A Primer To Italy

A First-timer’s Guide To Italy

Italy has long stood as a popular travel destination, and it’s not hard to see why. Italy has a rich cultural history, from the Roman Empire to the Renaissance, and is full of art and architecture that reflects that history. Its Mediterranean climate makes visiting a pleasant experience at almost any time of year. The geography is gorgeous, from the beaches of southern Italy to the hills and mountains of the north.

It’s still possible to have a bad experience if you aren’t prepared, though. While there are plenty of sights to keep you entertained, you don’t want to be miserable because you got ripped off by a taxi or failed to bring adapters to make your electrical devices compatible. It’s very possible if you don’t know what to expect. Here are some basic trips to help you prepare for your first trip to Italy.

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Introduction to Luxury Cruises

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A luxury cruise can be a great way to spend a long, relaxing vacation. Luxury cruises are filled with many more amenities than a standard cruise, which can be great if you don’t want to have to worry about whether any of your needs or desires will be met while on the ship. That freedom from worry is one of the biggest selling points in paying the extra price for a luxury cruise.

However, the word “luxury” gets thrown around far too often when describing a cruise. Since there are no official standards for using the term, any cruise line can claim their cruises are “luxury” cruises without having to worry about what that means. Don’t be fooled– you have the right to expect a higher standard if you’re paying for a higher standard.Continue reading

Review: The Panama Canal & Costa Rica Small Ship Cruising with Tauck

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By: Lucy Fernandez, Owner

Small ship cruising with Tauck is a wonderful way to explore the Central American countries of Panama and Costa Rica. We spent time on land – including two nights each in Panama City and San Jose – but most exciting was our six-night voyage aboard the recently renovated m/v Tere Moana. Carrying a maximum of 90 passengers and a crew of 60, the ship sometimes felt as if it felt as if we were on our very own yacht. The crew was extremely attentive, and we loved the elegant ambiance, roomy accommodations and gourmet dining.

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Family Fun Aboard the Disney Magic®

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By: Lin Humble
Vice President, AffordableTours.com

Last Christmas our family celebrated the winter holidays aboard the Disney Magic®. As promised, Disney delivered an unforgettable journey. In fact, our trip began before we even set sail out of Galveston, Texas. My sons, ages 6 and 5, received a phone call from Mickey a day prior to our sailing, which brightened their day and only heightened their anticipation of the cruise. Of course, I strategically planned this call as I preregistered for the cruise. However, it shows just that extra effort that Disney puts into the whole vacation.

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