Should I Purchase Travel Insurance? Travel Tips

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Should I Purchase Travel Insurance? Travel Tips

This is one of those age-old questions with no definitive answer. It’s estimated that 30 percent of Americans purchase travel insurance, which is a drastic increase since 9/11, when less than 10 percent of travelers were insured.

If you’re flying on a 0 ticket to see Aunt Irma in Wisconsin, you probably don’t need travel insurance. But on a trip such as yours, travel insurance can come in handy if something unexpectedly . . .  READ MORE

The Best of Brazil: Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo

Long known for its white powdery sandy bikini-filled beaches, lush rainforests and colorful nightlife (where every day is a carnival), Brazil is the one place where you can spend a day viewing masterpieces in the museum by morning,  monkeys and whale watching in the afternoon and sipping a caipirinha  (national cocktail) and dancing the samba at night. A country of contrasts, the South American country boasts the best of biodiversity with the greatest collection of flora and fauna in the world . . .  READ MORE

U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Get Unique Behind-the-Bridge Tour Aboard Carnival Liberty in Port Canaveral

In its ongoing effort to guide and educate those interested in the maritime field, Carnival Cruise Line welcomed a group of 40 U.S. Naval Sea Cadets for a day of exploration and education aboard Carnival Liberty while it was docked at Port Canaveral, Fla. earlier this month.

The day was a deep dive into the inner workings of how a cruise ship operates, from a personal tour of the navigation bridge by Captain Carmelo Marino to a behind-the-scenes look at the various onboard spaces and even at the . . .  READ MORE

Carnival Cruise Line’s Long Beach Facility Named Most Improved Cruise Terminal in Porthole Cruise Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Awards

Carnival Cruise Line’s Long Beach Cruise Terminal was recognized in Porthole Cruise Magazine’s annual Editor-in-Chief Awards as the Most Improved Cruise Terminal.

Winners are selected by the magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Bill Panoff based on his personal experiences with various cruise operators throughout the year. The awards are featured in the January issue of Porthole Cruise Magazine.

Originally opened by Carnival in 2003, the Long Beach Cruise Terminal underwent an extensive, multi-million-dollar . . .  READ MORE

A Culinary & Cultural Tour In Marseille

Written by Terry Ward

To be sure, you’ll always have Paris. But of late in France it’s Marseille that’s commanding the lion’s share of the buzz du jour.

From the moment you arrive in France’s largest commercial port and second largest city, the excitement is palpable among both visitors and citizens. Marseille has always been fiercely proud of its diverse cultures and prime waterfront setting, from open air concerts to world-class art exhibitions, there’s something exciting slated for . . .  READ MORE

12 New Panelists Join 2019 Disney Parks Moms Panel to Answer Wide-Ranging Questions from Disney Vacationers

Get vacation advice from 40 Disney-savvy panelists by visiting

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2019) – Walt Disney Parks & Resorts today announced its new class of 12 panelists joining the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Comprised of moms, dads and grandparents as well as those without children, the panelists’ answers, tips and insights are shared through one-on-one Q&As and available to everyone at

Wondering about the best place for a stroller nap? Or the best restaurants for your picky eaters? What Disney resort hotel is best . . .  READ MORE

Majestic Corners of the World


In one of the most majestic corners of the world, some of the greatest marvels on earth await you. Dreamy atolls and blue lagoons, the world’s largest coral reef, the dramatic Milford Sound and the otherworldly Waitomo Glowworm Caves just begin to scratch the surface of the gems in this diverse region. On the list of seasoned travelers everywhere, explorations of the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand reveal paradise landscapes, . . .  READ MORE

EXC In-Depth Field Notes: Tasmania, Adelaide, Port Lincoln and Albany

Over the holidays, our EXC In-Depth Voyage was exploring Tasmania and Australia. EXC In-Depth Onboard Naturalist/Zodiac Driver Kristy King and Polar Historian/Naturalist Andrew Atkin sent some Field Notes from Hobart, Port Arthur, Adelaide, Port Lincoln and Albany. Enjoy this installment, and stay tuned as the ship continues this adventure.

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
By Kristy King, On Board Naturalist/Zodiac Driver

This morning we awoke to blue skies and sunshine in Tasmania’s capital, Hobart. . . .  READ MORE

Fabled Scandinavia

Scandinavia, that place of fabled tales where thick rolling green forests meet smart chic cities, is a vast celebration of Nordic culture, cutting-edge design, dramatic fjords and woodland wonders. It’s a place where sunlight becomes perpetual every summer, seasons are proper, and the air is fresh and pure – and yes, a little bit magical. It’s no wonder that famed fairy-tale author Hans Christian Andersen was born in these enchanting northern lands, rich in manor houses, romantic castles . . .  READ MORE

Head Down Under to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific in 2019 for the Ultimate Premium Experience

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand’s Milford Sound, the imposing volcanoes of Hawaii — all these spectacular natural wonders await on cruises to Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. In 2019, Holland America Line is offering a variety of unique itineraries aboard Noordam that showcase the region’s must-visit ports, bucket-list locales and iconic sites. Those looking to delve deeper into the region . . .  READ MORE