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Prague, Europe’s free and easy capital

By Katherine Rodeghier You gotta love a city where beer is cheaper than water. Sitting at an outdoor café on one of Prague’s most popular public squares, my husband and I expected to pay top dollar for our lunch. As we waited for our room to be ready on our first day, we lolled around […]

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A long flight to Japan – jet lag cured with spa treatment at Conrad Tokyo

TOKYO (DAY ONE OF TWO) — Who knew a spa treatment could help cure jet lag? I’ve just flown from Denver to Tokyo, with a stopover in Seattle, and by the time I arrive at the Conrad Tokyo I don’t even know what day it is – in fact it is as if I’ve been […]

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AmaDara inaugural cruise: Life aboard AmaDara

A typical day begins with breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m., although early birds can have their coffee and nibbles from 6 a.m. in the Saigon lounge. Breakfast fare always includes Pho Ba and eggs your way at the Action Station; a buffet of cold meats and cheese, pancakes, bacon, sausage, baked beans, broiled tomatoes, […]

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AmaDara inaugural cruise: About AmaDara

A new ship is like a young girl, a work in progress as she is groomed, improved and tweaked into gracious maturity. Ama Waterways’ latest river vessel, Ama Dara, is a lovely, young lady with great bones that will benefit from the further refinement her owners intend to make. Googling AmaDara will get you to […]

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Crystal Yacht Cruises sets bold lineup of adventures for new yacht, focuses on rugged experiences, unique perspectives and inclusive exploration

Crystal Yacht Cruises, the most recent intimate travel experience from the world’s most awarded cruise line, is charting new waters beginning with the maiden voyage of Crystal Esprit this winter. As Crystal’s latest venture embarks on December 23, 2015, discerning luxury travelers can dive into the destinations – and the waters between them – with […]

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AmaDara inaugural cruise: Days 13 and 14

ABOARD AMADARA-One last day in Saigon begins at the Ben Thanh Market for a last batch of shopping and haggling. Wondering how it is all going to fit in my suitcase, I join two travel pals for lunch at the highly touted Cuc Gach Quan. Alas, perhaps AmaDara has spoiled us for the cuisine did […]

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Crossing the Atlantic, cruising in unaccustomed style on Queen Mary 2

For 12 July nights at sea, on a grand ocean liner crossing the Atlantic between England and New York, we dressed for dinner. That is, we dressed not as formally as the rich folks on TV’s Downton Abbey from the early 20th century, but we were decked out in plenty of formality and pomp for […]

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AmaDara inaugural cruise: Day 12

ABOARD AMADARA-Landing in Saigon I wake up to find AmaDara against the bulkhead at the industrial port of My Tho. River vessels stop here because to reach the port of Saigon they must take to the open ocean, much too dangerous in a flat-bottomed ship. Bill paid, passport in hand, luggage out, breakfast eaten, cabin […]

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AmaDara Inaugural Cruise: Day 11

ABOARD AMADARA-Our last full day of excursions begins with a boat ride to Sa Dec, where a walk along the bustling riverfront market place left no doubt that this is a hub of commerce. Many a village marketer buys produce here. No takers in ghe group, however, when a Vietnamese delicacy, rats, were pointed out. […]

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AmaDara inaugural cruise: Days 9 and 10

We cruised all day, reaching Vietnam waters, the formalities of checking visas (all taken care of for us by the staff) and finally mooring midstream at Tan Chau just in time for ice cream on the sundeck and a spectacular sunset. The Mekong is mighty in southern Vietnam, wide and fast flowing. If Jerome Kern […]

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AmaDara inaugural cruise: Days 7 and 8

Capital Capitol Phnom Penh How many different kinds of watches – fake designer or otherwise – can there be? The answer lies in Phnom Penh’s Central Market where booth after booth after booth displays mountains of different kinds of wrist-worn timepieces beneath and above the glass counters. Want a genuine fake Hermes bag? Gucci? Valentino? […]

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Cruise shore excursions: go with a group or on your own?

AT SEA ABOARD THE WINDSTAR STAR LEGEND — Are you ready to take a vacation risk? Michelle and Lance Teschmacher certainly are—not a big risk. They are, after all, sailing on Windstar’s Star Legend around the Scottish Isles where there are 146 crew Ot take care of 205 guests. But rather than rely on the […]

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Costa Cruises’ ‘Captain for a Day’ Program enables junior cruisers to experience life at the helm

What kid wouldn’t want a chance to captain a cruise ship? Costa Cruises is making junior cruisers’ dreams come true with a new “Captain for a Day” experience on Costa Diadema and Costa Fascinosa. Kids can see what life is like at the helm on a daylong adventure that begins with donning their captain’s stripes […]

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