• 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

  • 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 »

    Aug 19, 2014 |View Post

  • 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 »

    Aug 05, 2014 |View Post

  • 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 »

    Jul 26, 2014 |View Post

  • 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 »

    Jun 08, 2014 |View Post

  • 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 »

    May 16, 2014 |View Post

  • 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 »

    Apr 27, 2014 |View Post

  •  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 »

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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 »

WHERE, EXACTLY, DO AMERICANS GO ON VACATION?

WHERE, EXACTLY, DO AMERICANS GO ON VACATION?

Last year, we logged 1.6 billion individual domestic vacation trips in the United States. But where do we go? According to the US Travel Association, these are the top five vacation options we chose:

# 1 – Visiting Relatives

# 2 – Extended Shopping trips

# 3 – Visiting Friends

# 4 – Seeking fine dining experiences

# 5 – Relaxing at the beach

 

 

Continue Reading »

HOW FLYING WILL CHANGE IN THE NEXT DECADE

HOW FLYING WILL CHANGE IN THE NEXT DECADE

A panel of airline industry experts has outlined the way we will be flying in the coming decade. The Future Travel Experience Think Tank Panel sees the following vision in store for travelers:

  • Passengers will already be check-in when they arrive at the airport
  • Their bags  will be pre-tagged at home and passengers will go through biometric validation at airport checkpoints
  • There will be widespread adoption of off-airport locations for dropped luggage. Continue Reading »
JOIN ANGELA AND RICHARD IN ROME, SICILY, NAPLES, AND THE AMALFI COAST

JOIN ANGELA AND RICHARD IN ROME, SICILY, NAPLES, AND THE AMALFI COAST

CHURCHILL AND TUREN LTD. TAKES PRIDE IN ANNOUNCING
Our Newest 2014 Signature Culinary Tour 

“IN SEARCH OF SOUTHERN ITALY’S BEST PIZZA AND REGIONAL DISHES:

 A CULINARY LIFESTYLE TOUR OF ROME, SICILY, NAPLES, AND THE AMALFI COAST”

 BEGINNING IN ROME MONDAY,  SEPTEMBER 22ND – ENDING IN ROME MID-DAY, SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4TH 2014

OUR CONCEPT

This will be our first Culinary/Lifestyle Tour that concentrates on Rome, Sicily, Naples and the Villages of the Amalfi Coast. Continue Reading »

ANNOUNCING THE 'WORLD'S TOP TEN TOUR OPERATORS"

ANNOUNCING THE ‘WORLD’S TOP TEN TOUR OPERATORS”

We are very pleased to announce the 2013 List of the World’s Top Tour Operators. Each of these firms is among the very best at what they do, operating First Class and Deluxe Tours around the globe. Each is specialized and enjoys an enviable industry reputation for the quality of its programs.

 

# 1 – Abercrombie & Kent

# 2 – Travcoa

# 3 – Micato Safaris

# 4 – Butterfield & Robinson

# 5 – Austin-Lehman Adventures                                

# 6 – Wildland Adventures

# 7 –  &Beyond

# 8 – Cox & Kings

# 9 – Africa Adventure Company

#10 –Grey & Company

Continue Reading »

ACTUALLY, WE MAY ALL BE AUSSIES

Smack in the middle of nowhere northwestern Australia, scientists have recently discovered  detectable signs of earliest life on the planet that they are dating at 3.5 billion years. Given current estimates that our earth is 4.5 billion years old, this finding of microbially induced sedimentary structures can now be said to serve as an indication that we have now found the first demonstrable evidenced of life on the planet. Continue Reading »

AUSSIE'S CONSIDER BOYCOTT OF US

AUSSIE’S CONSIDER BOYCOTT OF US

The senseless killing of a Melbourne  college student and baseball player in a drive-by in Duncan, Oklahoma has aroused the passion of the Australian press and renewed calls for a boycott of travel to the United States. Australia’s former deputy Prime Minister helped introduce tight gun laws in the country in the 1990′s. He is now calling for “Australians to avoid the US until it does the same.”

The New Zealand Herald got into the act claiming that a boycott the US was “crazy but on the subject of guns, we can think of crazier things like sending your child on a typical day and claiming him in the morgue that night.”

The Sydney Morning Herald explained to readers that “Americans have two blind spots – guns and the death penalty.” It went on to point out that more Americans are killed each year in domestic gun violence than in all of America’s overseas combat. Continue Reading »

THE TOP TEN SECRETS TO REMAINING HEALTHY WHEN TRAVELING ABROAD

THE TOP TEN SECRETS TO REMAINING HEALTHY WHEN TRAVELING ABROAD

Travel agents are not doctors and doctors are not travel medicine specialists and travel medicine specialists can barely keep up with a constantly changing medical landscape. These are our ten secrets to maintaining good health while traveling internationally:

Continue Reading »

THE SAVVY TRAVELER MUST NOW BE ON SPICE ALERT

THE SAVVY TRAVELER MUST NOW BE ON SPICE ALERT

The Food and Drug Administration dropped a spicy bombshell this week when it announced that of 20,000 shipments of imported spices to the United States, 7% of the shipments were found to be contaminated with Salmonella which can result in death if the infection spreads from the intestines to the bloodstream where it can then attack organs. Continue Reading »

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