend of culture, eclectic cuisine and an assortment of eco-adventure activities. Celebrating its 50th anniversary of independence from the United Kingdom throughout 2012, two special events coming up in November highlight why Trinidad and Tobago is also known as the cultural...

Photo Of The Day: Eleuthera

Photo Of The Day: Eleuthera Oct 12th, 2012 at 6:00PM: Eleuthera is a long slender snake of an island, about 110 miles long and an average of two miles wide. It has an embarrassment of beaches, which are notable not just for their number but also for their variety: a long pale strand here; a deep beach backed by reeds there; pretty pink sands elsewhere. Flickr user trishhartmann captured this particularly dramatic Eleuthera beach, Tippy's Beach...

Cruise Line Extra Charges Can Easily Double The Price

Cruise Line Extra Charges Can Easily Double The Price Sep 12th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Cruise lines say a cruise vacation is one of the best travel values around. Commonly included in the price are meals, entertainment, onboard activities and more. Like other ways to travel, incidental expenses, those optional extra charges, can add up fast. Unlike other ways to travel, extra charges during cruises are quite predictable and easy to budget for. Here are some of the big ticket...

Three Island Destinations Rarely Visited By Cruise Ships

Three Island Destinations Rarely Visited By Cruise Ships Jul 24th, 2012 at 5:30PM: Cruise ships love to call on island destinations. Those that live on those islands are glad to see them and their cash-spending passengers too. But for travelers who just happen to be on a land vacation at the time a cruise ship calls, this is bad news. Almost instantly, a quiet, serene island paradise can be overrun with thousands of cruise passengers trying to cram a whole lot of island into...

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