The New York Times said Friday it is ending a series of journalist-guided luxury trips to Iran for its readers as global political tensions continue to escalate. “We’re suspending the Iran tours because of difficulties related to the issuance of visas for our experts,” said a NYT spokeswoman. She declined to comment on whether it was also in reaction to the Trump administration’s tightening of sanctions as it pulls the US out of the Iran nuclear deal. The Times, which has helped to offset its print-ad slump with its pricey “Times Journeys” to far-off lands, has a 12-day Iran trip scheduled to leave Nov. 10. That trip apparently is still going ahead as planned. The Times Journey web site lists it for a price starting at $7,895. “We are not offering it in 2019,” said a person answering the Times Journey help line. “The one in November is going to be the last one for the foreseeable future,” she said. The Times earlier said it … [Read more...] about New York Times cancels luxury tours of Iran
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Gene Sloan USA TODAY Published 11:38 p.m. UTC Jun 12, 2018 Looking for a cruise on a ship that is intimate and upscale? Our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, offers a deck-by-deck look at Le Soleal — a small, elegant vessel that carries just 264 passengers. Unveiled in 2013, Le Soleal is one of four nearly identical ships operated by Ponant, a small French cruise line with a global customer base. Until recently, Ponant had been relatively unknown to Americans. But that's been changing in recent years as the fast-growing operator markets its fleet of yacht-like vessels more heavily in the USA. As can be seen in the tour, Le Soleal is stylish and contemporary in design with sleek cabins, a spa and other upscale touches. But it's also a rugged vessel designed to go to some of the world's most extreme places. It boasts a strengthened hull to sail in icy polar regions and carries Zodiac … [Read more...] about Cruise ship tours: Inside Ponant’s Le Soleal, a vessel designed for adventure
Gene Sloan USA TODAY Published 10:39 p.m. UTC Jun 5, 2018 Looking for a cruise ship that oozes history? Our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, offers a deck-by-deck look at the 550-passenger Astoria — the world's second oldest sea-going cruise vessel. Originally built in 1948 as the Stockholm, the 70-year-old ship became a household name in 1956 after it collided with the Italian liner Andrea Doria off Nantucket, resulting in 52 deaths. Mortally wounded, the Andrea Doria rolled over and eventually sank in 240 feet of water. The Stockholm was repaired and continued operating. The incident with the Andrea Doria was just the beginning of a storied history. In 1960, Stockholm was sold to East Germany and renamed Volkerfreundschaft (“friendship between nations”), taking members of the Communist party on pleasure cruises until 1985, when it was laid up and offered for sale. When cruising “western” waters, the ship was … [Read more...] about Photo tour: Inside Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Astoria, the ship that hit the Andrea Doria
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Travel Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by Update Revenue from tourism has helped protect parks on the islands, tour operators say, but they are worried that popular land-based trips could harm beaches and wildlife. ByShivani Vora June 1, 2018 Leer en español Is the growth of land-based tourism in the Galápagos, the Ecuadorean islands in the Pacific Ocean, a good thing for its wildlife and ecosystems or is it harmful? According to the International Galápagos Tour Operators Association, a group of 35 tour operators, it is both. In February, the group sent a letter to Ecuador’s tourism minister, Enrique Ponce de León, to express its concern that the growth of land-based tourism in the Galápagos Islands has the potential to harm its much-photographed landscapes and beaches as well as its famous wildlife such as giant tortoises, … [Read more...] about Is Land Tourism Threatening the Galápagos?
Gene Sloan USA TODAY Published 4:37 p.m. UTC May 17, 2018 SEATTLE — Thinking about a cruise to Alaska? Our latest Cruise Ship Tour, in the carousel above, offers a deck-by-deck look at one of the newest and most intimate vessels sailing to the 49th state, American Cruise Lines' 175-passenger American Constellation. Just unveiled in 2017, the U.S.-built ship in June will begin seven- and 10-night Alaska voyages out of Juneau, Alaska as well as 14-night Alaska sailings between Juneau and Seattle. The vessel this year also is operating seven- and 10-night voyages out of Seattle to the Pacific Northwest. American Constellation will be the biggest American Cruise Lines ship ever to sail in Alaska. The line began operating in the state in 2012 and is growing in the region due to what it says is strong demand. In addition to American Constellation, it will be deploying a second ship, the 100-passenger American Spirit, to Alaska in 2019 in … [Read more...] about Photo tour: Inside American Constellation, an intimate new cruise ship sailing to Alaska