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Viking Star Ocean Cruise

Viking Cruises’ Award Winning Viking Star Ocean Cruise Ship

Viking Star Ocean Cruise

Viking made a name for itself with its popular river cruises, and now they’ve brought their expertise to the ocean with their first Ocean cruise ship, the Viking Star.

In this inaugural year, the Viking Star has been named the Best New Ocean Ship receiving a 5 star rating.

Viking Penthouse Junior Suite

Viking Penthouse Junior Suite

Viking Star an All Veranda Ship

The Viking Star is just the first of three ocean ships under construction for Viking Ocean Cruises which launched earlier this year. The two additional sister ships, Viking Sea, and Viking Sky, will be delivered in 2016 and 2017.

In the meantime, the Viking Star is already in demand with its comfortably elegant décor and spacious airy accommodations including things like oversized showers and a veranda in every room.

This intimate, all-veranda ship features a variety of staterooms and lavish amenities offering something for everyone’s travel style.

Every Room a Veranda Room

One popular amenity aboard the Viking Star is that every room has a veranda. With five types of Veranda Staterooms to choose from, private verandas start at 270 sq. ft. with rooms featuring the comfort of king-size beds, over-sized showers and LCD TVs.

The ship’s 14 Explorer Suites feature a two-room layout and enjoy sweeping views from a private wraparound veranda while the Deluxe Veranda room features a 46 sq. ft. veranda and the penthouse and junior penthouse verandas are 69 and 58 sq. ft.

Viking Star Pool

Pools, Spa, and More

Viking ocean cruise ships offer plenty to do including two pool choices. The main pool is equipped with a retractable dome for swimming at any season, and a glass-backed infinity pool off the stern.

Dining choices include multiple restaurants and food choices serving a variety of global cuisines and regional specialties. The spa facilities stay with Viking’s Nordic heritage and offer holistic wellness treatments from centuries-old Nordic traditions.

Viking’s Ocean fleet is designed to access most ports directly so guests can take advantage of easy, efficient embarkation and disembarkation. For more information contact [email protected] or call toll free at 1-855-884-5464.

Photo credits: Popular Cruising

Full Service Cabin, Colorado


Experience high altitude luxury at Trapper’s Cabin, atop Beaver Creek Ski Resort in Beaver Creek, Colorado. Nestled at 9500 feet, this mountain top retreat offers a full service getaway where complete solitude and comfort can be found.

From the private chef to the concierge service and the daily housekeeping and transportation, all your needs will be taken care of here, so you can sit back and simply relax. Enjoy the endless terrain for skiing or hiking, right outside your door. Then relax in the outdoor jacuzzi, surrounded by aspens and granite peaks.


The Premium package includes a champagne welcome, lift tickets, a scenic snow cat ride, and exclusive access to on mountain restaurants for $650/per person ($450/child). Dynamic packages exist for those seeking a personalized stay.

Visit Trapper’s Cabin for more information and start planning your ultimate Rocky Mountain getaway.

Photo Source: Trapper’s Cabin, Beaver Creek Resort Properties

Visit Bavaria, in New Mexico


If getting to Bavaria is just too much of a haul, visit Taos, New Mexico, for the next closest thing. Voted Top 10 Mountain Getaways by Mountain Living, The Bavarian Lodge and Restaurant brings German comforts to you, at the base of the Taos ski valley. With the robust European wood furnishings, hand painted ceramic tiles lining the central oven, and vintage ski mural walls, you’ll forget you’re still in America.

Hit the Taos ski slopes, right outside your door, and when you’re legs are burning and your nose is chilly, warm up with traditional brats and beer on the sunny deck or inside the cozy lounge. Several lodging options can accommodate parties large or small and offer a subtle European flair with modern amenities.

Room rates start at $355/night. Visit the website for more information and booking options.

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Photo Source: The Bavarian 

Dog Sitter

dog couch

So you’re finally going on your dream vacation, 3 weeks in Europe, or wherever your dream takes you. Awesome! Now, what will you do with Spot, your beloved best friend? Boarding kennels seem so…boring. They’re expensive, and often Fido gets kenneled up, hours at a time, listening to his neighbors bark and whine.

Now, with DogVacay, you can find a loving home to send Skippy off to. Maybe he’s a social guy, so you choose a home with other pets, or maybe he’s a bit shy, so you send him off to a quiet home where he can be alone, but comfortable.

It’s really simple, visit DogVacay and search for a sitter near you. Read host information and user reviews to find the perfect doggy home, book and pay online. DogVacay offers free pet insurance, 24 hour assistance, and a money back guarantee! Best of all, it’s affordable; reservations start at just $25/night. Now Max can be happy while you save money for that dream vacation!


Photo Source: DogVacay

Video: Cheap Getaway Deals in the United States

Better.TV’s Rhiannon Ally talks to Karen Shaler about affordable getaway gems in America for your vacation, including a golfing package at Dundee Resort in Nova Scotia, Canada and a beach vacation at Crystal Coast in North Carolina.

Must Visit: Christkindlmarkt


If you’re looking for a unique experience this holiday season, or at least some unique gifts, plan a visit to Germany between mid November and Christmas for any of the hundreds of German Christmas markets, or Christkindlmarkt.

These markets began over 400 years ago, in the late German speaking parts of Europe in celebration of Advent.

Open squares in city centers transform into wonderlands of lights, food, song and dance. Many Christmas markets debut live nativity scenes in the opening days, and others displays of traditional songs and dance.

The smells of cinnamon, mulled wine, and classic German sausage permeate the air and hundreds of open stalls, adorned floor to roof with exotic trinkets invite you to have a look and stay a while. Some of the more popular items include nutcrackers, gingerbread cookies, and dried plum figurines.

If Germany seems a bit too far away, experience the German Christkindlemarkt a bit closer to home, in Chicago, Illinois.

Photo Source: Flickr/chatiryworld

Ibis Hotels


No matter what your travel style may be, Ibis hotels have just what you need. They offer comfort, simplicity, style, and the best night sleep you’ve ever had.

Your sleep is their number one priority. Their super soft beds with extra fluffy duvets and pillows casually invite you to stay in bed all day.

Their 3 brand personalities, Ibis hotel, Ibis Styles, and Ibis Budget, offer options that fit every wallet. Each comes with a continental breakfast featuring regional foods and a friendly staff waiting to make your next stay memorable.

Rooms can be as low as 35€ a night in top destination cities! They even offer their “best price guarantee.” If you find a hotel priced lower, they’ll beat the competition by 10%.

With over 1600 hotels, you’re sure to find an Ibis hotel in your travels. Check if they’re available in your next city and book here.

Photo Source: Ibis Styles