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The Week in Travel (2/15/2013)

The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

Rio is World's Happiest!

Rio is the Happiest!

*San Francisco is the happiest city in America, but Rio de Janeiro makes the world smile (via Huffington Post).

*Poop, power outages and the perfume of sewage defeat the cruising vacation of 3,143 passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph (via Miami Herald).

*On Valentines’ Day, American Airlines and US Airways announced the marriage that will soon conceive the world’s largest air carrier (via Washington Post).

*Kids are great–and necessary to the continuation of the human race–but you don’t always want them on your flight.   Now, a Malaysian-based airline is introducing a kid-free, quiet zone (via Passport Magazine).

*France’s Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport offers duty-free shopping and an Auguste Rodin gallery (via NY Times).

*Want to know more about your upcoming vacation destination?  Tourism boards are sharing pictures, upcoming events, and restaurant recommendations on Twitter (via NBC News).

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(Photo via Fox Latino)

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The Week in Travel (6/15/12)

The world of travel moves fast!   Let’s keep up–together.   On Fridays,  Traveling IQ curates the highlights from the past week:

The Love Boat

*Money can’t buy you love, but it might buy you the Love Boat.  The Pacific Princess, the cruise ship which hosted countless celebrities on the famous television show from 1977 to 1986 was sold for scrap earlier this year.  But now the scrap company that bought it has defaulted on its payment, and the ship is up for sale once again.  (via USA Today)

*Who says art won’t take you places?   Inspired by New York’s Chelsea Hotel, that once gave artists a hotel room in exchange for their art, the Clarion Hotel in Stockholm is accepting payment in the form of  poetry, paintings or anything self-made that will fit on an A4 piece of paper. (via Passport Magazine)

*If you price gouge them, maybe they just won’t come.  Hotels in London–some of which have been charging four times the usual amount–are reporting that a third of their rooms are empty during the Olympics.  (via The Telegraph)

*Your cocktail will be more delicious when sipped from above at any of these 17 hotel terraces with amazing views.  (via Conde Nast Traveler)

*Want gayby.  Will travel.  Based on over 10 million surveyed responses, a dating website has put together a list of where the most traditional-minded (those who want to get married and raise children together) LGBT singles live.  (via Chemistry.com)

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Cruising with Ben Cohen

Ever wanted to sail Italy’s Amalfi Coast with England’s Rugby World Cup winner Ben Cohen?

Congratulations, your life just got better.

Recently retired from professional rugby, Cohen is dedicating this new chapter of his life to combating bullying worldwide, as Chairman of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation.  Clearly stated on their website, the organization “is the world’s first foundation dedicated to raising awareness of the long-term, damaging effects of bullying, and funding those doing real-world work to stop it. We stand up against bullying regardless of to whom it happens. Because lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are often targeted by bullies, we give particular attention to this community.”

From September 3-10, Cohen will bring his anti-bullying campaign and Acceptance Tour on board Source Events Gay Rome to Venice Cruise.  Source’s 10th Anniversary Cruise, sets sail on Windstar Cruise Line’s 312-passenger M.S.Y Wind Surf, the world’s largest sailing yacht.  On board, the ship features three restaurants, two swimming pools, hot tubs, fitness center, full-service spa, and a sports deck.

The journey begins in Rome, sailing down the Amalfi Coast to Capri and Sicily, continuing around the boot of Italy and up the Dalmatian Coast, with stops at Montenegro and Croatia, before disembarking in Venice.

…Better indeed!

M.S.Y. Wind Surf

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For Some, The Ship of Dreams

Cruise: (krüz) n. a voyage on a ship or boat
Cruise: (krüz) v. to attempt to pick up a sexual partner

This year, sexually adventurous ladies (and men) can discover the various definitions of cruising as controversial ships set sail for a port (or two… or three… or…) near you.

On May 16, 2010, the 2nd International Cougar Cruise, aboard Royal Carribean, departs Los Angeles for a 7 day exploration of—among other things—Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, Mexico.  Arranged by Singles Travel Company, the Cougar Cruise targets the coupling of younger men and older women.  Later in December, the 3rd International Cougar Cruise embarks from Miami aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Too limiting?  Cruising is about options.  And no ship this year will explore that idea more fully than the “Carnival Imagination” Swingers Cruise.    YOLO Cruises (acronym for You Only Live Once) has chartered a Carnival cruise ship set to sail from Miami on October 29, 2010, for a three-night vacation catering to poly-amorous adults.

According to YOLO’s website (which may not be appropriate for viewing at work), “the time has come for this sensual lifestyle phenomenon to have its own private escape where all can experience an erotic vacation of pure indulgence.”   Some things to note before booking:  Nudity is allowed at pool areas and sexual acts are permitted in designated playrooms and, of course, private staterooms.  Also, the cruise is not open to single men; only couples and single females can sail.

Ironically, the Swingers Cruise will dock at only one port, in the Bahamas.

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