By Fran Golden – USAToday
For passengers who want the very best, and can afford it, luxury Caribbean cruises provide a floating world of first-class amenities, fine cuisine and elegant accommodations. Your drinks and crew gratuities are included in your cruise fare – and so is service that matches your desire to be pampered. Read more.
Where Europeans go on vacation, once they leave their country
By Jason Karaian and David Yanofsky
Many people’s dream vacations involve travel to distant, exotic lands. But the reality is that most people take their holidays close to home. Europeans, for example, tend not to stray very far, generally seeking out the nearest sunny spot at home or in the near abroad. Read more.
The 10 most intimate spaces on cruise ships
By Fran Golden
Cruising is by nature a group experience, but sometimes you want to get away and enjoy some down time. Here are some intimate shipboard places where you can be alone, either by yourself or just the two of you. Read more.
Where World Leaders Vacation
You might be going on vacation this Presidents’ Day weekend, but not the kinds of vacations that President Obama, Prince Charles, and other world leaders take. These are the favorite vacation spots of presidents, prime ministers, royals, and other heads-of-state. Read more.
Liz Weiss – New York Daily News
If budget vacations aren’t your style, try these luxurious cruise ships for your next trip. Think six-course dinners, spa trips and exotic shore excursions. Read more..
Katrina Brown Hunt – Travel+Leisure
Carly Holbrook came to Aspen, Colorado, for the Winter X Games but left with the love of her life. She’s not the only one who swoons over this A-list mountain town. Travel + Leisure’s fans and followers ranked Aspen among the best spots for romance in our inaugural America’s Favorite Towns survey. Read more.
If the Winter Olympic Games are close to your heart, but the Russian edition in Sochi is too far away, don’t dismay. There are five former Winter Olympics host cities in North America that offer world-class winter sports experiences for everyone. Read more.
Ana Figueroa – TravelMarket Report
Cruise lines are making waves with their fitness facilities, spas and wellness programs that rival land-based resorts. Agents who haven’t kept tabs on the latest onboard amenities may be missing a lucrative boat. Read more.
Shane Nelson – Travel Weekly
Travel agents will have a trio of new and renovated luxury accommodations to sell across the Hawaiian Islands in 2014, including a new large-scale option in the state’s most popular visitor destination: the 2,900-square-foot penthouse suite at the Aston Waikiki Beachside Hotel. Read more.
Theresa Norton Masek – TravelPulse
Celebrity Cruises, which late last year ended its long-time relationship with ubiquitous ship spa operator Steiner Leisure, has partnered with Canyon Ranch to open spa facilities on its 10 ships.
“We are passionate about providing our guests with unforgettable experiences, and this collaboration with Canyon Ranch is an important milestone in our drive to elevating guests’ modern luxury vacations,” said Michael Bayley, president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises. Read more.