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10 Things Before You Travel to Turks and Caicos

in Turks and Caicos Islands

The British Overseas Territory of Turks and Caicos has 8 main islands, 300 smaller islands, almost all virtually unpopulated. There ...

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Amtrak's Only Great Dome Car Returns to the East in Time for Panoramic Autumn Colors New York to Montreal

in United States

It's a vintage train car whose windowed dome makes the fall foliage seem even more brilliant on one of the most scenic train routes in th...

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Video: This is the New 'City of Light'

in Montreal, Quebec

Move over, Paris. There's a new 'City of Light' and it's the second-largest French-speaking city in the world. Festivals, style...

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Yes he did! 'Luke Skywalker' Opens New Skywalk at One of the World's Most Symbolic Lookouts

in Gibraltar

And he even used a light saber. The actor famous for his role as one of space's greatest heroes didn't need to use the Force to laun...

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Video: This Hotel Has the Top Views of Edinburgh

in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

There are a few important things on our check list of a great hotel: alluring architecture and design, lifestyle, dining and sipping... a...

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Video: Get Shot Out of This World-First Bungy Catapult in New Zealand

in Queenstown, New Zealand

Maybe it's been too long since you've been shot out of a cannon. Or dangled and bounced hundreds of feet above a ravine. Or had your...

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The World's Largest, Most Spacious Luxury Expedition Yacht Unveiled

It's an ice-class ship with the latest technology, able to navigate spring and fall in the world's polar regions. It's also one of the mo...

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6 Reasons to See Sicily

in Sicily, Italy

It's the largest island in the Mediterranean, with 14,000 years of history.Sicily is in the center of the Mediterranean Sea and has been ...

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Hitting the Road: 4 Ways To Make Your Next Family Road Trip Fun, Stress-Free

It’s summertime, which means families everywhere will be hitting the beach, camping sites, theme parks and summer homes all across the co...

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Cunard Joins Crowdfunding to Help Build New Statue of Liberty Museum

in New York City, New York

Supplies exclusive donor perks for July-long campaign; new museum to launch in 2019.  It's the quintessential British luxury cr...

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To Celebrate 125 Years of Exploring, this Expedition Cruise Line Bans Plastics

Since the 19th century, Hurtigruten has been bringing travelers closer to Nature.  Its tongue-twister name is Norwegian for 'Ex...

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You Can Take a Chair Lift to the Beach on this Island

in Roatan, Honduras

They call it the 'Magical Flying Beach Chair' and it's probably one of the world's most memorable - and scenic - 6 minute trips to the be...

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There's Now an Official James Bond Museum and it's in a Very Cool Location

in Innsbruck, Austria

You might want to pack your black-tie outfit for this trip. After more than two-dozen movies in over 50 years, the original film spy...

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'Glamping' in Laos: Luxury Tented Villas are a Rosewood Resort First

in Laos

Laos may be one of the last, best-kept secrets in South-East Asia. Now, travelers looking for an immersive vacation in the unspoiled envi...

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Iceland, a land of Fire and Ice

in Iceland

When to visit IcelandThe midnight sun near the Arctic Circle is both an unforgettable and unusual sight which makes the Summer time a pop...

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7 Places Not to Miss in Indochina

in Asia · 2 Comments

Two hundred years ago, Europeans started referring to the region between India and China as Indochina.Already, it was recognized as one o...

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5 Little-Known Facts about Africa's 'Big Five' Animals

in Africa · 73 Comments

'Safari'. It's a Swahili word simply meaning 'journey'. But for travel lovers, the word 'safari' ignites our imaginations of ex...

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America's Tallest Monument Park Transformed in Time for One of Nation's Biggest 4th July Parties

in St. Louis, Missouri

The view 630 feet above St. Louis from the top of its defining monument has changed after an immense, multi-year, $380-million renovation...

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This Cruise Line has Plenty to Celebrate in Pride Month

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San Francisco, Toronto, Sydney, Berlin… Now you can add another destination to celebrate Pride Month: at Sea.  Celebrity Cruises hel...

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Video: Play for a Day on Holland America Line's Caribbean Private Island

Think only the super rich and celebrities get the privileges of private islands?Guests aboard Holland America Line cruises in the Eastern...

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Magical Kenya

in Kenya

KENYA VACATION PLANNING GUIDEKenya is incredibly diverse and you can experience different cultures,languages ,fauna, flora, and topograp...

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Crystal River Cruises Changing the European River Cruise Landscape with Another River 'Yacht'

in Europe · 51 Comments

Following in the symphonic footsteps of the other members of the Crystal River Cruise fleet, the new Crystal Debussy evokes traditional E...

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Now there are Food Adventure Tours for Vegans, Too

in Thailand

Vegan travel can be a challenge. In some favorite destinations, a bag of nuts in your bag at all times is essential to keep hunger a...

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Suggested 1 week Itinerary in Porto and surrounding area

in Porto, Portugal

Sample itinerary by our DMC Portugal Experience Coordinator.Day 1: Check in at Eurostars Porto Centro Hotel 4* or Intercontinental Palaci...

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Traveling to Calgary: Must-See Stops

in Alberta

Known for its natural beauty and resourceful residents, Calgary boasts some truly incredible opportunities for tourists from every walk o...

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It's Bike Month! 3 Cycling Travel Stories to Inspire you to Travel Active

One of our favorite ways to stay active when we travel is to get on a bike and explore!  Cycling through city streets or picturesque...

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Picture This: The Largest Cruise Ship Ever to Transit the Panama Canal

in Panama

As you can see, it was a tight fit when the newest mega-ship at sea arrived at one of the man-made wonders of the world in an iconic phot...

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Top 3 Souvenirs from Venice

in Venice, Italy

Venice is not just the 'City of Canals'.  It's also always been a city of merchants, and modern Venice is a showcase for...

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5 Reasons To Give An Ovation To Luxury Cruising's Newest Ship

Applause, champagne, and celebration for the Seabourn Ovation.  The fifth ship in Seabourn's fleet has her naming ceremony May 1...

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Start 2020 Off Right - Take a World Cruise!

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Ringing in the New Year doesn't just turn a page on the calendar; it launches another season of World Cruises.If you don't know what your...

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Why You Should Definitely Visit New England

in , New England

Rugged landscapes, lush grasslands that span amazing breadths over dazzling mountains, jaw-dropping architectural edifices that you would...

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Video: The World's Largest Spring Flower Garden - in Full Bloom on a Tulip-Time River Cruise!

in Netherlands

They call it 'The Garden of Europe', and it's open for only 8 short weeks every spring. The spectacular Keukenhof garden in t...

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10 Tips When You Travel To Amsterdam From A Monograms Local Host

in Amsterdam, Netherlands

There's nothing better when you travel than having a friend in town to give you the insider tips only a local would know. Most of us don...

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Preserving the World's Heritage: One Cruise Line's Partnership with UNESCO

There are over a thousand World Heritage Sites in 167 countries.  Places in the world of such extraordinary cultural or natural wond...

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Video: The Most Photographed Hotel in the World Celebrates 125 Years

in Quebec

How does a hotel become the most photographed in the world?  Many hotels have spectacular architecture, magnificent and dramatic set...

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Now You Can Take the Chunnel Train to a New Destination in Europe

in Europe

London to Paris for a romantic weekend? Belgium to London for tea? Travelers have gotten used to having the option of a high-speed train ...

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7 Reasons to Cruise Canada and New England on Seabourn

in North America · 29 Comments

One of the greatest natural spectacles in the world is the unmatched explosion of colorful foliage that takes place in Eastern Canada and...

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Video: Taking a 'Sound Bath' at the Seabourn Spa

You may be familiar with treating yourself to a massage, reflexology, or other spa wellness treatments while you're on holiday. ...

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What Happens to Worn-Out Hotel Sheets? A Good News Story

How many times can your hotel sheets be slept in once, then washed, and slept in again before they're too worn to use one more time? We d...

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Video: Get a Bird's-Eye View of One of the Natural Wonders of the World

in Saint John, New Brunswick

Something amazing happens when the highest tides in the world arrive in Saint John, New Brunswick. Twice a day, tides in Canada's Ba...

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If You Think Bigger is Better, You'll Love the New Largest Ship at Sea

March 31st 2018 was a red-letter day in marine lore.  Royal Caribbean's Symphony of the Seas set sail with her first group of pa...

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Video: California Cool in Palm Springs

in Palm Springs, California

Fresh, dry air? Check.  300 sunny days a year? Check.  A minimalist desert landscape framed by mountains? Check. 'Desert Mo...

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Sailing in Italy, a 1-week adventure

in Rome, Italy

Sailing from Nettuno or other ports south of Rome, offers access to almost all the islands of the Tyrrenian Sea: to the Argentario in Tu...

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Tips for Biking Bermuda's Railway Trail National Park

in Bermuda

t may be one of the best ways to see the beauty of Bermuda. The train system in Bermuda was short-lived, but its legacy is a National ...

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Video: The Best of Buenos Aires: A Monograms Tour with a Local Host

in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires ranks high on travel bucket lists: an exciting, European-influenced city in a remote country, renowned for a passionate hist...

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Video: Meet the Cobbler Hand-Crafting Italian Sandals on the Silver Muse

There's a tinkling, tap-tap-tap coming from the pool deck of the Silver Muse. It's being made by a hammer against a tiny shoe nail in the...

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Film Set Fantasy: Go On Location in Ireland

in Ireland

The Emerald Isle is Hollywood gold! Lovers of green beer and big parties may dream of visiting Ireland for St. Patrick's Day festivities....

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Video: 8 Restaurants You Won't Want to Miss On This Luxury Silversea Cruise

Silversea's 'Celebrity' Culinary Partnership By: Lynn Elmhirst, Producer/ Host BestTrip.TV These days, celebrity chefs ...

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5 Reasons To Love Your Suite Butler on a Silversea Cruise

If you've never sailed on Silversea Cruises before, you might not realize something very special you will come to love: your Silverse...

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Video: Silversea's Exclusive Carnaval Experience in Rio

in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio's annual pre-Lent extravaganza, Carnaval is the highlight of Rio's – and the party world's – calendar. It run...

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Video: South America on Silversea: Luxury Cruise Review

in South America

Two of South America's most fabled cities and a week-long cruise in luxury. That's our BestTrip.TV experience sailing on Silverse...

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Video: 3 Reasons You'll Love Marseille

in Marseille, France

France's largest port town, on the magical Mediterranean, has been transformed in recent years.  You'll still find the ch...

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Top 10 Reasons to Travel to Croatia

in Croatia

From an isolated backwater behind the Iron Curtain, Croatia has transformed itself into Eastern Europe's 'Riviera'.  Sun...

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Juno Beach: The Ultimate Canadian Pilgrimage

in Normandy, France · 88 Comments

The past and next few years mark a number of World War 1 and World War 2 anniversaries. Commemorations take place here at home, and we ho...

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40 New Ways to Score Marriott Rewards in 2018

If you're collecting Marriott Rewards points, 2018 is a very fine year. Marriott International is launching 40 hotels across its 8...

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Video: Meet the Crazy 'Chicken Man' of the Avignon Market

in Avignon, France

Local markets are one of the greatest delights of trips to the South of France.  The glorious town of Avignon (perhaps best known fo...

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Shaq is the 'Chief Fun Officer' of this Cruise Line

It's not the normal career path of a company CFO.  But when CFO stands for Chief Fun Officer, it takes a unique resume to fill t...

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7 Reasons to Go To Sea on the New MSC Seaside

in Caribbean,

MSC Cruises' new flagship launched at the end of 2017 and it's really making waves.  Designers of the MSC Seaside had a goal...

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Video: Mid-Century Makeover in Montreal - with a Twist - at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

in Montreal, Quebec

Montreal's marquee hotel in the heart of the city has been restored to its 50's and 60's roots in a stunning makeover that ma...

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Video: Crab Feast in Alaska

in Alaska

Some of the best food travel experiences don't involve white linen or Michelin stars.  A crab feast in Alaska that starts with a...

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Video: This Distillery Uses Alaska Glacier Water

in Alaska

And local fireweed and spruce tips for truly local spirits and craft cocktails. BestTrip.TV was in port in Skagway, Alaska on our Rege...

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Sink Your Teeth Into This UNESCO Cultural Experience

in Naples, Italy

When is a pizza not just a pizza?  When you're dining on a piece of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Possibly th...

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Would You Sail on an Adults-Only Cruise Line?

Sir Richard Branson is betting you will. The flamboyant billionaire behind the Virgin brands is doubling down on the reputation Virgin Ai...

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Video: Zipline Over the Ocean On This Cruise Line Private Island

in Belize

Maybe you've had the fun of a zip line adventure before.  But have you ever taken a zip line over the ocean?  When Norwe...

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Video: Germany's Most Romantic Christmas Market

in Germany

A night time market in the grounds of a castle. Fires and torches and twinkling lights, the smell of evergreen boughs, the best German Ch...

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Remai Modern: A New Player on North America's Modern Art Scene

in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

October 2017 saw the birth of a new destination for modern art lovers.  The nearly $100 million Remai Modern art museum at River Lan...

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Video: Eco-Friendly: Meet this Cruise Line Private Island's In-House Naturalist

in Belize · 2 Comments

This is a cruise line private island experience we haven't seen before.  Our Caribbean cruise on Regent Seven Seas Cruises inclu...

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Video: A Day in the Life of a Butler on a Regent Luxury Cruise

in Caribbean,

There's everyday luxury on Regent Seven Seas Cruises: where your airfare, transfers, on board wine and spirits, tips, specialty dinin...

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A Carry On Kayak

in Connecticut

The world's first nesting performance kayak may not actually reduce to airplane carry on size.  But its 6 interconnecting sectio...

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Is a World Cruise Right for You?

Cruising is a storied way of travel, full of unique traditions and experiences you'll never enjoy any other way than on a cruise ship...

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Video: Meet a Cowboy... in France

in Provence, France

Cowboys. Wild white horses.  Wild black bulls. And pink flamingos. Hard to imagine any place on earth where you'll find all o...

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Video: The Real Name of Thailand's Capital... Isn't What You Think

in Thailand

Bangkok, right? Wrong.  We've traveled to the Thai capital city many times, but this was the first time BestTrip.TV discovere...

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What Ship Has a $4 Million Art Collection?

Holland America Line's ships are famous for their museum-quality art.  Fans of cruising on Holland America Line ships are famili...

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Travel like a Rock Star: W Hotels' Sound Suites

You know it's something you've always wanted to say: "I'm with the band". You and your friends may have never re...

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Infographic: How Cruise Lines are Working to Protect the Environment

Did you know cruise lines use some of the most eco-friendly innovations and champion stringent procedures to minimize their impact on the...

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Video: Alaska Wildlife Encounters You Can't Miss

in Alaska · 101 Comments

Do you ever see social media posts of magnificent wildlife photos from someone's trip to Alaska and think: This just can't be rea...

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Video Recipe: Baked Alaska by Regent Seven Seas Cruises

in Alaska

Before there was molecular gastronomy, there was Baked Alaska to awe and delight a table of diners. A miracle dessert of warm, caramel...

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Video: Where's the World's Second Biggest Oktoberfest?

in Canada

Munich's annual extravaganza of beer halls, buxom girls in dirndls, pretzels and the best of the 'wurst' (pun intended!) is already under...

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Video: How to Rock a Dirndl for Oktoberfest

Is Oktoberfest in your future? In Munich or a festival closer to home, you won't be fully into the spirit of the annual harvest celebrati...

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Top Souvenirs from Alaska

in Alaska · 98 Comments

Alaska's breathtaking scenery and wildlife encounters will be memories that stay with you a lifetime. But there are one-of-a-kind tangib...

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Video: Take the Scenic Train from Alaska to Canada's Yukon

in Alaska · 102 Comments

It's only 20 miles from Skagway, Alaska's deepwater port on the coast, to the border of Canada's Yukon. But what a 20 miles they are! Th...

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Video: 7 Things you didn't know about Alaska's Hubbard Glacier

in Alaska · 103 Comments

The Hubbard Glacier has quite a pedigree.And being named after Gardiner Hubbard, the man who founded or co-founded the National Geographi...

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Crystal Strikes a Chord with a New Rhine Class of River Cruise Ships

in Europe

Instead of river cruises, they're calling them river yachts. Crystal has translated its uber-luxury sea experience to the rivers of Europe with a new, 'Rhine' class of river yachts, evoking the great music icons of the region.

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Video: Vintage Vespas in Tuscany

in Tuscany, Italy

Italy's iconic scooter is the very symbol of stylish, romantic getaways in Europe.Vespas originated in Tuscany, and on a trip to the Tusc...

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Video: This Historic Hospital is now a Design Hotel

in Marseille, France

If you're looking for a room with a view in Marseille... this is it.The Hotel Dieu might be the the best piece of real estate in Marseill...

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5 Adventures in Antwerp

in Antwerp, Belgium

Belgium’s unique character and two-language culture makes it a must-see destination in Northern Europe.But go beyond Brussels. One of Eu...

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Travel 'Game-Changer' for Sports Mega-Fans

in United States

How far are you willing to go to support your team and get your professional sports fix? Do you plan your free time around your team'...

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Is the Modern Travel Luxury... Sleep?

You can't enjoy life - even luxury travel - if you don't have sleep. That's the premise of the new ship-board wellness program on Celebri...

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Where's the Coolest Place to do Yoga in Vancouver?

in Vancouver, British Columbia

It's where stand up paddleboard meets downward dog – in a South Beach-style pool overlooking Vancouver's seawall and mountains. The lates...

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Same-Sex Couples Can Get Married on Cunard

Many couples dream of getting married at sea. And now, British luxury cruise line Cunard has welcomed its first wedding booking by a sam...

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Visit This: Underwater Winery in Croatia

in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Drinking and diving don't mix, but we've found one exception. At the Edivo Vina winery about an hour north of the Croatian seaside town ...

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App-Happy Kids at Heathrow with New Travel-Themed Mr. Men Characters

in London, United Kingdom

Remember the delightful Mr. Men and Little Miss book series for kids? They have two new friends: Little Miss Explorer and Mr. Adventure....

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A New Place for the Best Views of Old Havana

in Havana, Cuba

The Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana has opened in Havana. It's the Cuban capital's first five-star luxury hotel, located in the h...

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Video: Seabourn Experience: Shopping with the Chef at the Saigon Market

in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

They call it Shopping with the Chef, and it's one of the most memorable of our Seabourn Moments. The Ben Thanh Market in District 1 is on...

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You Can Take Your Pet On This Cruise

Did you know there's one cruise line in the world that welcomes man's best friend(s)? And it's not a new innovation; instead, it's a long...

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Video: Spiritual Journey at a Traditional Sweat Lodge

in Riviera Maya, Mexico

Costa Maya is world famous for ancient Mayan ruins, but traditional culture is still alive for visitors looking for authentic experiences...

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The Writing's on the Wall in Chicago... Literally

in Chicago, Illinois

American Writers Museum is the newest addition to the city's Cultural Mile. It is the first and only museum of its kind celebrating the ...

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Indulge the legendary heritage of the exquisite Baccarat lifestyle in the heart of New York City

in New York City, New York

A visit to the Baccarat Hotel New York carves an impression of haute living and exhilarating engagements on the guests senses. From the b...

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Paris Landmark Hotel Re-Opens after $200-million Renovation

in Paris, France

When you renovate a palatial, historic landmark on one of the most famously elegant squares in one of the most fabled travel destinations...

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Video: Top Reasons to Cruise the Mediterranean in Small-Ship Luxury

in Mediterranean Sea, Anywhere

With its ancient seafaring history and traditions, the most natural and authentic way to explore the Mediterranean and to take in its mos...

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