• A LETTER FROM SICILY: SEARCHING FOR PIZZA AND THE MAFIA

    A LETTER FROM SICILY: SEARCHING FOR PIZZA AND THE MAFIA

    Part Two of a Three-Part Series By Managing Editor Richard Bruce Turen

            

                  After beginning our culinary march through southern Italy in Rome, we landed in Catania, the tip of the Italian boot, with views of Mt. Etna in the background the Mediterranean and the Ionian Sea forming suitable backdrops to a seemingly endless collection of historic leftovers from the conquering Greeks and Romans. Continue Reading »

    Nov 27, 2014 |View Post

  • A LETTER FROM AUSTRALIA: THE LAND OF "NO WORRIES"

    A LETTER FROM AUSTRALIA: THE LAND OF “NO WORRIES”

     By Managing Editor Richard Bruce Turen

     

    There is a light breeze coming off the water and I sit at an outdoor table at Fish Frenzy, alongside the Elizabeth Street pier in Hobart, Tasmania.

    I am approaching the midpoint of a cruise that began in Sydney and will end in Auckland. With a few days tucked in at either end, I will be away from the office for three weeks, the longest I’ve been away in two decades. Continue Reading »

    Oct 30, 2014 |View Post

  • A LETTER FROM ROME: PIZZA AND EDUCATION

    A LETTER FROM ROME: PIZZA AND EDUCATION

     

      By Traveltruth Managing Editor Richard Bruce Turen

     

    For the past twenty-three years, my family and I have taken our annual vacation accompanied by a few dozen of our favorite clients. Insane, perhaps, but shared experiences are always the best. But unlike the tours, culinary and otherwise, that I’ve put together for our clients, this trip has a rather specific purpose. Continue Reading »

    Oct 29, 2014 |View Post

  • A NEW CRUISE LINE SLINKS INTO TOWN

    A NEW CRUISE LINE SLINKS INTO TOWN

    TITANIC CRUISE LINES REVEALS PLANS

    By Richard Bruce Turen – Managing Editor Traveltruth.com

    Last week, I was able to snag an exclusive interview with one of the most innovative cruise line CEO’s in the business. I sat down with Dave Weidenaar of the new Titanic Cruise Lines at his headquarters in Burlington, Vermont for a rather extensive and illuminating “no-holds barred” chat. Continue Reading »

    Oct 22, 2014 |View Post

  • THE TEN SAFEST PLACES ON EARTH TO VACATION

    THE TEN SAFEST PLACES ON EARTH TO VACATION

    THE SAFETY BUCKET LIST

    In a world that can sometimes seem tumultuous, many of our clients are seeking out vacations where peace, calm, and personal safety can practically be guaranteed to visitors. This is a new reality-based “bucket list.”

    Each of these destinations is, statistically, considerably safer than a vacation within the United States.

    # 10 -    SWEDEN The Swedes have strict police enforcement and a serious approach to one of the world’s highest standards of living. Continue Reading »

    Oct 18, 2014 |View Post

  • EBOLA AND THE WORLD'S HOT SPOTS: DANGER RATINGS

    EBOLA AND THE WORLD’S HOT SPOTS: DANGER RATINGS

    October 15, 2014:

    Listening to the noise of the 24-Hour, always “Breaking News” stories, we’d all be better off hiding under our beds. But experienced travelers know that sensationalized reporting can make any place in the world sound dangerous. Here are our current Go/Don’t Go Ratings based on the best available industry on-site reports.

    Liberia and West AfricaDo Not Go Unless You are an Aid Worker

    South Africa:  A strong go. Continue Reading »

    Oct 15, 2014 |View Post

  • THE TEN HOTTEST DESTINATIONS FOR UPSCALE TRAVELERS

    THE TEN HOTTEST DESTINATIONS FOR UPSCALE TRAVELERS

    This is our list of the current “Hot Vacations Worldwide” as compiled by the $12.4 billion Virtuoso membership. The “Hot List” is compiled using date that tracks the largest increases in traveler visits year-over-year:

    # 1 – NEW ZEALAND

    # 2 – CHILE

    # 3 – INDONESIA

    # 4 – HUNGARY

    # 5 – HONG KONG

    # 6 – CROATIA

    # 7 – AUSTRALIA

    # 8 – ECUADOR

    # 9 – GREECE

    # 10-NORWAY

     

    Continue Reading »

    Sep 20, 2014 |View Post

  • INDUSTRY STUNNER: NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE TO PURCHASE OCEANIA AND REGENT SEVEN SEAS FOR $3.03 BILLION

    INDUSTRY STUNNER: NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE TO PURCHASE OCEANIA AND REGENT SEVEN SEAS FOR $3.03 BILLION

    Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises have been sold. After being rumored for weeks, the deal to acquire Prestige Holdings, the owners of both Oceania and Regent Seven Seas cruises lines, has been formally announced by Norwegian Cruise line’s CEO Kevin Sheehan, The deal cost NCL $3.03 billion and Norwegian will soon be issuing 20 million shares to help them finance the purchase. Continue Reading »

    Sep 02, 2014 |View Post

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A LETTER FROM SICILY: SEARCHING FOR PIZZA AND THE MAFIA

A LETTER FROM SICILY: SEARCHING FOR PIZZA AND THE MAFIA

Part Two of a Three-Part Series By Managing Editor Richard Bruce Turen

        

              After beginning our culinary march through southern Italy in Rome, we landed in Catania, the tip of the Italian boot, with views of Mt. Etna in the background the Mediterranean and the Ionian Sea forming suitable backdrops to a seemingly endless collection of historic leftovers from the conquering Greeks and Romans. Continue Reading »

WORTH KNOWING: US STILL LEADS IN NUMBER OF SUPER RICH

WORTH KNOWING: US STILL LEADS IN NUMBER OF SUPER RICH

A new report from Credit Suisse detailing global wealth indicates that the US leads the world with 62,800 residents whose wealth exceeds $50 million. This compares to 7,600 Chinese, 5,500 Germans, and 4,700 residents of the UK. Gaining fast is India with 1,800 uber-millionaires.

At long last, we now have a working definition of “Super Rich”. Continue Reading »

A LETTER FROM AUSTRALIA: THE LAND OF "NO WORRIES"

A LETTER FROM AUSTRALIA: THE LAND OF “NO WORRIES”

 By Managing Editor Richard Bruce Turen

 

There is a light breeze coming off the water and I sit at an outdoor table at Fish Frenzy, alongside the Elizabeth Street pier in Hobart, Tasmania.

I am approaching the midpoint of a cruise that began in Sydney and will end in Auckland. With a few days tucked in at either end, I will be away from the office for three weeks, the longest I’ve been away in two decades. Continue Reading »

A LETTER FROM ROME: PIZZA AND EDUCATION

A LETTER FROM ROME: PIZZA AND EDUCATION

 

  By Traveltruth Managing Editor Richard Bruce Turen

 

For the past twenty-three years, my family and I have taken our annual vacation accompanied by a few dozen of our favorite clients. Insane, perhaps, but shared experiences are always the best. But unlike the tours, culinary and otherwise, that I’ve put together for our clients, this trip has a rather specific purpose. Continue Reading »

A NEW CRUISE LINE SLINKS INTO TOWN

A NEW CRUISE LINE SLINKS INTO TOWN

TITANIC CRUISE LINES REVEALS PLANS

By Richard Bruce Turen – Managing Editor Traveltruth.com

Last week, I was able to snag an exclusive interview with one of the most innovative cruise line CEO’s in the business. I sat down with Dave Weidenaar of the new Titanic Cruise Lines at his headquarters in Burlington, Vermont for a rather extensive and illuminating “no-holds barred” chat. Continue Reading »

THE TEN SAFEST PLACES ON EARTH TO VACATION

THE TEN SAFEST PLACES ON EARTH TO VACATION

THE SAFETY BUCKET LIST

In a world that can sometimes seem tumultuous, many of our clients are seeking out vacations where peace, calm, and personal safety can practically be guaranteed to visitors. This is a new reality-based “bucket list.”

Each of these destinations is, statistically, considerably safer than a vacation within the United States.

# 10 -    SWEDEN The Swedes have strict police enforcement and a serious approach to one of the world’s highest standards of living. Continue Reading »

EBOLA AND THE WORLD'S HOT SPOTS: DANGER RATINGS

EBOLA AND THE WORLD’S HOT SPOTS: DANGER RATINGS

October 15, 2014:

Listening to the noise of the 24-Hour, always “Breaking News” stories, we’d all be better off hiding under our beds. But experienced travelers know that sensationalized reporting can make any place in the world sound dangerous. Here are our current Go/Don’t Go Ratings based on the best available industry on-site reports.

Liberia and West AfricaDo Not Go Unless You are an Aid Worker

South Africa:  A strong go. Continue Reading »

THE TEN HOTTEST DESTINATIONS FOR UPSCALE TRAVELERS

THE TEN HOTTEST DESTINATIONS FOR UPSCALE TRAVELERS

This is our list of the current “Hot Vacations Worldwide” as compiled by the $12.4 billion Virtuoso membership. The “Hot List” is compiled using date that tracks the largest increases in traveler visits year-over-year:

# 1 – NEW ZEALAND

# 2 – CHILE

# 3 – INDONESIA

# 4 – HUNGARY

# 5 – HONG KONG

# 6 – CROATIA

# 7 – AUSTRALIA

# 8 – ECUADOR

# 9 – GREECE

# 10-NORWAY

 

Continue Reading »

INDUSTRY STUNNER: NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE TO PURCHASE OCEANIA AND REGENT SEVEN SEAS FOR $3.03 BILLION

INDUSTRY STUNNER: NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE TO PURCHASE OCEANIA AND REGENT SEVEN SEAS FOR $3.03 BILLION

Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises have been sold. After being rumored for weeks, the deal to acquire Prestige Holdings, the owners of both Oceania and Regent Seven Seas cruises lines, has been formally announced by Norwegian Cruise line’s CEO Kevin Sheehan, The deal cost NCL $3.03 billion and Norwegian will soon be issuing 20 million shares to help them finance the purchase. Continue Reading »

HOTEL TIPPING 101: GRACIOUS GRATUITIES

HOTEL TIPPING 101: GRACIOUS GRATUITIES

While proper tipping etiquette does vary from country-to-country, you will be pleased to know there are current industry standard expectations of tipping behavior. Here is what you should be tipping for good to excellent service:

HOTEL DOORMAN: $1.00 TO $2.00 or 1 Euro for opening door, hailing a taxi and $3.00 or 2 Euro for loading trunk with bags. Continue Reading »

TRAVELERS ADOPT FIST BUMP AS HANDSHAKES NOW OBSOLETE

TRAVELERS ADOPT FIST BUMP AS HANDSHAKES NOW OBSOLETE

A new study released by the U.K.’s Aberystwyth University (you get a degree if you can learn how to spell it) is shaking up the way US travelers are now exchanging greetings. The fist-bump, popularized by President Obama, has now been shown to reduce exposure to bacterial disease by 90% when compared to the common handshake. Continue Reading »

WANT TO AVOID NOROVIRUS? DINE AT SEA

(reprinted from Travel Weekly Magazine)

By Senior Contributing Editor Richard Bruce Turen

Given their fairness in all matters concerning cruise industry health and safety matters, I imagine I will soon be seeing a public apology from our friends at the major network news organizations and the decision-makers at our most respected newspapers concerning the issue of norovirus on cruise ships. Continue Reading »

A LETTER FROM SLEEPY MADRID

A LETTER FROM SLEEPY MADRID

Visitors to our wonderful country should understand that we are all totally sleep-deprived in Spain. As journalist Joaquin Pi Yague points out in El Pais, “our night owl culture is hurting our economy.” There has been much modernization in Spain, easily visible to tourists in Madrid and Barcelona. But one thing that has ot changed is the fact that Spaniards hardly ever start dinner before 10:00 pm. Continue Reading »

THREE THINGS WE'D LIKE NERVOUS FLYERS TO KNOW

THREE THINGS WE’D LIKE NERVOUS FLYERS TO KNOW

Based on the volume of inquiries we receive from nervous flyers, the following three observations might be helpful the next time you take to the skies:

01 – If you have concerns about turbulence, try to book a departure before 10:00 am. Most turbulence  seems to build up during the day and thunderstorm activity is most frequent in the afternoon and early evening. Continue Reading »

WORTH KNOWING

WORTH KNOWING

In 2013, the twenty-five highest paid Hedge Fund Managers earned two and a half times the combined income of our nation’s 157,800 Kindergarten teachers. The top four Hedge Fund Managers earned a higher combined salary than the salaries of every Kindergarten teacher combined.

This information was highlighted in the annual “Rich List” published by Alpha Magazine. Continue Reading »

TOP SUMMER TRAVEL LUXURY TOURS THAT STILL HAVE SPACE

TOP SUMMER TRAVEL LUXURY TOURS THAT STILL HAVE SPACE

There are still pockets of availability on some of the best escorted luxury tours this summer. The following journeys are part of the Travcoa collection, a series of extremely high-end, personally escorted journeys that have proper pacing, the best available guides, and hotels and meals of five-star quality. Based in California, Travcoa operates tours at the upper end of the quality and price scale:

Mystery, Legend & Tradition: Romania & Bulgaria – Journey through Romania, enjoy the chills of listening to the legend of Dracula at Bran, a gothic fortress on the edge of the mysterious moors of Transylvania. Continue Reading »

THE SELECTION AND TRAINING OF A 'SINGAPORE GIRL"

THE SELECTION AND TRAINING OF A ‘SINGAPORE GIRL”

The “Girl” is more likely a woman, but that aside, no one can deny the status of Singapore Airline’s unrivaled record as one of the World’s Top Three Airlines” for more than a decade. Despite challenges from the new collection of Five-star airlines based in the Middle East, Singapore consistently ranked # 1 or # 2 in every industry poll of on-board services. Continue Reading »

THE NATION'S LEADING CONSUMER TRAVEL ADVOCATE HAS GONE DIGITAL

THE NATION’S LEADING CONSUMER TRAVEL ADVOCATE HAS GONE DIGITAL

Wendy Perrin, the nation’s most respected consumer travel advocate  and the long-time Consumer Editor at Conde Nast Traveler Magazine,  announced her resignation citing differences with the current direction of the publication under its new management team.

Just a few days later, Perrin was named to a new position, created just for her,  as Travel Advocate for TripAdvisor’s 260 million monthly visitors. Continue Reading »

A LETTER FROM CHINA: WATCH WHAT YOU EAT

A LETTER FROM CHINA: WATCH WHAT YOU EAT

The Chinese government has been facing increasing pressure to improve the quality of its air and its exported toys. But what about domestically produced foods? In an unusually bold step, the Chinese government has banned food production in an agricultural center of approximately 8 million acres. The ongoing production of fruits and vegetables was banned because the government has certified that the soil in the region is inundated with industrial pollutants.   Continue Reading »

FEWER THAN 100 PEOPLE HOLD MORE WEALTH THAN HALF THE WORLD'S POPULATION

FEWER THAN 100 PEOPLE HOLD MORE WEALTH THAN HALF THE WORLD’S POPULATION

The international charity, Oxfam, has just released a report indicating that the 85 richest people in the world now have $1.7 trillion in personal assets. That means that their personal wealth is now equivalent to the total wealth of 3.5 billion people living with them on the same planet. Never, have so few controlled so much. Continue Reading »

 THE NEW 2014 BEST AT SEA AWARDS

 We take pleasure in presenting our 2014 ‘BEST AT SEA AWARDS’ in the “4-5-Star Inclusive Category”. These ratings are based on evaluations from the most respected industry and consumer media sources, our own personal Churchill & Turen Ltd. ship evaluations, and written evaluation reports from more than 1500 upscale cruise “evaluators” each of whom has sailed multiple lines. Continue Reading »

DESIGNER LUGGAGE IS FOR SELDOM FLYERS

DESIGNER LUGGAGE IS FOR SELDOM FLYERS

Recent exposure of luggage theft rings operating at LAX and several other major airports, makes it imperative that travelers follow some basic advice when packing. These are the most important rules the pros follow when packing:

01 – Leave any designer luggage or any piece costing more than $200 at home. Thieves will steal the expensive bags first and they know their brand names. Continue Reading »

POOR COUNTRIES WILL NOT STAY POOR BEYOND 2035 SAYS GATES

POOR COUNTRIES WILL NOT STAY POOR BEYOND 2035 SAYS GATES

Bill and Melinda Gates, who have devoted their current lives to eradicating worldwide starvation and preventable childhood diseases, are predicting that most of the currently underdeveloped world where poverty and starvation currently exist, will rise up to middle class status by 2035. By this date, the Gates believe “there will be almost no poor countries in the world.”

They predict, says the Wall Street Journal, that by that date, more than 70% of countries will have a higher per person income than China does today. Continue Reading »

MAY IS THE NEW SEPTEMBER IN EUROPE

MAY IS THE NEW SEPTEMBER IN EUROPE

There has been a shift in responses to the question “What is the best time to visit Europe?”

The response in years past was the summer months. But June through mid-September has seen serious heat inversions in portions of Italy, France, and Spain, along with crowds of students and school’s out backpackers. In the past three years, those numbers have swelled due to a serious influx of Chinese, Russian, and Eastern European travelers. Continue Reading »

WE'VE JUST WITNESSED THE LARGEST HUMAN MASS EXODUS IN HISTORY

WE’VE JUST WITNESSED THE LARGEST HUMAN MASS EXODUS IN HISTORY

The Chinese have just set a world record – more than 100 million Chinese citizens traveled per day during the busiest period of the week long “Chunyun” or Spring Festival. The festival was celebrated on January 31st this year.

Trains alone carried 6.8 million passengers per day as the Chinese left the major urban areas en mass to join their families at home in rural China. Continue Reading »

THE TOP THREE  AIRPORTS IN EUROPE FOR CONNECTIONS

THE TOP THREE AIRPORTS IN EUROPE FOR CONNECTIONS

In order to make your next trip to Europe as pleasant as possible when using connecting flights, we are pleased to present the awards for Europe’s Top Three Airports for Connecting Flights.

The rankings are:

# 1 – Amsterdam’s Schiphol (Home of KLM)

# 2 – Zurich’s Flughafen Zurich (Home of Swiss Air)

# 3 – Munich’s Flughafen Munich (Germany’s Second Largest Airport – Home of Lufthansa)

Each of these airports has an enviable connection record, far surpassing the average of successful flight connections at London’s Heathrow, Rome’s Fiumincino, and Germany’s Frankfurt. Continue Reading »

SWEDEN PROUD OF THE FACT THAT A BIG MAC IS ONLY $9.08

SWEDEN PROUD OF THE FACT THAT A BIG MAC IS ONLY $9.08

While the world sits by idly, concentrating on frivolities such as which Soshi snowboarder is 3 seconds faster than his challengers, a new war has broken out along the Norwegian and Swedish border. Known as “The Big Mac Attack” , McDonald’s has put up a large billboard on the border reminding Norwegians that at $9.08, it’s Big Mac is considerably less expensive than the same burger sold in Norway at current rates of $14.41. Continue Reading »

LOOK - UP IN THE SKY - IT'S NORWEGIAN AIRLINES!

LOOK – UP IN THE SKY – IT’S NORWEGIAN AIRLINES!

There is a new low-cost airline that has everyone in the industry talking. Norwegian Air is now the second largest airline in Scandinavia and the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe, carrying over 20 million passengers last year.

But what has everyone talking is the fact that both Airline Ratings and the respected Sky Trax World Airline Awards have named Norwegian Europe’s Best low-cost carrier. Continue Reading »

GETTING INTO TURKEY JUST GOT HARDER

GETTING INTO TURKEY JUST GOT HARDER

Travelers landing in Istanbul to begin a cruise or tour, should be advised that, effective on April 10th, Turkish visas will no longer be available for purchase at the airport. E-Visas will be accepted if obtained from authorized Visa services or the Turkish Embassy.

Previous visitors to Turkey were permitted to stand in line to purchase their entry visas on arrival. Continue Reading »

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