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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterThe holiday glitter is but a memory. And for some travelers that can mean only one thing: It's time to choose this year's cruise. Or maybe past time if you want the best deals. These days, half of passengers book their voyages more than seven months...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterLongyearbyen, Norway We are sailing up the fiord rimmed by mountains and ice, leaving the final outpost of civilization behind us. It's a September evening just past 11 o'clock at 81 degrees latitude, not far from the north pole. Even this late in...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterFor young cost-conscious travelers worldwide, hostels are as much a staple as fold-up maps and books of foreign phrases. They date to 1909, when German schoolteacher Richard Schirrmann arranged for his students to stay in barns and empty schoolhouses in...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterQingdao, China I had been trying to learn Mandarin at Beijing Language and Culture University and still had about 3,500 Chinese characters to memorize with two months left in the semester. It was going slowly and, often, not well. So, taking a note...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterVegas marries Nintendo and goes sailing. That's the ambience aboard the new Norwegian Pearl, which on Sunday pulled into the World Cruise Center at San Pedro on its first-ever West Coast stop on its way to summer sailings in Alaska. Carrying 2,470...
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EasyCruise, the low-cost, no-frills cruise line that began sailing the French and Italian Riviera in May, is expanding to the Caribbean for the winter. And fares will be even cheaper. On July 1, the London-based company, founded by EasyJet entrepreneur...
Times Staff WriterSHAKING my shoulders to dislodge the ice cube that was slithering down my back, I stepped forward to claim the certificate verifying that I had crossed the Arctic Circle into the land of the midnight sun. This was a rite of passage on Day 5 of a six-...
Special to the SentinelTo many cruisers, the notion of having a personal butler on board is like sprouting an extra thumb -- a mostly unnecessary appendage. After all, isn't a cabin steward's attention service enough? On occasion, our stateroom accommodations have included...
AMERICAN HISTORY Cruising the Ohio River Take an eight-night tour of the American heartland aboard a vintage train from Chicago to St. Louis and a cruise aboard the American Queen steamboat. Dates: Aug. 3 to 11 Itinerary: Ports include Paducah, Ky.,...
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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAs a former resident of England and Northern Ireland, I've flown across the Atlantic too many times to remember, but I'm not boasting. No, I've spent too much time inside a too-dry, too-noisy and too-confining tube as I traveled back and forth across...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterALASKA The rates for seven days start at $449 per person, double occupancy, departing Anchorage (Seward) on May 20 for Vancouver, Canada, on Holland America's Ryndam. Signature Travel Network, (310) 574-0883. Seven days from $499 per person,...
Times Staff WriterMORE FOR YOUR MONEY | CRUISES Cruise fares have fallen so sharply in recent months that travelers waiting for their ship to come in may find that it's just on the horizon and sailing toward them at full speed. "There are some fantastic deals out there,"...
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