So, you want to take a cruise, but are having a tough time narrowing down the options. Let us help. Today in the boxing ring are Carnival Cruise Line and Norwegian Cruise Line with their latest vessels -- the Carnival Horizon and the Norwegian Bliss. We put the two ships head to head in several categories, including atmosphere, accommodations, activities, dining, and entertainment. Click to discover which one is best for you.
A combination of the words apartment and hotel, aparthotels offer apartment-style guest rooms, usually with kitchens and living areas. They’re great for families, groups of friends, and even business travelers who want the comfort of a home as well as the pampering amenities of a hotel (like room service and a spa). In unfamiliar places, an aparthotel can be a good choice, as it feels like a home away from home. With that in mind, here are our picks for the best aparthotels in #London.
England’s capital brims with charm and history. Founded by the Romans as Londinium, its centuries-old landmarks -- Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Tower of London -- are instantly recognizable the world over. At almost every turn, there are examples of the city’s traditional identity. But this city doesn’t rest on its quintessential British traditions. Today’s London is a vast megalopolis of 33 boroughs, packed with enough to keep visitors busy for days on end.
Viking Sun, a 465-stateroom vessel that accommodates 930 guests, is offering travelers the chance to check off more from their bucket list during one cruise than most people do in a lifetime. We’ll let the numbers speak for themselves: The epic odyssey is slated to circumnavigate the globe for 245 days, cover 59 countries and 113 ports, and include 22 port overnights, making it the longest-ever world cruise.
Along with frolicking on a beach, splashing around in a water park tops any list of classic summer activities. These aquatic playgrounds -- complete with winding waterslides, relaxing lazy rivers, suspended buckets of water, and interactive playscapes -- offer a fun way to beat the heat. Plus, there are a number of hotels that house water parks of their own. With that in mind, here are 10 all-inclusives with water parks that are making waves.
Things you likely associate with San Antonio: The Alamo, the River Walk, and killer Tex-Mex. Next up may be golf courses and amusement parks. Spas probably don't make your top five, but they deserve a spot high on the list, as San Antonio is actually a great spa town. The beautiful Hill Country surrounding the city is home to several grand destination resorts where wellness, leisure, and tranquility are the names of the game. Here are four of our favorite hotel spas around San Antonio, Texas.
Raise your hand if you like freebies. That's everyone, right? Even better, you can earn those freebies by doing something you love -- going on a cruise. Every major #cruise line runs loyalty programs, giving devoted travelers rewards for simply heading out on vacation. It's a win-win: Travelers get incentive to get back onboard and cruise lines get loyal customers eager to collect more lavish perks. Take a look at our quick guide below covering all the major loyalty programs.
When it comes to traveling in the Middle East, there are the destinations that play a prominent role on the tourism stage (Dubai, Jordan, Israel) and those that are largely considered off-limits. Saudi Arabia, a country bordered by Jordan and Iraq to the north and Oman and Yemen to the south, has held its ground in the latter camp, but that’s all about to change. Since April 1, the conservative, closed-off country has issued tourist visas for the first time since 2010.
Though it's lost much of its edge since the days when starving artists squatted in the neighborhood's then-abandoned (but now historically preserved) cast-iron industrial buildings, SoHo -- short for South of Houston -- still draws the young, beautiful, and moneyed in droves. Here are the design-conscious neighborhood's best boutique hotels.
Even to seasoned travelers who regularly fly with low-cost carriers, the process of figuring out the best fare can be quite an ordeal. Choosing when to book, what add-ons you need, and most importantly, which #airline has the best deal can be confusing at best. To help you navigate the often turbulent landscape of budget air travel, we've broken down seven of #Europe's main low-cost carriers into easily digestible chunks of pricing, fees, baggage policy, and travel routes.
Believe it or not, not all chain hotels are created equal. Sure, there are those that feature uninspired decor, bland food menus, and bare-bones amenities, but others are chic, with fashion-forward furnishings and decorative details. For proof of that latter group, head to the stylish city of #Paris. Ahead, we pulled together a list of modish Paris properties that you'd never guess are chain hotels. #France #holiday