Melbourne is the capital of Victoria, Australia’s second largest city and widely regarded as the country’s capital of culture. And, while it may not have all the glitz and glamour of Sydney, with her stunning harbor beaches and coves and the iconic Sydney Opera House, Melbourne enchants visitors in its own, exceptionally inclusive way.

Visitors descend on the city for its unique counter-culture vibe, fabulous restaurants and inspiring art offerings that range from world-class . . .  READ MORE

Useful Travel Tips For The Busy Commuter

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Useful Travel Tips For The Busy Commuter

If you’ve got a trip coming up, then you’ve come to the right place. Preparing for a trip can be one of the most stressful things you do. But below we have some advice for stressed out trip goers that can help things run much smoother and not leave you needing a vacation from your vacation.

If you want to get the best price on a cruise vacation, either book your cruise early or at the very last moment. With booking early, . . .  READ MORE

‘Top Chef’ Winner Kristen Kish Joins Holland America Line’s Award-Winning Culinary Council

Holland America Line is adding “Top Chef” season 10 winner and acclaimed restaurateur Kristen Kish to its award-winning Culinary Council — a collection of elite, international celebrity chefs who bring global influence to dining experiences across the fleet.

Kish’s playful yet refined cuisine will be featured on the menus in the Dining Room, showcasing French and Italian traditions with a nod to her world travels and diverse upbringing. Kish’s dishes also will be featured exclusively . . .  READ MORE


Sitting on the eastern side of the Gulf of Nicoya and sheltered by the Nicoya Peninsula landmass, Puerto Caldera was for hundreds of years the country’s principal Atlantic port.

While the port town itself has a limited number of attractions for the visitor, right on the doorstep is a tropical richness that offers a diverse menu of incredible things to see and do. Costa Rica has been especially blessed by the naturally beautiful; here you can find gorgeous beaches, live volcanoes, lush jungle, . . .  READ MORE

Carnival Cruise Line to Add Fourth Ship in Galveston

Everything is bigger in Texas – including Carnival Cruise Line – which announced today that it will have four ships homeported in Galveston, year-round, beginning in 2021.

Building on its position as the World’s Most Popular Cruise Line® and the number one cruise line from Texas, Carnival Cruise Line said that Carnival Radiance will join the Galveston-based fleet in May 2021. In addition, . . .  READ MORE

Newsweek Ranks Disney Cruise Line as No. 1 Brand for Customer Service

CELEBRATION, Fla. (Oct. 14, 2019) – Today, Newsweek announced that Disney Cruise Line topped its list of brands that exemplify America’s best customer service for the second year in a row. Customers ranked Disney Cruise Line as the no. 1 company overall, across a variety of industries, as well as in the cruise line operator category.

“Great service is at the heart of everything we do,” said Jeff Vahle, president of Disney Cruise Line. “If you have sailed with us, you know that our Crew . . .  READ MORE

Carnival Cruise Line Brings Back AMP Up Commission Challenge in Time for 2020 Wave Season

For the third year in a row, Carnival Cruise Line is bringing back its popular AMP Up Commission Challenge just in time for the 2020 Wave Season. Starting today, travel advisors can register to earn higher commissions of 11% to 15% based on the number of bookings they make between Jan. 1 and March 30, 2020.

To participate in the program, travel agencies must register during the opt-in period between Oct. 14 and Nov. 30, 2019. Once registered and confirmed for the AMP Up Commission Challenge, participants . . .  READ MORE

Cruise Preparation Checklist

Taking a cruise requires some planning and preparation, but it’s worth every step. If you give yourself enough time and know what you need to accomplish, preparing for a cruise can actually be a fun, low-stress experience. At Windstar Cruises, we’re ready to help. In this post, we’ll show you how to prepare for your cruise and enjoy every moment of it.

Welcome to Your First Cruise

Are you going on a cruise for the first time? As a first-time cruiser, you likely have some questions, such as:

  • What should I wear? Many first-time cruisers wonder what they should wear on a cruise. This depends on your cruise line, your destinations and the activities you plan to do. Some cruise lines have formal nights that require formal attire, while others don’t. Windstar Cruises does not have a formal night, but we ask guests to follow a casual-elegant dress code when dining in the evening at one of our restaurants. You’re always free to dine in your stateroom if you prefer.
  • How can I prevent seasickness? There are ways to prevent seasickness such as reserving a cabin in the center of the ship and staying hydrated. If you know you’re prone to motion sickness, consider meeting with your doctor before your cruise. You may want to take medicine to prevent motion sickness until you adjust to the sea.
  • Can I bring beverages or food on the ship? Food and beverage policies vary by cruise line, so you’ll want to check with your cruise line first. For example, Windstar passengers are allowed to bring aboard two bottles of wine or champagne for a seven-day-long cruise.
  • How does the cruise handle emergencies? In the event of a medical or family emergency, most cruise lines allow you to leave the ship at the next port of call so you can catch a flight home. If you face a medical issue while you’re cruising, know that Windstar has a doctor on board. If you should need further medical assistance, you will be transferred to a medical facility onshore. If you’re worried something might arise while you’re away, consider purchasing a protection plan through your cruise line. Windstar’s travel protection options help protect guests against unexpected events.

Seasoned cruisers . . .  READ MORE

How To “Pump” Money Back Into Your Pocket. Gas Money Saving Tips.

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How To “Pump” Money Back Into Your Pocket. Gas Money Saving Tips.

With Gas prices around .60 dollars a gallon, how would you like to get 15, 20 or even 35 cents off each gallon you buy? At www.pumpandsave.com you can learn gas saving tips, compare and apply for great offers and save Big at the Pump each and every time.
Here are few tips from www.pumpandsave.com:
1. Stay within posted speed limits. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use.
2. . . .  READ MORE

Major Section of Ryndam Launched in Palermo

Holland America Line reached a milestone in the building of Ryndam — our next Pinnacle Class ship — with the successful launch of the forward lower section of the ship, also known as the “troncone,” at Fincantieri’s Palermo shipyard in Italy on October 3. After an official blessing by Padre Giovanni Cassata, Madrina Giuseppa Catalano . . .  READ MORE