This week in travel news….







CruiseVIPHow to become a cruise line VIP

Laura Brothers,

No matter what cruise line you love best, becoming a frequent cruiser comes with perks. These can include exclusive onboard parties, priority check-in, and complimentary laundry and Internet services. Some lines — including Oceania Cruises, Seabourn Cruise Line, and Silversea Cruises — even offer free cruises to members of the highest tier.   Read more.

PostVacayWork5 Tips For Getting Back To Work After A Vacation

The vision of returning to the office after vacation and the reality usually have very little in common. While many of us expect to sit down at our desks after time away filled with boundless energy and restored creativity that will fuel new projects.  Read more.

OptimistsAn optimist’s guide to off-season travel bargains

Pam Grout, CNN

If you want to stretch your travel dollars, do not, under any circumstances, head to Disney World right now. It’s the height of peak season and hotel and airline prices, which fluctuate like the Dow Jones, are about as high as they get.  Read more.

FirstCruise5 Things Not to Do on Your First Cruise

Shayne Rodriguez Thompson, Huffington Post

So my first cruise — a weeklong Bermuda cruise sailing on Norwegian Dawn — wasn’t perfect (credit the rain, a couple lackluster shows and several canceled activities), but it was pretty great. It took me a couple days to figure out how to make the most of my time onboard. As the days progressed and I learned the lay of the ship, my experience improved exponentially.  Read more.

AfricaHowToWhat to expect on your first African safari

George Hobica, Special for USA TODAY

I had never been to Africa before in all my years of traveling, and never on a safari. I’m not sure why. Was it the vaccinations, the visas or the long flights to Nairobi?  Read more.