Prague Hotel Tops World's Ten Best - A Prague hotel has been voted the best in the world by users of hotel review site TripAdvisor. The Golden Well hotel in the Czech capital topped the list for the second year running - last time it was recognized as the best luxury (4&5 star) hotel in the world. Despite having only 17 rooms and two suites, the hotel offers the services of a much larger property, such as wine upon arrival and a rooftop restaurant. In second place were the Anastatis Apartments in Santorini, Greece, while the Ried Le Calife in Fez, Morocco won third place.Zurich Airport Boasts 'Best Airport Bar' - A bar at Switzerland's Zurich Airport has been named as the best airport bar in the world in the inaugural Airport Food and Beverage Awards, held in Manchester in January. The Center Bar, which stretches along one side of Zurich's departure terminal, beat contenders that included Harry's Bar, an open air lounge on the roof of Singapore's Changi Airport and Saji Bumi at Kula Lumpur International Airport. Rome's Interactive Mobile Guide - Rome has unveiled the latest breakthrough in virtual tourism: the Roma Mobile Guide. Available to download on to iPhones and smartphones the guide offers information on ancient Roman sites as well as itineraries through the historic centre, the Jewish Ghetto, the Roman Forum and even a Michelangelo tour. The system is equipped with an interactive map which highlights the best routes to take and local attractions such as music, art, theatre and sporting events as well as 400 hotels and restaurants that are accessible for people with disabilities.Get Down and 'Dirty' in London's West End - When visiting London why not head to the West End for a production that ensures a great experience? At the district's Aldwych Theatre, the stage adaptation of one of the most popular dancing films in history will be featured through spring. "Dirty Dancing" has been specially adapted for an excellent production in London's prestigious theatre scene.Paris' Best View is Free - If you've always dreamed of making your way to the top of the Eiffel Tower and enjoying the view, by all means spend the time and money necessary to make it happen. But if you simply want to experience the thrill of seeing this huge city from a spectacular vantage point consider the view at Sacre Coeur instead. Use a Metro pass to get to the Abbesses stop on the green line and take a short walk to the Montmartre funicular. Enjoy a tour of the Basilica before or after admiring the view. Belgium - Europe's Best Kept Travel Secret? - Belgium is small, easy to get around and has great food. No need to take a flight between cities; the train is fast and efficient. Like the diamonds Antwerp is famous for, you'll be visiting a country that exhibits many facets. For example the northern Flemish speak Dutch, while the southern Walloons speak French. English is widely spoken everywhere. This compact country is packed with interesting medieval cities, quaint towns, Gothic cathedrals, castles, great beer, diamonds, fries and endive - what more could you want?Bucharest is Third Cheapest City to Visit in Europe - A budget tourist can visit Bucharest for just 28.3 dollars a day, making it the third cheapest city destination in Europe a study revealed. A night at a hostel can cost less than 10 dollars a night. Food and beverages 14.7 dollars per day. Public transportation is less than 10 cents. Bucharest may not be the most delightful city in Romania and it does not seem in a hurry to attract visitors from the West. Fortunately, those who make the effort will be rewarded with low prices.
Carnival Not Abandoning West Coast Since Carnival Cruise Lines announced the move of the Carnival Spirit to Australia, the story has been painted that the line is abandoning the West Coast, but this is not he case, according to Terry Thornton, Senior VP. "We have right-sized our capacity on the West Coast due to less than expected economic results," he explained. However, Carnival will continue to have three ships on Mexican Riviera cruises - two year-round and one seasonally - until fall 2012, so the brand remains the largest single cruise line in the market, and will continue to have two ships after that.Norwegian Breaks Booking Record
Norwegian Cruise Line broke its single-day booking record on January 24, 2011 as it saw continued growing demand for its fleet of 11 Freestyle Cruising ships, particularly for its newest and most innovate ship, Norwegian Epic. Overall bookings rose substantially above the company's previous best booking day and Norwegian Epic achieved the highest number of individual reservations in a single day since her launch. Profits Surge at Royal CaribbeanIndustry giant Royal Caribbean has announced better-than-expected fourth quarter earnings as demand for cruises continued to rebound from the downturn of late 2008 and 2009. The world's second largest cruise company reported a profit of $42.7 million for the quarter, a sharp rise from the same period a year ago when the company made a profit of just $3.4 million. MSC Announces 'Summer Sail Abration' MSC Cruises makes summer vacation planning even easier with its latest 'Summer Sail Abration' offer for cruises at the end of April through the beginning of September in Northern Europe. Rates begin at $899 per person plus fees/taxes on select 7-night fantastic fjords, route of the Vikings, Baltic castles and Russian palaces cruises. Departing from Copenhagen, Denmark and Kiel, Germany, this offer expires Feb. 28.Crystal's Cruise Sale Offers New Reductions Crystal Cruises' fall voyages are now on sale with newly reduced fares from as low as $2,400 per person and new Penthouse and Verandah savings up to $8,000 per couple. Beginning with its August 26 Mediterranean cruise on Crystal Serenity and its first 2011 Canada/New England cruise on Crystal Symphony, Crystal is offering new savings on every one of its 22 fall cruises, including both Christmas/New Year departures. Sail With Winemakers on Windstar Windstar Cruises, which operates a three-ship fleet of luxury yachts that explore hidden harbours and secluded coves of the world's most treasured destinations, offers guests the opportunity to learn about sparkling wines from Bob Iantosca of Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Carneros Vineyards and premium red wines from Julia Iantosca of Lasseter Family Winery on Wind Surf's April 24, 2011, Barcelona to Rome voyage. Seabourn Moves to Seattle Seattle will become the headquarters city for its third cruise line this spring when luxury cruise line Seabourn Cruises moves its headquarters from Miami. Seabourn will be housed in the same building as Seattle-based Holland America. Both Seabourn and Holland America are owned by Miami's Carnival Corp. Seabourn operates a fleet of six luxury cruise liners. The move is expected to save about $25 million yearly.cruisingtalkEuropetalk