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Dana Hammond

Articles by Dana Hammond

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Getting to Know Northeast Cruise Departure Ports

Leave the stress of flying behind and sail round-trip to destinations in the Caribbean, New England, Canada and more, straight out of Boston, New York or New Jersey.

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Paradise Perfected on Cruise Lines’ Private Islands

Have your boarding pass handy – cruise ships are the only way to visit these exotic islands.

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Cruise Ships With Waterslides That Thrill

Check out these bucket-list worthy waterslides guaranteed to make your jaw drop … and your heart rate soar.

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Inside Celebrity Edge, Celebrity Cruises’ Latest Ship

The fresh, fashionable and forward-thinking vessel surprises guests at every turn with elegant touches and opulent spaces.

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The Traditions and Towns of the Triple Crown Races

From the celebratory flowers to the signature cocktails, get acquainted with the racetrack customs and hometown highlights of each of the Triple Crown races.

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CityScape: Nashville

From honky-tonks to hallowed stages, Nashville, Tenn., buzzes to a musical soundtrack.

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Shipshape Tips for Your First Cruise

First cruise? Our best advice is not to hesitate to hop on board! We dispel old cliches and introduce you to a whole new world at sea.

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CityScape: Washington, D.C.

Democracy, monuments, museums, ethnic eats: the nation’s capital delivers all that and more.

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Following Fall: An Itinerary for an Extended Leaf-Peeping Season

Dedicated leaf-peepers can chase the seasonal color as autumn somersaults from north to south, linking worthy pit stops to create an extended experience.

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Finding Treasures Along Portugal’s River of Gold

Portugal is having a moment. The westernmost country on the European continent, home to explorers who led the Age of Discovery, has been luring world travelers to its own shores of late. I savored that thought as I took a final sip of sweet port wine on the bow of the Viking Torgil as it