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Gratuities on a Cruise

Gratuities on a Cruise: How much to tip?

By Janice and George

Gratuities on a cruise (often automatically added) are a bit of a bugbear for passengers these days. So here’s the deal for 20 popular cruises. How much should you tip (or not)?

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12 Apostles Hotel

12 Apostles Hotel: A Luxury Retreat in Cape Town

By Janice and George

One of the best 5 star hotels in Cape Town, the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa wowed us with killer sea views, elegantly decorated rooms, bubbly at check-in, mountain walking trails and its superb Leopard Bar.

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Global Hotel Panama

Why stay at the Global Hotel Panama? For bubbly and boutique style!

By Janice and George

Why pick the Global Hotel Panama in Panama City? How about five-star luxury, free bubbly and friendly service? Rates are really easy on the wallet too.

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VIP Cruises

Luxury Ship-Within-a-Ship Cruises on Big Ships

By Janice and George

You want the deluxe perks associated with small ship cruising (a suite, fine dining) on a big ship? Say “hello” to the exclusive “ship within a ship” concept.

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Azura Quilalea

Make like a celebrity at Azura Quilalea Private Island Resort

By Janice and George

The private island resort of Azura Quilalea in Mozambique’s off-the-grid Quirimbas Archipelago wows with just 9 hand-crafted villas, colorful diving and a picture-perfect beach.

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Windstar Cruises review

Windstar Cruises Review: “Star class” ships

By Janice and George

Can affordable luxury cruising get any better? Windstar Cruises’ new “star class” yachts are winners. For one, everyone gets a beautiful huge suite.

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Best cruise for foodies? Try Oceania Cruises

By Janice and George

Winner of a slew of awards for its cuisine, Oceania Cruises can probably lay claim to the best cruise for foodies. (Warning: Reading this may induce cravings for caviar and truffles.)

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Alila Purnama

The “Alila Purnama”: Sailing, diving and, oh my, Komodo dragons!

By Janice and George

Scuba diving in coral gardens, idyllic beach forays and, oh my, Komodo dragons! Cruising Indonesia aboard the luxurious “Alila Purnama” comes with a dash of adventure. Sign us up!

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Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City grand staircase

7 reasons you’ll love the newly renovated Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City

By Janice and George

How to go from fusty to fabulous! We love the new Four Seasons Hotel Mexico City renovation, especially the cool lobby (with its bold orange-and-red mural) and bright chic guestrooms.

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dine in the dark Bangkok

Dine in the Dark in Bangkok: An eye-opening experience

By Janice and George

“I stabbed my cheek with my fork!” “Oh, I’ve lost a pea. Or was it a piece of potato?” Is this what it’s like to eat blind? It’s so pitch black in here (it’s good we have aprons on).

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charming Europe hotels

5 of our favorite charming Europe Hotels

By Janice and George

As travel writers, we stay at fab places. Our fave charming Europe hotels include an old Venetian palace and a converted newspaper office.

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ways hotels annoy guests

5 ways hotels annoy guests

By Janice and George

They charge for bottled water, WiFi and pool umbrellas? Shame. Yet, these are just some of the ways hotels annoy guests. Find out which hotels are guilty.

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