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Looking Forward to Cruising Again!
2021-01-26

Hello Again Everyone, Welcome to this Captain’s Blog written for you and The World’s Greatest Vacations by Captain Peter Philpott, retired Captain of Queen Mary 2 of Cunard Lines. When I retired from Queen Mary 2 and my sea-going career in late 2018, I could not possibly have imagined how, only a little over one […]

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The emancipation of leisure travel
2021-01-26

What strange times we’re living in. Politics: fraught. Public health: fraught. Economy: fraught. Travel industry: Preparing for liftoff. Despite rising unemployment, two-realities politics and 400,000 U.S. victims of the pandemic, travel agency consortia are advising members to use newly available PPP money to staff up for the long-awaited emancipation of leisure travel. Some consumers who […]

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Carnival Corp. says advanced bookings for 2022 outpacing 2019
2021-01-12

Carnival Corp. said on a fourth-quarter earnings call that advanced bookings for the first half of 2022 are better than they were for the same period of 2019. The company said that future bookings for its nine brands continue to be strong, particularly for the second half of this year and into 2022. As of […]

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An industry vaccine: Mutual agent-supplier support
2021-01-04

In the letters that come folded into holiday cards from friends, the customary recounting of trips taken that year were replaced in 2020 by reports of trips canceled: “We had a trip to Sicily planned for Easter break” … “We had trips scheduled to California and Maine” … “We had planned an entire family get-together.” […]

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Cross-Country Skiing: The 16 Top Resorts in the U.S.
2020-12-21

With scenic landscapes and a variety of trails, these spots offer the best Nordic skiing in America. FOR SNOW LOVERS WHO enjoy traversing longer trails outdoors rather than flying down steep mountains or trying to navigate glades, cross-country skiing is a favorite pastime. While alpine or downhill skiing may be a more popular sport among […]

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The 15 Best Christmas Light Displays in the U.S.
2020-12-07

Get in the holiday spirit at one of these dazzling Christmas light shows. HOLIDAY LIGHTS – whether they be Yule logs or candles on Christmas trees – have been around for centuries, but it wasn’t until 1882 that electric lights made it on the scene. Plus, it took several more decades before they were widely […]

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A 2020 event that will overshadow the pandemic
2020-11-23

Health professionals like to use the metaphor of Swiss cheese when explaining how to build a defense against a virus, said former Utah governor Mike Leavitt during a Phocuswright panel on Monday. Leavitt, also a former Secretary of Health and Human Services, is co-chair of the Healthy Sail Panel, which came up with 74 recommendations […]

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Where Can Americans Travel Right Now?
2020-11-23

More than 50 countries currently allow U.S. citizens to visit, but some restrictions apply. THE CURRENT GLOBAL pandemic has many Americans rethinking the way they travel. Road trips and camping vacations have grown in popularity, as many Americans have discovered the country has more than its fair share of stunning natural landscapes, from the Grand Canyon to Acadia National Park. […]

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What Will Happen to My Elite Status and Points Because of the Coronavirus?
2020-11-09

Limited travel due to the coronavirus prompts airline and hotel rewards programs to make policy changes. THE FALLOUT FROM THE coronavirus continues to leave its mark on the travel industry. While frequent travelers were initially stressed about canceled flights, now they must also worry about maintaining their status and accruals in hotel and airline rewards […]

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Cruising Can Thrive Today
2020-11-09

Cruising has a unique opportunity to throw a life-line to covid weary, travel-hungry individuals. Even those elusive new to cruise consumers. Required is bold, correctly packaged messaging. Properly executed, cruise can not only survive but thrive, too. Any individual ocean or river cruise brand can take this approach, but an industry wide initiative will be […]

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