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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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.
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.
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.
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.
Can affordable luxury cruising get any better? Windstar Cruises’ new “star class” yachts are winners. For one, everyone gets a beautiful huge suite.
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.)
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!
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.
“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).
As travel writers, we stay at fab places. Our fave charming Europe hotels include an old Venetian palace and a converted newspaper office.
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.