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Norwegian Getaway to join cruise line ahead of original schedule

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Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced that the newest member of their fleet, the Norwegian Getaway, will be delivered by January 2014. This is a few months ahead of its original schedule. The new ship will be used for the year round Eastern Caribbean cruises setting of from Miami in Florida.

The Norwegian Getaway is designed to accommodate 4,000 passengers and will be the biggest ship call Miami its home port.

The vessel is being constructed by Meyer Werft and will be finished about three months ahead of its original schedule. This was revealed by the president of the Norwegian Cruise Line, Kevin Sheenan.

The ship will host some inaugural ceremonies in Europe and will get to Miami before the end of January in 2014. It will start its journey to the Eastern Caribbean by the first week of February 2014.


Five of the Best Countries to Drink in and their Drinking Rules

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Whether you admit it or not, most travels actually plan their itinerary around one thing: alcohol. This might get a lot of heads shaking at first, but there are as much foodie travelers as there are alcohol fanatics. Before calling Alcoholics Anonymous on this article, though, you might want to find out why it’s so interesting for travelers to get to know a specific country’s choice of poison. You’ll be surprised at how the climate, the culture, and even the way of drinking booze all come together to portray a specific country.


Ten Ways to Look Like a Frequent Traveler

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If you travel only occasionally, or worse, if it’s your first time to travel by plane, you will most likely be faced with hustles and bustles in the airport. This is especially true if you’re traveling during a holiday and the demand for plane seats are so high, something’s bound to go amiss. Don’t let the first flyer jitters scare you off. Below are frequent flyer secrets everyone ought to know about.


Virtual Travel: Google Street View dives into the deep

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Is it in your wish list to go scuba diving to explore the coral reefs in the ocean floor but just never got to save for it? How about while saving for it, you get the chance to see them without getting wet and without using oxygen tanks?

You can do this now straight from your desktop using Google Street Views. You can explore some of the Great Barrier Reef’s most wonderfult sites like the Wilson, Lady Elliot, and Heron islands. You can also virtually dive into the waters of the Hanauma Bay and Molokini Crater in Hawaii, and Philippine’s Apo Islands.

We will let you take a trial dive through a video below, but be sure to explore it yourself using Google Maps Street View.


London Hotel: InterContinental to open in Westminster

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The exciting hotel scene in London will be welcoming a new establisment in the heart of Westminster this November. Opening its doors will be the much awaited InterContinental London Westminster. It will be a few hops from the Parliament, the Westminster Abbey, and the Big Ben.

InterContinental gives the old Queen Anne’s Chambers a new life after serving as home for The Brewer’s Society and the Treasury Solicitor among others.

The century-old building has the looks of a townhouse on the outside while the elegant interiors utilize classy furnishing and British elegance to give guests a comfortable home away from home amid the busy urban center.

The hotel will feature 256 guestrooms with 44 suites and a luxurious penthouse. The hotel will also have its own bar to add some sophistication to the typical English pub offering drins ranging from British wines, cocktails, and local ales. The restaurant will be serving meals throughout the day.


Virgin Atlantic to expand services to Cancun

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Big demand. That is how anyone will describe Virgin Atlantic’s flights to Cancun. The carrier kicked off with the route back in June but because of the travel boom, Virgin recently announced that it will be expanding its twice a week flights to thrice a week.

It will take some time though for the changes to take effect. The new flights schedule will start April of next year.

According to an executive of Virgin Atlantic, Cancun s doing very well for the business and the launch of the route to Cancun has been one of their most successful ones. Transatlantic flights have been the core of their bussiness and the company is happy to show its commitment to the consumers and Mexico by adding the extra service.

In 2011, Mexico received 23 million visitors or about 2% more than the international travelers in 2010.


Where to kickoff your Oktoberfest in the U.S.

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The Oktoberfest has officially begun last Saturday in Germany and will push on until October 7. The Bavarian festival that traces its origins two centuries ago to royal celebration has now spread across the globe. In line with the tradition, we give you some of the best places in the United States where you can enjoy some good beer.

The Standard in New York and Down town LA

Actually, the beer gardens in these hotels are open all year round. The hotel in Downtown LA offers an Ocktoberfest special everyday between 12 noon until 5pm. You can tast three kinds of beer on tap a serving of sausage, strudel, pretzel, and some salad for just $15.

The Peninsula NY


Ten Private Villas You wouldn’t want to Miss Out on while you’re in Asia

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If you have enough cash for the best accommodations in town, you might want to skip the usual hotel room stay. There are private villas across Asia that would have you redefining your idea of luxurious travel. These are still services so you won’t have to worry about using elbow grease. If anything, you would be treated more like royalty because you can actually swim in naked in that private pool, request anything from your private chef, and lounge in that extra space hotels simply can’t give you these days.

Calamian Islands, Palawan, Philippines: Ariara


 
This is the best villa to stay in if you’re traveling with an all-adult group. There’s a pool in the villa but it’s not really safe for small children. The villa itself is impressively designed, but what make your stay here extra special are the private dive guide and the fact that you’ll have the entire island to yourself. The dishes served are also impressively gourmet. There are eight staff members to wait on you, and eight spacious rooms for you to enjoy.
 


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