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Oasis of the Seas – One Month Later

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Now that the media hype has fallen a bit from Royal Caribbean’s latest ship, we have to ask ourselves “So the ship is big, but is it fun?” I mean, it’s easy to see where having the largest cruise ship in the world can go wrong: long lines, crowded passageways, sold out restaurants. Would the Oasis of the Seas deliver? Early reviews are saying: yes.

While the Royal Caribbean’s flagship can handle up to 6,300 passengers, as of late most cruises have been departing with about 4,500 passengers. A healthy amount of people for the size of the boat: you never feel lonely and you never feel crowded. High-tech crowd management systems work behind the scenes to maintain traffic, assuring that elevators go where they’re needed and hallways don’t become overloaded. For the guest, that means unfettered access amongst the ship’s 7 neighborhoods.


Top 5 destinations in October

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October is an ideal month for vacation. The temperature is mild, not very low, neither very high. If you wish to spend a week end away, or even a longer vacation, I prepared following propositions for October:

1. The Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean. 145 beautiful island, with dreaming beaches and wonderful hotels. The perfect relaxation.

2. The Maldives Islands, also located in the Pacific Ocean. Ressembling to Seychelles, but higher standards and luxury. It is not a budget vacation, one night stand costs 2500 S in the leading luxury hotels.

3. Saalbach Hinterglemm, Austria is a ski paradise. Many slopes with different difficulty degrees, family incentives, night events and parties, entertainment.

4. Reykjavyk, Iceland. Very peaceful and very interesting city. A land of geysers, waterfalls, thermal baths, and ice all around.


Cleanest Hotels to Visit in Australia and New Zealand

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For most travelers, cleanliness plays an important part when they are traveling across the world. I’ve heard of horror stories where travelers report that some hotels were so dirty, they had to resort to sleeping upon their own blankets because the sheets were too dirty. There were even rubbish strewn on the floor and leftover dinners in the microwave! I wonder if these hotels ever had chambermaids to take care of the hotel’s hygiene at all!

Here, we’ve compiled the top 5 best hotels to visit in Australia and New Zealand if you like your mode of accommodation as spotlessly clean as ever!

1. Lilianfels Blue Mountains Hotel (Blue Mountains, Australia)
This boutique hotel boast of 85 rooms so charmingly decorated that one would fall in love as soon as he or she steps into the room! The luxurious decor and clean interior draw many travelers all over the world, and most are repeat guests. Don’t forget to check out the immaculately clean restaurants and hotel grounds during your next visit!


Sleep On Ice

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Photo by Tom Corser www.tomcorser.com. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 England & Wales (UK) Licence: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/uk/deed.en_GB

Photo by Tom Corser www.tomcorser.com. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 England & Wales (UK) Licence: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/uk/deed.en_GB

Imagine a hotel built from snow and ice by artists.  The rooms are beautiful and  icy and cold.  You sleep in a warm thermal sleeping bag on a bed made of a block of ice topped by a thick mattress and  reindeer skins.   You could be in a simple snow room, or in a room filled with ice sculptures. You are at the Ice Hotel in Sweden.

Located 200km above the artic circle ICEHOTEL is literally at the top of the world.    It seems distant and remote, however it is easy to get to with the nearest airport and train station only 15km away in the town of Kiruna.  From year to year the ICEHOTEL is never the same.  Every year artists from around the globe come to build and sculpt the beautiful hotel, only to see it melt away come spring.


How to go around London on a budget

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A London holiday is always on a traveller’s list but we can not deny that a London get away is expensive. The exchange rate makes the truth harder to accept but you really do not have to burn a hole in your pocket to enjoy London. Experts see the British pound to take a slight dip through April or May so you have a window for a London trip. London is a big place and of course you still have to pay for a place to stay, for places you visit, and for your dining and transportation, but here are some London travel tips to stretch your budget:

Don’t book a hotel in central London

A big chunk of your London holiday budget will be for your hotel accommodation. You can still find a cheap London hotel if you avoid the city center. A few nights just outside Central London will save you a lot of money with rooms going for around $105 per night and you are just twenty minutes from the heart of the action.


Top 3 Exquisite Castle Hotels

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It’s a castle; no, it’s a hotel! For those of you who yearn to live in the lap of luxury, just like princes and princesses do, don’t fret because you can still live the life of a king and queen in your castle. All it takes is a phone call to one of these exquisite castle hotels and a pair of air tickets and you’ll be well on your way to a fairytale holiday!

1. Fitzpatricks Castle Hotel Dublin
Don’t let this castle hotel’s modern facade fool you. Although it was built in 1741 this hotel welcomed all modern advancements and was refurbished to accommodate guests who want a contemporary yet timeless style when it comes to their choice of hotels. The hotel features a large and cozy indoor swimming pool that is sure to delight everyone, be it spring, summer, winter or autumn.
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The ultimate experience: space tourism

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Supposing you are sick of all these terrestrial adventures and travels. Supposing you are sick on the Earth and angry with the human. What to do on these circumstances? The space tourism is a solution.

Book an extraterrestrial travel ! The American millionaire Daniel Dito was the space tourist from the history: he lived a week in the Russian Space Station Sojuz, and he payed 20 000 000 $ for this ultimate adventure.

Space tourism is unique and the Earth seen from the space is wonderful. Simply fantastic, says anyone who saw it.

There are already a plenty of interested people(20 000), and even 3 companies offering places for these special flights. Space tourism is booming, but the prices are still not very acceptable; nevertheless they started to shrink (200 000 Dollars nowadays). There are even planes for building a space hotel. In a few years we are going to ask our wives: What to do this week end: Mallorca or an extra atmospheric trip? I can hardly wait for it.


Top 5 food destinations in Abu Dhabi for the best brunches

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Abu Dhabi has an oil reserve that is expected to last thru this century so we can expect this attractive metropolis to make some more leaps to improve its attractions to lure travellers. It is not as city-like as Dubai but this green city has a lot to offer. First, they do not have traffic jams. Second, they have offer the best destinations to satisfy your craving for good food.

We line up some of the best food destinations in Abu Dhabi where you can get the best brunches:

Talay

Talay gives you the best choices you can ask for a brunch. Get a bowl of soup and some Thai salad as your starter. Next enjoy the hot dim sum choices. Your next stop can be seafood, chicken, or beef main dishes. If you are a vegetarian, you only have limited options at this place and the best one can big servings of the pineapple fried rice.