4 Family-Friendly Winter Cruise Ideas

Discover upcoming itineraries that cater to families with age-appropriate programming and excursions. With summer behind us and the fall and winter holidays just around the corner, now seems as good a time as any to start planning the next family vacation. Instead of a beach break or ski getaway, a family cruise offers a convenient […]

Glad to be aboard

How else could I start this week’s column other than to say “Wow!!!” in response to such a welcome from Mr Richard Shane of The World’s Greatest Vacations to the Team here, via his video filmed from his boat alongside the one and only Queen Mary 2 in New York Harbour!! Up until just a […]

Queen Mary 2 Captain Philpott joining The World’s Greatest Vacations

We are proud to welcome Queen Mary 2 Captain Philpott aboard The World’s Greatest Vacations. [vimeo][/vimeo] Ever wonder who that is “driving” your ocean liner? Who and how did he or she get that mega-responsibility? More than 300,000 lives counting on you every year, as well as a billion dollar high tech vessel? Me too?? How […]

Bon Voyage Queen Mary 2

“Finished with Engines” I called to the Officer in the center of the Navigating Bridge from my conning position over on the port side Bridge wing. Another smooth arrival into New York’s Brooklyn Cruise Terminal for Queen Mary 2 had just taken place, after yet another of her signature Transatlantic Crossings from Southampton, England. I […]

8 Reasons to Book a Premium Cruise Class

Want coveted perks and exclusive experiences on the high seas? Reserve a cabin in a VIP section. Today’s large cruise ships boast enticing amenities, from water parks to spacious common areas to specialty dining options to shopping promenades. But these grandiose extras don’t appeal to everyone in the cruise segment. For travelers who yearn for […]

The Best Travel Rewards Programs for 2018-19 (Hotels)

The Best Hotel Rewards Programs For this year’s Best Hotel Rewards Programs, U.S. News considered factors that matter to everyday travelers, including the number of participating hotels, available member benefits, property diversity, geographic coverage and how easy it is to earn a free night. Browse through to find which of the 16 ranked programs is […]

The Best Travel Rewards Programs for 2018-19 (Airlines)

See which airline loyalty programs claim top honors. The Best Airline Rewards Programs Using a methodology that takes into account earning and redemption rates, network coverage, award flight availability, daily domestic flight totals, member benefits and Airline Quality Ratings, U.S. News ranked the Best Airline Rewards Programs for leisure travelers. Read on to find out […]

11 Charming Small Towns in California

Avoid the big-city crowds and prices in these under-the-radar California locales. Find hidden gems scattered throughout the Golden State. As one of the largest states in the U.S., California is home to many quaint small towns, all with distinct personalities. Though travelers often flock to cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco, those in search […]

12 Incredible Pink Sand Beaches Around the World

No rose-colored glasses are needed at these stunning stretches of sand. You may have heard of white and black sand beaches, but what about shores with pink sands? Though rare, several pink sand beaches can be found in countries around the world, including Greece and Indonesia. As if turquoise seas weren’t stunning enough, pairing them […]

When is Hurricane Season? 4 Travel Booking Tips and What to Expect

Hurricane season may be in full swing, but there are plenty of reasons to go on vacation this fall. Hurricanes are massive storms that form over the ocean and move across land, causing catastrophic damage in their wake. With that in mind, it’s only natural to wonder how – or if – your planned coastal […]