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A First Look at the First 'Smartship': 210 Original Photos of the Quantum of the Seas

November 18, 2014 at 11:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

What's longer than five 747s and yet can turn on a dime in NYC's Hudson River?

The Quantum of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's newest cruise ship and the first to be branded a "smartship," is officially out on the ocean. Godmother Kristin Chenoweth christened her at Cape Liberty, New Jersey on November 14 and, with that crash of a massive bottle of Perrier-Jouët champagne, she begins a year of sailings out of New York Harbor to the Bahamas and Caribbean.

We spent the weekend onboard the Quantum, pushing buttons and opening doors to discover her secrets and put the much boasted about technology to the test. But first, let's take a long look at the ship—all 168,000 tonnes of fun—with completely original photos:

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Register Now to Run The Krispy Kreme Challenge

November 18, 2014 at 10:17 AM | by | Comments (0)

The cooler weather has finally arrived, and there are two options—well, we guess three options. Stay inside and watch television, fly somewhere warm, or train and prepare for a little athletic competition. We’re leaning towards the third and final option, as registration has opened for one of the country’s best races.

The Krispy Kreme Challenge takes place in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 14, 2015, so there’s plenty of time to plan and prepare—and with the Valentine’s Day date maybe you can even find a romantic runner to share in the big day.

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Cincinnati Travelers Again Have a Reason to Smile, at Least a Little

November 17, 2014 at 12:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Why has the airline industry forsaken Ohio's airports? United de-hubbed Cleveland earlier this year. Delta progressively cut Cincinnati service to depressingly limited levels. Ultra-low-cost SkyBus said sayonara to its operations out of Columbus in 2008. Start-up JetAmerica never started up out of Toledo, and JetBlue ended its Columbus service almost as quickly as it begun. It seems as though Frontier and Spirit are the only ones still picking at the bones of Ohio routes, and both are typically last-choice airlines.

Every time a plane is tasked with an Ohio route, we imagine them whining, "do we have to?" Contrary to what it seems, there are still air travelers in Ohio! And one company is finally once again giving them something to smile about, with the opening of a new club at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport.

"The Club at CVG" is the seventh paid-entry lounge for Airport Lounge Development, Inc. All travelers at CVG, regardless of carrier, class of ticket or affinity membership, are welcome to enjoy 1,900 square feet of free snacks and beverages, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, bar service and business workstations. The per-person fee is $35, which bests other airline clubs by being $15 cheaper.

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'Fifty Shades of Grey' Now Makes Wine, and Wants to Fly You to Seattle

November 14, 2014 at 2:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you can tear yourself away from watching the new Fifty Shades of Grey trailer on repeat today, you can enter to win a VIP fly away trip for two to Seattle from Fifty Shades of Grey Wine.

Yes, author E L James has also created her own wines, aptly named Red Satin and White Silk, and to celebrate the upcoming movie's release, the winery is giving away a trip to Seattle, where the books and movie are set.

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JetBlue Debuts Brand New 'T5i' International Zone for JFK Terminal 5

November 13, 2014 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

T5i's immigration and customs area sports the latest technology, like these automated passport processing kiosks

Next time you saunter through the market area at JetBlue's Terminal 5 at New York's JFK Airport and stand beneath the information halo wondering which way to go, you may notice there's a few more gates than usual. Go right or go straight ahead and it's all the same. Veer left, however, and you're heading for the spanking new international gate zone, dubbed T5i.

Yesterday marked the public opening of this, JetBlue's latest big project, and the first flights to arrive to the shiny new digs were JetBlue's non-stops up from Santo Domingo and Santiago in the Dominican Republic. Of course now it's open to all arriving JetBlue flights* from any of their nearly 25 international destinations from JFK.

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SFO's New #Converge Room is the Most San Francisco-y Thing Ever

November 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

From yoga rooms and prayer rooms to wineries and food trucks, airports sure are thinking outside the box lately. Now, the folks over at San Fransisco International Airport have done the most San Francisco-y thing ever and created a new concept room for travelers to spend a few final minutes brainstorming and networking on the ground before boarding a flight.

A special space called Converge is now set aside for SFO passengers to come together and exchange ideas about technology, start-ups, the shared economy, "disruption," travel, politics, and ways to change the world. While the room is not limited to these ideas, the airport thinks these are good ideas to start. The #Converge brainstorming room is designed to create more of a community for those flyers who might feel lonely on a long layover, or who maybe just seek fresh input. Kitted out with free wi-fi, tables, chairs, power outlets, a white board and a magnetic chalk board, the #Converge room actually sounds like it might also be useful for "digital nomads" in transit.

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The 6 Most Festive Christmas Markets in the USA

November 13, 2014 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

The scene over in New York...

We’re still firmly in November, but no one can prevent the merriment and madness that is the holiday season. While every effort should be made to check out a Christmas Market over in Europe—check out what we have to say—there’s similar fun to be had here at home. So make some time on the calendar, put off that shopping list, and make your way to some of the best holiday markets across the nifty fifty:

Union Square Holiday Market - New York, New York

The Union Square Holiday Market in New York kicks off on November 20, and this year the holiday fun runs through December 24—just note they’re closed on Thanksgiving. Local artisans are on hand to sell everything from jewelry and cuff links to foodie treasures like oils and vinegars. More than a million people check it out each and every year, so maybe make it a million and one during 2014.

Christkindlmarkt - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Where better to celebrate the season than Bethlehem, and thankfully there’s one conveniently located around an hour outside of Philadelphia. The town’s market might be one of the most authentic you can find here at home, but of course there are traditions and treats that make it all its own. You do need tickets to enjoy the market—like $8 or so—as things run between November 20 and December 21. If we can’t make it this year please do enjoy some kettle corn, strudel, and hot chocolate for us.

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Disney's Perpetual Florida Summer to Frost Over with New 'Frozen' Attractions

November 12, 2014 at 1:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

Because Disney World is in Florida, there's extremely little chance of it being hit with a White Christmas. Come 2016 however, Micky's digs will enjoy a constant winter cozies thanks to new attractions themed after the hit animated feature, 'Frozen'.

Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf will call Epcot home with "Frozen-world" in where else but the Norway pavilion at Epcot. The area will feature a new Frozen ride set in a glimmering castle, plus an adventure through Arendelle, the fictional Scandinavian village in which the movie is set.

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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Plymouth, MA

November 12, 2014 at 11:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you prefer Pilgrims to potatoes when it comes to your Thanksgiving celebrations, then make your way over to Plymouth, Massachusetts the weekend before the big day. We guess that in some ways this is where it all started, so it only seems right that the town goes all in for Turkey day festivities and fun.

Things take place on November 21 through November 23, as the weekend festivities kick off on Friday with a walk along the waterfront. Here tour guides—who may or may not being doing their best to do the Pilgrim thing—tell stories of how things went down around 350 years ago. That evening there’s a little bit of a street festival, a free concert, and they light up the downtown area.

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United Airlines Adding iPads to Each and Every Seat at EWR

November 12, 2014 at 6:03 AM | by | Comments (2)

United Airlines is offering some upgrades and improvements over at Newark Airport, but unfortunately it has nothing to do with the terminal—it’s all about the technology.

The folks over at the airline have just made a pretty big order over at the Apple Store, as they’re spending $120 million on new iPads and other gadgets to modernize bits and pieces of the airport experience. It sounds like the focus will be within Terminal C, as airline officials certainly recognize that their home at the airport is a little tired and certainly less than welcoming. We’re not so sure that travelers can be tricked by a little touch screen trendiness, but we shall see.

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How to Get Tickets to 'Dancing With The Stars: Live!'

November 11, 2014 at 3:19 PM | by | Comments (0)

The cast of Dancing With The Stars is bringing their hit show on the road. Last week ABC announced the show's best dancers -including Kym Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Sasha Farber, Mark Ballas, and Witney Carson - will embark on a 38-city North American tour next month.

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Step Back in Time to 1970s East Germany at These 5 Berlin Spots

November 11, 2014 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Brandenburg Gate. Alexanderplatz. Checkpoint Charlie.

The 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall has done more than just shed a brighter light on some of Berlin's best-known tourist sites; it's wholly reignited interest in the brief history of the DDR (Deutsche Demokratische Republik), aka East Germany. Although the DDR technically ceased to exist upon Berlin reunification in 1990 and East Germany feverishly adapted to Western fashion and culture, the particular details of DDR everyday life continue to fascinate.

A handful of Berlin sites continue to preserve DDR design, and anyone is welcome to visit. Here are five of our favorites:

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