7-Day Maui Itinerary for First-Timers


I just returned from a fab­u­lous fam­ily reunion on Maui. The island truly is par­adise and offers pas­times that every­one in the family—from tod­dlers to seniors—can enjoy. If you’ve yet to visit Maui, make plans now and fol­low my sug­gested seven-day itin­er­ary for first-timers… Day 1: Arrival If you’re trav­el­ing from the United States, especially […]

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Favorite Cruise Ship Dining Experiences


I have a secret to share. I don’t cook. I’ve been mar­ried for 19 years and I’ve prob­a­bly made din­ner twice for the fam­ily in all those years. It’s not that I’m a bad cook. I know how to make an incred­i­ble egg­plant parme­san and other Ital­ian del­i­ca­cies. But, my hus­band is a much better […]

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New Options in Ocean-Going and River Cruises


Just when I thought I’d crossed off just about every cruise line on my “must sail” list, three new options have appeared: Haimark Ltd., Viking Cruises, and Pearl Seas Cruises. Haimark to Bring Lux­ury to South­east Asia I told you a bit about Haimark Ltd. a few weeks ago in this post: Haimark to Sail the […]

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TSA Pre Check Rocks!


If you travel reg­u­larly, I hope you’re already a mem­ber of one of the U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Protection’s Trusted Trav­eler pro­grams. These programs—like Global Entry, SENTRI, and NEXUS—are your entree to TSA Pre Check, which gives you expe­dited secu­rity screen­ing at air­ports around the coun­try. Pre Check is a life­saver! It makes the airport […]

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Haimark to Sail the Mekong, Irrawaddy & Ganges Rivers


I often talk about new cruise ships in my posts here at Lux­ury Travel Mavens as well as in my weekly col­umn for Fodors.com. It’s rare, how­ever, that a new cruise line enters the mar­ket. Well, today I actu­ally get to tell you a bit about a new­comer to the river cruise mar­ket: Haimark, Ltd. […]

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Cruise Lines Continue to Rein In Smokers


It’s tough being a smoker on a cruise ship today. More and more lines have insti­tuted poli­cies that limit smok­ing to spe­cific out­door areas and very lim­ited indoor options. This week Crys­tal Cruises announced a more com­pre­hen­sive smok­ing pol­icy that will take effect as of Jan­u­ary 5, 2014. The head­line on the press release the […]

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Surviving Air Travel Nightmares


Yes­ter­day was not an easy day for trav­el­ers booked on Amer­i­can Air­lines flights. The airline’s com­puter sys­tem failed and caused the ground­ing at least 20% of its flights. Amer­i­can did its best to accom­mo­date pas­sen­gers by book­ing them onto other car­ri­ers and allow­ing for same-day can­cel­la­tions for which the air­line would fully refund the fare. This […]

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Cruise Ship Butlers: Yay or Nay?

Silversea Butlers

I spent part of last week research­ing cruise ship but­lers for one of the web­sites I write for. It got me think­ing about my own expe­ri­ences with but­lers while on vaca­tion. What does a good but­ler bring to the table that an expe­ri­enced cabin stew­ard and com­pe­tent ship’s concierge do not? Well, the cruise lines will […]

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River Cruising Revolution?

Douro River Valley (photo courtesy of Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection)

It’s funny. Some­times a par­tic­u­lar des­ti­na­tion comes out of nowhere to become the cur­rent dar­ling of travel mag­a­zines and web­sites. This past week, I’ve noticed that it’s not a des­ti­na­tion that’s plas­tered every­where I look but a type of travel: river cruis­ing. My inbox is filled with emails ask­ing ques­tions about a vari­ety of new […]

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Luxury Travel Mavens in Print


It’s no secret that I’m incred­i­bly proud of the team that is respon­si­ble for Lux­ury Travel Mavens. We’ve been online for less than a year but we’ve cov­ered so many of the travel des­ti­na­tions our read­ers have told us they want to know more about. But, do you know that we are all pro­fes­sional travel […]

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