Cruises & Destinations


Japan's Free. Friendly and Knowledgeable Guides

Nearly every tourist destination in Japan has chapters of volunteer guides whose passion is providing visitors with an in-depth introduction to the "True Japan." Their services are absolutely free. All you are permitted is to pick up their meal and travel expenses when they are with you. Tipping is not permitted. Groups can be from 1-6 persons, and the guides must be scheduled by the travelers themselves, not by a travel agent, cruise ship travel desk, or by a hotel concierge.

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Save 40% by Taking a Repositioning Cruise

Imagine booking a cruise on top-rated ship that takes you to TWO exciting cruising grounds such as Alaska and Japan, New Zealand and Tahiti, New England and Great Britain, or the Med and Brazil. Instead of charging you top-dollar for these cruises -- usually somewhere around $500-$1,000 a night for each of you --you'll usually end up paying less than $400 a night with everything you can think of being included.

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The "Insiders Guide" to Getting the Lowest Cabin Fares

The title of this article is a bad pun. When cruise lines first releases prices for cruises – typically 1-2 years before the sailing date – the ads often have a subheading that reads something like this: “From $5600 pp.” When you call the cruise line or your travel advisor to make your booking, you find the minimum price for the cabins that are still available has increased to $7,000 -$8,000 pp (per person) or more. Who got the low-priced cabins?

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Visiting Sydney and Queensland on Your First Australian Trip

Most people visiting Australia for the first time, do fly-in hotel stays in Sydney and Melbourne, or cruise from Auckland in New Zealand, to Sydney in Australia. However, you should consider NOT fitting both nations into a brief single trip. Instead, get the best panorama of Australia by sailing from Sydney in New South Wales, up the Gold Coast to Queensland -- home of the Great Barrier Reef and Brisbane. This is roughly same distance as sailing from Miami to Boston, except the the sights are even more varied.

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The Norwegian Coast Is a "Bucket List" Cruise for Photo Buffs in Summer

The coast of Norway is a bucket-list choice for photo buffs in summer when you're able to sail into the Arctic Circle and enjoy 24 hours of daylight in which to shoot. The scenery is spectacular and interesting English-speaking people abound. This itinerary is served by some of the world's top-rated ships in the world

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