So much to see in Puerto Rico

Follow the glow sticks! It is pitch black and we are kayaking through red mangroves, trying to dodge the roots, on our way to the Bioluminescent Bay Laguana Grande at Las Croabas, Fajardo in Puerto Rico—one of three on the island, I learn from our guide Joel from GSI Adventures. The bay is home to a large colony—more than a million—of dinoflagellates that light up and produce the glowing waters that make the water glow when we …

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Austria: Prettiest part of the Danube thus far

On the day after Thanksgiving, as our countrymen were standing on line waiting to buy electronics or sweaters, many of my fellow passengers and I climbed back aboard AMADolce after a brief walking tour of the little (350 people qualifies as “little,” doesn’t it?) town of Durnstein, Austria. It was cold and windy, tiny drops of moisture – not even qualifying as a drizzle – dropped onto our heavy coats. Our faces reddened by the early morning …

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Earns Top Spots in Eyes of Condé Nast Traveler Readers

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises has had an excellent year in 2011, earning among other accolades, the number one spot in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards for the world’s Best River Cruise Line. This is the first time Condé Nast Traveler has had a separate river cruise category, and Uniworld is honored to be their readers’ top choice with a score of 90.3. Uniworld was also included in Condé Nast’s 2011 Gold List as one of …

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Sometimes no plan is the best plan on vacation

All my plans for this week have gone awry. The freak snowstorm that struck the Northeast over the weekend knocked out our power in Connecticut and we have no clue when it may be restored. After one cold dark night in the house, we decamped to New York City last night and likely will be hotel hopping the rest of the week (if we can even find a room as the NY Marathon is this coming weekend). But …

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Holland America Line Wins Nine 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards from Porthole Cruise Magazine

Premium Cruise Line Earns Accolades for Top Itineraries, Best Private Island and ms Nieuw Amsterdam Holland America Line, a leader in premium cruising, has earned top honors with nine 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards from Porthole Cruise Magazine, one of the world’s leading cruise travel publications. The awards included Best Alaska Itineraries, Best Medium-Sized Ship for ms Nieuw Amsterdam and Best Private Island for Half Moon Cay, its exclusive island in the Bahamas. Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Readers’ Choice …

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Door busting is for the birds…take advantage of a holiday sailing sale

Before you go out and battle the crowds this Black Friday or rush to get an online deal on something you regret later on Cyber Monday… relax and enjoy your holiday lounging the couch, watching football, eating a leftover turkey sandwich as you let the tryptophan kick in. Festiva Sailing Vacations has just launched its HOLIDAY SAILING SALE where you can save 30 percent on 2012 sailing dates when you call to book between now and 5pm …

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Explore the Best of Alaska with Holland America Line’s Alaska/Yukon 2012 CruiseTours

Combine glacier cruising with inland wildlife viewing, natural wonders and gold rush history on 17 CruiseTours From the breathtaking views of Glacier National Park to the wilderness of Denali National Park and the Yukon’s Klondike Gold Rush territory, Holland America Line’s 2012 Alaska CruiseTours feature 17 different itineraries that immerse guests in a rich Alaska nature and frontier experience.  Departures provide “cruise first” or “tour first” selections to stunning landscapes and less-visited landmarks throughout The Last Frontier. …

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Norwegian offers exclusive cruise deals celebrating Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Receive up to $250 to spend on board and reduced deposits fleet-wide  Norwegian Cruise Line launches its Black Friday/Cyber Monday limited time offer to celebrate the biggest shopping days of the year with special savings on Freestyle Cruises to exciting destinations. Beginning on Wednesday, November 23, 2011, guests can take advantage of exclusive savings on Norwegian’s sailings of three days or longer to Alaska; Bahamas & Florida; Bermuda; the Caribbean; Europe; and Hawai’i. Vacationers who book their …

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Norwegian Epic Hotel Director Denis Prguda presents a cake to the Blue Man Group.  Norwegian Epic had reason to celebrate on Friday, November 11 when Blue Man Group performed their 500th show on board.  The occasion was marked by a special cake made by the ship’s Executive Chef Peter Haselsberger which was presented to the cast after their performance. The 35 members of the cast and crew also enjoyed an epic celebration that included a private after-party …

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Destination Weddings at Disney’s Aulani

DAY 6 (of 6) — Ready to get married in Hawaii? Every year there are more than 25,000 weddings in Hawaii. There’s even a bridal magazine Pacific Weddings headquartered on Maui. Now Disney hopes to encourage couples—especially those whose kids are part of the equation- to get married with Disney Magic (and Mickey and Minnie) on Oahu at the new Aulani resort in Ko Olina, about an hour from Waikiki. There are already 1,000 weddings a year …

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