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David G. Molyneaux
Traveling around the world from Lake Erie's south shore
David writes for newspapers and the Internet about his frequent travels, from cruise ships to golf resorts. He is cruise columnist for the Miami Herald and regular contributor to the Dallas Morning News and Cleveland Plain Dealer, as well as several community newspapers. He is editor of the web site, TheTravelMavens.com, home of travel journalists who review ships, travel vacation destinations. His blog, TravelMavenBlog.com, is also on Facebook and Twitter.
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Passengers cruise, instead of snorkel, as Panorama II sails for Cienfuegos on Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic journey Continue reading
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Music students and residents of Nueva Gerona, Cuba, greet travelers on a Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic land/sea journey Continue reading
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Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic people-to-people tour visits Bay of Pigs and cruises to Trinidad, a UNESCO World Heritage site Continue reading
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On a people-to-people tour, travelers meet Cubans from all walks of life who entertain and show off their homes, businesses and artistic creations, as arranged by Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic Continue reading
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From Havana to Cienfuegos, Trinidad to Juventud, a Lindblad Expeditions/National Geographic people-to-people tour explores land and the southwestern Cuba coast, incluiding the Bay of Pigs Continue reading
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Ovation of the Seas moves its homeport with the seasons to Tianjin (Beijing’s seaport), Hong Kong, Singapore, and Sydney. Gone is Johnny Rockets. Look for noodles. Continue reading
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Among my favorite discoveries during recent cruises: Teak-hauling elephants in Myanmar gaining a better life; a lush resort and a lasting souvenir in Bali; a delightful musical hotel in Budapest. Continue reading
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Oceania Cruise’s 684-passenger Sirena, fresh from a $50-million drydock makeover, is as good, if not better than it has ever been, comfortable and intimate. Continue reading
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Wine blending is a highlight on the 2,650-passenger Koningsdam, now cruising out of Fort Lauderdale. Holland America's first new ship in six years is a highly successful effort by the venerable cruise company to focus on dining, entertainment, and contemporary design. Continue reading
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National Geographic Traveler won eight awards, New York Times seven in the 2016 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. Freelance writer Aaron Teasdale of Missoula, MT, is Travel Journalist of the Year. Continue reading
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Manila The Philippines is my first stop on a journey to Asia that will consume the next four weeks, most of it in China, including Hong Kong. Baked buns of BBQ pork and steamed dumplings in Manila, the Philippines (photo by David G. Molyneaux, TheTravelMavens.com) Battling jetlag, 12 hours ahead... Continue reading
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When Regent Seven Seas Explorer, the proclaimed most luxurious cruise ship in the world, arrives in Miami in December, check out the $500,000 Tibetan-style prayer wheel. Continue reading
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Cruising south on the Irrawaddy River from remote Bhamo toward busy-but-beautiful Bagan is a rewarding way to see northern Myanmar, which was off-limits to most travelers for more than 50 years. Now, it is a travel priority if you want to arrive before tourism makes its inevitable marks. Continue reading
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If you are looking for excitement, thrills, commotion, and top entertainment on a big, big ship, consider Harmony of the Seas, and prepare for the Ultimate Abyss, a 10-deck plunge. Continue reading
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When a major cruise line brings out its first new ship in four years, the design, style and atmosphere speak to how the company sees itself. From bow to stern, the new Carnival Vista screams, “I am Carnival.” Continue reading
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With pomp and plenty of elegant adjectives, the 750-passenger luxury cruise ship, Seven Seas Explorer, officially joined the Regent fleet this week in an impressive and regal naming ceremony in posh Monaco. The ship’s maiden voyage is July 20 from Monte Carlo. Continue reading
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French Country Waterways’ Nenuphar carries a maximum of 12 pasengers on a barge canal in Burgundy, France. (www.fcwl.com) Photo by David G. Molyneaux, TheTravelMavens.com When my wife and I boarded Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony in Singapore last year, we asked the maître d’ to find us an interesting dining room... Continue reading
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The Lower Danube is a highly rewarding river cruise, culturally revealing about what this part of Eastern Europe once was, and also a lesson to Westerners about its life today. Continue reading
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From $100 lunch in Italy to advice from a Headhunter in Borneo Continue reading
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In the heavyweight bout for the world’s best new big cruise ship, the winner will be in the eye of the beholder, because two competitive cruise lines each have taken a different tack to show who owns the hippest ship -- Miami’s 4,248-passenger Norwegian Escape or New York’s 4,180-passenger Anthem of the Seas. Continue reading
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A $20 cab ride away from the Strip lies the heart of Las Vegas. Downtown Vegas seems a world away from the Strip’s brand of glamour – glittering capacious casinos, bustling high-end restaurants, masses of humanity shopping to throw down wads of money, glitzy shows, and celebrities on parade. You won’t find that sort of thing Downtown. Continue reading
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A growing demand for bigger, grander suites Big, fancy, expensive suites, with butlers, are among the fastest growing accoutrements on cruise ships. Their size and number seem to increase with each new ship. Silversea's Silver Spirit, docked at Rhodes, has Grand Suites that measure about 1,400 square feet, bigger than... Continue reading
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Impact tourism weeks on the new Fathom cruise line begin in April in the Dominican Republic. On alternate weeks, Fathom's ship, the 700-passenger Adonia, cruises to Cuba. Continue reading
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For a Clevelander traveling the world, the celebrity status of NBA star LeBron James brings us instant recognition. In Israel, David Blatt always is in the same sentence. Continue reading