We’re into December, when last-minute planners from New York and other scarf-wearing regions start dreaming of spending Christmas break on a Caribbean beach somewhere, anywhere. Or, to put it more accurately, dream of having had the foresight to plan such a trip in August, when prices — both flights and hotel rooms — were still reasonable. Conventional wisdom has it that booking now for a late December getaway is a fool’s errand, and a rich fool at that.
It’s that most wonderful time of the year again. In central squares in towns and cities across Europe the sweet steam of Glühwein and hot cider mingles with the smell of fresh cut pine, cinnamon and gingerbread.
The holidays are here again, and that means food, family and frequent shopping trips. If you are looking for the perfect gift, Princess Cruises® has the answer: a Season of Savings Sale that begins tomorrow!
From December 11 to 20, you can save up to $2,000 per stateroom* on a variety of cruises sailing January to April:
- Panama Canal
- California Coastal
- Princess® Short Cruise Getaways
- South Pacific & Tahiti
Plus, you can enjoy the bonus offer: up to $100 in FREE onboard spending money*. To take advantage of this seasonal sale, contact your local travel agent, call 1-800-774-6237, or visit princess.com/sale before it’s all over on December 20.
*Go to princess.com/sale for offer details.
Warm up during the cold winter months on a 13-day trip to the Iberian Peninsula with worldwide tour operator Collette Vacations.
Travel on the Spain’s Costa del Sol and the Portuguese Rivera tour visiting historic cities, beholding views of the surrounding countryside and mountains, and enjoying leisure time for your own rest and relaxation or independent explorations.
- Enjoy a three-night stay in Spain’s Costa del Sol. Spend a day at leisure to relax and experience the best of this cosmopolitan coastal region. Stroll the sandy beaches and promenades or linger at a traditional café.
- Sit back and enjoy stunning landscapes as you travel via high-speed train to the Moorish city of Cordoba.
- Take a day trip to Granada, the last great capital of the Moors in Spain. Join a local expert for a tour of the world-famous Alhambra, a hilltop palace and UNESCO site.
- Marvel at the architecture of the Cathedral of Seville, third largest in the world.
- Visit Ronda, one of the loveliest and most historic towns in Andalucía.
- Tour Lisbon, including the Moorish Alfama Quarter. See the 16th century Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO); the Monument to the Discoveries, honoring intrepid Portuguese explorers and their patrons; and the impressive Belem Tower (UNESCO).
- Travel through the Portuguese countryside to Azeitao – an agricultural village known for red wine, olive trees and country estates. Enjoy a tour and tasting of local wines when you visit a centuries-old wine maker.
- Enjoy a four-night stay in Cascais, the famous and picturesque coastal resort on the Portuguese Riviera.
- Visit the town of Sintra, a UNESCO site and the favorite summer residence of Portuguese kings for six centuries. Here, peruse specialty shops filled with Portuguese handicrafts.
To learn more, call 855-370-8687 or click here
Shops on cruise ships make money for cruise lines but that doesn’t mean you won’t find bargains. Items from liquor to makeup to designer sunglasses and jewelry are sold without sales tax and are duty-free. That means automatic reductions.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have taken a life’s worth of trips of a lifetime and put together vast catalogs of exotic and exciting memories. But what really stands out, and what will leave the most lasting impression, isn’t the staggering scale of landscapes or the lavish architecture of lodges. Don’t get me wrong: I like a high thread count, a five-course dinner and a sybaritic spa afternoon, but that’s not what leaves the most indelible memories.
A visa, toothpaste, spare underwear. All essentials for a decent vacation. But what about something less substantial — a pleasant welcome when you arrive? After all, the friendliness of the people you meet often determines whether your memories of a place are fond or foul. Now welcomes have been rated.
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test measures psychological preferences and decision making in order to help people understand their personality type. Based on the theories of Carl Jung, the test is often used to help people make career and life decisions.
Alyeska Resort in Girdwood has opened a new lift for the 2013-2014 ski season. General manager Mark Weakland said that the new Glacier Bowl Express is a high-speed quad that complements the existing tram and another high-speed lift known as Ted’s Express. The resort also tapped into mountain bike tourism with the addition of the Alyeska Bike Park.
The key to packing for a cruise is bringing a variety of comfortable, casual clothes you can mix and match and a few items so that you can dress up more at night. Shorts or even a bathing suit and cover-up will do during the day but on most ships you’ll need to put on long pants for dinner.