Number of passengers Ocean: Up to 6,296 (Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas). River: Up to 190 (on Viking River Cruises).   Destinations Ocean: Remote islands like Tahiti, major Mediterranean ports, far reaches of the globe (the North Pole region, for example). River: Inland cities and towns most oceangoing ships can’t get close to (like Luxor, Egypt, and Budapest).   Excursions Ocean: From ATV jungle treks to Zodiac boat trips to ice floes in Antarctica. River: Small-scale walking...
Cruises can be expensive affairs. First, ships reel you in with a “cheap” room and an onboard credit but then smack you around with high-priced drinks, non-included restaurants, and dollar-a-minute Internet. A couple of years ago, I went on the Oasis of the Seas (one of the largest boats in the world) on a seven-day cruise around the Caribbean. The listed...
Expansive sapphire-blue skies, soaring red rocks, shifting white sand dunes that gleam in the sun — what better way to beat the cold than with a vacation to a desert? Forget the Sahara: You can find surreal and expansive landscapes to explore in the American Southwest and Pacific. From glamorous desert cities that buzz with excitement to solace-inspiring stretches...

From Paris to Prague

Prague itineraries: one day and two days in the city SARAH JOHNSTONE Lonely Planet Writer Prague is the new Prague. While other born-again Central and Eastern European cities claim to be the hot new destination, the Czech capital never went out of fashion. Immersing yourself in its fairy-tale architecture remains essential, and now the emerging energy of exciting inner neighbourhoods is the only...
Vacation: a chance to relax, unwind… and completely fall off the “healthy living” wagon! How is it that we can go months and months in perfect routine, dutifully eating healthy, never missing a workout, and staying on target, but a single week of vacation can be enough to throw us completely off balance and send us back to square one? Sure, it’s one...
Enjoy cold and snowy days in the world's winter capital. Oslo Winter Park The largest ski resort in the Oslo area, with 18 slopes and 11 lifts, just 30 minutes from the city centre. Oslo Winter Park expects to open... Spikersuppa Skating Rink The Spikersuppa ice skating rink in the middle of Oslo city centre is open and free for everybody. ...
If you are travelling to Switzerland, consider yourself very lucky. Switzerland is a beautiful country to visit, and will stay engrained in your memory forever. You will see magnificent mountains and peaceful lakes. Switzerland is a country with splendour absolutely everywhere you look. Secondly, you will need to know the tipping etiquette for this country. Most services include a “service”...
Stunning views of the Hollywood Sign unfold at your own pace on hiking trails that meander through the rolling chaparral of the Santa Monica Mountains.  Trails originally blazed by paws, hooves, and yucca-thatched moccasins now connect us to cultural as well as natural wonders. The western frontier of Griffith Park offers hikers amazingly close encounters with the Sign, which...
Although all-inclusive resorts are less popular in the United States than Mexico or Caribbean islands, there are some available for travelers who want to simplify their vacation. From Hawaii to New Hampshire, these hotels have all-inclusive packages available so you don't have to think too hard about what you'll be eating for meals. Note that all-inclusive packages in the...
Whether it's for the holidays, spring break or summer vacation, it's never too early to start planning your next trip. That includes scoping out airline tickets. As a big fan of travel myself, I know that the prices on some tickets is enough to make you seriously consider a stay-cation. But let me reassure you that I've never paid an...

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