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New York on #hyperlapse, i.e. business as usual.

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How 3D printing will change travel

How 3D printing will change travel
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Few advances in the manufacturing world have been as ballyhooed as 3D printing. After all, all you need is…

August 17, 2014 at 6:31PM
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Cruises offer an easier, cheaper way to see Japan

Cruises offer an easier, cheaper way to see Japan
A musician plays traditional Japanese songs at a welcome party at the start of a cruise around Japan.(Photo: Gene Sloan, USA TODAY)
NAGASAKI, JAPAN — Two days…

August 15, 2014 at 11:22AM
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Cruising with Ease – Accessible Seas and Autism Programs

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines is highly rated for cruisers with special needs. Disabilities can be permanent, temporary, visible or invisible. One out of Five people in the U.S. have disabilities. That accounts for about 56 million people in the U.S.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has made getting on and off the ship easy for those with mobility disabilities. They offer pier assistance, tender assistance and accessible transfers. Although Royal Caribbean does have a few wheelchairs available on board, it is recommended you bring your own. They should be stored in your room when not in use. They also work with Providers: Special Needs at Sea and Care Vacations if wheelchairs or scooters are needed.

Special needs should be brought up at the time of booking your cruise. They provide sign language interrupters for main production shows, major activities and presentations. If you are in need of special diets, dialysis, or oxygen, Royal Caribbean offers all of these services as well for the traveler by request.

For visual impairments, service animals are welcomed on all Royal Caribbean ships. There are designated relief areas provided for your service animal on the ship. Braille is incorporated in public areas and elevators. Large print menus and cruise compasses are also available.

Accessible Staterooms are available with wider doors, automatic doors on Radiance and Quantum class, Roll-in showers, Grab bars, lowered sink and vanity, raised toilet seats – 17-19″, and lowered closet rods and safes.

Quantum of the Seas has 34 accessible staterooms. All include automatic entry doors, roll-in showers and bathtubs, and the accessible interior staterooms have virtual balconies.

“Easy” tours are designed for guests with limited mobility. When it comes to booking your shore excursions you will note the “easy” or wheelchair symbol for your shore excursion. You will want to be sure to request your tour 10 days prior to sailing: 21 days for private excursions.

Alaska cruise tours have accessible motor coaches and railcars. Railcars feature accessible seating with wheelchair lifts to both levels and have an accessible restroom as well.

Royal Caribbean International is the first cruise line to be certified as “Autism Friendly” by Autism on the Seas. The “Autism Friendly” certification recognizes Royal Caribbean’s efforts to make sure their products and services are accessible by guests with autism. Currently Royal Caribbean has achieved a Bronze Certification with “Autism Friendly” and plan completion of the Silver Certification by end of 2014. Silver Certification means that they will begin autism awareness training with their Adventure Ocean staff on-board.

Autism Friendly Features include:

Priority check-in, boarding and departure
Gluten-free and other special dietary offerings
Adventure Ocean flexible age grouping
Adventure Ocean toilet-trained policy exemption
Pagers for parents of children in Adventure Ocean

New Autism Friendly Features include:

Autism Friendly Films
Autism Friendly Toy Lending
Autism Friendly Activities
Cruising Social Story

To book your trip today:
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Cruise ship review: Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Spirit

What’s it like to sail on a Carnival ship? USA TODAY’s new cruise review site, VacationCruisesInfo.com, offers a glimpse this week in a new in-depth review of one of the line’s vessels, the Carnival Spirit.

Courtesy Carnival Cruise Lines

At 65 pages, it’s the most extensive appraisal of the 10-year-old Carnival Spirit ever to be posted online, and it includes more than 1,000 photos showing nearly every interior and exterior space of the ship.

Click HERE to go directly to the review, which was written by one of the site’s in-house, anonymous reviewers. As with all VacationCruisesInfo.com reviews, the reviewer traveled on the vessel incognito and at USA TODAY’s expense.

Overall, the reviewer gives the recently refurbished Carnival Spirit high marks, noting it “largely delivers good value for money,” though not everything about the ship drew praise. One complaint: There’s too much of a hard sell.

Read More by Gene Sloan: Cruise ship review: Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Spirit

 

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Travel Tidbits – Love bluegrass music? This cruise is for you

Steep Canyon Rangers
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Love bluegrass music? This cruise is for you
What’s billed as the first bluegrass festival at sea will take place in early 2013… USA Today

 

 

 

 

 

Is a ‘Eurovegas’ in the cards for Spain?
Las Vegas mogul Sheldon Adelson (The Venetian, The Palazzo) is taking more steps to establish a gaming beachhead in Spain… USA Today

 

 

 

 

The Most Searched for Destinations for Summer 2012
The most searched for US destination for summer 2012 revealed … Budget Travel Online

 

 

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Lake Inle is among several areas in south or central Myanmar that welcome tourists drawn to the country’s natural beauty. ABOVE A fisherman at work.

So You Want to Go to Myanmar?
A cheat sheet on everything to know before planning a Myanmar trip… New York Times

 

 

 

 

 

The pool area at Frenchy's Oasis Motel in Clearwater Beach, Fla.
(Courtesy Frenchy’s Oasis Motel)

Secret Hotels of Florida’s Gulf Coast
We searched 800 miles of coastline to bring you the best hotels on Florida’s Gulf Coast … Budget Travel Online

 

 

 

 

 

Main Square in Trier Germany

48 Hours: Trier
Germany’s oldest city is marking 500 years since the Holy Robe was brought to its cathedral. But this isn’t the only relic of note … The Independent

 

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Travel Tidbits – 15 hotels to stay in before you die

 

The Sphinx in Egypt (Courtesy Michelle Baran)

When Will Egypt Be Back On the Tourist Map?
Ongoing political violence and demonstrations in Egypt, including the killing of 24 Coptic Christians by security forces this past weekend, is making it hard for Egypt’s tourism industry to rebound … Budget Travel Online

 

 

Six Of The Best: People’s Museums
Some of the top folk museums from around the world… The Independent

 

 

 

 

 

Fly Guy: Why I prefer cruising to flying
Chances are you live within an easy drive of a cruise ship port… USA Today

 

 

 

 

 

Liberia's creative rail solution

Liberia’s human-powered wooden trains
Liberia has a unique transport system … CNN

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Oberoi Udaivilas at Udaipur is built in the style of a traditional Indian palace, with gold-leaf domes and sand-colored walls reflected in the waters of Lake Pichola and the hotel's pools. From cnngo.com

15 hotels to stay in before you die
Whether it’s balanced on the rim of a volcano or made of crystallized salt, the right hotel can provide you with a good year’s worth of bragging material… CNN

 

 

 

 

 

Bedrooms are spacious and come with at least one balcony. Some have a washer-dryer. By CHERYL LU-LIEN TAN

Hotel Review: Inn at the Black Olive in Baltimore
A small “green” inn, with spacious suites, in a once-industrial swath of Baltimore… New York Times

 

 

 

 
To plan your trip today:

All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

 

 

Travel Tidbits – The best family-friendly voyages

Mustique: Where sustainable meets sybaritic
On this small private island, part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, eco-friendly is the new glamorous… Globe and Mail

 

 


Upping the ante: The Disney Dream liner includes the AquaDuck ride - a water-powered 'rollercoaster' by Kent Phillips

The best family-friendly voyages
More and more families are thinking of taking a cruise holiday so the cruise companies are trying harder to make them choose their particular ships … Daily Mail

 

 

 

 

Holland America ship to circle globe in 2013
Holland America is planning yet another epic, around-the-world cruise for 2013… USA Today

 

 

 

 

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Swim with sea lions in the Sea of Cortez
It’s a popular day-trip tourist outing to swim with the sea lions… Seattle Times

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Mason, left, pilots a paraglider over Pokhara, Nepal, with Anita Hjertas (Bob hitches a ride for a moment). Mr. Mason created the sport of parahawking, in which the paraglider follows a trained bird of prey to catch thermals. image by Julian Andrews/Whitehotpix

In Nepal, Gliding With a Feathered Guide
Parahawking, an adventure sport that combines falconry and paragliding, draws bird lovers and thrill seekers alike… New York Times

 

 

 

 

 

The Temple of Heaven is one of Beijing's icons from Travel Hoppers

5 World Heritage Sites You Should Visit in China
China is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The United Nations well recognizes this, putting 41 sites in China on its World Heritage Sites list… Travelhoppers

 

 

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
415.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Travel Tidbits – 5 Reasons to Travel with Kids, Ten things you didn’t know about New York and more

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5 Reasons to Travel with Kids
Every parent knows that travel with kids is unpredictable, difficult, and in some ways limiting… Conde Nast Traveler

 

 

Silversea cruises is offering a $1.5 million cruise package for two, taking in 28 countries over four months.

World’s most expensive cruise
The world’s most expensive luxury cruise package is up for grabs … Sydney Morning Herald

 

The coldest shows on earth
Winter music festivals are attracting thousands of revellers, despite the chill factor… The Independent


 

New York offers plenty of surprises. Photo: Reuters

Ten things you didn’t know about New York
From Times Square to the Statue of Liberty, New York’s icons are recognised worldwide. But here are 10 things you don’t know about… Sydney Morning Herald

 

The world’s most dangerous islands
Eight deadly islands where you wouldn’t want to be washed ashore… Telegraph (London)

 

 

 

 

Bowled over by Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is the new Caribbean… Telegraph (London)

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
405.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that strives to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.

Travel Tidbits – Mississippi, Disney dining, Portland and more

‘The Help’ puts tourist spotlight on Mississippi
Fans of The Help, the bestselling 2009 novel and new movie about the fictional lives of black housekeepers and the white women who employ them in 1960s Mississippi, are getting some help of their own in exploring the story’s real-life settings… USA Today

 

Disney dining gets a makeover
Culinary transformations have made meals as enjoyable as the sights … MSN.com

 

 

 

 


Radiation-Free Full-Body Scanners
As controversy simmers surrounding the levels of radiation used in full body scanners, a small company based in the United Kingdom has developed a machine that emits no radiation at all… Travel and Leisure

 

 

River cruising poised to return to Mississippi
Listen up, Mark Twain fans! Steamboat operations will soon return to the Mississippi River… MSN.com

 

 

 

Portland favorites and fresh finds for visitors
Sure, we love Mount Rainier, the ferries, the Space Needle and its George Jetson architecture. But everybody needs a change of scene. Our quick fix is… Seattle Times

 

 

 

Sample the delights of the Aube region of Champagne
Once marginalised for selling its grapes too cheaply, the region is sparkling once again… The Independent

 

 

 

 

 

To plan your trip today:
All About Travel
6104 Northwest 63
Oklahoma City, OK 73132
info [at] allabout-travel.com
415.384.3880

About All About Travel

Opened in 1978, All About Travel is located in the Oklahoma City area.  We are a family owned and operated company that has strived to provide our clients with the highest quality of service for more than 30 years.  Our agents can arrange all your travel needs from the individual hotel and/or car reservation to an around the world cruise.  Nothing is out of reach.

We can help plan your honeymoon, your destination wedding or the much needed getaway for two.  Don’t forget about your business, we can handle all the travel needs for your company as well.  Anything from an airline flight and hotel for a meeting or all the planning needed for your next company-wide seminar.  We can arrange hotel space for all attendees and meeting rooms for all purposes.

Our agents travel to many destinations on FAM trips (Familiarization trips) these trips are designed by tour operators and cruise lines to make certain that travel agents are up-to-date on popular destinations and cruise ships.

So the next time you need to, or better yet, want to travel…Let us help, it’s what we do.