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Will Threat of More Volcanic Ash Lower Europe Air Fares?

Can you say “Eyjafjallajokull?” (Try: “EY-yah-fyah-lah-YOH-kuul.”  With the “EY” pronounced as the ey in they, and you will be close.) Now that you have mastered the name, do you recall what it means?  Understandably, not too many news outlets uttered the actual name — most opted to identify it as  “the volcano in Iceland.”  Aha! […]

Arizona Immigration Law Sparks Travel Boycotts

by Margery Wilson Arizona has once again come into the world spotlight since Republican Governor Jan Brewer signed a law against illegal immigration that will go into effect in late summer.  The measure, among other things, directs local police to question people about their immigration status and demand to see their documents if there is […]

Expo 2010 Opens in Shanghai China

by Margery Wilson May 1 was  the official opening day for Expo 2010, officially Expo 2010 Shanghai China. The Expo is scheduled to run through October 31, 2010. The theme of the exposition will be “Better City – Better Life.”  It is the most expensive Expo in the history of the world’s fairs. The expo […]

China Lifts 20-year Ban on Travelers with HIV

by Margery Wilson Just in time for the opening of Expo 2010 in Shanghai on May 1, China has lifted a 20-year-old regulation that prohibited the entry of anyone with HIV or Aids, saying it was based on outdated information. The change to the Border Quarantine Law was put into effect  just days before the […]

Overcoming Barriers to Travel: Physically Challenged? Traveling with Pets? These Sites Help You Plan Your Trip

by Margery Wilson Our April 21 show has a common theme: the importance of planning ahead for travel, and the inspired ingenuity some people have shown in providing us with tools we can use when doing our planning. Darren Brehm and his wife Faith founded AbilityTrip in 2008.  In 1993, Darren and Faith were both seriously […]

“NO NAIL CLIPPING” — New York Artist Confronts Bad Manners on the MTA

by Margery Wilson Several Jetiquette members called our attention to the sign at left, located in a subway station at 14th Street and Eighth Avenue in New York City, disguised as an official Metropolitan Transportation Authority notice.  We can only exclaim “AMEN!” and wish the artist (Jason Shelowitz) would produce similar screen prints for the […]

CUNARD: Three Queens Offer More Itinerary Options on World’s Youngest Luxury Fleet

by Margery Wilson Combining 170 years of experience with the youngest, luxury fleet at sea – flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and the soon-to-be-launched Queen Elizabeth – Cunard is pleased to announce its most extensive range of voyages to date, with a greater choice of itineraries, departure dates and overnight stays. Guests will have […]

Sponge Bob, Slime, and Kid’s Travel for $99

Norwegian Cruise Line has been innovating cruising for over 40 years and Nickelodeon, now in its 30th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. These two innovative companies have teamed up to create one-of-a-kind family cruise vacations… introducing Nickelodeon at Sea, exclusively on Norwegian Cruise line. Experience a whole new level of imaginative activities […]

Down Maine: Windjammer Guests Make Landfall in Camden

Camden, MAINE – With half of the Maine Windjammer Association’s fleet of historic sailing vessels based in Camden Harbor, it’s no surprise they’ve partnered with Camden’s Premier Inns to offer a special sailing package that includes a cruise with extra time ashore to enjoy this sea- and mountain-side community.The Camden Inn & Cruise Package offers […]

Disney Cruise Line Introduces Brand-New Family-Friendly Innovation Aboard the Disney Dream

AquaDuck Water Coaster Secure your swim trunks! Disney Cruise Line debuts AquaDuck, an exhilarating high-speed flume ride featuring twists, turns, drops, acceleration and river rapids. AquaDuck combines the thrill of a coaster with the splashing fun of a water slide. It begins with a rush as riders slide through a “swing out” loop over the […]

The WOW Factor: Mandara Spa on Norwegian Epic — Largest Spa and Fitness Facility at Sea

by Margery Wilson Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced that Norwegian Epic, its most innovative Freestyle Cruising ship to date, will feature the largest spa facility and fitness center at sea, totaling more than 31,000 square feet. The ship’s luxurious Mandara Spa will feature 24 treatment rooms, two private couple’s villas, two exotic steam Rasul rooms, […]

Classy New York Cruises: Classic Harbor Line (also in Newport and Key West)

On our April 14 show we had the pleasure of speaking with Captain Sarah Greer of Classic Harbor Line Cruises.  Their classic yachts – the Schooner Adirondack & Adirondack III and the Schooner America 2.0 (sailboats), and the Luxury Yacht Manhattan (a motorized 1920’s style yacht replete with teak decks and mahogany trim).are reminiscent of […]

March 31 — Pillow Talk: ‘Go Pillow’ for Travel with Baby, and GasBGon Cushions to “Clear the Air”

On our March 31 show we feature two innovative pillow products that make travel more comfortable. Sharron Huza joins us to talk about how she and her husband Jim designed the GasBGon flatulence cushions and other products that help people cope with this common problem. Passing gas (“farting”) is  the oldest form of humor. Jokes […]

Europe’s Food, Wine, Tea, Travel and the Latest Report from our correspondent Raymond in Holland

Food, wine, tea and travel – sound delicious? On our March 25th show we talk with people who specialize in tours that cater to your palate. Visit Provence and the French Riviera while enjoying visits to the area’s crème de la crème wineries — including winemaker dinners.  Take excursions to a leading chocolate maker and an award-winning […]

World Travel for Your Favorite Plush Friend(s)

by Margery Wilson Froder is a white (well, he used to be white) mechanical dog that my daughter Susan received at Christmas 1991.  (No, that isn’t Froder in the photo at left, but what a cute pup, huh?) I remember her cradling him in her small arms and announcing, misty eyed, “I love this little […]

FEB 23: Yapta’s CEO Tom Romary and Blogger Queen of the Sky — and news from Raymond in Holland

We are joined by Yapta‘s CEO Tom Romary. Yapta provides do-it-yourself travel planners with the tools and information needed to get the best value on their travel arrangements. Yapta enables travelers to find their ideal flights and hotel rooms, track specific airfare and hotel rates, and to be alerted when prices drop – or when […]

Armchair World Travel for Kids: Little Passports

By Margery Wilson Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.  Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.    ~~Mark Twain Back in the days when I was a […]

Love is in the Air: Finding Romance in Airports and on Planes

[buzzsprout episode="7901" player="true"] Maybe you don’t think of airports and airplanes as hot spots for romance?  Our Valentine’s show on Friday, February 12 ( 1 PM EST) will change your mind. Dr. Pepper Schwartz joins us to share her professional (as well as first hand) experience about finding romance at airports and at 30,000 feet.  […]

Courage to Fight for the Right to Fly: America’s First Black Flight Attendants

On our February 5 show we had the honor of meeting with  Patricia Edmiston- Banks, the first “negro stewardess,”  along with members of the Black Flight Attendants of America, Inc. (BFAOA).  They will share with us their personal histories.  These women had the courage to fight for their right to fly, broke the crew color barrier, […]

Airline Ambassadors: Making A Difference — and You Can, Too

On our January 29 show we had the honor to have Nancy Rivard, President of Airline Ambassadors International, as our guest.  AAI is a non-profit organization affiliated with the United Nations and recognized by the US Congress.  Airline Ambassadors provides humanitarian aid to children and families in need and conducts international relief and development to […]

Meet RAYMOND: Skysteward European Correspondent

Raymond From Holland (@Raymondstar on Twitter) Joins the Skysteward Team Raymond first came to our attention here at Skysteward when he posted a series of videos to Youtube  chronicling his quest for the “perfect Christmas tree,” a venture he undertook for the benefit of his fans on Twitter.  Not only are the videos high quality […]