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Cruise Etiquette: 10 Golden Rules

As a veteran cruiser who has sailed from the North Pole to Antarctica, I have seen some amazing behavior—and not in a good way–on some of my trips. People who may be kind, considerate and polite in their everyday lives suddenly morph into whiny, rude, self-centered aliens after they board a cruise ship. Yet it’s really not that hard to be an ideal cruise passenger if you follow a few simple rules that are often versions of the classic “Do unto others.” Plan ahead. Do you have food allergies or medical conditions that require special diets? Virtually all cruise...

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Spa Day at the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Taking the elevator up to the second floor, the door opens to La Prairie Spa at Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills. Recently this 5,000 sq. ft. spa was named a Five-Star Spa by Forbes Travel Guide. It’s the first spa at a Hilton property in North America to win the award, and only the second globally. The Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills opened in June 2017. The beautifully appointed 119 deluxe rooms and 51 suites are part of a world-class Art Deco influenced design created by renowned interior design firm Pierre Yves Rochon, Inc. World-class dining is overseen by award winning French chef Jean-Georges...

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Park City: The Premiere Winter Destination in the U.S.

We’ve all heard that the best things in life come in small packages (diamond rings, Krugerrands, chocolate truffles) but Park City has dispelled that myth with the recent opening of Park City Mountain Resort. The resort completed a $50 million improvement project last December, the highlight being the Quicksilver Gondola which connects the old Park City Mountain Resort to Canyons Resort. The result is an astounding 7,300 acres of ski-able terrain (300 trails and 41 lifts), making fun-filled Park City Mountain Resort the largest ski and snowboard resort in the U.S. For a slightly quieter, more sophisticated scene (no...

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Taiwan’s Top 12 Taste Treats: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

Taiwan still remains largely undiscovered, particularly by Western travelers, but this seriously underrated, economically successful (it has become one or the world’s richest countries in less than fifty years) democratic little island is poised to nab the title of “Best Hidden Travel Gem of 2015.” Visitors will be blown away by the country’s eight pristine national parks, majestic Buddhist temples, line-up of spectacular festivals, which range from the traditional Dragon Boat Festival to the Fat Pig Festival, plethora of modern designer shopping malls, the 150 natural hot springs (and  many luxurious spa resorts) and the overwhelming friendliness of the...

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My Continuing Love Affair with Viking River Cruises

Me: “I’ll take ‘Unforgettable Vacations’ for $2000 please, Alex.” Alex Trebek: “And the clue is: This cruise line recently received its 9th win as the Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising by the prestigious travel industry publication, TRAVELAGE WEST; was awarded ‘Best Luxury River Cruise Company’ by Luxury Travel Advisor in their annual Awards of Excellence; and was declared ‘Best River Cruise Line’ in 2014 by Cruise Critic’s discerning international team of editors.” Me: Frantically pushing my little button thingy as I excitedly exclaim: “Having just returned from a fantastic cruise with them, I so have this one!...

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