by Brenda Ajay
Picture this. You've just spent thousands of dollars on a dream Alaskan Cruise for you and your family, spent months planning the trip of a lifetime, traveled a great distance to Seattle to board your ship only to be turned away because you don't have the proper documents. It's not uncommon. In fact, that's the very scene that a family from India faced this summer when they were left standing at the dock. A cruise line reservation agent who helped book their cruise explained that they would only need valid Indian passports to board the ship. She was wrong. The cruise itinerary, that embarked and disembarked in Seattle, would be sailing through Canada where passengers from India are also required to have a Canadian visa to set sail. The good news is that the family received a credit from the cruise line so they can reschedule their cruise. But it brings up an important fact - it is ultimately the traveler's responsibility to have proper documents to travel.
What celebrated travel expert Samantha Brown enjoys most about travel is not necessarily the “must do’s” of a destination—visiting the iconic museums, majestic castles and celebratory monuments. What she loves the most is meeting people, getting to know them and spending time with them as they go about their everyday lives. Samantha Brown will sail on board the one-of-a-kind, new AmaMagna on the Romantic Danube departing July 14, 2019 from Vilshofen, Germany to Budapest, Hungary, and you can join her! Samantha will share insider tips and stories with you during two engaging presentations on how to really appreciate the essence of travel.
The first-ever all-inclusive resort in the Keys is finally a reality. The much anticipated Bungalows at Key Largo, just a 75-minute drive from Miami is the perfect little hideaway for guests looking for an upscale, sink-your-toes-in-the-sand and stay there kind of cabana lifestyle. The boutique, waterfront resort features 135 private bungalows each adorned with fresh bougainvillea, oversized soaking tub and outdoor garden shower.
This adult-only boutique resort, from Noble House Hotels & Resorts, is the sister property to The Lodge at Jackson Hole in Wyoming and Capitol Reef Resort in Utah, and brings to the East Coast all of the same personal touches and top notch service that you would expect from this family of resorts. Among the resorts amenities are two pools and two jacuzzi tubs, three piers, 4,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space and countless beach cabanas along the shoreline, where guests can relax and take in the romantic sunset views.
Celebrity Edge is the most exciting ship to set sail in modern years. Everything about this ship is break from traditional cruising, from the streamlined design of the bow to the stunning interior design to the Magic Carpet restaurant/lounge/tender area that ascends and descends along the outside of the ship. I could go on and on about the fascinating details of this ship inside and out, but to sum it up in two words - Edge is modern luxury. It's a step above traditional cruising.
With modernized ships and great itineraries, river cruising is fast becoming popular with younger travelers. Millenials are more interested in cruising Europe than other generations, and more likely than Generation Xers or Baby Boomers to take a river cruise in the next two years, so we’ve compiled some reasons why travelers of any age should get onboard the river cruising bandwagon.