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Bigger is Better…7 New Cruise Ships Arriving in 2016

Five cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean and Carnival, are scheduled to roll out the largest ships in their fleets next year. The LA Times has posted a list of the new ships that includes the “largest-in-fleet, first-in-class — or both,” a statement said. Bigger and better amenities — including an IMAX theater and a 10-story water slide — also seem to …

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The Unwritten Rules of Flying

Huffington Post Blogger Erin Block has compiled a list of the unwritten rules that are essential for you and your fellow travelers to have a pleasant experience while 30,000 feet in the air. While some of the items seem like just plain common sense, it’s easy to forget to be thoughtful when in the middle of a large crowd. Traveling can …

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Gogo Introduces a New Way to Stay Connected In Flight with Messaging Pass

Gogo, the global leader in providing broadband connectivity to the aviation industry, has introduced a new way for passengers to stay connected in the air with its new messaging pass. Gogo’s messaging pass allows passengers to access familiar messaging applications like WhatsApp, Viber, Skype, iMessage and other popular messaging services on their mobile devices. The messaging pass can only be purchased …

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Honolulu Hoteliers Bring Tropical Fragrances Inside

In Honolulu, now you can relax with some aromatherapy without going to a garden or spa. Two upscale resorts are now scenting their air. The fragrant plumeria, common in Hawaii, is at the core of the aroma wafting through the lobby of the Modern Honolulu. The custom scent, created by fragrance expert Eileen Harcourt, combines plumeria, green mango, orange, mahogany, musk …

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State Department to Stop Adding Page Inserts to U.S. Passports

Supplemental page inserts — added by the U.S. State Department into valid U.S. passports that lack adequate space for entry or exit visas stamps — have made frequently used passports fat, signaling a traveler’s breadth of international experience. As of January 1, 2016, however, the State Department has announced it will no longer be inserting the 24-page supplements into passports. State Department …

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Norwegian Cruise Lines Still Has Holiday Space Available

There’s still time to book that holiday cruise and luxuriate in the warm waters of the Caribbean instead of shoveling snow! For any stateroom category, guests choose one of four exciting offers…a Shore Excursion Credit, a Specialty Dining Package, a 250 minute WiFi Package or an Ultimate Beverage Package. Book a Suite or Haven and get all four! As an added Holiday …

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The ultimate travel adventure?

Your ticket to ride — into space, the ultimate travel adventure — may be ready to buy sooner than you think. This journey, using a capsule and a balloon, is available in this year’s Neiman Marcus Christmas Book, priced at $90,000 per person. A product from Arizona-based World View expects to welcome its first passengers by 2017. The journey will begin as …

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Amtrak Goes to the Dogs (and Cats)

Amtrak has launched a new pet-friendly program on two East Coast routes. Cats and dogs weighing, together with their carriers, 20 pounds or less are now welcome on Northeast Regional service, which runs between Boston and Lynchburg, Newport News and Norfolk in Virginia, as well as Downeaster trains running between Boston and Brunswick, Me. The test Pet Pilot Program will …

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Amtrak Guest Rewards Program Improvements to Debut in January 2016

(Travel Daily News) Amtrak passengers will have more options to earn and redeem points under an extensively improved, simplified Amtrak Guest Rewards program that launches in January 2016. Improvements in the updated Amtrak Guest Rewards program include: No more blackout dates and Acela time-of-day travel restrictions; Bonus points for Acela and Business class travel; and a “cash-plus-points” option that provides more flexibility. To read more …

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Hertz to Cease Car-sharing Services in U.S.

(Travel Weekly) Citing a low return on investment, Hertz will close all its car-sharing service operations in the United States by September, though it will continue the service in some international markets, a spokesperson said. The car rental company launched Connect by Hertz in 2008 to compete with Zipcar, which Avis Budget Group acquired in 2013. Hertz later rebranded the offering to …