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Big, bigger, biggest is not what cruising is all about in 2013. In fact, most of this year's new ships are designed for river cruising, carrying fewer than 200 passengers. Woodland Hills-based Viking River Cruises leads the way, introducing 10 new...
On an ocean cruise, every port is an invitation to adventure – a whirlwind romance with a new destination that just might turn out to be your favorite place on earth. But not all stops are created equal. Some cruise ports can make an amazing first...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesReporting from Boothbay Harbor, Maine Early morning in a kayak on Linekin Bay. My paddle goes plash-plash. A gull gives me the hairy eyeball to warn me away from its nest. Across the water on the peninsula that ends at Ocean Point, a woman sits like a...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterAmericans are venturing out again as they start to shake off the recession. That may be good for their spirits, but it's bad for their bank accounts. As more people travel, flights, cruises and hotel rooms get more expensive. Expect to pay more for your...
Babylon & BeyondNine ships sailing from various destinations, including Ireland, Turkey and Greece, are headed toward a Mediterranean meeting point from which they will set sail for the Gaza Strip. Carrying 700-800 passengers, including members of parliament from Europe,...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesTo the solo traveler, the four most annoying words in the English language may be "based on double occupancy." Although the travel industry prefers to think people travel two by two, solo travelers are not an inconsequential demographic. About 25% of all...
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...
Special to the Orlando SentinelGary Francell thinks Norwegian Cruise Line has an edge over the competition in Hawaii. The former Texan, now living in Honolulu, loves golf, and Hawaii is home to some of the world's top golf resorts. Staying at island resorts, though, is expensive,...
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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