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Royal Caribbean’s newest cruise ship, Icon of the Seas, is embarking on its maiden voyage on January 2024. This massive, floating playground will feature the largest water park at sea: Category 6, named after its six record-breaking waterslides. Naturally, Icon of the Seas also features the largest pool at sea. Thrill-seeking guests can test their courage on Crown’s Edge, a dizzying skywalk and obstacle course that dangles over the edge of the ship.



On April 8, 2024, certain locations across the United States will experience a total solar eclipse – the last one in North America until 2044. To commemorate the occasion, Smithsonian Journeys is hosting a special eclipse tour from Austin to the Texas Hill Country. Guests can enjoy a sunset dinner cruise, an astronomy program and a private reception to view the eclipse in the path of totality. Don’t worry, they’ll bring the protective eclipse glasses.

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Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park, Maine.


Recent updates to Google Maps can upgrade your next trip to a national park. The update includes photo pins of popular trail sites, information on how difficult the trail is to hike, and easy access for downloading park maps. You’ll be able to see all the top attractions to visit while you’re at the park, with photos, videos and reviews. Trail routes will also feature more detailed and precise directions for hikers.


If you’re willing to ride after dark, you could get a one-way train ticket for as low as $5. Amtrak is offering overnight “Night Owl Fares” on some lines along the Northeast Corridor between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. Discounted rates are available for destinations between (and including) New York City and Washington, D.C. It’s the perfect option for an inexpensive weekend getaway, or even just a night out in a different city. With prices ranging from $5 to $20, it’s hard to find a cheaper way to travel.


Long flights can be tough to sit through, but what if you could comfortably sleep through them instead? Enter Air New Zealand’s new Skynest, the first bunk beds on a commercial airline. The Skynest includes six cozy “sleep pods,” which are available to long-haul and ultra long-haul economy passengers. The pods come with a pillow, bedding and a curtain for privacy. They can be booked for sessions of four hours at a time.

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