Celebrity Cruises Just Unveiled Its Most Luxurious Ship to Date

Celebrity Cruises recently released the first looks of its newest and most luxurious ship—and she’s a classy beaut. Following the footsteps of 2018’s Celebrity Edge and 2020’s Celebrity Apex, the new 3,260-double-occupancy Celebrity Beyond goes, ahem, above and beyond its sister ships when it comes to reimagining ship spaces and luxury-at-sea experience. The new ship stretches more than 1,000 feet and looks sleek, sexy, classy, and chic—though it’s hard not to when you’ve got a top-of-industry

Amtrak Is Turning 50 and Celebrating With Fares That Cost $50—or Less

America’s national rail service is celebrating a half-century of service with a limited-time sale that could coax even the most stubborn of anti-overlanders onto the rails. Amtrak is ringing in their 50th anniversary with 50 percent off (almost) all coach and Acela business class fares—plus a fare cap of $50. Basically, this means anyone who takes advantage of the party fares will find regular coach and Acela business class fares cut in half, and nothing will be priced over $50. We repeat: You

Miss Your Flight? American Will Now Rebook You on the Next Flight—for Free

For many travelers, the fear of missing your flight is real, very real. The anxiety often creeps in the night before a big flight, and, as anyone that’s actually managed to miss at least one flight in their lifetime knows, the nightmare isn’t too far off from reality. Missing a flight is disruptive, disappointing, frustrating—and often expensive. Well, American Airlines recently quietly updated its missed flight policy, removing another mild stressor from your average traveler's day: the airlin

The CDC's New COVID-19 Guidance for Activities Is Great News for Travelers

The list of secondary perks for fully vaccinated people just a whole lot longer, thanks to a much-anticipated update from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On April 27, 2021, the agency officially changed its guidelines for social interactions and activities, and it’s great news—especially for travelers. According to the update, people who have received either both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson and Johnson Jassen vaccine—and waited two week

Vaccine Tourism Is the Newest Travel Trend—But Hopefully Not for Long

After nearly a year on lockdown and with on-and-off restrictions on everything from daily activities to travel, the COVID-19 vaccine has become one of the hottest commodities in decades. But how far would you go—literally—to get that shot in the arm? Since the first vaccines were released in December 2020, vaccine tourism has been on the rise. From the very start, vaccines and vaccine appointments have been hard to come by—a scarcity intensified by restrictions on eligibility and further compli

Uniworld's New Mystery Cruise Is Perfect for Cruisers Who Love Surprises

Would you book a cruise if without any idea where it was going? Uniworld Boutique River Cruises' new 2022 European mystery cruise asks passengers to do just that, proving that it’s more about the journey than the destination. OK, and a little thrill of the unexpected. While it may seem like spending close to $7,000 on a mystery vacation is a huge gamble, hopping aboard any of Uniworld’s boutique luxury river cruises is a pretty safe bet. For any haters that may think they’re just repackaging an

More Than 100 Destinations Have Been Added to the State Department's "Do Not Travel" List

Over the weekend, the U.S. reached a milestone in vaccination numbers—over a quarter of the population is officially fully vaccinated, and 40 percent more have received at least one dose. While it may feel like you can finally take that vacation you’ve been waiting for—or at least be less anxious about traveling—the experts aren’t letting up on travel advisories. In fact, they’re doubling down. On Monday, April 19, the State Department announced they would be making some major changes to their

France Will Begin Lifting Travel Restrictions as Early as Next Month

As the world continues to reopen and privileged countries progress on vaccinating the public, international travel is starting to bounce back. Over the weekend, France’s President Emmanuel Macron told CBS News' Face the Nation that the country is eyeing the reopening of its borders for international tourists coming from outside the European Union. The date? Early May. The catch? The invitation likely only extends to travelers who are fully vaccinated. “We will progressively lift the restrictio

America's Newest Budget Airline Just Launched With Fares Under $20

Last week, Avelo Airlines, the first new mainland airline company to arrive in the U.S. in 15 years, opened its online ticketing gates and began selling seats on 11 nonstop routes. Current one-way introductory fares are going for as low as $19—taxes and fees included. The catch? The ultra-budget carrier is only flying out of Burbank’s Bob Hope International Airport, at least to start. Likewise, its destinations are all smaller, secondary airports. But that’s kind of part of the mission. Current

Princess Cruise Ships Will Relaunch With “Land-Like” Wi-Fi Strong Enough to WFC

The pandemic has redefined cruises and our work-from-home status, so it’s only fitting that Princess Cruises recently announced it would be upgrading the onboard Wi-Fi on its global fleet of ships. According to the cruise line, the new MedallionNet will bring “land-like” internet speeds to the seas, which, if you’ve ever tried to do anything substantial online on a cruise ship, is a pretty dang big deal. Forget working from home. If Princess’s new MedallionNet lives up to the hype, you’ll be ab

Florida Is Suing the U.S. Government Over Cruise Restrictions

State governor Ron DeSantis announced Thursday, April 8, 2021, that he was suing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with the Biden administration and the Department of Health and Human Services, to get the government to allow U.S. cruise sailings to resume ASAP. It’s been a long year and some change for the U.S. cruise industry. Despite pleas from several cruise lines and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (

Hotels.com Wants You to Write Off Your 2020 Travel Losses for a Travel Credit

It’s tax season, and chances are your expenses look a little different in 2020 considering we all barely traveled, had significantly fewer meals and drinks out with friends, and just generally shook up what we spent money on during lockdown. Well, Hotels.com is asking you to add up your “only in 2020” expenses in order to win something even better than a tax break—some spending money for your next trip. A survey by the site showed that 85 percent of people are planning to use some of their tax

After Months of Silence, CDC Finally Releases Next Steps For Return Of U.S. Cruises

It's been a while, but the long-awaited next steps in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Conditional Sailing Order have finally been released, roughly four months since the agency’s last update in December 2020. In a nutshell, the new technical guidelines require cruise lines to amp up the testing frequency of crew and passengers, incorporate mandatory vaccines for crew and port personnel, and work out COVID-19 contingency plans between ships and any ports they’ll visit durin

This Resort Will Fly You Home on a Free Private Jet if You Test Positive for COVID-19

The Baha Mar Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, has officially won the one-up game for COVID-19 quarantine care amenities. After the CDC announced all entries into the U.S. would require a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of travel, several hotels in popular U.S. vacation hotspots began offering free on-site rapid testing—and even free rooms for 14 days for any guests who test positive. Well, Baha Mar has upped the ante by offering guests with positive tests a free flight home. And we’re no

CDC Says to Avoid Non-Essential Travel Even If You’re Vaccinated

Even though roughly one in five U.S. adults have now been vaccinated, experts are warning against non-essential travel—in fact, they are pleading for you not to do it, even if you’re fully vaccinated. During today’s White House COVID-19 briefing, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky went off-script to share her concerns over “continuing concerning trends in the data” of rising COVID-19 case numbers in the United States. According to the latest CD

Every Day Is A Day-At-Sea With Disney Cruise’s Limited New "Staycation" Sailings

While some cruise lines have safely started sailings and others plan for Caribbean summer sailings from new homeports, Disney has decided to chart a different course—make the journey the destination. In a clever spin on the cruise to nowhere, Disney has just announced that starting this summer, the Disney Magic will begin limited edition “staycation” sailings from select European ports starting this summer. Voyages will be short (either two, three, or sometimes four nights long), close to home

The Cruise Industry Wanted To Get Back Into U.S. Waters Early. The CDC Said No

After suffering through over a year of cruise bans, changing protocols, and other uncharted setbacks, the cruise industry is fed up, eager to get back to sailings in the United States—but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just told them no. Last October, when the CDC announced it was finally letting the seven-month-long No Sail Order expire, it used the same breath to introduce a new Conditional Sailing Order (CSO). Under the new year-long order, the CDC announced their plan to hav

As Air Travel Begins To Rebound, Airlines Are Already Making Big Changes

Earlier this week, we reported on the first substantial twinklings of an air travel recovery—and airlines have already begun taking their cue by announcing policy changes. For better or worse, these changes are an early signal that many airlines may believe this comeback is the real deal. Last year, to appeal to wary travelers and adjust for the pandemic's constant unpredictability, almost every U.S. airline axed change fees regardless of fare class—even for basic economy. Sadly, this convenien

Hoping To Travel To Japan To Watch The Summer Olympics? We’ve Got Some Bad News

Good news: Tokyo's 2020 Olympics and Paralympics are set to take place on schedule this summer after being postponed a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, the bad news: Japan has recently announced that to keep the event safe, and presumably avoid any further postponement, no one outside Japan will be able to watch from the stands. Whether or not the rescheduled games would accept overseas spectators has been up in the air since a December 2020 statement made by the Five Parties, which

The Cruise Comeback Date Is Now Even Closer Thanks To These Two Cruise Lines

Remember when we said that you only had to wait until July for the much-anticipated cruising comeback? Thanks to Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises, you can actually get back in your cruise groove even quicker with their newly-announced cruises that will leave the docks as early as June. As with the first-announced comeback cruises for Crystal Cruises, the new sailings from Royal Caribbean and its sister line Celebrity Cruises will be sticking to the Caribbean. Starting on June 12, 2021, Ro
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