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Scandinavia has been on my list of places to visit for many years. A few months ago, my dream of visiting that part of the world come true when my travel colleague Nancy and I took a Baltic cruise on the Regal Princess, aka “The Love Boat.” Over the course of the 11-day cruise, we got to hea…

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Off-limits since Fidel Castro seized power in 1959, Cuba reopened its doors to Americans in 2015. Today more than 4.5 million international visitors travel to Cuba each year to see the island, experience the cuisine and the culture and meet the friendly islanders.

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Our first view of France was the sun rising over the countryside after our overnight flight.We arrived in Paris a few days before our weeklong deluxe hotel barge cruise through a southern Burgundy canal. We made the fortuitous decision to use the Hotel Westminster in Paris as our pre- and po…

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The world’s most iconic fleet, Cunard Line, has some interesting news this year. It recently announced a new generation of ship during the 50th anniversary of the launch of the legendary retired ship, the Queen Elizabeth 2. This luxury cruise brand’s fourth ship, still unnamed, will join the…

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It can be a source of joy or a source of angst: The wedding. Few events require more decision making, more room for difference of opinions, or more of a need for a seemingly endless supply of money. 

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Tranquility and adventure: Can they be paired on a vacation? Absolutely! While we won’t try to take away from all-inclusive resorts, cruises, or destination vacations, we strongly urge you to add a new type of getaway — your very own self-guided canal yacht. No experience or boating license …

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“You’ll eat well” is something you often hear a veteran cruiser tell someone considering a first cruise. And, whether you’re a veteran cruiser or a newbie, there are ways to eat even better on a cruise ship. Check out these tips and points to ponder for your next cruise’s culinary adventure.

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Want to totally disconnect from a breakneck pace and at the same time tantalize your mind with interesting and historic scenery? Consider a canal boat vacation. Set a relaxing pace as you and your group, not a tour operator, decide on your own schedule and time and explore what interests you…

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Large ships come with a host of amenities, and as their length, width, and number of staterooms climb, so do the variety of offerings. While the one-upmanship battle between cruise lines seems to have leveled off — monster-sized cruise ships are now limited by ports that can accommodate them…

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It’s truly an interesting nickname: “The Big Easy.” On the one hand, the casual and relaxed attitude fits the name well. On the other hand, New Orleans is vibrant destination with an explosion of experiences for all of your senses.

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Since the days of The Love Boat, cruising has evolved, creating a rich palette of choices. Veteran cruisers often began their cruising repertoire by stumbling into a Caribbean cruise and, as enjoyable as that is, many eventually wish to expand their horizons (pun intended) to other types of …

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Imagine going from home to warm island relaxation without stepping on a plane — and while playing, exploring and enjoying delicious dining along the way. Perfectly convenient to Virginia, D.C., Delaware, and nearby states, Royal Caribbean’s Grandeur of the Seas provides unwind-ready escapes …

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What is it about lighthouses that capture our imaginations? Standing stalwart against the test of sea, time, wind, and weather, these beacons have guided mariners since the dawn of seafaring.

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A family cruise provides a combination of incredible value — lodging, activities, food, entertainment, and travel transportation, as well as cultural enrichment — and it is a vacation that offers something for everyone, young, old, and in between. Family and multigenerational groups are one …

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Remember The Love Boat? Most baby boomers and a few Gen Xers probably have the opening tune memorized. For a lot of Americans, The Love Boat was their first glimpse at cruising for people other than millionaires. Cruising has been closely associated with romance, and the television series ce…

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What does your favorite vacation involve? Relaxation? Adventure? Learning? Time together? Perhaps it’s a balanced mix of all of these. If so, we have a solution that covers the waterfront: A Locaboat holiday spent cruising the canals of Europe and visiting some small villages, as well as mar…

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Thinking of taking a cruise? Consider cruising from Baltimore because it’s easy, less expensive, and very convenient. The Port of Baltimore’s cruise terminal is only 2-1/2 miles from Baltimore’s world famous Inner Harbor and just 10 miles from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport. It is also the cl…

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Rich in history, rich in feel and appearance, and rich in experiences, a trans-Atlantic cruise on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is unique. It is a different kind of cruise, a different kind of ship, a different kind of experience, and so much more. It’s the answer, whether you are an experienced cru…

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Like all great events in life, family reunions require planning, but they are well worth it. Family reunions bring us together from all points of the earth, and from all generations. They create memories, solidify families, and carry on traditions — all of the important stuff in life.

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Royal Caribbean wants to wow you! The cruise line continues to raise the cruise vacation bar higher by taking favorite features from the innovative Oasis-class ships and adding them to the rest of the fleet. Cruisers from Baltimore will experience that “wow factor” on the newly renovated Gra…

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It’s always interesting each year to look into the new trends in the cruise industry. And, cruising still remains a great bargain for your vacation dollars. In fact, the prices of air travel and hotel accommodations have increased when compared to the all-inclusive nature of cruises.

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You finally made it to that exotic destination you’ve been waiting to see. It doesn’t matter what mode of transportation you used to get there — you need to decide what you’re going to do now that you’ve arrived. It could be a city where you’ll spend a week, or just a one-day stop on a large…