Staying in a Hotel During Coronavirus

I was pretty excited to pack my suitcase and spend the night in a hotel. Like most people, I have not been traveling during the coronavirus outbreak at all. I’ve been grounded for eight weeks, in a travel writer‘s...

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Coronavirus and Cruising: Statements, Policies, and Updates

When will everything go back to normal? Originally cruise lines voluntarily and temporarily suspended cruise ship operations from and to U.S. ports of call for 30 days. However, as public health officials and the U.S. Government continue to address...

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Where I Like to Stay in Montréal

There are dozens of luxury hotels in downtown Montréal to choose from. Among the best are the Hotel Birks, the Four Seasons, and the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. All of these 5-star properties are located within the Golden Square Mile....

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Exploring “The Most Luxurious Ship Ever Built”

Regent Seven Seas Cruises promises an unrivaled experience, and they most certainly deliver. When every detail of your voyage has been taken care of, such as flights, airport transfers, shore excursions, and more, you know you are sailing with...

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A Look at Virgin Voyages Scarlet Lady

Virgin Voyages' first cruise ship, the Scarlet Lady, will set sail in April 2020. The Scarlet Lady is the first of Virgin's four planned vessels. This bold new cruise ship will be based in Miami and sail to the...

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Québec City Travel Guide

Québec City sits at the point where the St. Charles and St. Lawrence Rivers converge. With a history that stretches back 400 years, it is the only fortified city in North America north of Mexico. Made up of 6...

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5 Packing Hacks Under $10 for Toiletries

The TSA 3-1-1 rule has been in place since 2006. By now you should be familiar with cramming a week's worth of liquids and lotions into one transparent quart-size travel bag. While I understand and appreciate why there are...

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The J & E Riggin: A Culinary Adventure at Sea

Sailing on a Maine Windjammer Cruise is something I look forward to every summer. I have been lucky to have the opportunity to sail on several different schooners over the years. While most windjammer voyages are similar, the individual...

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Expert Packing Tips for Your Next Cruise

Packing for a cruise requires thought and proper planning. You will need dressy clothes, casual options, bathing suits, shoes for multiple occasions and more. Your stateroom storage options might be limited so it is best not to over-pack. Use...

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My 3 Favorite Unplugged Vacations

While there are certainly times you need to be online and accessible, it shouldn’t be while you are on vacation. Everyone needs, and deserves, to unplug from the stresses of everyday life to recharge their human batteries. You will hardly be...

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