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  • So Long, It's Been Good to Know Ya
    Unless the powers that be at the new, Google-owned Frommers.com have plans they haven't told me about, Monday will be this blog's final day. I did my first post here more than four years ago, on November 11, 2008, and have posted cruise-related news,…
    - 28 Dec 12, 7:50pm -
  • Royal Caribbean Orders Third Oasis-Class Ship

    Royal Caribbean Orders Third Oasis-Class Ship

    Earlier today, Royal Caribbean International confirmed that it has placed a firm order with the STX France shipyard for a third vessel in its world-record-holding Oasis class. The original two Oasis-class ships, 2009's Oasis of the Seas and 2010's A…
    - 28 Dec 12, 12:48am -
  • Small-Ship Line The Boat Company Files Alaska Fisheries Lawsuit

    Small-Ship Line The Boat Company Files Alaska Fisheries Lawsuit

    I'd probably call this one enlightened self-interest: This week, small-ship line The Boat Company filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska challenging the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) program for monitoring…
    - 27 Dec 12, 2:25am -
  • American Safari's "Safari Endeavour": Doing What Small Ships Are Supposed to Do

    American Safari's "Safari Endeavour": Doing What Small Ships Are Supposed to Do

    We have a rarity today: A guest post from one of my longtime colleagues in the marine-writing trade. Due to [cough-cough, hmm, hrrmm], I can't use his real name here, so let's just call him "Deep Draught." Here goes . . . * * * Occasionally, good…
    - 26 Dec 12, 2:32am -
  • Crystal Offers "Kids Sail Free" Deal
    It gets . . . slow . . . around here . . . the closer . . . we get . . . to Christmas. I get emails that say, "Wishing you and your family a very joyous and safe holiday season!," and I think, Ah, another company has packed up and gone home until t…
    - 22 Dec 12, 2:41am -
  • Carnival Corp. Donates $2 Million to Hurricane Sandy Relief
    Cruise ships . . . Hurricanes . . . When you're in a business that puts your most valuable assets out on the open sea pretty much 24/7, a mitzvah or general charitable good deed or two is probably a good idea, to keep Poseidon on your side. So, this…
    - 21 Dec 12, 3:05am -
  • A Little Bit of Luxury, for a (Relatively) Little Bit of Money
    Like all luxury lines, Crystal Cruises isn't cheap. However, if you can book soon and don't insist on a really long cruise, you can get a deal that puts luxe kinda-sorta close to weeklong mainstream prices. Through December 28. Crystal is running a…
    - 18 Dec 12, 1:33am -
  • Royal Caribbean Makes NASDAQ Sustainability Index
    Going green on the deep blue sea? Something like that — or at least as green as you can be while burning a bazillion tons of fossil fuels. Anyway, here's the story: Seems Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., parent company of Royal Caribbean International…
    - 14 Dec 12, 3:33am -
  • Viking River Cruises Orders Ten (More) New Ships
    This is some kinda record, for sure: This week, Viking River Cruises announced that it had ordered ten new vessels on its 190-passenger "Viking Longship" design, bringing the total number of Viking river vessels on order or introduced over the past y…
    - 12 Dec 12, 2:18am -
  • In Key West, Hemingway's Cats Get Federal Protection
    If you've been to Key West and visited the Ernest Hemingway Museum, you've seen them: fifty of so of them, slinking around in the heat, sunning themselves around the grounds, and drinking from the enormous urinal that Hemingway himself allegedly truc…
    - 10 Dec 12, 8:28pm -

San Francisco Chronicle: Five Places

  • 5 places for bread lovers to visit
    Watch bakers make the city's signature sourdough bread through a 30-foot observation window while taking in historic and interactive exhibits that shed light on the intertwined past of sourdough and the city. Classes cover bread-making techniques an…
    - 5 Jun 14, 10:38pm -
  • 5 unusual places to get involved with theater
    With turn-of-the-century melodramas, audiences were encouraged to get involved with the campy theatrics via boos and hisses whenever the villain took the stage or soulful sighs for the young lovers.Established in 1865, the Nevada Theatre has been h…
    - 29 May 14, 9:17pm -
  • 5 great places to peer into the cosmos
    A fascination with the cosmos is at an all-time high with several celestial events occurring in the last couple of months, including the bright appearance of Mars in the night sky and the Blood Moon.Visit the largest all-digital planetarium in the…
    - 2 May 14, 2:14am -
  • 5 places in California to go a little batty
    Bats make up one-quarter of the Earth's mammal species, playing a crucial role in our ecosystem for pest control and pollination. Sadly, a disease called white-nose syndrome is rapidly spreading through the U.S., threatening to drive certain already…
    - 10 Apr 14, 10:35pm -
  • Borders in the West worth visiting
    (What would be the point of an atlas without them?) While it's rare to have an actual dotted line on the ground, there are places where borders take on a unique position or special meaning.On one side gambling is pretty much card rooms and Lotto pi…
    - 3 Apr 14, 9:36pm -
  • Places where you can interact with robots
    Whether you view them as benevolent protectors meant to aid us ("Danger, Will Robinson!"), mechanical servants created to handle menial tasks (the Jetsons' maid, Rosie), or ultimately our undoing (the maniacal beings who wage war on humankind in "Ter…
    - 6 Mar 14, 9:58pm -
  • Great places for fans of steam locomotives
    The mournful wail of the whistle, the whoosh of boiler steam and the welcome warning of "All aboard!" It's all part of the romance of the steam locomotive, ready to power travelers' journeys into parts unknown.For 80 years the V&T was called Nevada…
    - 6 Feb 14, 10:13pm -
  • Five places to enjoy Year of the Horse
    Body, mind and spirit are the "three treasures" nurtured by art, music and cultural programs, including kung fu and Lion Dance, at this nonprofit institution.Begun by Shirley Fong-Torres in 1984, Wok Wiz Daily Tours and I Can't Believe I Ate My Way…
    - 30 Jan 14, 9:46pm -
  • 5 of the West's best fireplaces
    Whether you stay in the hotel or at other lodging options in the park, the Great Lounge is worth a visit.After skiing and other snow activities, the outdoor fireplace at the bottom of the slopes in the Snowmass Base Village Plaza is the place to st…
    - 24 Jan 14, 4:10pm -
  • Five places to meet Beatles history
    The tour goes past Elvis Presley's home in Bel-Air where the Fab Four met the King; cruises Blue Jay Way in the Hollywood Hills, where George Harrison lived; stops at other Beatles-related sites in Brentwood, Pacific Palisades and Beverly Hills; and…
    - 16 Jan 14, 10:57pm -

The Independent: 48 Hours In

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      Travel + Leisure: Adveture Vacations

      • A Costa Rica Adventure For All
        With its exotic wildlife, sun-soaked coasts, and dramatic mountains, this Central American playground offers trips for all types of explorers.
        - 7 Aug 09, 10:30am -
      • A Stress-free Trip to Costa Rica's Nicoya Peninsula
        Have you ever felt that the endless planning, maneuvering, and (not least) paying required for a relaxing vacation tends to cancel out the "relaxing" part?Problem solved: journey to Costa Rica’s Ni...
        - 30 Nov 07, 7:00pm -
      • A Family Break in California's Wine Country
        Swanky digs, just-pressed grape juice, and gorgeous countryside—Healdsburg shows all ages a good time. There are more than 100 vineyards and pick-your-own enterprises within striking distance, plus...
        - 30 Sep 07, 8:00pm -
      • A Snowy Park City Christmas
        Powder reigns at Park City's three ski resorts, where you can sip mulled wine, enjoy a holiday dinner of broiled elk, and—oh, yes—schuss.
        - 31 Dec 06, 7:00pm -
      • A Bike Tour of Versailles
        Versailles has the unknown bounty of a magical, carefully tended 17th-century park, whose dimensions and details exceed the reach of any map or any guidebook. You can ride for hours without seeing ...
        - 31 Aug 06, 8:00pm -
      • 13 Reasons to Visit Sri Lanka
        This exotic island nation may have been forever altered by political unrest and natural disaster. It is often said of Sri Lanka that it is the size of Ireland and almost as often that its history i...
        - 31 Aug 06, 8:00pm -
      • A Week on a Western Dude Ranch
        Who wouldn't leap at the chance to wear a cowboy hat and boots, swagger across a dusty corral, and tell an 800-pound horse where to go? There are hundreds of ranches around the country—some are wor...
        - 30 Jun 05, 8:00pm -
      • A Family Vacation in Rangeley, Maine's Lake District
        A 2 1/2-hour drive north of Portland, the Rangeley area is 99 percent lakes, ponds, and forest. Rangeley Lake is in the town center; smaller, quieter Loon is 10 miles north.
        - 30 Apr 05, 8:00pm -
      • A Family Trip to Ashland, OR
        Wild river rapids by day, The Tempest by night—and all manner of adventures in between. With its vegan cafés, hiking trails, science museum, and Tony-winning Shakespeare festival, Ashland, in south...
        - 31 Mar 04, 7:00pm -
      • A Family Road Trip Through Alaska
        The skies are big, the mountains high, and the parks enormous. What better way to see the 49th state than in a family-sized RV?Get your motor home running.
        - 31 Mar 04, 7:00pm -
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