5 things you must consider before cruising

Here’s what to consider when selecting your cruise.By Anita Dunham-PotterTravel columnist MSNBC Newsupdated 9:20 a.m. ET Oct. 20, 2008 It’s a blissful thought: sailing off into the sunset on a cruise vacation. Cruising can be an exciting and affordable vacation option. Of course, it’s important to find the right cruise at the right price for … More 5 things you must consider before cruising

The Truth About Consolidator Fares: Part Two

Like Unicorns (or in these trying times, a bank you can trust) consolidator fares are elusive, precious items that can offer a traveler great savings. Airfarewatchdog.com has taken the time to track down the facts about these airline special offers. In the first installment, we learned they were created to ensure flights sold out, but … More The Truth About Consolidator Fares: Part Two

The Truth About Consolidator Fares: Part One

They’re elusive. The airlines don’t like to talk about them (we asked). And determining their legitimacy from among the myriad websites that claim to specialize in them is a Herculean task. We’re talking about consolidator fares, those secret airfares the airlines release in limited “buckets” to companies that re-sell them for big discounts. Yes, they … More The Truth About Consolidator Fares: Part One

Searching for Cruising’s Best Bargains

Smartertravel.comby Erica Silverstein, Cruise Critic – December 9, 2008 Predicting where—and when—the savvy cruise shopper is most likely to find that dirt-cheap seven-day Caribbean cruise, the usually elusive five-category upgrade or a truly generous onboard credit perk requires a crystal ball. And while travel agents can’t see into the future of cruise deals, they do … More Searching for Cruising’s Best Bargains

Hotel Review: Alzer Boutique Hotel vs. Lady Diana – Istanbul, Turkey

I had the opportunity to stay in the quaint hotel Alzer Hotel, just behind the Hippodrome in Sultanahmet in 2007. It was not my first choice, (more about that later) but I’m glad I was switched. This hotel is located just up the hill from Hippodrome/Egyptian Obelisk area, which is located right next to the … More Hotel Review: Alzer Boutique Hotel vs. Lady Diana – Istanbul, Turkey