One of the most striking sights in London is a circular wooden building in Tudor style poking above the southern bank of the River Thames – a reconstruction of William Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. Opened in 1997 after exhaustive research, it today is a hugely popular shrine to the greatest playwright in the English language, where you can enjoy live performances in roughly the same setting as audiences 400 years ago, either from gallery seats around the stage or standing in the courtyard as a “groundling.” Its recreation was an improbable, 50-year saga that could be an Elizabethan comedy itself. Far from being concocted by academics, the new theater was the brainchild of a successful American actor named Sam Wanamaker, whose Hollywood roles included The Spy Who Came in From the Cold and Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines. Wanamaker first visited London as a young aspiring actor in 1949, and was shocked to discover that there was no memorial to Shakespeare on the original site of the Globe Theater. In fact, the spot where many of his plays had premiered in the early 1600s was a brewery. Many years later, in 1970, Wanamaker created the Globe Theater Trust to rebuild the theater 750-feet from the original site – a dream that took decades of fundraising and bureaucratic haggling to realize. The historical research was also time-consuming. First built in 1599, the Globe was demolished in 1644 by Puritans who had banned all stage plays, and no drawings of its interior have survived. But the modern architect used etchings of another London theater, The Swan, literary references and archaeological evidence to come up with a “best guess” of the Globe’s appearance. The builders then used original materials, including “green” oak beams joined in Elizabethan fashion, lime plaster and water reed thatch for the roof. (There is one major concession to modern times: The wooden edifice is coated with a state-of-the-art fire retardant. Even before its demolition, the Globe burned down in 1613 when a spark from a stage cannon went astray during a performance of Henry VIII, and had to be rebuilt by Shakespeare’s troupe). Sadly, Wanamaker died in 1993 and never saw his beloved Globe completed, but thousands of theater-lovers every week can rejoice in his persistence.
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In Austria, history, breathtaking scenery and outstanding cultural offerings comprise the charming atmosphere that keeps travelers coming back. Austria resounds with music, art, architecture and history. This pristine Alpine country boasts cities like Vienna, Innsbruck and Salzburg, where travelers are welcomed with open arms into everything Austria is known for.
In Vienna, six centuries of Habsburg rule resonate. The city on the “Blue Danube” is graced with famous landmarks like the Imperial Palace and Schoenbrunn Palace, and monumental St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Located high in the Alps is Innsbruck, a colonnaded medieval town, famous for its Golden Roof. The bright Hofburg and the Hofkirche create lasting impressions as well. The Sound of Music was filmed in Salzburg and its environs, contributing to its international renown. Majestic alpine scenery, with steeples and palaces are also parts of the backdrop, which creates a beautiful wonderland for all who visit.
Vienna • Danube Cruise • Salzburg
Mozart Dinner Concert • Munich • Oberammergau
Innsbruck • Bavarian Castles • Black Forest • Bern
Chateau de Chillon • Zermatt • Lucerne
Bern • Chateau de Chillon • Montreux • Gstaad
GoldenPass Panoramic Train • Lucerne • Interlaken
Bernese Oberland Woodcarving Museum • Grindelwald
Innsbruck • Austrian Alps • Bavaria • Oberammergau
Salzburg • Mirabell Gardens
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Helpful Hints on Cruising
by Tim Rubacky
If there is any one subject that is the bane of every cruisers existence, this is it. So many ships, so many different deals, so many different prices. How do I know I’m getting the best price?
Finding the best price can be accomplished fairly easily with a little time and not a whole lot of effort.The best price is not always the cheapest. Don’t buy on price alone. A cheap price is not a bargain if the ship or cruise does not fit your lifestyle, interests or is simply an inferior product. Getting the BEST price means getting exactly what you want at a fair price.
HOW TO FIND THE BEST PRICE
First and foremost, establish a realistic outlook and budget by utilizing all of the online resources in CruiseMates such as the Bargain Finder and reading through the News and Bargains section. You should also consult the cruise line websites to see if they have any special promotions and sample pricing.
Read the Sunday Travel Section of your local newspaper or pick up a copy of a major metropolitan newspaper such as the New York Times, LA Times or Miami Herald.
Consult a knowledgeable travel agent and ask them what special promotions they have received via fax or e-mail from the cruise lines such as reduced air add ons or “regional specials” which may be offered to residents of certain states or air “gateway” cities.
If you’re a repeat cruiser with a particular line, ask about any specials they may have for repeaters and don’t throw out those past passenger mailings. Carnival, Celebrity, HAL, NCL, Princess and RCI typically have some tremendous savings available on select sailings which not only provide savings on the cruise price but include value added perks such as shipboard credits, free shore excursions and phenomenal upgrade opportunities.
Be flexible with your travel dates. You’d be amazed how much you can save just by moving your travel dates by one month or even one week!
Have your travel agent and the cruise lines add you to their mail, e-mail or fax specials list. You may also consider using one of the large online or 1-800 cruise only agencies. In many instances, they hold large blocks of space and pass along considerable savings. You can easily locate listings of these agencies in the CruiseMates Classifieds or in magazines such as Cruise Travel.
Try to book as early as possible to get the best combination of ship, sailing date and choice of accommodations. Ultimately, getting exactly what you want at a fair price is the best value. Many cruise lines will also offer an extra perk such as an upgrade or free pre or post cruise stay to get you to book early.
Check out the online auction sites such as http://www.allcruiseauction.com and http://www.egghead.com. While these auction sites may offer what seems to be a great value at the outset, they can get expensive quickly, be sure to check whether port charges and air-fare are or are not included. Read the fine print. What may appear to be a bargain may not be if there are “hidden” extra charges that aren’t included in the advertised price.
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Helpful Hints on Cruising
by Tim Rubacky
Let’s explore what the different types of cabins that are available, which locations are the most desireable and which locations you should avoid if possible.
TYPES OF CABINS Single: Accomodates a single person. May have a single bed or a full-size/double bed. Double: Accomodates two people. Twin beds, double bed or queen/king. Triple/Quad: Accomodates three or four. The third and fourth person may be accommodated on a sleeper sofa, a folding upper bed (like a bunk bed) or any combination thereof. Inside: a cabin with no window or view Oceanview: a cabin with an oceanview through a porthole or window. Mini-suite: A larger oceanview cabin with separate sitting and sleeping areas. Suite: Usually the best grade of accommodations with a separate bedroom/sleeping area, living area and sometimes a dining area, wet bar and lavish bathrooms.
WHAT TYPE OF CABIN IS BEST FOR ME?
This is a purely personal issue and mitigated by many factors such as preference, size needs, budget and of course, availability. If you don’t need a cabin with a window and wish to save the extra money, by all means, take an inside cabin. They’re an excellent value. If you’re like me, and need to see daylight or are even slightly claustrophobic, take an oceanview cabin.
WHAT ABOUT BALCONIES AND SUITES?
Do you need a balcony or suite and are they worth the extra price. Once again, this depends on your priorities, wants and needs. A balcony is a great plus if you like to have your own (Semi) private deck space to relax without intrusion from other passengers. I don’t find them a “must” on a seven night Caribbean or Europe itinerary, but they are a nice extra.. Where I find they are really worth the extra cost is on longer itineraries and when cruising scenic regions such as Alaska, the Norwegian Fjords or the Panama Canal where prime viewing space on deck is at a premium. Balconies are a great place to enjoy morning coffee, an afternoon nap or evening cocktails as you watch your ship depart from port and once you sail with one you probably wont want to do without.
Mini-Suites and Suites will provide you with extra space, but that space comes at a price. You’ll most likely get a separate sitting area, a sleeping area or separate bedroom and many come with a much larger bathroom, whirlpool tub and walk in closets. While suites tend to be closer in size to a hotel room, check out the mini-suites with caution. Many lines mini suites are simply standard cabins with a balcony.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Choose the location of your cabin with care. Look to see what areas are above, below and adjacent to your cabins. Showlounges, Discos, kitchens/serving areas and stairtowers/elevator lobbies can be a source of noise. If you have a jogging track or deck area above, you may be disturbed in the morning by the sound of crew members dragging deck chairs about or the thump-thump of passengers out for a morning jog. You should also avoid cabins at the very front (bow) and down low to the rear (stern) of the ship as you are more likely to experience movement and machinery noise from the bow/stern thrusters, anchors or propulsion machinery. A mid ship location is always best but don’t be afraid to go forward or aft and if given the choice, go aft rather than forward. And while forward facing balconies overlooking the bow may present magnificent vistas and views, they can be quite windy. Midship balconies are the most plentiful, but if I can get an aft facing one overlooking the wake, I’d go with that.
WHAT IS A CABIN “GUARANTEE?”
Yet another very important factor when choosing a cabin. In many instances, you will be offered the opportunity to choose and specific cabin or a “guarantee”.
A “guarantee” is simply a guarantee by the cruise line that you will receive a cabin in the category you booked or possibly a cabin in a higher category. You may also be offered what is now referred to as a “run of ship” guarantee which means the cruise line is simply guaranteeing you space on the ship and can wind up with the lowest category or possibly a very nice and substantially upgraded accommodation.
It is very important to remember that when choosing a cabin on a “guarantee” basis you will have little to no say in what cabin you are assigned. If location is important to you, don’t take this gamble. These can result in accommodations with which you are pleasantly surprised but can also lead to extreme disappointment if you are placed in a less than desireable location.
A cabin chosen with care can make or break your cruise experience!
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Helpful Hints on Cruising
Top Ten Tips On Bargain Hunting
by Anne Campbell
By this time, you should know that no one pays full brochure rates for a cruise – it’s like the sticker price of a car, a figure to base discounts on. And remember, a bargain’s only a bargain when you wind up cruising on a ship that fits your personal interests and lifestyle.
HERE’S MY “GOLDEN RULE”:
Never, never select a ship based on price alone, or just to save a couple of hundred dollars. Narrow your search down to one or two ships you’re sure you’ll love, then start looking for the best rates on those particular vessels. If you’re looking for a last-minute discount, be prepared to compromise on cabin location – the best staterooms go early.
Bargain hunting is also affected by luck–looking in the right place at the right time. But with the volatility of cruise prices, you can easily wind up paying a much lower price than you dreamed possible, or upgrading to a cabin you couldn’t otherwise afford.
KEEPING ALL THAT IN MIND, HERE ARE 10 TIPS FOR BARGAIN-HUNTING:
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Visitors to Tuscany for many reasons. Many come in search of fine art, others to explore the extraordinary countryside. Gourmets and wine buffs descend on Tuscany to enjoy the simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine. Walkers enjoy the mountain paths, cyclists the rolling hills, summer vacationers the sea coast and islands. Students come to learn the beautiful Italian language and culture.
There is a lot to see and do in Tuscany, the difficulty is really where to start. Certainly most should start with Florence, and continue on to Siena and Pisa (a tourist trap, but one worth the hassle). The cities of Arezzo, Cortona, San Gimignano and Lucca are all a very worthwhile use of your travel time. One of the beauties of the region is that it is dynamic and ever changing which begs one to return again and again.
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Recently we’ve all been hearing a lot of our clients telling us that they are booking a condo directly with an owner, rather than with a travel agent, because it costs less.
Before you make that decision, let us explain the benefits of booking through a travel agent and a reputable management company, like Outrigger Hospitality. Here are three great reasons to book with a travel agent.
It’s your vacation and your time to relax. Let us book your condo for you. Give R B International Travel a call to book your next Outrigger getaway to any of the Hawaiian Islands.
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