| Jan 12, 2011
| 12:48 PM
They are identical twins, and as is so often the case, you may have to ask their parents how to tell them apart.
Oasis of the Seas has the Seafood Shack; Allure of the Seas has Rita's Cantina. Allure features performances of Chicago: The Musical; Oasis...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 1:07 PM
Spring break T-shirts, beer cozies, thong bikinis and Mardi Gras beads fill the shelves at the Paradise Found store on Panama City Beach. The shop is hiring extra staff and will maintain extended hours through March and April.
"Now we are just waiting,"...
| Feb 2, 2010
| 8:49 AM
As I pulled the lever on the giant slot machine inside the ship's glitzy casino for a chance to win our next cruise for free, my wife and I shared a nervous glance that said -- for once -- we were on the same page about our vacation ideas.
| May 18, 2010
Forgetting to read the fine print. Not packing a change of clothes. Confusing a.m. and p.m.
In a previous column, I asked you to tell me about your worst travel mistakes. Did you ever!
And if I could generalize about the types of screw-ups most common...
| Jun 12, 2010
Two years ago, when I was stationed in Hawaii, I called Expedia to get a price quote for an airline ticket to California. I wanted to spend Thanksgiving with my fiancee.
The agent could barely speak English and insisted that I give him a credit card...
| Jan 31, 2011
| 7:41 PM
If friends or relatives tell you they have snagged a five-star Orlando hotel for their visit to Central Florida, a little skepticism is in order.
Orlando doesn't have any five-star or five-diamond hotels — at least not according to Forbes Travel...
| Jan 19, 2010
A recent ad directed to the industry -- and maybe consumers, as well -- asks whether travelers are better off trusting hotel reviews compiled by "expert travel writers" or by ordinary travelers who may not have a clue about evaluating hotels. The ad was...
| Jul 7, 2010
Although he sometimes feels "a little dishonest" about it, Jeremy Reed says he doesn't have much choice: With seven children, from an infant to a teenager, and on a limited budget, he often reserves only one hotel room when he's on vacation.
A big room....
| Jul 12, 2009
When it comes to booking a hotel room, the system often favors consumers.
"It's not like going to the store and buying a can of tuna," says Scott Smith, an instructor at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management at the University of Central Florida....
| Jul 19, 2009
Talk about fireworks. In a burst of post-Fourth of July sales, Southwest Airlines turned the clock back with 1990s fares, a major hotel group extended a free-nights deal and luxury cruise lines pitched high prices overboard.
With many bargains good...
| Jul 17, 2009
Travel is great – only problem is, you usually have to fly to get anywhere good. And that can be a drag. Here are 10 tips that can make that trip easier, more comfortable and just all around better, from Cook- American Express Travel in New York....