Archive for January, 2011

Disney

Attention all Mouseketeers, Libya lovers and Aussies, please report to the lido deck!

Disney Cruise Line’s new Disney Dream will depart on its maiden voyage to Disney’s private Bahamian island, Castaway Cay, on Jan 26. The 1,250-cabin ship has a water coaster on the top deck and virtual portholes in every inside cabin that display a constant video feed of the outside view. You heard it here first, folks. Disney is trying to “imagineer” our minds.

Carnival just announced that its 2,124-passenger Carnival Spirit will be based in Sydney, Australia, starting in October 2012. It will offer 8- to 13-day trips to the Pacific Islands and New Zealand. There’s just one small problem, the ship can’t fit under the Sydney Harbor Bridge, so passengers will need to voyage from the Circular Quay’s Passenger Terminal.

Beginning Nov. 16, Crystal Cruises’ 1,080-passenger Crystal Serenity will be welcome at the Libyan Port of Tripoli during the ship’s 11-day “Italian Splendor” trip from Venice to Barcelona. Why now? Libya has recently loosened its ban on American tourists, so ancient relics and ruins beware … here we come!

Get more info on Disney Cruises, European Cruises and Cruise Trips and Ships.

Snowstorm

What’s cuter than dry baby animals at the zoo? How about wet baby animals in aquariums? Cubs, pups, calves or chicks … there’s never been a better reason to support your local zoos, aquariums and wildlife preserves. Take a look at our Zoo Babies and Aqua Babies slideshows and prepare to squeal with mindless delight.

Snowstorm

Before you head to the airport today and tomorrow, do yourself a favor and check with your airline carrier to see if your flight has been delayed or canceled.  The US is getting its second snow punch of 2011, and the governors of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee have already declared states of emergency.

An estimated 1900 flights were cancelled in/out of Atlanta today, and more cancellations are expected in DC and New York as the snowstorm continues its path north along the Atlantic coast. By Wednesday, snow fall totals could reach as much as 9 inches in New York and a foot in New England.

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Snowstorm

Congratulations to the Auburn Tigers and the state of Alabama for their 22-19 defeat of the Oregon Ducks during last night’s Tostitos BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, AZ.  A 19-yard field goal with only seconds remaining in the game officially ended the 2011 college bowl season, leaving the undefeated Horned Frogs of TCU (Texas Christian) with a bad case of the “What ifs.”

If you’re still hyped up and want to see more, check out our 2011 College Bowls slideshow and College Football Weekends.

The Wild Within Within with Steven Rinella

It’s a new year with a new season of TV shows on Travel Channel! If you missed the season premiere of The Wild Within with Steven Rinella, TC.com can get you up to speed in time for the next episode on Sunday at 9 E/P. Author and outdoorsman Steven Rinella sat down with us for an interview to talk about various topics, including his life as an avid hunter/gatherer, his code and his family.

On The Wild Within, Steven explores crabbing in Alaska, searches for wild ingredients to make traditional pa’ina in Hawaii, gathers snails and other edibles in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and re-creates Lewis & Clark’s original trek through the Missouri Breaks.

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Scanner UnderwearThere’s a new travel item that we thought you should know about. It’s underwear designed to hide your naughty bits during a full-body scan at the airport. That’s the good news if you don’t want TSA employees peeking at your nether regions. The bad news is that you could still get a pat-down (or grope-n-go, as I like to call it) to ensure that you’re not concealing a weapon, according to a post on the Transportation Security Administration’s blog.

In case you didn’t know, the underwear has been imprinted with a special ink that creates an opaque blur to help keep your private

parts private. The new undies, T-shirts and boxer briefs each cost about $15 — and that’s a pretty expensive pat-down in my book.

With or without the new undies, you’ll need to acclimate yourself with the most recent changes in airport security. So check out our slideshow of airport pat-downs and full-body scans.



2011 Planner

Need some help to plan your next getaway? TravelChannel.com has a new monthly planner that provides you with great information about some of the biggest events each month. Use our planner as a source of inspiration to plot out your next journey.

Get the details about upcoming events, including the Disney World Marathon, Sundance Film Festival, Winter X Games, New York Fashion Week, Venice Carnival, the Grammys, Nordic World Ski Championships, South Beach Food & Wine Festival and more. Stay ahead of the game and use our 2011 Travel Planner as your guide.

30 Days of Apps

The Digital Age is upon us, and there’s no better way to navigate the travel clutter than with our new feature, 30 Days of Apps.  We’ve enlisted apps expert Bob Tedeschi to review some of the hottest travel apps out there.

Bob — who has written about e-commerce, technology and travel for the “New York Times” — offers honest advice, reviewing a mobile app each day for the remainder of January. Find out if Yelp!, Google Goggles, Trip Advisor, Kayak and 25 other apps will really help to make your next travel experience easier.

If apps aren’t your thing, then check out our Travel Gadget Gift Guide and the Travel Channel Gear Guide for some fun gift ideas for you or the frequent traveler in your life.

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