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Viking Longship Freya of the Viking River Cruises fleet

Viking Longship Freya of the Viking River Cruises fleet


For the second year in a row, Viking River Cruises became a bona fide Guinness World Record holder. In just a little over 24 hours, Viking christened sixteen of its award-winning Longships — nine were launched in Amsterdam, four in Germany and three in France.

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The pool at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa at sunset

The pool at Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa at sunset


Following the conclusion of a two-year, $30 million renovation, Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa is celebrating its 25th anniversary with anniversary-themed programs and offers. The Silver Anniversary Charmer room package gives guests the “best available rate” on accommodations and includes a $250 resort credit, which can be used on dining, spa treatments, tennis and more.

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A Business Class seat on American Airlines' new Boeing 777-300ER

A Business Class seat on American Airlines’ new Boeing 777-300ER


To keep up with competition and new standards, airlines are in renovation mode, and American Airlines is no exception.


The airline is bringing modern luxury to its Boeing 777-300ERs, as well as its terminals and check-in desks. The new Flagship Check-In offers a private check-in experience that includes an expedited security line and customer service representatives that can personally assist passengers with their individual travel needs.

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The Cuba Cruise ship, Louis Cristal

The Cuba Cruise ship, Louis Cristal


by John and Sandra Nowlan


Cuba is not your traditional Caribbean cruise destination. Because of the U.S. embargo, it’s an entirely different experience that, until this year, has not been possible. But finally, thanks to a Canadian-based company called Cuba Cruise partnering with a Greek cruise line, travelers can enjoy the authentic Cuba, visiting five ports and interacting with the locals as the cruise ship, Louis Cristal, circumnavigates the island each week.

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The Valencia Suite at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, California

The Valencia Suite at Rancho Valencia in Rancho Santa Fe, California


R&R Paradise


At this Mediterranean-inspired SoCal escape, private gates open onto 45 acres of gardens, olive groves and 49 casitas, which have all been thoughtfully renovated (along with the restaurant, bar, meeting spaces, spa and fitness center) to the tune of $30 million. Better yet, more than seven miles of fields dedicated to polo and horse training separate the all-suite Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa from the I-5 freeway, guaranteeing peace and quiet for guests.

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The infinity pool at Hyatt Regency Trinidad

The infinity pool at Hyatt Regency Trinidad


by Natalie Compagno


Known for its annual Carnival, a ’round-the-clock spectacle and celebration unlike any other in the world, Trinidad is a colorful melting pot often associated with wild costumes and late night revelry. It also boasts untouched beaches, some of the world’s best bird-watching and a Calypso music scene that invented the steelpan. The food here is sophisticated and spicy, and celebrity chefs and street vendors are revered equally, while Indian and Middle Eastern cuisines influence almost every dish. Added to the mix are the oil and natural gas companies in the capital of Port of Spain that drive the robust (for the Caribbean) economy. For a time the creation of a single hotel catering to all aspects of this island nation seemed near impossible — until 2008 and the arrival of the Hyatt Regency Trinidad.

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Costume Contest

Walking the French Quarter on Mardi Gras Day is an experience like no other. (Credit: Jenny Peters)


A Guide to Carnival and Mardi Gras in New Orleans

by Jenny Peters


If you’re lucky enough to be spending Mardi Gras in the Big Easy, make sure to read this primer first. “Carnival” describes the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras Day (also known as Fat Tuesday), the day before Lent, the Catholic time of atonement, begins. And while some in New Orleans use that term, most just call all of the season of revelry “Mardi Gras.” It actually begins on Epiphany, January 6; but the big celebrations and major parades really happen in the last two weeks leading into Mardi Gras Day (which is a city-wide holiday in NOLA).

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The exterior of Hotel Giraffe in New York City

The exterior of Hotel Giraffe in New York City


When it comes to choosing a great hotel, it isn’t always about “location, location, location.” But a convenient space in one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods sure doesn’t hurt. Named after owner/entrepreneur Henry Kallan’s favorite animal, Hotel Giraffe enjoys an opportune spot on the corner of Park Avenue South and 26th Street in NoMad, or north of Madison Square Park, which is also home to a creative business community made up of architecture, Internet and design firms. The building was purpose-built in the late 1990s to house the Library Hotel Collection’s Giraffe Hotel, which opened in 1999.

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Adventure Brazil

Dreaming of a vacation on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro or exploring the bustling nightlife and world-class shopping of São Paulo? How about a cultural tour through the capital city of Brasília and outdoor adventures or a food and wine focused traditional gaucho experience through Southern Brazil?

 

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Telescope image of SpaceShipTwo as it takes off on its inaugural rocket-powered journey

Telescope image of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo as it takes off on its supersonic journey


Virgin Galactic is making history while pioneering commercial space travel. On Jan 10th, 2014, the SpaceShipTwo, a rocket-powered space vehicle, successfully completed its third rocket-powered supersonic flight. After taking off from the Mojave Air and Space Port in the California Mojave Desert at 7:22 a.m. local time, pilot Dave Mackay and co-pilot Mark Stucky reached an altitude of 71,000 feet – SS2’s highest altitude to date – and a supersonic speed of Mach 1.4. Following a series of similar tests, Virgin Galactic and partners expect to test full space flight within the year.

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