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Karine Hagen, whose family owns Viking River Cruises,  has spent most of her adult life living in Russia and remains captivated and entertained by the country and its culture. Come along as she shares her deep love and fascination for this charming country and its people.   More

In this fun video, a guest receives a hula lesson from two Hawaiian ladies.  I’ll be the first one to admit I’m not super-coordinated when it comes to learning dance moves, but it looks like a fun (potentially hilarious, for us non-dancers) way to spend some family time in Hawaii!  More

On September 22, 2011, Disney celebrated the grand opening of its new resort in Hawaii:  Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, located in the Ko’Olina area of the island of O’ahu.  This newest venture brings Disney hospitality and style to a Hawaiian paradise!  More

Cunard Line introduces the Royal Palace and Old Town Stockholm shore excursion.  Short video vignettes like this one provide a good overview of the sights and sounds you’re likely to experience in the destination.  If you see something that piques your interest, let us know so you can learn more, and we’ll help you plan a cruise to see for yourself the splendors of Stockholm!  Read More

In this video, Cunard Line invites guests to explore Tallinn in-depth, on an escorted walking tour.

Unlike many other European cities, we know bafflingly little of Tallinn’s early history. In 1154 what is now Tallinn was first marked on a map by an Arab cartographer, however the first reliable account of Tallinn’s history comes from The Chronicle of Latvian Henrik, wherein Henrik describes the landing of the Danish fleet, led by King Valdemar II, in June of 1219. The Danes quickly snapped up Tallinn as their own and built a large fortress on Toompea Hill. The name ‘Tallinn’ is actually derived from the Estonian words ‘taani linnus,’ meaning ‘Danish castle.’  Read More

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the new Disney resort in Hawai’i — Aulani, opening on August 29, 2011. There’s something for everyone in the family at Aulani — see what’s in store for you in this special sneak peek.  Read More

As part of Azamara Club Cruises‘ focus on destination immersion for its guests, their VP of Sales & Marketing Edie Borenstein hosts a series of video clips entitled “You’ll Love Where We Take You”.   Each episode highlights a different, unique destination to be experienced with Azamara Club Cruises.

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Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises is the new, deluxe cruise experience for discerning travelers who long to reach out-of-the-ordinary destinations and indulge in amenities and service unparalleled on the high seas.

Azamara Club Cruises consists of two intimate ships, Azamara Journey and Azamara Quest. Each can carry 694 fortunate guests and because they are smaller and sleeker than larger cruise ships, they can sail to ports that others simply cannot reach.

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Up on the steep slopes of Cotton Mountain, Shanxi Province, China, stands a Taoist Monastery. It secludes itself by hiding way high in Cotton Mountain reached either by climbing hundreds of hanging steps or by creeping up a narrow, steep, and winding road.  The Monastery is a huge structure consisting of grand welcome gates, temples, residences for monks and guests, dining halls, study chambers,connecting hanging bridges, pagodas, and scenic lakes and waterfalls.  All its magnificent architecture, stretching over layers of mountain ranges, was designed and constructed by taking advantage of the natural slopes and cliffs.  Buildings protrude to the blue sky and hang over deep green valleys.  The Monastery is one of the most frequented spots for visitors to Shanxi Province, China.  Read more

I came across this interesting article and thought I’d share it.  I’ll be the first to admit that unless I’m on the go and pressed for time, I prefer to seek out better food options when I’m traveling. 

To this list I’d like to add a personal favorite:  Changi International Airport in Singapore.  Their food court boasts numerous options including local specialties, all at reasonable prices for an airport.  The noodle house offers fresh Chinese hand-pulled noodles of all different varieties….a very welcome choice for a “fried-and-dipped”-weary world traveler!

Eat Up:  10 Airport Dining Experiences That Make Flying Taste Better


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