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June, 2021


MSC Cruises Announces U.S. Restart Dates

MSC Cruises has announced schedule changes, including a new start date for the MSC Divina. It will leave for a scheduled summer 2018 USA sailing on Friday, June 15, the line announced today. From that point through Monday, July 22, the MSC Divina will provide sailings to the Bahamas, the Bahamas from Nassau and St. Thomas and the Caribbean. It’s the end of a long wait for American passengers who have booked a cruise with MSC Cruises. The cruise line announced this week that U.S. passengers will resume sailing fromRead More

NCL Sticks To Full Vaccination Mandate For Restart From U.S. Ports

The National Consumers League has been in the forefront of advocating for the right to a full and free choice of a vaccine, and for the government to not interfere in that choice, in the United States. In the wake of the recent measles outbreak in the U.S., cruise lines are making safety a top priority. This year, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line have announced that they will be requiring all crew members to be fully vaccinated against measles before they can enter the U.S. from theirRead More

Amtrak Restores Traditional Dining on Western Long Distance Routes

The Department of Transportation announced a few weeks ago that the new, streamlined dining service on Amtrak trains would be limited to only the top-of-the-line sleeping cars and first-class seating. The reason? Because if customers ate in the dining cars, they would eat less food, and that would mean less money for the “railway”. The two-part series that I wrote about Amtrak’s switch to a new dining car service, “Amtrak vs. the Trolley Car”, was well-received by the rail travel community. However, my choice to focus on the dining carRead More

Where to Stay in Napa Valley, California: Best Hotels + Vacation Rentals!

The Napa Valley is a beautiful area that is home to one of the most famous wine growing areas in the world. It’s no surprise that many people would love to visit this area and experience it first hand. However, you can’t just show up and expect to experience everything the valley has to offer. You’ll want to plan ahead and get accommodations in advance to make the most of your time. The Napa Valley is located in California, and is a magical place. It is a wine lover’s paradise.Read More

Introducing The Morgan Resort & Spa, St. Maarten’s Newest Hotel

For the past several months, I’ve been working on a new project in St. Maarten, and last week it became a reality. The Morgan Resort & Spa is located on the west coast and the only hotel on the island with direct access to the beach. The newly constructed resort is a jungle-inspired four-star hotel consisting of two 16-story towers and a beachfront hotel. The resort offers a variety of restaurants, bars, and lounges, all with stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Morgan Resort & Spa is a luxurious privateRead More

New “Rich Versus Poor” Attack On Credit Cards Wants To Tax Rewards

In an effort to raise revenue for the state, a bill now popping up in the California State Legislature would tax all credit card rewards, including travel. The bill, Senate Bill 839, would also tax the value of airline and car rental points. This would hurt everyone, from consumers to the travel industry, but it would hit the hardest for those who work hard for their rewards. A new attack on a popular type of credit card is underway, targeting the rewards that cardholders earn. The proposed rules would moderateRead More

Royal Caribbean Reveals Full Summer 2021 US Cruise Restart

A Royal Caribbean cruise has always been a dream of mine, so when the company announced that it would be resuming service to the US in 2021, I jumped on the opportunity to finally experience a Royal Caribbean cruise. The ship, Harmony of the Seas, is the largest cruise ship on the planet, with a total of 21 decks, five swimming pools, a spa, a movie theater, and a rock-climbing wall. After being on the ship for a week, I can say that Royal Caribbean delivers a world-class vacation experience.Read More

Royal Caribbean Releases Health Protocols for Bahamas Sailings

Royal Caribbean Cruises has released a new health protocol for its passengers that covers medications and ailments, as well as what the company calls “anxiety and depression.” The list includes “migraines, heart flutters, and disturbing your sleep,” but it also includes “depression, anxiety, and general unhappiness.” So, if you’re not having fun on your cruise, you might want to check in with a doctor. For years, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has been one of the go to cruise lines for those that want to get away. They have had aRead More

South African Tourism Welcomes United’s Nonstop Service to Johannesburg

United Airlines is set to launch nonstop service from San Francisco to Johannesburg on United Express. This will be United 1 and will be the first time that the airline has had nonstop service to South Africa. Passengers can now enjoy nonstop service to Johannesburg from United’s New York hub. United is also the first US airline to offer nonstop service to South Africa’s capital city from Newark, New Jersey. United Airlines’ recent announcement that they will be launching a nonstop service to Johannesburg, South Africa, has been applauded byRead More

Best Offer Ever Chase Sapphire Preferred 100,000 Bonus Points. Act Now!!

The offer isn’t available anymore, but if you hurry, you can still get 100,000 bonus points, provided you apply and get approved before August 2, 2015. Got a new Chase Sapphire Preferred? And you want it to be the best offer ever? Well, you’re in luck, because even though the Sapphire Preferred has been around for a while now, Chase just gave it a $300 value-add in the form of a 100,000 bonus points. That’s more than a $1,000 value-add, and it’s still a great deal for a card thatRead More