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Why this luxury cruise ship was cut in half

Why this luxury cruise ship was cut in half

(CNN) — Why build a bigger cruise ship when you can just cut one in half and add an extra 15 meters to the middle? That seems to be the thinking at cruise company Silversea, which has begun an eye-popping project to stretch its luxury cruise ship Silver Spirit. The elaborate engineering feat, underway at […]

'Starting 5' attractions in NCAA host cities

'Starting 5' attractions in NCAA host cities

(CNN) — March Madness continues to sweep through the USA, and that means basketball fans are in travel mode. We’ve witnessed history-making upsets in the first two rounds. And more excitement is in store. From Los Angeles to Boston and destinations in between, host cities for the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament have been welcoming […]

World's best beach this week

World's best beach this week

Discover the unspoiled Caribbean

Discover the unspoiled Caribbean

Turks and Caicos Islands (CNN) — You won’t find butler service or a sunset concierge on North Caicos or Middle Caicos. What you will find is powdery sand, blissful quiet and just enough off-beach activity to interest the less languid day tripper. These side-by-side islands are accessible via a 25-minute ferry ride from Providenciales, the […]

Grab a bucket. The maple sap is running this weekend!

Grab a bucket. The maple sap is running this weekend!

Randolph Center, Vermont (CNN) — Is there anything more wonderful than a stack of buttermilk pancakes dripping with golden maple syrup? How about seeing how the sweet syrup is made and then tasting the final product? Every spring, maple producers across New England begin collecting sap from sugar maple trees and boiling it down into […]

Planning the perfect trip to Sequoia National Park

Planning the perfect trip to Sequoia National Park

(CNN) — Quick — what’s the largest living thing in the world? And, no, we’re not counting organisms like that 2-mile-wide fungus colony in eastern Oregon. The honor goes to the giant sequoia — the “god of the woods” to conservationist John Muir — and the best place to see it is in Sequoia National […]

The ultimate app for airplane passengers?

The ultimate app for airplane passengers?

(CNN) — Picture the scene: You’re on board a flight, and the view out of the window is stunning. You spot towering mountains and glistening blue lakes. You snap an Instagram photo, but when it comes to selecting a location tag, you realize you’ve no idea where you are. That’s where new airplane app Inflighto […]

Sand bathing in southern Japan

Sand bathing in southern Japan

(CNN) — Forget the ocean. In Ibusuki, a beachside city on Kyushu Island in Japan’s subtropical south, it’s all about the sand. Not the dark color of the sandy granules or even the length or width of the beaches, but rather the intense infusion of minerals from volcanic hot springs along the coast. The black […]

A five-star resort — for horses

A five-star resort — for horses

(CNN) — Did the last hotel you stayed in have a swimming pool, beauty parlor, gymnasium, personal trainers, maternity unit and en suite performance arenas? Of course it didn’t. Which means in Qatar there are horses probably enjoying better facilities than you. At Al Shaqab, a vast horseshoe-shaped complex on the outskirts of the Qatari […]

Mexico's best barefoot beach

Mexico's best barefoot beach

(CNN) — Isla Holbox is a small, slender island just north of Mexico‘s Yucatan peninsula in the Gulf of Mexico. Mexicans have long been in the know about this laid-back, go-everywhere-in-flip-flops getaway, but the news of Holbox’s beauty and ease of living has started to get out. Though it’s in the state of Quintana Roo […]